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VS Fighting 2017 results ft. JDCR, Saint, Xian, Luffy

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Fighting game action is going on all across the globe this weekend - for European viewers, the most time-zone friendly option is obviously VS Fighting 2017, which takes place in Birmingham, UK.

This tournament is a big deal for several games, as it's a Master event for the Tekken World Tour, a Premier event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series and a Ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour.

A bunch of stellar competitors from all across the world have decided to show up, so the local talent definitely have their work cut out for them.

You can expect to see FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, RZR|Xian, RB|Luffy, Mouz|Problem X, Rogue|Slayer, Method|Packz, MD|MisterCrimson, Infused|ImStillDaDaddy, NASR|TekkenMaster, RNG|Whiteboi, Method|Cobelcog, Biohazard, Epsilon|Takamura, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, TDG|Fergus, PND|Madzin, Aris|Nivek, Infused|Afii, Epsilon|Brick, Prophecy|Shivryuken, Infused|Shakz and many more fighting for the points in their game of choice.

Besides the three aforementioned games, the tournament also hosts Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Killer Instinct and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Streaming is being handled by Tekken, NetherRealm, Electronic Dojo, VSFighting, Situational Damage and Grand Master Challenge.

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Jubei and the 2.0 patch coming to BlazBlue: Central Fiction August 31

At EVO last month, Arc System Works revealed the latest in the BlazBlue series. Jubei, the two-tailed cat, is being added to BlazBlue: Central Fiction as a playable DLC character.

Along with the new fighter, players can look forward to gameplay changes courtesy of the 2.0 patch. Fortunately, players in North America won't have to wait too much longer for the new content.

The official Aksys Games Twitter account sent out an announcement tweet recently noting that both Jubei and the patch will become available on August 31st.

On the aforementioned date, Jubei will go on sale for $7.99 USD. The balance patch, however, is free for everyone.

A handful of community members recently translated the 2.0 patch notes and compiled them into a Google Doc. The notes list character changes, as well as several system alterations.

Below are some images of Jubei in BlazBlue: Central Fiction. You can check out the character's announcement trailer after the jump.

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No Guilty Gear characters joining BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, series creator says only four franchises to be represented 'for now'

At EVO 2017 last month, a new crossover fighting title was unveiled. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle pits characters from the series, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY all against each other in a 2v2 setting.

Famitsu recently sat down with BlazBlue series creator Toshimichi Mori to discuss the upcoming fighter. In the interview, we learn about the fan reaction to the announcements at EVO, as well as details on Cross Tag Battle.

Long-time followers of Arc System Works' games might be wondering if we'll see any Guilty Gear characters in the upcoming crossover. Mori does address this, and unfortunately, there is nothing planned at this time.

At this time, BBCTB will focus soley on the four aforementioned franchises, however, Mori does note this is a "for now" situation. We could see the game expand beyond this in the future.

Famitsu's interview was conducted entirely in Japanese, but thanks to the efforts of our own MajinTenshinhan, we have an English translation. Below you will find a snippet directly from Famitsu's article.

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Fight Club NRW 8 results ft. Daigo, Phenom, Luffy, Ryan Hart

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Fight Club NRW 8 is taking place this weekend in Cologne, Germany.

This is another stop on the European branch of the Capcom Pro Tour, so you can expect most of this region's heavy hitters to be attending.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main event, there will also be tournaments in King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, CYG|Daigo, BX3|Phenom, RB|Luffy, Ryan Hart, MD|MisterCrimson, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, Method|Cobelcog, Method|Packz, Mouz|Problem X, Millénium|Will2Pac, Epsilon|Brick, Epsilon|Atrosh and Infused|Afii.

With most of the current high placers in the CPT EU leaderboards present, you can expect this event's results to bring some shakeups to the standings.

Streaming is being handled by Fight Club NRW and Insert Game.

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'Dragon Ball picks up where Marvel leaves everything else' - Max explains how new competition with similar titles may light a new fire under MvCI

In terms of team based, versus fighting games, the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise has had little in the way of competition for the title of top dog. That very well may be changing.

Having attended E3, EVO and San Diego Comic Con, Maximilian has had quite some time with both Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and the all new Dragon Ball FighterZ.

He's experienced first hand crowd reactions, gotten to play both games as newer and newer builds become available, and has become one of the most qualified people to discuss the juxtaposition between the two.

Dragon Ball FighterZ had perhaps the most enthusiastic reception of any E3 fighting game announcement of all time, and it seems as though where Marvel vs. Capcom may have traditionally been able to miss a few dots and crosses to "I's" and "T's", it won't be able to do so now that there's real competition breathing down its neck.

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Defend the North 2017 results feat. Punk, Smug, SonicFox, ChrisG, Dragon

Updated with final results: We've added the results for Defend the North 2017 into this story.

