Final Round 2018 results ft. SonicFox, Infiltration, Tokido, MenaRD, JDCR

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend is a big one, with the massive annual event Final Round taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Perhaps the biggest thing of note about the event this year is that it's going to be kicking off both the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, for which it is a Premier event, and the Tekken World Tour for Tekken 7, for which it is a Master event.

Besides these games, you'll also get to enjoy tournament action in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Pokkén Tournament DX, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

As for players attending, there really are just way too many to list, but here are just a few of the notable competitors you can expect to see this weekend across the tournament games: FOX|SonicFox, PG|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|JDCR, Punk, CYG|Daigo, NuckleDu, FOX|Saint, EG|NYChrisG, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Justin Wong, CO|Go1, RB|Anakin, GGP|Kazunoko, PAG|LostSoul, Circa|ForeverKing, PG|Speedkicks, Fursan|LowHigh, Circa|JoeyFury, Gachikun, Shadow20z, F3|DR Gross, UYU|Princess Ling and many, many more.

You'll also get the enjoy the highly anticipated first-to-10 exhibition set in Dragon Ball FighterZ between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1. For even more information on the event, its attendance, and what you can look forward to, check out our official preview.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network and Data FGC.

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Should Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition receive a mid-season set of balance changes? See what our readers thought via these poll results

Update: The results are in! See if our readers would like to see a Season 3.5 balance patch after hitting the jump below.

Earlier: The start of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour is fast approaching. Next weekend, we'll be seeing the circuit's first Premier event, Final Round, take place in Atlanta, Georgia.

We're nearing 60 days since Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition -- the update that added a second V-Trigger for every character, as well as a number of character-specific balance changes -- was released, and players are starting to get a pretty good idea of which characters are strong and which aren't too hot this time around.

Around this time last year, Capcom confirmed that a mid-season set of balance changes was in the works for Season 2. The "2.5" patch, as it was unofficially called, was announced in early February 2017, followed by more information in March and an eventual launch on May 31st of that year.

"We have been analyzing player performance since the Season 2 balance changes. At this time, we can confirm additional changes are in the works to bring characters in-line with how we envision them to perform," Capcom wrote back during the initial 2.5 announcement.

As it was alluded to in the above statement, Season 2 featured a handful of characters that were overly powerful. Community outcry was loud about these "robbery" characters, which many believe to be one of the contributors to Capcom's decision to implement a mid-season set of changes.

With Season 3 well underway and consistent feedback from the community about characters such as Abigail, Rashid, and Guile, it brings about the question: will Capcom release a set of Season 3.5 balance changes?

We don't know the answer to that question, but what we want to know is what you, the reader, thinks. Should the game get more changes or do you want to see Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition as is for the rest of the year?

Be sure to cast your vote in the poll below.

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Bardock and Broly release on March 28, 2018 for Dragon Ball FighterZ; here is the trailer for Goku's father

Bandai Namco has released Bardock's trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ. At the end, it was revealed that Goku's father and Broly would be releasing on March 28, 2018.

As expected, Bardock's gameplay is revealed via this trailer. We already knew that one of Bardock's supers would involve him going Super Saiyan. Aside from that, he typically fights in his normal form.

His intro has him putting on his iconic headband. It's red due to being soaked in the blood of one of his friends, Tora. This attack that killed his comrades was as a result of Frieza's orders.

Unfortunately, we don't get to see a lot of Bardock's play style in the trailer. This is as a result of how short it is -- only 37 seconds.

We only witness a single aerial combo that ends into a special. He then cancels the special into a powerful punch that wall bounces the opponent. His projectile attack afterwards is either a part of the same super, or is a different one that can be comboed after the wall bounce.

All of his shown supers can apparently be used in the air. His level 3 super has him transform into a Super Saiyan for a series of strikes. You can also check out Broly's trailer in case you missed it originally..

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More people have signed up for Dragon Ball FighterZ at EVO than Street Fighter 5, here's an early list of game popularity from Mr. Wizard

EVO 2018 is still roughly four and a half months away, but plenty of excited players have already promised their attendance to one or more of the event's eight games.

While representatives have not released the actual running registration totals head tournament organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, has revealed where each game ranks in relation to the others at this point in time.

