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Top Melee player Leffen has been among the top ranked players in Dragon Ball FighterZ for both the PC and PlayStation 4

"Smash is not a fighting game." These words often come up in online forums and posts when the topic of Smash Bros. is talked about in fighting game related scenarios.

Most people that make this claim tend not to realize that many Smashers, including myself, don't really care if others take on this opinion. There's never been much of a desire to prove that Smash Bros., at a high level, require many of the same fundamentals of traditional fighting games to those that did not believe as much.

While there are those that would try to discredit the scene behind the games, the players are spending their time improving and simply having fun with the game. The idea that a Smash player couldn't be successful in other fighters has already been disproven.

Christopher Gonzalez, better known as EG|NYChrisG, was often regarded as one of the greatest Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players. His team of Morrigan, Doctor Doom, and Vergil is infamous. It's likely that not many people know about Chris's origins in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community.

William "TSM|Leffen" Hjelte is also a player that has made a name for himself in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community as a result of his desire to perfect his own gameplay. It is clear that he has the potential to be one of the top level competitors for Dragon Ball FighterZ, if he should choose that route.

He's been playing on both the PC and the PlayStation 4 versions of the game. At different times, he was ranked #1 on the PC and #5 on the PlayStation 4 (he may have even gone as high as #3, but this isn't shown in the below images).

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Should Super Smash Bros. 4 events ban Bayonetta? The prospect is being highly discussed in the Smash community right now

Ever since Bayonetta was released in Super Smash Bros., the character has been quite a controversial topic for the community. It was immediately apparent to many players that she was the best fighter in the game.

Eventually, Nintendo released a patch that was dedicated only to nerfing this witch. All of a sudden, many were calling her out as being unviable. Was this particular combatant nerfed too heavily?

Evidently, this ended up not being the case. As of right now, most top players recognize Bayonetta as being #1 in terms of tier lists. It is often said that she has no bad match ups in the game.

With all the successes that players have had with the character, there are now those that are calling for a ban in singles. The only other character that received this type of treatment was Meta Knight in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

So why is Bayonetta considered to be so strong? Let's take a closer look at this Umbra Witch's traits.

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Bayonetta 2 for the Switch has a special Smash Bros. Easter egg that wasn't present in the Wii U version

Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U was originally released in North America on October 24, 2014. The newest Switch version, however, came out only just yesterday on February 16, 2018.

Within the coding of Bayonetta 2 for the Nintendo Switch is an Easter egg that was not present in the original game. In order to access the hidden feature, you simply need to scan a Super Smash Bros. Bayonetta Amiibo.

When you do this, you get a letter from the character known as "Rodin." In the letter, he mentions to Bayonetta that something came in from a certain "fight club" that she participates in with "them all-stars."

This is a clear indication that points to the Super Smash Bros. series. Is this simply referencing the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash Bros., or is it referring to a brand new invitation?

Some fans have even been speculating that Rodin will be in the next Smash title as a result of this Easter egg. That certainly could be interesting to see.

Remember that Nintendo filed a new Smash Bros. logo trademark not too long ago. Still, the most likely outcome is that this secret is simply a fun little quirk about the game.

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Frostbite 2018 results ft. Salem, Tweek, Dabuz, Komorikiri, Mr. R

Update: This story has been updated with day 1 results.

Frostbite 2018 is taking place this weekend in Dearborn, Michigan.

This is almost a Super Smash Bros. 4 exclusive event, which it will feature Singles and Doubles events for, but the sole title that will also have a Singles tournament besides that is Rivals of Aether.

It's a two-day event, so there's going to be plenty of action to enjoy throughout the weekend, to be sure.

With over 800 entrants for Smash 4, this definitely isn't a pushover of an event. You can expect to see some real tooth-and-nail fighting to reach the end.

As for the players participating, you can expect to see Liquid|Salem, P1|Tweek, RNG|Dabuz, 2GG|Komorikiri, BC|Mr. R, P1|CaptainZack, EMP|WaDi, Cosmos, Marss, PG|Esam, Circa|Locus, Samsora, PG|MVD and many more. Also fun to point out is that two of the Super Smash Bros. Melee gods are present, Liquid|Hungrybox and FOX|Mew2King, and while this obviously isn't the game they're known for, it'll be fun to see how far they can make it in the bracket, especially FOX|Mew2King who has had some stellar placings in Smash 4 in the past.

Streaming is being done at MVG League, Unrivaled Tournaments and Gooshi Gaming.

