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Ryu's new Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition V-Trigger looks familiar...

Over the weekend we saw the latest Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition trailer, which gave us our first real glimpse at some of the new V-Triggers we'll be seeing at launch.

Naturally, the Street Fighter poster boy was included in the trailer festivities. Ryu's new V-Trigger, as far as we can tell, gives him a powered up parry that grounds the opponent and puts them into a crumple state, allowing for a follow up attack.

Twitter user Jon W pointed out that the animation for this new V-Trigger looks strikingly similar to Ryu's parry in Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode.

By pressing forward + both heavy buttons in Omega Mode, Ryu can absorb an oncoming attack -- he can parry multiple hits by using the same input and the proper timing. If you press all three punches at the time of parrying, Ryu with fire back with a large strike that sends the opponent flying toward the corner of the stage.

Though the effect of the attack is different -- as we mentioned previously, in Street Fighter 5 Ryu gets a crumple state -- the animation is nearly identical.

It would seem that, in Ryu's case, Capcom took some inspiration from Omega Mode to design the new V-Trigger. We can't help but wonder if there are more clues of what's to come hidden in the Ultra Street Fighter 4 game mode.

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Capcom Pro Tour North America Regional Finals at Red Bull Battlegrounds results ft. Punk, NuckleDu, Justin Wong, Smug

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we're being treated to the Red Bull Battlegrounds, where the Capcom Pro Tour North American Regional Finals are being hosted, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The North American finals, taking place on Sunday, will feature PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Justin Wong, Rise|Smug, 801 Strider, Idom and Brian_F battling it out against eachother alongside one more player - the winner of the last chance qualifier.

The last chance qualifier is taking place today, and with almost 250 people from the region participating, you can bet there's going to be serious competition for that last spot.

Players participating in the last chance qualifier include CYG|Snake Eyez, SB|JB, Tempo|Alex Myers, EG|K-Brad, Circa|LPN, Circa|Wolfkrone, Noble|Vagabond, SB|Dieminion, XSK Samurai, OG|Shine, WBG|CJ Truth, Nephew, Tampa Bison and many more.

The event will also feature Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Ultra Street Fighter 4 played at high levels, with many top players flown out, such as Aniken, Otochun, Sugiyama and Pepeday, though it's been confirmed that unfortunately only the top 3 for each of the games will be streamed.

Streaming for the Street Fighter 5 events will take place at Capcom Fighters.

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Poll results: Which characters that debuted in Street Fighter 4 would you want to see as DLC for Season 3 of Street Fighter 5?

Updated 10:18 a.m. PDT, Wed November 15, 2017: And the results are in! To see how our readers voted, be sure to hit the jump.

Earlier: Street Fighter 4 had plenty of newcomers to the series, especially considering that there were five different editions for this game. Four of the five brought new characters into the fold.

As of right now, we only have Juri as a returning character from Street Fighter 4. There's plenty of room for more characters.

Gouken, Hakan, Abel, C. Viper, El Fuerte, Rufus, Oni, Poison, and Seth are the choices this time. There's no "all of these characters" option as that would make the decision making process a little too simple.

Note that Decapre has not been included in this poll since she was a part of the dolls poll.

Hit the jump below to check out the poll. Note that you'll be able to vote up five times in this particular poll.

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Pepeday talks with Red Bull on returning to competition, the match that changed his life, and why he never left Street Fighter 4

The year was 2014 and Street Fighter 4 was nearing its final chapters. The community had widely figured that those who were going to rise to the top of the competitive scene had already done so, but one Japanese player rushed to jump aboard the hype train at the very last minute.

Yudai "Pepeday" Furushima wowed audiences when he exploded onto the Ultra Street Fighter 4 scene with one of the most unique El Fuerte game plans (or perhaps, brilliant lack thereof) the community had ever seen.

It was a rare sight to see El Fuerte in the latter brackets of tournaments, let alone to see one giving players like CYG|Daigo Umehara a run for their money. Pepeday's charisma and strong skill set made him a fan favorite both in and out of gameplay.

Street Fighter 4's time in the central spotlight abruptly ended upon the release of Street Fighter 5 in early 2016, and Pepeday was one of the many players that disappeared with the game, much to the dismay of his numerous fans.

We're excited to say that the charismatic Japanese player will be attending Red Bull Battle Grounds next weekend in Boston, and has sat down for an interview with Red Bull to catch us up on what he's been up to, and what we can expect in the near future.