Defend the North 2017 is taking place this weekend in White Plains, New York. This is a wonderful event every single year, attracting strong competition.

Notable players schedule to compete this weekend include PG|Punk, Rise|Smug, FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, Noble|Dragon, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz and Dieminion, among others.

Street Fighter 5 leads the pack in entrants with 146, Injustice 2 had 98, Tekken 7 has 88, and Smash 4 has 72, as of Friday afternoon.

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'I decided before EVO that I was never going to lose to myself' - Garireo's emotional roller coaster through EVO 2014 is sure to inspire

Yes, we're all familiar with those inspirational posters from high school classrooms that show off some epic scene in nature and tell you to "follow your dreams," but more inspiring than any of those is PONOS|Garireo's heartwarming story.

The BlazBlue grand finals at EVO 2014 was one for the record books in terms of hype and emotion, and Garireo's path through top eight was marked with both deep valleys and high peaks.

A dropped confirm led to an absolutely demoralizing loss to CO|Dogura in winners finals, and took the wind almost completely out of Garireo's sails. "Something I decided before EVO that year was that I was never going to lose to myself," he told BornFree.

"What I wanted to do was know that I would never give up, and that no matter how hard I got beaten down that I would come back."

After an incredible reset run, the Japanese player would become the BlazBlue champion. Things actually didn't end there however, and wound up taking a turn for the worse after he returned home.

Here's a glimpse into the aura and emotion that surrounded the BlazBlue finals. You'll catch the full interview between BornFree and Garireo after the jump.

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Abuget Cup results ft. Saint, Daigo, E.T., Knee

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This week, the asian portion of the Capcom Pro Tour has another stop happening.

Besides Capcom Pro Tour, this is also a stop on the Tekken World Tour, so stakes are high in multiple games.

Abuget Cup takes place in Jakarta, Indonesia and a lot of top players have decided to go and try to gather points.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main event, the tournament also features Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players attending this event include CYG|Daigo, HuomaoTV|E.T., Knee, Moke, CO|Dogura, Talon|Xiaobao, CO|Go1, ZW|OilKing, UDG|Book, CO|Tanukana, YBK|Daikokugo, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, FV|Chuan, TJ|MindRPG and many more.

Streaming is being done at Advance Guard TV.

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Here is BlazBlue: Central Fiction 2.0's action-packed opening cinematic

Arc System Works has released the latest trailer for the upcoming update, BlazBlue: Central Fiction 2.0. Today, we get a look at the game's opening cinematic.

Ver. 2.0 adds Jubei as a playable character, as well as numerous balance changes and alterations to the system mechanics. A handful of FGC members translated the full patch notes into English, and you can check them out here.

The 2.0 patch is set for release in Japanese arcades on August 3rd. We can expect to see it on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC sometime this Summer.

Below are some screenshots to get you started. Hit the jump to view the trailer.

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EVO Japan 2018 official trailer and game lineup

We just got through with one of the biggest FGC events of the year -- EVO. There's been a lot of talk about an "EVO Japan" event for a good while now.

It looks like things are finally underway for this event. During EVO 2017, we got the trailer for EVO Japan.

The first EVO Japan event will be during 2018. The date given was January 26-28, 2018.

We were also given many games to expect for the event. More than likely, games like Injustice 2 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite were not included as a main event title due to not being quite as popular in Japan as it is here in the States.

This is likely only the initial lineup. It is quite possible that more games down the line will be added as get closer to the event's date, like Dragon Ball FighterZ considering how popular it is in Japan (and basically worldwide).

Interestingly enough, Arms is one of games that will be played at the tournament. Hit the jump below to check out the trailer and the entire lineup.

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Fenrich and Ryusei teabag one another until the timer expires, insane corner pressure from several players, and more - BlazBlue EVO top 8 highlights

Yesterday was the final day for EVO 2017. Despite the intense pressure on the shoulders of the finalists, each competitor put on an amazing show for those watching on EVO Sunday..

The BlazBlue tournament has since come to an end, and we have highlights to share with you from the event's finals.

First highlight showcases a match between Tochigin and MT. Takao. It looked like this was definitely MT. Takao's game due to his tremendous life lead.

Despite this, Tochigin managed to get him into the corner. After that, he was able to lock him down.

From there, he was able to make all the right reads when it really counted. When MT. Takao threw out a projectile, Tochigin predicted it and jumped over it for the game winning combo.

You can tell MT. Takao was disappointed with the result.

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EVO 2017 results ft. NuckleDu, JDCR, Armada, SonicFox, ChrisG, Xiao Hai

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The biggest fighting game tournament of the year is upon us once more as the weekend of EVO 2017 dawns.

This huge event has multiple games with over 1000 entrants, so the weekend will be packed to the brim with action across several popular titles.

