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Thaiger Uppercut 2018 live stream ft. Tokido, Qudans, Knee, Momochi, Dogura, Chanel, Xiao Hai, Bonchan, Xian, LowHigh, Itazan, Kkokkoma, Mago and more

This weekend, we'll be seeing some heavy fighting game action going on in Bangkok, Thailand, for Thaiger Uppercut 2018.

This is a Ranking Event for the Asia portion of the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as a Challenger event for the Asian region for the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these two mainline games, you'll also get to enjoy high level tournament matches for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd: REV 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

For just a taste of the amazing level of talent present at this event, look right here: FOX|Tokido, UYU|Qudans, ROX|Knee, FOX|Momochi, CO|Dogura, ROX|Chanel, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, RB|Bonchan, RZR|Xian, Fursan|LowHigh, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Kkokkoma, Mago, Scarz|Sako, UYU|Jeondding, NASR|BigBird, IG|Jiewa, Talon|Xiaobao, RB|Tanukana, Talon|Hotdog29, DouyuTV|Dakou, DimeBack, Ghost|K-Brad, FightClub|UD, GW|Eita, Tse4, Qanba|Abao and many, many more.

With 105 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and 80 entrants for Tekken 7, there's going to be a lot of matches to get through, so get situated and enjoy the show.

Streaming is being done at TGU Main, KZ Café and TGU 1.

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Final Round event organizer Shin Blanka announces possible retirement, potential end of the tournament series

Early this morning, Larry "Shin Blanka" Dixon announced his possible retirement from event planning in the FGC. Known for organizing the long-time major tournament series Final Round, Dixon states that it too may be coming to an end.

On his personal Facebook account, Shin Blanka wrote an extensive statement sharing his reasoning for the decision and the current state of things.

The message begins by thanking everyone involved with this year's event -- Final Round 21 -- which took place just this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Dixon goes on to address a troublesome attendee (with some language NSFW), who took issue with the clear bags given out at that the event.

From there, he delves into his retirement. Dixon notes that at the end of this past weekend's event, he provided some quick words to attendees about his decision, though he wasn't really clear about the specifics.

"This leads me to this portion of the post when I address my retirement," Dixon wrote in the Facebook post. "I made a brief statement at the end of the event, but it wasn't fully explained and we had to pack up our equipment and be out the exhibition hall at a certain time.

"Unfortunately, we have never recovered our attendance from the social media witch hunt from Final Round 19. While I've taken responsibility for everything that happened that year and I understand why attendance dropped."

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Final Round 2018 results ft. SonicFox, Infiltration, Tokido, MenaRD, JDCR

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend is a big one, with the massive annual event Final Round taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Perhaps the biggest thing of note about the event this year is that it's going to be kicking off both the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, for which it is a Premier event, and the Tekken World Tour for Tekken 7, for which it is a Master event.

Besides these games, you'll also get to enjoy tournament action in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Pokkén Tournament DX, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

As for players attending, there really are just way too many to list, but here are just a few of the notable competitors you can expect to see this weekend across the tournament games: FOX|SonicFox, PG|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|JDCR, Punk, CYG|Daigo, NuckleDu, FOX|Saint, EG|NYChrisG, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Justin Wong, CO|Go1, RB|Anakin, GGP|Kazunoko, PAG|LostSoul, Circa|ForeverKing, PG|Speedkicks, Fursan|LowHigh, Circa|JoeyFury, Gachikun, Shadow20z, F3|DR Gross, UYU|Princess Ling and many, many more.

You'll also get the enjoy the highly anticipated first-to-10 exhibition set in Dragon Ball FighterZ between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1. For even more information on the event, its attendance, and what you can look forward to, check out our official preview.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network and Data FGC.

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Final Round's Guilty Gear grand finals were amazing as underdog LostSoul topped Kazunoko in impressive comeback

This weekend has been absolutely filled to the brim with spectacular fighting game action. With Final Round -- a mainstay major fighting game community event based in Atlanta, Georgia -- now on finals day, things just keep getting more exciting and intense.

