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Otani gets a very favorable trade from Urien's Aegis, MOV has sick Chun-LI V-Trigger 2 combos, and ZJZ can't be pressured when he has Menat's Super

The Last Chance Qualifiers has come to its conclusion. We now know all 32 competitors that will be competing tomorrow at the Capcom Cup 2018 event.

Ultimately, it was ZJZ, a Menat player, that was crowned the victor. He is now seeded at 19th for the event and will be facing off against NVD|Phenom tomorrow in the first round.

The competitors that were present at the event included Liquid|John Takeuchi, TF|DidimoKOF, XSK Samurai, CO|Dogura, Rise|Smug, GRPT|MOV, 801 Strider, LPN, Tempo|Alex Myers, K-Brad, CoolKid93, and many others.

In the grand finals, ZJZ ended up coming from the losers side in order to face off against Dankadillas — who utilized both Dhalsim and Blanka. ZJZ would have to defeat him in two sets back-to-back n order win.

Thanks to his crafty usage of Menat's Critical Art, he was able to catch many opponents off guard by interrupting fake pressure. ZJZ seems quite knowledgeable when it comes to the exact timings on when to place his attacks.

Here are the highlights from the grand finals that crowned ZJZ has the Last Chance Qualifier player. After the jump, you can find more highlights for the entire tournament.


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Capcom Cup 2018 early results, stream ft. Tokido, Fujimura, Problem X, Fuudo, Sako, Justin Wong, NL, OilKing, NuckleDu, Daigo, Luffy, Haitani and more

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

It's been a long and challenging season in this year's Capcom Pro Tour, but we're finally at the end of it, and in a few days we'll have a winner crowned.

That's right, Capcom Cup 2018 is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it's as big as ever.

31 players who have put their all into the season this year are qualified for these finals, and there will be a Last Chance Qualifier to decide the final participant at the event's first day as well.

The players confirmed for the finals so far are FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, Mouz|Problem X, CYG|Fuudo, FAV|Sako, FOX|Justin Wong, UYU|NL, UYU|OilKing, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, RB|Luffy, FD|Haitani, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, Rise|Caba, NASR|BigBird, RB|Gachikun, RZR|Xian, CJ Truth, RB|Bonchan, Mago, REC|Punk, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Momochi, AB|StormKubo, Fursan|Verloren, Liquid|Nemo, Chris Tatarian, Rise|MenaRD, RES|Pikoro and NASR|AngryBird.

Given past years, we can also be fairly sure that there'll be big announcements concerning future content additions to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition as well, so if you're hoping for any particular characters or other changes, tune in and cross your fingers.

Streaming will be done at Capcom Fighters and Capcom Fighters 2.

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Plenty of character representation at the Capcom Cup Last Chance Qualifiers as Cammy, Akuma, Rashid, and Urien tie for most used fighter in the top 64

31 out of 32 of the Capcom Cup competitors have already been decided. The final entrant is to be decided via the currently ongoing Last Chance Qualifier event.

Upon victory, they'll be seeded at 19th. In other words, they'll be facing off against the 14th seeded player, NVD|Phenom.

Many top level competitors are gunning for this final spot. This includes the likes of Dankadillas, Liquid|John Takeuchi, ZJZ, TF|DidimoKOF, FD|Otani, XSK Samurai, CO|Dogura, Rise|Smug, GRPT|MOV, and many more.

It's time to look at which characters are the most prevalent at this event. We'll be looking at the top 64 portion of the Last Chance Qualifier bracket.

Cammy, Rashid, Urien, and Akuma were the most commonly used fighters that appeared in the top 64. There were five players for each of them.

Interestingly enough, there was an event split between the number of DLC characters used and the base roster combatants. Unfortunately, nobody was making use of characters like Ryu, Cody, Sagat, Zeku, and others by this point.

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CouchWarriors Crossup 2018 live stream ft. Kazunoko, Fenrich, ApologyMan, Tachikawa, Cloud805, Supernoon, Nakkiel, LordKnight, Souji, Garireo and more

CouchWarriors Crossup is taking place this weekend in Victoria, Australia.

The big part about this event is that it's the final Saga event in the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, meaning that there's a Dragon Ball up for grabs.

Although Dragon Ball FighterZ is the main game, the event will also feature tournament play in the yet-to-be-released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 6, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Mortal Kombat XL, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Top players set to compete at the event include GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Fenrich, BC|ApologyMan, DNG|Tachikawa, UYU|Cloud805, NRG|Supernoon, PG|Nakkiel, BC|LordKnight, GGWP|Souji, Ponos|Garireo and many more.

With 75 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, it'll be a big fight to see who gets the Dragon Ball in the end. With GGP|Kazunoko present and gatekeeping, is he going to grab his fourth? Or will someone finally overcome him and get theirs?

