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Do so-called "robbery" characters justify a higher tier placing because of their frustrating nature?

It's a fair question, because there are a lot of characters in fighting games that just frustrate players to no end.

Obviously, the latest culprit is Abigail in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and much like Laura in the season before him, and R. Mika in the season before that, the vitriol leveled against the character and his playstyle is intense.

Characters with this kind of playstyle, where you feel unfairly treated when you lose to them, are definitely not anything new, but it can be argued that it's a more prevalent theme in Street Fighter 5 than in most previous fighters.

We've seen it said numerous times, in my interview with AB|Gunfight he plainly stated that there are matches where he just feels like there wasn't anything he could've done but to guess better.

Another top player, IND|Ixion, whose stream I tend to frequent, when asked for tips about how to improve in Street Fighter 5, said that one of the first things you need to make peace with is that in probably every single match you play, something will happen that feels like it was incredibly unfair, but you just need to power through it and not let it shatter you mentally.

Therein lies the discussion. Does it make sense for characters who are good at mentally frustrating opponents outside of the game to move up in the tier lists because of this meta-based strength? I have my own opinion, but let's look over the arguments for and against first.

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Winter Brawl 12 early results, streams ft. SonicFox, Punk, NuckleDu, Theo, SKD, Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, Grover, Coach Steve, Dieminion, Mynus and more

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

A lot of tournament action is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

That's because it's time once again for Winter Brawl, in its 12th installment, and there are going to be a ton of players and games being played at the event.

The games set for tournament play are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Windjammers, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament DX, Soul Calibur 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], ARMS, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend are plentiful, but some of the ones you can expect to see include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, NuckleDu, FOX|Theo, PG|SKD, Circa|Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, PAG|Grover, PG|Coach Steve, SB|Dieminion, TSB|Mynus, cR|Dekillsage, Nephew, Method|Flux, TSB|Blaze, NS|Ludovic, HB|Punisher, Kreymore and more.

With 275 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this looks to be the first major event featuring the game, and it's last on the schedule as well, so look forward to some proper action from our favorite Z Warriors.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Team Spooky and Atari FGC.

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Momochi takes Blanka-chan for a spin in new Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition compilation

Blanka dropped as the second DLC character this season for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on the 20th, and the pros and killers out there have not wasted any time to see just what this green and sometimes plushy beast can dish out.

Resident FGC compiler XusesGB put up a new video of Echo Fox's Momochi beasting on the online competition with Blanka-chan, the name for Blanka's plushy form for those that have been living under a rock.

Momochi sinks his fangs into his opponents using his wife's favorite character and cleans up shop with just how squeaky-clean his gameplay is with this new character.

In the video, the former Capcom Cup champ retains his signature style and offense with probably some of the fastest reactions in the FGC with his hit confirms and follow-ups. Perfectly spaced Rolling Attacks and pokes help Momochi keep up the constant pressure while laying some figurative traps for his opponents.

Even master ranked players are no match for the husband of Choco Blanka.

In the clip below, Momochi melts away the life bar of a Menat player and lands the stunning blow by chasing her down with an EX-Rolling ball. Check out the full video after the jump.

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3,300 Fight Money to earn in this week's Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition missions

A new batch of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition missions is live.

The weekly challenges are back with four main missions to complete that reward you with Fight Money. As always, three are straightforward, while one remains cryptic.

This set of challenges is fairly easy to complete, and shouldn't take very long for most players.

This week's cryptic mission is "No Work and All Play," which is a repeat mission. We'll be telling you how to complete this, and the other three FM challenges in this story.

Wiith Arcade Edition's newest DLC character, Blanka, now officially available, you'll want to scoop up as much Fight Money as you can.

Let's take a look at the missions list below.

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You'd need to win about six Ranking events this year to qualify for Capcom Cup

There's been a good amount of discussion regarding the changes to the Capcom Pro Tour this year, and we've specifically heard some criticism when it comes to the new points distribution model.

Some observers are worried that too much emphasis is being put on Premier events so as to elbow their lower-tier Ranking event counterparts dangerously close to the "not worthwhile" end of the spectrum.

