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The History of Geese Howard video describes tough childhood, interactions with the Mafia, and role as host for King of Fighters tournaments

During EVO 2017, we got a special announcement for a character that will appear as DLC for Tekken 7. This character is Geese Howard.

What makes Geese Howard particularly interesting is that he first appeared in Fatal Fury, but also had roles in the King of Fighters series and the Art of Fighting series. Like Street Fighter's Akuma, he is a third party character joining Tekken 7's roster.

As such, in order to really understand Geese Howard, you have to know his history. A video has been uploaded on the History Behind The Warrior YouTube channel that goes over this.

Geese did not exactly have the best childhood. His father was the source of a great deal of anger for him since he was barely around, even after Geese's mother died.

This anger created a fire that would eventually turn into an insatiable thirst for power. It is noted that he would intimidate and bribe Mafia members.

He would become the host of a couple of King of Fighters tournaments. This kept ending with Terry knocking him off a building.

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EVO Japan 2018 official trailer and game lineup

We just got through with one of the biggest FGC events of the year -- EVO. There's been a lot of talk about an "EVO Japan" event for a good while now.

It looks like things are finally underway for this event. During EVO 2017, we got the trailer for EVO Japan.

The first EVO Japan event will be during 2018. The date given was January 26-28, 2018.

We were also given many games to expect for the event. More than likely, games like Injustice 2 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite were not included as a main event title due to not being quite as popular in Japan as it is here in the States.

This is likely only the initial lineup. It is quite possible that more games down the line will be added as get closer to the event's date, like Dragon Ball FighterZ considering how popular it is in Japan (and basically worldwide).

Interestingly enough, Arms is one of games that will be played at the tournament. Hit the jump below to check out the trailer and the entire lineup.

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EVO 2017 results ft. NuckleDu, JDCR, Armada, SonicFox, ChrisG, Xiao Hai

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The biggest fighting game tournament of the year is upon us once more as the weekend of EVO 2017 dawns.

This huge event has multiple games with over 1000 entrants, so the weekend will be packed to the brim with action across several popular titles.

There are too many players attending to even list the notable ones - byou can basically assume that anyone who's anyone, in any given title being played, will be there, with very few exceptions.

The official game lineup this year consists of Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

Besides this, there will also be multiple side tournaments, including the AnimEVO side event, which will feature a bunch of different games which you can all find in our schedules at the bottom of the story.

Streaming for the main event will be done at EVO, EVO 1, EVO 2, EVO 3, EVO 4, EVO 5, Capcom Fighters, NetherRealm and Tekken.

AnimEVO side streams include Numakie, The Brett, Ghoul02, Nick Cool 1996, Sharonasaurus X and Dark and Ark. You can also expect a tournament to be played in the upcoming Dragonball FighterZ at Bandai Namco US, the schedule for which can be found here.

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Xiao Hai suffers difficult loss in grand finals of King of Fighters 14 at EVO 2017 after boasting before tournament

Boasting that you feel like you've got a tournament victory on lock down can put a tremendous amount of pressure on your shoulders.

DouyuTV|Xiao Hai is an amazingly gifted fighting game player, and one of the best King of Fighters competitors around — hands down.

As such, a number of people had him penciled in as the favorite to take the King of Fighters 14 competition at EVO 2017, including himself.

The competitors at EVO 2017 had other plans though...

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EventHubs EVO 2017 spectator's guide: Here's when and where to find everything related to the event's main games

Our EVO 2017 coverage has started, you can watch and follow along here throughout the weekend. The largest fighting game event of the year begins this Friday, and with nine different live streams, nine main games, and thousands of players from all over the world competing, you might be wondering how and where to find all of the action for your favorite titles.

Much like last year, we have put together an EVO 2017 spectators guide to make your viewing experience this weekend as smooth as possible.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are being streamed, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

This year has seen the rise of many amazing competitors. From WhiteBoi's outstanding CEO 2017 win with Scarecrow in Injustice 2 to PG|Punk's dominance in Street Fighter 5, the talent competing this weekend is 100% top-notch. This weekend will determine who is the best in the world.

