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Topanga League 7 live stream, early results, standings and battle logs

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

After a pretty long absence, the Topanga League is back and will be filled with blazing action as usual.

24 players will be playing in the league, with 21 of them being invited and 3 others qualifying through a preliminary tournament.

The players were divided up in three different blocks, each of which will have a 8-man round robin of first-to-3 sets played online, from which the winner will qualify to the finals, while the players who place from 2nd to 5th in each group will qualify to a second set of 4-man round robin groups which will be played in a first-to-7 format.

Each winner of that group will advance to the final group, joining the original 3 group winners, making for a 6-man first-to-7 round robin to crown the final winner. Also worth noting is that contrary to usual, Topanga is not character-locked this time around.

As for the prize money, first place will receive 1,5 million yen ($13,529), second place will get 600,000 yen ($5,412), third place goes home with 300,000 yen ($2,706). Contrary to prior leagues, some of the lower placements will also receive money, with 150,000 yen ($1,353) for fourth place, 100,000 yen ($902) for fifth place and 50,000 yen ($451) for sixth place.

For a more complete rundown of the event and who's participating, as well as their history, make sure to check out our official Topanga League 7 preview.

All of this action will be streamed over at the TopangaTV channel on OpenREC, and there will be a full schedule of which days to tune in listed further down in this story.

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G had a strong presence at big tournaments this weekend showing up in the top 16 of three different Capcom Pro Tour events

Sagat and G have now been available for two weeks in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition which also means that this past weekend was the first time the pair was tournament legal for the majority of events. Most eyes were on RB|Bonchan's return to Sagat, but the president also had a thing or two to say about tournaments around the world.

There were three separate Capcom Pro Tour events that occurred this past weekend with the Premier event TWFighter along with ranking events Lima Salty and the CPT Europe East Online Event #2 where G was played in the top 16 — the top 8 for two of them — by four different players.

Liquid|Nemo busted out the President of the World against Fursan|Verloren in top 16 at TWFighter where the usual Urien main eliminated the Cammy player after two straight games after Nemo had previously said he'd look into using G to cover up some of the holes in Urien's match ups due to his 'robbery potential.'

Two players, RUFGC|SwagSkheletor and Shady, used G in the top 8 of the CPT online event this past weekend with SwagSkheletor taking second place though he played mostly F.A.N.G. during the event. Umbrella|Dark tried to use G against Furia|HKDash's M. Bison in top 8 though he was eliminated by said player.

The argument can certainly be made that most players will have had little to no match up experience against G yet, but this appears to be a pretty strong start for the social media "savvy" fighter when compared to other recent DLC characters for Street Fighter 5 this year.

Time will tell if G will keep any of this momentum from his first taste of the tournament scene, but let us know in the comments if you think this was a bit of a fluke or if G has that much early potential to be a threat. Take a look at Nemo's G set after the jump to see what he can do for yourself.

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Poll: Which characters would you be most excited to see as Season 4 DLC for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition?

When Street Fighter 5 first launched back in 2016, there were only 16 playable characters. DLC from Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3 have added an additional 18 fighters — we are currently at a total of 34 combatants.

Seeing as how Capcom intends on supporting Street Fighter 5 until 2020, there is reason to believe that 2019 will host a set of new fighters for Season 4. Many characters have already made appearances in the game's main story and character stories.

We've already seen the presence of C. Viper, Oro, Decapre, Gouken, Juli, Juni, Abel, Evil Ryu, Rose, Dan, E. Honda, Hakan, Gen Sean, and probably more. Before they actually became playable, we also previously saw cameos from Sakura, Sagat, Juri, Urien, Guile, Balrog, and Alex.

Apparently CYG|Daigo Umehara is expecting Evil Ryu to be playable in Season 4 based on the promotional trailer for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition that was released before Season 3 started. More than likely, he's probably also hoping for this character's return considering that he played him during Ultra Street Fighter 4.

