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Alex receiving Red Earth crossover Leo costume in Street Fighter 5

Street Fighter 5 is going into its second year of doing free crossover costumes since launching Arcade Edition, but there's still a good number of characters who have yet to receive their time in the spotlight.

Capcom announced today that Alex will be receiving his first crossover costume in Street Fighter 5 in the form of Red Earth's Leo including his signature sword and shield.

This new costume will be available in SF5's Extra Battle mode with missions set to kick off on March 15 when Balrog's Guts Man crossover missions come to an end meaning that players will not be able to use the grappler's lion-headed outfit until April 5.

Leo is one of the main characters of Capcom's fighting game Red Earth, or War-Zard in Japan, where he was a king cursed to have the body of a beast. Red Earth never earned a sequel, but Leo did show up in Capcom Fighting Evolution and had a cameo appearance in Hawkeye's ending in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

To obtain the first Red Earth-themed costume in Street Fighter 5, players must complete four weekly missions in the game's Extra Battle mode to collect pieces costing users 2,500 Fight Money per attempt or at least 10,000 FM to complete.

The publisher released a trailer for Alex's Leo set alongside the announcement, so you can check out the costume in motion in the clip plus in the gallery below.

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When will we get our next Street Fighter 5 DLC character, who will they be and how many more are coming? EventHubs staff offer round table opinions

Kage was simultaneously revealed and released on December 16th of last year, and that was the last time we received any official news in terms of Street Fighter 5's DLC for 2019.

Since EVO Japan has come and gone without any further announcements or reveals, the community is left to continue to speculate as to how many new characters will be coming, who they'll be, and when they'll start being revealed.

The next most logical date is probably March 17th as it will see the end of Final Round, the Capcom Pro Tour's inaugural event, but we've seen Capcom skip such opportunities in the past.

We here at EventHubs have gone around the horn to speculate some answers to the questions posed above, and have collected the opinions of Nick "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, Jon "Catalyst" Gray, Steven "Dreamking" Chavez as well as myself.

Each of us offer ideas as to "when, who and how many?" in terms of DLC characters this year. Give us a read and then chime into the comments with your thoughts when you're finished.

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Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono currently in hospital for polyp removal surgery

Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono in currently in the hospital. Early this morning, Ono sent out a tweet letting the community know that he will be undergoing surgery to remove a polyp.

According to the tweet, Ono will be away from work for the next two days. He apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause.

"I have an operation to remove a polyp," Ono's tweet starts. "I'm a little anxious about it. I’ll take two days work leave, [and will be] back to office in day after tomorrow to connect to my work. I’ll be not able to take communication until a day after tomorrow. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause."

A polyp is a small, abnormal growth that is found most often in the colon and large intestine (according to WebMD). These growths can also appear in the ear canal, the sinuses, and in other areas, and are usually noncancerous.

Considering the timing of Ono's tweet and operation, this is likely the reason he was unable to attend EVO Japan 2019 this past weekend. Ono did not say so specifically, but it seems likely that the "various circumstances" he referred to in his initial tweet about his EVO Japan absence was alluding to the surgery.

Several prominent fighting game community members and fans everywhere jumped into the comments of Ono's tweet today to share their well wishes. We here at EventHubs send our best to Ono-san and hope he'll see a speedy recovery.

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Photo credit — Ono on Twitter. Thanks to SnakeX and Bushinryu025 for sending this in.

Fuudo busts out Birdie, but Momochi just couldn't be stopped: EVO Japan highlights for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

EVO Japan has come and passed with no new information regarding what comes next for Street Fighter 5 as a game, but it gave us some of the most exciting matches we've seen in months.

Finals day wrapped up earlier this morning where Victrix|Momochi, Liquid|Nemo, YG|Jyobin, Powell, REC|Punk, UYU|OilKing, CYG|Fuudo and Crusher faced off for their first EVO Japan title.

We previously covered the highlights for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7 and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, so now we're here to do the same for Street Fighter 5's finals.

