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Fallen off the cliff, or climbing up it: The biggest changes to the Street Fighter 5 tiers in Season 4 we've seen so far

We've had a good few weeks with the new Street Fighter 5 balance patch now and while there's still plenty to be uncovered, Catalyst and I have a few ideas of which characters saw the most swing either up or down the tier list.

We also have a few reactions to the general state of game play these days, most notably that it seems more and more people are willing to express that they're having fun playing.

Last week's Dragon Ball FighterZ turbulence seems to be en route to remedy as Katsuhiro Harada has become the head of Fighting Game eSports for Bandai Namco, and has pledged that DBFZ will have continued tournament support.

We also chat about the potential of crowdfunding to raise funds eSport prize pools, citing the negative press the Tekken World Tour Finals got after halving their payouts from 2017 to 2018.

It's likely next generation gaming consoles are still a good two years or so out, but the conversation revolving around cross-play is only gaining traction. Will we see this as a staple for the next round of gaming platforms, or are there still roadblocks?

All this and more await in episode 32 of the EventHubs Podcast, so please give it a listen and leave a review to tell us what you think.

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Can right holders really prevent Dragon Ball FighterZ from appearing at tournament events? UltraDavid explains the reality of the situation

An unsettling precedent has been plaguing the Dragon Ball FighterZ community recently. It was previously announced by AkSys Games that the Dragon Ball FighterZ event at the Anime Ascension was being cancelled "due to unforeseen circumstances."

Before this, Alex Jebailey had to cancel the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament at DreamHack Atlanta for reasons other than the entry numbers. He noted that he was not able to publicly disclose exactly why.

Despite the fact that the game is not even a year old, it ended up not appearing in EVO Japan's lineup for 2019. Curiously, Mr. Wizard — a tournament organizer behind EVO — noted a fear that the game might be a "one and done."

While many immediately began to point the finger at Toei Animation, they eventually released a statement on Twitter stating that they had no knowledge as to why Dragon Ball FighterZ tournaments were being prevented. Theories were suggested by community members that it might be one of the other owners of the Dragon Ball franchise.

Could a rights holder really prevent a game from appearing at a tournament like this? There are probably very few people within the fighting game community that would be more qualified to answer this question more than David "UltraDavid" Graham, an attorney.

He recently released an article that tries to explain the reality of the situation. Like most things in law, there are a lot of unexplored gray areas. According to UltraDavid, this has not yet been tested in a court case.

First off, the legality of unauthorized video game tournaments has never been tested in court. One reason for this is that competitive gaming hasn't been important enough to justify long costly legal battles until pretty recently, so courts haven't yet had a chance. But there's a more fundamental cause: the virtually complete consensus among legal experts that rights holders can use their exclusive rights, especially the audiovisual public performance right, to prevent their games from being played in tournaments.

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The Pinnacle 2018 Results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Pinnacle 2018 was a tournament that took place in Canada this weekend.

Due to being so close to New Year's, it actually wrapped up on the Saturday.

Although we weren't in time to get a live post up for the event, we decided it'd be fair to have a results post up for it.

Some notable players who competed at this tournament were FOX|Justin Wong, UTGS|CeroBlast, TGS|Captain L, CACAW|BigD, Binchang, HB|ZomBmu, though there were of course many more as well.

Games played at the event included Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Stream archives can be found at The Gaming Stadium, Canadian Joysticks and Mountainside Games.

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That giant blue light in the New York City sky was definitely the ending of a Dragon Ball Z battle as demonstrated by BossLogic

It's not everyday we get to see a giant arc of electricity that makes the night sky light up a bright blue, but that's exactly what happened earlier this week in Astoria, Queens for New Yorkers.

The then mysterious lights in the sky brought with it much curiosity before we got an official explanation for the event with many around the internet joking that it could be the work of aliens or the Ghostbusters answering a call... or perhaps even someone turning Super Saiyan Blue.

One image of the lights made it look like a giant beam was reaching across the sky which artist BossLogic decided looked enough like the end to a Dragon Ball Z battle that he went to work to turn it into one.

Inserted into the New York skyline were Perfect Cell and Gohan in a recreation of their final Kamehameha clash and the villains destruction at the hands of the teen hero.

