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DreamHack Denver 2017 early results, streams ft. ZeRo, Hungrybox, Anakin, Mango, JoeyFury, Mew2King, Speedkicks, Larry Lurr, Princess Ling and more

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

DreamHack Denver 2017 is taking place this weekend, as the name suggests, in Denver, Colorado.

This is a Regional Event for the Tekken World Tour, with the accompanying $15,000 prize pool, and also has a $10,000 prize pool each for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4.

Besides these main games, the event also features Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Pokkén Tournament DX and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Notable players attending this event are numerous, and the list includes TSM|ZeRo, Liquid|Hungrybox, Anakin, C9|Mango, Circa|JoeyFury, FOX|Mew2King, PG|Speedkicks, MSF|Larry Lurr, UYU|Princess Ling, Jimmy J Tran, MVG|Salem, CLG|SFAT, LG|Abadango, G2|Westballz, Tempo|Axe, NG|Obscure, Tempo|S2J, Xcel|SperoGin, Liquid|ChuDat, vS|KoDee, BC|MikeHaze, Captain Faceroll and many more.

Obviously, a lot of people showed up to compete. There are 311 entrants in Super Smash Bros. Melee, 280 in Super Smash Bros. 4 and 149 in Tekken 7.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, DreamHack Smash and DreamHack Fighters.

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Red Bull Proving Grounds results ft. SonicFox, Punk, JoeyD, RayRay, Cloud805

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Red Bull Proving Grounds Fall Finale are taking place this weekend in Chicago, Illinois.

The main event here is the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Battle for the Stones tournament.

With three Battle for the Stones events already over and done with, it's growing more competitive to compete, and also to find out what these Infinity Stones will actually do in the final tournament. This event is host to the Power Stone which will grace the winner.

Besides Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, there's also a bunch of other games being played. You can expect to catch Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 at this event.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, Circa|JoeyD, PG|RayRay, FORT|Cloud805, PG|Coach Steve, Method|Flux, Rise|Marn, NBADC|DualKevin and many more.

Streaming is being done at Battle for the Stones and Red Bull eSports.

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Most of our readers think Street Fighter 5 is taking a step in the right direction with the upcoming changes

Update: This poll has been updated with the final results. Hit the jump below to check them out.

Earlier: Most of us are already aware of Street Fighter 5's rocky launch. It definitely scarred many people's perceptions of the game.

The single player content was quite lacking. The main mode for casual players to play at the time was... Survival Mode.

How about the online experience? Getting stables connections was definitely a lot harder back in the day and the servers felt very unstable at times.

It's also worth noting that the game launched with only 16 characters while missing a number of fan favorites. Expectations were a little high here considering Ultra Street Fighter 4's roster of 44 fighters.

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Tokido performs perhaps the dirtiest Raging Demon setup we've seen in Street Fighter 5

I suppose it is of no surprise that it is FOX|Tokido behind this Akuma setup. He did win EVO 2017 using this character, after all.

When you play against Tokido, you constantly need to watch the amount of space that exists between you and his Akuma. This is mostly true while Akuma's V-Trigger is active.

It seems as though that space is getting larger and larger. When you see attacks flying towards your character, you of course would want to block them rather than jumping away.

In this particular match, Tokido had only a sliver of life left against this Menat player. Eventually, he was able to get in close.

After having his standing medium kick blocked, there was a fair bit of distance between the two fighters. After this happened, Tokido used Akuma's V-Skill where he kicks upwards.

We saw the animation, but Tokido cancelled the animation into his Critical Art before the hitbox actually came out. That was the end of the match.

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After the jump, you can check out the video where this setup came from.

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Extra Battle has big potential to bolster Street Fighter 5's somewhat lacking in-game currency experience

I do appreciate Capcom's Fight Money system in Street Fighter 5, but I don't think that (in its current execution) it's anywhere close to what it could be in terms of adding excitement to the game.

Players can use Fight Money (FM) to purchase a variety of extra content for the game, including new characters, costumes, stages, background themes, titles and more.

