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Four powerhouse Street Fighter 5 competitors that are dangerously close to missing Capcom Cup 2018

We're just two months away from Capcom Cup 2018, and competitors now have just eight more events at which to garner any kind of points before the big dance in Las Vegas.

Three of these events are Regional Finals and one of them is an online tourney, meaning players that find themselves just outside of Cap Cup berth are likely feeling anxiety spikes as they vie for last minute positioning.

Four players will get into the Cup via Regional Finals events, one will get in via the Last Chance Qualifier and then the reigning champ, Rise|MenaRD, has a spot no matter what. As such we'll use 26th place on the Global Leaderboards as the final spot before the bubble.

At this very moment AB|StormKubo occupies 26th with 551 points. The point qualification line may rise to be a bit above this number by the end of the season, but this is roughly the standard that last minute would-be clinchers will need to surpass to get in.

There are still some variables that could affect the cutoff line if already qualified players win said Regional Finals or if 8th ranked PG|Infiltration winds up being disqualified pending the result of ongoing domestic abuse investigations.

We'd like to take a look at some of the competitors on the Capcom Pro Tour that have been more or less expected to make the Cup, but aren't exactly in the best of positions here in this final stretch of the 2018 Pro Tour.

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Jaden Smith releases new song 'Goku' and it has about as much to do with Dragon Ball Z as you'd expect

You have probably already heard Jaden Smith's new song titled after main Dragon Ball Z protagonist Goku, but if you haven't, allow me to give you the skinny. Apologies ahead of time for ruining your day, Dragon Ball fans...

Son of famed rapper / TV and movie star, Will Smith, Jaden Smith has been delving into the world of Hip Hop for the past couple of years now. The 20-year-old artist recently released a new track called "Goku," and it has about as much to do with Dragon Ball Z, Saiyans, and the Dragon Balls as you might expect — nothing.

The main hook of the song repeats the line "I feel like I'm Goku," but there isn't much outside of that that seems to reference the legendary anime series or Goku himself. The Goku line is preceded by "I'm ballin'," so maybe that's supposed to be an indirect reference to the Dragon Balls — that's one hell of a stretch, though.

What's interesting, though, is that the most direct reference to pop culture seems to be the sampled scream you hear throughout the song. Unless I'm losing my mind here, I'm fairly certain that was pulled straight from the intro of 90s Nickelodeon cartoon series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.

In any event, using a character name from fan-favorite IPs as the title of a song that has nothing to do with said character is not a new concept. Back in April, A-list Hip Hop artist Nicki Minaj released her song "Chun-Li" that really had no references to Street Fighter's iconic female world warrior — aside from Nicki being dressed like Chun-Li in the music video and saying her name a few times in the song.

Fortunately, if Jaden Smith's "Goku" doesn't have enough Goku for you, you can always pop in your copy of Dragon Ball FighterZ — Arc System Works' / Bandai Namco's 3v3 fighting title — which some people feel might have too much Goku in it. Super Saiyan Goku, Base Form Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, Goku Black, Super Saiyan Blue Vegito (fusion of Goku and Vegeta), and Bardock (Goku's father) are all playable characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ, so there's certainly no shortage there.

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Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas is working for Marvel, produced Sony's Spider-Man on PlayStation 4

It was just around this time last year that we first heard that Peter "Combofiend" Rosas was leaving Capcom after five years with the company, and we had no idea where he was headed next.

The long time fighting game community competitor turned developer was known first for his stellar play, perhaps becoming most famous for his mastery of Spencer's Bionic Arm Super in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

After having joined Capcom around 2012 to help work on the latter iterations of Street Fighter 4 and then Street Fighter 5, we stopped seeing Rosas as much behind the sticks and instead looked forward to seeing him behind the microphone as he served as an unofficial bridge between community and company.

After his work with Street Fighter 5, Rosas moved on to the development team of 2017's Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. It was just over a month after Infinite's September 16th release that announced that he would be parting ways with Capcom.

It seems as though Combofiend didn't swing too far away as we've been able to independently verify that he is now working with Marvel Games.