BossLogic made it so that Gohan was placed at the end of the light trail with the beam seemingly coming out of his hand as his one-handed Kamehameha blast as Cell can be seen in the middle of the image as he disintegrates above the Big Apple instead of his destroyed Cell games arena.

In reality, the bright lights and loud noises were just made by faulty electrical equipment, but BossLogic showed us a cooler version of Earth that we unfortunately / fortunately don't live in which you can check out in the image below.

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These fancy Dragon Ball FighterZ touch of death combos use 4 level one Supers and starts with zero meter plus feature some nice mods too

Touch of death combos have been around in Dragon Ball FighterZ since probably before the game even released at the start of this year, but they actually popped up outside of the training room with players like TSM|Leffen actually pulling them off in tournament on occasion.

To celebrate the end of 2018 and the first year of Dragon Ball FighterZ's time in the fighting game community, we've found two more impressive touch of death combos that combines many aspects of some of our favorites so far.

DBFZ player DCB|Vato recently uploaded a couple of touch of death combos using the same team of Super Saiyan Goku, Gotenks and Vegito; both of them start out with zero meter and use exactly four level one Supers.

The first one actually impressively starts from mid-screen with Goku where he is able to deal over 7,500 damage before switching out for Gotenks' Kamikaze Ghosts before using said ghosts to pop Frieza back up so Vegito can toss him into his own level one for the finish.

For the second combo, Vato heads to the corner where he is able to continue the combo after landing Vegito's slam down Super where he is then able to land two of Goku's Kamehameha Supers in a row thanks to Gotenks' ghost properties again.

Vato also appears to be playing with some PC mods which has turned Vegito into Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta from the new Dragon Ball Super movie — who probably also has a good shot of making it into the game if DBFZ receives a second season of content — plus has Goku in the blue Frieza soldier-styled armor that Vegeta typically wears along with a handful of other mods. You can check out both impressive combos below.

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Rising NBA star De'Aaron Fox shares his love for Dragon Ball, talks Dragon Ball FighterZ in locker room interview

Assuming he stays healthy, Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox will likely become an NBA All-Star and highly recognizable name in the next few years. He's also an avid Dragon Ball fan.

The fighting game community has something of an in in the NBA thanks to Farbod Esnaashari, a writer who covers the LA Clippers for Sports Daily Blog. Esnaashari was able to catch up with Fox for a quick video interview to discuss no basketball, but Dragon Ball.

The 21 year old rising star fits right in with the most devoted of DB fans as he's already seen all of DB Super, watched the recent Broly movie and played Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Esnaashari asks Fox's thoughts on the FighterZ front, to which he replies that the two dimensional fighting game format is cool, but that he "needs more freedom in a DB game," likely referring to 3D format the Budokai titles feature.

The Kings player gives us a bit of insight into the gaming habits of NBA players as well, noting that first person shooters are the more popular genre.

You can view the quick interview (it's just under two minutes long) by clicking the thumbnail below. A big thanks to Farbod Esnaashari for sharing this with us.

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Cell sits at the top despite his nerfs while some big bodies sink to the bottom: Here's how our Dragon Ball FighterZ tiers sit at the end of 2018

Dragon Ball FighterZ quickly became one of the if not the biggest fighting game of 2018 after launching in January of this year where it would go on to break EVO viewership records in its first appearance and earning its own World Tour alongside other Bandai Namco fighters like Tekken 7.

The month of December has raised a few questions about DBFZ's future in the competitive scene due to being left off of EVO Japan's main lineup and having had another tournament cancelled, but Bandai Namco's support of the title is set to continue for it and their other fighters through at least 2019. A second season of content has still yet to be confirmed, however.

To close out 2018, we here at EventHubs are going to be digging through Dragon Ball FighterZ's and the other major titles' tier lists and their current positions going into 2019 where the DBFZ World Tour Finals will be held in January.

As a brand new 3v3 fighter, Dragon Ball FighterZ has seen competitively high placings for the majority of its cast — partially thanks to players like FOX|SonicFox using characters like Nappa and Beerus to show off their potential — though tournaments have essentially been dominated by a handful of character selections that have been strong picks for any teams.

Characters like Cell, Bardock, Android 16, Kid Buu and Adult Gohan have all been seen as dominant forces in the game and have all received nerfs throughout the year to even the playing field a bit while Super Saiyan Vegeta's assist also needed to be toned down.

