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EVO Japan 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The second installment ever of one of the biggest tournament expansions we've seen is here this weekend, namely the expansion of the EVO brand to Japan, with EVO Japan 2019.

This year, it's taking place in Fukuoka rather than Tokyo, and although entrants aren't as high as they were in last year's monumental premier year, the entrants certainly aren't anything to scoff at.

Over 1000 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 500 in Tekken 7, and roughly between 200-300 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and King of Fighters 14, respectively.

While these 6 games are the main titles at the event, there'll be an absolutely insane amount of side tournaments as well, so make sure you keep in tune with all of the action.

Players participating are a bit too plentiful to list, but just count on the vast majority of Asian top players — and many other top players from other regions of the world — being present and competing.

Streaming is being done at EVO, EVO 2, EVO 3 and EVO 4.

Side events are set to be streamed at KVO Japan 01, KVO Japan 02, KVO Japan 03 and KVO Japan 04.

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Devil May Cry 5's Nero needs to be a playable character in the next Marvel vs. Capcom game

Devil May Cry 5 is coming back after a decade-long hiatus of the mainline series in just under a month on March 8, but its newest demo is now available for PlayStation and Xbox users to get a taste of the newly tuned action.

The series has long had a connection to the fighting game community due to its crazy in-depth combo system that allows for each individual player to express themselves differently, so it was only natural when a number of its leading heroes would make the jump to an actual fighter.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 featured Dante, Vergil and Trish as playable characters with the twin brothers seeing high competitive play throughout the game's life — which Dante followed up with again in Infinite — but there is one character that has been notably absent from the fighting game realm... and that's Nero.

Nero first appeared as the co-main protagonist alongside Uncle Dante in Devil May Cry 4 back in 2008 as a smart-mouthed fighter with a demon arm, but he's been snubbed essentially three times now for a spot in a Capcom fighting game roster.

After personally playing through Devil May Cry 5's demo seven times, it re-affirmed my beliefs that Nero needs to be on the next Marvel vs. Capcom or whatever new Vs. title's roster — and he'd likely make a good replacement for Spencer.

His all new cybernetic Devil Breaker arms open many more potential gameplay doors for a fighting game move set for singular powerful strikes, rocket punches, laser cannons and extra mobility options.

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Here are some important takeaways from Street Fighter 5 selling 700,000 more copies

The last three years of Street Fighter 5 have been a roller coaster ride with peaks, valleys and dark tunnels where we have no idea what's going on. As uncertain as the future feels right now, the past is set in stone, and can give us a more concrete idea of how the game has performed, especially when compared to similar titles.

Capcom's Investor Relations website was recently updated and told us that SF5 has graduated up to 2.9 million in sales, indicating a gain of 700,000 since the release of the free Arcade Edition update back in January of 2018.

That 2.9 million total puts it at a very respectable 18th place on the list of Platinum Capcom titles, and it very well may garner a good half a million more sales before things are said and done with.

Where does that half a million speculation come from? Observing the timeline for a little fighter called Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 offers us a similar story to compare and contrast with.

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This homemade Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 arcade cabinet is a dream addition to any fan's gaming room

We're a chapter or two removed from the days when arcades were the main venue for the fighting game community, but FGC members aren't ones to forget their roots, and just because Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 came out in 2011 doesn't mean it doesn't belong in an arcade cabinet.

The Arcade Gamer has turned his house into a full blown gaming paradise, but the titles he houses aren't all necessarily ones you'd find in a traditional arcade venue.

His most recent creation? A fully functional Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 cabinet, complete with UMvC3 artwork, Japanese style sticks and buttons and a beautiful display.

Needless to say, this is a dream set up for anyone that's a fan of the iconic entry in the Versus series. Upon closer inspection you'll notice the finer details, such as the inclusion of every characters' official artwork and the glowing Start, Select and Menu buttons.

The UMvC3 cab is just one of The Arcade Gamer's many pieces of outstanding work, many of which you can view over at his YouTube channel.

We've rounded up a few still images so you can get a picture of the set up, but there's also a video showing off all the details from all angles after the jump.

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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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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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Marvel Game's logo change seems to be pointing towards something related to the Fantastic Four but if the stars align...

Recently, Marvel Games changed their Twitter logo. Most notably, the capitalized "A" in "Games" has been replaced with a "4."

We get the sense that they are hinting towards something. Perhaps it could have something to do with the Avengers. Later this year, another Avengers movie will be released.

Since "The Avengers," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Avengers: Infinity War" are the first, second, and third Avenger movies respectively, then that means "Avengers: Endgame" is the fourth movie. Still, these movies haven't really been officially referred to as "Avengers 1," "Avengers 2," "Avengers 3," and "Avengers 4." Replacing letters with numbers in the title has not been a prominent theme either.