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From Vanilla to Ultra; a look at the history of Street Fighter 4 to predict what Street Fighter 5's future may have in store

We're two years into Street Fighter 5 now, and close to the highly anticipated release of Arcade Edition, which promises to add new spice to the game in the form of second V-Triggers for all along with new single player modes and probable new characters.

These sorts of updates are very common, and happened all throughout the course of virtually every Street Fighter throughout the franchise's storied history.

Seeing as we're right on the verge of a major update, this is a good time to take a look back and compare the evolution of Street Fighter 4 to perhaps get an idea of where things may go with Street Fighter 5.

We're looking to learn a few things: How did gameplay change? How did the single player modes change? What was the community response at the time? I'll be diving into all that and more, starting with the initial release of Street Fighter 4.

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I finally figured out why I love playing as Abigail in Street Fighter 5

I just can't seem to stop playing Abigail in Street Fighter 5, and now I know why.

In the weeks leading up to the giant fighter's July reveal, the rumblings of Abigail's potential playable inclusion left me immensely excited. However, what was ultimately shown in his official gameplay trailer differed quite a bit from what I had initially pictured, and understandably, I was completely torn.

Despite this, I jumped straight into playing the powerful titan upon release, and he quickly became my new main character. There are obvious reasons why I enjoy running as Abigail in Street Fighter 5 -- his mix ups, counter, big damage, and overall wacky design -- but just a few days ago I had a revelation.

There was something about this fighter that really kept me hooked, and I couldn't pinpoint what it was exactly. Now, I've figured it out: Abigail's charged heavy punches in V-Trigger are, essentially, Street Fighter 4's Focus Attack mechanic.

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Lap Chi says that he played Blanka in USF4 because he likes to troll in interview about Canada Cup, SF5, esports, kickboxing, and more

BornFree recently had a chance to sit down with Lap Chi for an interview. This is the tournament organizer behind the Canada Cup tournament.

They talk about Canada Cup, its history, and its future. Moving forward, Lap Chi indicated that he wants the primary focus to be on team tournaments, more specifically country vs. country.

Lap Chi also has some advice for up and coming tournament organizers. He specifically mentions that you want to always under-calculate these days -- in other words, don't predict that a hundred people will show up and expect it for profits.

He also reveals the reason why he played Blanka in Ultra Street Fighter 4. It's supposedly in his personality to troll.

Still, he appears to be conflicted about the idea of having Blanka return in Street Fighter 5. Specifically he mentions that he doesn't really have the time to pt into Street Fighter 5 whereas he can easily just refresh himself in Street Fighter 4.

At the very end on the video, Lap Chi mentions that he participated in a kickboxing match with a friend of his, where he was victorious. Unfortunately, the video has not yet been released on social media.

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'Japan is sleeping on [Laura], but she's not as strong as the current top 5' - 801 Strider talks Laura's tier placing, going from SF4 to SF5 and more

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

First up, we have Gustavo "801 Strider" Romero. In this interview, he talks about transitioning from Street Fighter 4 to Street Fighter 5, his opinions on how good Laura actually is, hopes for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and much more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: You made quite the name for yourself during the Street Fighter 4 series, but we didn't see much of you in Street Fighter 5 last year. Is there any particular reason you were absent for a while before returning in full force for this season?

801 Strider: This was a very difficult transition for me personally. I really started to find my footing as one of the best during the later part of Street Fighter 4's life. I had just achieved a dream in qualifying for Capcom Cup, and now the game was over. All that time practicing, studying, and obsessing, gone. I had to start all over from scratch.

I didn't embrace change and resisted it. I would crap on SF5 at any opportunity I had and refused to see it for what it was. My playstyle and tactics didn't work in this game, so naturally I blamed the game instead of myself. This continued for a long time until I decided to stop bitching and actually improve. This season was a result of that.

Continue below for the full interview.

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Think Ibuki is scary in Street Fighter 5? Here are 30 sequences that made her look ridiculous in Street Fighter 4

Widely regarded as one of the strongest characters (perhaps the strongest) in Season 2, Ibuki is an explosive powerhouse in Street Fighter 5.

The young ninja made her debut back in Street Fighter 3, and has a pretty good attendance record over the last two decades. Though she wasn't usually pegged as one of the best in the vortex-heavy Street Fighter 4 she was capable of some of the game's flashiest sequences.

