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The Mixup 2019 results

Updated with final results: The Mixup 2019 is starting up now, and it's a Capcom Pro Tour premier and Tekken World Tour Master event, with a very stacked lineup taking place in Lyon, France.

Notable players scheduled to compete this weekend include: Rohto|Tokido, Rec|Punk, CYG|Fuudo, CYG|Daigo Umehara, Fudoh|Fujimura, RZR|Xian, Liquid|Nemo, Mouz|Problem X, GO|Luffy, Victrix|Momochi, FAV|Sako, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, NASR|AngryBird, Liquid|John Takeuchi, GRPT|MOV, UYU|NL, MyWalltet|Verloren, UYU|Oil King, CAG|Dogura, NVD|Phenom, RRQ|Moke, Mago, RISE|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Talon|HotDog29, Takamura, WE-R1|Trashbox, Fnatic|Shakz, Fnatic|Akainu, ROX|Knee, UYU|LowHigh, ROX|Chanel, PG|Speedkicks, Rangchu, among many others.

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April Annihilation 2019 results

Updated with final results: April Annihilation 2019 is taking place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey this weekend, and is Capcom Pro Tour ranking event. Big E is running the show once again, so we know we're in for a lot of hype.

Some of the notable players in attendance include REC|Punk, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|NuckleDu, RISE|Smug, The Cool Kid93, TGS|CeroBlast, RB|Snake Eyez, END|Shine, Terrence, SB|Doomsnake, TGS|ElChakotay, Nephew, UYU|Kami, Ranmasama, EG|NYChrisG, EG|Ricki Ortiz, THG|Ludovic, Kreymore, and Linkorz.

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Brussels Challenge Major Edition 2019 results

Updated with final results: Brussels Challenge Major Edition 2019 is took place this weekend, in Brussels, Belgium as you might have already guessed, and it's a big event for multiple titles, being the kickoff for the European branch of this year's Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and also being a ArcRevo World Tour event for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players participating this weekend include Mouz|Problem X, RB|Bonchan, GO|Luffy, NVD|Phenom, Keev, NASR|BigBird, NASR|AngryBird, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Taka, We-R1|Trashbox, FNATIC|Shakz, FNATIC|Akainu, Fergus, Solary|Glutonny, NVD|Momi, VDV|KingRasta, Svampen, Oplon|Skyll, EnVyUS|MisterCrimson, Onimario, Vitality|Hurricane, NVD|SaltyKid, WG|Abegen, Nyphi7, VGIA|Shanks, Takamura, DO|SephiBlack, RASS, VGIA|VegaPatch and many more.

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NorCal Regionals 2019 results

Story updated with final results: The NorCal Regionals 2019 tournament is underway now. This is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event running in San Jose, California throughout the weekend. There are 13 games being played over three days.

Notable competitors in attendance include Rohto|Tokido, Rec|Punk, RB|Gachikun, Mouz|Problem X, Fudoh|Fujimura, CYG|Fuudo, FAV|Sako, CYG|Daigo Umehara, Justin Wong, Momochi, FOX|NuckleDu, RZR|Xian, Liquid|Nemo, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, UYU|Oil King, Mago, Liquid|John Takeuchi, ZJZ, MyWallet|Verloren, CYG|GamerBee, UYU|NL, FAV|Ryusei, END|Shine, SB|801 Strider, CAG|Dogura, Talon|HotDog29, Fudoh|Haitani, Rise|Smug, Qanba|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, GRPT|MOV, CAG|Go1, RRQ|Moke, Rise|K-Brad, Brian_F, CJ Truth, GGP|Kazunoko, RB|Bonchan, CYG|PR Balrog, Fudoh|Johnny, Machabo, Combofiend, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EnvyUS|Mister Crimson, RB|Snake Eyez, JB, Jwong|Didimokof, The Cool Kid93, EG|NYChrisG, Tempo|Alex Myers, NRG|Supernoon, Reynald, BC|Apologyman, NVD|SaltyKid, Mo-Joe, LPN, Commander Jesse, Dankadillas, among many others.