Earlier today, we saw the incredible conclusion to the Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 top 8 finals. While there were a number of great competitors in attendance and a favorite to take the whole thing, an underdog battled his way to grand finals and emerged victorious.

The grand finals came down to WN|LostSoul and GGP|Kazunoko. Kazunoko sat on the winners side and was the only player to defeat LostSoul earlier in the tournament, sending him to losers.

Despite the odds being against him, LostSoul and his Elphelt triumphed over the fighting game veteran, and with a truly impressive comeback.

These two competitors first clashed in Winners Finals. Kazunoko's Raven proved dominant, kicking off with a 2-0 lead over LostSoul.

In the third game, LostSoul had Kazunoko on the ropes with only a small chunk of health left. Though Kazunoko almost began mounting a comeback, LostSoul kept him honest by mashing out a punch during the gap in his pressure, which put the Elphelt player on the board.

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The Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour both kick off this weekend - here's what's waiting at Final Round in a few days

We've had a few months now without any tournament circuits going on, and while there've still been events happening, it's been quiet for fighting game community standards.

That's all coming to an end now, though, as both the Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour are going to be kicking off at Final Round 2018 this weekend.

Not only is it kicking off both tours, but it's a Premier event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and a Master event for Tekken 7, so stakes are huge right out of the gate.

With such a lucrative opportunity, you can bet all manner of top players will be showing up to try and get that optimal start to the year's season, and we're going to list some of the biggest ones aiming to show up.

Of course, that's not all. Dragon Ball FighterZ is at the event and has an absolute crazy amount of registrants, and a bunch of other fighting games will be played, too.

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You'll be able to play Sega Dreamcast games using your PlayStation 3 and 4 fightsticks this May, thanks to Brook's new controller converter

The Sega Dreamcast has a reputation of being a mecca of sorts for top quality fighting games. Released back in November 1998, the home console saw the release of several legendary competitive fighting titles.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Guilty Gear X, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Dead or Alive 2, and many more are among the Dreamcast catalog.

Though it is certainly an old piece of hardware, die-hard fans still hold it near and dear to their hearts. And that was likely the inspiration for Brook's new controller converter.

The company has designed an adapter that will allow you to use PlayStation 3 and 4 fightsticks on your Dreamcast and PC.

"While the Dreamcast had quite a variety of amazing fighting games in its library, like many other systems during it's time, lacked a proper arcade stick to use them on," the official product description reads. This converter features a USB and wireless interface, button mapping, upgradable firmware, turbo and vibration features, and X-Input support.

The converter is currently available for pre-order on Arcade Shock, and has a price tag of $39.99. Its first release will be limited and is expected to ship in mid to late May 2018, so if you're interested in this product you'll want to act fast.

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Dogura will face off against Daigo in Street Fighter 5, GO1 in Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Machabo in Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 in a special wedding stream

If you haven't heard the news, CAG|Dogura is getting married. The wedding party will actually be streamed.

During the event, Dogura will play a number of top players in some favorite fighting games. This is quite a way to celebrate such a special occasion.

In Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, he'll go up against Machabo in a set. He'll also face off against CO|GO1 in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Finally, a special exhibition will take place that will pit him versus the legendary CYG|Daigo Umehara. They'll be playing Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Donations will apparently be accepted during the stream. Daigo, the master of ceremonies at the event, is hoping to raise $10,000 as a community for the wedding. To promote this, he'll be reading messages out loud during the reception.

This will take place on March 4th, 2018 at around 12:45 JST and end at about 3:30 p.m. Definitely a befitting way for a player like Dogura to tie the knot.

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Sources: Cyclops's English Twitter and DaigotheBeasTV's Twitter via Reddit thread. Dogura photo source: Stephanie Lindgren.

Red Bull Conquest tournament circuit announced, aims to foster and encourage local scene pride across the US

A new tournament circuit enters the ring in 2018. Today, Red Bull has announced the "Red Bull Conquest" national tournament series, which will call upon local competitors to rep their city in the ultimate fighting game battle.

The Conquest circuit will travel across the US with qualifying events in 15 cities, with one additional online qualifier in the mix. Each region will have the opportunity to prove that they have the best players in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Each qualifier will crown one winner in each game to represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. These players will face off in their respective games to determine which fighting game region reigns supreme.

