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Vega received nothing but buffs in Season 2.1, we examine what kind of threat these changes will be in Street Fighter 5

A lot of people are excited about the changes coming to Vega in Season 2.1 of Street Fighter 5, and today we wanted to take a closer look at how this will impact the character.

Multiple players dropped Vega as their main a little ways after Season 2 was released, as the character saw quite a few negative changes.

Season 2.1 is introducing a number of improvements though, so let's take a closer look at how this will change the Spanish bullfighter.

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CarlosG's photos of Poison, Viper and Sakura are amazing, and this is only the preview

Photographer Carlos G has been hard at work on shoots featuring the gorgeous cosplayers Ireland Reid, Lis Lou Who and Stella Chuu.

Poison, C. Viper and Sakura are all favorites from the Street Fighter series, and now come to life in new ways thanks to these talented cosplayers. Below you'll see the preview shots for the forthcoming galleries.

As always, please share your reactions in the comments to let us know what you think of these beautiful photographs.

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Source: CarlosG Photography.
Cosplayers: Ireland Reid, Lis Lou Who and Stella Chuu.

Tokido goes from winning to KO'd in 12 seconds: This clip perfectly exemplifies one of the main issues players currently have with Street Fighter 5

In Street Fighter 5's current state, some feel that damage output is too high. You may have heard players talk about losing a round in one or two sequences, making for a bit of an unfair experience.

If you're unsure what that might look like, a clip from one of FOX|Tokido's recent streams has been circulating through Twitter today and does the perfect job of exemplifying this phenomenon.

The following footage shows an online match between Tokido's Akuma and a Balrog player. Throughout the round, Tokido secures and holds a commanding lead, making the Rog fall into each one of his traps, and he even scores a stun.

The Balrog player recovers and lands a jump-in after reading a fireball from Tokido. One large combo and a quick high/low mix up leads to the end of Tokido in just about 12 in-game seconds, taking almost an entire life bar from Akuma.


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'Hisako is a top 10 character, but not quite as overwhelming in the neutral as some of the top five characters' - Storm179 talks Killer Instinct

Calvin Phelps, also known as Storm179, had an outstanding showing at the Killer Instinct World Cup 2017 earlier this month. Not only did he defeat several of the game's best players in one of the most stacked Killer Instinct events of the year, but he also did so using Hisako -- a character not often seen in tournament finals.

We reached out to Phelps to discuss his recent success, get his thoughts on Hisako, the top five characters in the game, and more. Below is just a quick example of Storm179's level of play at the KI World Cup and a snippet from our interview.


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DreamKing: Please, introduce yourself to the EventHubs readers.

Storm179: The name is Calvin Phelps, handle is Storm179. I’m an aerospace engineer by day, and videogame fan in my free time.

DreamKing: How long have you been playing fighting games and Killer Instinct competitively?

Storm179: The first fighting game I ever played was Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo on the SNES, where I used to cheap out my brothers with Psycho Crusher spam. I’ve played fighters off and on since then, but Killer Instinct is the first one I’ve been really serious about, and to be honest I only really became competitive with it in the last year or so.

I bought an Xbox One specifically for the game and have played it avidly since launch, but only really started traveling and entering tournaments here in Season 3.

To read the full interview, be sure to hit the jump.

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Wayne leads the investigation into a man with a metal mask, Gerald lost to Alex but is challenging Ken next - More characters detailed in CFN profiles

The CFN Portal is up and running again with new character profiles expanding upon the Street Fighter world, and elaborating upon various backstories.

This time, we have the commanding officer over two CIA agents, Wayne Nakamura, and one of Alex's fiercest opponents, Gerald Gorby. Check out Wayne's image here.

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Continue below for his full profile, as well as Gerald's image and profile.

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Balrog is a true beast even without V-Trigger - This Smug highlight reel shows how scary the character is even at the beginning of matches

There are few characters in fighting games as explosive as Balrog can be in Street Fighter 5, and though most of his huge bursts of damage come once he has V-Trigger activated, he's actually super scary even before he gets that gauge filled up.

Perhaps the best Balrog player as of yet in Street Fighter 5 is the ever-popular PIE|Smug, originally known for his savage Dudley play back in Street Fighter 4, and thanks to XusesGB we have a great highlight reel featuring this very player.

You can catch a quick glimpse at Smug's devastating play right here.


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Continue below to check out the full video.

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King of Fighters: Destiny is a new CG animated series coming this Summer, and it looks awesome

A new, CG animated King of Fighters series has been announced by SNK. The King of Fighters: Destiny is slated for a Summer 2017 release in China.

Siliconera reports that we'll be seeing over 20 characters from the fighting game franchise in action. The project's official website shows voice actor listings for Chinese and Japanese talent, which seems to point to an eventual release in Japan, though there is currently no confirmation.

You can check out a few screenshots of The King of Fighters: Destiny below, and be sure to hit the jump to view the trailer.

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NM96MR's Street Fighter artwork will absolutely blow you away

These drawings keep getting better the more we look at them.

