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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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Shin Hisako revealed for Killer Instinct, available in March

Killer Instinct will be adding yet another new version to one of their existing characters as Shin Hisako has been revealed via a teaser trailer.

The naginata wielding ghost fighter now appears to have a katana, a weapon she used in life while training in the ways of the Samurai. The teaser includes the following bit of text as a small clue to the new character's story:

"The moment she clutched the two-handed sword the Guardian dwelling inside the blade called out her new name..."

Killer Instinct developer Adam "Keits" Heart noted on his Twitter page, "All I can tell you about Shinsako is that she is much more straightforward to play than Hisako, but still has some interesting wrinkles," he also stated, "The next KI character after Kilgore and Shin "Chiharu" Hisako will not be a remix. 100% new."

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Naptown City Clutch VI results ft. ChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, RayRay, Yipes, Romance

Update: This story has been updated with finalresults.

Indianapolis, Indiana is going to be filled with fighting game goodness this weekend, as Naptown City Clutch VI is taking place there.

Games set to be played are Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. 64, Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players attending include EG|NYChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, IFC Yipes, Romance, TS|Arturo Sanchez, GS|Gllty, BxA|Squall, JoeyD, DualKevin and many more.

Streaming will be handled by Team Spooky, Push Block Gaming and PBLK Gaming.

Check out the full action below.

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Swamp Thing has extraordinary range, can disable the opponent's jump / dash, and much more in Injustice 2 - here's a quick breakdown

IGN has put together a quick breakdown for one of the most recently announced Injustice 2 fighters, Swamp Thing.

In it, we learn that Swamp Thing has incredibly range, mostly due to his command grabs that can scoop up opponents from any distance. Though he doesn't do too well against projectile-heavy characters, he does have some tricks up his sleeve.

Below is a quick GIF of Swamp Thing in action to get you started.

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Be sure to hit the jump to view the full breakdown.

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Killer Instinct getting a samurai character soon? Quick teaser potentially referencing the next new fighter

With the official reveal of Kilgore, we learned that a total of three new characters are headed to Killer Instinct. Two remain, and it looks like we may have gotten our first teaser of the next fighter.

The official Killer Instinct Twitter account sent out a quick video that features smoke slowly billowing by, revealing a line of text. It references "another Coalesced Guardian in the form of a Japanese katana."

Check it out below.

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Winter Brawl 11 results ft. SonicFox, ChrisG, RayRay, Scar, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Winter Brawl 11 is taking place this weekend in Essington, Pennsylvania, and there's a lot of action to be seen.

You can expect to see high level play in Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Soul Calibur 5, Killer Instinct and more.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, PG|RayRay, FOX|Scar, ANBU|Punk, PIE|Smug, UA|Bass, Dieminion, IMT|ANTi, PG|Coach Steve, D-Link|LordKnight, MrKwiggle, DF|PinkDiamond, LI Joe, NS|Ludovic, Unkn0wn, TA|Moons, GG|SherryJenix and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network and BlazeU25_.

Check out the full action below.

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Kilgore Community Fund raises over $50,000 for 2017 events, Killer Instinct's first Ultimates now available as free download

Back in early January, Microsoft and Iron Galaxy released a new fighter into the Killer Instinct fray. Kilgore became available for purchase as part of a community fund to raise money for Killer Instinct events, both online and offline, in 2017.

Kilgore came with a price tag of $10, and 50% of each purchase would be sent right into the Killer Instinct Community Fund. In just over a month's time, the community has raised over $50,000.

Killer Instinct Community Manager Rukari posted an update on Ultra-Combo in which he noted that the 2017 community fund proceeds will not be put into the $30,000 KI Cup prize pot -- the final stop of the 2016 tournament season which takes place on March 10th - 12th. All funds raised will be focused on aiding future events.

If you'd still like to contribute, you have until March 6th. The community fund will close at that time and Kilgore will go off the market temporarily. The character will return later this year and will cost only $5.

Not only that, but today marks the release of Killer Instinct's new Ultimate finishing moves. The first batch is now available for download, free of charge, and grants all players access to Ultimates for Jago, Tusk, TJ Combo, Maya, and Thunder.

You can check out each one after the jump.