We spotted the familiar moniker in the credits of the wildly popular new Spider-Man title for PlayStation 4. Rosas' name pops up near the very end of the credits sequence, but if you're not wanting to wait for a minute and thirty seconds, don't worry, we've clipped it for you right here:

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Super Smash Bros. Melee EVO 2018 champion slams controller after big loss at major event

There's no doubt that TSM|Leffen is one of the best Super Smash Bros. Melee players that the community has ever seen before. You don't just earn the title of "god slayer" and win a major EVO championship through a complete fluke.

It's also extremely clear that Leffen has a passion for the game that very few are able to mirror. Competitors like Leffen have continued to take the meta to new plains despite the fact that Super Smash Bros. Melee was released nearly 17 years ago.

Although EVO 2018 was a few months ago, one can imagine that anything other than first place might be considered to be an underperformance by Leffen. After this amazing victory, Leffen opted to take an extended break.

At The Big House 8 this past weekend, Leffen displayed an emotional performance in the tournament's losers quarterfinals.

After being sent to the losers bracket by C9|Mango, he then had to face off against PG|Plup and his Sheik. While this was going to take some work, this was definitely doable as Leffen was able to defeat Liquid|Hungrybox and Alliance|Armada at EVO 2018 — two of the best players in the world.

Unfortunately, Leffen ran into some execution errors in the fourth game. This resulted in a self-destruct of Leffen's stock at 19% damage. Leffen was visibly and understandably annoyed by this turn of events.

Still, he could potentially defeat Plup and take it to game five. He started mounting an impressive comeback despite the self-inflicted deficit. But then... he self-destructed his final stock in a very similar manner.

Leffen was eliminated. All that passion for the game sometimes has a price. The controller in his hand was then angrily slammed into the floor — in which it was apparently unscathed — and was captured on stream.

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Blanka match up chart released for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3.5 by Wolfgang and the Blanka Discord

Blanka is one of the characters that was released as DLC for Season 3. While it's possible this Brazilian beast is very unexplored compared to the rest of the cast, he tends to not be seen at the top placings of tournaments very often.

Recently, Wolfgang released "the final Blanka matchup tier list for the rest of Season 3." Notably, Wolfgang is a top performing Blanka player that was the MVP of the EventHubs vs. r/StreetFighter event at the Cross Counter Bar Fights 2018.

Supposedly, this chart is agreed upon by the Blanka Discord group. Wolfgang's comments seem to indicate that LU|Alex Valle also participated in the discussion at some point.

Interestingly enough, Blanka's worst match ups appear to be Urien and Sakura. While Sakura is often regarded as a fighter that is on the lower end of the tier list, Wolfgang has noted that Blanka has a lot of difficulties dealing with her crouching heavy punch, standing light kick, movement options, and a fireball that's apparently difficult to slide under.

Blanka appears to have advantageous matches against Zangief, Nash, Falke, and Ed. Outside of that, it is believed that Blanka goes even with characters like Sagat and Birdie.

Feel free to draw comparisons to our community voted match up chart for Blanka in our tiers section. Be sure to let us know if you agree with Blanka's match ups or not in the comments section.

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Sako's Menat continues to improve with unrelenting pressure, execution intensive combos, and unpredictable mix ups at Topanga League 7

Day 10 of Topanga League 7 has wrapped up. Things are definitely heating up in this competition.

This is giving us a grand opportunity to observe some high level Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition gameplay from FAV|Sako, CYG|Fuudo, FD|Fujimura, Gachikun, GRPT|MOV, and OC|Gafro. There are certainly plenty of sequences that are worth highlighting.

We think this might be a great opportunity to highlight some of Sako's smart plays. Sako is definitely a competitor that should not be underestimated as he is currently 4th in the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 season and is one of the few players that has been able to win multiple premier events.

Thanks to HiFight we can take a closer look at how Sako is performing. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his Menat is looking very on point.

After successfully teching MOV's throw attempt, he was able to V-Trigger cancel from Menat's standing medium punch thanks to its impressive and disjointed reach. This was a high pressure situation for MOV.

While MOV was forced to block Menat's orbs, Sako moved forward and made it appear like he was about to go for a throw. Instead of actually committing to this action, he instead jumped and performed a dive kick.

Even after all the orbs were used, Sako was able to keep MOV on lockdown in the corner until the inevitable KO.