Unsurprisingly, all five of those previously mentioned characters remain at the top of our tier list which is voted upon by our readers and the community, but there are a number of choices which will likely surprise players.

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Harada states that Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7 and Soul Calibur 6 will have continued tournament and community support from Bandai Namco

Going into 2019, it was becoming unclear where some of the biggest fighting game titles would stand from community and eSports perspectives with a number of players announcing plans to step back from competition and events having tournaments cancelled or games not showing up on the lineup at all.

Katsuhiro Harada, known as the long-time director and producer for the Tekken series, released an open letter to the fighting game community to address these concerns where he announced that he has become the leader and supervisor of Bandai Namco's Fighting Game eSports Strategy team and that support for all three of their major titles will continue into next year.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7 and Soul Calibur 6 will all feature "as many official tournaments as possible" in 2019 with continued support for smaller / community events according to Harada.

The letter also states that Bandai Namco are also dedicated to finding ways to assist community activities in the future with Harada asking anyone looking to hold a tournament to contact their regional Bandai Namco office.

These statements come after Dragon Ball FighterZ was revealed to have been left off of EVO Japan's main lineup and has had multiple community events cancelled which has EVO's Joey 'Mr. Wizard' Cuellar worried it might be "one and done" for the world's largest FGC event despite DBFZ having the highest viewership peak of EVO 2018.

Many in the community have been pointing towards Toei Animation or perhaps another entity in control of Dragon Ball's rights for the current issues and questions surrounding FighterZ's current competitive status which the prior company has since said they "have no knowledge of" impeding anything in that regard.

You can check out Harada's full letter in the screen-cap below or the text after the jump.

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Why risking nothing in Street Fighter 5 can cost you everything; plus Dragon Ball FighterZ tourney stoppages, Season 4 week one reactions and more

CYG|Daigo can rip Dragon Punches all over the place and be revered as a Street Fighter god, but I do one and everyone calls me scrubby. We delve into the when and why of invincible reversals to try to make sense of this often misunderstood Street Fighter staple.

Catalyst and I also discuss the current issues with Dragon Ball FighterZ tournaments, speculating the source of the event stoppages and whether or not the community reactions that question the game's competitive longevity hold water.

Having had a good week to explore the new balance changes and character in Street Fighter 5's fourth season, I offer some more informed thoughts on Kage, pointing out the good and the bad of playing the character.

Alex, Zangief, Ryu and a few others have been stuck at the bottom of the tier list for a good while now, but it seems as though the FGC may be actually excited to play them now that Capcom has allotted some new tools, could it be we'll be seeing these fighters in tournament finally?

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Best Funny and Cool Moments of 2018 released by LiangHuBBB features unending combos, mind boggling mix ups, baffled reactions, and more

January 1st is rapidly approaching. That means that we'll soon be looking back at 2018 as we enter the new year.

LiangHuBBB recently uploaded a compilation that lasts for nearly 27 minutes. Essentially, these are the best "Funny and Cool" moments of 2018 highlighted in one video.

Many games are featured during the video. These include Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 4, Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more.

As a quick warning, there are a number of hype moments that have some NSFW language in them. Notably, the combos are unending, the mix ups will cause some double takes, the glitches are hilarious, and the everything is stylish.

Of course, there are also the type of moments in fighting games that... can't easily be explained. You really have to see them to believe them.

My personal favorite moment featured showcased SonicSol's reaction to having Falke's bo staff attack whiff punished. While it's a common thing for a character's hurtbox to be attached to their attacks — even if it's a weapon attack — this is hilarious all the same.

Be sure to let us know which moment was your favorite from the video after the jump.

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Toei claims that they don't have any knowledge about the prevention of Dragon Ball FighterZ tournaments

Earlier today, Toei Animation on Twitter mentioned that they were unaware of what was happening in regards to the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament scene. "Apologies, but we have no knowledge about preventing DBFZ tournaments," they said in response to a statement that pointed the finger towards them.

For those that are unaware, we received the unfortunate news last week that the Dragon Ball FighterZ event at Anime Ascension was being cancelled. Interestingly enough, AkSys Games provided no reasoning behind this outside of "unforeseen circumstances."

