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NYChrisG's Bardock gameplay changes the future for many online Dragon Ball FighterZ players

EG|NYChrisG is known as being an exceptional fighting game player. His accomplishments in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are particularly noteworthy.

In 2016, his Morrigan, Vergil, and Doctor Doom team proved unstoppable as he won the Evolution tournament for that year. He came in second place overall with his Morrigan and Monster Hunter team during the Battle for the Stones event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Evidently, this is a competitor that is very familiar with team fighting games. There is definitely a lot to learn from watching his gameplay in these type of titles.

Only just recently, Bardock and Broly were released as DLC fighters for Dragon Ball FighterZ. It seems that NYChrisG has incorporated Bardock into his team.

He's been taking his chosen group of Bardock, Future Trunks, and Vegeta into online matches. XusesGB has uploaded a video that showcases the work he's been putting in against online players.

After the jump, you can check out the video. Before then, check out this Bardock combo that lasted over 25 seconds for the K.O.


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Update: Which Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition characters are the biggest winners and losers of the Season 3.5 patch?

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

Earlier: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition recently saw an update that had varying effects on the game's entire roster. While some characters were nerfed, others received alterations that buffed their overall game plan.

It can be argued that certain characters received buffs when they were already top tier and were not in need of said buffs. The same could also be said of certain fighters that were perceived as low tier before but received nerfs anyhow.

Many players ended up being quite perplexed about the changes made to Menat and Cammy, for example. Both of these combatants were already performing well in the Season 3 meta, but were the subjects to some positive alterations anyhow.

There were also fighters that many people were seen as top tier before, but may have received far too many nerfs. Abigail and Rashid could be seen as characters that are now too weak due to the latest patch.

So which characters are the biggest winners and losers of the Season 3.5 update? After the jump, you'll find a poll that will allow you to choose up to eight options per question.

It's also worth checking out a change chart that was created by HiFight. This could help give an idea of what effects the patch had on everyone.

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Masahiro Sakurai, during the development of Super Smash Bros. 4, said character selection process was stressful 'almost to the brink of death'

A new Super Smash Bros. title has been announced for the Nintendo Switch. The extremely short trailer revealed only a few things.

Splatoon characters Inklings will be among the playable roster. Mario and Link, in a Breath of the Wild motif, will be return from previous Smash Bros. games. And finally, we know that the game will be released sometime in 2018.

Despite all this information, there are still a number of questions that fans were left with at the conclusion of the trailer. Is this upcoming brawler a new entry to the series or was it simply a port of Super Smash Bros. 4 from the Nintendo 3DS handheld and Wii U console?

Speculation about who will be joining the roster has also come about thanks to the silhouettes that were shown towards the very end. We've seen characters cut from previous entries in both Brawl and Smash 4. Will anyone get cut this time?

During the development of Super Smash Bros. 4, we reported on an interview with Masahiro Sakurai himself that was conducted by Polygon. According to Sakurai, the roster selection process is very stressful to him.

In fact, he described the intensity of the stress as though it were "almost to the brink of death."

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Comic book legend Jim Lee illustrates Dragon Ball Z's Goku for the first time

Jim Lee drew Dragon Ball Z's Goku... Need I say more?

Since it's kind of my job to do so, here's the scoop. The DC Comics Co-Publisher and legend in the realm of comic books recently sat down for a live stream over on his Twitch channel.

During the broadcast, the artist / writer / publisher / editor illustrated two separate pieces while viewers observed and shared their thoughts in the chat. We were given a look at Lee's process as he created artwork of DC Comics' Dr. Fate and Dragon Ball Z's Goku.

According to a tweet sharing the illustration from Lee himself, this is the artist's first time sketching Goku. The result is truly awesome.

As a fan of Mr. Lee's work might expect, this portrayal of Goku is a pretty far deviation from what we'd see DBZ series creator Akira Toriyama produce. Lee's comic book style shines through here, as he depicts a Super Saiyan form of the protagonist cracking the ground with a powerful punch.

Lee's gritty shading lines Goku's hair, arms, and face, while deep patches of black bring out the folds and details in his gi. The line work also helps to show the force of the impact, as rocks careen upward around the immensely strong Super Saiyan.

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Could we see Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot join the cast of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch?

With the announcement of the mere existence of Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch, speculation as to who could join the series' already massive roster is running wild with Nintendo's own creations plus the infinite barrel of third party characters.

