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We've seen a lot of supposed leaks claim to know who the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character will be — how likely does each candidate seem?

As is always the case with the Super Smash Bros. series, we've seen a lot of alleged leaks telling us who the next characters will be. The big difference with Ultimate is that the wild rollercoaster hasn't stopped after the game's initial release, due the DLC that's been coming to the game ever since.

There are some names that keep coming up over and over again in connection with said "leaks", and others that have been part of somewhat accurate ones that haven't quite been debunked yet. Obviously, there's room for a ton of speculation for any characters being added to Smash, but we decided to focus on five characters who fit in to these areas, where they're subjects of discussion for various reasons or have some sort of basis that we haven't been able to shake as of right now. Joining me in this endeavor is Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon, so continue along and see our judgment calls on these potential newcomers.

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Here are the nominees for The Game Awards' Fighting Game of the Year

The Game Awards annual show will take place this year on December 12, 2019. It's very likely that there will probably be a few announcements that should attract the attention of fighting game fans, just like last year.

In fact, one of the awards that will be announced this year is the "Fighting Game of the Year" award. As 2019 has overall been an excellent year for fighting game enthusiasts, there are a few nominees that have to be considered.

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'An ode to low tiers' — GimR's video highlights hilariously weak interactions from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster

If you play characters that are as gifted as Snake, Joker, Peach, Wolf, or other top tiers, then you probably wouldn't be able to fully appreciate the struggles of the low tiers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A lot of these characters go through some rather frustrating scenarios at times.

VGBC|GimR recently released a video titled "An Ode To Low Tiers" which highlights these very struggles. Despite the title, many characters in low tier, mid tier, and a few high tiers have their troubles showcased in the upload.

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DreamHack Atlanta 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

DreamHack Atlanta 2019 is happening this weekend, and as you might expect it'll be occuring in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Notable players set to attend include eU|Samsora, TSM|Tweek, RB|Anakin, AMPLFY|Rangchu, Jimmy J Tran, PG|Marss, MVG|Mew2King, Talon|Kkokkoma, Disrupt|Shadow20z, GG|Saint, UYU|Jeondding, Liquid|Dabuz, Talon|Book, PG|Speedkicks, EQNX|Joey Fury, Yamasa|Take, PG|Esam, HLC|S2J, Liquid|Gen, Rogue|Light, WC|Sandstorm, NG-Obscure, RunItBlack, n0ne, LeoN, CuddleCore, GS|Pokchop, MVG|Salem, Cosmos, Trungy, MVG|DarkWizzy, OES|RFang, AXL|PartyWolf, CGL|Ninjakilla212, BxA|Xephukai, MVG|ScAtt, TG|MuteAce, BDG|ForeverKing and many more.

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Snake, Mario, Greninja, Roy, and 37 others were represented at DreamHack Atlanta 2019's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate top 64

DreamHack Atlanta 2019 is the big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event this weekend. Notable competitors like eU|Samsora, Liquid|Dabuz, MVG|DarkWizzy, PG|Marss, Cosmos, Rogue|Light, APE|Goblin, PG|ESAM, TSM|Tweek, SSG|LeoN, and nearly 650 other entrants are present.

This presents us with the opportunity to look at the characters used within the top 64 portion of the bracket. Do feel free to draw comparisons to our community voted tier list.

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Breath of the Wild Link's bomb drop loops can lead to insane damage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and this is only the beginning

Link in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is generally seen as being a fairly average character, but he doesn't often see much representation at tournaments. In our community voted tier list, Link is currently ranked at the 32nd position.

Having said all that, is it possible that this character has some hidden juice that has the potential to skyrocket him up the tier lists? FURY|RaZe recently posted a clip of some Link shenanigans that might have that effect if a certain strategy is mastered.

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Terry Bogard's Rising Tackle is the first traditional fighting game charge special in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, GimR details its advanced tricks

VGBC|GimR has clearly been spending some time labbing Terry Bogard in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate since his release. Like Ryu and Ken, Terry has some unique mechanics that has him feeling like a more traditional fighting game character.

Although this is something that does exist in the Street Fighter series, charge specials are completely alien to Ryu and Ken. Terry Bogard, on the other hand, is capable of improving the overall utility of his up special, the Rising Tackle, by charging down first.

There are a number of intricate details regarding Terry's Rising Tackle that only a true lab monster can uncover. Needless to say, GimR has released a video that sums up his findings.

