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Alex Myers releases his Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3.5 tier list

Not too long ago, Flash released a tier list that depicted his opinions for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3.5. CYG|Chris Tatarian ended up doing the same thing a few days later.

Now it's Tempo|Alex Myers's turn. Alex Myers is known for being an exceptionally good Cammy player. With that said, he's also a fan of Sakura.

So which characters are at the top of the list this time? Well, there's definitely a familiar theme here. Akuma, Cammy, Menat, Guile, and Ibuki occupy the highest five spots.

Recently, Akuma was hit with a nerf that caused his standing medium kick to be -4 on block rather than -2. Despite this, he's apparently no worse for wear as he continues to be the #1 character in most people's eyes.

Ryu, Vega, Alex, Falke, Ed, and Zangief can be found at the very bottom. Unfortunately for Sakura fans, he believes her to only be a step above these particular fighters.

Keep in mind that Mayor Cody Travers is not present on the list. Alex Myers likely thinks it's too early for him to get a rating. Feel free to draw comparisons to our community voted tier list.

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This 8-bit recreation of Ridley's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer creates a similar sense of brutality and epicness

Ridley's announcement as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was quite the shock. It was always perceived that Ridley was too big and too overpowered to ever join the series as anything other than a boss or stage hazard.

Regardless of all that, it ended up happening. We'll get our chance to finally use Samus's archenemy along with all of the returning characters on December 7, 2018 -- after all, "everyone is here." Rumor has it that there are a few more newcomers that have yet to be revealed too.

YouTube channel Blocked Content created an 8-bit recreation of Ridley's trailer that is arguably as brutal and epic as the original. It perfectly captured many of the moments that we all remember.

Just like the reveal, the trailer starts off with Samus, Mario, and Mega Man walking down a path. One-by-one, they begin getting ambushed by Ridley.

Ridley seemingly kills Mega Man and then mocks Mario after defeating him too. Samus has to take a moment to compose herself before facing off with her parents' killer once again.

In the end, Samus is thrown against her ship and then raided by Ridley's powerful attacks. Check it out after the jump!

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I've discovered when I have the most fun playing Street Fighter 5

This will likely be more ramblings of the heart than a super structured post, but I do think subject matter concerning the enjoyment of Street Fighter 5 will resonate with a good chunk of you.

With Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection having dropped I've found myself revisiting titles like Third Strike, Super Turbo and even Street Fighter 4 a bit more than usual. One of the statements I hear the most during sets in older games: "Man, this is a lot of fun... way more fun that Street Fighter 5."

I've been wrestling around with that a bit, well aware that people are very prone to highlight the negatives of the current generation games while ignoring those of older titles.

Still, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I have found a sense of enjoyment simply trying to manipulate opponents with 3S Ken's low forward into Super confirms or being a total jerk with ST Old Sagat's Tiger Shot/standing roundhouse space control.

I've contrasted that against the feelings I'll have after sessions in SF5, which are usually determined mainly by how much victory I've seen. If a fighting game is about the destination instead of the journey (as SF5 has somewhat seemed to be) then I'd argue it's not a very worthwhile investment of your time.

Contrary to what I'd been leaning towards, I've recently experienced a great sense of fun and enjoyment while playing Street Fighter 5. Read on to hear why.

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Biohazard's samurai finish, HoneyBee's call out, an extremely tense match extension and plenty more; Viennality Injustice 2 highlights

We got some Injustice action this weekend in Vienna, Austria as Viennality 2018 wrapped up just a few hours ago.

To give you an idea of the competition, top eight of the even included BC|Biohazard, NASR|TekkenMaster, PG|Hayatei, NASR|SharkTeeth, BC|HoneyBee, PG|Kitana Prime, IrishMantis and HappyPow.

We've gone back through and grabbed eight of our favorite moments to share with you as highlights from the latter portion of the tournament.

The tension during this sequence was palpable as HappyPow tried to stay alive against IrishMantis and his threatening Atrocitus.

With almost no health left at all, Pow slowly but surely whittles at his foe's life bar in an attempt to sweep the rug out and remain in the tournament.

We won't spoil too much, but will say the match went into extra innings and had us sitting on the edge of our seats for what seemed like an eternity until a winner finally emerged.


