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Xian styles on Daigo, NuckleDu bounces Daikokugo off a Boom, Nemo pulls off the most stylish Urien combo; Combo Breaker day two highlights

We're two thirds through one the fighting game community's biggest events of the year and Combo Breaker 2018 has absolutely delivered on the entertainment front thus far.

We saw the Street Fighter 5 bracket whittle from 97 down to just 24 today, and watched as some big names fell while others thrived.

Big names like RZR|Xian, FOX|Justin Wong, NuckleDu, UYU|NL, FD|Fujimura, PG|Infiltration and others clashed, and naturally we got some pretty stellar moments of competition as a result.

We've collected a handful to share with you as you wait for tomorrow's final brackets to play out, so kick back and relive some of the hype right here with us.

The action has been non-stop, so let's dig right in and get started.

Here we see the one and only Liquid|Nemo stylin' and profilin' with one of the sickest Urien combos we've ever seen:

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Combo Breaker 2018 early results, streams ft Go1, SonicFox, Tokido, Fujimura, ChrisG, Infiltration, Daigo, JWong, NuckleDu, Punk, Leffen and more

Updated with live results: This story is being updated with day two results as quickly as we can get them in the story. Keep checking back for more updates throughout the day.

This weekend, we're getting an absolutely gargantuan event taking place in St. Charles, Illinois in the form of Combo Breaker 2018.

It really can't be stated enough how big this event is for a ton of different games, with a whopping 16 games, and the Mystery Game Tournament besides them as well, exceeding 100 entrants each, and with two games exceeding 500 entrants, and another one getting very close.

On top of that, it's a Premier Event for the Capcom Pro Tour and a Master Event for the Tekken World Tour, so people will definitely be showing up to compete. Also, the winner of Dragon Ball FighterZ will claim the final spot in the 16-person event Summit of Power happening two weeks from now.

With so much on the line and so many players showing up, we couldn't possibly begin to list every notable name present, so here is a very small excerpt of who you can expect to see: CO|Go1, FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, EG|NYChrisG, PG|Infiltration, CYG|Daigo, FOX|Justin Wong, NuckleDu, FOX|Punk, TSM|Leffen, Rise|MenaRD, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Liquid|Nemo, Fursan|Verloren, Mouz|Problem X, AS|Reynald, GGP|Kazunoko, CYG|Fuudo, ALG|Dragon, CO|Dogura, PG|SKD, RB|Luffy, FOX|Theo, PG|MarlinPie, RNG|Swedish Delight, Circa|ForeverKing, Tempo|S2J and so, so many more.

The games being played at the event, in order of entrants from biggest to smallest, are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Mortal Kombat XL, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, the ceremonious Mystery Game Tournament, Super Smash Bros. 4, King of Fighters 14, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Mortal Kombat 9.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, BG Callisto, Funky P, PandaxGaming, Vampire Arcadia and VG Boot Camp.

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'Dear Mayor Cody' - Capcom gives us another Street Fighter 5 tease in this letter from Mike Haggar to 'Mayor' Cody Travers

Yet another exciting Cody tease for Street Fighter 5 dropped on the official Street Fighter Twitter today, this time in the form of a letter from Mike Haggar to the upcoming DLC character.

We've recently learned that Mayor Travers is all but officially en route to the character select screen in just a matter of days, but today's reveal brings with it some interesting lore.

Ever since we saw his reveal at Capcom Cup in December, fans have been speculating about Cody's apparent level up in status as he's shed his prison uniform for a spiffy vest and slicked hair.

Such attire has suggested that he may have taken on the title of Mayor of Metro City. Today's tease confirms this as Haggar's formal letter explains that former mayors are obligated to reach out to new ones.

He also notes Cody's tendency to go beyond using his fists while fighting, perhaps alluding to the idea that the blonde Street Fighter will be using his trademark knife or another weapon in SF5.

