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Riptor's Ultimate in Killer Instinct is... a bit confusing, but it ends off pretty darn cute - check it out here

The Killer Instinct team has released footage of another Ultimate that is set to release on May 2nd. Today, we get a look at Riptor's big finisher.

This Ultimate sees Riptor launching her opponent into the air with her trademark tail whip. She proceeds to leap up, misses a large bite attempt in dramatic fashion, then after realizing that her opponent is still alive, burns them and sleeps in their ashes.

It took me a few views to understand what exactly was happening, but the end did warm my heart. Sleepy little Riptor is too cute.

Kilgore's Ultimate was showcased last week, but if you missed it you can find it here.

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NorCal Regionals 2017 results

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with results from NorCal Regionals 2017.

Taking place this weekend in Sacramento, California, the NorCal Regionals 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event.

Notable players in attendance include Liquid|NuckleDu, GRPT|Fuudo, MJS|Haitani, FOX|Tokido, FOX|Momochi, PG|Punk, CYG|Daigo, SPY|Filipino Champ, Mago, Zowie|GamerBee, Co|Go1, CYG|PR Balrog, Poongko, FOX|Justin Wong, XYZZY, WFX|801 Strider, RB|Bonchan, EG|K-Brad, RISE|Marn, EG|NYChrisG, CO|Dogura, CYG|Snake Eyez, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YD|Yukadon, WFX|XSK Samurai, RN|Alex Myers, F3|Alucard, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|LPN, Stupendous, Flash, GS|Gllty, BJ Unchained and Commander Jesse, among others.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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Hypespotting 6 results feat. Luffy, Problem X, ImStillDaDaddy, Cobelcog, Takamura

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with final results from Hypespotting 6.

The Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, Hypespotting 6, takes place this weekend in Glasgow, in the United Kingdom.

Notable players in attendance include RB|Luffy, Mouz|Problem X, Ryan Hart, DA|ImStillDaDaddy, Packz, Millenium|Will2Pac, Takamura B, Mouz|CCL, UM|Tyrant, Cobelcog, Shivryuken and Afii.

You can find the schedule and live streams below.

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Here are Killer Instinct's gold skins, including hidden future gold skins for Thunder, Eyedol, Aria, Cinder, Tusk and Aganos

As of right now, Killer Instinct has 4 dedicated skin packs that coat characters in gold. Each pack contains three characters that are made golden.

These characters are Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Kim Wu, Maya, Mira, Kan-Ra, Hisako, Orchid, Spinal, Sadira, and TJ combo.

Future golden skin packs have been discovered for Thunder, Tusk, Eyedol, Cinder, Aria, and Aganos. They will likely be split up into two more skin packs.

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Kilgore's Ultimate is absolutely epic in Killer Instinct, and it looks very familiar...

Killer Instinct's next set of Ultimates is being released on May 2nd. All KI players will be able to download the pack containing new finishing moves for Riptor, Fulgore, Kilgore, Sadira, and Aria, for free, when that day comes.

The Killer Instinct team is releasing footage of each Ultimate, once a week, leading up to the pack's release. So far, we've seen Fulgore and Sadira. Today, we get Kilgore's Ultimate.

This Ultimate is probably my favorite in-game so far. I don't want to give too much away, but for all of you Dragon Ball Z fans out there, let's just say Kilgore acts as his own Piccolo / Goku team...

Be sure to check it out after the jump.

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North West Majors 9 live streams and schedule

Northwest Majors 9 is taking place this weekend in Kent, Washington.

There were be several streams available, along with a lot of tournaments games being played.

You can find those streams below, along with a schedule.

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Killer Instinct's next set of Ultimates drops on May 2nd, here's a look at Sadira's and Fulgore's

Killer Instinct's next batch of Ultimates -- powerful finishing moves that are activated early during an Ultra Combo to KO your opponent in style -- are set for release on May 2nd. Fulgore, Sadira, Aria, Riptor, and Kilgore will all be receiving a special finisher when that day comes, and like the last Ultimates pack, this one will be free for all players.