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Super Smash Bros. has everything it needs to be the biggest name in fighting game eSports, but it just doesn't want to be

Clear attempts have been made by multiple fighting game companies to start making bigger and bigger strides in the eSports world, and for all intents and purposes the torch bearer is Street Fighter 5 right now.

The latest in the Street Fighter franchise has started to build a television audience via events like ELEAGUE, has established regular season play via the Capcom Pro Tour, and has seen much success and growth as a general result.

That said, SF5 still trails the fighting game franchise that is Super Smash Bros., and that's without a huge company trying to usher it toward a more eSports-centric status. In fact one could argue that Smash creators are trying to keep their baby away from such circles.

A recent piece by The Washington Post further examines the phenomenon that is Smash Bros. as it relates to the ever growing entity of eSports.

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Cody can juggle his rock almost like a hacky sack in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Cody Travers in the Final Fight and Street Fighter series is known for using weapons. For Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, he makes use of a steel pipe and rocks during his second V-Trigger.

While utilizing these rocks in just the right way, Cody can create some very interesting frame trap scenarios. Unfortunately, if the opponent moves out of the location in which the rock is going to land, then it will just fall to the ground without creating any real pressure.

Apparently, Cody is actually capable of juggling the launched rock before it touches the floor. This will relaunch it to a new location. It any event, it looks really cool.

As demonstrated by OlafRedland and Eternal0Star, the rock can be struck multiple times. You can actually keep it in the air for a decent amount of time.

It's almost like a game of hacky sack. How many times can you hit the rock and keep it above the ground? Could be a fun time killer to show off...

More than likely, this is just a flashy thing that cody can do. This probably isn't going to redefine his meta... right?


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Arby's made a life size statue of Soul Calibur's Nightmare out of sandwich boxes

Arby's has made a name for themselves on the internet with a strong social media game that, unlike the godlike Wendy's, doesn't stand on a foundation of throwing shade at competitors.

Instead the fast food roast beef joint has gone the arts and crafts route with a special appeal to gaming and nerd culture as they replicate some of the most iconic figures from anime, video games and the like.

They've leveled their game up higher than ever before as they've made a full size statue of Soul Calibur's Nightmare out of sandwich boxes for Anime Expo 2018.

Nightmare stands tall on top of a mound of empty boxes, complete with a very well done Soul Edge, the character's cursed and massive weapon.

We're gonna go out on a limb here and say that, even if you're not an avid fan of their food, Arby's deserves a Twitter follow as they're a regular source of awe and entertainment.

Here are a few pics from the Anime Expo floor looking at the piece from multiple angles and distances:

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Thank you to Fangief for the tip.

Viennality 2018 results ft. Biohazard, TekkenMaster, HoneyBee, Hayatei

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Viennality is taking place in Vienna, Austria.

The big deal at this event is Injustice 2, of which it's a spot on the Injustice 2 Pro Series circuit, making it a landmark event.

Besides that, the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat XL, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Players attending include BC|Biohazard, NASR|TekkenMaster, BC|HoneyBee, PG|Hayatei, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, PG|Kitana Prime and many more.

It's a two-day event, so stay tuned throughout all of it to enjoy the full action.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, PND|Ketchup and Virtual Dojo Vienna.

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Du makes it rain, Fujimura enters beast mode, Tokido goes home early, Infiltration shows some leg and more; Capcom's top 5 moments from CEO

We're still reeling from the hype filled weekend that was CEO 2018, and though the fun is over for this year Capcom Fighters is helping us relive the good times with a recent recap video.

The main purpose of said video is to go back over the top five moments of Street Fighter 5 gameplay, which it definitely does do, but CEO was much more than tournament play.

With special ring entrances for players, the presence of professional wrestling superstars like Kenny Omega and a concentration of some of the absolute best competitors in the business, the event delivered as a very entertaining spectator experience.

So yes, you'll see oppressive beat downs by the likes of FD|Fujimura, surprise upsets as FOX|Tokido goes home early and clutch comebacks from players like DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, but it doesn't stop there.

Some of the player entrances will be talked about for years to come as the young NuckleDu walked in whilst tossing cash into the crowd, NVD|Phenom played the role of the vain villain and PG|Infiltration wooed everyone watching with a Val Venis tribute.

Check out the magic in the full video below and then tell us what your favorite part of CEO 2018 was in the comments afterwards.

