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Punk takes on the NRS fighter and Dragon Ball FighterZ titan, SonicFox, in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Punk is widely recognized as one of the greatest Street Fighter 5 players in the world right now. His tournament performance in 2017 is certainly proof of that.

While FOX|SonicFox isn't particularly renowned for his performance in this particular series, he is known as an exceptionally strong fighting game player. He has been considered a top player at Injustice, Mortal Kombat X, Injustice 2, Skullgirls, Dragon Ball FighterZ, as well as others.

We've previously seen SonicFox play F.A.N.G at tournaments before he ultimately shifted his attention to other games. While the character has never been considered to be very strong, SonicFox's fundamentals might be enough to carry this poison wielding combatant.

So how well would SonicFox do against Punk in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition? I'm willing to bet that most people's money is on Punk due to his game advantage.

You might be surprised to hear that this match up isn't a one-sided beatdown. These professional competitors are able to secure their share of victories over one another.

SonicFox's corner lockdown is pretty impressive. Here's a quick look at a sequence that showcases his strength in this department:

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Dragon Ball FighterZ video guide on how to combo into Majin Buu's Fat Throw with all assists

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a fighter that has a relatively easy learning curve. With that said, most newcomers might be intimidated to play Majin Buu since a lot of his attacks work differently than what might be expected.

What really separates Majin Buu from the rest of the cast is his Fat Throw. This causes him to pull out a piece of his stomach and throw it at the opponent in an attempt to wrap them up.

This grants Majin Buu one of the game's greatest vortex tools. The catch here is that Majin Buu is only able to combo into it on his own thanks to a Sparking Blast -- the special is too slow to combo into normally.

In order to set up the combo, he needs some assistance. He's technically able to land the attack during a sequence of attacks with the help from any of the game's assists... except for Android 18, of course. Her assist merely puts up a defensive barrier.

MrKingFunk has created a video guide that demonstrates how this pink blob of a character can set up his Fat Throw with almost any assist in the game. There are multiple applications for every combatant.

This video leaves no stone unturned. The video creator even showcases ways to set up this special with another Majin Buu as an assist. This can only happen if you capture the opponent's Majin Buu with Captain Ginyu's Body Change technique.

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Around this time last year, balance changes were announced for Street Fighter 5 Season 2

The Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition update was released on January 16, 2018. This update is very much connected to the Season 3 balance adjustments that launched on the same day.

Despite the little time that has elapsed, players are already getting a good feel of the meta. It's fairly clear on which fighters will rank high on the tier list, and who will end up being low tier.

Last year, during Season 2, there was a point before the Capcom Pro Tour really got started where another balance patch was announced and released by Capcom. While the name is unofficial, we've been referring to this part of the season as "Season 2.5."

This initial confirmation came on February 9, 2017. The balance patch must've been in its early planning stages as all this confirmation did was reveal that there would be further announcements on the subject in March of that year.

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What do we know about the whereabouts of the characters from Street Fighter 1, 2 and Alpha during the events of Street Fighter 5? Let's investigate

Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response to my Final Fight piece regarding where the characters from that franchise are hanging out during the event of Street Fighter 5, we'll be having a few more coming your way.

Starting off with this one, focusing on the characters from Street Fighter 1, Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter Alpha that aren't currently part of the Street Fighter 5 roster, and what references and allusions to them we've seen in the game so far.

While it might seem a bit excessive to put all these three games together in one, the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of the Street Fighter 2 cast are already in the game.

As for Alpha, which has a roster padded with a bunch of Street Fighter 2 characters as well, the Final Fight story actually covered the majority of other characters from there as well.

Thus, the decision was made to shove all these three together and go through all the characters currently missing from the three, that weren't already touched on in the previous article, and see what we've heard about them in relation to Street Fighter 5.

Now, without further ado, let's begin.

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Blanka mirror match chaos leads to double KO, Poongko's Abigail mentally breaks his opponent, and Zangief does 100% damage with one reset

It's that time again to admire the craziness that can (and does) take place within Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

XusesGB returns with the latest installment in the WTF/Lol Moments series. Marking the sixth video of its kind, there are some really great clips to behold here.