A big thanks to Velociraptor and MajinTenshinhan for their contributions to this story.

There's a lot to get to, so be sure to check out our spectator's guide after the jump.

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These 4k screenshots of King of Fighters 14 are incredible

When King of Fighters 14 was first revealed, there was an overwhelmingly negative response to the game's visuals. If there were still any question, I think this solidified the fact that those days are completely behind us.

We've come across a great deal of extremely high resolution images (3840×2160) that showcase the game in its best light yet.

We've rounded up a handful of these to share with you here, as we see characters like Kyo, Mature, Angel and others in their absolute Sunday best.

A lot of these highlight Supers and Climax Supers, though they do show both animation cut scenes and standard gameplay.

King of Fighters 14 continues to chug along with rumors of exciting new content floating around the community.

Don't forget to post up your reactions in the comment section when you're done browsing.

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'Who's going to stop me? You?' Xiao Hai confidently boasts 'obvious' King of Fighters 14 win at EVO 2017, Hellpockets responds in kind

As unquestionably one of the strongest King of Fighters players in the world, Qanba|Xiao Hai certainly has the right to brag if he so chooses, and he's so choosing to do just that.

The EVO 2016 (as well as CEO 2017) KOF14 champ responded to one of Mr. Wizard's recent tweets asking who would be taking the King of Fighters trophy home this year with a very blunt "me obv."

Though he's traditionally been more on the quiet side, the more playful part of Xiao Hai's personality has been peeking through in recent times. He went in on Twitter with some trash talk when he finally defeated his personal demon, Liquid|NuckleDu, at Eleague earlier this year.

This did not go unnoticed by the KOF community, as player and commentator Hellpockets stepped in to contest this notion, and the two had quite the entertaining little back and forth as a result.

Things became even more interesting after the stakes were raised with SNK and Atlus' announcement of a $14,000 pot bonus on Tuesday.

You'll see the Twitter war after the jump below.

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$14,000 pot bonus added to King of Fighters 14 at EVO 2017, courtesy of SNK and Atlus

If you weren't already hyped for King of Fighters 14 at EVO 2017, SNK and Atlus just raised the stakes. Both companies have come together to add a whopping $14,000 pot bonus to the tournament this weekend.

According to EVO's official website, the prize pot is determined by taking $10 from each entrant's registration fee. With 374 registered players in King of Fighters 14 (according to Smashgg), this means the pot sat at $3,740 before the bonus.

Whomever takes home the gold at EVO 2017 is going to be paid considerably more now that roughly $17,740 is on the line. So, how will that money be divided up among the top placers?

EVO rules state that the prize pot is distributed 60/20/10/4/2/2/1/1 between the top 8 competitors. Meaning, if you win first place you receive 60% of the total prize money, second place gets 20%, and so on.

You can check out the tweet from EVO below.

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Let's take a look at how that would break down for King of Fighters 14.

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REV Major 2017 results ft. JDCR, Nobi, Saint, Take

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we've got even more action going on in the eastern parts of the world - namely, in Philippines.

REV Major 2017 is a big fighting game event featuring a bunch of different games being played at high level.

You can expect to see tournaments in Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Although there are several games, the game with the fiercest competition is definitely Tekken 7, for which this event is a Tekken World Tour qualifier on the Asian circuit.

Several of Korea and Japan's strongest are in attendance, including FOX|JDCR, Yamasa|Nobi, FOX|Saint, Yamasa|Take, Knee, Yamasa|Yuu, KuroKuro, CO|Tanukana and many more from other regions of Asia.

Streaming is being handled by Tekken and Playbook PH.

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EVO 2017 brackets announced; four competitors will emerge from each 20-player Street Fighter 5 pool

Initial pools for EVO 2017 have been posted on Smash.gg, so you can now look up and find any one of the 2,622 Street Fighter 5 competitors, 1,515 Smash 4 fighters or players in the tournament's seven other featured titles.