Here's the tweet containing the letter. You can view it by clicking the City of Metro City corporate seal:

Dieminion qualified in the winners bracket as Ed for the Combo Breaker 2018 Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament

The Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition event is currently ongoing at Combo Breaker 2018. Just like previous Capcom Pro Tour premier events, the pools are increasingly being filled with multiple top players.

Earlier today, SB|Dieminion qualified into the winners bracket at this event. He had to beat FOX|Momochi and BxA|CoolKid93 to get there.

This puts him in the top 96 currently. There's still a ways to go, but his progress so far has been impressive.

While Momochi was using Kolin, CoolKid was utilizing his famous Abigail. Although Dieminion was well-known for his Guile in Street Fighter 4, he hasn't really been playing the character in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Rather than using Guile at this event, he achieved his victories with just Ed. This Season 2 character is often regarded as a low tier in Season 3. Evidently, it pays to have the knowledge to fight against even the obscure combatants like Ed. at the big tournaments like Combo Breaker 2018.

That certainly isn't to say that it wasn't a close fight against Momochi. Dieminion was able to clutch it out with a pretty sick combo:

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Cody is en route to Street Fighter 5 just one month after Falke, could it be time for a new stage? Vesper talks all things Cody in his latest video

The Street Fighter 5 community is anxiously expecting one of the game's most anticipated DLC characters to date as all signs are pointing to Cody Travers making his way onto the character select screen in short order.

The Final Fight OG is Season 3's fourth addition, and is coming just one month after Falke. This is especially exciting considering that a monthly release schedule for the remaining characters would mean the entire DLC roster would be available by EVO in August.

It also keeps hopes alive for those brave few that are speculating that Capcom may have more in store than just the six additional characters this season, though there's not a ton of hard evidence to support such a future happening at this time.

In a recent video Vesper Arcade offers a Cody crash course as he discusses the character both from within and without the fighting game franchise.

It's been a decent bit since we last received a new Street Fighter 5 stage (we got Sakura's Kasugano Residence in Januray) and fans surely wouldn't mind seeing another Final Fight themed stage added to the game's battle locales.

Check out Vesper's video below and let us know what you think Cody will bring with him as well as well as how hype you are to get your hands on the upcoming character.

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Aru-Metalhead's fighting game art makes these Street Fighter characters almost look like they're from a Pixar film

While browsing through Twitter recently I came across the work of Brazilian artist Aru "Aru-Metalhead" Barros and knew almost instantly I was going to share it here.

Barros' art has a very cartoon-like look and feel to it, and has a style not unlike what you may see in a Saturday morning cartoon (when those were still a thing) or even Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles.

We grabbed a handful of Street Fighter pieces for our gallery today, but there's plenty more from other regions of the fighting game world that we'll more than likely feature at a later date.

While much of his work is on the lighter hearted side, he definitely has some more serious pieces as well, all of which are just as intriguing as these.

My personal favorite is Ibuki, with every other one as a close second.

Hit up the comments and let us know what you think of this art and which image is your personal favorite.

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What changes would be good for Ryu in Street Fighter 5? Jimmy weighs in for our latest collaboration article

Because of the positive response to this series of articles, I try to get one out whenever I find myself speaking as a friend to a notable player of any character in the game, and this time, I was lucky enough to have a chance to talk to Jimmy, Germany's Ryu expert and long-time streamer.

If you've missed this series of articles, it all started with my own piece on my long-time main Alex. Since then, I've spoken to Tempo|Alex Myers about both Cammy and Sakura, Ixion about Nash, Reiketsu about Vega and, most recently, Atrosh about Birdie.

Ryu was a very strong contender in Street Fighter 5's early days during the game's first season, but after receiving a bunch of nerfs moving in to Season 2, the character has struggled immensely, and most players left him for greener pastures.

At the end of last year, with Arcade Edition/Season 3 coming up, many players were hopeful that Ryu would get some well-deserved changes to make him a more viable pick again, but unfortunately the changes to him both in the first adjustment, and the later 3.5 patch, have been a bit of a mixed bag, and don't seem to have done much for his viability, even with the new Donkey Kick move added.