Momochi would end up sealing the deal against Fuudo in grand finals, but we saw some unique stuff from almost everyone in top 8 with half of the players busting out multiple characters during the event.

We got to see more of Fuudo's Birdie, Momochi's Zeku and even Nemo bust out Kolin, who all managed to pull off some wild punishes in their matches.

Let's get things started where Punk looked to be losing ground in his match against Jyobin, but one shimmy would turn everything around. They'd stay evenly matched until game five where Punk was able to interrupt Necalli's block string with Critical Art unexpectedly to send Jyobin home.

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Voice actor for Ken Masters and Devil May Cry's Dante uninjured but nearly killed in car robbery attempt

So first off, please note that Reuben Langdon is completely uninjured from this incident. He came very close to being killed in a car robbery attempt.

A video was posted on Steve Copeland's Facebook that had the two reviewing the damage done to their vehicle. From what they are able to discern, they were shot at six times during the incident while filming a documentary in Guatemala — a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Notably, the chair that Langdon was sitting in has a bullet hole in it. During the intense situation, Langdon thought he had been shot in the back but ended up being very lucky.

The two also mentioned that a gun might've been pointed directly at Langdon's head at one point. Somehow, they managed to escape the shooting without any injuries.

Reuben Langdon is the voice actor for Dante in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Devil May Cry 4, Devil May Cry 5, and Ken Masters in Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He has also done motion capture work for Chris Redfield in Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.

"The message we’re bringing forward is both ancient and from the future" wrote Steve Copeland in a Facebook post. "Now is the time when we come together as one human family to restore our shared home, regenerate and see peace materialize on earth. Some people don’t want this [to] happen, but it’s predestined and will happen regardless of their attempts to keep it from happening."

It seems Langdon had a bit of a sense of humor about the situation as he declares that he was "glad" that he "had [his] bulletproof coffee this morning."

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Time freeze glitch countered by... a rock? Funny sequence causes Blanka to panic against Cody's apparently impenetrable defense in Street Fighter 5

For those that currently aren't in the know, a glitch was recently discovered for Blanka in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Or maybe I should refer to him as "Blanka, the Time Lord"?

By canceling the Critical Art into his forward hop using a plink of the punch button and forward and all three kicks, Blanka is able to freeze time and set up an infinite. Capcom is aware of the issue and plans on releasing a patch to address it in the future.

Although this exploit is already being banned at major events like EVO Japan, those of us who seek to increase our ranking in online matches will simply have to deal with this phenomenon. If you're not trying to do it with Blanka then it's an uphill battle for sure.

The River recently posted a humorous sequence that showcased one of his matches against a Grand Master Blanka player who wasn't afraid to utilize the game breaking bug. There may be a counter if you're a Cody player.

With only about a sliver of life remaining for the Blanka user, desperate measures were used. Unfortunately for the player, The River had access to his V-Trigger. This allowed him to toss rocks upwards which formed sort of a shield in front of him.

You can tell that the hit box of the rock was active during the time freeze as Blanka went into his blocking animation while trying to back off. He tried several times, but each rock toss did not drain Cody's V-Gauge.

Eventually, the Blanka user panicked and attempted to slide under the rock and push himself and Cody away from the rock. Things did not work out as planned...

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EVO Japan 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The second installment ever of one of the biggest tournament expansions we've seen is here this weekend, namely the expansion of the EVO brand to Japan, with EVO Japan 2019.

This year, it's taking place in Fukuoka rather than Tokyo, and although entrants aren't as high as they were in last year's monumental premier year, the entrants certainly aren't anything to scoff at.

Over 1000 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 500 in Tekken 7, and roughly between 200-300 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and King of Fighters 14, respectively.

While these 6 games are the main titles at the event, there'll be an absolutely insane amount of side tournaments as well, so make sure you keep in tune with all of the action.

Players participating are a bit too plentiful to list, but just count on the vast majority of Asian top players — and many other top players from other regions of the world — being present and competing.