According to Capcom's CFN popularity poll, the top ten characters that hasn't made their way into Street Fighter 5 yet are Makoto, Q, Poison, Evil Ryu, Dudley, Dan, Fei-Long, Guy, Oro, and C. Viper — excluding characters that are appearing in Fighting EX Layer. Notably, fan favorites like Sagat, Sakura, Akuma, Chun-Li, Ryu, and Cody have already been made available to players.

After the jump, you'll be able to vote up to ten times in the poll. Which characters would you be most excited to see in Season 4?

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Lima Salty 5 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another Latin American event is taking place this weekend. This time, our sights are set on Lima, Peru, where Lima Salty 5 will be occuring.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event with points on the line, so people will undoubtedly be showing up for a piece of them.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the event will also be featuring tournament play in Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, King of Fighters 14, Fighting EX Layer and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

64 players will be fighting it out for points in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, thought other games are no slouches either — the brackets show 45 players for Tekken, 32 for Dragon Ball FighterZ and King of Fighters 14, respectively, 24 for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and 21 for Fighting EX Layer.

A few of the players attending are FURIA|HKDash, OA|CrossoverRD, SB|DoomSnake, AAG|BabyBrasil, Umbrella|Dark, RES|Pikoro, though there are of course many more as well.

Streaming is being done at The Backyard Peru.

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Bonchan used Sagat against Tokido in tournament, here's what happened and why it's especially important

We all knew it would only be a matter of time until RB|Bonchan took Sagat into Street Fighter 5 tournament play and it happened in no small way this weekend at TWFighter Major.

This was significant on multiple levels, the first of which became apparent the moment Bonchan hovered over The King on the character select screen. This simple move sent the crowd into an excited frenzy as the mere prospect of a Bon-Sagat reunion in the tournament setting was enough to instill great hype.

The fact that the Japanese character specialist decided to choose this fighter against FOX|Tokido, the world's most consistent Street Fighter 5 player today, served as an early barometer for the character's relative strength and potential.

Though there's plenty of appreciation for Sagat in Street Fighter 5 the general sentiment at this time is that he may not be good enough to compete at higher levels, especially when a similar yet more efficient zoner like Guile is also available.

We've included the match footage for you to check out below and if you don't want to know what happened stop reading now and jump to it. I'll be discussing the results in the following text.

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Street Fighter 5 Mysterious Mod on PC showcases fan-made second Critical Arts for most of the cast; Peter even gets a Raging Demon

Mods on PC games that change character models or add some new assets to the game are commonplace in today's market, but ones that completely overhaul a game's mechanics and play style are harder to come by especially in the realm of fighting games.

Earlier this year, we reported on a PC mod in development for Street Fighter 5 called the 'Mysterious Mod' which added and changed mechanics in the game to make it more like Street Fighter 4 and other fighters.

Another addition they've made to the game via the mod has been giving second Critical Arts for most of the cast which they recently compiled and showcased in a new video on YouTube except for a select few like Zeku and Sagat.

These new Critical Arts appear to be made in the style of previous Super Arts from earlier Street Fighter titles like Third Strike where Alex is once again given his Stun Gun Headbutt as a second Critical Art in the Mysterious Mod.

Most of the cast's "new Critical Arts" are based upon specials and attacks they already have in the game turned up a few notches with Ryu getting his Shin Shoryuken, Nash teleports around his opponent like an enhanced version of his first V-Trigger, Falke shots a rapid-fire volley of projectiles and many more examples can be seen.

Even Peter — the police officer from the cinematic Story Mode — receives his own Critical Arts including a Raging Demon. You can check out Peter's moves in action in the clip below and the full compilation after the jump. Let us know if you'd like any form of these to make it into the actual release.


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Desk presents 'A very stupid Urien combo' in his second batch of '10 combos that will never happen'

As the title of the video implies this collection of combos are extremely situational and will likely never occur in a competitive environment. That said they're still a vista of intriguing displays of imagination sure to give you a chuckle or two as you watch.

Keeping in step with his long resume of impressive displays and constant thinking around corners desk brings us a follow up to his 10 Combos That Will Never Happen in a Real Match from back in July.

