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GameTyrant Expo 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, the GameTyrant Expo 2018 is taking place.

It's happening in Salt Lake City, Utah and will be host to tournaments in several games.

At the event, you can expect to see tournament play for Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 4, Rivals of Aether, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. 64 and Tekken 7.

Players attending include Liquid|Hungrybox, C9|Mango, ExG|Wizzrobe, PG|Zain, Tempo|Axe, CLG|SFAT, UYU|Cloud805, Liquid|Salem, CaptainZack, G2|Westballz, Reynald, TNC|ARMY, Elegant, W2W|Mr. E, Captain L and many more.

There's a whopping $7500 pot in both of the main Smash games, so there's some good money to be made for skilled players.

Streaming is being done at GameTyrant and SSB 64.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ cancelled at DreamHack Atlanta for reasons undisclosed; event Fighting Game Director, Alex Jebailey, comments

DreamHack Atlanta is set to come to fruition in just a few short weeks on November 17th, but the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament has been stricken from the schedule.

Fighting Game Director for the event, Alex Jebailey, took to Twitter earlier today to deliver the unfortunate news, offering apologies on behalf of the event and encouraging DBFZ players to enjoy the many other tournaments DreamHack Atlanta will offer.

Community members immediately began questioning the reason for the sudden cancellation, which remains undisclosed. Jebailey did note that this was specifically not because of low entrant levels, though current DBFZ sign up numbers equaled less than 40.

"I would never cancel any tournament at an event because of entry numbers. I can't publicly speak on exact reasons," he responded to those speculating about the motivations behind the nixing of the tournament.

This has led some community members to wonder if licensing issues with such entities as Toei Animation are the cause for this, and if such issues will affect other Dragon Ball FighterZ events in the future.

Jebailey posted a few tweets as well as a more formal statement, and you can read through both via the images below:

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'We aren't eSports... we're grassroots confusion' - ChrisG on why he feels the fighting game community is well behind other professional gaming genres

While his opinions aren't always the most popular, EG|ChrisG almost always has something interesting to say as one of the fighting game community's most versatile and sometimes controversial competitors.

He spoke at length with BornFree back at SoCal Regionals 2018 to discuss a myriad of topics, offering some intriguing insight on the FGC as a whole as well as some of its individual game titles.

The stand out statement of the interview had to be Chris' commentary on eSports, specifically how the fighting game community just isn't there yet. This is especially true in comparison to the more established genres such as multiplayer online battle arenas and first person shooters.

Indeed the fighting game community seems to be plagued with unprofessional mishaps at major events as of late. Chris was disqualified from the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament at SCR due to poor communication from tournament organizers, and then Canada Cup saw major troubles just about a month later.

Beyond this we've also seen some major downsizing in the FGC branch of team Echo Fox, the community's most celebrated eSports sponsor.

Chris also details some of his colorful history before he became intensely involved in fighting games, and has mostly positive things to say about the impact and continued strong performance of DBFZ.

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Tokyo International Film Festival Invitational results

Today, a suave invitational tournament was held in Tokyo at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

This was a Dragon Ball FighterZ event featuring some of the very best the game has to offer.

Held in a single-elimination format, it was a fairly quick affair to showcase the best of the best.

As mentioned, this is an invitational featuring 8 players, referred to as Dragon Ball FighterZ Super Match.

Players who participated in this event were FOX|SonicFox, CO|Go1, GGP|Kazunoko, NRG|HookGangGod, FT|Kaimart, R-Cade|Alioune, DO|Zer0q and KoreanWrestlingMan.

You can find the stream archive right here. It was broadcast on the Dragon Ball FighterZ Twitch channel.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ has shipped over 3.5 million copies worldwide

As of March 31, 2018, we heard that Dragon Ball FighterZ had surpassed 2.5 million sales worldwide. This is quite an impressive milestone as the game had only been released back in January of this year.

It appears that the game's streak of selling copies has not ceased since then. The fact that the title was ported to the Nintendo Switch towards the end of September was probably a major contributor to the title's continued success.

Reports indicate that Dragon Ball FighterZ has now surpassed 3.5 million sales worldwide across all platforms. Digital downloads has apparently been factored into this number.

In other words, this is Arc System's best selling game so far. Notably, the game's publisher, Bandai Namco, has seen a lot of success in the fighting game industry as of late.

Back in October, it was reported that Tekken 7 had now exceeded 3 million sales worldwide. At the end of this year in December, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released exclusively on the Nintendo Switch — a title in which Bandai Namco is acting as the developer for.

The development of the Season 1 pass has already wrapped up. This pass gave everyone access Broly, Bardock, Super Saiyan Blue Vegito, Fused Zamasu, Base Form Goku, Base Form Vegeta, Cooler, and Android 17. Nothing has been officially announced regarding a Season 2 thus far, but it looks extremely likely considering the game's amazing success.