Streaming is being done at EVO, EVO 2, EVO 3 and EVO 4.

Side events are set to be streamed at KVO Japan 01, KVO Japan 02, KVO Japan 03 and KVO Japan 04.

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Urien is king, everyone isn't playing Birdie or Blanka now and Kage didn't show up: EVO Japan character usage stats for Street Fighter 5's top 128

EVO Japan is back for its second year with six main stage fighting games, and finals day is set to kick off in just a handful of hours though it's going to take some time to get to the grand finale still.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition had over 1,000 entrants, but now we're only down to the top 8 featuring some of the biggest names in the game and a few who will likely be new to viewers at home with Victrix|Momochi, Liquid|Nemo, YG|Jyobin, Powell, REC|Punk, UYU|OilKing, CYG|Fuudo and Crusher waiting to see who will walk away with their first EVO Japan title.

We've recorded the top 128 players and their character choices to break down who were the most popular fighters at the big event and who has yet to make a big impression going into game's fourth year of competition.

Urien has actually been the most popular character at EVO Japan as the only fighter in the top 128 with double digit representation though Akuma and Cammy aren't too far behind.

Season 3 characters and Kage haven't been having much of a hot start to 2019, however, with only six players in total using fighters introduced in 2018. Cody, Sakura and the replacement for Evil Ryu are the only characters not to represented in the upper part of this weekend's brackets.

Blanka still has his game-breaking bug intact currently in Street Fighter 5, but he hasn't seen an explosion in popularity at EVO Japan because using his newly discovered time stopping ability would get players disqualified. You can take a look at the full breakdown of SF5's character usage statistics after the jump.

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Tokido gets thrown 4 times in a row straight to losers' bracket, Birdie shows up to play and more: EVO Japan day two highlights for Street Fighter 5

EVO Japan's second day of competition has now wrapped up, and most of the strongest players from around the world have congregated once again for the second year in the homeland of fighting games.

Street Fighter 5's bracket has whittled down to the final eight competitors out of more than 1,000 that showed up looking to take the grand prize home and the title of EVO champion.

Victrix|Momochi, Liquid|Nemo, YG|Jyobin, Powell, REC|Punk, UYU|OilKing, CYG|Fuudo and Crusher will be facing off early tomorrow morning for those of us in North America though they had to get through some of the stiffest competition to get there.

We've collected some of the best highlights from pools up to top 16 where Tokido would fall early and some of Japan's best that don't typically get to travel showed off why they shouldn't be ignored.

Crusher and Fuudo also showed off why many in the region feel Birdie is the best character in the game at the start of Season 4 with his new V-Trigger 2 buffs.

Let's start things off with where we saw a major upset go down in pools where the new free agent Tokido lost 2-0 to Powell and his Cammy where the Street Fighter legend took four throws in a row to get sent into losers bracket.

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Xian's celebration turned to shock after Akuma powered through Blanka's time freeze glitch with a Critical Art in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

If you've been following the competitive Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition scene, then you probably can't hate on RZR|Xian's personality or play. With that said, most might agree that he's probably the "villain" of this story...

Not too long ago, it was discovered that Blanka could freeze time in a standard game of Street Fighter 5. Clearly this is not an intentional feature as Capcom has announced that they intend to fix it in the future.

Under normal circumstances, Xian is a professional player known for his incredible Ibuki as he pioneered a lot of the things the character does in high level play today. This time, it seems that Xian had an interest in playing Blanka. Or rather, the version of Blanka that allows him to freeze time with a strict input.

During the third and final round of the match, we see the pro getting excited as he dishes unavoidable damage thanks to the time freeze glitch. Eventually, he gets his opponent — an Akuma player — low enough so that he wouldn't be able to survive the chip damage of Blanka's Critical Art.

After inputting the command, Xian is seen already celebrating what he must've assumed was an assured victory. Unfortunately, his cheering was exchanged for a shocked expression when Akuma went into his Critical Art after the character's frozen status had ended.

As a word of warning, there is some NSFW language featured in the clip.

