Who is getting top 8 at Combo Breaker? Submit your predictions for a chance to win EventHubs Bragging Rights

First off, congratulations to iib3Rt for predicting an unprecedented six of eight top finishers at Battle Arena Melbourne 9 and earning the title of current EventHubs Bragging Rights champ.

We've got three major events playing out this weekend, but our audience participation competition is going to be limited to Combo Breaker only for the sake of sanity. BornFree and I have made our predictions for all three events, and have a bet going wherein the loser will wear the 'B***h Boy" shirt (yes, we got it at Spencer's Gifts) during our filming at CEO, as seen in the image below:

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You can get in on the action yourself by voting for your top eight picks at Combo Breaker. Read on for more.

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And the struggle is... waiting for Street Fighter 5's servers; Ernesto Lopez' new video hilariously hits the nail on the head

Ernesto Lopez Jr. continues his fighting game comedy with a video that teeters on the line of almost being too real to actually laugh at.

Street Fighter 5 fans are more than familiar with the struggle that is waiting to find an online match. More than a few times have we heard frustrating stories of players having to wait for five or ten minutes at a time before finally being matched up with an opponent.

While by no means is this always the case, we have to admit there have been times where we've sat for quite a while, watching videos on our phones or even writing EventHubs articles while awaiting a fight.

Ernesto brings his comedic expertise in to say what we've all thought at least a time or two.

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13,000 lines of dialogue and over 6,000 intro interactions in Injustice 2 - here's a look at the intros for the first three premier skins

Today's Injustice 2 Watchtower stream delved deeper into the game's story mode and dialogue between the characters.

Cinematic Director Dominic Cianciolo joined in on the fun in order to shed some light on how the game's story was created and the approaches used throughout. When talking about the in-game dialogue, Cianciolo divulged the incredible number of lines included.

"There are 13,000 individual lines of dialogue in-game, and because of the way we have the system developed to re-purpose that in some ways, we have 6,000+ intros in the game," Cianciolo explained.

He goes on to reveal the amount of clash interactions included, and says that there are still more bits of unique dialogue to be added as DLC characters are released.

You can check out the clip below.


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I agree with Infiltration about Nash being weak... Punk is currently the best in the world - the red hot Bonchan interviews with Capcom

With three Pro Tour victories in a row, and the first player to be able to boast a Premier win with Nash in Season 2, RB|Bonchan has reemerged as one of the strongest players in the Street Fighter scene.

After his win at Battle Arena Melbourne 9 in Australia, Bonchan had a chat with Capcom's Matt Edwards, (made possible via the excellent translation skills of Jiyuna) who picked the Japanese player's brain for his perception on what's going on in the general Street Fighter 5 landscape.

Bonchan states that he does not disagree with RZR|Infiltration's now famous description of Nash's fall on the tier lists, deeming him "limbless" and near unplayable by competitive standards.

He admits that he attributes a significant part of his success to the fact that many players have allowed Nash to slip from their radars, not seeing him as enough of a threat to focus on.

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Gorilla Grodd has an infinite in Injustice 2

It's a legitimate combo, folks.

Originally discovered by PG|Coach Steve, MK_REO recorded footage of the combo in action. Though he mentions that the clip was captured before the game's official launch, the set up remained unchanged post-release.

Grodd's B+2 causes a restand on airborne opponents. Using this in conjunction with a cancel into his Jungle Leap and an air 3 allows for him to loop indefinitely.

After testing the combo myself, I can say that with some practice it will definitely be used in real matches -- we saw Coach Steve doing so at Next Level Battle Circuit last night. However, the timing is strict, and getting a higher number of loops is quite difficult.

You can check out the combo in action below.

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Them's Fightin' Herds is fully funded, release date still pending

Update: The June 17th release date has been disconfirmed by the game's developers.

What if adorable barnyard animals beat each other to within an inch of their lives in a fighting game? Oh, were you thinking the same thing? Well then we're happy (albeit with a bit of a raised eyebrow) to inform you that Them's Fightin' Herds is about to be a reality for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Backed by 10,516 people on IndieGoGo, Them's Fightin' Herds has raised $586,346 of its $436,000 goal.

Given the punned title (and I guess the fact that cows and deer are doing juggle combos on each other) one may feel some hesitation to take the game seriously. As light hearted as it comes across, Mane6's upcoming fighter actually looks incredibly fun:


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We've caught two Easter Egg references in the Injustice 2 story so far...

We have to widely agree with the positive reviews Injustice 2 has been getting for it's amazing single player modes.

As we've been playing through the story ourselves, we've noticed at least two noteworthy Easter Eggs that we wanted to share with you. Don't worry, we won't spoil things without making you click, and even then the references aren't really spoilers to the story.

To see the first, click the image below and pay attention to the code Catwoman shouts out to the computer:


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Tekken World Tour announced, over $200,000 in prize money up for grabs

Bandai Namco, in collaboration with Twitch, has announced a new tournament series entitled the "Tekken World Tour." This circuit will pit Tekken 7 players around the world against each other for a chance to compete in the World Tour finals.

This tournament series will feature both live and online events in which players can earn ranking points. Leaderboards will be maintained for the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific and will be region locked.