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Toushinsai 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big arcade-based tournament series is back again this year, and is as usual taking place in Tokyo, Japan.

Although no tournament brackets seemed to have been released, making it difficult to say exactly who's there, you can pretty freely assume that if they're a Japan-based player who competes in the arcades, they're going to be there fighting their heart out.

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Final Round 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Final Round 2019 is taking place this weekend in Hapeville, Georgia, and it's a massive event for several different games. This is the kickoff for the Capcom Pro Tour season, but don't let that fool you into thinking Street Fighter is the only thing happening. There are a wealth of high-profile figbhting games featured at this event, which are all listed further down.

First off, let's list some of the notable players showing up for this prestigious event — RB|Gachikun, Rohto|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, Momochi, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|NuckleDu, CO|Go1, FOX|SonicFox, CYG|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, REC|Punk, FAV|Sako, GO|Luffy, Justin Wong, RZR|Xian, NVD|Phenom, RB|Bonchan, NRG|HookGangGod, EQNX|Joey Fury, UYU|NL, Disrupt|Shadow20z, Verloren, Liquid|John Takeuchi, UYU|OilKing, MrKwiggle, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FD|Haitani, GRPT|MOV, BC|Tachikawa, CYG|GamerBee, Rise|Smug, Mago, W2W|KnowKami, UGS|XCaliburBladez, Co-D|Hoodless, SB|DoomSnake, ElectrifiedMann, RRQ|Moke, NRG|Supernoon, UGS|BBoyDragon, Disrupt|Joonya20z, KoDee and of course many, many more.

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If you somehow didn't know, Click Burgundy's fighting game artwork is the toppest of tiers

Click Burgundy is a Japanese artist we've featured a number of times on EventHubs already because of their godlike fighting game art, and their work continues to be amazing.

We've collected a dozen more pieces from Click Burgundy's recent collections where they seem to have been pretty excited about the EVO and EVO Japan line ups plus some other recent fighting game announcements like Videl in Dragon Ball FighterZ — and I guess we know which side of the pigtails vs. short hair debate they fall on.

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Poll results: A sixth fate will be joining BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle; which series do you want to see added to the crossover fighter?

Update: We've updated the story with the results of the poll, so hit the jump to find out which series led the race with the most votes that people want to see as the sixth fate in BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle released as a crossover title between four different franchises with BlazBlue, Under Night In-Birth, Persona 4 Arena and RWBY. Three of them had games that were originally developed or published by Arc System Works while one was entirely new to fighting games entirely.

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Destination: Fight! 5 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend will be a joyous one indeed, because it is the return of Destination: Fight!

Destination: Fight! 5 will be taking place as usual in Skövde, located centrally in Sweden.

This event has a bunch of games being played, with tournaments being held in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Slap City, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Rivals of Aether.

Players from all around are set to gather the event, including Svampen, KSP|Ixion, Cyrox, PsychedelicPet, LD|Zake, Martin, Hiari, LBA|Popi, KaiserSWE, KSP|Bobbis, SmashSK, Stimoro and many more... Including myself!

It's a two-day event, and almost every game will be receiving stream time, so make sure to tune in for your games of choice and enjoy the show.

Streaming is being done at Destination Fight and Neophos.

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Anime Ascension 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend is hosting the 2019 installment of Anime Ascension, which is taking place in Irvine, California.

First, I'd like to note my regret at not being able to post this event sooner than finals day, which is simply because of how many resources EVO Japan took up this weekend.

However, the best part of the event is still to be seen, so make sure to tune in for the hype finals of the main games which all had around 60 entrants each.

