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SoCal Regionals 2017 results ft. JDCR, Punk, Saint, Haitani, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although many events are going on this weekend, it's hard to argue that any of them are bigger than SoCal Regionals 2017, taking place in Anaheim, California.

This event isn't only a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, but also a Masters event for the Tekken World Tour and the first Battle for the Stones event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Besides these main games, the event will also feature tournament play in Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Pokkén Tournament DX, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 14.

There will also be special exhibitions in the upcoming Final Fantasy: Dissidia NT.

Players you can expect to see at this event are beyond plentiful - FOX|JDCR, PG|Punk, FOX|Saint, GRPT|Haitani, FOX|Momochi, YouDeal|Yukadon, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|Justin Wong, PG|Hayatei, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|NYChrisG, Circa|JoeyFury, FOX|Theo, SPY|RyanLV, PG|Speedkicks, GFuel|Verloren, ITS|Princess Ling, EG|K-Brad, Chris Tatarian, Eanix|Biohazard, /r/Kappa|Jeondding, Circa|JoeyD, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, VS|Pokchop, FP|Suiken, Circa|ForeverKing, NG|Obscure, Noble|iLuusions, CYG|PR Balrog, PND|Madzin, BrianF, XSK Samurai, Circa|LPN, Xcel|SperoGin, ITS|BeautifulDude, WBG|CJ Truth, Flash, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, GAM|Caba, NB|DualKevin, PG|RayRay are all expected to attend, and obviously many more will be there alongside them.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2 and EnnyMura.

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Senior Artist at NetherRealm reveals Injustice 2 costumes and designs that were too hot for the final build

The Senior Character Artist at NetherRealm Studios, Gihon_Sihon, posted quite a few images of Injustice 2 character models and outfits that did not make the final cut of the game on his Instagram account, many because they were just too risque for a T-rated game.

Now if you clicked that link to try to view his profile, you were likely met with a "this account is private" message, as the artist has recently made his account only viewable only to his followers.

A YouTuber by the name of Dynasty nabbed a handful of screen shots from Sihon's Instagram before it was made private, and compiled them into a video.

Not only do we get to see the designs, but we also get the artist's thoughts on their creation, why they were nixed from the final build and whether or not Sihon agreed with the decision.

The revealed alterations were predominantly for female characters, and centered much around censoring curves and skin. Gorilla Grodd did make the cut here though, and was originally intended to have some floating rings that would follow him on screen.

We grabbed a few screen shots to show you here, but there are even more in the videos from Dynasty and Censored Gaming below.

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Black Lightning's super animation and win pose differ from Raiden's in Injustice 2

Over the weekend, we saw the official gameplay reveal of Raiden in Injustice 2. The trailer also showcased the Black Lightning premium skin for the character, which will be given to Ultimate Edition owners for free in October.

In Injustice 2, these premium skins take the foundation of a character and change their look to that of a similar, but different character complete with their own voice actor and lines. After watching the Raiden trailer, fans were left wondering how Black Lightning's super might appear, since the hard-hitting move features a giant Mortal Kombat dragon.

The official Injustice 2 Twitter account released a clip showing the super move in action, and it is indeed different than Raiden's. Instead of a dragon, Black Lightning utilizes a giant electrical hand to beat down his opponent.

This is mirrored in Black Lightning's win pose, as Raiden's also features the dragon.

Black Lightning's super also loses the stormy bridge scenery featured in Raiden's in exchange for using whatever stage the players are battling on.

Below, we have included both supers for comparison's sake.


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Raiden's Injustice 2 gameplay trailer

After the Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals event came to its final conclusion, there was a special surprise that was shown. Raiden, the second character of the Fighter Pack #2, had some gameplay revealed.

The lightning Elder God will be joining Sub-Zero as the game's second Mortal Kombat guest character. I'm willing to bet that you're not too surprised to hear that he utilizes electricity during fights.

He will also have access to what appears to be a Black Lightning premiere skin. Like other skins of this nature, this will cause him to have a different voice and everything.

Raiden's super might actually rival Flash's in terms of just how awesome it looks. It creates the Mortal Kombat logo in lightning form on the moon itself.

The last character of this Fighter Pack will be Hellboy. Raiden is proceeded by Black Manta, who came out only just recently.

