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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 Smash.gg, 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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Canada Cup Vancouver results ft. Justin Wong, ChrisG, K-Brad, Ricki Ortiz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although there's still a ways to go until Canada Cup itself, we've got some warmup this weekend with Canada Cup Vancouver.

As the name would suggest, this event takes place in Vancouver, Canada.

Tournament games at Canada Cup Vancouver include Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice 2 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, FOX|Justin Wong, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, SPY|Filipino Champ, PG|RayRay, KyleP and Jibrill.

Streaming is being handled by Canada Cup.

Contrary to most of this weekend's events, this one takes place across two days, so make sure to check the schedule so you don't miss your game of choice.

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Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue artwork by Plain Purinn

Today we're featuring the lovely work of artist Plain Purinn.

Our gallery features primarily Street Fighter 5 characters, with a peppering of guests from Guilty Gear and BlazBlue.

Most of Purinn's characters are up against solid backgrounds, but that summer Karin standing out in the shallow ocean adds a whole other level of depth, and really show's the artist's potential.

We've grabbed 15 of our favorite images to share with you, though you'll want to visit Purinn's Twitter page for more of their beautiful work.

Here are the first six images, with the rest awaiting after the jump. Please chime in in the comments section to let us know what you think.

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CEO 2017 results feat. Punk, NuckleDu, Daigo, Snake Eyez, Smug, XSK Samurai

Updated with results from CEO 2017: We've added the final results for this tournament below.

One of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world kicks off today, Community Effort Orlando, better known as CEO.

The competition will take place in Orlando, Florida, and is scheduled to attract some of the world's best fighting game players.

This is a premiere Capcom Pro Tour event for Street Fighter 5, and part of Injustice 2 pro series and Tekken World Tour.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players in attendance include PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Tokido, CYG|PR Balrog, CYG|Daigo Umehara, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, FOX|Momochi, GGP|Kazunoko, PIE|Smug, RB|Snake Eyez, Rise|Marn, Brian_F, FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ, GRPT|MOV, CO|Dogura, Circa|LPN, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, DNL|Chris Tatarian, EG|Ricki Ortiz, F3|Alucard, XSK_Samurai, NS|Ludovic, FA|Mono, Flash, WBG|CJ Truth, among others.

Top players for Smash 4 include TSM|Zero, FOX|MKLeo, C9|Ally, RNG|Dabuz, P1|Tweek, 2GG|Komorikiri, Mr. R, NRG|Nairo, MSF|Larry Lurr, MVG|Salem, DNG|Kameme, LG|Abadango and 2GG|Ranai, plus many more.

The top game for entrants as of Thursday evening was Smash 4 with 611, followed by Street Fighter 5 with 548, Injustice 2 had 400 people, Melee 292 and Tekken 7 picked up 248 competitors.

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Combo Breaker 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Kazunoko, Momochi, Mago, Smug, Snake Eyez

Updating with final results: We've added a plethora of Combo Breaker 2017 results into this story, you can find them all below.

Combo Breaker 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event taking place this weekend in St. Charles, Illinois. This is an absolutely stacked competition, and is bringing in competitors from multiple countries around the globe.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players scheduled to compete include Liquid|NuckleDu, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Momochi, Zowie|GamerBee, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Scarz|Sako, FOX|Justin Wong, Mago, Poongko, Smug, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Marn, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, GFuel|Verloren, EG|K-Brad, YouDeal|Yukadon, Circa|LPN, SPY|Filipino Champ, RB|Snake Eyez, Talon|Xiaobao, CO|Dogura, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Mouz|CCL, 801 Strider, F3|Alucard, Noble|Vagabond, Flash, Stupendous, WBG|CJ Truth, XSK Samurai, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, NS|Ludovic, Commander Jesse, among others.

Not only with the SF5 competition be hot, but Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is sure to be lit as well, and fans of other titles will have quite a bit to chose from in terms of what to watch.

You can find the live streams and scheduling information below.

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Community leaders demonstrate growth during scheduling challenge with CEOtaku and SCR 2017

It used to be that the fighting game community tournament calendar offered one, maybe two blacked out dates a month for players and fans to look forward to, but that's changed drastically over the last few years.

With the boom in growth, more and more tournaments have been popping up, and some of the longer-established events have grown exponentially. On the whole this is surely a net positive for the community, but it does pose some issue with the potential of overlap.

Indeed even this weekend we'll be seeing Combo Breaker (Illinois), Red Bull Kumite (Paris) and the Eleague Finals (Georgia) all vying for the community's attention at roughly the same times. As it turns out, Level Up's SoCal Regionals and Alex Jebailey's anime-centric CEOtaku will also fall on the same weekend this coming September.

While knee-jerk reactions may incline one to think that such an overlap would spark drama or hard feelings between the respective tournament organizers, quite the opposite is happening.

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Toryuken 6 results feat. Justin Wong, Filipino Champ, K-Brad, Flash, Shine

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Toryuken 6.

Toryuken 6 is happening this weekend in Toronto, Canada. This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players in attendance include FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, RB|Snake Eyez, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Flash, Chi-Rithy, Snafoo, Happy Medicine, and others.

Injustice 2 will also be played at this event, marking one of the first major tournaments in North America for the game.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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Saigon Cup 2017 results feat. Bonchan, Tokido, Mago, Marn, Go1

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Saigon Cup 2017.