The main titles being played are BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Some of the notable players attending include Jona, PG|SKD, KidViper, PG|MarlinPie, UYU|KizzieKay, BxA|Blaze, LPT, BrkrDave, Hotashi, KPB|JDR, Betadood, CATPION|Daymendou, Clim and UYU|BeautifulDude, though there are many more as well, of course.

Streaming is being done at LevelUp Live.

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Danger Time, insanely fast perfects and mix-ups for days: Summit and Chachacha had the best sets at EVO Japan in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2

EVO Japan 2019 has now wrapped up its second year, and while Guilty Gear didn't get any new announcements this weekend, the game provided us with perhaps the hypest matches of the entire event.

WG|Summit managed to take 25th place in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 at the inaugural event last year, but he came back even stronger with his boy Chipp Zanuff to win the entire thing despite a brick wall standing in his path.

Chachacha on the other hand doesn't appear to travel much for tournaments, but he almost always places high when he does go to a major using his oft forgotten Kum Haeyun.

The pair met in both winners and grand finals giving us incredibly close sets with very different styles each time as their grand finals match would come down to the last game and last round after the bracket reset.

Summit engaged in a high octane offensive based approach with teleporting, dashing and flying all over the screen for mix-ups while Chachacha would try to lock him down in place with Kum's powerful strikes and orb abilities.

We've collected the best highlights from their winners finals and grand finals sets plus we also highly suggest you take a look at their full finals set after the jump because it's quite the spectacle. Let's start things off where Chachacha tried to use Burst Super to stop Summit's comeback in winners finals that ultimately got countered in a way that Tasty Steve says he'd never seen before.


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EVO Japan 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The second installment ever of one of the biggest tournament expansions we've seen is here this weekend, namely the expansion of the EVO brand to Japan, with EVO Japan 2019.

This year, it's taking place in Fukuoka rather than Tokyo, and although entrants aren't as high as they were in last year's monumental premier year, the entrants certainly aren't anything to scoff at.

Over 1000 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 500 in Tekken 7, and roughly between 200-300 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and King of Fighters 14, respectively.

While these 6 games are the main titles at the event, there'll be an absolutely insane amount of side tournaments as well, so make sure you keep in tune with all of the action.

Players participating are a bit too plentiful to list, but just count on the vast majority of Asian top players — and many other top players from other regions of the world — being present and competing.

Streaming is being done at EVO, EVO 2, EVO 3 and EVO 4.

Side events are set to be streamed at KVO Japan 01, KVO Japan 02, KVO Japan 03 and KVO Japan 04.

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Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition announced for Nintendo Switch; original Guilty Gear coming to PlayStation 4

The original Guilty Gear released all the way back in 1998 as a visionary project from the series' creator Daisuke Ishiwatari, and now two of its most seminal entries are making their way back to modern consoles to celebrate its latest anniversary.

Arc System Works and PQube Games recently revealed Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition for the Nintendo Switch with a tentative release date set for Spring 2019.

A physical release of the title will bundle together the original Guilty Gear and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R though they will be available to purchase separately in the digital store.

The first Guilty Gear title will also be making its way over to PlayStation 4 digitally around the same time this Spring, but PQube says there currently are no plans to release Accent Core on Sony's console.

While the first game was the origin point of one of ArcSys' most recognizable franchises, XX Accent Core Plus R represents over a decade of advancements and fine tuning of its follow up plus it was the final sprite-based release with the Xrd series immediately following it.

ArcSys has branched out their fighting game catalog in the past decade with titles like BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Dragon Ball FighterZ and the upcoming Granblue Fantasy Versus, but you can check out the trailer for the games that started it all for them in the Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition after the jump.

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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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EVO Japan's prize pools reach over $90,000 for the mainstage titles with Tekken 7 payouts larger than the World Tour Finals

EVO Japan is returning for its second year with the action starting a month from now, and it appears as though Tekken, Street Fighter and other mainstage game players have even more reason to check out the free major this time around.

