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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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'Everyone is Here', SonicFox and Go1's rivalry, Tokido's emotional bout with Daigo and more: Here are the best fighting game moments from 2018

2018 will likely go down as one of the best years for fighting games as a genre since its renaissance a decade ago beginning with the launch of Street Fighter 4, and that momentum appears to be carrying through into 2019 as well.

We're here today to go over the best announcements, the hypest matches and the strongest games to release last year with Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez, Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey, Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor and myself each giving our thoughts of our favorite moments from 2018.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was a great way to start off the year with a title that would essentially unite the entire fighting game community in a way that no other fighter had essentially managed to do before leading to some of the best EVO numbers ever and a great rivalry between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1.

The other monster reveal / release for the community came by way of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's announcement and lead up that gave fans almost every thing they've been asking for for almost 20 years — besides Waluigi.

Outside of those two behemoths, we saw an enormous amount of other titles come out during the calendar year including Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[St], Fighting EX Layer and smaller games like Blade Strangers plus many more.

Continued developer support was also a major theme of 2018 where Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition launched along with Tekken 7, The King of Fighters 14, Injustice 2 and more all receiving new DLC and pro circuit support to keep games and scenes alive. You can check out our full (semi-ranked) list after the jump, and let us know your favorite moments of the past year in the comments.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've just barely entered the new year, and we already have a slew of events upon us.

Kumite in Tennessee is one of them, and as you'd expect, it's taking place in Tennessee — more specifically, Franklin, Tennessee.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Tekken 7 both having over 100 entrants, and Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition all being above 50 entrants each, respectively, this is going to be a pretty loaded event.

The games being played besides the aforementioned five are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Some of the notable players attending include Lil Majin, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BC|Biohazard, CuddleCore, SB|JB, W2W|KnowKami, Neon, Pokchop, BC|HoneyBee, MnT|Trungy, SperoGin, KoDee, TS|Arturo Sanchez and of course many more beyond that.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, VG Boot Camp, NYC Furby, HXC Gaming Events and TNEA Live.

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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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NEC 19 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Bros Calamity, KPB Live and TSB Blaze.

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MMA Exprience results

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There's a hyped event happening today in Brazil, that happens to have some fighting games present at it as well.

MMA Experience is an event which aims to bridge the gap between MMA and other forms of entertainment, with gaming being one part of it.

At this event, they'll be having grand finals matches in Injustice 2 and Mortal Kombat XL, featuring two of the region's best players duking it out.

In both games, these matches will be held between NRS game powerhouses KillerXinok and Konqueror249.

If you're excited to see some top tier matches in these games, especially with the Mortal Kombat 11 hypetrain having just started, tune in and watch it live.

Streaming is being done at Talent Play TV.

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'Loot boxes will represent a $50 billion industry by 2022' - Federal Trade Commission to investigate loot boxes as possible gambling practices

Loot boxes and micro transactions are phrases that many people don't exactly like to hear when they're about to pick up a new game due to their random nature and introduction of often paid luck to competitive titles which has caught the eye of governments around the world for other reasons.

The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission in the US, Joseph Simmons, told Congress on Tuesday, November 27, that the agency will be looking into video game loot boxes after a number of other nations have taken similar steps to see if they are comparable to gambling.

US Sen. Maggie Hassan also said during the hearing that loot boxes are "endemic" to the gaming industry in its entirety and is worried that children may be at risk from predatory practices.

"Loot boxes will represent a $50 billion industry by the year 2022 according to the latest research estimates," said Hassan. "Children may be particularly susceptible to engaging with these in-game purchases which are often considered integral components of video games."

Belgium has already previously found video game loot boxes to be a form of gambling according to their own commissions and announced that games like Overwatch, Counter Strike:GO and FIFA 18 were all in violation of the countries gambling laws. Some publishers like EA are fighting these regulations, however, as they are currently refusing to remove their loot boxes from FIFA 19's Ultimate Team mode while others like Blizzard have removed theirs in the country.

A number of current, major fighting game titles, like Street Fighter 5, include modes that work like loot boxes, so how could these rulings and investigations affect them?

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Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, arcade sticks and more: The best Black Friday deals for the fighting game community are here

It's that time of the year again when almost everyone in the United States gathers with their families for the biggest feast of 2018, but later tonight they'll all be feasting their eyes on the biggest deals and discounts at the store and around the web.