When it comes to artistic expression, NM96MR has so much talent we find it hard to come up with adjectives that do it justice. Today we look exclusively at Street Fighter figures from over the years as we look at fighters from the Alpha days all the way up to Street Fighter 5.

Look through this gallery at least twice, (it shouldn't be too hard) and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Tekken was originally called Rave War, Gon unlikely to ever return, playable fish and more - Did You Know Gaming sheds light on the series

Tekken is one of the most celebrated series in fighting game history, both commercially and critically, and during its 23-year history, a lot of things have happened, some more known than others.

Did You Know Gaming's latest video goes into detail on many of Tekken's lesser known intricacacies such as how the series' juggling originated, the extremely simple reason Tekken Force was introduced as a mode in Tekken 3, and one astoundingly bizarre character left out of Tekken 3's release, but still present in the game's data.

If you want a dose of Tekken knowledge injected, look no further than right below to check out the full video.

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'Season 2 is more hype to watch, VERY stressful to play... we're close to the perfect game' - PR Balrog has a lot to say about Street Fighter 5

Just look at that smile... you'd have to search far and wide to find a more charismatic FGC player than CYG|PR Balrog.

The NorCal player's fighting game skill is unquestionably high, and eyes are turned excitedly in his direction in Season 2 of Street Fighter 5 as his main character, Balrog, has been buffed.

BornFree caught up with PR Rog at Final Round 20 to ask him all about SF5, and kicked off with an interesting inquiry about the comparison between the game's two Seasons. PR Rog seems to feel Season 2 (though it has its clear faults) is close to being right where it should be.

He also shares the secondary characters he's been working on, offers some top tier advice for beginning players and plenty more.

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Everything you need to know about how the jump back option select is changing in Street Fighter 5

As big of a stir as the jump back option select caused when it was first discovered around one year ago, not everyone in the Street Fighter 5 community seems to have full grasp of how it works.

In short, it's a coverall means of defending against meaty attacks, throws and shimmies with one input sequence, the type of thing SF5 developers have wanted to avoid since day one.

Though there was something of an adjustment attempt made last year, the tech is still widely at large in regular gameplay. That's likely changing come the end of April.

Vesper Arcade has produced a video detailing the specifics of the jump back OS, and explaining why it should, in theory, be removed with the coming game update.

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Kenny Omega's Alex is up to Super Gold rank, watch as he bodies Jiyuna with a stylish parry sequence

Considering the man is a full time wrestler for New Japan Pro Wrestling, the fact that superstar Kenny Omega has found the time to level his Alex up to Super Gold is very impressive.

Come to think of it, perhaps the fact that he's using Season 2 Alex to climb the online ranks is impressive all in itself. In any case, the celebrity ran into none other that Jiyuna, (the producer of DaigotheBeasTV) while he was streaming a few days back.

Not only did Omega score the win with the Third Strike fan favorite, but he did so in total stylish fashion. Check out the sequence right here:


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These two actually played for quite some time, and if you'd like to see their full set you can see it over at Animeilluminati's stream archive page.

The only thing funnier than seeing this Zangief perform a nearly full screen air grab is Tyrant's reaction after getting hit by it

UM|Tyrant, an exceptionally strong M. Bison player from the United Kingdom, ran into a rather jarring hitbox interaction recently while playing some online Street Fighter 5.

We're all for Zangief having a decently large hitbox on his command grabs, as that's the way grapplers have been traditionally designed, but this is pretty ridiculous. Zangief's EX air command grab nabs Bison's Devil's Reverse from close to a full screen length away.

Bison's technique obviously widens his hurtbox, but we're having a hard time justifying this one. Tyrant's reaction after showing us the replay in slow motion is the cherry on top:


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Alex cannot perform Slash Elbow right after landing Air Knee Smash in current version of Street Fighter 5, check out this strange bug in action

In Street Fighter 5, Alex uses his Slash Elbow to cover ground quickly and move in on his opponent. But what appears to be a strange bug has been discovered that prevents him from performing the special move after landing his Air Knee Smash (anti-air knee attack) despite having enough time to charge.

Monokeros recorded a quick video demonstrating the oddity.

Unfortunately for Alex players, this prevention goes into effect whenever the Air Knee Smash hits successfully. This means that Alex loses his meaty Slash Elbow pressure (if the opponent goes for normal recovery) whether the attack hits as an anti-air or in combo.

Alex can, however, still perform his down/up charge moves right after the knee smash, meaning this is specific to Slash Elbow.

You can check out the footage after the jump.

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Lucius' Street Fighter 5 Season 2 Ibuki tier list

RnK|Lucius recently put together a Street Fighter 5 Season tier list for Ibuki using our Street Fighter 5 tiers section.

Lucius is known mainly for the string of excellent highlight reels from online matches, beginning during the Street Fighter 4 era and continuing now with Street Fighter 5. If you need a refresher, be sure to click here.

The chart gives us an idea of how the player feels Ibuki stacks up against the rest of the game's roster. We see that Lucius feels Ibuki has four match ups that are in her favor, 11 that are even, and eight that she is disadvantaged in.

Check out the list below.

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Do you agree with this tier chart? Let us know in the comments below.