If anything is true about the fighting game community, it's that a good portion of it will be sure to wait to sign up for events until the last few weeks prior. With that in mind, things very well could change between now and August 3rd when EVO 2018 is slated to kick off.

This contrasts with this weekend's Final Round, which marks the first event of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour. Here are the final numbers for the premier CPT tourney:

Street Fighter 5 (373 entrants), Dragon Ball FighterZ (314 entrants), Tekken 7 (297 entrants), Injustice 2 (66 entrants), Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 (51 entrants), BlazBlue: Central Fiction (36 entrants).

Compare these to current EVO standings by clicking the thumbnail here, and then let us know which game you think will get the most players in Las Vegas this year when it's all said and done.

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Capcom reveals the Premier Pass for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Update: The Capcom Pro Tour website has provided an update on the CPT DLC for the 2018 season for English speakers. This post has been updated with the new information.

The 2018 season for the Capcom Pro Tour started up this past weekend at Final Round, and that means its time for new costumes, colors and stages for the game.

Capcom revealed the Capcom Pro Tour: 2018 Premier Pass for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and is set to release on April 3rd.

Contained within this pass are new colors for the existing roster, brand new CPT costumes for Sakura and Akuma, as well as the new stage Ring of Power. Also contained within the full pass are 5,000 Fight Money, new titles, new profile themes, exclusive challenges and the Birdie costume designed by the previous Capcom Cup winner RISE|MenaRD.

The Capcom Pro Tour 2018 Costume: Akuma, Sakura, and Champion’s Choice Costume for Birdie will cost $5.99/€5.99/£4.99 individually (600 yen). The Capcom Pro Tour stage will cost $9.99/€9.99/£7.99. The entire Capcom Pro Tour Bundle will cost $19.99/€19.99/£15.99 (2,000 yen) altogether.

Starting in April and going through December, each month will feature an exclusive mission for pass holders totaling up to 65,000 extra Fight Money.

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Is the Street Fighter 5 community content with Arcade Edition's current balance?

The first major event on the Capcom Pro Tour has come and gone leaving the community with no announcements in the way of balance updates for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

The buzz and complaints around this time last year with SF5 Season 2 and its infamous "robbery characters" elbowed out most other discussions in just about every Street Fighter forum, social media thread or comment section discussion, and so Capcom implemented a "Season 2.5" patch to help quell the flames.

Not knowing whether or not this would become common practice, players speculated about whether or not the promised yearly updates would be two-parters with a "Season X" and then a "Season X.5" in the following months.

Many are taking the weekend's silence as a proclamation that the current version of the game is going to be the one we're playing on for the rest of the year, and it seems as though people are more or less just fine with that.

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First footage of Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection shown, described by Capcom as 'arcade-perfect conversions'

A recent episode of PlayStation Underground features Capcom representatives showcasing upcoming Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.

The Anniversary Collection features no less than 12 Street Fighter titles including Street Fighter (1987); five iterations of Street Fighter 2, including The World Warrior (1991), Champion Edition (1992), Turbo: Hyper Fighting (1992), Super (1993), and Super Turbo (1994); three iterations of Street Fighter Alpha, including Alpha (1995), Alpha 2 (1996), and Alpha 3 (1998); and three iterations of Street Fighter 3, including New Generation (1997), 2nd Impact (1997), and 3rd Strike (1999).

This is the second time (the first being the announcement trailer at Capcom Cup) that we've seen SFAC, and the first time we're seeing the game actually played.

The representatives note the Anniversary Collection as "arcade-perfect conversions," a note that's very important especially to the competitive Street Fighter crowd. They also highlight the game's easily navigable menus, pointing out the extra care to details that add up to make for that full and nostalgic Street Fighter experience.

With the touch of one button you can access game by game breakdowns for each and every title (quick examples below). Said breakdowns detail everything from the historical reception to the specs and hardware used.

The community will be able to get their hands on SFAC at Final Round this weekend as it's slated to be available there. The collection is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows and Xbox One in May 2018.