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Chris Tatarian releases his Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3.5 tier list

Not too long ago, TSM|Leffen posted his Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list. Following this, GGP|Kazunoko then proceeded to post his Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list.

FOX|SonicFox took to Twitter in order to update his Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list soon afterwards. With all these tiers lists posted for Dragon Ball FighterZ, it had me wondering when top players would post their Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3.5 tier lists.

Well, I didn't have to wait long for my answer. CYG|Chris T. recently posted his tier list for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3.5.

While Chris T. is mostly known as a Ken player, he'll pull out Akuma whenever needed. Notably, Chris T. appears to believe that Akuma is the best character right now despite the recent nerf to his standing medium kick.

This probably isn't too surprising to those that have been keeping up with the current meta, but he also believes Menat, Guile, and Cammy to also occupy top tier. Meanwhile, Ryu, Juri, Blanka, and Alex can all be seen at the very bottom of his list.

A keen observer will probably notice that Falke and Cody are absent. Chris T. commented that he believes it's still too early for him to give those two accurate ratings.

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Feel free to draw comparisons to our community voted tier list.

Sonic Boom 2018 results ft. Go1, Problem X, Luffy, Fergus, BigBird

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Sonic Boom 2018 is taking place in Madrid, Spain.

It's a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line.

With that in mind, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition has over 100 entrants, so the competition will be fierce, to be sure.

Besides this, the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending are CO|Go1, Mouz|Problem X, RB|Luffy, UYU|Fergus, NASR|BigBird, Liquid|John Takeuchi, Epsilon|Takamura, FNATIC|Akainu, NVD|SaltyKid, EnVyUS|MisterCrimson, Method|ImStillDaDaddy, FNATIC|Shakz, FNATIC|Brick, Overload|VegaPatch, EnVyUS|Layo and many more.

Streaming is being done at Madrid FGC, Madrid FGC 2 and FGCVLC.

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Go1 shows touch of death combo at the Sonic Boom 2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament

Touch of death combos have been a fairly viable strategy in the tournament scene for Dragon Ball FighterZ. Who could forget that moment when TSM|Leffen managed a touch of death against NRG|HookGangGod at Combo Breaker 2018?

While CO|Go1 was been dished out a few losses against FOX|SonicFox, HookGangGod, and GGP|Kazunoko during major events, an argument can still be made that he's still the best Dragon Ball FighterZ player. He still holds the highest number of tournament victories during the game's short time thus far.

Notably, Go1 isn't particularly well known for implementing touch of death combos into his game plan. Although there is an advantage to taking down one of your opponent's fighters early on, this is pretty resource intensive as it requires multiple bars of meter and Sparking Blast.

During Sonic Boom 2018, ENMA|Shanksended up running into Go1. It was here where Go1 decided to pull of his own touch of death combo.

The sequence started with Go1 activating his Sparking Blast mid-combo as Perfect Cell. Thanks to assists and tag-out supers from Bardock and Vegeta, Go1 was successful in completely draining the life bar of Shanks's Android 18.

While Go1 was ultimately able to win the set, it's worth noting that Shanks was actually able to win this match.


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Kichipa-mu's Zangief keeps Xiao Hai guessing with piledrivers but Xiao Hai gets his revenge in the losers bracket - Abuget Street Fighter 5 highlights

The Abuget Cup has come to its conclusion for all events. There was a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament that was part of the Capcom Pro Tour.

As you might expect, there were a few big names present. These players included Gachikun, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, RZR|Xian, AB|Poongko, Humanbomb, FD|Haitani, CYG|GamerBee, AB|Gunfight, AB|StormKubo, FAV|Sako, UYU|OilKing, and many others.

While the event took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, it was streamed in English for those of us that were not in attendance. We've been able to collect a number of highlights to showcase some of the coolest moments from top eight.

This first segment focuses on Xiao Hai's battle against AB|Kichipa-mu. While Xiao Hai was using Cammy, Kichipa-mu was making waves with Zangief -- a character that hasn't had much of a presence in Season 3 so far.

Unfortunately for Xiao Hai, he got caught in Zangief's okizeme as a result of a piledriver. This resulted in a second piledriver upon Xiao Hai getting up.