While there's no doubt going to be some focus on the Avengers franchise on the part of Marvel Games to ride the wave of success that the upcoming Avengers movie will bring, the "4" still doesn't make sense. Notably, the next Ultimate Marvel Alliance that was recently announced is only the third entry in the series.

How about the Fantastic Four franchise? Over a year ago, Disney had acquired 21st Century Fox — which included the movie rights for the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool — for $52.4 billion.

While Disney had the rights to use these franchises outside of films, some fans would probably argue that other series were prioritized. Now, there's more incentive for Disney to push for the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool in other forms of media.

For the release of Fantastic Four's most recent movie, posters were released that replaced the second "a" with a "4" in "Fantastic."

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While the odds seem to be pointing towards a new Fantastic Four game or the inclusion of the Fantastic Four team into another game like Ultimate Marvel Alliance 3, there's one other possibility that immediately comes to mind. Although it's extremely unlikely that this is what Marvel Games is hinting at, let's consider the possibility for... Marvel vs. Capcom 4.

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KVO The Winter Battle results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Christmastime doesn't necessarily mean that tournaments are off the table, as this weekend's event proves.

KVO The Winter Battle is taking place in Kyoto, Japan.

This is an event organized by the same people who usually hold the KVO event which is typically held in May every year.

There are a ton of games being played at this event, including Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Pokkén Tournamnet DX, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, ARMS, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and many more beyond.

Some of these games are played in teams and some are played in singles, and you can look for more details on your game of choice here.

Streaming is being done at KVO Japan 2018, KVO Japan 2, Team KVO Japan, KVO Japan 3, KVO Japan 4 and ARMS Tenka.

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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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New Captain Marvel trailer gives us a better look at Skrulls, might a certain 'Super' Skrull of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 fame be making an appearance?

Marvel Entertainment has released its second trailer for 2019's Captain Marvel, this time with a good bit more information and insight into exactly what kind of ride we'll be going on.

While it seems the film's main antagonist is likely Ronin, the same blue baddie you'll remember from Galaxy of the Guardians Vol. 1, it seems the cinematic Marvel universe is finally bringing in the comic company's long-time galactic foot soldiers, the Skrull.

We caught a very quick glimpse of a Skrull outline in the first trailer, and had to assume the old lady getting beaten up on a bus by Carol Danvers was more than likely one of these shape shifting aliens. That's all but confirmed in this new trailer as Nick Fury's voice over notes the Skrull fairly blatantly as "the bad guys" while that same scene plays out with the elder woman retaliating with ninja-like movements.

The fighting game community will remember will remember a little title from not all that long ago, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, that featured Super Skrull (Kl'rt) as one of the playable characters. Kl'rt is usually a Fantastic Four baddie, but has had multiple run ins with Captain Marvel in the comics over the years.

It very well may be the case that the Skrull are used more so as faceless henchmen baddies for Captain Marvel to show off on in this coming film, but we're holding out for the chance that perhaps we'll also come face to face with Kl'rt, if even just as a tease as the main baddie for a sequel.

Captain Marvel is slated to drop on March 8th of next year. You can view both trailers below.

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Stan Lee has passed away

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, Lee was rushed to the hospital from his home in the Hollywood Hills early this morning. Stan was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is where he died — this information was confirmed to TMZ by Lee's daughter.

A cause of death has yet to be unveiled. Earlier this year, Stan did experience some health issues including pneumonia and a heart health scare.

J.C., Stan Lee's daughter, provided a brief statement about her father's passing to TMZ:

"My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."

Lee has a long legacy as a prolific comic book writer, former editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, and co-creator of some of the most popular super heroes to ever exist, among numerous other accomplishments.

Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Doom, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, and Magneto are just a handful of the plethroa of characters Lee had a large hand in creating — many of which have appeared in several of our beloved fighting games.

Stan Lee and his amazing work have touched the lives of people all over the world, making true believers of us all. Rest in peace, Stan, you will be dearly missed.

Photo credit - Jason Laboy Photography. Sent in by jediassassin33, MightyAfro, CubaNectie, PoisonBirdie, LordAkira, KnyghtFall, and daishinkan.

Canada Cup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

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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'I will never understand Capcom or Marvel’s decision to deviate from a winning strategy' - Filipino Champ on hopes for a rumored Marvel vs. Capcom 4

Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez is easily one of the greatest Marvel vs. Capcom players of all time having won EVO 2012 and more recently had a seemingly unstoppable Dormammu during the launch of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, so he probably knows more about the series than some college graduates know of their majors.

Daily Esports recently interviewed the top fighting game competitor about his origins with the series, his thoughts on Street Fighter 5, what's holding fighting games back in the realm of eSports and the prospects of a potential Marvel vs. Capcom 4 — including his hopes to leave the 2v2 system from Infinite behind.