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HungryBox was featured in a local Fox News story on his professional Super Smash Bros. Melee career and eSports momentum

At this point, Super Smash Bros. Melee is over 16 years old. Despite this, it is a game that is still very relevant in terms of the amount of competition still out there.

One of the best players in the world (currently ranked #1 in the world), Juan "Liquid|HungryBox" DeBiedma, is someone you might know about if you followed the scene at all. Despite having a degree in chemical engineering, he has opted for a career in competitive gaming.

HungryBox's impressive feats have caught the attention of a local Fox News station. He was recently featured in a news story that aired on television.

As a result of this, he was directly interviewed for the cameras. The game itself was also shown while HungryBox was playing. During story, it was mentioned that HungryBox had accrued over $97,000 in 2017, according to esportsearnings.com.

The main point of the story is to show the rising popularity of the eSports scene. The headline displayed at the bottom throughout the entire story is titled "E-Sports Gains Popularity."

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The EVO 2018 game lineup will be announced on February 6th, so let's speculate - Which games seem like locks, and which games might be in trouble?

After the massive hype of EVO Japan 2018, EVO staffer MarkMan stepped up on stage and gave people some hype stuff to look forward to. First of all, EVO Japan was confirmed to return next year, to much joy, but we were also promised that the EVO 2018 lineup will be officially unveiled on February 6th.

Getting the official EVO lineup is always a very big deal, and everyone's always sweating it, hoping that they're game of choice will make the cut.

Of course, every year we keep hearing about 7 games for the EVO lineup, and while EVO Japan did indeed cut off at 7 titles, EVO in Las Vegas has actually stuck with 9 games for the last 3 years running.

While there's no way of telling how many games are going to be part of EVO 2018 until we get the official announcements over and done with, we can still have a look at how various games' chances seem to be stacking up, leading up to the February 6 reveal.

So, what does the situation look like for the games that are battling for a coveted main stage spot at EVO 2018? You can find my thoughts on the matter below, where I've divided it up in two categories, with 6 games I think are locks, and 6 games I think are in trouble.

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Abadango JV3 stocks Kameme with his Bayonetta while MKLeo cheats death from a spike by teching onto the stage - EVO Japan Smash highlights

EVO Japan wrapped up its events just yesterday. They had tournaments dedicated to Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Smash Bros. 4, and more.

We've already had posts dedicated to the highlights for Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7. Now it's time to focus on some of the moments that occurred during the Super Smash Bros. 4 event.

There was some top tier talent present at the top eight portion of the tournament. Players in attendance included FOX|MKLeo, Abadango, DNG|Kameme, DNG|Nietono, Choco, KEN, 2GG|Komorikiri, and Shky.

Our first highlight focuses on the skirmish that occurred between Kameme and Komorikiri. While Kameme was using his infamous Mega Man, Komorikiri was using... Roy?

Komorikiri was having some difficulties dealing with Mega Man's impressive neutral game. He was behind a stock and was already in the red percents.

Kameme wasn't letting off the pressure despite Komorikiri getting past his edge guard attempt. A bad roll from Roy resulted in a Mega Upper (Mega Man's up tilt) to take his last stock of the first match.


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EVO Japan 2018 results ft. Tokido, Omito, JDCR, E.T., MenaRD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another EVO event is upon us, and for the first time it's taking place on eastern shores, namely in Tokyo, Japan.

We've detailed the amount of entrants for this event already, and they are gargantuan. Every single game present is going to have some ridiculous gameplay coming your way, so stay tuned.

It's honestly impossible to even begin to list the amount of notable players attending, there are up to 4000 unique attendants after all, so let's just summarize by saying that if the player you're looking for lives in Asia, they're there. If they don't live in Asia, odds are still pretty good that they're there. For some brief insight into who's attending, you can check out our event preview.

The games being played in an official capacity at this tournament are Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14 and ARMS.

Besides that, there's a huge wealth of side tournaments being played, which we will do our best to cover as well. You can find the stream list for side events at Kakuge Checker.

English language streaming is being done at EVO and Capcom Fighters, as well as dedicated game streams in Japanese for ARMS, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. 4, Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

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Street Fighter 5's salty runback potential, Guilty Gear on home turf, Tekken gods clash, Smash brings the character specialists - EVO Japan preview

With EVO Japan 2018 around the corner, it only felt pertinent to jot up a preview for the event for all of our loyal readers.

Although I already did one piece that talked about the entrant numbers for each game, this time I will be focusing more on what to expect from the event from each game, beyond just the large entrant sizes.