To ring in the upcoming Ultimates' release, the KI crew will be showing off one of the new finishers each week. Today, we get a look at Sadira's.

Be sure to keep an eye out every Monday at noon for another Ultimate, as all five will have been shown by May 2nd.

Since Fulgore's was previously revealed, we have included it in this story. Hit the jump to see both Ultimates.

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'Hisako is a top 10 character, but not quite as overwhelming in the neutral as some of the top five characters' - Storm179 talks Killer Instinct

Calvin Phelps, also known as Storm179, had an outstanding showing at the Killer Instinct World Cup 2017 earlier this month. Not only did he defeat several of the game's best players in one of the most stacked Killer Instinct events of the year, but he also did so using Hisako -- a character not often seen in tournament finals.

We reached out to Phelps to discuss his recent success, get his thoughts on Hisako, the top five characters in the game, and more. Below is just a quick example of Storm179's level of play at the KI World Cup and a snippet from our interview.

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DreamKing: Please, introduce yourself to the EventHubs readers.

Storm179: The name is Calvin Phelps, handle is Storm179. I’m an aerospace engineer by day, and videogame fan in my free time.

DreamKing: How long have you been playing fighting games and Killer Instinct competitively?

Storm179: The first fighting game I ever played was Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo on the SNES, where I used to cheap out my brothers with Psycho Crusher spam. I’ve played fighters off and on since then, but Killer Instinct is the first one I’ve been really serious about, and to be honest I only really became competitive with it in the last year or so.

I bought an Xbox One specifically for the game and have played it avidly since launch, but only really started traveling and entering tournaments here in Season 3.

To read the full interview, be sure to hit the jump.

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Beware the Shin Hisako mirror match... she can cause a glitch that leads to a series of strange happenings

As Killer Instinct's newest addition, Shin Hisako has been turning heads left and right.

Already something of a fan favorite to begin with, Hisako's newest form brings a fresh perspective on the undead (dare we say?) femme fatale. As interesting and fun as she's been in her KI debut, players will want to be wary of the Shin Hisako mirror match, as it may lead to a glitch that causes all sorts of buggy occurrences.

"The glitch seems to happen when ever you fight another Shin Hisako and she uses Soul Slice through the hands. We replicated it a few times different ways but that was the most frequent," says KuraiGamingHD as they highlight this odd sequence.

You'll see it for yourself in the video below.

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Killer Instinct's 3.7 update rolling out now - here are the patch notes again, in case you missed them

Killer Instinct's latest balance update is going live today.

The 3.7 patch brings forth some new balance changes, adds four story missions, and fixes several bugs found in-game.

According to the official Killer Instinct Twitter page, the update began rolling out around 8 a.m. PDT. If you haven't gotten it just yet, it should be available for you very soon.

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To check out everything the balance patch includes, be sure to view the update notes here.

Mid-match pop offs, taunting, teabagging, and a photo finish: The Killer Instinct World Cup’s winners final was a tournament set masterpiece

Over the weekend, 32 of the world's best Killer Instinct players battled head-to-head, tooth and claw for a whopping $30,000 and the title of KI World Cup 2017 champion in San Antonio, Texas. Though many of the matches on the tournament card were exhilarating in their own right, one bout in particular left a lingering impression on me -- the winners finals between Deion "BH|Thompxson" Thompson and Darnell "F3|Sleep” Waller, last year's EVO champion.

From blatant disrespect to one of the best showcases of KI's meta game I've ever witnessed, this set truly had it all.

Right out of the gate, Sleep made it a point to show the world and his opponent that his confidence was present in droves. Before the match even started, the Aria player danced in his chair and performed the "cut throat" taunt, sliding his thumb across his neck to signify the fall of the competitor sitting across from him.

Sleep's masterful use of Aria's assist bots and float mix ups quickly proved extremely strong as he secured a dominant lead. Once his foe's first life bar was fully drained, Sleep fired off a taunt, followed by another taunt later in the match as Thompxson's Jago walked forward, showing just how fearless the EVO champ was.