Some of these involve producing long-standing attacks such as Urien's Aegis Reflector, then repositioning both characters around it so specific juggles are possible.

As a bit of an added bonus desk includes the two newest characters, G and Sagat, in his showcase here. A mind like desk's is surely welcome in the mix as the community continues to explore these two and their potential.

Easily my favorite from the bunch is the Ryu combo that includes not one, not two but three Joudan Sokutogeri (Donkey) kicks which bounce characters off walls for what's usually just a single follow up hit.

You can view said sequence first by clicking the thumbnail below and then watch desk's video in full by continuing on after the jump.


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Sako's combos are lethal, Xian's 50/50s are unpredictable, and Caba is an immovable defensive wall — TWFighter Street Fighter 5 highlights

A premier Capcom Pro Tour event took place at the TWFighter Major 2018. That means that the competitor that came in first place walked away with 700 CPT points which will surely make a difference when it comes to getting a spot in the Capcom Pro Tour finals at the end of this year.

There were a total of 323 players that were gunning for those points. Among them included FAV|Sako, FOX|Tokido, Rise|Caba, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, RZR|Xian, UYU|NL, Liquid|Nemo, Mago, and many more.

Now that the event has already concluded, we've got a number of highlights that are worth talking about. With so much on the line, the players there really demonstrated solid performances.

First, let's take a moment and look at Xian's play against Nemo. While Xian was using his Ibuki, Nemo represented himself as Urien.

Things were really going in Nemo's favor in this particular sequence. It looked as though Nemo was about to score a perfect. Needless to say, Xian had a pretty significant life deficit to overcome.

Thanks to Ibuki's V-Trigger 2, Xian was able to land an extremely tricky reset for big damage. Afterwards, he committed to pressure by using up all his kunai for another 50/50. He kept attacking until Nemo was stunned, awarding him the 3-0 victory.


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TWFighter Major 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another huge event is on the horizon this weekend, and it's TWFighter Major 2018.

This is a Premier Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so it's obviously a huge deal for any Capcom fighters out there, and its the first huge event to follow EVO 2018.

It's not just about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, though, since the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, King of Fighters 14 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

With as many as 323 people signed up for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the action is going to be nonstop at this event. There are also 59 players participating in Dragon Ball FighterZ, 45 players for King of Fighters 14 and 30 who have joined the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle tournament.

Notable players attending include FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, CO|Go1, CYG|Daigo, Gachikun, UYU|NL, Fursan|Verloren, CYG|Fuudo, CO|Dogura, FAV|Sako, Liquid|Nemo, FOX|Momochi, GGP|Kazunoko, RZR|Xian, Rise|MenaRD, FD|Haitani, Rise|Caba, GRPT|MOV, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Mago, RB|Bonchan, Liquid|John Takeuchi, AB|Chuan, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, AB|Poongko, FE|Humanbomb, UYU|OilKing, NASR|BigBird, AB|StormKubo, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, TW Fighter and GamerBee.

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Big improvements potentially coming to the online modes of top fighting games — here's what we know about Bandai Namco's network service division

A complaint we hear over and over again here on EventHubs is that a fighting game's netcode or online match making isn't up to snuff.

Pretty much no title in the community escapes these complaints, from Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition to Tekken 7, you don't have to look far to see someone saying they're having big issues playing online.

Back in mid-2017, Capcom entered into a deal with Bandai Namco to improve the online aspects of their titles, specifically naming the Street Fighter franchise.

The "deal contributes to a healthier industry while improving user experience," Capcom wrote at the time. Goals of reducing production time and costs, delivering more content to users, and contributing to a healthier game industry were also cited.

Nearly a year later, Bandai Namco announced a network service division, which is a wholly owned subsidiary that will launch on October 1, 2018, about a month and a half from now.

The stated goal of the company is to efficiently and swiftly respond to the need for more stable network connections, starting with Bandai Namco games.

The goal is for this to eventually encompass areas outside of their games and applications, and support all areas of business.