Red Bull Conquest kicks off on April 28th in Chicago. From there, the circuit will travel to Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle.

The conclusion to the tournament series will take place on November 16 - 18 with the National Finals. There will also be a last chance qualifier taking place that weekend.

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Winter Brawl 12 results ft. SonicFox, Punk, NuckleDu, Theo, SKD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

A lot of tournament action is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

That's because it's time once again for Winter Brawl, in its 12th installment, and there are going to be a ton of players and games being played at the event.

The games set for tournament play are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Windjammers, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament DX, Soul Calibur 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], ARMS, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend are plentiful, but some of the ones you can expect to see include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, NuckleDu, FOX|Theo, PG|SKD, Circa|Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, PAG|Grover, PG|Coach Steve, SB|Dieminion, TSB|Mynus, cR|Dekillsage, Nephew, Method|Flux, TSB|Blaze, NS|Ludovic, HB|Punisher, Kreymore and more.

With 275 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this looks to be the first major event featuring the game, and it's last on the schedule as well, so look forward to some proper action from our favorite Z Warriors.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Team Spooky and Atari FGC.

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The next Guilty Gear will be simpler with fewer mechanics, but which ones should go?

Apparently aligning his franchise with emerging trends in the fighting game eSports movement, Guilty Gear Xrd creator, Daisuke Ishiwatari, spoke with Destructoid about making the next installment in the GG series a little simpler.

Said trend is oft attributed to the fact that other genres in the professional gaming realm tend to be more inviting to newcomers whereas fighting games usually come with a very steep early learning curve.

Guilty Gear has become a household name in the mainstream fighting game community, becoming something of a shoo-in for the EVO lineup in recent years, and garnering an ever growing fan base.

That said, the game is also one of the more difficult to master as it forces players to juggle more mechanics than the average fighter.

Vesper Arcade discusses which of the existing mechanics in GGXrd could be tweaked, or removed entirely, for an ultimately better experience moving foward.

See what he has to say in the full video, and then be sure to share with us your thoughts on what kinds of changes you'd make to the way GG exists today to make it more inviting to greener players.

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BlazBlue director and Guilty Gear creator discuss accessibility while keeping depth and why male ArcSys characters lack nipples in new interview

Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari and BlazBlue director Toshimichi Mori have been no strangers to interviews lately, and now they are back answering the pressing questions like where are Azrael's nipples?

The two Arc System Works veterans recently sat down with PC Gamer to talk about the accessibility in Cross Tag Battle, sharing technology, PC releases, EVO and of course the absent nipples.

On the topic of making Cross Tag Battle more accessible, Mori says that he wants to bring in players that have been on the sidelines feeling like the barrier of entry was too high and hopes new players will be able to easily pick up and play the game.

"I think a lot of [depth] will come down to the character combinations," said Mori, via PC Gamer. "There are a variety of toolkits the players will have access to, depending on which characters they combine with who."

In terms of the PC base for ArcSys game players, Mori says they have not noticed a shift in player base yet from more established or familiar spaces and platforms.

"I think it's still very very young in its development stages, said Mori." "Yes, we have begun to bring games to the PC, but having said that, we haven't noticed any large movement in terms of shift in fanbase or anything of that nature. I think we'll find out in the coming years how that's going to affect that our company structure."

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Brussels Challenge Round 2 results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Verdoyance, Kuja

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Even with EVO Japan passed, Brussels is still at it with Brussels Challenge.

While Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is the main event, there's also Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14 and Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT being played.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Verdoyance, Kuja, Frionel and WhiteBl4ck.

Sunday is dedicated entirely to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, while the other games were played on Saturday.

Streaming is being done at Brussels Challenge.

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Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari discusses series' future; says next game will have fewer systems

Arc System Works has had a very busy year with three major fighting games to showcase with Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2, the recently released Dragon Ball FighterZ, and the upcoming BlazBlue Cross Tag battle. All three games will also be on the mainstage for EVO 2018 later this year.

The multi-talented Daisuke Ishiwatari has been with the developer for over 20 years now and recently sat down with Destructoid for an interview to talk about the studio, Guilty Gear, and his own creative process.