This adds an extra mini-game to the SF5 experience, as users build up their savings and then use it to flesh out their game. I personally have a goal of grabbing all the Story Mode costumes (which cost 40k a piece) even though I don't use everyone in the cast.

New stages come out periodically, so I try to make sure to have at least 70k in my savings for whenever one drops. Once I get all the outfits purchasable with FM, the completionist in me will probably move on buying titles or menu themes.

For those that don't have the Season Pass, most all of your money is probably going toward purchasing the new DLC characters as they drop. Ultimately though, the process of grinding and spending FM in this game doesn't grant all that much satisfaction or feeling of reward.

The brand new Extra Battle Mode coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition might serve as a fix for this. BornFree nabbed some video recording from Capcom's SF5:AE presentation back at New York Comic Con this year. Here's the quick bit on the new Extra Battle feature:

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Gfinity Elite Series Season 2 current standings, early results ft. Luffy, MisterCrimson, Packz, Takamura, Infexious, Cobelcog, Akainu and more

Update: This story has been updated with week 3 results.

Gfinity Elite Series is back with a second season for Street Fighter 5, and will once more be taking place on Friday evenings on a weekly basis in the UK.

Much like last time, players have been drafted by 8 differnt teams and will be facing off in a team battle format.

There have been some rule changes since the last instance, though, with the team battles being best out of 7 matches, and the team order being predetermined.

There are many top level European players partaking in this event, including, but by no means limited to, RB|Luffy, EnVyUS|MisterCrimson, Method|Packz, Epsilon|Takamura, exceL|Infexious, Method|Cobelcog and Prophecy|Akainu.

Streaming is being done at Gfinity TV.

You can catch the action at 6PM local time every Friday. We've included a time zone conversion chart at the bottom of the story.

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New X-Kira Street Fighter 5 leak claims six more outfits on the way for Chun-Li , more nostalgia costumes and new Story Mode

At this point (if you count the special Crimson costume given only to YamadaTaro) Chun-Li has 12 costumes. According to X-Kira, there are plans to give her at least six more.

The data miner has released a video showing that he's found 31 upcoming costumes for 19 of Street Fighter 5's characters, a handful of them nostalgia.

We don't get to actually see any of these yet, but X-Kira has found slots for them on the actual character select screen. An unidentified theme is currently labeled only as "Set73," but is the most prevalent of the new outfits.

It seems Balrog, Birdie, Karin and Chun-Li will be getting nostalgia costumes at some point as well, which could mean we'll see Birdie back in his less rotund state.

X-Kira also shows a menu for a "General Story Volume 2" at the end of the video. We should remind that this is all unofficial, and that it could be quite some time before we see some of this new content if it does indeed come to fruition.

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Zeku has me more excited for a DLC fighter than I've been for a fighting game in a long time

I know, I know. DreamKing already did this type of article for Abigail while Catalyst did this for Menat (hence the banner). Now this is my post about how I'm excited for Zeku.

I suspect that you'll only be reading an article about how Velociraptor is excited for a character if Gouken is ever announced. I could be wrong, but he is likely sticking with Necalli until that happens.

We didn't plan things to happen like this. I certainly had no attachments to Guy's play style so I couldn't have predicted that I'd be excited for Zeku until his trailer launched.

When it was revealed that Zeku is essentially a stance character, I became very interested. This makes him essentially two characters in one.

It's pretty clear that both forms have their strengths and weaknesses. Still, just because one of the forms is good at one thing doesn't exclude that strength from the other form.

For example, both forms seem to have access to some nice damage possibilities.

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Ridiculous images featuring Spider-Man and the infinite loop, Zeku the dirty grandpa, and Akuma with his measuring tape

It's that time again. Time for another batch of images to have everyone rolling in laughter.

We have quite a number of themes going on here. As always, a lot of recent news served as the inspiration for a lot of these images.

While it's been patched out now, there was a time where Spider-Man had an infinite loop in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. This loop involved the Web Ball and Reality Stone.

Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition has been announced. Players were quick to note the golden interface.