The top 5 players from each of the regional leaderboards will qualify for the 16-player World Finals. The 16th competitor spot is reserved for the EVO 2017 Tekken 7 winner, who will automatically qualify.

Bragging rights aren't the only thing on the line with the Tekken World Tour. Players will be competing for over $200,000 in prizes.

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Daigo's Ryu, ChrisG's Sakura, Infiltration's Gouken... The BEAST remembers some of the best players of Street Fighter 4

There's a ton of Street Fighter 5 action this weekend, but that doesn't mean we can't take a few minutes for a nostalgic look back at Ultra Street Fighter 4.

The BEAST has begun a series on his YouTube channel wherein he's highlighting the characters of USF4 by showing some of their strongest moments as controlled by the strongest players to use them.

We've nabbed three of his videos featuring Ryu, Sakura and Gouken. For Ryu, you'll see LU|Alex Valle, Ryan Hart and of course CYG|Daigo Umehara pulling off clutch wins like this:


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You'll also see highlights from the likes of EG|ChrisG, OG Shine and even myself in the videos below.

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Balrog's stage, Bison's stage, Vega's stage... Sagat's stage? BornFree and Velociraptor ponder the rumored return of The King

From Ed's release to a new nostalgia stage, there was a ton of new Street Fighter 5 news in Capcom's recent Unity blog update.

On the latest episode of The Nameless Fighting Game Show, we dig in to the new information, and then try to read a bit between the lines.

The announcement of a new nostalgia stage for Vega marks the third original Street Fighter boss fighting arena for Street Fighter 5. There have been rumors of Sagat since late last year, as well as whispers of the potential of an Arcade Mode at some point.

This all falls very heavily under the category of speculation, but we feel now more than ever that there's a chance for The King to make his SF5 debut. It's hard to put any kind of timeline on any of this, but we do dare to dream.

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Three Pro Tour events in a row and a life-changing $150,000 first place finish at Eleague? It might not be 'just another day' for The Alpha anymore

This time last year, if you were to ask around the fighting game community as who Punk was, a handful would tell you that he was some mouthy online player from Street Fighter 4 while the rest probably wouldn't know at all.

With three Capcom Pro Tour events and an Eleague victory all in under two months' time, Victor "PG|Punk" Woodley is known the community over as "The Alpha" both in title and status.

Yesterday's win at Eleague secured $150,000 for the 18 year old player, a sum that will surely help him and his family make a move to a new house, amongst other life altering changes.

Though Woodley oft shrugs his big achievements with a cavalier smirk and a matter of fact attitude, we're fairly sure even he is secretly surprised by his incredible sprint into this new world of incredible success.

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Check out Injustice 2's new launch trailer; also check out the hilarious Darkseid 'tag-out' trailer

Injustice 2 will be releasing tomorrow. To commemorate this, NRS has released an official launch trailer for the game.

During the trailer, we get little glimpses at the story as well as a number of the gear costumes. It certainly does its job of getting people hyped for the game.

Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out the hilarious Darkseid "tag-out" trailer from GameStop that showcases Darkseid as being that one character that nobody really wants to fight.

Hit the jump below to check out both trailers.

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Oil King scores six throws in a row while Xiaobao has mastered the Vega roll loop shenanigans - Saigon and Toryuken highlights

The Street Fighter 5 tournaments for Saigon Cup 2017 and Toryuken 6 have both ended. Highlights from both events have been compiled together, here for your viewing pleasure.

Starting with the Saigon event, our first highlight showcases ZOWIE|Oil King scoring six throws on RB|Bonchan, nearly in a row. This shows just how scary the throw/shimmy game is in SFV.


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The next highlight has TLN|Xiabao catching Hotdog29's jump back with Vega's V-Trigger which led to his critical art.

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VesperArcade creates a combo guide for Ed and then takes the character into ranked matches

Ed has been available for people to play early, thanks to the beta. This is a great opportunity to learn the intricacies with the character before his actual release.

One individual that's been breaking Ed down is VesperArcade. He's been taking Ed in ranked matches and has also created a combo guide for aspiring Ed players.

Through the ranked video, we can get a better idea of what is actually practical with Ed, as trailers can often show some pretty impractical combos and set ups.


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After the jump, you'll find the video depicting VesperArcade's experience with the online as Ed, as well as a combo guide for the new character.

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Tom Hardy to play Venom in Spider-Man spinoff film, does this mean he's a likely candidate for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite?

The roster for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has been shaping up to be quite interesting so far. We have yet to see a character that was excluded from MvC3 and it's ultimate edition that appeared in a previous title.

One character that is certainly looking extremely likely right now is Venom, from the Spider-Man series. A big part of this is thanks to the newly announced Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy.

According to Hollywoodreporter, "the project is one of Sony’s top priorities and the studio is not wasting time as the movie is set to open Oct. 5, 2018."

Being that Marvel had a say in which of their characters got into MvC3, it's pretty logical for us to assume that this is likely true for MvCI as well. If this is the case, Venom is definitely a character we can expect to be pushed for the game.

Tom Hardy, the actor in final negotiations to play Venom, appeared in movies like The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Inception. Perhaps most notably, Tom Hardy also appeared in the D.C. movie "The Dark Knight Rises" as Bane so it's not his first time playing a villain in a comic movie.

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