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Capcom Pro Tour Europe East Online Event #2 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The online portion of the Capcom Pro Tour is slowly drawing to a close, and this week, we're seeing the final Eastern European event of this year's online Capcom Pro Tour.

Incidentally, this also happens to be the final European online event overall as well.

The eligible regions for this installment are Latvia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Romania, Lithuania, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine and Greece.

As of writing, close to 50 players have registered, so there are going to be many matches played to reach the very end.

Players participating include RASS, DrGulag, SunMate, LoHii and many, many more.

Although streaming is being done at , the broadcast will not begin until the event is down to the top 8. Thankfully, you can follow along with the bracket over at Smash GG.

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Verloren wins with last second chip, Tokido trades using Critical Art, while G and Sagat make appearances in TWFighter 2018 highlights

TWFighter Major 2018 is going on this weekend. For Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, this is a premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour.

In other words, the player who comes in first place will be awarded 700 Capcom Pro Tour points. Players competing include Rise|Caba, UYU|NL, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FAV|Sako, Liquid|Nemo, RZR|Xian, FOX|Tokido, Mago, CYG|Fuudo, CO|Dogura, RB|Bonchan, AB|StormKubo, Fursan|Verloren, CYG|Daigo, GGP|Kazunoko, FD|Fujimura, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, FOX|Momochi, and many more.

As you can imagine, this was a particularly hype event for players and spectators alike. We've got some highlights that showcase some of the happenings that occurred leading up to the top eight portion of the bracket.

The first sequence focuses on the battle that went on between Tokido and Nemo. Not surprisingly, both players stuck with their main characters by playing Akuma and Urien respectively.

Tokido made his intentions fairly obvious as he paused the battle via his V-Trigger cancel after throwing out a red fireball. Nemo responded by using his V-Trigger to throw the pressure back at Tokido with his Aegis Reflector.

Immediately, Tokido opted to use Akuma's Critical Art to take off a huge chunk of Urien's life. While Urien just barely survived the trade, Tokido was able to finish the round shortly afterwards as Nemo was trapped in the corner.


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Street Fighter 5 has extremely helpful data hidden in plain sight about your strengths and weaknesses — and your opponent's

Street Fighter 5's launch was such a mess, one of the game's hyped features barely worked when the title was released in February of 2016.

Since then, SF5's Capcom Fighters Network has been updated multiple times, so it's quite possible you've missed how incredibly detailed and helpful this information can be, given the initial impression.

But what if I told you there's a place you could look at in the stats which tells you, numerically speaking, what your opponent is most likely to do when you have them cornered?

Most people would reading this would assume this information isn't readily accessible, unless they've adventured into the deep and dark depths of CFN's player statistics.

Today, I want to take a deeper look at the most popular player in FGC history, CYG|Daigo Umehara, and examine what his Street Fighter 5 stats reveal about his playstyle.

Forewarning: Much like pro sports, while statistics can help paint the picture of how things work, they rarely tell the entire tale. Just because Daigo rarely throws when cornered, doesn't mean he won't do it consistently if he knows what you're up to. Now let's dive in.

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Earn 21,300 Fight Money in this week's Street Fighter 5 missions with the return of 'Shibasaki's First Request' plus Rashid's new Air Man costume part

It's Friday, so that means the end of the work week for many and that new missions are available in Street Fighter 5 for those looking to cash in on some more Fight Money and goodies in the game.

A potentially large amount of Fight Money is up for grabs this week due to the return of the golden Shadaloo soldier alongside the standard batch of weekly missions including the return of the Story mission 'Shibasaki's First Request.' Completing everything this week could net you up to 21,300 FM.

This 'High Roller Shadaloo Elite' will hand over 7,500 FM each time you defeat him in Extra Battle up to three times, but it'll also cost you 1,500 per attempt meaning players can earn a net gain of 18,000 FM for those looking to save up or spend some on Fighting Chance tickets to try and receive Sagat's special classic costume.