Streaming is being done at Dragon Ball FighterZ, Couch Warriors, Couch Warriors Smash, Melbourne Melee and New Game Plus TV.

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The official Street Fighter 5 Twitter account just changed their profile picture and the announcement hint is... nothing?

Capcom Cup 2018 has officially begun and we are currently seeing the event's Last Chance Qualifier event run its course. There have already been a number of exciting Street Fighter 5 matches, and there's still much more to come.

Fans are anticipating a major reveal for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition this weekend, with all eyes currently on Sunday finals. It looks like the official Street Fighter Twitter account may already be getting things started, albeit a little differently than we've seen previously.

In the past, the game's Twitter page has changed up their profile picture and sometimes banner to tease the next big reveal. Most times we're given a look at the SF5 logo with a background that applies to the upcoming character reveal — for example, a purple backdrop with waves of Psycho Power to signify the announcement of Falke.

The Twitter account changed their profile picture today, but the potential hint here is... much more cryptic. What we're seeing now is the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition logo with a blank background.

While this could simply be the account updating their profile picture with a clean slate, traditionally these character reveal hints are sent out a couple of days before the big unveiling. The Street Fighter Twitter account changing their main picture on day one of Capcom Cup 2018? Yeah, that reeks of a hint at what's to come.

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Poll results: Who will win the first round matches of Capcom Cup 2018 and the whole event?

Updated 8:30 a.m. PDT, Fri. December 14, 2018: And the results are in! To see how our readers voted, be sure to view the results after the jump.

Original story: Capcom Cup 2018 beckons as players from all over the world are preparing for their trips to Las Vegas. We're a mere four days away from the start of the action as this Friday will see the Last Chance Qualifier play out and crown the 32nd and final entrant into the Cap Cup bracket.

The other 31 participants are well aware of their first round match ups as Capcom has posted the official bracket, and that means it's time for some fantasy predictions. We've set up a series of polls so that you can share who you think will advance beyond the first round.

It shouldn't surprise that some of the biggest names in the world will be facing off from the very start, but seeing these as round one match ups can be jarring simply because it's almost always the case that names like Mouz|Problem X and Rise|MenaRD are seeded quite far from one another.

The reigning EVO champion and reigning Capcom Cup champion will nonetheless be each others' first bout, meaning one of these titans of Street Fighter 5 will be sent to the losers bracket after just one set.

Chris T parted ways with his sponsor, Cygames Beast, just about a month ago but will be facing his former teammate, CYG|Fuudo, at the beginning of his Capcom Cup run. There are more than a few more early slobberknockers on the books and you'll be able to view them all and vote below.

Click the thumbnail here to see the full list of first round matches. Continue on after the jump to cast your predictions on your first round matches as well as who you think will take it all home this year.

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EVO Japan 2019 main game line up revealed, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not on the list

The main EVO Japan 2019 line up of games was announced early this morning over on the official EVO Twitter page. Several major fighting games that you'd expect on the event's card made the cut, but there were two big omissions that might leave fans scratching their heads.

Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters 14, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 make up the EVO Japan 2019 main games line up. As you probably noticed, massively popular titles Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are missing from the list.

Both games took the fighting game community by storm when initially released (and we're still in the midst of that craze with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). Not having tournaments for either game this coming year is certainly peculiar.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was not a part of the line up at EVO Japan this past year as its release date fell a bit to close to the weekend of the tournament. With DBFZ being one of the most highly renowned fighting games of the year and so popular in the FGC, fans definitely expected it to be a part of the big show early next year.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's absence is also strange considering the game's predecessor, Super Smash Bros. 4, being a part of the main games at EVO Japan 2018. The release date of Smash Bros. Ultimate is far enough out from the event that unfamiliarity is likely not an issue, and in Dragon Ball FighterZ and Smash Ultimate's case there may be some licensing hurdles the EVO team could not overcome being that the event is overseas — though that is merely early speculation.

For comparison's sake, EVO Japan 2018's line up was as follows: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazeBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, and ARMS.

EVO Japan 2019 is taking place on February 15 - 17 in Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

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Capcom Cup 2018 Last Chance Qualifier preview — which powerhouses are looking most likely to make it through to the main event?

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

We've already covered the main event in a two-part preview, of which you can find part 1 here and part 2 here, but now it's time to talk about the Last Chance Qualifier.

Given the amazing performance Liquid|Nemo showed us last year after winning the Last Chance Qualifier, it's definitely something people are keeping an eye on, so let's see which players are looking most primed to have a strong shot at grabbing that last Capcom Cup spot this year.