Over the years with ArcSys, It seems like Ishiwatari has done it all. Illustration, character design, game creation, voice acting and composing are all feats under his storied belt.

He was not allowed to say much about DBFZ in the interview except that the game was developed "based on the lessons learned from previous Guilty Gear and BlazBlue titles."

Ishiwatari was also asked about the possibility of seeing Guilty Gear Rev 2 on the Switch.

"One of the goals for Guilty Gear is achieving high quality graphics," said Ishiwatari. "Specifically on that point the Nintendo Switch might not be a good match, but that's not our final conclusion. We're still working on that."

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Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 Version 2.1 patch notes officially released, find them all fully translated here

Note: This story has been fully updated with translations of all the game's patch notes.

Today, Arc System Works released the changelist for the newest version of Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

The changes are set to go live tomorrow in arcades, and sometime in March for consoles, so while players outside of Japan won't be affected by them quite yet, this will list what you have to look forward to (or perhaps dread).

Every character in the game has received some form of changes, so take a look at what's happened to your main.

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The EVO 2018 game lineup will be announced on February 6th, so let's speculate - Which games seem like locks, and which games might be in trouble?

After the massive hype of EVO Japan 2018, EVO staffer MarkMan stepped up on stage and gave people some hype stuff to look forward to. First of all, EVO Japan was confirmed to return next year, to much joy, but we were also promised that the EVO 2018 lineup will be officially unveiled on February 6th.

Getting the official EVO lineup is always a very big deal, and everyone's always sweating it, hoping that they're game of choice will make the cut.

Of course, every year we keep hearing about 7 games for the EVO lineup, and while EVO Japan did indeed cut off at 7 titles, EVO in Las Vegas has actually stuck with 9 games for the last 3 years running.

While there's no way of telling how many games are going to be part of EVO 2018 until we get the official announcements over and done with, we can still have a look at how various games' chances seem to be stacking up, leading up to the February 6 reveal.

So, what does the situation look like for the games that are battling for a coveted main stage spot at EVO 2018? You can find my thoughts on the matter below, where I've divided it up in two categories, with 6 games I think are locks, and 6 games I think are in trouble.

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Omito's Johnny has insane corner pressure while Nage was able to mount a comeback with four seconds remaining - EVO Japan Guilty Gear highlights

EVO Japan was a spectacular event. A lot of hype moments occurred for the games that were played.

One of the games played at this event was Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2. The players in attendance included Nage, Omito, GGP|Kazunoko, Ruki, TLA|Machabo, ERG|DC, Kedako, Lox, Tomo, Ogawa, Zadi, Hamburg, Sharon, Endou, Hase, Seiryuu, and many more.

Let's take a moment to analyze the awesome plays that took place. As a result of this, we've created highlights that showcase these scenarios.

First up, let's take a look at a match that went on between DC and Ruki. While DC was using Sin, Ruki was relying on Dizzy.

Try as he might, DC was just not able to get out of the corner against Ruki's Dizzy. He was forced to deal with a flurry of projectiles and pokes.

Inevitably, Ruki ended up winning this particular match.

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EVO Japan 2018 results ft. Tokido, Omito, JDCR, E.T., MenaRD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another EVO event is upon us, and for the first time it's taking place on eastern shores, namely in Tokyo, Japan.

We've detailed the amount of entrants for this event already, and they are gargantuan. Every single game present is going to have some ridiculous gameplay coming your way, so stay tuned.

It's honestly impossible to even begin to list the amount of notable players attending, there are up to 4000 unique attendants after all, so let's just summarize by saying that if the player you're looking for lives in Asia, they're there. If they don't live in Asia, odds are still pretty good that they're there. For some brief insight into who's attending, you can check out our event preview.

The games being played in an official capacity at this tournament are Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14 and ARMS.

Besides that, there's a huge wealth of side tournaments being played, which we will do our best to cover as well. You can find the stream list for side events at Kakuge Checker.

English language streaming is being done at EVO and Capcom Fighters, as well as dedicated game streams in Japanese for ARMS, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. 4, Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

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