Taking the first game comfortably and feeling very sure of himself, Sleep stood up to exchange a few words with his opponent.

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Killer Instinct World Cup 2017 results ft Nicky, Bass, Rico Suave, Thompxson, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This is going to be THE weekend for Killer Instinct fans, as this year's World Cup is finally happening in San Antonio, Texas.

During Saturday, four single-elimination Last Chance qualifiers will be held to decide the final participants, with the main event, a 32-person bracket, is being played on Sunday.

Some of the players qualified are Circa|Nicky, UA|Bass, Rico Suave, BH|Thompxson, F3|Sleep, UA|Wheels, ITA|Master411, TYI|LeChatNoir, BH|Amenty, CrazyLCD, TG|CoopStar, Raven is Raw, ShinTristan, Osomatsu, ThrashHeavy, TBS|Sickle and Ret, though there are obviously more players fighting for the championship title.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky.

Continue below to check out the action for yourself.

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Rico Suave disqualified due to showing up late to match, sent to the losers bracket in round 1 of KI Cup

Rico Suave confirmed that he was disqualified from his match and sent to the losers bracket earlier today at the Killer Instinct Cup due to showing up late to his match.

The tournament was still only in round 1 when the disqualification happened. His opponent, ShinTristan, was able to move on as a result.

Rico Suave was able to take Killer Instinct Cup last year. While he's not out of the tournament quite yet, it appears as though his chances may have diminished for this year.

Understandably, Rico Suave is not too happy about this.

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Should Rico have been allowed to play his match anyhow or was it fine to send him to the loser's bracket? There still could've been time to play his match out before moving onto round 2 of the tournament.

Source: Rico Suave's Twitter. Photo: Chris Bahn.

Killer Instinct 3.7 patch notes released - balance and system changes detailed

The patch notes for version 3.7 of Killer Instinct have been released. The patch will come out this Tuesday on March 14th.

Continue below to read the full notes.

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Shin Hisako has incredible movement speed, a very unique projectile and an Instinct that sends you to hell; to be released on March 21st

Shin Hisako is Killer Instinct's newest character, and we got our first gameplay glimpse of her today at the KI World Cup. Her release date is slated for March 21st while an upcoming balance patch is coming March 14th.

We got to see this new fighter's movement, techniques, specials and early strategies as developers narrated her reveal stream. With quick, Samurai-esque dashes, great range thanks to her katana and a pretty insane tracking mechanic with her Spirit Orb technique, Shin Hisako looks very promising.

Here's her intro as well as a glimpse of her alternate costume to get you started:

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Shin Hisako gameplay reveal coming this weekend at KI Cup 2017, event trailer shows us another glimpse at the new fighter

The 2017 KI Cup is taking place this weekend in San Antonio, Texas, and will pit 32 of the world's best Killer Instinct players against each other in a battle for supreme victory.

With $30,000 on the line, it is without doubt that we'll be seeing the highest level of play at this event. But that's not the only treat awaiting KI fans this weekend.

At the KI Cup, Microsoft and Iron Galaxy will be showing off the game's newest character, Shin Hisako. Fans can catch her official gameplay reveal at 2 p.m. CST / 12 p.m. PST / 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, and today's trailer gives us another quick glimpse at the katana-wielding warrior.

Check it out in the GIF below.

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To view the full KI Cup 2017 trailer, be sure to hit the jump.

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Slicin' and dicin' in style; check out all nine of Shin Hisako's colors right here

Killer Instinct developers have released images of colors 1-9 for the upcoming fighter Shin Hisako.

They posted the gallery below along with this message for fans of the game:

"If you’re unaware of exactly who Shin Hisako is, allow us to enlighten you. Shin Hisako is the newest, remixed character coming to Killer Instinct later this month. She will be available for $4.99, and like Kilgore she will feature one accessory set (albeit in different colors), and 9 different colors from which to choose."

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