From almost comebacks to all out Blanka madness, Xuses continues to bring the laughter with these entertaining compilations.

The video opens up with RZR|Xian playing an online match with only one hand. While holding his phone in the other, the Ibuki player manages to confirm a Critical Art from kunai and win the game (not just the round).

Later, we see a Blanka mirror match that features as many hops and rolling attacks as you'd imagine, but ultimately ends in double KO. We also have a sequence from a Zangief player in which the large grappler takes 100% of Ibuki's life bar with a sequence that only uses one reset.

Before you get started, though, check out this almost punish from an Akuma player as he headhunts Urien.

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Capcom: Damage scaling changes 'intentional design decision' for Urien and Ibuki in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Capcom has a set of bug fixes in the works for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, that will be landing with the next update.

Today, the company clarified why these changes were being implemented for Urien and Ibuki's V-Triggers, and what the game designer's original intentions were behind altering how these moves worked previously.

With Ibuki's 2nd bomb and Urien's 2nd Aegis Reflector, the damage scaling was higher than in Street Fighter 5, as Capcom cited these attacks being "extremely versatile," and leading to heavy mix up scenarios.

To tone down their effectiveness, Capcom introduced additional damage scaling properties to both attacks, if they were landed as part of a combo.

If either of these attacks land as the first attack, their scaling would be unaffected, however.

Continue on to read about Capcom's intentions for these characters, along with a recap of bug fixes that are incoming for other cast members in a future update.

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There's something about Android 16 dunking Goku in Dragon Ball FighterZ that makes a great meme...

Just when you thought BlankaChan was the meme king, a new warrior enters the ring.

The FGC sure loves its fair share of memes. Today, we're looking at one that centers around Android 16 raising Goku above his head for a powerful slam in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

As you probably know, in DBFZ Android 16 is a grappler-style character. He uses strong command throws to put a hurt on his opponents, and one of them happens to have an animation that resembles basketball's slam dunk.

We've seen humorous images of these robotic "dunks" before, but Lythero over on Twitter recently shared a PNG cutout of this image allowing the community to join in on the fun. Much like we saw with BlankaChan, the FGC did not disappoint.

From destroying the Death Star to "The Dunk King," there are some awesome memes to check out here.

If you'd like to grab the transparent image yourself, you can find it by clicking the above link. Below are just a handful to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to view more.

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Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition grand master Ryu players Justfog and AmKidd make the Shoto look strong - check out this compilation of their plays

Ryu is a character that really underperformed last season. Many players have noted that the traditional Shoto fighter is still a little too honest for Street Fighter 5's meta.

As a result of this, it's rather difficult to see success with this character. For whatever reason, Ryu remains as the game's most popular combatant while online.

Two players are well known for their grand master status while using Ryu. These two are known as Justfog and AmKidd.

RektScrub has uploaded a compilation of these two playing against Diamond and Master ranked opponents. AmKidd even ran into BrenttIsCool's Ken during the video.

Evidently, these are two very experienced individuals. Winning with Ryu in this season is no easy feat.

Since Ryu is a pretty popular character, I imagine that there plenty of players that can learn from watching these two. To start things off, here's an impressive sequence from Justfog:

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The baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. two isn't the original reincarnated, but has been confirmed by director James Gunn to be the son

One of the fighters that is playable in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is Rocket Raccoon. He is a returning cast member from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Some of the major changes implemented to Rocket was the inclusion of his best friend, Groot. This wooden behemoth is incorporated into a number of Rocket's specials and even his level 3 hyper.

These two have very important histories with one another. We've definitely seen this during the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies that have been released.

At the conclusion of the first film, we saw Groot sacrifice himself in order to protect the rest of the group. Groot would be regrown in an infant form.

If you are like me, you probably thought that this was Groot reincarnated. He was essentially able to survive through rebirth, right?

Unfortunately, this is not the case as was confirmed by director James Gunn. The lovable Groot actually did die that day. The baby Groot we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. two is actually the son.