The year has only just begun, but we're going to see a gathering of some of the best players in the entire world, and the place these battles will take place is in Japan, the home of some of the most legendary players the genre has ever seen.

With 7 titles getting main stage action, this is going to be a very big deal, so you'd best tune in and enjoy the show when it kicks off Friday morning Japan Standard Time.

Until then, here's some information and a few writeups to tide you over.

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EVO Japan's entrants are through the roof - Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and KoF shatter their EVO 2017 numbers while SF5 and Tekken 7 are on par with theirs

EVO Japan is happening this very week, and it's hard to deny that the buzz has been fairly low compared to what it usually is for the "regular" EVO event.

It's understandable - this is a new endeavor, and even though it carries the EVO name, it hasn't been proven to be a juggernaut event, contrary to the original and its storied history.

But looking at the entrants, the hype should be much higher for this event, because it is in fact on par with EVO for both Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, and way higher for several other titles.

Let's have a look at just how big EVO Japan is shaping up to be in its inaugural year.

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Armada is sent to losers by Plup's... Zelda? Meanwhile, Mistake evens the odds against Salem with a sacrificed stock - Genesis 2018 Smash highlights

One of the biggest Smash Bros. events of the year, Genesis 2018, concluded over the weekend. Super Smash Bros. 64, Melee, and Smash 4 were the games of the event.

Players in attendance included PG|Plup, Liquid|Hungrybox, TSM|Leffen, Alliance|Armada, C9|Mango, Tempo|Axe, FOX|MKLeo, EMG|Mistake, MVG|Salem, NRG|Nairo, PG|MVD, RNG|Dabuz, PG|ESAM, BC|Mr. R, PG|SuPeRbOoMfAn, Alvin, as well as others.

As you might expect, each of these players were typically dedicated to a single game. Those who were playing Melee weren't really seen playing Smash 4.

Since this was such a big event, we have highlights for each of the games. These showcase some of the coolest moments that occurred in the top eight portions.

First up is Smash 64. The grand finals saw SuPeRbOoMfAn's Captain Falcon go up against Alvin's Pikachu.

SuPeRbOoMfAn ended up making a number of bold plays in order to win the tournament. He either has really good reads or fantastic reactions.


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Genesis 5 results ft Armada, Hungrybox, Mango, Salem, Nairo

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Perhaps the biggest Smash event of them all is taking place this weekend in Oakland, California.

That's right, Genesis is back with Genesis 5, and it's as big as ever.

With 1365 entrants for Super Smash Bros. Melee and 674 entrants for Super Smash Bros. 4, this really is the type of event where anyone who's anyone is going to be there.

Just for a sampling though, here are some of the players set to attend - Alliance|Armada, Liquid|Hungrybox, C9|Mango, MVG|Salem, NRG|Nairo, FOX|Mew2King, TSM|Leffen, FOX|MKLeo, PG|Plup, CLG|SFAT, P1|Tweek, RNG|Dabuz, Tempo|Axe, G2|Westballz, MSF|Larry Lurr, RNG|Swedish Delight, CLG|VoiD, C9|Ally, IMT|Shroomed, BC|Mr. R, Liquid|ChuDat, Frys|Wizzrobe, CLG|PewPewU, BSD|Elegant, EMG|Mistake, Duck, SPY|Nintendude, EMP|WaDi, P1|CaptainZack, Cosmos, ALG|n0ne, Lucky, Dynasty|SilentWolf, IMT|ANTi, MSF|LaLuna, SS|Colbol, PG|Esam, Samsora and many more.

Of course, there are many other games being played at the event as well. You can expect top level tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 64, Rivals of Aether, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Pokkén Tournament DX, as well as some non-fighting games such as Splatoon 2 and Dance Dance Revolution Extreme.

Streaming is being done at VG Boot Camp, Melee Everyday, Even Matchup Gaming, Sak Gaming TV, SSB64, Showdown GG, Endgame TV 1, IPlayWinner and SF Evolved.

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Frosty Faustings X results ft. SonicFox, LostSoul, MarlinPie, Punk, ElvenShadow

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the biggest North American events for Guilty Gear is happening this weekend, namely Frosty Faustings X, in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Of course, this isn't just a Guilty Gear-focused event, far from it. There'll be tons of games played here, including the first major Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament .