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Fatal Fury fans are putting Mai Shiranui in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via custom, extra bouncy stages

When Masahiro Sakurai mentioned Mai Shiranui during his Terry Bogard presentation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, telling fans that the character was essentially too sexual to be included even as a background NPC, the internet basically caught flame. The ensuing backlash has seen a number of Smashers insert Mai into the game by creating her in the custom stage mode.

Ms. Shiranui has been an iconic part of SNK fighting games for nearly 30 years now and has had an unequivocal theme of sexuality about her since day one. That said, Bayonetta, a character that has been in Smash for a few years now, also has an overtly sexual nature and still made her way into Ultimate as a playable roster member.

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Jigglypuff's buffed down air is scaring me and will scare you too in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The 6.0.0 patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came out alongside Terry Bogard. It's still early, but you can vote on where you think Terry goes on the tier list.

Jigglypuff is one of the low tiers who received substantial buffs in this patch. As a result, we are seeing a terrifying, new Jigglypuff — enough to where some pros, like GimR, are calling her high-tier now.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Version 6.1.0 update is now live fixing Terry Bogard's freeze glitch

Mr. Terry Bogard has been available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for just over a week now, but he apparently put the developers in a bit of an awkward situation where they needed to update the game again ASAP.

The previously announced Version 6.1.0 update for Smash Ultimate is now available to download to the Nintendo Switch though its primary directive is to fix a bug involving Terry that would freeze a match in its tracks.

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Early Terry Bogard match up chart for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released by Locus

Terry Bogard was only released just last week. Although it might be too early to accurately detail Terry's match ups against the other 78 characters in the game, Locus has released a "very preliminary" match up chart for Terry Bogard. Do keep in mind that Locus mostly went about doing this while bored at an airport.

Again, it can't be emphasized enough that this specific chart is likely intended to be a very early look at Terry's potential, if only to get the discussion going. Chances are extremely high that this will be inaccurate in the long run.

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The most important things we hope are changed for Street Fighter 5's next season, Guilty Gear 2020 commentary, and Mai is too sexy for Smash

Season 4 of Street Fighter 5 has been regarded by a number of community members as the worst to date thanks to Capcom's lack of communication in the first two thirds of the year, but we're now fast approaching a refresh point and thus have a few important changes in mind for the game.

From general gameplay to user experience and communication practices, Catalyst and I go over the particulars of what we'd like to see altered as we head into 2020.

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What I'd like to see in version 6.1.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — more buffs to the low tiers please

With a new balance patch incoming, what is on my wish list? There are many things I'd like to see with this patch.

As the patch will most likely fix a Terry Bogard soft lock glitch, we can only hope for more changes that affect the balance of the game. This could be like the patch 3.1.0, which came out a month after Joker was released. Notably, version 3.1.0 implemented the highest number of balance adjustments to the game thus far.

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Manual inputs are tough — Here's a video on how you can stop messing up Terry Bogard's inputs in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Locus has been one of the few Smash players familiar with manual inputs since using Ryu in Super Smash Bros. 4. Special moves with alternate inputs appear to be the gimmick for characters that hail from traditional fighting games.

Many Smash players who haven't got much fighting game experience outside the series are struggling with the inputs for Terry Bogard. As a result, Locus has made a guide to assist the people so it can be easier.

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This Hero player gets an unlucky break and turns it into a ridiculous Snooze KO in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

We have seen our fair share of Hero shenanigans in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate over the last few months. Different top players have all tried to pick him up, it seems, with varying degrees of success.

The random nature of the fighter continues to baffle many despite the lack of results. This clip from Hebomask shows us both sides of Hero's random coin in a single play.

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Leaker Vergeben supposedly disconfirms three more characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's fifth DLC of the Fighters Pass

Terry Bogard was released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just last week. Although there is only one more fighter left for the first Fighters Pass, Nintendo has not yet revealed their identity.

As is always the case for the Super Smash Bros. series, anticipation for characters is exceedingly high. Rumors tend to spread like wildfire as a result.

A notable leaker, Vergeben, had already previously made a statement declaring that a certain rumored combatant actually won't be part of the fifth DLC package of the Fighters Pass. Recently, another three fighters were also supposedly disconfirmed by Vergeben.

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Larry Lurr details the five easiest characters to learn in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Larry Lurr has been a top player across multiple games in the Smash discography. His expertise is one that is taken quite seriously.

Known for playing multiple fighters across each iteration, he can speak confidently on Smash. In one of his recent videos, he details his opinion on the five of the easiest fighters to learn in the game, which is perfect for those who want to get their bearings before jumping into the more technical fighters.

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