First Attack 2016 results ft. NuckleDu, Go1, Chris T, Ricki Ortiz

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First Attack 2016 is taking place this weekend in Puerto Rico, and it's got a huge amount of talent gathered to compete.

This event will feature tournaments for Street Fighter 5 (with Capcom Pro Tour points on the line), Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 14, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend and Pokkén Tournament.

Top players expected to attend include, but are not limited to, Liquid|NuckleDu, HM|Go1, EVB|Chris Tatarian, EG|Ricki Ortiz, NYChrisG, Circa|LPN, RB|Snake Eyez, LU|Alex Valle Flocker, GOL|Ranmasama, NOS|Tampa Bison, GAM|DR Ray and /r/Kappa|Takeuchi John.

Streaming is being handled by LevelUp Live.

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Celtic Throwdown 2016 results ft. Luffy, CCL, MisterCrimson, Problem X

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Another European Capcom Pro Tour ranking tournament is taking place this weekend, this time in Dublin, Ireland.

At Celtic Throwdown 2016 you can expect to see high-level tournament play in Street Fighter 5, of course, but also Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, King of Fighters 14, Mortal Kombat XL and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players attending include RB|Luffy, AWS|CCL, MD|MisterCrimson, PxP|Problem X, Ryan Hart, PRLS|Packz, EG|K-Brad, Rize|Cobelcog, AWS|Akainu, MBR, RSD|CharmingRogue, Rize|Brian, PRLS|Afii, CKT|Fergus and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Brian Von Doom, Ms Cupcakes, Guard Breaker and Grand Master Challenge.

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Absolute Battle 7 results ft. NuckleDu, Filipino Champ, Ricki Ortiz, Snake Eyez

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Absolute Battle 7 is taking place this weekend in Dallas, Texas, and it's a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event as well as a Killer Instinct World Cup qualifier.

While Street Fighter 5 and Killer Instinct may be the main games, the tournament will also feature Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, King of Fighters 14, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament and Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

Players expected to attend include Liquid|NuckleDu, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, Circa|LPN, PG|RayRay, TS|Arturo Sanchez, BOTB|Vagabond, Hsien Chang, Nacer, Rylander, DL|FourWude, VGP|Integra and many more.

Streaming is being handled by PandaxGaming, Salty Mayhem and Tourney Locator.

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OzHadou Nationals 14 results ft. Daigo, GamerBee, HumanBomb, Itabashi Zangief

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One of Asia/Oceania's Capcom Pro Tour Ranking events, OzHadou Nationals 14, is taking place this weekend in Sydney, Australia.

While the main focus is on Street Fighter 5, the tournament will also feature high-level play for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat XL, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match and King of Fighters 98.

Players expected to attend include BST|Daigo, ZW|GamerBee, HuomaoTV|HumanBomb, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, EG|K-Brad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, BurnoutFighter, Somniac, DS|Falco and many more.

Streaming is being handled by OzHadou, Sydney Smash, Sydney Smash 2, Yiggs AU, Gilbagz, MegaDarve and Gamrah.

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Ed Boon wants to discuss who the five most 'overpowered' characters in Mortal Kombat XL could be

Ed Boon is touching base with the Mortal Kombat community on Twitter again, but this time around he's not playing around with visual jokes, or hidden messages.

One of Boon's more recent tweets was one of many that hinted at an upcoming balance patch for Mortal Kombat XL. This time around he want's to get the community involved, and openly asks everyone to share their feelings on who the 5 most powerful fighters currently are.

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Mortal Kombat XL confirmed for PC, beta is now live; Ed Boon teases upcoming balance patch

Fans have been asking NetherRealm Studios for a PC version of their latest fighting title, Mortal Kombat XL, for quite some time. We've seen numerous hints at a potential release, but nothing concrete.

Today, it looks like PC users have been given want they've so desire. According to prominent face and player in the Mortal Kombat community Brant "Pig of the Hut" McCaskill, a Mortal Kombat XL PC beta is currently live on Steam.

Folks looking to try it out can do so until August 29th. But that's not the only exciting news to hit Mortal Kombat today.

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Ed Boon teases his Twitter followers yet again with another 'hidden' hint at a PC version of Mortal Kombat XL

Hardcore fans of Injustice and Mortal Kombat should be no stranger to Ed Boon's Twitter antics. He's recently made a post to stir the pot for fans of the latter after having a lot to reveal on Injustice 2 during the Gamescom show.

This time around we've got a tweet that really doesn't make much sense, unless of course you ignore all of the lower case letters in the post:

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It's worth noting that this isn't the first time that he's used the "hidden message in the capital letters" gimmick, nor is it the first time that he's left us a "hidden" message about a PC version of Mortal Kombat XL.

Do you think we'll hear something more concrete about a PC version of Mortal Kombat XL soon? Are you an extra long person who cares? Let us know in the comments below.

Summer Jam X results ft. SonicFox, NuckleDu, Julio, MC Kwiggle

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Summer Jam X is taking place this weekend in Philadelphia, PA.