We highly recommend you look over your competition, as EVO organizers currently have a bracket feedback feature that allows for players to request a change should they feel there's a problem with the current brackets.

This is primarily in place to help players that have been matched up with others from their local scenes, so they don't run into the same competition they have at home.

It seems there's a new format to the initial pool brackets this year for Street Fighter 5, Smash 4, Melee and Guilty Gear in that four players will be qualifying for the second round of play.

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Thaiger Uppercut 2017 results ft. Xian, Tokido, JDCR, Saint

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Thaiger Uppercut 2017 is taking place this weekend in Bangkok, Thailand.

A bunch of Asia's top players have shown up to the event, which will be featuring not just a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event for Street Fighter 5, but will also have tournament play in Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14 and Injustice 2.

Players expected to attend the event include RZR|Xian, FOX|Tokido, FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, RB|Bonchan, FOX|Momochi, Mago, GGP|Kazunoko, YAMASA|Nobi, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, BST|Daigo, ZW|GamerBee, ZW|OilKing, SZ|Sako, YAMASA|Yuu, CO|Go1, Flash, RISE|Marn, GetNews|Pekos, YBK|Daikokugo, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, CO|Tanukana, FV|Chuan, Leslie, TJ|MindRPG and many more.

Streaming is being handled by TGUC FGC and Fight Club TH.

With the current top 3 on the CPT Asia leaderboards, FOX|Momochi, RB|Bonchan and GGP|Kazunoko all in attendance, you can bet that the competition will be fierce for everyone trying to better their chances of being at Capcom Cup at the end of the year.

As for entrant numbers for each game, Street Fighter 5 will be hosting 106 competitors, Tekken 7 has 91 participants, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and King of Fighters 14 have 24 players each, with Injustice 2 rounding it out at 16 fighters.

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Rumor: 11 more DLC characters (including Blue Mary) headed to King of Fighters 14?

With King of Fighters 14's expansion to Steam, data miners have been able to delve further into the game's files than ever before.

X-Kira appears to be leading the charge on this front, claiming to have potentially found 11 new characters along with some additional costumes and stages, all of which are to be released as future DLC.

He has discovered similar content in the past for games like Street Fighter 5, and while not all of his findings have come to fruition as he's predicted, a good portion of them have.

The data miner listed the following names as upcoming DLC characters: Oswald, Jubei Yamada, Heidern, Blue Mary, Shingo Yabuki, Hinako and Sissel, with four others whose identity's are still yet undiscovered.

Again, none of these leaks are official, and should be viewed as rumors for the time being.

X-Kira has produced a video of his findings, which you'll find after the jump, as well as the following images showing off the code from which he's made his claims:

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The Fight 2017 CPT ranking results feat. Brolynho, MenaRD, Flash, Dark, Baek

The Fight is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event taking place this weekend in Bogotá, Colombia.

Along with Street Fighter 5, there will be King of Fighters 14, Smash 4, and Mortal Kombat XL. Side tournament games are Smash Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Injustice 2.

Notable players expected to attend include F3|Brolynho, Rise|MenaRD, Flash, Umbrella|Dark, DM|Baek, Serpentaurus, TSD|ioRoS, Px|LM3 and some other strong Latin American players.

Street Fighter 5 has 75 entrants as of the time of this writing, KoF14 with 74, Smash 4 has 40 and MKXL has 19 entrants.

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CEO 2017 results feat. Punk, NuckleDu, Daigo, Snake Eyez, Smug, XSK Samurai

Updated with results from CEO 2017: We've added the final results for this tournament below.

One of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the world kicks off today, Community Effort Orlando, better known as CEO.

The competition will take place in Orlando, Florida, and is scheduled to attract some of the world's best fighting game players.