This wasn't the first time this had happened this year. Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally planned for DreamHack Atlanta but was cancelled for reasons that could not be publicly disclosed by the tournament organizer. Notably, while the number of registered players was less than 40 at the time, Alex Jebailey stated that he "would never cancel any tournament at an event because of entry numbers."

Despite it being a very popular game throughout 2018, EVO Japan did not list Dragon Ball FighterZ — along with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — as part of its main lineup. MrWiz, a tournament organizer for EVO, expressed a fear that Dragon Ball FighterZ "might be a one and done."

This chain of events is setting an unfavorable trend for the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament scene. As a result, this has prompted many to point the finger at Toei Animation, one of the main right holders of the Dragon Ball franchise.

UltraDavid, an attorney, hypothesized that the issue potentially could be coming from "some other angle" instead. Some have begun to speculate that the issue is arising because of another rights holder for the series.

We'll be monitoring this situation closely and continuing to update our readers on new developments as they happen.

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'This is the worst case scenario for anyone who is competitively into Dragon Ball FighterZ right now' - Maximilian's thoughts on current DBFZ issues

As the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour is approaching its climax a growing rain cloud seems to have emerged over the competitive scene.

Multiple events have been shut down with little to no articulated reasoning. Many are turning their attention to Japanese animation studio Toei as the most likely motivator for said shut downs.

Maximilian has produced a video wherein he recaps the recent goings on and then offers a handful of his own thoughts on the matter, recalling somewhat similar situations with Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. Melee a few years back.

Max states that he feels the competitive Dragon Ball FighterZ scene is feeling the effects of this in no small way right now, and that the whole ordeal feels very unfortunate considering just how popular a tournament game DBFZ has become.

Indeed even EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar took to Twitter on Friday to say, "It's sad to see what's happening to the DragonBall FighterZ community. It literally might be a one and done," perhaps implying there's a chance we won't see DBFZ return to the fighting genre's biggest recurring major in 2019.

You can give Max's video a watch below and then chime into the comments with your reactions, predictions and general takeaways to this situation.

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Another Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament shut down, many in the community are blaming Toei

Earlier today, it was announced by AkSys Games that "due to unforeseen circumstances, Dragon Ball FighterZ will no longer be run at Anime Ascension." No details were given as to why Dragon Ball FighterZ had to be dropped from the event.

Notably, Dragon Ball FighterZ also had to be cancelled at DreamHack Atlanta for undisclosed reasons. According to Alex Jebailey, the fighting game director for the event, the cancellation was not as a result of the entry numbers — which were cited to be less than 40 at the time — but he was unable to publicly speak on the matter.

As you can imagine, many have proclaimed their disappointment regarding this news. It appears that Toei is mostly being blamed for the recent cancellations by many in the community, although there has yet to be any official confirmation that they're actually involved.

MrWiz — one of the EVO organizers — took to Twitter to state that he was sad to see what was happening with the Dragon Ball FighterZ community likely in response to this development. He mentioned a fear that the game might be a "one and done." Strangely, Dragon Ball FighterZ was also absent from EVO Japan's lineup.

Yohosie, a competitor for Dragon Ball FighterZ expressed some frustrations about the development. She noted that this was the second flight she had to cancel and that this trend is "costing [her] money and time."

A digital content producer with over 900,000 YouTube subscribers, D-Piddy, speculated that Toei doesn't believe that they need advertisement for what is likely the most recognizable anime/manga franchise in the world. A lack of monetary compensation could be a possible reason why events are not being allowed to host Dragon Ball FighterZ tournaments.

Ultra David, an attorney, expressed some sympathy for the Dragon Ball FighterZ community. While he mentioned that he did not see any information that explicitly stated this to be the case, he hypothesized that one of the Dragon Ball IP holders could be responsible for the turn of events.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 trailer inbound? Jump Festa 2019 line up lists a potential announcement for Bandai Namco's 3v3 fighter

Bandai Namco may be gearing up for a big Dragon Ball FighterZ announcement in the next couple of days.

The Jump Fest 2019 event is taking place at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, on December 22nd and 23rd. This annual expo is a celebration of all things manga and anime, and naturally the biggest video game titles based on popular manga / anime will have a presence at the show this week.

An official line up of Bandai Namco's products was released last week by the company showing which console and mobile games will be represented at Jump Festa 2019 and in what capacity. Dragon Ball FighterZ is on the list, and apparently it will not only be playable at the event, but will have a trailer shown for it.