Two Tours back, winning a Premier event meant auto-qualification into the Capcom Cup. This model was revised in 2017 in an effort to place less emphasis on Premiers, as a first place finish would grant 400 global points instead of instant Cap Cup berth.

It seems Capcom is trying to find a middle ground with their approach in 2018 as a win at a Premier event this year will net a buttressed 700 GP.

As we'll examine in just a bit, such a payload would probably be about 100-150 points short of qualification status.

First, let's get a quick refresher by looking at the points distribution chart for 2017 and 2018, where we can see a general emphasis shifted further toward Premiers:

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Tired of Blanka-chan yet? Yeah, we know you aren't

Back on December of last year, Capcom revealed not only Sakura for Street Fighter 5, but the entire DLC roster for Arcade Edition. That was their second strongest move since the release of SF5.

The, without a doubt, best move they've made for the game took place just under a week ago on February 15th when the company released a .png image of Blanka's Story Mode costume to the public to do with what they pleased.

We rounded up a gallery of these and then another just a few days later. It wasn't enough.

The internet continued churning out Blanka-chan photo bombs left and right, and so we've put together one more gallery of some of our favorites to share with you yet again.

From iconic movie scenes to Michael Jackson's legendary Thriller music video, the goofiest version of Blanka the world has ever seen continues to permeate pop culture both old and new.

Let us know which ones are your favorites, and if you're hoping this trend ever stops in the comments below.

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BornFree discovers the horrible truth behind Blanka's new costume

First of all, I don't know how I haven't seen this joke made on social media yet, (or how I haven't thought of it myself) but BornFree makes a pretty perfect Street Fighter 5 witticism with his latest video.

It seems we may not know the entire story behind the Blanka costume that everyone and their mothers are talking these days, and the truth is actually quite shocking (no pun intended).

You can file this one under the "funnies" tab, as there's no interview, speculation or thoughtful analysis from the New York-based fighting game enthusiast this time around.

Instead we find just a playful jab at Capcom's interesting decisions when it comes to character attire in the latest Street Fighter game.

We're quite sure that once word gets out about what's under the adorable Blanka-chan mask, we won't be seeing it in memes or in ranked bouts any longer.

Let us know if you thought the short was as funny as we did after you check it out, and be sure to follow Born on his Twitter page so you catch all his informative and entertaining fighting game videos.

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No more regional last chance qualifiers on the Capcom Pro Tour, to be replaced with open qualifier tournaments

We now a full handbook's worth of information regarding the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour, and while certain stats such as the distribution of Ranked vs. Premier events and the $600,000 prize pool, some details are not as apparent and do not float as quickly to the surface.

There's been an amendment to the regional finals branch of the tour, and while this won't be of much concern to most until we're closer to the end of the Tour, (when the regional finals play out) you may want to bookmark this article for reference for when those inevitable questions arise circa October.

Four of the 32 bracket spots at Capcom Cup will be reserved for the four players that emerge victorious from the Latin American, North American, Asian and European regional finals events. These will each conclude with eight-man final brackets, the winner of which will clench Cap Cup berth.

Every player will be assigned to one of the four regions mentioned above based on their residency here at the start of the 2018 Pro Tour, and will not be able to switch the region they identify with thereafter. Any time a player places in an event hosted by their own region, they receive regional points (in addition to and equal to the global points they earn for the same event).

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All three Blanka balls in one combo, beating out Abigail's armor and more in Desk's day one Blanka combo video

Blanka-chan has been all the rage on social media since the reveal of the plush story costume, but now Street Fighter players finally have their hands on the green world warrior and are showing the world what he can do.

Not wanting to miss out on a new character release, resident combo monster desk released a video of his day one Blanka combos while still being limited to the use of only one hand.

Multiple "Blanka Balls," ambiguous slides and crush counters galore are shown off giving players a look at what to possibly expect when fighting the character online and beyond.

Desk also features Blanka's tools for avoiding fireball pressure including his EX-Wild Hunt command grab and EX-Rolling Attack that seem to be projectile invincible along with his Coward's Crouch and Critical Art.