LiangHu has compiled footage of some of the best Ibuki's to hit the online world, including the likes of Sonyono, ErdemTEC and Valmaster.

Some of the victims in this showcase have familiar names, as you'll notice PG|Punk's Ken, Liquid|NuckleDu's Guile and others get hit with kunai, neck breakers and Tsumujis galore.

For those that played a good amount of both SF4 and SF5, which version do you think she's more threatening in?

Here's a reset-riddled segment that sees Ibuki go absolutely ham on a poor Gouken who never deserved any of this:

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Canada Cup 2017 results ft Punk, JDCR, NuckleDu, Yukadon, Armada

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Canada Cup 2017 is finally upon us, and it's taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This event is huge for a number of reasons - it's a Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event, in fact, the final one besides the remaining Regionals in Latin America and North America and a Battle for the Stones Event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Besides this, it's also got huge prizes on the line for other games, so you'll see some extremely high-level battles in Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, and other games are also going to have tournaments featured - namely, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice 2, King of Fighters 14 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

As always, there will also be the traditional Street Fighter 5 5v5 tournament between countries or regions in the world, so there's a lot to enjoy from this event.

Of course, an event can't be more than the players participating, which luckily makes Canada Cup 2017 into a hell of an event with almost 300 players participating in Street Fighter 5, and over 100 each in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 4, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7 and the classic, but not forgotten, Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Here's a sample of the players you can expect to see this weekend: PG|Punk, FOX|JDCR, Liquid|NuckleDu, YouDeal|Yukadon, Alliance|Armada, CYG|Daigo, FOX|Mew2King, GRPT|Fuudo, TSM|Leffen, Mouz|Problem X, Gachikun, CO|Dogura, FOX|MKLeo, C9|Ally, BX3|Phenom, FOX|Justin Wong, MSF|Larry Lurr, FOX|Momochi, CYG|Snake Eyez, LordKnight, RB|Luffy, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Mago, Ponos|Moke, P1|Duck, CO|Go1, ALG|n0ne, Scarz|Sako, KJH, EMG|KirbyKaze and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Battle for the Stones, Canada Cup, Canada Cup 2, Canada Cup 3 and Canada Cup 4.

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LiangHuBBB highlights Erdem's ability to consistently loop Chun-Li's infinite in Street Fighter 4

So given, keeping Chun-Li's lightning leg loops going in Street Fighter 4 is pretty difficult. It's dependent on what character the opponent picks as it relies on some weird hurtbox shifting.

Despite this, LiangHuBBB claims that a player by the name of Erdem "rarely drops any links." Supposedly he "does nothing other than repeating 1 frame combos all day long until he gets to this level."

It's certainly a very impressive display from this player. You really have to appreciate how difficult it is to keep this going for so long.

Imagine if players could consistently perform Chun-Li's loops in Street Fighter 4. It would definitely make a number of characters nearly unviable in the tournament scene.

While the damage does scale after awhile, the combo just keeps on going and going. It pretty much becomes a one player game at that point.

Take a look at the damage that can be accrued versus Abel -- the combo lasted for 36 in-game seconds before Abel's health finally gave out:

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Hit the jump below to check out the video.

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Toushinsai 2017 results ft. Machabo, Omito, Ogawa, Nage

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's a big one for arcade games, because the annual Toushinsai event is taking place in Japan.

As is customary, all games at this event will be played on Arcade.

This event is also the host to the ArcRevo Cup, so ArcSys games hold a special place at the event.

Games being played here include Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, King of Fighters 14: Arcade Version, Pokkén Tournament, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Ultra Street Fighter 4, Nitro Blasterz Plus: Heroines' Infinite Duel, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Arcana Heart 3: Love MAX!, Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Blade Arcus, Koihime Enbu and Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade.

There will obviously be a ton of players attending, but just to name a few you'll get to see: Machabo, Omito, Ogawa, Nage, Kazunoko, Garireo, N-O, Dora, Samitto, Rion, FAB, Yoshiki, Karinchu, Fumo and Hasegawa.

Streaming is being done at Toushinsai Official TV.

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The Fall Classic 2017 results ft. XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, JoeyFury, Speedkicks

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the many big events going on this weekend is The Fall Classic 2017, taking place in North Carolina.