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Source: HiFightTH via Xian's Twitch.

The first piece of Balrog's Guts Man crossover costume and Golden Shadaloo Soldier Extra Battle available today for Street Fighter 5 players

Street Fighter 5's weekly rewards have been updated, and thus there are some new ways to both gain and spend Fight Money.

We know that there will not be a traditional Season Pass for whatever DLC Capcom brings to SF5 this year, and so players may have a bit of extra incentive to build up their in game currency for any and all new fighters that might be joining the roster.

Starting this week, players can fork over 2,500 FM to face off against Guts Man Balrog in a "very easy" bout. If successful, they'll earn one of four gems needed to obtain the costume for themselves.

Those who maintain this process over the next four weeks will get this original Mega Man baddie attire. There's also a Middle Class Shadaloo Grunt battle available for 500 FM.

The difficulty is "normal" and players will get a reward of 2,500 FM (a net gain of 2,000 FM) for defeating him. This battle can be attempted only once.

You'll see what the Guts Man looks like in motion thanks to the clip below. Observe as he pulls off a handful of specials as well as his Gigaton Blow Critical Art while a fairly familiar tune plays in the background:

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Blanka time freeze glitch in real life? Ernesto Lopez Jr. demonstrates the benefits and downfalls of this concept in hilarious skit

There's no doubt that the Blanka time freeze glitch is game breaking for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Blanka would be the best character in the game if he were left unchecked by tournament rules.

It's a good thing that this phenomenon is banned at EVO Japan 2019 this weekend. Meanwhile, Capcom has announced that this bug will be addressed in a future patch.

Having this as a power in real life would surely be pretty handy. You'd be able to dodge a lot of bothersome scenarios by freezing time and then making the necessary adjustments without anyone noticing.

This is what Ernesto Lopez Jr.'s latest comedy sketch is focused on. Needless to say, hilarity ensues.

At one point, Ernesto is asked by his wife if he took out the trash. Although he tells her that he did that a long time ago, a quick pan of the camera reveals that this is not the case.

Before the truth is unveiled, he's able to momentarily pause the situation in order to correct this mistake without being noticed.

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Be aware that one segment features some light NSFW language.

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Are people underselling how technical of a game Street Fighter 5 is? We discuss how it stacks up with other titles in the franchise

Our apologies for not uploading at our usual Wednesday time of the week, but we're back with episode 38 of the EventHubs Podcast and no shortage of topics to get to.

We kick off with our thoughts on Jump Force's less than stellar reviews thus far, the Blanka glitch that's been turning Street Fighter 5's Ranked play into a goofy but fun time and Mortal Kombat 11's numerous recent leaks.

Sales for SF5 have increased a significant amount since the release of Arcade Edition, and sales for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been absolutely amazing. Nintendo, however, isn't entirely satisfied, and we delve further into why.

On a more general front, Sony has spoken out on why it's not going to be at E3 this year. If what they're saying is true then others may follow in suit, but we have our hesitations in believing them fully.

The heart of the episode is surely Catalyst and my discussion about the technicality in Street Fighter games as we try to assess which titles require/feature the most thought, nuance and variety in their play.

We've included a poll so you can vote for the Street Fighter titles you think are the most technical. You'll find it after the embed, and can vote for your two top games.

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Kage remained very popular in January but was still the worst performing character according Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's online stats

The first month of 2019 has ended. That means that Capcom has released the monthly online stats for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

We learned last time that Kage was the worst performing character in Street Fighter 5 despite being the second most popular for the month of December. This certainly makes sense considering that he was only just released after the conclusion of the Capcom Cup for 2018.

Normally, newly released fighters would become significantly less popular after the first month. It seems that Kage was the third most chosen fighter for the month of January. Of course, Ryu and Akuma were the top Shotos.

Unfortunately, Kage retained his title as the worst in the game as his match ups were the poorest. He appears to be doing particularly bad against Urien who has continued to hold the greatest win rate for Season 4 instead of M. Bison.