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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 comes out on top in the Make-A-Wish Foundation EVO 2017 charity drive, awaiting final word from EVO staff

The Make-A-Wish Foundation EVO 2017 charity drive to determine the player's choice game has concluded. At this time, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has raised the most money totaling

It was a very close race that came down to the wire. Pokken Tournament and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were neck-and-neck throughout the entirety of the donation drive, and the end result was a close one.

At this time, we are waiting on confirmation from the EVO staff whether or not UMvC3 will secure the 9th spot on the event's line up. Though the game raised the most money, all of the numbers will likely have to be tallied and potential false donations may need to be weeded out.

To see how much money each game raised, be sure to hit the jump.

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New Killer Instinct Ultimates revealed for Maya, TJ Combo and Tusk

One of the exciting new additions to Killer Instinct will be Ultimate combos for every character in the cast. The Killer Instinct Twitter teased us with a poll earlier today asking whose Ultimate we'd like to see revealed today between TJ Combo, Maya and Tusk.

After finalizing the results, KI tweeted out the following surprise:

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You can see all three below.

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Killer Instinct is receiving Ultimates for 15 characters, first five rolling out on February 14th

Ultimates are coming back to Killer Instinct.

Ever since the release of 2013's Xbox One exclusive, fans have been requesting the return of the large finishing moves. Looks like the wait is over.

Killer Instinct's Community Manager, Rukari, posted a blog over on Ultra-Combo that featured details on the upcoming Ultimates.

To start, 15 characters will be receiving Ultimates -- one each. The first five are set to roll out on February 14th, and the Ultimates packs will be available free of charge.

Jago, Thunder, Maya, TJ Combo, and Tusk will be the first served, and each Ultimate can be performed by hitting LP+LK quickly after the start of an Ultra. These finishers can only be activated while still on the first lifebar (Supreme Victory) and only after launching into an Ultra.

You will find Thunder's Ultimate after the jump.

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Frosty Faustings IX results, ft. NuckleDu, Ally, Dogura, Go1

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Frosty Faustings IX is taking place in Chicago, Illinois, and there's going to be a great many games played at this event, including Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Darkstalkers, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Pokkén Tournament, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Melty Blood: Actress Again, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Soul Calibur 2 and a mystery game tournament.

There are a lot of big-name players attending, including Liquid|NuckleDu, C9|Ally, CO|Dogura, CO|Go1, PG|MarlinPie, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, FF|ElvenShadow, Wolfkrone, PG|RayRay, BjornSonofBear, Doren2k, BlackSnake, TS|NerdJosh, Hotashi, MVG|Dyr, TheBeautifulDude, TS|Arturo Sanchez, JJRockets, TSC|FaultyDefense, Sym, MC|GCYoshi, BxA|Squall, GS|Gllty, DCB|EliTheCurry, GLB, OMGItzAndre and many, many more.

Streaming is being handled by BG Callisto, Team Spooky, RS Black Rose, Melee Everyday, Unrivaled Tournaments and KFair IPG.

Check out the full action below.

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Killer Instinct players free to teabag all they want during KI World Cup, ban is not in effect

The buzz in the Killer Instinct world yesterday was all about the alleged ban on teabagging at the KI World Cup.

Said ban is not actually true.

Tournament organizer Brandon Alexander set the record straight with Yahoo eSports, saying that there was such a rule back in 2016, though it was not enforced and was eventually done away with completely.

Yesterday's buzz was ignited after a disagreement between two players involving the disrespectful taunt escalated to the point of threats. While the KI World Cup will not penalize players for teabagging, they will not tolerate any kind of real life threat or assault.

See which games EventHubs readers wanted in the EVO 2017 lineup

Update: Polls have closed and final results can be found in the story below.

Earlier: Later today, we're going to get the official unveiling of the EVO 2017 lineup.

There are a lot of games vying for main stage spots, and a bunch of new fighting games have been released or will be released in the period since EVO 2016, including BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14 and Injustice 2.

To gauge your interest, we decided to put together two polls - one with which games you expect to see, and one with which games you hope to see. Each poll has 3 choices, so choose wisely.

First, you can vote right below for what games you personally want to see.

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