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Faster than the speed MrPeck324 blazes through Dhalsim's Street Fighter 5 trials in just over 30 seconds

Some of you may remember Desk taking a break from the norm to speedrun Ryu's trials a while back. It seems that he's not the only player interested in challenging themselves at Street Fighter in a bit of an unconventional way.

MrPeck324 also took on the challenge of flying through trials as quick as possible, this time around putting Dhalsim into the spotlight.

Dhalsim doesn't exactly have the best walking speed in the game, but he does have a wide variety of movement options at his disposal. MrPeck makes great use of Dhalsim's mobility to get into position to perform each combo, and save a decent amount of time in the process.

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SoCal Regionals 2016 results ft GamerBee, Xiao Hai, Momochi, SonicFox

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

SoCal Regionals 2016 is finally upon us, and it's a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour. That's not all, though, because it's also a Killer Instinct World Cup qualifier, King of Fighters 14 World Championship qualifier and Tekken 7 King of the Iron Fist North American qualifier.

Games featured at the event will be Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters 14, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and Killer Instinct.

As far as players go, you can expect to see ZW|GamerBee, Qanba|Xiao Hai, EG|Momochi, cR|SonicFox, EG|Justin Wong, AS|Reynald, MJS|Haitani, Liquid|NuckleDu, F3|Sleep, Mago, HM|Eita, HM|Go1, Secret|Poongko, HM|Dogura, PG|Filipino Champ, PG|Scar, IMT|ANTi, EG|Ricki Ortiz, CCG|NYChrisG, GC|ElRosa, CLG|VoiD, YOMI|Michaelangelo, Noble|iLuusions, ViolentKain, ITS|WayGamble, ITS|Princess Ling, YOMI|MIT, Circa|Nicky, FOX|Julio, CBZ|Nuki, PND|Madzin, EVB|Chris Tatarian, Circa|LPN, F3|Alucard, cR|HoneyBee, YouDeal|Yukadon, ApologyMan, cR|WoundCowboy, Brenttiscool, GOL|Ranmasama, LDA|Luis Cha, BjornSonOfBear, YOMI|DJT, NVT|Flash, BT|Angelic, YOMI|Zyphox, OilKing, TS|NerdJosh, RB|Snake Eyez, BH|Swordsman09, GAM|Caba, EG|PR Balrog, FilipinoMan, EG|K-Brad, Khannibalito, RN|Alex Myers, TheBeautifulDude, C4|Gnarlyfeats, GAM|DR Ray, Reiketsu, DS|Stupendous, Nacer, GS|Gllty, WFX|801 Strider, Mike L Na, FourWude, BurnoutFighter and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2, Tekken and 2G Gaming.

Catch the full action below.

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Xyzzy hits a jaw-dropping hit confirm, Mago takes a big gamble and PR Balrog is BACK! SoCal Regionals top 16 highlights

We're not even down to the top eight bracket of Street Fighter 5 yet, and already have we seen some incredible action at SoCal Regionals 2016.

Having seen the player roster we already knew this event would be huge, but the upsets, clever plays and clutch sequences have exceeded expectations, even in the top 16 bracket.

We've collected a handful of such happenings, the first of which sees /r/Kappa|Xyzzy score a brilliant hit confirm off of Birdie's counter hit crouching light punch. Click the image below to see it:

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Guile's stage isn't the only one with lewd references; Super Famicom version of Street Fighter II reveals sexual gesture on Ken's stage

James and Mike from Cinemassacre recently received a Super Famicom copy of Street Fighter II World Warrior, with specific instructions to compare Ken's stage in this version of the game to the American Super Nintendo version.

At first we expected to find some sort of profound key to the Street Fighter story line, or perhaps an Easter egg cameo for some character that would appear in later titles. What we actually found was an immature gesture that we're embarrassed to say we laughed at.

We wish we could say this was the first time we've seen something like this in the Street Fighter series, but Guile's stage in both Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 5 contain similar gestures. You'll see it in action below, and can watch the full video after the jump.

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ImStillDaDaddy vs. MOV at Milan Games Week was one of the greatest Street Fighter 5 matches to date, here's how it went down

One of the most exciting matches we've seen on the Pro Tour this year, (and perhaps the best we've seen featuring Guile thus far) DA|ImStillDaDaddy and MOV met in the top eight bracket of the European Regional Finals at Milan Games Week in Italy.