In the past, we've seen Bandai Namco's line ups for trade shows shared this same way, and there have been several instances where "trailer" means a new reveal.

Dragon Ball FighterZ's first season wrapped up back in September with the release of Android 17 and Cooler. They joined Bardock, Broly, Fused Zamasu, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegito, Base Form Goku, and Base Form Vegeta as the game's first eight DLC characters.

Since then, we've seen a handful of updates, new content such as holiday colors, and a Nintendo Switch release of the game — which took place the day after Android 17 and Cooler dropped. If there were ever a time and place for the next big thing to be revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this week at Jump Festa seems like the perfect spot.

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The Dragon Balls have been assembled for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour but one player has control of four out of seven

All seven Dragon Ball FighterZ saga events have concluded. In other words, the seven Dragon Balls have been collected.

The finals will be taking place on January 26th and conclude on January 27th. Players with more Dragon Balls collected will be guaranteed a higher seed within the final bracket.

FOX|SonicFox ended up nabbing one of the Dragon Balls during VSFighting 2018. At the beginning of the next month, CO|GO1 acquired the next Dragon Ball at the Ultimate Fighting Arena event.

Another Dragon Ball was collected at the conclusion of Thunderstruck VI by NRG|HookGangGod. All three of these players have an invitation to the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals as a result of their success at these major events.

GGP|Kazunoko, on the other hand, managed to score Dragon Balls at CEO 2018, SEA Major 2018, Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga 6 Japan Round, and CouchWarriors Crossup 2018. In other words, Kazunoko is in control of four out of the seven Dragon Balls.

So what does this mean for the overall bracket?

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'I travel too much... the last three years of the Capcom Pro Tour have been hell' - Justin Wong explains how he's taking things a bit easier in 2019

FOX|Justin Wong seems to have done it all. His natural ability to quickly understand and execute most any fighting game at a high level is rivaled by very few, and his countless famous moments make him on of the most storied players in all the community.

We caught up with the Echo Fox representative at Capcom Cup last weekend to ask him his thoughts on a handful of different topics including a recent tweet on Justin's Twitter that made it seem as though he'd be taking the gas off the pedal when it comes to SF5.

EventHubs: You recently said that you're looking forward to playing a lot of different games in 2019, how are you feeling about SF5 and your eSports journey going into next year?

Justin: I personally enjoy playing Street Fighter 5, I played so many different fighting games in general growing up and there's been way worse than SF5. When most people say SF5 is bad, they're probably comparing it to Street Fighter 4, which is a far superior game in general. The reason I want to play different games is because there's too much down time at these tournaments and I'm not doing anything because I'm only focusing on SF5 premiers.

Justin cont'd: I want to branch out and go back to how it used to be where I played more games and hang out with more people from other games' scenes. I want to show my fan base that it's not only about Street Fighter. We have other games like Tekken 7 which is probably the best modern game right now, Smash Ultimate is amazing, Mortal Kombat 11 is coming out in April, even BlazBlue Tag is one of the better games of this generation. There are just so many and I feel like they need to have some lovin'.

Here's the tweet referenced during the interview:

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Jump Force receives its first Story Mode trailer

Jump Force is quickly shaping up to be the biggest Shonen Jump crossover ever with a large amount of characters and properties already announced for the game that allows players to get in on the action with their own shonen-type avatar which apparently ties into its story.

Along with the announcement of the new character of Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia, Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Jump Force showing off the game's story mode for the first time.

Instead of playing as one of the iconic Shonen Jump heroes during the course of the story, players will seemingly be playing mostly as their own created and customized avatars against the crossovers' various protagonists and villains.

The arena fighters' story sees the player avatar join the J-Force or Jump Force alongside other heroes like Luffy, Goku and Naruto in an attempt to stop Kane and Galena — original villains created by Akira Toriyama — from reshaping their worlds alongside other baddies like Frieza.

Character customization will play a key role in the game as it allows the player to create their own fighter using different looks, clothing, hair styles and accessories from the various Jump stars along with mixing and matching your favorite special attacks from other characters in the game.

A hub world is shown off where the player can freely roam around and talk to other characters, and other player avatars who are currently online can also seemingly be encountered there. You can take a look at new screenshots from the story in the gallery below plus the full trailer after the jump.

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