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Mortal Kombat 11 has strong possibility of announcement at E3 this year if NetherRealm Studios follow their trends of releasing games

Injustice 2 has had a total of nine DLC characters released throughout its lifespan since it first became available on May 16, 2017. Ten characters if you count Darkseid who also came as a pre-order bonus.

Recently, the Injustice 2 Legendary Edition was announced for March 27, 2018. As you might expect, this form of the game is essentially a "complete edition" that includes all of the DLC content of Injustice 2.

NetherRealm has a history of doing this. They've created complete versions for Mortal Kombat 9, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Mortal Kombat X that contained all the DLC. We have not yet seen the any additional content outside of balance patches for any of these games afterwards.

This seems to imply that the development of post-launch content for Injustice 2 has come to an end. Still, it has already seen the release of more DLC fighters than any of NetherRealm's previous titles.

But this means that NRS must be working on something else then, right? Considering past experiences, we could be revving up for an announcement of the next Mortal Kombat title at this year's E3.

Let's review the strategy that NRS has been incorporating for years now.

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The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia officially joins Soul Calibur 6

Bandai Namco has officially unveiled Soul Calibur 6's first guest character this morning. The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia joins the game's playable roster.

In his gameplay trailer, we see Geralt battling with Mitsurugi.

Geralt is a monster hunter for hire in The Witcher series. He is a master swordsman with superhuman abilities, and is also an alchemist which allows him to cast "signs" (spells).

As we see in today's footage, Geralt fights mainly with his broadsword, but we also see him utilizing signs with certain attacks. The trailer gives us a look at his super move as well, which sees him striking his foe with sword slashes and elemental magic for a devastating sequence.

Leading up to this announcement, hints about Geralt's potential inclusion in Soul Calibur 6 surfaced on Twitter. CD PRojekt Red’s community lead Marcin Momot tweeted, "What if Geralt was going to step out of the @witchergame for the very first time to make an appearance in one of the upcoming games later this year?"

With Bandai Namco having helped CD Projekt Red with distribution of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the crossover was definitely plausible.

Soul Calibur 6 is due out sometime this year.

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection might not have a training mode

Yesterday, we got our first look at the upcoming Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. This May, fans will be able to dive back into 12 "arcade-perfect conversions" of classic Street Fighter titles, five of which will feature full online support.

While arcade-perfect is something that should definitely excite longtime players of these series, this approach might actually be a bit of a double-edged sword. One thing every arcade goer knows is that cabinets featuring fighting games usually don't have a training mode -- which is intentional, of course, because it would be unfair for someone to put their money in and spend hours in training while others wanted to have their turn.

Maximilian recently got his hands on the current build of the anniversary collection, and in his preview notes that no training option is present at this time.

While this could very well be a result of an unfinished build, there exists ways in-game to access different modes that aren't a standard menu with options. Booting up any of the games found in the collection launches you right into the action -- like it would in arcades -- and if you hold certain button combinations while starting the game of choice, you can access things like Dramatic Battle in Street Alpha 3.

Also not present was a standard versus mode, however, Max notes that he was assured there will be one in the game. So, though there's still a chance we see training mode come launch, the entire arcade motif makes its omission understandable.

In this preview, Max goes on to discuss how the games feel, the special features included in the collection and much more.

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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch revealed

During the Nintendo Direct presentation today, the company revealed a Super Smash Bros. title for the Nintendo Switch.

The trailer featured two Inkling characters from Splatoon engaging in battle. After their messy bout, one of the gunners gets distracted by a giant version of the Super Smash Bros. symbol.

Also featured in the trailer are Mario and Link. They appear in the shadows in front of the Smash symbol, which happens to be made of fire.

A 2018 release window was provided.

In Splatoon, the Inklings have access to different ink shooting guns, along with a giant paint roller. The paint roller works similar to a melee class.

The competitors cover the stage in ink to try to get the most coverage, as we see them do in the Smash Bros. trailer. They can turn into squid form inside their own ink areas to essentially move quickly underground and reload their ink cache.

Characters also move more slowly in enemy ink, so we could potentially see some sort of battle mechanic like this in Smash Bros.

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Daigo Presents Kemonomichi 2 results ft. Daigo, Tokido, Tanukana, Yuyu, Kotaka Shoten and Ito

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

After what a success Daigo's Kemonomichi was at the start of the year, it's been brought back with a vengeance.