Speaking of costumes, there's still four sets of Extra Battle's going on in SF5 for crossover costumes including the third piece of Rashid's Air Man outfit plus all three Monster Hunter costumes for Ibuki, Ken and R. Mika if you missed them the first time around. Each attempt will cost you 2,500 FM to earn this week's piece up for grabs.

Another cheap Fighting Chance ticket is potentially yours for taking on the original Street Fighter Sagat plus there are three crossover music tracks also currently available in Extra Battle for Monster Hunter and Mega Man costing 1,000 FM per attempt.

You can check out the full list of missions and new Extra Battles in the gallery below, and find out how to complete all of said missions after the jump.

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G, Sagat, Carnival Laura, Zangief as Mike Haggar and more Street Fighter 5 characters grace Copatography's high definition screen shot gallery

We're excited to bring you more stellar shots from Copatography today as the modder has produced a handful more Street Fighter 5 in-game screen captures.

Said captures highlight the newcomer characters G and Sagat as they show off some of their beautiful attack animations and poses, while others feature modded versions of characters like Zangief and Laura.

Cody has a few interesting interactions here as he faces off with his old pal Mike Haggar (Zangief) and has a Mayor/President political dispute with G.

Many of these grabs show off all the beautiful details that are very easy to miss, and highlight some pretty intense facial expressions (G) at the same time.

You can see a whole lot more over at the NSFW Copatography's Twitter, but be warned that there are a handful of nude mods there as well.

Give the gallery a look over and let us know which images were your favorite and why in the comments below.

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You'll never be able to un-see the wonderfully terrifying new Ono-Blanka emote you can get for subscribing to Capcom Fighters on Twitch

A few months back Capcom Fighters rolled out some brand new emotes for subscribers to their Twitch channel, and they've just updated with an all new Ono-Blanka.

As you saw in the banner this is a hybrid of Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono's face fused into Blanka's head. We couldn't help but laugh seeing it for the first time (and all subsequent times thus far) and have to admit it's a perfect representation of Ono's eccentric nature and love for Blanka.

This joins the likes of Dan Hibiki, cat Menat, Blanka-chan, heart throb Cody and winking Sakura on the list of special subscriber emotes for the Cap Fighters channel. In addition to access to these subscribers will also get special Capcom badges next to their names in chat.

The team also has announced that the all new Birdie costume inspired and designed by the reigning Capcom Cup champ, RISE|MenaRD, is now available along with the CPT 2018 DLC pack.

"Get the MenaRD inspired costume, along with the Akuma & Sakura costume for $6 each or in the CPT 2018 Premier Pass with CPT stage Ring of Power and more for $20," the state in a recent tweet.

You can check out the new emotes as well as the Mena RD champion's choice costume by clicking the images below:

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Which Street Fighter 5 Critical Art is the best? Maximilian takes on SF5 in his latest edition of 'Rate the Supers'

With the completion of the proposed Season 3 characters Street Fighter 5 now has 34 fighters on the character select screen, and that means 34 different Critical Art super combos to compare and contrast.

Mr. Maximilian has done just that in a recent video as he watches them all, one by one, and grades them on an "A to F" scale. Note that while some characters do have slightly different Supers in V-Trigger, Max just goes with everyone's standard animations.

Obviously this is all just personal opinion, but Max does offer a bit of the explanation behind his judgements on each fighter's hardest hitting attacks. Not only do these moves need to look visually stunning, they also need to align with a character's personality and general fighting approach.

I'm also going to take this opportunity to share my particular love for newcomer Sagat's Critical Art. I didn't even realize it at first, but after playing at a friend's house with the volume up way too high I realized that the ending uppercut during his animation is accented by a tiger's roar.

Sagat's attacks are already bone-crunchingly satisfying and this is a wonderful cherry on top. While it does teeter on the side of ridiculous and risk falling into the realm of comedy, I think it still very much fits with the character and the game.

That said the quality of G's finger gun explosion cannot be understated. Let us know which Critical Art is your favorite after you get a refresher from Max's video.

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