Here's a quick look at Raiden's super. Hit the jump below to check out the trailer.


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Foxy Grampa point blank snipes Catwoman's cat dash, WhiteBoi lands a last second traumatize, and more - Injustice 2 Pro series GFs highlights

Injustice 2 Pro series grand finals ended up being a very interesting event. A lot was on the line thanks to the $200,000 prize pool that was present.

Some of the best Injustice 2 players in the world were in attendance as a result of this. Players like FOX|SonicFox, Noble|Dragon, FOX|Theo, Eanix|Biohazard, RNG|WhiteBoi, Noble|Semiij, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, Rogue|Slayer, and FOX|Scar, just to name a few.

There were a number of amazing occurrences thanks to this talent and prize pool. We have highlights that showcase these spectacles.

First up is a match between A Foxy Grampa and Slayer. A Foxy Grampa was playing as Deadshot while Slayer pulled out his Catwoman.

While Slayer's life total was lower, he did manage to get A Foxy Grampa into the corner. Afterwards, he scored a knockdown on him.

You can tell that Slayer was try to catch Deadshot's wake up option as he jumped backwards. Unfortunately, this allowed Deadshot to zone Catwoman out for the win.

Deadshot was able to pull his sniper rifle just inches away from Catwoman's meter burned cat dash special.


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Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals results ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Theo, Biohazard

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Since the game's release back in May, the Injustice 2 Pro Series has been in full force.

Now, we've finally reached the moment of truth - today, the Injustice 2 Pro Series Grand Finals will be taking place in Hollywood, California.

This spectacular final will pit the top 16 placers throughout the Pro Series against eachother in bracket play, so tune in for the highest possible level of Injustice 2 battles.

The players participating are FOX|SonicFox, Noble|Dragon, FOX|Theo, Eanix|Biohazard, RNG|WhiteBoi, Noble|Semiij, NASR|Tekken Master, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, Rogue|Slayer, Circa|ForeverKing, BC|HoneyBee, Noble|iLuusions, PG|Hayatei, PND|Madzin, F3|D.R. Gross and FOX|Scar.

The winner of this event will be taking home the lion's share of a whopping $200,000 prize pool.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm.

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OzHadou Nationals 15 results ft Infiltration, Saint, Nobi, Go1

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour is in Sydney, Australia.

Of course, that's not all we're going to see here - it's also a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour.

Besides those two main games, the event will also feature Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Project M, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

A ton of local players are going to be showing up, but besides them, a bunch of international players have made the trip down under to participate as well.

Players you can expect to see compete include, but are of course not limited to, RZR|Infiltration, FOX|Saint, Yamasa|Nobi, CO|Go1, ZW|OilKing, Mago, ROX|Knee, GRPT|MOV, Gachikun, Yamasa|Take, Kkokkoma, Yamasa|Yuu, Ponos|Moke and DNG|Tachikawa.

Streaming is being done at OzHadou, Melbourne Melee, Sydney Smash, BlankaEXX, Fire Ryda, Gamrah, Gilbagz and MegaDarve.

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Black Manta now available in Injustice 2

Injustice 2's latest DLC fighter is now available in-game. Black Manta, Aquaman's archenemy, enters the fray with lasers, missiles, and more.

Today, players who purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Deluxe Edition, Ultimate Pack, or Fighter Pack #2 gain access to Black Manta. He will become available for standalone purchase on September 19th -- a week from today -- for $5.99.

In Injustice 2, Black Manta is an anti-zoner. He has several tools to stop projectile-heavy characters in their tracks and has a strong mid-range game.

You can check out our Black Manta character breakdown recap from the most recent Watchtower stream for more info on how the character plays.

Black Manta is the first character released in Fighter Pack #2. He will eventually be joined by Mortal Kombat's Raiden and Hellboy.

Below are a handful of screenshots to get you started. Hit the jump to view Black Manta's Injustice 2 trailer.

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Is the concept of guest characters getting out of hand in fighting games?

Not too long ago, we saw the announcement of what fighterswill be joining Injustice 2 via Fighter Pack #2. These characters are Black Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy.

Raiden and Hellboy will be joining Sub-Zero as the game's guests. This makes a total of three guests altogether so far.