Anyone in the scene will tell you that ImStillDaDaddy is more than competent when it comes to Street Fighter, but Chun-Li is debated to be the best character in the game, and MOV is debated to be the best Chun in the world. Sprinkle on top the fact that ISDD used Guile, (not the worst character, but certainly not the best) and you get a pretty clear idea of where the book says to place your bets.

This potential blowout was anything but, as the set would yield round after exciting round, and would go the distance to get to the third round of the fifth match. What was ImStillDaDaddy's secret? Beyond an expert level fireball game, and incredibly well-read Flash Kicks, he leveled up his technical game by using Guile's air throw to change his hitbox, and make MOV's anti air attempts whiff:

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Decisive perfects, overbearing rushdown, and even a victory over Daigo; Yu5ririn's Urien is a force to be reckoned with

Urien's been in the hands of the public for less than a month, and already there are players showing just how strong the character could be in the right hands.

Xuses GB has put together a compilation of a Urien player that goes by the name of Yu5ririn, featuring his play against his peers in high level ranked matches.

Yu5ririn prefers to play Urien with an in-your-face approach, quickly disposing of opponents who can't take the heat. It's rare to see him let up the pressure, even BST|Daigo wasn't safe from the overwhelming pressure:

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Gootecks and Mike Ross do their best to 'lift the curse' and rise above the salt in Street Fighter 5 on their latest Excellent Adventure

Sunday has rolled around again, which means yet another Excellent Adventure from Gootecks and Mike Ross is upon us. This time around the guys continue to dig into the depths of the salt mines, looking to defend their online points from the masses.

After having a bit of a tough time in the last episode, they both decide to switch characters in an attempt to alleviate a bit of the stress that comes from opponents who like to play wild.

Mike, for example, decides to dust off Birdie for a change of pace from his usual Laura, but things don't exactly turn out as planned:

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DLC characters are making waves at SoCal Regionals 2016 - could we see one of them go all the way?

For the most part, the popular opinion when it comes to the strength of Street Fighter 5's DLC characters still seems to say that they are weak. This is not to say, however, that they do not see results in tournament play.

SoCal Regionals 2016 is one of the premier events taking place this weekend, and several players have comfortably made it into top 32 with a heavy focus on using a DLC character.

Balrog is seeing quite a bit of action this weekend; EG|PR Balrog is currently sitting in the winners bracket after a clutch victory over ZW|Gamerbee. CKD|Javi and F3|Alucard have also chosen the boxer as their character to carry into a top 32 position.

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Capcom Pro Tour Europe Regional Finals results ft. Phenom, Daigo, MOV, CCL, Xian

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

After a long season of events throughout Europe, it's time for the Capcom Pro Tour Europe Regional Finals to take place at Milan Games Week in Milan, Italy.

The players already qualified for the Sunday finals, through CPT victories or close-to-victories, are BX3|Phenom, BST|Daigo, MOV, AWS|CCL, RZR|Xian, RB|Luffy, MD|MisterCrimson, PxP|Problem X, DA|ImStillDaDaddy, Rize|Cobelcog, AWS|Akainu, PRLS|Packz, GS|TKR and Fruit.

Saturday will have a last-chance-qualifier tournament taking place to decide the last two players to join that top 16, with some top contenders attending, including HORI|Sako, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, RB|Bonchan, Melty|Gen1us, Brick, LaDose|Akram, Atrosh, LaDose|Nassim, Sean2DGod and many more.

Streaming is being done over at Capcom Fighters.

Check out the action in all of its glory below.

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Street Fighter 5 and King of Fighters 14 both headed to arcades - KoF14 getting full arcade version, SF5 will be PC version

An announcement was made at Toushinsai today, after the tournament festivities was over.

Toushinsai is an arcade-only event, and as such had tournaments in Ultra Street Fighter 4 and King of Fighters 13, which naturally felt a bit out of place since both series have just had new games released this year. Thankfully, both series' developers were at hand to announce that come next year, they can play the newest version, since both of the games are coming to arcades.