And of course, we also have the announcement of Zeku as the upcoming character for Street Fighter 5. There are a number of memes going on with him considering his age, ability to get younger, connection to Guy, and more.

Check them out:

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Earn 6,100 Fight Money with this week's Street Fighter 5 missions

Street Fighter 5's missions are back and this time players can earn 6,100 Fight Money by completing all four.

Looking at this week's list, we see that the missions are repeats once again. As always, there are three straightforward challenges and one that requires a bit of digging.

"It's Only Missile Disarmament" is the cryptic mission and though it is one that we've already seen before, we'll be telling you how to complete it as a recap and an "in case you missed it."

With Zeku -- Season 2's final DLC character -- seeing an official release next week (October 24th), you'll definitely want scoop up as much Fight Money as you can to purchase him.

Check out the list of missions below.

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All new Sports costumes for Zangief, Kolin and Karin coming to Street Fighter 5

Street Fighter just announced via Twitter that a second round of sport-themed costumes are coming to Street Fighter 5.

This time it's Zangief, Kolin and Karin that're getting new outfits as they prepare to compete in their three respective competitions of choice.

Zangief looks like he's straight out of The Road Warrior, though perhaps his reference is actually a gladiator?

Keeping in step with her cold, Russian origins, Kolin dons a figure skater's uniform complete with white ice skates.

Being the rich girl that she is, Karin is ready for a day at the races as a horse jockey. All three of these release in just over four days along with Zeku on the 24th of October.

Check out all three in the gallery below, and let us know what you think of these.

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Thanks to Demon_00, User5, Groove_Heaven and Captain_Fire_Feet for sending this our way.

Ingrid costume in Street Fighter 5? Special outfits based on other Capcom characters may be coming to Arcade Edition

More unofficial news on the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition front today as X-Kira continues to reveal content that he claims he's found in the background files of the game.

One of the upcoming modes in SF5AE is an Extra Battle Mode that will offer a monthly chance for players to get their hands on special costumes for characters in the SF5 cast.

"In Extra Battle Mode, a new series of time exclusive challenges will be available for players to use their Fight Money for the chance to receive an exclusive premium outfit each month. Complete all four challenges each month and receive a special premium costume exclusive to this mode," reads the announcement from Shadaloo CRI.

X-Kira claims to have found evidence of no less than 15 of these costumes, all of which are based on Capcom characters from other franchises.

We haven't seen what any of these costumes would actually look like in game, with the exception of a Viewtiful Joe outfit for Rashid, but simply see the characters they'll be based on.

If true, this will mean we'll have a Dante version of one of the SF5 fighters, and perhaps an Ingrid costume for another. Thus far, X-Kira has uploaded five images that contain three characters each. You can explore them via the gallery here:

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Thanks to LeonX for sending this in.

Zeku, the ever-changing ninja, gets the Street Fighter 5 trading card treatment

Updated 11:01 a.m. PDT, Thurs October 19, 2017: Capcom has released Zeku's video Street Fighter 5 trading card. You can check it out after the jump.

Earlier: Street Fighter 5 Season 2 is seeing the addition of its last DLC character next week. On October 24th, Zeku "the ever-changing ninja" will join the battle.

Earlier today, Capcom released Zeku's official trading card-style image over on Twitter. The trading card features three screenshots of the character.

If past experience is any indication, we will be seeing a follow up video posted on social media sometime soon. This will be an extension of the trading card that provides more information about Zeku and some new footage of him.

We will be sure to add the video to this story as soon as it drops.

Yesterday, Capcom held two separate live streams that showcased what Zeku can do in Street Fighter 5. If you missed them, you can get caught up with our breakdown here.

You can check out Zeku's trading card image below.

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Is Street Fighter 5's young Zeku actually Strider Hiryu?

Perhaps the biggest talk of the town this week has surrounded Street Fighter 5's newest DLC character, Zeku, an older Bushinryu ninja master who can transform into a younger version of himself while fighting.

Fans have been very hype for this new fighter in general, but the excitement has run even deeper than usual because Young Zeku has a pair of costumes that look exceptionally similar to another Capcom character: Strider Hiryu.