Ramirez reveals that he's been essentially playing fighting games for 17 years now beginning in 2001 with Marvel vs. Capcom 2 though he says his big break out for him prior to MvC3 was in Super Street Fighter 4 when he defeated CYG|Daigo Umehara, FOX|Justin Wong and EG|Ricki Ortiz at SCR 2010.

As for Marvel 3 itself, Fchamp disliked how Capcom treated the game after the launch of Ultimate MvC3 for "the lack of developer support during its peak" alluding to the fact that the fighter didn't see any new DLC and hardly any patches after 2011 with the publisher also focusing almost solely on Street Fighter 4 for the competitive scene.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite didn't come until six years later in 2017 with a gameplay foundation that many would agree was solid and one of the strongest in the franchise, but nearly every other aspect of the game felt downgraded from something like MvC3 which is where Filipino Champ takes issue with it.

"Infinite had so much potential but they rushed the product, and you can tell that the game was not polished," said Ramirez via Daily Esports. "Presentation, graphics, audio, character roster, and game mechanics had so many issues that even a game from 2011 like UMvC3 looked way better. The Marvel community deserves better."

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Poll results: Fans want to see the return of 3v3 in a potential Marvel vs. Capcom 4

Updated: The results are in! Our readers voted for the return of 3v3 in a potential Marvel vs. Capcom 4. You can see how the voting shook out for all three of our Marvel 4-related polls after the jump.

Earlier: By this point, it's known that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was a flop. Not only did it not perform well commercially, many aspects about the game were simply not appreciated by hardcore and casual fans of the series alike.

Does this mean that every part of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was bad? While the art direction and characters missing from the roster are widely met with negative reception, there are those that would defend the game's mechanics.

Not too long ago, we heard about a rumor from a credible leaker, Vergeben, that an update for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is supposedly being worked on behind closed doors. According to the source of the rumor, the game is going to be re-branded as "Marvel vs. Capcom 4."

This has resulted in some back-and-forth discussions in regards to how the game should play, assuming these rumors are true. Maybe it'd be better off returning to the formula of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and 3?

Some fans actually enjoyed the 2v2 matches as opposed to the chaotic 3v3. Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite also utilized quicker tag-ins that were effective for combos and block strings. Then again, there are those that miss the strategy of taking screen control so assists could safely lend the point characters a hand.

After the jump, you'll find a number of polls that ask about your desired team formats, teamwork mechanics, and comeback factors.

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The Fall Classic 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic 2018 is back again this year.

It's taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will have a bunch of games played.

Tournament titles present at the event are Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Soul Calibur 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament DX and King of Fighters 14.

There are tons of players participating in each game, but a few notable names that you can expect to see are UGS|XCaliburBladez, Pokchop, W2W|KnowKami, ESE|Coach Steve, UGS|BBoyDragon... But of course also many more.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki and Funky P.

Because of the multitude of games being played, you can expect to have Top 8s on almost all weekend, so stay tuned.

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REV Major 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's another tour event taking place this weekend, namely REV Major 2018.

It's happening in Manila, Philippines, and although unfortunately some of the top players set to attend were forced to drop out because of the ongoing super typhoon, there are still many others who have made the trip and will compete.

This is a Tekken World Tour Challenger event, with almost 200 players set to fight it out for the points.

Besides this, the event will also feature tournament play for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Players attending include UYU|Jeondding, UYU|Qudans, Fursan|LowHigh, Kkokkoma, AR|Book, Ulsan, UYU|Yuyu, MulGold, Dee-On Grey, DoToRing, AG|R-Tech and many more.

Streaming is being done at Playbook PH and Gariath TV.

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The birth of BIONIC ARM, Sonic Fox's ascension, Moment 37... here are Screw Attack's top 10 most hype fighting game moments

Full disclosure, this video came out just before EVO this year as a hype up for fighting games' biggest and baddest yearly open bracket event, but that doesn't mean we aren't still interested in what Screw Attack thinks are the 10 most epic fighting game moments.

We also won't beat around the bush and pretend as though anything has even come close to the legendary EVO Moment 37, as CYG|Daigo's Third Strike parrying of FOX|Justin Wong's Super Art stands fairly decisively at the top of this category.

Considering the fact that the best fighting gamers from all over the world clash at EVO more than any other single venue, it's not surprising to say there have been plenty of other incredibly exciting memories that have stemmed from the big dance.

My personal favorite from the list was one I had actually forgotten about until this reminder and even having just seen it seconds ago, the mere thought of it still makes the hairs on my arms stand up.

I'm, of course, referring to the EVO 2014 bout between RB|Snake Eyez and RZR|Xian that went down the absolute wire. Seeing it in person was indescribable, but you'll get the gist of it all by watching it back in this video.

Let us know what you thought of Screw Attack's countdown in the comments. If you disagree with their list please let us know how yours would play out.

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