King of Fighters 14 will be on the NESICAxLIVE 2 system, while Street Fighter 5 won't quite be getting an arcade version in the traditional sense, but instead will have PC stations placed in arcades that allow arcade players to battle eachother through the PC version of Street Fighter 5.

Considering the impact the arcade community has on Japan's players, this is definitely good news all around for both the King of Fighters and Street Fighter communities.

Source: Toushinsai Day 2 Archive. Thanks to RYU81 for sending this in.

Arc Revolution Cup 2016 results ft. Rion, Omito, Ogawa, Kedako

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's time for this year's Arc Revolution Cup, often affectionately referred to as ArcRevo, taking place at the larger Toushinsai arcade game event.

At this event, there will be single-entrant tournament play for Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], King of Fighters 13, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade, Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel and Chaos Code. Team events will be held for BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players expected to attend include Rion, Omito, Ogawa, Kedako, Kakkou, Nage, Daru, TopGaren, Hamburg, Hasegawa, FAB, Samitto, MarlinPie, Jajamaru and many, many more for a variety of games.

Streaming is being done at Toushinsai Official TV.

Check out the full action below.

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Lupe Fiasco takes on Tokido in Street Fighter 5... it doesn't go as well as his set with Daigo

The Beast slayer himself, Lupe Fiasco, doesn't only play Street Fighter at high profile events. The professional rapper apparently finds time to grind out matches online from time to time, and recently ran into none other than Japanese god Tokido.

Having garnered the FGC's attention after winning a Street Fighter 5 exhibition against BST|Daigo on the eve of the game's release, Lupe has showed continued interest in being part of the community with appearances at major events throughout 2016.

Defeating day negative one Daigo is a tad different than playing against a now fairly seasoned Tokido. The two players fight in four Ranked matches, which you'll catch after the jump.

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Itabashi Zangief sent immediately to losers bracket at Milan Games Week after facing the most unpredictable Ken play we've seen yet

DNG|Itabashi Zangief was the number one seed at the Milan Games Week last chance qualifier in Italy. In Itabashi's ideal tournament run, he'd take one of the top two spots in this bracket so as to make it into the 16-man Capcom Pro Tour European Regional Finals tomorrow.

This ideal scenario was shaken very heavily in his very first match as a Ken player by the name of FH|Jimmy would engulf Itabashi in the flaming whirlwind of Shoryukens, Tatsus and wake up medium punches that make up his unrelenting offense.

The number one seeded player simply could not make sense, or keep up with, Jimmy's unpredictable gameplay. Here's a quick taste of what he faced:

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Brings back memories of a certain Ryu player at DreamHack 2013 doesn't it? You can watch their full set to see how it plays out below.

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Tokido prioritizes match footage and strategy over longer grind sessions, and aims to snatch the #1 CFN spot from Momochi; Yahoo Esports interview

This past weekend at South East Asia Major 2016, Yahoo Esports own Michael Martin caught up with Tokido, who shares a bit of insight on his plans for the remainder of the year, and what he's doing to prepare.

In order to compete at a high level, naturally one would have to train effectively. Since CEO, Tokido has made some changes to the way he trains. Previously, he would pour hours on end into just playing the game, but now he spends less time playing to make room to focus on watching matches and improving his strategies.

Part of making those improvements include developing strategies against the other major contenders for the Capcom Cup title, and you can already see some payoff with his win over EG|Momochi, who has also already qualified.

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SoCal fighting game player opens up one of the most successful food trucks in Los Angeles

Gerald "LA Akira" Abraham is one of the strongest Street Fighter II players in the States, a fierce Virtua Fighter competitor and now the proud co-owner of one of Los Angeles' most successful new food trucks.

Gerald and his wife, Chizuru, have teamed up to bring an authentic taste of Japan to Southern California. Introducing Okamoto Kitchen, a roaming eatery that offers lesser-known Japanese dishes.

With dishes such as the Nom Bom Sandwich, cheese mochi and Okamoto Curry, Okamoto Kitchen was able to win the LA Weekly reader’s choice for best food truck of 2016.

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While Gerald deals with customers up front, Chizuru uses her learnings from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts to create top tier foods for customers all over LA. The culinary duo already has a full schedule booked for the rest of the year, and will be at SCR tonight from 5-10 p.m.

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