While this is a CPT ranking event for Street Fighter 5 as well as a Battle Royale qualifier for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, there are a bunch of other games being played at the event. Besides these two, you can look forward to enjoying Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

Players expected to attend include cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Julio, MC Kwiggle, NVT|Flash, EVB|Chris Tatarian, EG|K-Brad, RB|Snake Eyez, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|LPN, PG|RayRay, PIE|Smug, Perfect Legend, PAG|LostSoul, F3|Alucard, D-Link|LordKnight, IFC Yipes, OG|Shine and many more.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, Bifuteki, Kombat Network, KPB Live, NYCFurby and Smash Studios.

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Five eSports practices the fighting game community should take from Dota 2

Yahoo eSports' Michael "Bizarro Mike" Martin wrote a very interesting and very relevant article yesterday titled "Five things the FGC can learn from Dota 2's The International."

Looking at the overall success of events like EVO, Mortal Kombat's ESL majors and the Capcom Pro Tour circuit, there's no denying that the fighting game community is off to a decent start when it comes to eSports, but we have a ways to go before we start garnering attention that other, more established genres like MOBAs do.

In his piece Martin identifies five specific processes that The International, an event that boasted more than a $20 million prize pool, practices that could really help the FGC grow.

While it's not quite apples to apples, these lessons are worth some discussion at the very least, and may propel the FGC to incredible new heights at the very best.

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'That was something I wanted to die with, being one of the only ones to know that' - Boon speaks on recent discoveries in classic Mortal Kombat games

Ed boon has been making the rounds so far at this year's Gamecom, showing off the latest build of Injustice 2. However, during an interview with IGN, the focus shifted to Mortal Kombat for a moment to touch on a quite interesting discovery.

Some of you may remember the discovery of secret menus in the classic Mortal Kombat games that managed to stay hidden for over 20 years. Boon thought it was cool that the community got a kick out of it, but he wasn't thrilled about his secret being uncovered.

At the time, Boon thought that his code was hidden well enough that people wouldn't ever figure it out, but there was no way to see what the future would bring to gaming."I didn't think that 25 years later that somebody could disassemble your code, or that MAME was going to exist," he says.

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Cammy White vs. Sonya Blade... who would win in a fight to the finish? Vote for your favorite, then watch the Death Battle play out

These fighters have been staples of their respective fighting game mega franchises for over twenty years now. Sonya Blade of Mortal Kombat and Cammy White of Street Fighter now finally meet on the battlefield to determine who the stronger femme fatale is.

Both characters have an extensive military background, and have proven time and time again that they can hang with the strongest beings in their universes.

When it boils down to it, we'd probably give the agility edge to Cammy while Sonya boasts technicality with her array of gadgets and tools, but which is more important when fighting to the death?

It's the classic MK vs. SF with two of fighting game's most recognizable figures, let us know who you think will win before you watch by voting in the poll below, then let us know what you thought of outcome in the comments.

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Cammy scouts for her next challenge, Samus takes aim, and pin-up Harley Quinn: Jason Laboy's fighting game cosplay gallery

Our friend Jason Laboy has been building up quite the photography portfolio for some time now. A major part of his repertoire consists of attending various conventions and snapping shots of the best cosplayers he can find.

So, today we thought we'd share some of the work he's produced throughout the past year, as well as a handful of our personal favorites. In this gallery, we have characters from franchises such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, as well as warriors we've seen in games like Injustice, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Super Smash Bros.

Below are just a handful to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to view the everything.

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VSFighting 2016 results ft. Luffy, Problem X, K-Brad, CCL

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, the UK has a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event going on in Birmingham, namely VSFighting 2016.

There's more than just Street Fighter 5 on the menu, though. You can also expect to see tournament play in Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Players expected to attend include, but are not limited to, RB|Luffy, PxP|Problem X, EG|K-Brad, AWS|CCL, RSD|MBR, FA|Ryan Hart, EVB|Chris Tatarian, PRLS|Packz, Rize|Cobelcog, Brenttiscool, Rize|Brian, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, PRLS|Afii and RSD|Momi.

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Ed Boon's not so subtle hint makes Kombat Pack 3 look extremely probable

We know NetherRealm Studios is currently hard at work preparing Injustice 2 for its 2017 launch, but it's looking more and more like we're still going to be seeing at least one more hurrah for Mortal Kombat XL.

NRS' Creative Director, Ed Boon, directly brought up the idea of creating a third Kombat Pack upgrade for MKXL thinly disguised as a poll about the Xbox One S:

Boon's lighthearted and somewhat mischievous Twitter presence is surely something to factor in here, but we'd be fairly surprised if an unprovoked mention of KP3 like this didn't lead to something more.

How likely do you think it is that we see a KP3 come to fruition, and which characters would you hope to see most if it does?

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Popo can take care of himself, Takuma topples an entire team, and much more - The Beast's new video has some of the best comebacks of all time

Stealing a victory from an opponent when you're on the brink of death is one of the most emotionally charged moments in fighting games. It's hard to find a moment more tense than operating on a sliver of life; every decision is make or break.

The BEAST has put together a compilation of moments that express that tension. The video features some of the most impressive comeback plays in a wide variety of different games.

For example, in this match, IGL|Bala found himself with his back to the wall. With only Takuma left to defend his tournament life, he manages to pull off a reverse OCV against CafeID|Mad KoF.


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