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Yoshinori Ono and his Blanka toy drop another announcement hint for Capcom Cup 2018

The big show is almost upon us; Capcom Cup 2018 kicks off tomorrow and is gearing up for an action packed weekend of amazing Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition play and content.

With this year's Capcom Pro Tour coming to its conclusion, a new champion will be crowned in Las Vegas, Nevada. After a year-long tournament circuit, intense battles, and some of the biggest Street Fighter 5 events we've seen to-date, it all comes down to this weekend.

History dictates that Capcom aims to make a big announcement (maybe more than one) for Street Fighter 5 at Capcom Cup. We know Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono will be in attendance, and he has hinted at a potential something set for the finals in recent times.

Today, Ono took to Twitter once again with his trademark Blanka doll to reassure fans that "Blanka's pocket" is ready to rock and roll this weekend.

"Blanka will go to Las Vegas from San Francisco for joining to Capcom Cup 2018!" Ono wrote on Twitter. "We're making preparation for Capcom Cup, Blanka's pocket has got everything arranged! ;P"

We were all expecting a Street Fighter 5-related announcement at Capcom Cup before today, but Ono's latest tweet just further cements it in our heads.

From the potential of Rose being revealed as the first Street Fighter 5 Season 4 character to a strong grappler character reportedly joining the fight next year, we've talked a lot about what might be revealed this weekend at Capcom Cup. This time we want to know what you think.

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Tell us in the comments what you think Capcom is going to unveil at the Capcom Cup finals. What is Ono hinting at?

Capcom Cup 2018 preview part 2 — who are the top seeded players at the event and what can we expect from them?

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

We already ran the first part of our preview yesterday, which you can find here. Because of how big the event is, we had to spread this out across several pieces, and there will be another one which focuses on the Last Chance Qualifier as well.

Now, let's take a look at the 16 highest-seeded players set to compete and what we can expect from them going in to the event.

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Who we think will win Capcom Cup, eSports ads invade Street Fighter 5, less than graceful acceptance speeches, win a free copy of Smash Ultimate

We're just a few days away from Capcom Cup 2018 and that means first round predictions from both Catalyst and myself on this week's podcast.

We go through all 16 initial match ups to share who we think will win and who the EventHubs readers chose to win. We also cap things off with our final picks for overall Capcom Cup 2018 champion.

The podcast kicks off with a special interview with our Smash Bros. expert, Justin "Adaptive Trigger" Gordon, as he gives some initial thoughts and reactions on the latest and possibly greatest Smash entry yet.

We're actually giving away a free copy of Smash Ultimate with details on how to enter the running after the jump below.

FOX|Sonic Fox brought the Game Awards trophy for best eSports player home to the FGC this week, but got a little politically intense during his acceptance speech. Catalyst and I both offer some thoughts on that as well as the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal and the infamous rap music from 21 Savage that accompanied said reveal.

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Zangief outplaces Sagat for popularity, M. Bison just keeps on winning — Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition online stats for November 2018

Capcom has released the latest statistics for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's online modes. This time, we're given a look at how each character on the roster did last month, November 2018.

As per usual, Street Fighter 5's online stats provide a list of how popular every playable fighter was for that month (character usage) and characters' winning averages ranked from best to worst (combat stats).

On the character usage end of things, always popular fighters Ryu, Akuma, Ken, Guile, and Cammy retain the top ranks: ranked first through fifth, respectively. Back in October, Sagat was found sitting comfortable as the sixth most frequently used character for the month, but last month the king fell several spots and is now lower ranked than M. Bison, Zangief, and Karin — despite Zangief being considered fairly low tier, he still remains pretty popular online.

Characters such as F.A.N.G, Falke, and Dhalsim remain at the bottom of the usage list, unfortunately.

In November, M. Bison continued to be the character with the best win average. The Psycho powered-villain was followed by Urien, Vega, Dhalsim, and Blanka.

For comparison's sake, you can check out the stats from October 2018 here.

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New Street Fighter 5 patch notes released; special holiday promotion going on in Extra Battle to earn more Fortune Tickets

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition saw its latest update come last night bringing with it new Sponsored Content and a free trial among other things though now we have a clearer picture of what it all added for players.

Capcom has released the official patch notes for the new update on their Shadaloo CRI website, but there do appear to be some details left off of the new list that many had been waiting for the developer / publisher to clarify.

These patch notes include all of the information about the free trial period, addition of Partner Content to the game, new DLC bundles, the re-release of old DLC and includes the new music choices added to the game.

It does not include, however, any mention of the previously announced changes being made to the difficulty and replayability of Extra Battle missions, so we still don't know whether some battles have become easier or more difficult — or if Capcom even went ahead with the changes at all.