A lot of people had some things to say about the number of guest characters that have been appearing in fighters these days as a result of this announcement. This is a trend that's been going on for quite a long time now.

Tekken 7, for example, has Street Fighter's Akuma and will be getting Geese Howard from Fatal Fury later down the road. Mortal Kombat X had Jason, Predator, Leatherface, and the Alien. This has also been a tradition for the Soul Calibur series ever since the second game.

Given, it certainly makes sense that NetherRealm Studios would want to push more guest fighters. Ed Boon has stated several times that these type of combatants tend to sell the most in their fighters.

Obviously these type of characters are popular which would explain why they keep getting pushed into fighting games. There are those that believe resources and characters slots are being taken up as a result of these roster additions.

The History Behind the Warrior YouTube channel has given some insight on the pros and cons of this concept. Check it out after the jump.

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Manila Cup 2017 results ft. Infiltration, Mago, OilKing, Go1

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's going to be some huge action in the Asian part of the Capcom Pro Tour circuit this weekend taking place in Manila, Philippines.

The battle for CPT points is going to be extremely fierce, so make sure to tune in for the highest level of competitive play.

It's not just about Street Fighter 5, of course. The event will also feature tournament play in Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

As for players attending, you can expect to see RZR|Infiltration, Mago, ZW|OilKing, CO|Go1, ZW|GamerBee, Gachikun, Moke, Talon|Xiaobao, Scarz|Sako, Talon|Hotdog29, /r/Kappa|Jeondding, GFuel|Verloren, /r/Kappa|310, YBK|Daikokugo, Talon|Denesis, Sandbag and many more.

With many of the very highest placers on the Asian CPT leaderboards not present, this is a prime chance for players to rise in the rankings.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky and Playbook PH.

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Black Manta in Injustice 2 has a slew of anti-zoning and mid range tools that will help you crush those pesky zoners - character breakdown

We've already gotten Red Hood, Sub-Zero, and Starfire for Fighter Pack #1 in Injustice 2. Now we are going to start receiving characters for Fighter Pack #2.

Black Manta is the first character for this pack. We'll get Mortal Kombat character Raiden and Hellboy a little later.

Earlier today, we got a character breakdown for Black Manta. This breakdown went into a little further detail than what the trailer initially showed us.

What appears to be heavily emphasized with Black Manta are his mid range tools. He is also armed with many anti-zoning capabilities.

Certainly a worthy rival to Aquaman in this game. Black Manta looks as though he will be able to easily get around Aquaman's tentacle strike.

Let's take another look at Black Manta's super to get things started.


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Black Manta Injustice 2 character breakdown live stream, kicks off at 1 p.m. PDT

Updated 1:03 p.m. PDT, Fri September 8, 2017: The Black Manta stream is now live.

The NetherRealm Studios crew is back with another Injustice 2 Watchtower live stream. Today, we'll be seeing Black Manta in action.

As always with these broadcasts, we can expect to see a full rundown of what the latest character has in store for fans. If past experience is any indication, we'll be treated to a breakdown of Black Manta's special moves, trait, super, gear loadouts, and more.

The live stream is set to kick off at 1 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. CDT. We will be updating this story once the stream is live.

Black Manta is the first character set to be released from Fighter Pack 2. Along with him, we will be seeing Hell Boy and Mortal Kombat's Raiden join the battle.

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Injustice 2 September patch available now - bug fixes, a few balance adjustments, new shaders, and new legendary gear tier

The September patch for Injustice 2 is now available for download, according to reports. There have been a few changes implemented that are probably worth noting.

While we've only had one patch that implemented major changes, bug fix patches have been fairly common in Injustice 2. Still, there are a number of balance adjustments present.

In particularly, the DLC characters have received the most adjustments this time around. Starfire and Sub-Zero are notable examples of this.

This patch also adds new shaders and gear. Whereas previously the highest tiered item was "epic," "legendary" is now the new highest tier of gear that can be collected.

Black Manta will be available on September 12th for those that have purchased Fighter Pack #2. His gameplay looks very interesting to those that enjoyed Sektor in Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat X.

It's very likely that this patch is getting things ready for Black Manta before his release. Only seven days, after all.

Hit the jump below to check out the notes.