So, to help us get some insight into what exactly Ryu's problems are and how they could best be addressed, we're going to hear some of what Jimmy has to say about the character, as someone who has stuck by the series' protagonist through thick and thin.

Much like the previous pieces, this will be written in my own words, but based on the opinions of my co-collaborator, in this case Jimmy. While I'll be doing the writing for the piece, I'll be very attentive to not change the meaning of anything he told me during our talk. Now, without further ado, let's get started.

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Given Capcom's previous release schedule for DLC, Cody may be launching very soon on May 29th

We haven't had to wait too long to learn more about Street Fighter 5's newest character since the launch of Falke just over a month ago in April.

Capcom began teasing Cody's announcement for Arcade Edition yesterday, and now we now know that his actual reveal will come this weekend at Combo Breaker on May 27th during the SF5:AE tournament finals after another tease.

There's not much time left in the month of May, but looking at the previous release schedules for the past DLC characters shows that there is a good chance the convict turned assumed politician could drop next Tuesday on May 29th.

Since the start of Season 2 for SF5, Capcom has consistently released characters on Tuesdays in the latter halves of the months though they typically reveal the characters around a week before release. That would be a problem for Cody given that there is no 35th of May.

Releasing him on May 29th would put him on the same day as Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection's launch which Capcom might not view as the best strategy.

It's not unheard of for Capcom to release a character two days after their announcement though, so let's take a look at Capcom's previous release schedule to get a better idea of when Cody will bust into the game.

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Capcom is teasing Cody's reveal in Street Fighter 5 for May 27th at Combo Breaker

With the launch of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Capcom has seemingly decided to forgo the tradition of surprise announcements and instead give fans some lead up and additional teasers before new characters are ultimately revealed, and Cody is no exception.

Street Fighter changed their Twitter account art yesterday to tease Cody breaking through the wall like his introduction from the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition opening cinematic meaning his full reveal would be coming in the near future, and now it appears we know when.

Today, their account posted a new tweet with an animated GIF of the mayor of Metro City, Mike Haggar, at his desk with the text "May 27 Combo Breaker Top 8" which in all likelyhood means that Cody will be revealed during the finals of the SF5:AE tournament at Combo Breaker this weekend.

The text of the tweet also says "Your appointment with the mayor has been booked for May 27" lending credence to the speculation that Cody is the new mayor of Metro City following in the footsteps of his friend and fellow Final Fight character, Mike Haggar.

Given the release pattern of previous Street Fighter 5 DLC characters, we could see a release for Cody as soon as next Tuesday, May 29th, but Capcom could also easily break that cycle.

You can take a look at the tweet below. We also currently have a poll open asking what your hopes and expectations are regarding Cody's knife returning with his new political attire.

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Net gain of 15,300 Fight Money and third piece of M. Bison's Astaroth costume available this week in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

There's another batch of weekly missions for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. While they only give you 3,300 Fight Money, there's another 12,000 Fight Money that can be earned through the Upper Class Shadaloo Soldier Extra Battle.

Every attempt at the Extra Battle fight will cost you 1,000 FM and you only get three tries before you're locked out. Each victory awards 5,000 FM though.

This week's "cryptic mission" (though they probably aren't very cryptic anymore) is the "Special Move Sensation" mission. By itself, this mission is also worth 2,500 FM.

There are a few conditions that must be meant to trigger the three ninjas in the background of the Kanzuki Estate stage. It's very simple, as you can do it against a level 1 AI in the single player mode.

Finally, there's also the third piece of M. Bison's Astaroth costume that is up for grabs. The 2,500 FM requirement to participate is only worth it so long as you have the first two icons.

Let's check out how everything is done!

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Poll: What are the hopes and expectations for Cody's knife in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition?

As you might already be aware of, the Street Fighter Twitter account recently changed their logo. Whenever this happens, it typically means that a trailer for the next Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition fighter is inbound.