This is a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you can bet the Tekken beasts will be out in full force. It's also a key event to the Dead or Alive Battle Royale, so we recommend paying attention to the high level of play in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round as well.

Besides that, the event will also feature tournament play in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat XL.

Another notable factoid about this tournament is that several top level 3rd Strike players from Japan have flown out to compete, so you can expect to see some Co-operation Cup tier gameplay coming your way.

There are also potential to increase the pot size of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as well as get some hype exhibition matches. For more details regarding this, go to this Matcherino page.

Players attending this even include, but are not limited to, XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, ITS|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, Kokujin, RX, ITS|Princess Ling, Circa|JoeyD, Xcel|SperoGin, Issei, Rip, Jimmy J Tran, VS|Pokchop, Chi-Rithy, Yakkun and Noble|Vagabond.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Tekken, Funky P, KPB Live and Exodus 3rd.

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The Mixup 2017 results ft. JDCR, GamerBee, Luffy, Problem X

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Mixup 2017 is taking place this weekend in Lyon, France.

The event is divvied up into three showcase events for the main games, entitled Street Grand Battle, Tekken Grand Battle and Guilty Gear Grand Battle, although it also features other games as well.

A notable aspect of the event is that it is a Master Event for the Tekken World Tour and a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour.

Besides these three, you'll be able to catch action-filled gameplay of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

As for who's going to be there, you can expect to see FOX|JDCR, ZW|GamerBee, RB|Luffy, Mouz|Problem X, MD|MisterCrimson, Method|Packz, Prophecy|Akainu, Millénium|Will2Pac, Method|Cobelcog, Infused|ImStillDaDaddy, Infused|Afii, Arkham|Caiper, EnVyUS|NassimClaw, EnVyUS|Layo, Mouz|CCL, EnVyUS|TKR and many more.

English-language streaming will be done at Unequalled Media and Tekken.

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I would not be who I am today without Street Fighter

Three decades of Hadokens, Dragon Punches, Sonic Booms, and Spinning Bird Kicks; today is Street Fighter's 30th birthday.

The very first Street Fighter title saw an arcade release on August 30th, 1987. From there, the series went on to spawn many of the staples we see in most fighting games today, an army of memorable characters -- some of which are among the most iconic in gaming history -- and a long legacy of amazing, competitive titles.

Street Fighter's impact on fighting games, and gaming in general, is indisputable, and to this day I owe much to its existence. Simply put, I would not be the person I am today without it.

When the original Street Fighter made its debut, I was about negative four-years-old. This, however, did not stop me from eventually stumbling upon the series and it becoming a very important part of my life.

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Streetfighterlegacy's Street Fighter 30th year anniversary digital artbook features a lot of unique styles and talent in this fan collaboration

The very first Street Fighter game was released back in August 30, 1987. We are rapidly approaching the 30th year anniversary of the Street Fighter series.

Streetfighterlegacy decided to take this opportunity to celebrate this occasion. It was decided that a digital artbook would be created using the work of the fans.

What is particularly unique about this celebration is that any fan work that was submitted would not be turned down, so long as it adhered to the rules. Artwork had to be family friendly, couldn't just be a reproduction, and had to have been made specifically for this collaboration (or at least wasn't present anywhere else on the internet).

As a result, many different styles and levels of talent are present in this project. This wasn't just a celebration of Street Fighter, but was also one of for its fans.

They were even able to get some work from Christian Howard, who has apparently studied in art. Christian Howard, in case you didn't know, is the man responsible for the Assassin's Fist series.

We were provided with a few samples of artwork for the sake of getting everybody started.

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King of Fighters and Street Fighter characters come to life through LGgreen15's fighting game artwork

Today we're bringing you some inspired fighting game art from lggreen15.

The talented Japanese artist has a fairly clear preference for SNK characters, though we do see a handful of a sprinkling of some of Street Fighter's old men with that beautiful trio of Gen, Gouken and Oro as well as a few Third Strike favorites.

As is the case with a handful of the artists we've recently featured here on EventHubs, LG shows off an artistic range with images that come off as more cartoonish as well as those that have a more realistic look to them.

If you like what you see, you should check out LG's Pixiv page for more of their work.

Please sound off in the comments with your reactions, and let us know which of these were your favorites.

The first six images in the gallery are right here, with the rest of it waiting below.

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