Guest characters were first added a decade ago back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the surprise inclusions of Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid. Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U added in the likes of Mega Man, Ryu, Pac-man, Final Fantasy 7's Cloud Strife and Bayonetta.

This wide spread of characters has made it feel to fans that just about any game character from any publisher (including Microsoft with Banjo-Kazooie) out there could make a viable option to add to the newest installment.

Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot have been discussed by fans for years now, and with their new remastered collections coming out and coming to the Switch (at least Crash's is for now), it gives the characters their best shot at making it into the mascot platform fighter.

Activision announced Spyro Reignited Trilogy officially last week after rumors had been flying for months if not years. At the moment, the trilogy is only announced to be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the game's listing has been reportedly spotted for the Switch on Nintendo's own UK website.

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was also recently revealed to be coming to the Switch later this year on July 10 meaning both collections could end up finding their way to Nintendo's hybrid console.

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SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy will only be available physically for the Nintendo Switch in the West with Nintendo distributing the game

SNK Heroines is bringing all of your favorite femme fatales together into one 2v2 crossover fighting game titles with the help of NIS America and now apparently Nintendo as well.

In the latest issue of the gaming magazine MCV, via Nintendo Everything, NISA president Takuro Yamashita reveals a deal that was struck between themselves, SNK and Nintendo to give the Switch makers some exclusivity for Tag Team Heroines.

The game was originally slated to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive until both SNK and NISA sat down with Nintendo of Europe at Gamescom 2017 where they decided to cancel their exclusive contract with Sony.

This interview also reveals that Nintendo will act as the distributer for SNK Heroines in the West for physical copies of the game and "promised to buy a lot of units."

"Physical copy-wise, it’s going to be a Switch exclusive," said Yamashita, via MCV and Nintendo Everything. "PS4-wise it’s going to be just digital. That’s the deal. We will not release a packaged version for PS4 format. Then Nintendo will act as a distributor for this game."

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Jimmy J Tran shares his tier list for Tekken 7 with Devil Jin and Law among the top

It may be hard to believe, but Tekken 7 has been in the wild for over three years now for those that were fortunate enough to get their time in with the arcade version of the game.

With its diverse roster of characters as well as guest characters like Akuma, Geese Howard and most recently Noctis, Tekken 7 features the most variety in a Tekken game to date (minus the decent amount of top Dragunov players out there).

Professional Tekken player Jimmy J Tran took to Twitter today to share his current tier list for the game with a couple of surprising choices that do seem to match up with the results of last weekend's Beast Arena Hong Kong's results.

Tran's list only covers 21 of the game's characters, and sitting at the top under 'S+' ranking, he has Devil Jin, Dragunov, and Marshall Law. His main boy Bryan Fury is listed under 'A+' while Jack and Akuma are among those that sit in the 'A' rank position.

Geese Howard and Final Fantasy 15's Noctis are nowhere to be seen on the list, so it can be assumed that Tran views the characters as 'B+' rank or lower, as his list stops at 'A' rank with everyone else after being lumped together.

You can check out Tran's full list in the link below, and let us know in the comments who you think is the toppest of top tiers in Tekken.


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Teen Gohan is overpowered by Broly's attack, Nappa perfects an entire team, and more in YogaFlame24's hypest moments compilation

YogaFlame24 has been putting a lot of focus on Dragon Ball FighterZ for his channel. By this point, he's uploaded over forty videos for the title that showcase many more matches.

More than likely, you may not have had enough time to watch all his content. He has taken the time to create a video titled "the hypest DragonBall FighterZ moments from this channel."

As expected, this video is a compilation made up of some hype moments found in YogaFlame24's uploads. This compilation spans for 11 minutes.

Since Dragon Ball FighterZ is such a flashy game, situations that can create hype among the spectators are not exactly rare. YogaFlame24 appears to keep things varied with the characters behind the exciting times.

Bardock and Broly were only just recently released as DLC characters. Despite this, there are moments that highlight some of a number of their fun strategies.

Here's a funny sequence of Teen Gohan trying (and failing) to stop Broly's super:


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Sub-Zero vs. Black Panther in Wrestlemania 34? Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander wrestled one another while wearing some awesome costumes

Wrestlemania 34 was a special pay-per-view event that went on last night. I imagine wrestling fans everywhere were paying attention to the fights that occurred on the main stage.