He also has some fun with Blanka and F.A.N.G's crouches and slides which do not really present some secret tech, but it is still funny to see.

In the clip below, Desk shows off a powerful corner combo against Abigail using two EX-Vertical Rolling balls followed up by a tricky mix-up which you can see in the video after the jump.

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Blanka gets bit by piranha with his Nostalgia outfit Easter egg in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Blanka is officially out in the wild and trolling his opponents in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Much like every DLC character that gets added to the roster, the electrifying world warrior comes equipped with three alternate costumes that can be picked up from the in-game store. Today, we're going to look at the colors for his default, Story, Battle, and Nostalgia costumes.

Alternate costumes that don't fall under the categories of default, Story, or Battle usually have a special Easter egg variation that can be accessed by holding all three punches + light kick + up during the white screen transition before a match begins. For Blanka, his Nostalgia outfit has an Easter egg, and it's pretty awesome.

When you utilize the variation, you'll see that Blanka has a couple of fish (which appear to be piranha) biting into his hair and his shorts. You can check it out in the fourth screenshot below.

Also included in this gallery are colors #1 - #12 for his default, #1 - #15 for both Story and Battle costumes, and colors #1 - #10 for Nostalgia.

Below are colors #1 and #2 for each of his four looks to get you started.

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There's a pretty big regional disparity when it comes to Premier Events on the CPT, with reduced points for Ranking Events, this might be a problem

Yesterday, we got details shared for 2018's Capcom Pro Tour, its point structure, and most of the events that are going to be part of it.

First off, the points structure has been changed fairly significantly. One of the biggest shakeups is that Ranking Events will now only give CPT points to the top 8 placers, and even then, 7th placers will just get one single point.

Another big thing is that the gap between 1st place and 2nd place at any event has been widened, but much more so for a Premier Event. A victory at a Ranking Event now gives 160 points, equal to a 4th place finish at a Premier Event, but if you get 2nd at a Ranking, you'll now end up with 70 points, the same as someone who finished 7th at a Premier.

Basically, what we're being told by Capcom now is that if you decide to attend a Ranking Event, you'd best win it to get a healthy amount of points from it.

The shift is even bigger at a Premier event, while 2nd place gets a pretty large amount of points, at 270, 1st place gets a whopping 700 points for their efforts.

What we can basically see here is that placing at Premier events is nearly essential if you want to make it into Capcom Cup, and therein lies a problem, because the regional breakdown for Premiers isn't quite equal.

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Nash's Captain Commando costume, Ken's Rathalos armor minus the helmet and more shown in new video from X-Kira

Data-mining in Street Fighter 5 has been around since the days of the betas, and that train has never stopped since.

The chief amongst these data-miners is X-Kira, who I am sure many of you are already familiar with due to his previous work and leaks for Street Fighter and beyond.

He is back at it again, and this time is showing off the Monster Hunter crossover costumes and Nash's Captain Commando costume as well as their supposed Easter Egg variants.

Ken's variant, assuming these are real, shows him helmet-less while wearing the rest of his Rathalos gear. R. Mika and Ibuki's variants have the characters leaving the weapons on their backs behind.

X-Kira gives us our first full glimpse of Nash as Captain Commando in game as well his variant which sees him keep his traditional hairstyle.

Check out the gallery below and the video after the jump to see these new costumes in motion.

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Looks like Blanka received some last-minute nerfs before his Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition release

With Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's newest DLC character, Blanka, now in the hands of the public, players everywhere are spending time in the lab to figure out what the electrifying combatant is all about in the latest installment in the series.

I spent several hours in training mode yesterday, testing out Blanka's normals, combos, frame traps, etc. During my experimentation, I stumbled onto what appears to be some last-minute nerfs that were seemingly put into place right before his release.

Last week, Capcom showcased Blanka at the WSO Sessions and over on Capcom Unity, and during those streams you may remember it being noted that his Electric Thunder special attack was +3 on block. This advantage would give him better offensive pressure and access to more effective frame traps.

During the WSO stream, it was shown that the move was +3 on block, but testing it in-game now, it has been reduced down to +2.

This change was likely made in order to normalize the pressure from the special move, making some more gaps for opponents to capitalize on.