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Captain Cold freezes the action as Sonic Fox makes Catwoman players look like day one scrubs in our top eight Injustice 2 ECT highlights

It was a jam packed weekend for fighting game tournaments, and we're continuing our post event coverage with top eight highlights from Injustice 2 at East Coast Throwdown.

Though the earlier parts of the bracket held plenty of exciting action, the final portion was packed with just as much.

Top eight featured FOX|SonicFox, RNG|WhiteBoi, Eanix|Biohazard, Noble|Dragon, OmGxBdON, NASR|TekkenMaster, Noble|Semiij and PxP|A Foxy Grampa.

The Injustice community continues to delve into NetherRealm's latest, and we continue to see players navigate a revolving roster of main characters for counter picks and strategic approaches.

We've put together a compilation of some of our favorite highlights to give you a quick glimpse into the tournament's final matches.

Catwoman has emerged as one of the stronger characters in the still young game, but we got a prime example of hard countering as we see Sonic Fox and his Captain Cold mack a near mockery of Semiij and a helpless Catwoman.


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East Coast Throwdown 2017 results ft. SonicFox, Punk, Dragon, Snake Eyez

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Perhaps the biggest FGC event this weekend is East Coast Throwdown 2017, taking place in Fairfield, New Jersey.

This event is a Premier event in the Injustice 2 Pro Series, a Ranking event in the Capcom Pro Tour and a Challenger event in the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these three games, the event will also feature Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

As for players, look forward to seeing FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, Anakin, EG|NYChrisG, RNG|WhiteBoi, NASR|TekkenMaster, EG|K-Brad, Biohazard, AW|Nemo, Noble|Semiij, Circa|JoeyFury, Brian_F, HoneyBee, Circa|ForeverKing, PXP|A Foxy Grampa, 801 Strider, F3|Alucard, Tempo|Alex Myers, PG|Hayatei, Noble|iLuusions, FOX|Scar, Method|MikeandIke, F3|DR Gross, VS|Pokchop, NG|Obscure, BxA|StarCharger, VS|KoDee, OG|Shine, Method|SylverRye, DF|Grr, Xcel|SperoGin and many, many more.

There are over 100 entrants in each of the main three games, and with serious points on the line for each of them, the players will be out for blood.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm, Team Spooky and TSB Blaze.

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First Attack 2017 results ft. Dark Jiewa, Smug, LPN, John Takeuchi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

If you thought three Capcom Pro Tour events this weekend was enough, think again.

First Attack 2017 is taking place in Puerto Rico, and a lot of players from across the world have flown out to compete.

While Street Fighter 5 is the event's main game, and a Ranking event on the Capcom Pro Tour, there will also be tournament play in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

A few of the players expected to attend are PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, Rise|Smug, Circa|LPN, /r/Kappa|John Takeuchi, Rise|MenaRD, GAM|Caba, SB|Dieminion, WBG|CJ Truth, GAM|DR Ray and Doomsnake507.

With the Capcom Pro Tour growing ever closer to its end, points are becoming more and more important, so the grind is real for the present players.

Streaming is being done at Level Up Live and MVG League.

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Celtic Throwdown 2017 results ft. Daigo, Phenom, Infiltration, Luffy

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Ireland's premier fighting game event is back again, taking place in Dublin, and some top tier talent has gathered to battle it out.

This event is a ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour and a Ranking event for the Injustice 2 Pro Series.

Although those three games are the main attraction, there's a bunch of other tournament play to be had as well. You can expect to see matches in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo as well.

Players you can expect to see playing at this event are CYG|Daigo, BX3|Phenom, RZR|Infiltration, RB|Luffy, Mouz|Problem X, Method|Packz, MD|MisterCrimson, Method|Cobelcog, Millénium|Will2Pac, PND|Madzin, Prophecy|Akainu, Infused|Afii, Epsilon|Brick, SaltyKid, UM|Tyrant, Mouz|CCL, Nightcross, ECV|Hiruko, Epsilon|Atrosh, Prophecy|Shivryuken, exceL|Brickterium, Popi and many, many more.

Very few events are left in the European part of the Capcom Pro Tour, so this is an important time for most players in this region.

Streaming is being done at Brian von Doom, Ms Cupcakes, Lythero and Grand Master Challenge.

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