Black Friday deals have already begun for many major retailers which includes a number of fighting game related titles along with all of the $150 TVs out there.

Games like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and more are all available on sale, and we've rounded up the best of them along with the console deals for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

We've already covered the PlayStation Network Black Friday sale, but now GameStop, Amazon, Walmart, Target and Razer have joined the mix. Buying a new Nintendo Switch or Xbox One at GameStop will net customers a bonus $50 gift card.

This weekend and Cyber Monday are also great times to pick up new PC gaming monitors, but there's too many of those deals to put here. You should definitely check out DisplayLag's monitor database before buying to see just how little input lag these screens actually have, however.

For those looking for new arcade stick parts and accessories, Arcade Shock's entire selection is currently 20 percent off plus Hori and Qanba sticks will be on sale tomorrow, November 22. You can check out Arcade Shock's lineup of sales below and our full Black Friday fighting game guide after the jump.

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Dragon Ball Super's Goku will be a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Funimation shares new photo

The 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is taking place tomorrow, and anime / manga fans who tune in will be able to spot a familiar face. Dragon Ball Super's Goku is getting his own giant balloon and will be a part of the parade.

Funimation announced Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku's balloon inclusion earlier this month, and the company shared a new photo today on Twitter showing Goku being prepped for take off. This balloon has been created in honor of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie.

Designed by Toei Animation and Macy's Studio artists, the giant balloon comes in at 70 feet long, 36 feet wide and 56 feet tall. On average, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day balloons measure in at 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, according to HowStuffWorks.

Not only will fans of Dragon Ball Super be excited to see the first-ever Dragon Ball-themed balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but Super Saiyan Blue Goku actually marks the first anime / manga character to ever have a balloon in the parade.

The 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs tomorrow (Thanksgiving day) on NBC at 9 a.m. EST / 6 a.m. PST and will run until 12 p.m. EST / 9 a.m. PST.

Check out some photos of the Dragon Ball Super Goku balloon from Funimation below, as well as a couple of videos showing the design process and flight test.

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Black Friday sale puts several top notch fighting games more than 50% off on PlayStation Store

If you're looking for some killer Black Friday fighting game deals, look no further than Sony's PlayStation Store. A handful of the best fighting games made in recent times are currently on sale on the digital marketplace.

Sony is currently running a Black Friday sale that sees a plethora of their games discounted for the holidays. There are several triple A titles on the list including God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 (special and ultimate editions), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and many others.

On the fighting game end of things, you'll find Bandai Namco / Arc System Works' hit title Dragon Ball FighterZ marked down to an impressive $26.99 USD. This is down from its original price tag of $59.99.

Additionally, NetherRealm Studios has two discounted games on the list: Mortal Kombat XL and Injustice 2: Legendary Edition. Mortal Kombat XL can be purchased for a staggering $5.99, while Injustice 2 Legendary Edition — that which includes all of the game's added DLC — will only run you $17.99.

PlayStation's Black Friday sale is going on until November 27th at 8 a.m. PST. Be sure to scoop up your games of choice while you can.

The PlayStation Store can be accessed directly through your PlayStation 4 console (you'll need an internet connection), or you can head over to their website.

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It's time to stop shaming online warriors and start teaching fighting games properly; plus Bonchan fibs, the Murderface has his own demon and more

Well that headline is the most social justice-y thing I think I've ever written and I'll be promptly taking a long shower after this, but there is some valid discussion to be had about the way fighting gamers view online warriors.

Catalyst and I further that conversation on the latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast and get to a myriad of other topics as well.

I expand more upon my recent article regarding the way fighting games widely fail to teach players true fundamentals and how that very well could be a significant reason why this genre fails to keep up with others in the eSports world.

FOX|Tokido is by far and away the most consistent Street Fighter 5 player this year, but it seems Mouz|ProblemX has his number as the reigning EVO champion has made quick work of the Murderface on multiple occasions now.

There are more than a few other topics we tackle, and you can find timestamps below if you want to jump around. Enjoy the 25th episode of the EH Podcast (thank you so much for supporting us thus far) and please drop your feedback in the comments after you give it a listen.

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SonicFox busts out the rare Joker against Batman and donates $10,000 to his opponent: Injustice 2 Pro Series 2018 Grand Finals highlights

The 2018 competitive season for Injustice 2 came to a close yesterday with the Pro League Grand Finals event, and it was quite the ride to say the least.