This is a premiere Capcom Pro Tour event for Street Fighter 5, and part of Injustice 2 pro series and Tekken World Tour.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players in attendance include PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Tokido, CYG|PR Balrog, CYG|Daigo Umehara, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, FOX|Momochi, GGP|Kazunoko, PIE|Smug, RB|Snake Eyez, Rise|Marn, Brian_F, FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ, GRPT|MOV, CO|Dogura, Circa|LPN, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, DNL|Chris Tatarian, EG|Ricki Ortiz, F3|Alucard, XSK_Samurai, NS|Ludovic, FA|Mono, Flash, WBG|CJ Truth, among others.

Top players for Smash 4 include TSM|Zero, FOX|MKLeo, C9|Ally, RNG|Dabuz, P1|Tweek, 2GG|Komorikiri, Mr. R, NRG|Nairo, MSF|Larry Lurr, MVG|Salem, DNG|Kameme, LG|Abadango and 2GG|Ranai, plus many more.

The top game for entrants as of Thursday evening was Smash 4 with 611, followed by Street Fighter 5 with 548, Injustice 2 had 400 people, Melee 292 and Tekken 7 picked up 248 competitors.

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King of Fighters 14 has secret command to unlock in-game frame information, here's how to do it and what it looks like

Updated: It has been brought to our attention that the King of Fighters 14 code does not activate frame data in the traditional sense. Instead, the numbers next to each input state how long a player holds down any given input. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Earlier: It's the early 90s and inputting cheat codes is alive and well! Just kidding, however, there is a secret command in King of Fighters 14 that unlocks in-game frame data.

The official SNK Facebook page unveiled the secret early this morning. If you perform a certain sequence of inputs at the main menu, you will be able to activate the frame information.

The code is as follows: down-left, right, down-right, down, down-left, left, down-right, LK + HP. This input is fairly strict, so if you hit any direction other than down-left to start, the code won't work properly.

Also, if you hit any buttons during the directional inputs, this code will fail. If you don't happen to succeed the first time, make sure to leave the main menu (simply be selecting any mode, then going back) and try again.

When done correctly, the screen will flash and you will hear a voice and some quick sound effects. Head into training mode after that and switch the input data on.

Every attack you perform will have a number next to it in real time. It should be noted that this will not carry over if you exit the game, so you'll have to perform the code each time you boot up a new session. The frame information can be seen in training mode and during replays.

Hit the jump to see the code being performed and the result.

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PC mods: King of Fighters' Zarina joins the Street Fighter 5 battle

Today we have some more excellence from the PC mod community. THEJAMK brings King of Fighters to Street Fighter 5 with this awesome Zarina mod.

Though Zarina utilizes Samba dancing as her primary way of battling opponents, the mod here is strictly cosmetic.

The KOF14 newcomer replaces both Chun-Li and Laura on the roster, so players can decide on which they prefer. As always, more information on the mod can be found in the video's description.

This isn't the first time we've seen THEJAMK bring a KOF character to life in Street Fighter 5. Last time, we saw the awesome Angel PC mod in action.

Below are some screenshots of Zarina to get you started. Be sure to hit the jump to view the video.

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Combo Breaker 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Kazunoko, Momochi, Mago, Smug, Snake Eyez

Updating with final results: We've added a plethora of Combo Breaker 2017 results into this story, you can find them all below.

Combo Breaker 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event taking place this weekend in St. Charles, Illinois. This is an absolutely stacked competition, and is bringing in competitors from multiple countries around the globe.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players scheduled to compete include Liquid|NuckleDu, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Momochi, Zowie|GamerBee, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Scarz|Sako, FOX|Justin Wong, Mago, Poongko, Smug, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Marn, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, GFuel|Verloren, EG|K-Brad, YouDeal|Yukadon, Circa|LPN, SPY|Filipino Champ, RB|Snake Eyez, Talon|Xiaobao, CO|Dogura, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Mouz|CCL, 801 Strider, F3|Alucard, Noble|Vagabond, Flash, Stupendous, WBG|CJ Truth, XSK Samurai, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, NS|Ludovic, Commander Jesse, among others.

Not only with the SF5 competition be hot, but Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is sure to be lit as well, and fans of other titles will have quite a bit to chose from in terms of what to watch.

You can find the live streams and scheduling information below.