Today, the sequel to Kemonomichi is taking place, and the sets are bound to be as fired up as last time.

Although the only returning game is Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, the format will be the same - three games being played with first-to-10 sets between two players in each of them.

Kotaka Shoten, who showed an absolute dominating performance against Aniken last time, is back to fight Ito in Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Tekken 7 will be seeing two of the most notable female players in all of Japan, RB|Tanukana and Yuyu, battling it out.

And finally, The Beast himself CYG|Daigo is going to go up against the EVO 2017 champion and legendary player in his own right, FOX|Tokido in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

You won't want to miss any of these sets, so tune in to Daigo the Beast TV to enjoy it.

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Not a single Abigail in the top eight of Final Round's Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament and every character is unique

Since the beginning of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3, there's been one character that has been extremely controversial. You know who I'm talking about, don't you? I'm of course referring to that giant that towers above the rest of the roster, Abigail.

If you've been paying attention to the Final Round 2018 Street Fighter 5 tournament, you've probably seen a few salty expressions come about as a result of Abigail's damage output. There's no doubt that Abigail's muscular figure isn't just for show.

A number of notable players have already lost sets to a Abigail player in this first Capcom Pro Tour event. Players like Punk, CYG|Fuudo, RISE|Smug, RISE|MenaRD, Filipino Champ, Humanbomb, and more.

And yet... there isn't a single Abigail found in the top eight part of the bracket. Every player that has used Abigail in this tournament has already been eliminated.

In fact, it's actually very difficult to narrow down which character is top tier at this point by looking at the results of this tournament. Every character that is in the top eight is completely unique. No two players are using the same fighter and are still in the tournament.

Monster|Infiltration is the only player that has two combatants among this group of people. Like EVO Japan 2018, his choices are Menat and Juri. This means that there are a total of nine different characters in top eight.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Broly trailer now live

The Dragon Ball FighterZ Broly trailer is now live and with sound. This is our first real glimpse at Broly's gameplay.

As is true to his character, Broly is laughing like a maniac. While he beats up on Goku, we get a sneak peak at how some of his attacks work.

He appears to have access to at least three command throw type moves. After punching the opponent twice while on the ground, he grabs them, throws them upwards, then kicks straight up in a launcher fashion.

His airborne throw will have him grab the enemy by the face and slam them down into the ground. The third throw shown will simply have him lift the opponent before delivering an extremely powerful punch to their gt, which pushes them to the other side of the screen.

Another attack looks like it is some sort of aerial stomp. This is a fighter that looks to have a number of ways to position himself back onto the ground while in the air.

Finally, the energy he emits is green rather than yellow. It's very distinct.

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Watch the match that brought one of the world's best Street Fighter 5 players to tears afterwards

Last night, the fighting game community witnessed one of the most legendary Street Fighter 5 sets to ever take place. In Arcade Edition, the latest version of Capcom's mainstay fighting title, CYG|Daigo Umehara and Hajime "FOX|Tokido" Taniguchi went head-to-head in a first-to-10 bout at the Kemonomichi 2 exhibition event in Japan.

Leading up to the match, both Daigo and Tokido shared their thoughts on the fight. Going into it, Daigo expressed confidence in his abilities, nothing that he was fairly certain he'd be walking away victorious.

While one might expect the same from Daigo's competitor, Tokido actually shared a similar sentiment. "I can't even see his back from where I'm standing..." Tokido said in regards to each player's skill level. "I want to confirm for myself how big that gap is. Of course I'm going into this with the intention of winning."

This FT10 set was definitely more than just a friendly game between fellow players. As one of the world's best Street Fighter 5 players, Tokido found himself truly testing his skills against quite possibly his greatest rival.

There was a lot on the line for Tokido here, and the post-fight interview of both competitors was a very clear indicator of that. After suffering a 5-10 defeat to Daigo, Tokido shared only a few words about the match for viewers.

"I wanted to at least win in the game," he said "but I'll have to come back and try again." His statement was followed by tears as Daigo went on to share his thoughts on where he and Tokido stand in regards to the game.

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