Surely he wouldn't go for a third piledriver... right? After Xiao Hai blocked Zangief's crouching light kick, he was then hit by an EX piledriver.


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Abuget Cup results ft. Knee, Fuudo, Xiao Hai, Jeondding, Xian

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Abuget Cup is taking place this weekend in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It's a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event and a Tekken World Tour challenger event, with over 100 entrants for Tekken and over 60 for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, with both being very stacked with skillful players vying for the tour points.

Besides this, there will also be a Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament at the event.

Players attending include ROX|Knee, CYG|Fuudo, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, UYU|Jeondding, RZR|Xian, Fursan|LowHigh, FAV|Sako, AB|StormKubo, FD|Haitani, AR|Book, UYU|OilKing, CYG|GamerBee, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Mago, ROX|Chanel, AB|Poongko, Yamasa|Take, Gachikun, Yamasa|Nobi, Humanbomb, AB|Kichipa-mu, Fursan|Rangchu, AB|GunFight, Yamasa|Yuu, KR|CherryBerryMango and many more.

There will be dedicated streams for both Tekken and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, so make sure to tune in to both to not miss any hype matches.

Streaming is being done at Advance Guard TV and Gimu Gimu.

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Little Mac's Straight Lunge neutral special might actually be useful in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Among the 68 characters that were announced to be playable for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Little Mac was revealed to return. While his performance in Super Smash Bros. 4 was very lackluster due to his extreme weaknesses, it looks like he has received a number of notable buffs that could potentially boost his win rate.

He is no longer put in his free fall animation after using his side special. As a result, his recovery has improved. "For Glory Mac" might be a thing of the past in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In Super Smash Bros. 4, his neutral special was an attack that saw little to no use in high level play. Despite the fact that it provided Little Mac with armor while he charged this attack, it was a move that required a lot of commitment on the part of the player to use.

It was interesting when Ryu from the Street Fighter series joined Smash 4's roster. His focus attack functioned very similarly to Little Mac's Straight Lunge neutral special, but Ryu was allowed to turn around while attacking or cancel the move entirely.

We could see Little Mac's Straight Lunge used more often in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as it no longer requires the high commitment that it previously did. Like with Ryu's focus attack, Little Mac now has the option to change the direction of his attack before releasing it and the ability to cancel if it looks like it's too unsafe to use.

While Ryu cancelled his Focus Attack by dashing forwards or backwards, Little Mac cancels his Straight Lunge by shielding. It's currently unknown if he is able to cancel the attack while airborne considering his "not an air fighter" status.


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Android 16 better than Cell? SonicFox shares his updated Dragon Ball FighterZ tier chart

No doubt one of the Dragon Ball FighterZ scene's top players, Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" McLean has followed in suit with some of his fellow competitors and released his current tier chart for FighterZ.

McLean's big win over CO|Go1 at Combo Breaker in May marked the first major tournament elimination the dominant Japanese player had seen since DBFZ's release back in January.

The American player's victory was short lived, however, as he would place second to NRG|HookGangGod at Summit of Power and then fifth last weekend at CEO 2018.

The top of the competitive Dragon Ball FighterZ mountain is volatile but McLean remains very much in the running for the game's best, and is rarely regarded as outside the top three in the world.

As such his opinions on the roster rankings are highly sought after and revered by many. Though he's commented on the tier placings before, FighterZ has seen the introduction of new characters as well as a light balance patch since.

For comparison's sake be sure to go back and check out the tier charts from both TSM|Leffen and GGP|Kazunoko, two of the world's other strongest players. Click the thumbnail image to see Sonic's full tier chart as of July 2018:

Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.

Capcom Pro Tour North America West Online Event #2 results ft. Chris T, Alex Myers, LPN, Flash

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's another online portion of the Capcom Pro Tour taking place this weekend.

This is the second online event in the Western North America region.

As such, the eligible areas are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Oregon, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

115 people are participating, so there are going to be a lot of matches going on.

Players set to compete include CYG|Chris Tatarian, Tempo|Alex Myers, LPN, Flash, CYG|PR Balrog, Commander Jesse. ITS|Pnoy, Hsien, XSK Samurai, ChrisCCH, Brenttiscool, but of course also many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, and while streaming isn't going to be done until top 8 starts, you can follow the brackets live at Smash.gg.

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