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Hungrybox takes out 3 stocks in 30 seconds, Mango and Zain have sick spike setups, while Leffen's wave shines are immaculate — Big House 8 highlights

One of the biggest Super Smash Bros. Melee events of the year just wrapped up over the weekend. There were over 1,000 entrants participating in The Big House 8.

The top players in attendance included Liquid|Hungrybox, PG|Plup, C9|Mango, Tempo|Axe, TSM|Leffen, PG|Zain, CLG|SFAT, OG|Swedish Delight, Liquid|ChuDat, ESE|Duck, Tempo|S2J, DIG|HugS, DIG|Lucky, G2|Westballz, Alliance|Android, IMT|Shroomed, Wizzrobe, and more.

There's a number of hype sequences that occurred during the top eight portion of the bracket that we need to talk about. As a result, clips of highlights have been created.

First up, let's take a look at the set between Mango and Leffen. One player would move on to face off against Hungrybox while the other would be sent to the losers bracket.

This boiled down to Mango's legendary Falco and Leffen's amazing Fox. Mango might be one of the "gods" of Melee, but Leffen is known as the "god slayer."

During the games, there were a number of risky plays that paid off, spikes, flashy combos, and even a few heartbreaking mistakes. When one stood victorious, the crowd erupted in applause.

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Thunderstruck VI results

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Thunderstruck VI.

Perhaps the biggest event going on this weekend (well, barring Smash Bros.'s The Big House 8) is Thunderstruck VI.

This tournament is taking place in Monterrey, Nuevo Léon, Mexico.

This is the fourth Saga Event for Dragon Ball FighterZ, meaning that one more player will join the esteemed ranks of GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1 and be qualified for that tour's finals. It's also a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's tour as well.

Besides those two main titles, the event will also feature King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. 4, King of Fighters '98: The Slugest, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Melee as main tournaments, with side tournaments available at the event as well.

Players attending include FOX|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Smug, NRG|Supernoon, CYG|Chris Tatarian, BC|ApologyMan, FOX|Dekillsage, SB|DoomSnake, PG|Nakkiel, SB|JB, BC|LordKnight, Luis Cha, Tempo|Alex Myers, VegasKOF|Wero Asamiya, EG|Ricki Ortiz, TxC|ViolentKain, Kusanagi and many more.

English language streaming is being done at Dragon Ball FighterZ, Team Sabroso and Neo Geo World Tour.

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The Big House 8 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the biggest Super Smash Bros. events of the year is upon us yet again.

This weekend, The Big House 8 will be taking place in Detroit, Michigan.

With over 1000 entrants for the main game, Super Smash Bros. Melee, it's going to be a huge event as always.

Besides Super Smash Bros. Melee, the event will also have Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. 64, as well as Doubles competitions for all three games.

Players attending are Liquid|Hungrybox, Alliance|Armada (only for Doubles), TSM|Leffen, C9|Mango, FOX|MKLeo, PG|Plup, Tempo|Axe, Tweek, Wizzrobe, CLG|SFAT, Tempo|S2J, Liquid|Salem, Liquid|ChuDat, IMT|Shroomed, EMG|Mistake, ESE|Duck, OG|Swedish Delight, PG|Cosmos, DIG|Lucky, G2|Westballz, CaptainZack, CLG|VoiD, MSF|LaLuna, ALG|n0ne, uS|Elegant, CLG|PewPewU, PG|Esam, PG|Zain, DIG|HugS, PG|MVD, BC|MikeHaze and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at VG Boot Camp, Even Matchup Gaming and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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ChrisG's Trunks' perfect play, HookGangGod's godlike reflect and Chiaotzu's surprise sacrifice; Thunderstruck Dragon Ball FighterZ highlights

It's been a blast all weekend in the Dragon Ball FighterZ event at Thunderstruck VI and we just finished playing through the final bracket of the tournament.

The stakes were especially high today as Thunderstruck served as a Saga event for the DBFZ World Tour, meaning the winner took home the fourth of seven highly sought after Dragon Balls.

Top eight consisted of BC|ApologyMan, EG|NYChrisG, Jinx, Gish, VegasKOF|Koopa, NRG|Supernoon, FOX|Dekillsage and NRG|HookGangGod.