Sources: MarkMan23 via Gematsu. Sent in by: Jigo and an anonymous user.

Piccolo, Kitana, Kid Buu, a suggestive arcade cabinet and more: The fighting game community gets into the Halloween spirit with their costumes

Happy Halloween to all of our readers around the world who celebrate the spooky holiday by dressing up and going out or staying in and playing horror games / watching scary movies.

To help with the festivities, we've collected some of the best costumes from a few of the best fighting game players and community members with some impressive and absurd outfits related to fighters out there.

We don't know if he's wearing it out tonight, but Apologyman has a great Piccolo costume to represent his main green boy in Dragon Ball FighterZ. FOX|Justin Wong's taken his outfit idea in a completely different direction, however, choosing to dress up as the hopefully fictional arcade cabinet for 'Hide the Sausage.'

Capcom employees also got into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up as some of their favorite Street Fighter characters with Andy Wong donning Akuma's classic garbs — giant beads included, and Charlene Ingram dressed up as her favorite Ingrid.

Kimi Kouture showed off her awesome Kitana costume, Vicious is going to be commentating as the Last Airbender Aang, Delriach dressed up as a homemade Spider-Man and someone decided to be a classic Mortal Kombat arcade cabinet shared by NBA Jam.

You can check out a clip of CLG|Void streaming while dressed as Kid Buu below along with the gallery of Halloween costumes below.


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EVO 2019 trailer released

The official trailer for EVO 2019 has been released. We'll be seeing the big, annual fighting game event take place on August 2nd through August 4th, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Over on the official Evolution championship series Twitter account, the trailer was shared just moments ago.

Like we saw earlier this year, EVO will return to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 2019. The tournament series will also be sticking with the recent move to the month of August (running in July for years prior), which was put into place for the first time this year.

Though footage for several main EVO games were featured in today's trailer, it is worth noting that an official EVO games line up usually isn't released until around January of the year that the event is taking place. It is likely, however, that games like Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Dragon Ball FighterZ will return to the main line up next year — but we'll have to wait for the official line up before we can make confirmation.

You can check out the trailer below.

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If Dragon Ball FighterZ is getting more characters next year, who seem the most likely?

Dragon Ball FighterZ was released in January of this year, and has been doing exceedingly well both commercially and competitively.

Throughout the year, we were treated to eight DLC characters as part of a Season Pass, and given the huge success of the game, it seems likely we'd get another one, though it hasn't been officially confirmed yet.

Last week, I did a piece on what seemed likely as far as additions to Dragon Ball FighterZ overall went if we do indeed get a second season of additional content.

Since then, it's been suggested to me that I do another one that focuses more intricately on the characters specifically, and although I already outlined in broad strokes who I think seems likely for next year if we do indeed get additional fighters, this one will go a bit more in-depth with the characters I'm looking at.

It bears repeating that there's no confirmation we will get a second season of DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ, nor that any such potential season would contain additional characters, but given the current state of the fighting game genre and how well Dragon Ball FighterZ has done so far, it would be quite a surprise if we didn't.

Now, while one year isn't enough to base a pattern on, it's really all we have to focus on for the time being. This year, we received Bardock, Broly, Fused Zamasu, Vegito, Base Goku, Base Vegeta, Cooler and Android 17 as downloadable characters. Based on these, I have some thoughts on what we could be getting in 2019, based around the same categories, so let's have a look.

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Leffen punishes super dash with a touch of death, Dogura's ground pound combo might be 'cooler,' and SonicFox's 'hits' the competition where it hurts

Canada Cup 2018's Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament has wrapped up. While this event wasn't part of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, many notable players were in attendance anyhow.

Players like FOX|SonicFox, NRG|Supernoon, Teemo, NRG|HookGangGod, CO|Dogura, TSM|Leffen, and GGP|Kazunoko were all competing for first place. As you can imagine, this resulted in some fun sequences in the top 8.

We've got a batch of highlights that need to be talked about. First up, let's go over the first few moments of Leffen and Dogura's set.

Both players kept each other away at a full screen's distance. Suddenly, Dogura opted to super dash at Leffen's Base Form Vegeta.

After landing the crouching heavy attack that anti-aired the attempt, Leffen immediately cancelled with a level 1 Sparking Blast. Indeed, Leffen was going for a 100% damage combo punish.

Inevitably, Dogura made one mistake and lost his Kid Buu during the first few seconds.


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Canada Cup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big one is finally upon us. One of the most noteworthy and hype-filled events in the entire FGC is taking place this weekend.

Yes, that's right, it's time yet again for Canada Cup to occur, this time in its 2018 edition.