Since the reveal, there have been speculations of a link between Zeku and the Strider organization, specifically that he may be the original member, or even Strider himself.

The Capcom Unity blog post does mention,"Zeku has reappeared looking to start his own ninja group and find a new fighting style. His younger version sure looks familiar!"

It very well could be that Capcom has made a simple nod to another one of their characters, but that's not nearly as fun as theorizing and connecting the dots to reveal a master universe and timeline that links the two.

Another quick reference pointed out by Hi-Fight, Capcom even gave Zeku the same jump animation as Strider:

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Echo Fox has created and is giving away real Tokido Tape Measures

It's been about a week and a half since Echo Fox's Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchiwon TWFighter Major in Taiwan, but while his win was both hard fought and impressive, it wasn't the main takeaway from the event.

The 2017 EVO champion is winning Street Fighter 5 events left and right, and has adopted a few practices over the last year or two that have aided in his training and focus.

We saw Tokido perform quick exercises between sets during EVO finals this year, and he's explained in interviews that he's made meditation and regular workouts a part of his regime. This shows just how seriously Taniguchiwon takes his work.

While playing on stream at TWFighter about a week and a half ago, Tokido surprised audiences by pulling out a tape measure and using it to properly distance his face from the monitor in front of him for the sake of his eyes.

Needless to say, the fighting game community lost it. The following topics of discussion wouldn't be the crazy footsies or massively hard hitting combos Tokido pulled off while playing. Nope. It was instantly all about the tape measure.

Tokido's sponsor has since created 25 Tokido Tape Measures and are giving them away to those who follow the company and/or their star fighting game player on social media:

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Spinning Pile Drive and Psycho Crush zombies in Dead Rising 4's upcoming 'Capcom Heroes' mode

Have you ever wanted to hit a pesky zombie with a Spinning Pile Driver? Perhaps a powerful Psycho Crusher? If so, you'll be getting your wish quite soon.

Dead Rising 4 is receiving an update on December 5th that will add a new game mode called "Capcom Heroes." In it, Frank West will take on the role of other iconic Capcom characters, harnessing their abilities to fight off the zombie hordes.

Capcom Heroes let's players experience the game's story while wearing over a dozen different outfits modeled after various Capcom superstars. So far, characters such as Mega Man X, Dante from Devil May Cry, and Classic Frank West have been revealed for this new mode.

Today, we get a look at five of the Street Fighter outfits you can utilize in Capcom Heroes. These costumes include Mecha Zangief, Akuma, M. Bison, Cammy, and rugged Ryu (also known as Hot Ryu) from Street Fighter 5.

Each costume allows players to use these characters' trademark special moves against the undead. Today's trailer showcases maneuvers such as an explosive SPD, Cammy's Spiral Arrow, Ryu's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, and more.

Capcom Heroes mode will be a free update to Dead Rising 4, and PlayStation 4 owners can get in on the fun when the game releases on the Sony console on the same day.

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Zeku is essentially two different characters, here's what we've learned about Street Fighter 5's upcoming contender

Capcom came forth today with not one, but two showcase streams for Street Fighter 5's upcoming DLC character, Zeku.

As we saw Zeku showcased on both Capcom Unity and Capcom Fighters, one thing became immediately apparent: he's basically two completely different characters.

Zeku can change from his old to his young form and vice versa. When he does this, virtually all of his moves, including his normals, change. While his old form is a little slower, methodical and straightforward, his young form is more about rush down and quick hits.

We may see players specialize in using just one of these two forms, or perhaps fight with a healthy dose of both if they're willing to spend the time learning. As such, Zeku may be one of the most well-rounded characters SF5 has seen yet.

We've gotten an idea of the new fighter from watching today's streams, and have a few thoughts on some of his specials in both forms.

We'll kick our quick breakdown off with one of his few universal techniques, his V-Trigger. This move allows Zeku to perform a single dash that can be canceled from any of his normals, which means a hint of custom combos in his gameplay:

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