Games being featured at this event are Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Super Smash Bros. Melee, Vampire Savior, Windjammers, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, King of Fighters 14, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Pokkén Tournament DX, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars, Killer Instinct, DiveKick: Addition Edition +, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending are plentiful, but just a few of them are FOX|SonicFox, WN|LostSoul, PG|MarlinPie, PG|Punk, FF|ElvenShadow, BjornSonOfBear, EG|NYChrisG, TGQ|HavocNoah, DA|Zidane, cR|Dekillsage, Foo, Circa|ForeverKing, RyanLV, Brian_F, Circa|Wolfkrone, PG|Coach Steve, NG|Obscure, KizzieKay, F3|Alucard, MC|GCYoshi13, Method|Flux, Doren2k, BxA|Squall, Circa|JoeyD, ITS|CuddleCore, FFN|Kyoku and of course many, many more.

This is a tournament with an extremely high amount of entrants - both Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition have almost 250 entrants each, while Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Windjammers and the intriguing Mystery Game Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Mad City GG, RS Blackrose, Team Spooky, Unrivaled Tournaments and Will English IV.

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'I'm not competing anymore, for now' - ZeRo announces his hiatus from competitive Smash 4

Toward the end of last year, we found ourselves pondering who exactly was the fighting game community's most dominant player. After quite a bit of consideration, our final answer wasn't a player from the Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat arenas, it was the 22 year old Smash 4 champion, Gonzalo "TSM|ZeRo" Barrios.

It's with a somber tone that we report Barrios' recent Twitter announcement stating his hiatus from competitive Smash 4 play.

In a three page statement, ZeRo expresses his need to escape the toxic situation he now finds himself in regarding his relationship to the game he's widely dominated for the last three and a half years. It seems the world class Smasher is not fully sold on the idea of a lifelong career as a competitive gamer.

"I want to allow myself to try and focus on something different," explains Barrios. "I want to release myself from the shackles of fear and prove [to] the little voice in the back of my head that I can succeed in something else."

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Kumite in Tennessee 2018 results ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Punk, MenaRD, Cloud805

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Kumite in Tennessee 2018 is taking place this weekend in... Well, Tennessee.

This event will as always be host to a bunch of different fighting games.

The games set to be played at the event are Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

There will also be special Ultra Fight Night Exhibition sets between FORT|Cloud805 and FOX|SonicFox in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, PG|Punk and Rise|MenaRD in Street Fighter 5 and Noble|Semiij and Circa|ForeverKing in Injustice 2.

As for players attending the event, besides the six listed above, you can expect to see ALG|Dragon, RNG|WhiteBoi, Rise|Smug, BC|HoneyBee, Circa|Wolfkrone, FOX|Scar, Mischief|NotEnoughDamage, BxA|StarCharger, PG|Coach Steve, BxA|Squall, Grr and many more.

Streaming is being done at PandaxGaming, NYCFurby, Typo House Games, Funky P, SixFortyFive and Music City Smash.

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EVO Japan final registration numbers released

Registration for EVO Japan is now closed, and tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar released the final numbers earlier today on his Twitter.

The fun begins January 26th and lasts through the 28th as Japan is finally getting the fighting game community's biggest yearly major on its home turf.

There are seven titles that will be played out on the event's main stage, including Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Smash 4, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14 and ARMS.

Of these, Street Fighter garnered the most entrants with over 2,000, but both Guilty Gear and Tekken were able to break the 1k barrier.

We'll be covering EVO Japan here on EventHubs, so you'll be able to watch the action and stay updated with the results. If you'd like to check out the registered entrants for any and all of the games being played, you can do so over at Smash.gg.

Click the thumbnail here to see the final numbers as tweeted by Mr. Wizard.

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Community creates Super Smash Bros. 4: Melee HD mod

It's not quite what fans have been clamoring about, but it certainly seems like a good start.

As you've probably heard, Super Smash Bros. players want to see an HD re-release of Melee. Often revered as the best title the franchise has to offer, Melee continues to have a strong competitive scene behind it despite its initial release being 16 years ago.

There has been no concrete news from Nintendo on this front, and often times in instances where fans want to see something made that developers aren't tackling, the community steps in. The same goes for Melee HD.

A new mod is being designed that aims to capture the essence of Melee's best qualities and transfer them over to Super Smash Bros. 4. We've seen a similar concept done back during the Brawl days with Project M.

The Melee HD mod reverts characters from the game back to their Melee counterparts, and adds Melee-esque components to new characters in Smash 4. On top of that, mechanics such as wave dashing and L-cancelling make a return.

This mod offers players a fast paced and combo-heavy experience. A trailer showing what Melee HD is all about has been released, and can be found after the jump.

Right now, the mod is in its beta phase and can be tried out by those who'd like to do so. For download information and more on the Super Smash Bros. Melee HD mod, check out the video's description.


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