A Capcom Pro Tour ranking event is taking place from May 20th through 21st in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players competing at this event include RB|Bonchan, FOX|Tokido, Rise|Marn, Mago, CO|Go1, Zowie|Oil King, GGP|Kazunoko, TLN|Xiaobao, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, HumanBomb and Saunic, among others.

You can find the live streams and a schedule below.

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FFM Rumble 10 results feat. Phenom, Luffy, Ryan Hart, Problem X, Mister Crimson, Big Bird

Updated with final results FFM Rumble 10: We've updated this story with the final results for this CPT ranking tournament for SF5.

FFM Rumble 10 is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event happening in Frankfurt, Germany throughout the weekend.

Some of the top competitors playing in this event include BX3|Phenom, RB|Luffy, Ryan Hart, Mouz|Problem X, Millenium|Will2Pac, Mouz|CCL, NASR|Big Bird, Packz, MD|Mister Crimson, Takamura B, TR|YouGenius, Nightcross, Cobelcog, Brick, UM|Tyrant, Akainu, among others.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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Texas Showdown 2017 results feat. ChrisG, Justin Wong, Smug, Snake Eyez, Marn

Updated with final results: The results for Texas Showdown 2017 have been added into this story. Check them out below.

Texas Showdown 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event taking place this weekend in Houston, Texas.

Notable players in attendance include FOX|Justin Wong, RB|Snake Eyez, Rise|Marn, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, F3|Alucard, Flash, NS|Ludovic, Hsien Chang, LU|Alex Valle, GS|Gllty, DL|Four Wude, Shin, Magneto1080p, Rylander, BT|IFC Yipes and Jan, among others.

This is a three day event, which kicks off today, so there will be a lot of action for fans at home to check out.

You can find the schedule and live streams below.

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KVO x TSB 2017 results feat. Ogawa, Dogura, Rion, Nakamura, Isamu

KVO x TSB 2017 kicks off this evening from Tokyo Japan. Notable players in attendance include Ogawa, CO|Dogura, Rion, Nakamura, Isamu, CO|Go1, GGP|Kazunoko, YHC-Mochi, Gachikun, Jajamaru, Brice, Sabamiso, Hossa, Rion, FOX|MKLeo, VGBC|aMSa, among many others.

The games being played at this competition are Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee and 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Pokken Tournament and more.

You can find the live streams below along with a schedule.

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BlazBlue Central Fiction for the PC to be released on April 26th

BlazBlue Central Fiction now has a Steam page for the game's PC release. According to this Steam page, the PC version of the game will be available to players on April 26th.

As of right now, this game is only available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It will also be released on the Nintendo Switch at a later date.

Upon being downloaded, the game will also come with special content in the form of the original soundtrack and memorial book which will be found in a Steam folder.

Hit the jump below to check out the system requirements listed on the Steam page.

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NorCal Regionals 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Fuudo, Punk, Daigo, Bonchan

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with results from NorCal Regionals 2017.

Taking place this weekend in Sacramento, California, the NorCal Regionals 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event.

Notable players in attendance include Liquid|NuckleDu, GRPT|Fuudo, MJS|Haitani, FOX|Tokido, FOX|Momochi, PG|Punk, CYG|Daigo, SPY|Filipino Champ, Mago, Zowie|GamerBee, Co|Go1, CYG|PR Balrog, Poongko, FOX|Justin Wong, XYZZY, WFX|801 Strider, RB|Bonchan, EG|K-Brad, RISE|Marn, EG|NYChrisG, CO|Dogura, CYG|Snake Eyez, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YD|Yukadon, WFX|XSK Samurai, RN|Alex Myers, F3|Alucard, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|LPN, Stupendous, Flash, GS|Gllty, BJ Unchained and Commander Jesse, among others.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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West Coast Warzone 6 results feat. Punk, Snake Eyez, Justin Wong, NYChrisG, Marn

Updated with final results from West Coast Warzone 6: This story has being updated with the final results for this Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

West Coast Warzone 6 kicks off this weekend in Orange, California. This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

Notable players in attendance include: FOX|Justin Wong, RB|Snake Eyez, WFX|801 Strider, EG|NYChrisG, RISE|Marn, Circa|LPN, DNL|Chris Tatarian, LU|Alex Valle, Gootecks, Mike Ross, Filipinoman, SL|BurnoutFighter, WFX|XSK Samurai, BJ Unchained, Stupendous, RN|Alex Myers, GS|Gllty, Kelvin Jeon and Marq Teddy.

You can find the live streams below, along with a schedule for Friday and Saturday.

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North West Majors 9 live streams and schedule

Northwest Majors 9 is taking place this weekend in Kent, Washington.

There were be several streams available, along with a lot of tournaments games being played.

You can find those streams below, along with a schedule.

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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's newest DLC costumes now available, dress as fan-favorite Guilty Gear and BlazBlue characters

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's new DLC costumes are now available in Japan. The latest batch of outfits turns some of the game's fighters into characters from the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series.

Players are be able to purchase 16 alternate outfits, either in a set or individually. If you own the game's sixth season pass, however, you will gain access to these costumes at no further cost.

You can check out a handful of screenshots below, as well as the official trailer after the jump.

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