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GO1 has a 94% win rate in Dragon Ball FighterZ online matches, but will he be able to take on SonicFox at Final Round? Let's check out his matches

Dragon Ball FighterZ has been an extremely successful fighting game thus far. It has attracted the attention of a variety of players from different parts of the communities.

As a result of this, new rivalries are being formed. You may have heard about CAG|GO1, a professional Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition player, calling out FOX|SonicFox, a professional Netherrealm Studios and Skullgirls player, after GO1 won a tournament in Osaka Japan.

SonicFox responded in kind with a meme after taking down EG|NYChrisG at Winter Brawl 12. Winning this event definitely proved that GO1 was gunning for the right person.

YogaFlame has recently uploaded a video of GO1's performance against the online warriors. He has declared that GO1 has a 94% win rate online. His team consists of Adult Gohan, Cell, and Vegeta.

It looks as though GO1 and SonicFox will have their fated meeting at Final Round 2018. Will he be ready to take him down, or will he simply fall like all of the rest?

After watching the video, be sure to let us know who you think will reign victorious.

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Visual evolution of Ivy Valentine over 20 years of Soul Calibur

With her recent reveal for Soul Calibur 6, Ivy Valentine is slated to continue her now 20 year spree of whipping and slashing foes in the three dimensional fighting game arena.

While not quite on par with characters like Chun-Li or Lara Croft in terms of general public popularity, Ivy has become one of the most recognizable female characters in the gaming realm.

Her trademark costumes leave very little to the imagination, and so it doesn't take much stretch of that same imagination to understand how said outfits have garnered attention (both positive and negative) and helped to make Ivy more memorable than many other Soul Calibur fighters.

We've grabbed images of Ivy from each of the six numbered Soul Calibur entries thus far so you can see her artistic evolution over the last two decades. Once you've checked out our quick gallery, you can see her in gameplay action via the included videos after the jump.

It seems as though things became more and more risque until they peaked in SC4. She became a bit more modest in SC5, though things appear to be turning around again in this latest installment.

Let us know if you enjoy this, and whether or not you'd like us to do articles like this for other characters in the comments below.

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A Legendary Super Saiyan born once every thousand years; history of the berserker Broly in Dragon Ball Z

It may be a bit hyperbolic to say that Dragon Ball FighterZ has set the fighting game world on fire, but it has sparked interest anew in both the genre and the franchise in this bridge building platform with fans across the world and New Namek.

Last week, we broke down the history of Goku's father Bardock and why he can turn Super Saiyan in DBFZ, and today we will be taking a look at the other member of the first DLC pack for the game, Broly.

Broly first popped up in the franchise all the way back in 1993 in his very own movie Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan and has since become a fan favorite (or viewed as highly overrated by other groups of fans).

Since he made his first appearances in the films, he is obviously not canon to the Dragon Ball timeline, but that has not stopped him from getting three movies as well as appearing in at least a dozen Dragon Ball games over the years. His creation has also influenced the main story which we will get into later.

He is most recognizable in his beefy "Legendary Super Saiyan" form where he sports greenish hair and enormous stature standing at nine feet tall. He towers over those he faces and crushes them with his brutish strength.

Check out his first full transformation into the legend below.

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Are you getting the free extra 360 damage from Dragon Rushes in Dragon Ball FighterZ? Behrudy shares 3 hidden tricks the game doesn't tell you about

Today we're continuing our coverage of Dragon Ball FighterZ with three tricks to help make your life easier as you train your way to becoming better than FOX|SonicFox.

Learning at least three different characters, how they interact with each other and how to best optimize your strategies takes enough time and attention, so one of the last things you'll want to deal with is accidentally tagging in a teammate when you don't want to.

Luckily Behrudy has produced a short video that will help you never to make this faux pas again.

Are you getting full damage out of your Dragon Rushes? Did you know that you can actually get an extra 360 damage for free? The game doesn't tell you about this, so only observant Training Mode players will likely have noticed thus far.

Ever see the combo counter suddenly turn blue? That actually means you could've escaped right in the middle of it.

Behrudy explains the finer details of all of these tips in the full video below.