Along with this update came a new set of holiday-themed Extra Battles that will allow players to earn cheap Fortune Tickets by battling the Season 2 and 3 casts in their holiday attire. A new mission unlocks every two days until December 23, and players will have five attempts to score a ticket from each one. Unlike most missions where players are limited to a number of mission retries, these missions only give out rewards upon first completion, so don't waste Fight Money trying to obtain more once beaten.

You can check out the first holiday battle mission against Sakura below and the full Street Fighter 5 patch notes after the jump.

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Here are the colors for Ryu's Jin Saotome costume in Street Fighter 5 plus Easter egg which puts the fighter back into only his underwear

Earlier this week Capcom announced the next two Extra Battle costumes to be coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition with Mech Abigail incoming after Mech Juri leaves the stage followed by a new crossover outfit for Ryu seeing him turn into Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness' Jin Saotome.

This new Jin costume won't be available to use for players until the beginning of February next year, but modders have apparently already gotten their hands on the outfit and shown it off online.

We've collected the 10 different colors that are selectable for the crossover from another Capcom fighting game from the past along with its Easter egg which was posted online by Gravelee.

Ryu appears to have a nice spread of colors to choose from for his new cosplay including black, navy blue, red, orange, pink and green though what is underneath it all might be a bit more eye-catching to some players.

Like most crossover costumes in the game, the Jin Saotome outfit features a special Easter egg version which leaves Ryu in nothing but his headband and underwear. This makes it the second time a crossover stripped Ryu down to his skivvies after he first received a costume for Arthur from Ghost 'n Goblins which could leave the fighter in just his heart-imprinted boxers.

The Extra Battle missions for the Jin Saotome outfit won't start until the latter part of January, but you can get a taste of it and its available colors in the gallery below.

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Capcom Cup 2018 preview part 1 — here's our runthrough of who and what we'll see this weekend, from players to potential reveals

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

Given the magnitude of this event, our preview has to be split up in several parts. This is the first one, but there will be two more, one covering the higher seeded players and yet another one focusing on the Last Chance Qualifier competitors who are vying for that final spot in the bracket.

Now, let's get right in to the nitty-gritty of it all and see what Capcom Cup is set to offer us this year.

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Here's how Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's new sponsored content works

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's latest update is now officially live as the game's servers are back online. One of the biggest and most interesting additions to Capcom's mainstay fighting title in this patch is the new sponsored content feature.

To put it simply, the new sponsored content allows players to enable in-game ads, and by doing so earn extra Fight Money. Early images and explanations showed logos plastered on character costumes during matches and ads embedded into certain backgrounds.

So how does it actually work? Here's what we've found.

Sponsored content is geared toward ranked and casual matches. Though you'll see the effects of the enabled settings in other modes, like training, you'll only earn Fight Money from the two aforementioned online modes.

There are three different types of ads you can enable: costumes, loading ads, and stage ads. The "Ad Style" costumes show up as their own outfit option and are basically each character's default costume (and colors) with the ads on various areas of their bodies.

You can choose between colors 1-10 for the Ad Style costumes, and it only seems to be for the default looks at this time. It appears that sponsorships will be available only for certain periods of time, as an in-game prompt notes that if a sponsorship is not available at the time and you selected any colors from 3-10 of the Ad Style outfit in your battle settings, you will be forced to use colors 1 and 2.

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Update: Street Fighter 5's servers are back online, update now live

Updated 1:59 p.m. PDT, Tues. December 11, 2018: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's servers are back online. The version 2.09 update is now live.

Earlier: Every time Street Fighter 5 receives new content in the way of characters, costumes or updates, Capcom takes the game's servers down to prepare for the incoming changes for a few hours — and there's no exception here.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's online servers will be unavailable today, December 11, beginning at 8 a.m. PDT for maintenance that is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. PDT to add in new Sponsored Content, a free trial for the game and more.

Sponsored Content in the way of in-game advertisements are coming to SF5 with today's update which will allow players to earn extra Fight Money for seeing ads on character costumes, during loading screens and on certain stages for online matches. This new content will be entirely optional, however, as the ability to see them can be turned off in the Battle Settings.

Changes to the game's Extra Battle mode are also incoming with this new patch, but Capcom has yet to detail what we should expect beyond adjustments to difficulty and mission replayability which could impact players' ability to earn Fight Money.

A free trial of Street Fighter 5 will also be available today once servers go live in celebration of Capcom Cup week, so everyone on PlayStation 4 and PC can try out the title's base roster plus Guile, Akuma and Sagat at no charge until the morning of December 19.

You can take a look at official examples of the in-game advertisements coming to Street Fighter 5 in the gallery below, and stay tuned to EventHubs for more news on the game's update and all it will entail.

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