We grabbed some of our favorite moments from top eight to share with you as highlights so you can relive the hype from this high octane Mexican tourney.

Our first highlight shows just how aware and practiced up of a player ChrisG truly is. Walloping Koopa with a barrage of Supers from Tien, it didn't appear as though Chris was going to be able to quite finish off his foe.

Audiences were surprised to see that the American player had everything calculated down to the dirty details as he built just enough bar to call in Trunks' Super to finish Bardock.

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Why Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's alleged 'Spirits Mode' has potential to be the franchise's best single player adventure yet

We don't officially know that there's going to be a single player adventure mode in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate yet, but it's looking as though the still-veiled spot on the game's main menu will be Spirits Mode.

Much of this is, of course, speculation, but Commonwealth Realm has put together a pretty intriguing argument that's got us even more excited for this next installment in an already legendary franchise.

Melee had an adventure mode and then Brawl upped the ante with "The Subspace Emissary," but Smash 4 only featured an arcade ladder single player mode. This is probably because of the fact that developers were extremely busy cranking out two titles at once in the Wii-U and 3DS versions.

Already we've seen some incredibly beautiful sequences via cinematic character trailers. It's possible that these merely exist to introduce newcomers, but the level of detail and development that has taken place would suggest devs could be using these for more than just quick spots.

Luigi, Mario and Mega-Man have met some gruesome deaths in said trailers, with the former actually coming back as a ghost. We'd be lying if we said we weren't interested to see how these stories play out.

Continue on to see Commonwealth Realm's speculative take on what this mysterious new venture may be, and why it could be better than the adventures we've seen yet.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC characters ranked from worst to best; contribute your thoughts as well by voting in our polls

Now that all the DLC characters for Season 1 of Dragon Ball FighterZ have been released, we're taking a more in-depth look at how much each newcomer contributes to the game.

A recent video from Rooflemonger looks at the positive and potentially negative aspects of each of the eight, and then ranks them.

As far as Rooflemonger is concerned, this is not simply a character strength tier list. He actually factors in what these characters bring to the table in terms of fun and popularity as well as viability.

We've included a pair of polls to ask you who you think is the best and worst of the Season 1 DLC pack. For these polls please vote based on how much you think these newcomers have contributed to the game overall.

There's little question that Bardock is the most competitively viable of the DLC, and perhaps the roster in general, but one could go as far as to argue that he's a bit too common and dampens the sense of variety for audiences.

Watch the video, vote in the polls and then chime into the comments to let us know what you thought and why.

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Some days, you just need to watch old footage of Combofiend and Mike Ross playing Street Fighter 4

With countless chapters chronicling ups, downs and eras of every different sort, the fighting game community has been writing its unique history for the better part of the last three decades.

We're currently in the age of eSports as our games are now more accessible, we have more eyes watching major tournaments and there's more money floating about than ever before.

As interesting as our present is, I'd like to take a moment to look back on the not so distant past. The FGC saw one of its largest booms during the days of Street Fighter 4, and the groundwork for the immense expansion that we live in today was laid during this time.

Two of the most recognizable faces of this closed chapter had to be Mr. Mike Ross and Mr. Peter "Combofiend" Rosas. Both players were incredibly captivating whenever they appeared alone, but had a chemistry together that audiences could watch for hours on end.

We're taking a blast into the past today as we revisit one of Cross Counter's videos from back in 2012 where these two personalities clashed in the best way possible.

Watch as these two cycle through a rainbow of emotions from elation to extreme frustration as they face off in Arcade Edition 2012. Here's a quick example of Combo taking it to Mike with a perfect, and Mike's frustration meter maxing out:

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Cammy actually wasn't the most used Street Fighter 5 character at Thunderstruck; here are the top 32 character usage stats

We've been doing character usage stories for Capcom Pro Tour events for the better part of this year, and off the top of my head I cannot remember the last time Cammy wasn't the most commonly used Street Fighter 5 character.

We've taken inventory of the top 32 combatants at Thunderstruck VI, and while this is a Ranking as opposed to a Premier event, we're surprised to announce that the Killer Bee has clocked in at second place popularity.