One of the fights pitted Mustafa Ali against Cedric Alexander. What was most interesting about their match were the costumes that they chose to wear.

Fighting game fans were sure to recognize who they were cosplaying as. Mustafa Ali came out while wearing a classic Mortal Kombat outfit.

Apparently Mustafa Ali had joined the Lin Kuei as he came out dressed as Sub-Zero. His opponent might've been frozen in fear had he not come prepared too...

Cedric Alexander donned a special Blank Panther costume. Recently, Black Panther appeared in the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite fighting game.

What are the odds that we'll someday see a Marvel vs. Mortal Kombat fighting game in the future? Probably not too high, but this was pretty cool to see all the same.


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Nintendo Switch bricking might be avoidable if you don't use third party chargers or docking stations

Recently, the Nintendo Switch received an update that put its version number to 5.0. Since then, there have apparently been some reports of Nintendo Switch consoles bricking on their users.

Many appear to be attributing these problems to third party chargers and docking stations. According to Destructoid, Nintendo has re-iterated that non-sanctioned products are not meant to be used with the Nintendo Switch.

In a statement given to Kotaku, "unlicensed products and accessories do not undergo Nintendo’s testing and evaluation process." In other words, Nintendo is not able to account for how third party products might affect the Nintendo Switch after major updates.

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Blanka and Ken knock foes up into orbit with high flying juggles; desk explores new Season 3.5 combo potential for Chun-Li, Ken, M. Bison and Blanka

Street Fighter 5 has had yet another makeover as the Season 3.5 changes are in full effect, and combo god desk is taking a closer look at what characters can do with the new tools they've been given.

Today he's taking a closer look at Chun-Li, Ken, M. Bison and Blanka as we check out their new cancels, altered move properties and more.

M. Bison keeps his opponents up in the air for days using the juggle properties of his V-Trigger 2 pop up technique, while Blanka and Ken smack foes higher up in altitude than ever before.

Not only does desk show off these newly possible sequences, he also later explains the nuances of the character changes that make them possible in the first place.

If you missed out, be sure to take a look back at his first and second videos in this series as well.

Here's a quick clip we thought was particularly snazzy, check it out and then watch the full video after the jump.


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Cloud805 talks with BornFree about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's collapse, the three things to change in Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more

UYU|Cloud805 will go down in history for being the player to win the first official Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite major event by winning the Battle for the Stones series. Actually, this might be the only official Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite event ever.

BornFree had a chance to sit down with Cloud805 at the NorCal Regionals 2018 for an interview. A video was uploaded that has the two talking about a number of different topics.

The first subject had to be about the Marvel vs. Capcom series. They started with Cloud805's first EVO in 2013 where he was able to make top eight in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and take out Filipino Champ -- the previous year's EVO champion for the game.

When the topic changed to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Cloud805 discusses some rumors that were apparently going on during the title's development cycle. Cloud805 mentioned that he wished things were handled differently.

Eventually they move on to Dragon Ball FighterZ. Evidently, Cloud805 is quite the fan of the series and was apparently very happy to find out that the title was a 2D fighter rather than a 3D fighter.

When pressed about what he'd like changed, there were three things that Cloud805 was quickly able to come up with. He'd like to see super dashes be more negative or punishable, crouching heavy attacks not be cancellable, and make Vanish leave the user at negative frames on block.

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Abigail's unblockable Hybrid Charge is no match for Alex's Sledgehammer parries in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

While Abigail received a substantial number of nerfs in the Season 3.5 update, it's still very important to understand how a number of his tools work. Both of his V-Triggers give him access to armored and unblockable attacks if they are charged.

In many cases, the best option against these unblockables is to simply take the hit while guarding. A combo that starts from a guard crush will receive a lot of scaling, reducing the overall damage taken. It's simply too risky to try anything else with a majority of the cast.

Some characters, like Alex, are able to counter these type of tools without too much difficulty. Alex's V-Trigger 1, the Rage Shift, gives him the option to utilize the Sledgehammer move.

While charging the Sledgehammer, Alex will automatically parry any attack that collides with his body. This includes unblockable attacks like Abigail's Metro Crash -- which is available during V-Trigger 2.

DemonDan14 recently uploaded a clip from Gunfight's Twitch channel. You might know DemonDan14 from his "Make Alex Great Again" series.