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Injustice 2 isn't the first time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hung out with Batman - They've interacted in the comics as well

If there's one thing comic book companies love, it's a good crossover.

When it comes to DC, they've done quite a few themselves, and it's not even a competition when looking at who their most popular character is - Batman. So it really says itself that he's the character who crosses over with other companies or intellectual properties the most.

It's hard to count the amount of crossovers Batman's been a part of. Obviously, there are a bunch of famous ones where Marvel and DC intersected, he's brought judgment upon Gotham together with Judge Dredd (and kind of against him as well), and lately, he's even been spending time with a certain hunter during wabbit season.

With all of this under his belt, it's hardly a surprise that Batman has had a run-in with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles prior to their shock reveal as the last Injustice 2 DLC characters (that we know of, anyway), but what is a bit surprising about it is just how long it actually took for this group of amphibian heroes to show up in Gotham.

The very first crossover between the two is actually as recent as 2015, believe it or not.

Let's take a look at what adventures Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been through prior to their Injustice 2 inclusion, and have a glimpse at their interactions in-game as well.

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Which characters are most (and least) popular amongst the Master ranked players of Street Fighter 5?

A few days back, we took a look at how many of each character was represented in the Grand Master ranks of Street Fighter 5 online, and since that was met with a good bit of interest we're continuing on today with Masters.

Players must garner no less than 30,000 League Points to join the SF5 online Masters, of which there were 377 at the time of my writing this.

As far as the Grand Masters (35k+ League Points) are concerned, M. Bison is far and away the most popular. That's more or less the case with Master ranks as well, though we see some pretty big shifts with other characters.

Urien, for example, was about half way down the GM popularity chart but boasts a close second place when it comes to Master ranks. A similar story is true for Ken.

Read on to see where each and every one of the 30 members of the current Street Fighter 5 roster place in terms of Master rank popularity.

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'Fighting games really were critical to bringing life to arcades' - legendary developers Akira Nishitani and Katsuhiro Harada on the genre's effect

A few months ago, there was a big interview in Denfami featuring Tekken series creator and producer Katsuhiro Harada as well as the developer of Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight, Akira Nishitani, who went on to work on the Street Fighter EX series and the upcoming Fighting EX Layer.

Thanks to the efforts of Jiyuna, this juggernaut interview was translated in full.

My colleague Steven "DreamKing" Chavez has covered a few aspects of this gigantic interview before, first about Nishitani's desire to change the standard flow of fighting games with Fighting EX Layer, and later about how Street Fighter 2 was designed around what felt good to the player.

This time, I'm delving in to a part of the interview that I found extremely interesting, namely some talk from industry insiders about what an effect fighting games had on the arcades back in the day.

Although arcades are still quite the big thing in Japan today, they're not what they used to be back in the late '80s and early '90s, though based on what we're hearing here, arcades may well have started to fall to the wayside even back then, if not for the genre this entire website is built upon - fighting games.

Continue below for some choice quotes from the two legendary developers and their explanations on the effect fighting games had on arcades when they first came about.

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Punk becomes Street Fighter free agent after parting ways with Panda Global

He went from an online warrior more notable for his trash talk than gameplay to the undisputed best Street Fighter player in the world during his break out run in early 2017, and it seems the competitive landscape is still changing for the young Victor "Punk" Woodley.

Woodley's unstoppable spree saw him take down no less than three Capcom Pro Tour events in a row, (two of them Premiers) place second at EVO 2017 and wind up the number one seed for the Capcom Cup.

Panda Global was very quick to jump on the opportunity to sign the prodigious then teenager as he began his quick climb to the top. That partnership has run its course it seems, as a tweet from Woodley earlier today indicated his departure.

"As of today I am no longer part of PandaGlobalPG Such an amazing org! Thank you for everything and good luck moving forward," he noted a little before noon Pacific time.

Things appear amicable between both parties as Panda shortly thereafter followed up by stating, "We wish the best of luck to Punk as he explores free agency! You'll always be family to us, Victor."

This means Punk will join the likes of other recent free agents such as Du "NuckleDu" Dang and Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez as prime picks for other fighting game eSports organizations to sign.

Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.