Most top competitors believe that Kage has a poor neutral. Notably, his punishes seem to be very strong.

Dhalsim, Vega, and Blanka can also be spotted near the top when it comes to win rates. Meanwhile, the performance for Sakura, Cammy, Menat, and Rashid probably leaves a lot to be desired for fans of those combatants.

Of course, bear in mind that using this data on its own may not be sufficient to construct a tier list for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition due to many factors. Still, it's useful information.

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Contributions to this story were made by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills.

These Street Fighter 5 Valentine's Day cards will surely show that special someone how much you care

If you're looking to show that special someone just how much you care this Valentine's Day, nothing says "I love you" quite like a little Street Fighter 5!

After taking a look around for some fresh fighting game-related Valentine's Day cards to share with you today, we thought it might be fun to change things up this year and create our very own.

Take some time in between your Street Fighter 5 sets with your significant other to send them a sweet "Let's play footsies!" card featuring the first female of fighting games, Chun-Li!

If you're looking for something with a bit more oomph, look no further than Urien's standing heavy punch. It is guaranteed to let them know how big of a crush you've got on them.

But if eloquent speech isn't your forte, perhaps Abigail's simple "Vroom! Vroooom!" expression of love might be your best bet. However, sending anyone Blanka's "infinite love" card will surely be a home run — especially if they've been hit by the infinite before...

Anyway, happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Have fun with these silly Street Fighter 5 cards, and tell us what your Street Fighter 5 Valentine's Day card would say in the comments below.

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Pro Street Fighter 5 players Momochi and ChocoBlanka are now sponsored by Victrix Pro

Lately, it's seemed like many players have been parting ways with their professional sponsors in the fighting game space, but things have appeared a bit brighter in the past few weeks with new partnerships being formed.

Former Capcom Cup champion and professional Street Fighter 5 player Yusuke Momochi and his wife, Yuko "ChocoBlanka" Kusachi, announced today that they are now officially sponsored by gaming hardware manufacturer Victrix Pro.

Momochi and ChocoBlanka join the likes of GSCS|Justin Wong, Tempo|Alex Myers and ESE|Sherry Nahn as notable fighting game talent backed by the headset and arcade stick makers, but the pair appears to be the first to have them as their primary sponsors since their announcement featured them in custom Victrix jerseys.

Team Fudoh, which currently sponsors players like FD|Fujimura and FD|Haitani, are still owned by Shinobism Inc. built around a fighting game school run by Momochi and Kusachi to teach the youth of Japan about getting into the genre.

Echo Fox, Momochi and ChocoBlanka's former team, recently announced that they were officially sponsoring FOX|NuckleDu after previously losing the vast majority of their fighting game roster.

Momochi capped off the previous year in competitive Street Fighter finishing in 7th place at 2018's Capcom Cup busting out his signature Ken along with Kolin and Zeku. An official announcement has yet to be made in English, but you can check out Momochi's translated reveal below.

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Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren, Echo Fox.

What happens when two Blankas start using the newly discovered Street Fighter 5 glitch to fight each other? Nothing good...

Street Fighter 5 has been pretty good about avoiding game breaking glitches in its three years thus far, but leave it to Blanka to end that streak.

The talk of the town for the game in the last few days has surrounded the troll-like green monster's newfound ability to actually freeze everything on the screen except himself, essentially giving him the ability to perform infinite combos on his opponents.

As we saw in the case of player, Cast Blanka, it isn't all that hard to consistently perform the freeze in a real match, meaning the game's competitive integrity is in major question until Capcom fixes it.

While we're certainly looking forward to when things get back on track, we will share with you this hilarious footage of two Blankas simultaneously taking advantage of this glitch.

Koichinko posted just one round of two players abusing this new tech in what turns out to be a frenzy of Blanka madness. Technically either could finish the other in one sequence of perfect inputs, but that's not at all what happens.

Give the round a watch in the clip here and let us know if it brought you as much laughter as it did us in the comments afterwards.

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