Below is the original clip, new footage of the move, and a comparison screenshot.

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Ken's Rathalos Monster Hunter costume in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition delayed, Ibuki's Kirin Armor takes its place next week

At the end of the month, we're going to be seeing some special Extra Battle challenges begin in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition that award players with Monster Hunter costumes for Ken, R. Mika, and Ibuki.

The first is set to kick off on February 27th, and was originally planned to be Ken's first challenge. However, a change has been made to the release schedule.

The official Street Fighter Twitter account sent out an announcement earlier today explaining that Ken's Rathalos Armor challenges have been delayed until next month. Ibuki's challenges will now be the first to go live and are taking Ken's spot as the first in line of the set.

Essentially, Ibuki and Ken's challenges have swapped places. Ken's will now be the last of these three costumes to see a release.

Ibuki's first challenge will run from February 27th until March 8th. On that same end date, the second challenge will begin, and from there we will see the subsequent missions become available on its predecessor's end date and run for a week long each.

Below is a look at the updated costume schedules.

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Here are the changes that the Capcom Pro Tour is implementing this year

Details and the schedule for the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 were released this week, and there's been a number of changes that have been implemented that are important to understand.

First off, let's take a look at what will be staying the same. Last year's Capcom Cup champion is already qualified for the big event at the end of this year. This means that RISE|MenaRD is guaranteed to compete in the Capcom Cup, but he'll still have to play throughout the year if he wants a strong seeding.

There will also be a last chance qualifier spot reserved. Any player that is not able to secure enough points to otherwise qualify in the global leaderboard will have an opportunity to snatch this last spot.

The top eight players from each of the regions -- North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia -- will be able to compete for a guaranteed spot in the regional finals. With that said, it's possible that a player that already has enough points to compete at the end of the year can still win the regional finals.

This means that between 26 to 30 of the finalists will be decided via the global leaderboards. Some of these slots can be overriden by players if they should win their Regional Finals, but only if they don't have the points to take a spot on their own. The total number of points that they've accumulated throughout the year will make up their seeding.

Now let's talk about what will be changing. This is mostly focused on the point distribution. Below are images that directly compare this year's events to last year's.

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Blanka in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition has tons of gimmicks, resets, 50/50s, damage, and more in our day one tech roundup

It hasn't even been a full 24 hours since Blanka has been released into the wild... err, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. The internet has gotten exceptionally good at breaking down the capabilities of new stuff in fighting games.

Blanka is often looked at as quite the troll character. This is much in thanks to some of the gimmicky and tricky setups he can pull off in the games that he has appeared in.

We've taken the time to round up some of the coolest combos, mix-ups, punishes, V-Trigger uses, and more that have some of the community's players buzzing. If you plan on playing Blanka, these look like some rather powerful day one setups.

Then again, even if you have no plans on utilizing this electric creature, I'd highly recommend familiarizing yourself with some of his gimmicks and resets. As you might expect, he has a bunch of them to work with thanks to his many movement options.

It's currently unknown just how effective Blanka will be for this season. Some of these may be unoptimal in the long run. Still, things are looking good so far.

All the tech comes from many different users on both Twitter and YouTube.

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Check out Blanka's story that has him trying to promote his Blanka-Chan dolls and trials #01 - 10

Whenever a new combatant is released for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, it comes with some single player content that revolves around the fighter. Blanka was released just earlier today.

As a result of this, Blanka's character story and trials are now available for players to go through. These can potentially be used to learn about his fighting style.

The green Brazilian beast is attempting to sell Blanka-Chan dolls to the general public. Despite the... "cute" appearance of the dolls, Blanka is overstocked and is having difficulties.

Eventually he runs into Laura and her brother, Sean, who suggest that he try his hand in Japan. It's at this point where we are treated to a Street Fighter 2 Easter egg.

Of course, the A.I. rarely puts up a fight in this mode. The battles against Laura and Sakura may not be enough to learn Blanka.

You should try out his combos in the trial mode. While Season 2 and earlier fighters only have four trials, Blanka and Sakura, the first of the Season 3 cast, have a total of ten trials.

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