Being that Combo Breaker 2018 is going on this weekend and it's a Capcom Pro Tour event, we're expecting to see a gameplay reveal for Cody Travers near the conclusion of the tournament. I'm sure everyone will be on high alert when the top eight portion of the bracket rolls around on Sunday.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is a rather interesting game in that returning characters often see major differences in their movesets compared to their previous iterations. You might like some of these alterations, and dislike others.

There's been some talk about what might become of Cody's knife mechanic in this game considering that he has a completely new appearance this time around. Is he the new mayor of Metro City? My coworker, Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor, has already speculated on how Cody might change when he is finally released.

In particular, let's talk about Cody's knife. If he is indeed the mayor of Metro City, is it too unbecoming for a mayor to use a knife?

Maybe a ballpoint pen would suffice instead? Then again, Mike Haggar was able to get away with bashing criminals with a steel pipe for many years...

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Although Fujimura won Stunfest in a magnificent fashion last weekend, he was the only Ibuki player in the entire top 64

During last year's Season 2 of Street Fighter 5, Ibuki was seen as one of the "problem characters", especially in Japan, with a lot of players deciding to pick her up because of how good she was.

Even then, she definitely wasn't a character that made up the majority of any top bracket, in fact, looking at both Ultimate Fighting Arena, a premier event in France last year, and EVO 2017, each of them had 4 Ibuki players place in the top 64.

When the Season 3 changes came in, there was a lot of early talk about Ibuki being dead as a character, and indeed, several players who used to play her switched off of her, though notably, the two Ibuki mains who made it to Capcom Cup last year, FD|Fujimura (formerly known as Yukadon) and RZR|Xian stuck with her, though CO|Go1 who used her in some matchups seems to have dropped her entirely.

Seeing the results from FD|Fujimura and RZR|Xian lately, this weekend in particular, where FD|Fujimura won Stunfest and RZR|Xian grabbed second place at Battle Arena Melbourne 10, Ibuki as a character definitely seems to be in a good spot, but only a chosen few are able to perform with her.

Usually, when a character is called top tier or high tier, you'll see a heavy influx of said character in tournament, and they'll be all over the place in results lists, and while that honestly wasn't quite the case with Ibuki last year when she was seen as a top character, it's even less the case this year where she clearly seems to still be a strong contender.

Let's take a look at the character distribution in Stunfest's top 64, and how it reflects on FD|Fujimura's performance with Ibuki.

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Cody reveal inbound? The Street Fighter Twitter account just changed their profile picture to hint the next Street Fighter 5 character

Street Fighter 5's next DLC character reveal might be just around the corner. The official Street Fighter Twitter page has changed their profile picture to that of a promotional image that is very clearly hinting at Cody.

As we know, this is par for the course from Capcom when a new character reveal is inbound. Based on the order of the Street Fighter 5 Season 3 line up, Cody is next on the docket to be revealed.

Not only has the profile picture on the Street Fighter Twitter account been changed, but the full image was shared as its own tweet (which you can see below). We see the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition logo in front of a brick wall with a large hole punched through it.

One of Cody's trademarks is breaking through a brick wall, which comes from his life as a criminal stemming back to the Street Fighter Alpha series. In the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition opening cinematic we see a new, more suave Cody burst through a brick wall as well, which is what this teaser image is referencing.

Street Fighter 5's Cody trades the prisoner outfit for a suit and tie, leaving the handcuffs behind. This, along with some rumors, have led fans to believe that Cody has taken on the role of the new mayor of Metro City.

Further contributing to the mayor theory is Cody's Story Mode costume, which is a direct reference to the actual mayor of Metro City -- Final Fight's Mike Haggar. With it, we see Cody wearing the same single-strapped overall-esque outfit Haggar wears, complete with being shirtless.

Considering this teaser is coming shortly before the start of Combo Breaker 2018 in Chicago this weekend -- which happens to be the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour -- we could be seeing a gameplay trailer showcased at the event.

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Need help beating one of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's best characters? Tyrant and Packz teach you how to defend against Cammy's onslaught

It's no secret that Cammy is considered one of, if not, the best character in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition right now -- she is currently ranked #1 in our Street Fighter 5 tiers. Great buttons, excellent offensive pressure, hard-hitting combos, and control both in the air and on the ground are just some of the traits this powerhouse of a character is equipped with.