A $100,000 prize pool was on the line, and the best NetherRealm fighting game players in the world gathered to compete for their slice of the pie.

FOX|SonicFox, Noble|Rewind, Scar, Noble|Semiij, Simplicity|Tweedy, PG|Hayatei and others came prepared to throw down though a familiar face using an unfamiliar fighter would take home the grand prize in the end.

The Joker was SonicFox's weapon of choice for his final matches, who rarely sees competitive play and is ranked 35th on our tier lists, against Rewind's Batman for the most fitting way to possibly end Injustice's pro circuit on — depending on when the next NRS fighter releases.

On a more human and feel good note, SonicFox announced after winning that he will be donating at least $10,000 of his winnings to Rewind to help pay for his father's ongoing medical treatment.

Enough of the talk though. Let's get to the action with Scar and Tweedy's losers side match which went down to the final game with both players' characters at low health. After a couple of key drops, Scar managed to freeze Tweedy's Starfire in place as he was flying at Supergirl with a great read / reaction to take the set.


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Injustice 2 Pro Series 2018 Grand Finals results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Injustice 2 Pro Series had its run this year as well, and now we're finally at the Grand Finals.

With $40,000 on the line for the grand prize, and a total prize pool of $100,000, this is definitely not one to miss since the competitors will be playing for keeps.

It will be played out in a 16-man double elimination bracket, so there are a lot of matches for your viewing pleasure today.

The players qualified for this prestigious event are Tweedy, FOX|SonicFox, BC|Biohazard, Noble|Rewind, Noble|Semiij, PG|Hayatei, DR Gross, BC|HoneyBee, DF|Grr, IrishMantis, Method|SylverRye, Scar, HappyPow, NASR|TekkenMaster, CLN|BasicS and HeeyGe0rge.

It's a one-day event, so you can expect all the action to be done today, and while a Tuesday tournament is a bit unorthodox, just keep the stream open the whole day and enjoy the show.

Streaming is being done at NetherRealm.

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Body Count Fighting 8 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Tonight, Body Count Fighting 8 is taking place as a special streamed event, presented by Machinima.

This will host a set of exhibition matches in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Injustice 2.

The main attraction for the Street Fighter 5 sets is that they're doing a Next Level Battle Circuit versus Wednesday Night Fights style setup, meaning that it's basically a West Coast vs. East Coast event.

The headlining set will be Rise|Smug vs. BCF|Commander Jesse, so look forward to that one in particular.

Besides this, you can also expect to see CYG|Chris Tatarian, END|Shine, SB|JB, XSK Samurai, Idom, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Dankadillas, Pnoy, UYU|Kami, UYU|Lil Evil and several more, whereas Injustice 2 will feature Scar, Atai, DF|Grr, CLN|Whiteboi, Method|SylverRye and RLN|HeroKillerStain.

Streaming is being done at BC Fighting.

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Canada Cup 2018 results

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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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Constantine, Penguin, Krypto the Superdog and others were looked at for Injustice 2 new concept art reveals

Injustice 2 already featured a number of unexpected or wild choices for their roster with characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hellboy joining the fighter as DLC, but it now appears as though a number of other interesting DC heroes, villains and others didn't quite make the final cut.

Justin Murray is a freelance senior concept artist who worked with NetherRealm Studios on Injustice 2, and his ArtStation profile now shows off some awesome concept art for characters who never actually made it into the game's base roster or DLC.

The six characters shown off in the new art are Constantine, Krypto the Superdog, The Penguin, Bluebird, Detective Chimp — aka Bobo T. Chimpanzee — and Etrigan the Demon. This mixed cast of classic and more recent characters feature a grittier makeover in the art to match Injustice's aesthetics.

John Constantine, Etrigan and Detective Chimp actually had roles in the Injustice comic series once more magicial characters became involved in the plot, so it's unsurprising to see that they would be considered as playable fighters in Injustice 2 along with characters like Doctor Fate.

Krypto appears to be much more alien in appearance than his typical counterparts usually looking like more standard canines featuring what appear to be red wings instead of a cape, and more claws on his feet. The Superdog does technically exist in the Injustice world, but we've only seen him mentioned by Bizarro and in a vision of Superman's.

Perhaps we'll one day see these characters playable in Injustice 3, but until then we'll just have to look at this concept art and wonder what could have been. You can check out the designs in the gallery below and more details in Dynasty's video after the jump.

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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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