There are too many players attending to even list the notable ones - byou can basically assume that anyone who's anyone, in any given title being played, will be there, with very few exceptions.

The official game lineup this year consists of Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

Besides this, there will also be multiple side tournaments, including the AnimEVO side event, which will feature a bunch of different games which you can all find in our schedules at the bottom of the story.

Streaming for the main event will be done at EVO, EVO 1, EVO 2, EVO 3, EVO 4, EVO 5, Capcom Fighters, NetherRealm and Tekken.

AnimEVO side streams include Numakie, The Brett, Ghoul02, Nick Cool 1996, Sharonasaurus X and Dark and Ark. You can also expect a tournament to be played in the upcoming Dragonball FighterZ at Bandai Namco US, the schedule for which can be found here.

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New character Jubei for BlazBlue CentralFiction and new title BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle announced

After the BlazBlue grand finals for EVO 2017, ArcSys had a few interesting announcements to make. A new character and a new game.

It was announced that Jubei would be joining the roster for BlazBlue CentralFiction. It is noted to be coming Summer 2017 (soon, in other words).

After that, a new game titled "BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle" was announced. This is a crossover fighting game for the BlazeBlue CentralFiction, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, and RWBY.

This is a tag-team battle which appears to be featuring 2v2 gameplay. It looks like it will be a pretty hectic game.

The game appears to be coming out in 2018. No further details about the release date have been given beyond that.

Hit the jump below to check out the videos.

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EventHubs EVO 2017 spectator's guide: Here's when and where to find everything related to the event's main games

Our EVO 2017 coverage has started, you can watch and follow along here throughout the weekend. The largest fighting game event of the year begins this Friday, and with nine different live streams, nine main games, and thousands of players from all over the world competing, you might be wondering how and where to find all of the action for your favorite titles.

Much like last year, we have put together an EVO 2017 spectators guide to make your viewing experience this weekend as smooth as possible.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are being streamed, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

This year has seen the rise of many amazing competitors. From WhiteBoi's outstanding CEO 2017 win with Scarecrow in Injustice 2 to PG|Punk's dominance in Street Fighter 5, the talent competing this weekend is 100% top-notch. This weekend will determine who is the best in the world.

A big thanks to Velociraptor and MajinTenshinhan for their contributions to this story.

There's a lot to get to, so be sure to check out our spectator's guide after the jump.

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Winning tournaments left and right, besting EVO champs and doing it all with a smile; Kizzie Kay talks Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and how not to be WHACK!

To meet him face to face is to know one of the gentlest, kindest members in the fighting game community, but to meet him in tournament is to face off with one of the most deadly anime players in the world today.

Keenan "Fable|Kizzie Kay" Kizzie has risen to become one of the strongest American players in not one, but two of the most popular anime fighting titles in competitive gaming: BlazBlue and Guilty Gear.

Kizzie is making waves in the anime scene left and right, taking down big tournaments for both games, sometimes at the same event. He even defeated EVO 2011 BlazBlue: Continuum Shift champion Saint for the gold at Northwest Majors 9.

We caught up with anime titan to talk a little bit about his recent success, approach to gaming and outlook on life in general.

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EVO 2017 brackets announced; four competitors will emerge from each 20-player Street Fighter 5 pool

Initial pools for EVO 2017 have been posted on, so you can now look up and find any one of the 2,622 Street Fighter 5 competitors, 1,515 Smash 4 fighters or players in the tournament's seven other featured titles.

We highly recommend you look over your competition, as EVO organizers currently have a bracket feedback feature that allows for players to request a change should they feel there's a problem with the current brackets.

This is primarily in place to help players that have been matched up with others from their local scenes, so they don't run into the same competition they have at home.

It seems there's a new format to the initial pool brackets this year for Street Fighter 5, Smash 4, Melee and Guilty Gear in that four players will be qualifying for the second round of play.

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EVO finals day kicks off with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, here’s the Sunday schedule

As we draw nearer to EVO, the year’s largest fighting game event, we learn more of what will be in store for competitors and fans alike. Earlier, the event organizer revealed the finals day (Sunday) schedule.

Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar sent out a tweet yesterday divulging the order of the games we’ll see close out the large-scale event. To kick off EVO Sunday, we’ll be seeing Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Originally, UMvC3 was not a part of this year’s official EVO line up of games. Instead, several donation drives were opened up to determine which one out of a handful of fighting titles would secure the final spot at the event.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 won the player’s choice pick with the community raising over $70,000. As expected, Street Fighter 5 will be the headliner and will close out the entire show this year.

Over the weekend, the final EVO entrant numbers were released. You can find a breakdown of the numbers for each game (and series) over the past few years after the jump.

To see how the games will play out on EVO Sunday, be sure to check out Mr. Wizard’s tweet below.

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