This is a massive event by all counts, and it's one of the last Capcom Pro Tour Premier events as well as the last Tekken World Tour event, though it's a Challenger event for that game. It's also a NeoGeo World Tour event for the King of Fighters titles present and features the Tournament of Legends for Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo. Also, let's not forget the massive international 5v5 tournament we see each year for the main Street Fighter game.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7, you can also look forward to tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Soul Calibur 6, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Sailor Moon S, Pokkén Tournament DX, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2 and King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, Liquid|Hungrybox, FD|Fujimura, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, TSM|Leffen, FOX|Justin Wong, CYG|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, Liquid|Nemo, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Dogura, Gachikun, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, NRG|HookGangGod, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FAV|Sako, Yamasa|Nobi, Ponos|Moke, CYG|GamerBee, EQNX|JoeyFury, FOX|Momochi, ALG|n0ne, EQNX|Dimeback, LostSoul, EMG|Mistake, BC|Mr. R, AB|StormKubo, Yamasa|Take, UYU|Fergus, ESE|Duck, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|Speedkicks, FNATIC|Akainu, ESE|ANTi, Ally, NRG|Supernoon, Fiction, Shadow20z, AE|Pekos, W2W|Bladewise, Teemo, ESE|RunItBlack, EMG|Moky, Binchang, MnT|Trungy, Joonya20z, Abel Del Maestro, Ryan Ford and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup Gaming, Canada Cup Gaming 2, Canada Cup Gaming 3 and Canada Cup Gaming 4.

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Half the top 16 Dragon Ball Fighterz players use Android 16 while Tekken 7's stats are very diverse — Canada Cup 2018 character usage stats

It's the final day for Canada Cup 2018. All tournaments for this major event will be wrapping up today.

We have character usage stats for Dragon Ball FighterZ and Tekken 7 to talk about. Let's take a look at which fighters are seeing the most success in the top 16 portion of the brackets.

For Dragon Ball FighterZ, Android 16 is clearly the most popular combatant right now. In fact, half the players present in the top 16 are using him. Bardock is a close second with six players relying on his abilities.

It's also worth noting that there are plenty of Kid Buu and Super Saiyan Vegeta users as there are four competitors using these two. Adult Gohan, Gotenks, and Hit each have three users. As of this moment, these are widely considered to be the game's top tiers.

As for Tekken 7, it's actually fairly difficult to see which characters are the most dominant right now. No fighter is used more than twice in the top 16, even when you throw secondaries into the mix.

Only Bob and Asuka have two users apiece. This means that there were 17 combatants used to get players into the top 16 portion of the bracket.

Hit the jump below to check out the character usage stats for both games.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament footage spliced with scenes from the anime brilliantly tells a new story of Vegeta's rise to godlike power

Dragon Ball FighterZ did a lot right, and one of the most crucial pillars it stands on comes from the attention and detail developers put in to honoring the source material.

It truly feels as though players are able to seamlessly cross over from watching an anime to playing it when it comes to DBFZ, which is why YogaFlame was able to embark on his most recent creative journey.

The prominent fighting game YouTuber decided to splice game footage from actual matches featuring players like TSM|Leffen with scenes from the anime to tell a new story about Vegeta's ascension from base form to Super Saiyan Blue.

The prince of all Saiyans finds himself facing off with various opponents in various locales, sometimes winning and sometimes facing brutal defeats that leave him near death.

Obviously Yoga's resources were still somewhat limited here, but that only makes us that much more impressed to see just how good and intriguing of a story he was able to pull off here.

Here's our personal favorite transition as Vegeta ascends to Super Saiyan for the first time, then takes it to Majin Buu out in space:


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Characters from the original Dragon Ball would be an extremely welcome addition to Dragon Ball FighterZ — Here are a few we'd like to see

Anyone who's a fan of Dragon Ball probably knows very well that the manga is one entity, while the anime divided the series up in two distinct parts, the first being called Dragon Ball and the second being called Dragon Ball Z, with the earlier part being somewhat more humorous over action-oriented, though both "eras" have plenty of laughs and fights present.

In most regions of the world, people started the series from the very beginning, meaning that you'd follow Goku from childhood, though this wasn't quite as common in America, one of the biggest markets internationally, where Dragon Ball Z was what really took off in popularity.

Now, obviously, the game is called Dragon Ball FighterZ, even the title suggests that this game places heavy focus on the "Z era" of the series, so to speak, but of course it's still focused on Dragon Ball as a whole.

We've seen previous games eventually pad out their rosters with notable antagonists and allies from the early days of Dragon Ball, and while some characters from this era can't really fly or fire beams, that's much less of an obstacle in a game like Dragon Ball FighterZ where you aren't necessarily staying airborne, but rather doing air combos, which has always been a part of the series' fights, even early on.