We take this with a grain of salt because there were a few competitors for whom we haven't been able to find a character choice yet, but even so this is a refreshing look for the game's competitive face.

Of the current 34 avatars on the character select screen, 20 different fighters were used by the top 32 players this weekend. This suggests a pretty healthy mix and match and well-rounded outcome.

Find out who was most popular Street Fighter 5 character this time as you check all the data included after the jump below.

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Let's take a closer look at SonicFox's 'high tier' Beerus as he goes god of destruction on the competition in Dragon Ball FighterZ

As we're all aware of by now, Beerus is often regarded as the worst character in Dragon Ball FighterZ. This is extremely ironic since he is probably the strongest canonically.

Of course, not everyone agrees with this notion. Recently, FOX|SonicFox took to Twitter with comments that actually praised Beerus' tools. Apparently, he believes the character to be high tier.

Perhaps if we were to take a look at SonicFox's gameplay with Beerus, we can get a better idea of this combatant's untapped potential. A video has been uploaded to YogaFlame24's YouTube channel that showcases what Beerus can do.

In the very first match, SonicFox is facing off against someone who is using Android 21, Bardock, and Tien. Meanwhile, his own team consists of Beerus, Bardock, and Android 16.

Amazingly, SonicFox is able to quickly obtain the upper hand and defeat Android 21 and Bardock without taking a single point of damage with his Beerus. We can really see how he utilizes Beerus' Destruction Spheres to create unorthodox frame traps.

While the Tien ended up giving SonicFox a little more trouble than the other two fighters, SonicFox pulled off a super tricky set up where he comboed into Beerus' level 3 super, then used it again raw upon reacting to Tien's Dragon Rush attempt.

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Poll results: What adjustments to the game's mechanics would you most like to see for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 4?

Update: The results are in! Hit the jump to see how our readers voted.

Earlier: The entire roster for Season 3 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition has been released already. Players are now able to utilize Sakura, Blanka, Falke, Cody, G, and Sagat.

As we approach the end of the year, its time to start thinking about Season 4. I'm not just talking about the DLC characters that'll come with the season pass.

During the transition from Season 1 to Season 2 and Season 2 to Season 3, we saw a number of mechanical and system changes for Street Fighter 5. The Arcade Edition update was a particularly noteworthy patch.

Street Fighter 5 plays very differently compared to what was released nearly three years ago. It stands to reason that a number of additional adjustments will be applied in Season 4.

So what should be changed? Should there be adjustments to the V-Skills, V-Triggers, V-Reversals, or Critical Arts? Maybe Capcom can put in some new options for players to choose from.

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Minecraft PR gives curious response to question about Steve representation in Super Smash Bros. at Minecon party

Minecon 2018 took place not too long ago on September 29, 2018. Minecraft is such a popular game that it gets its own con now. According to PC Gamer, Minecraft has sold over 144 million (now over 154 million) copies of the game as of January 2018 — which makes it the second best-selling video game of all time next to Tetris.

Rumors have been circulating about the potential of some sort of Minecraft representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In fact, the leaker that was able to successfully predict the Ice Climbers, Snake, Ridley, Simon Belmont, and Isabelle before their reveals has commented that Minecraft will have a presence of sorts.

The leaker has never been able to confirm how Minecraft will be portrayed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This individual has pondered about the possibilities of a stage, Assist Trophy, and character slot. As always, it's very important to take every rumor with a grain of salt.

Swagorn had the interesting idea to ask the developers at the Minecon party if Steve will be in Super Smash Bros. now that Minecraft is on the Nintendo Switch. Apparently, the purpose of this question was just meant to be a joke. Curiously though, it was the person in charge of the public relations that answered rather than the developers themselves.

Rather than outright denying the possibility or stating that no such conversation has occurred between the Minecraft team and Nintendo, it was declared that they "don't have any news on that." Instead, it was suggested that fans upvote requests on a forum so that they can show Nintendo.

This could mean that some sort of non-disclosure agreement was signed or it could mean absolutely nothing at all. Swagorn stated that the developers present there weren't big names within the company so it's possible that nobody there knew anything about Minecraft representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate anyhow.

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