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Toryuken 6 results feat. Justin Wong, Filipino Champ, K-Brad, Flash, Shine

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Toryuken 6.

Toryuken 6 is happening this weekend in Toronto, Canada. This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event.

Notable Street Fighter 5 players in attendance include FOX|Justin Wong, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, RB|Snake Eyez, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Flash, Chi-Rithy, Snafoo, Happy Medicine, and others.

Injustice 2 will also be played at this event, marking one of the first major tournaments in North America for the game.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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King of Fighters 14 coming to Steam June 15th, save 20% and gain access to the closed beta by pre-ordering now

King of Fighters fans will be excited to hear that the franchise's 14th iteration is coming to PC via Steam on June 15th.

SNK isn't simply porting the game over without some razzle dazzle however, as they're creating a special deluxe pack that will include some bonuses such as all of the game's DLC characters.

The KOF Steam edition game is regularly priced at $59.99 while the deluxe pack is at $74.99, but a pre-order discount will knock 20% off either price.

Click the image here to see the perks of the deluxe pack:

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You'll catch the full video announcement below.

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King of Fighters 14 coming to Steam, pre-orders and closed beta starting this month

SNK announced that King of Fighters 14 is headed to Steam.

During a SNK conference in China, KOF producer Yasuyuki Oda revealed the new PC version. Pre-orders are set to begin this month, and there will be a closed-beta that will be starting in May as well.

The official SNK Twitter page shared the details.

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A release date is currently unknown, but we will have the latest on King of Fighters 14's PC release as soon as more details surface.

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Texas Showdown 2017 results feat. ChrisG, Justin Wong, Smug, Snake Eyez, Marn

Updated with final results: The results for Texas Showdown 2017 have been added into this story. Check them out below.

Texas Showdown 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event taking place this weekend in Houston, Texas.

Notable players in attendance include FOX|Justin Wong, RB|Snake Eyez, Rise|Marn, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, F3|Alucard, Flash, NS|Ludovic, Hsien Chang, LU|Alex Valle, GS|Gllty, DL|Four Wude, Shin, Magneto1080p, Rylander, BT|IFC Yipes and Jan, among others.

This is a three day event, which kicks off today, so there will be a lot of action for fans at home to check out.

You can find the schedule and live streams below.

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KVO x TSB 2017 results feat. Ogawa, Dogura, Rion, Nakamura, Isamu

KVO x TSB 2017 kicks off this evening from Tokyo Japan. Notable players in attendance include Ogawa, CO|Dogura, Rion, Nakamura, Isamu, CO|Go1, GGP|Kazunoko, YHC-Mochi, Gachikun, Jajamaru, Brice, Sabamiso, Hossa, Rion, FOX|MKLeo, VGBC|aMSa, among many others.

The games being played at this competition are Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator 2, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee and 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Pokken Tournament and more.

You can find the live streams below along with a schedule.

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Still struggling to learn the art of King of Fighters 14? Antinomy's updated chart will help you find the best characters to start out with

Shortly after the initial release of King of Fighters 14, Antinomy put together a character guide that divided the playable roster up into categories based on their learning curve. Essentially, the chart let players know which fighters were best for learning how to play the game, which were the most unorthodox, and the middle ground.

Recently, Antinomy released the 2.0 version of this character guide. This updated chart takes into account all of the recent DLC characters, as well as the latest balance changes.

Each character is pinned with a color-coded dot, and you'll find the legend indicating what each color means right there on the graphic. Antinomy notes that the "best at teaching" characters doesn't necessarily mean they are the easiest to learn, but rather that they will help newcomers better understand the game's fundamentals.

You can check out the chart below.

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D-NO showcases another hilarious glitch that causes Chang to float away completely off screen

D-NO has showcased another fun fighting glitch. This time, the situation causes a funny scenario that causes Chang to float away in one of the King of Fighter games.

The way Chang floats away is very familiar, isn't it?


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Source: D-NO's Twitter.

NorCal Regionals 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Fuudo, Punk, Daigo, Bonchan

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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