It's not as if the game doesn't already have reference to the series' early days as it is right now. Many of the most iconic moves, such as the Kamehameha, originated around the very start of the series, and you even have Tenshinhan's Volleyball Fist which was only used during his fight with a young Goku in the source material.

A lot of people tend to focus on the newer material from Dragon Ball Super when it comes to characters, and we're definitely going to be getting content from there if we get any new fighters. But let's have a look at which characters you can grab from the olden days that would be exciting to play as.

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Just how big is Street Fighter 5's big change to input delay? We've experienced the update, and here's what we think

There have been quite a few goings on in the world of fighting games this week as Soul Calibur 6 has finally hit shelves, leaks have flooded in for both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Street Fighter 5 and some concerns regarding the loss of more traditional FGC practices have surfaced.

Catalyst and I tackle these issues and more on this week's EventHubs Podcast, and then delve into yesterday's major development: the reduction of Street Fighter 5's input delay.

We speculated on what effects this change may have, but now we're actually experiencing it. The two of us have somewhat differing opinions on the severity of the eventual impact this will have, and both lay out how we see the meta evolving moving forward.

Catalyst also brings up an interesting observation he caught about a fairly cryptic update to CFN that could have some pretty exciting implications. We then touch on what Capcom should perhaps focus on next now that they've essentially exercised one of their biggest demons to date.

Give our discussion a listen and feel free to share your opinions and experiences in the comments once you're done.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 is likely on the horizon, what can we expect from the fledgling fighting game in its second year?

First of all, it's important to stress that no official announcement of a second DLC season has been made for Dragon Ball FighterZ, hence the "likely" in the title.

What we do know, however, is that the game has done incredibly well, smashing records in the process, and exceeded expectations in a very swift manner.

On top of this, the title has been incredibly well-received by both casual and competitive players alike, managing to set viewership records at EVO 2018 as well.

With all this in mind, it seems like a foregone conclusion that we'll be getting a second season of DLC for the game after the World Tour Finals wrap up at the end of January.

This would coincide quite nicely with the game's launch this year, which was at the end of January as well, meaning it's possible we could even have a similar release schedule to what we saw this year.

All of this is just theorizing, of course, and the whole piece is going to be done as such. We're going to look at what Dragon Ball FighterZ has given us so far, since its release, and what could likely be in store for us next year, if they continue to support this massively successful title (seriously, they would be crazy not to).

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SonicFox's unstoppable Hit pressure, Tien gets a happy birthday with seven bars, Burter's combo breaker — Dragon Ball FighterZ ECT 2018 highlights

East Coast Throwdown 2018's Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament saw some of the best players in the world slug it out against one another. As always, tonight we have you covered on highlights from the event.

Included here are some of our favorite moments from the Dragon Ball FighterZ top 8 at ECT 2018. You'll see players such as FOX|SonicFox, PG|Nakkiel, FOX|Dekillsage, NRG|HookGangGod, and more bringing the hype.

Our first Dragon Ball FighterZ highlight sees sM|SuperHotGarbage utilizing Captain Ginyu's Ginyu Force support to full effectiveness. When facing off against fellow Captain Ginyu player, BC|LordKnight, It was SuperHotGarbage's Burter that saved the day.

In the second game of their set, SuperHotGarbage had Lord Knight's final character, Super Saiyan Goku, pinned to the corner. Using the entirety of the Ginyu Force and Super Saiyan Vegeta assist, SuperHotGarbage was able to continue pressuring the opponent.

Fortunately for Lord Knight, Goku found an opening, sending Ginyu up into the air for a combo. Unfortunately, though, Burter on SuperHotGarbage's side was already in flight, traveling back and forth horizontally across screen.

Burter flew in and tagged Goku during Lord Knight's combo, effectively breaking it. From there, SuperHotGarbage was able to land the final hit needed to close out the game.


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East Coast Throwdown 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

East Coast Throwdown 2018 is taking place this weekend in New Jersey, U.S.A.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, in fact, it's the final offline Ranking Event of the season, with only a few Premiers, Regional Finals and one online CPT event left besides it.

Also, this is the Last Chance Qualifier for the Injustice 2 Pro Series this year, the finals of which are happening on November 13th, so this is a very important event to grab that final spot.

It's not just about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Injustice 2, though. This event will also feature tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Fighting EX Layer, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers) and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Notable players participating include FOX|SonicFox, Ghost|NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, EG|NYChrisG, CYG|GamerBee, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FOX|Dekillsage, SB|JB, PG|Nakkiel, Toi, Idom and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, NetherRealm, KPB Live, NYC Furby and TSB Blaze.

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