So what the hell are you supposed to do against her? Fortunately, Tyrant and Method|Packz have answers.

In a new web series from Frame Advantage called "The Lab," these two competitors breakdown some of the best options for defending against Cammy. From when she's punishable to dealing with V-Trigger 1, there's a lot here that you'll definitely want to check out if you're struggling against the character.

Packz and Tyrant analyze and explain Cammy's strengths, demonstrating common situations you'll find yourself in when facing her. Her dive kick, for example, is one of her best tools due to its ability to change her jump arc.

Not only can it cause anti-air attempts to whiff, but when hit from the proper range it leaves Cammy advantageous on block, meaning you're in trouble. In this video, we are provided with a great infographic showing at what heights Cammy is plus, safe, or minus when her dive kick is blocked (which you can check out below).

There are many other helpful tips here including ways to deal with some of Cammy's meaty set ups, how to approach defending throws, and more.

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Javits shares Street Fighter 5 Season 3.5 tier list

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's tiers are always a hot-button topic of discussion. Now that we've had the Season 3.5 balance changes for over a month, players are sharing their opinions about how they think the current tier list stacks up.

Today we have a Street Fighter 5 3.5 tier list from FGC lab monster Javits. For those unfamiliar, Javits is a longtime competitor and well known these days for his game knowledge and sharing tech on social media.

This list organizes the playable cast into sections of five -- top 5, 6 through 10, 11 - 15, etc. Of course, tier lists aren't the be all and end all, and Javits notes not to take his too seriously.

Still, this list is worth checking out.

In the top five, you'll find usual suspects such as Guile and Cammy. You'll also see Ibuki among the best of the best, which Javits pointed out to us is not a result of FD|Fujimura's recent win at Stunfest.

Ibuki makes top ranks this time due to Rashid and Abigail seeing big nerfs in Season 3.5. As we see in Javits' original Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tier list (pre-3.5), Ibuki sat at 6th place and has since moved up as a result of the aforementioned characters' nerfs.

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Save up to 50 percent on Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters 14 and Injustice 2 plus their DLC in PlayStation's Extended Play Sale

Sony runs digital weekly ads across their PlayStation platforms and this week's sale includes some good deals on a handful of the biggest fighting games around.

The Extended Play Sale in the US PlayStation Store is geared towards games with continued support through seasonal updates and DLC.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition (and Deluxe Edition), Injustice 2: Legendary Edition and King of Fighters 14: Special Anniversary Edition are all apart of this sale, so if you haven't picked these games up or waited on their DLC, this may be the perfect opportunity to get caught up on content.

As per usual with PSN sales, players with an active PlayStation+ account will gain an additional 10 percent of regular sale price, so Injustice 2: Legendary Edition will be up to 20 percent off, Street Fighter 5 content is up to 30 percent off and KoF14 is up to 50 percent off retail pricing.

These deals apply only to the US store and run from today until the morning of May 29th. Other popular titles included in the sale are Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, Diablo 3, Battlefield 1 and the Witcher 3.

You can check out the full list of sale prices for the fighting game related discounts as well as the store link after the jump.

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PC mods: Falke gets a Gothic make over and a swanky new leotard in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's Falke has been officially available for just about a month now. So far, we've seen mixed reviews of Season 3's newest combatant, with many thinking she's not all that great and others finding fun and some tournament success with her.

It took a bit longer than I expected, but now we're starting to see PC mods for Falke in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

PC Best Mods brings us footage of two Falke mods from bbbSFXT. On the docket today are Gothic Falke and Falke in a leotard.

As you might expect from "Goth Falke," the Season 3 newcomer swaps out her blonde hair for a black hairdo while retaining the same style. She is also given a dark, collared body suit to match.

The leotard mod keeps the hair from the Goth Falke, but goes with a simpler outfit.

You can check out a handful of screenshots of these two mods below. As always, download information can be found in each video's description.

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