In this clip, Gunfight was matched up against an Abigail that thought it would be a good idea to try the Metro Crash on his Alex. As you might expect, things did not work out too well for the Abigail...


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Just how hard was Abigail hit in Season 3.5? Vesper takes an in depth look to see if Abby can still hang in Street Fighter 5

Easily the most discussed character in Season 3, Abigail became a vehicle for transporting players to the deepest and darkest parts of the salt mines thanks to his unparalleled damage output.

Hearing the cries of disgruntled competitors, Capcom elected to take away more than a few of Abby's tools, possibly leaving him a shell of his former self.

To help us better understand the finer details and implications here, Vesper Arcade has produced a new video in which the car-loving character's changes are put under the microscope.

Generally speaking, Abigail will now dole out less damage from his combos. He'll also have a harder time staying close to his foes after scoring hits, meaning he won't be able to snowball opponents as well.

The towering grappler has a few things going for him still, as his neutral still seems pretty strong since his long-reaching normals are relatively difficult to whiff punish, but still carry with them some great reward potential.

Give the video a watch to hear Vesper's conclusions, then let us know what you think about Abigail in Season 3.5 by chiming into the comments below.

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'The best Street Fighter 5 characters are playing a one player game' - Stupendous shares his thoughts on SF5, his sorrows for Zangief and more

While he may not be winning every last tournament in sight, his candid determination and impressive success with Zangief have earned Frankie "Stupendous" Lee Jr. the respect of many Wednesday Night Fights stream monsters and general FGC members alike.

While many have abandoned ship in terms of the Russian wrestler because of his Season 3 nerfs, Stupendous has stayed the course as he still tries to up the "boof" and "plant" counters (successful Spinning Pile Drivers and Critical Arts, respectively).

During his time at NorCal Regionals this year, Lee met up with BornFree to talk about a variety of things including Street Fighter, what it's like to experience the competitive scene firsthand, live streaming and more.

Stupendous has an interesting take on the top tiers of SF5, citing them as characters who "play a one player game." He explains that by this he means that their offense is so oppressive that they needn't concern themselves much with the possible moves their opponent could make.

This interview was conducted just before the unveiling of the Season 3.5 balance update, but a lot of it still actively applies to where the game is at now.

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Go1 proved unstoppable as he won the Brussels Challenge Major Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament without losing a single match

The Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament at the Brussels Challenge Major Edition event has come to its conclusion. This was a spectacular event for Dragon Ball FighterZ spectators and fans.

CO|Go1 was clearly the player to beat in this event. I'm sure nobody is surprised to hear that his performance was extremely dominant.

Amazingly, he was able to win the entire tournament without losing a single match. Not even TSM|Leffen was able to take a win off him. It is becoming increasingly more clear that Go1 is the best player of the game right now.

His reactions, reads, and decision making were all on point throughout the event. His team continues to be Adult Gohan, Cell, and Vegeta.

Despite previously sending Leffen to the losers bracket, Leffen was able to meet GO1 in the grand finals. While Go1 had a 3 - 0 victory over Leffen both times, there were some close calls that are worth mentioning.

At one point, Leffen reduced Go1's team to just Vegeta while he still had a healthy Android #21, Cell, and Vegeta of his own. Despite the odds, Go1 made a reverse OCV (one character victory) with Vegeta -- a character that many consider to only be good because of his assist.


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Multiple reports of characters becoming invisible hit Street Fighter 5 thanks to apparent Season 3.5 bug

We're not sure what exactly incites it, but it appears as though a mysterious invisibility bug is popping up in Street Fighter 5 now that we've entered Season 3.5.

The first we saw of this came from none other than RZR|Xian as he showed footage of Ken facing off against a Necalli that was mostly absent from the screen save for a few distorted limbs that would randomly pop up.

More recently a New York player by the name of Genos uploaded some footage of his Akuma facing off against a Karin.

While Akuma was present, Karin was completely invisible with the exception of her shadow as she moved about the screen. We looked up the replay for this bout between PlayStation 4 users, and found that we could see her just fine upon subsequent viewings.

At this point we do not know what it is that triggers this apparent bug, nor do we know how prevalent it is, but hopefully developers will soon see this and quickly get to the bottom of it.

Here you'll see both of the aforementioned instances of it happening:


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