The prize pools for EVO Japan 2019 have now been revealed for Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, The King of Fighters 14 and Soul Calibur 6 where a total of 10 million yen or around $92,000 will be available for players to take home for placing in the top 8.

All games at the inaugural tournament featured a base 1 million yen prize pool — except for Nintendo's titles, but both SF5 and Tekken 7 have been majorly bumped up this year to 3 million yen — $27,600 — which is actually larger than the Tekken World Tour Finals' pay outs for 2018.

The Tekken World Tour Finals last year featured a $20,000 prize pool where first place took home $7,500 though the money was split between each of the top 20 competitors instead of just top 8. Grand finals winners for both Tekken and Street Fighter will each take home over $13,000 — which is higher than the standard Capcom Pro Tour major winnings of $7,000 but less than EVO's now $20,000 for SF5.

Each of the other four mainstage titles will feature 1 million yen prize pools like 2018 though Soul Calibur 6 and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle are new titles for this year in place of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, BlazeBlue: Central Fiction, and ARMS.

There are two notable titles that have been left off of EVO Japan's roster with Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not making the cut for unannounced reasons though DBFZ has faced some cancelled events in recent months.

A big venue change has also occurred for EVO's expansion as it has moved over 670 miles from Tokyo, Japan down South to Fukuoka where numbers have seen an apparent decline for attendees from 2018 though that could still change. EVO Japan is scheduled to run from February 15–17 at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center, and you can take a look at the full prize pool breakdowns for the six mainstage titles after the jump.

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In case you forgot, Click Burgundy's fighting game art is still absolutely top tier

It's always a good day when you realize you haven't perused Click Burgundy's art page in a while and get to see all the new pieces he's done as of late.

Today we see more than a few new fighting game illustrations featuring characters like Baiken, Menat, Ibuki, Sodom, Mai, Kage and plenty others.

The characters showcased hail from all parts of the fighting game realm as Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter, BlazBlue and even Super Smash Bros. are represented amongst others.

I'm especially intrigued to see how people respond to Alpha Ken, who is well made but does seem a little bit odd for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps I can no longer see Ken Masters without the scarring stare of Street Fighter 5 Ken piercing through?

In any case, please give the gallery below a look through and let us know which of these beautiful works are your favorites and why.

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Frosty Faustings currently has more Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle entrants than EVO Japan

Frost Faustings is returning in 2019 for its eleventh run, and will take place on January 18th and 19th in Elmhurst, Illinois. Though on-site registration will be available, RaphTx shared the current numbers for the 20+ titles that will be featured at the event, three of which are outpacing one of the most anticipated fighting game events of the year.

As pointed out by Steve "AceKingOffsuit" Jurek "Frosty Faustings has larger fields for Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle than EVO Japan. This is wild."

We still have 24 days before registration ends for EVO Japan so there is a chance that later comers will boost up the number of overall participants, but the event has had a few rain clouds pass over it since the completion of the inaugural run in January of last year. Though entrant numbers in 2018 were strong, (over 2,000) the event lost more than a million dollars.

Speculation as to precisely why final reports ended up in the red blames a last minute change in venue paired with a free entry policy. Said free entry policy is likely a result of Japan's anti-gambling laws, which prohibit fighting game tournaments from operating with the traditional model wherein participants pay entry fees that go into a prize pot for top placers.

When the 2019 game line up for EVO Japan was released back in mid December, many FGC members were taken aback by the fact that neither Super Smash Bros. Ultimate nor Dragon Ball FighterZ was to be featured. Smash Ultimate is the currently the leading title for Frosty Faustings with over 250 entrants, and Dragon Ball FighterZ ranks 5th with just over 170.

This year's EVO Japan will be held in Fukuoa, which is over 670 miles (1080 km) from the event's 2018 home city of Tokyo. You can view the current numbers (as of the morning of January 7th) for both Frosty Faustings and EVO Japan (as shared by Anime FGC News) by clicking the thumbnail here:

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