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New Street Fighter 5 holiday costumes announced

Update: We've added a handful of additional high definition images from Capcom Unity to the gallery.

New holiday-themed costumes are coming to Street Fighter 5, Capcom has announced this morning.

Cody, Falke, Sakura, and Blanka will each be receiving a new DLC outfit, all of them steering toward the Christmas style.

"Cody on the streets is frightful, but Sakura is delightful. Since Falke has learned to let go, Blanka glows, Blanka glows, Blanka glows!" the official Street Fighter Twitter account wrote.

With these new costumes, Blanka wears an outfit that makes him look like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Cody dons more of a Santa Claus look. As for the ladies, Falke appears to be some sort of showgirl with her staff becoming a candy cane, while Sakura takes on more of a goth look with reindeer antlers on.

These new holiday outfits will be released on November 27th. Based on what we've seen previously, these costumes will likely run you $3.99 USD each.

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Here's what the Capcom Cup 2018 brackets should look like

With Red Bull Conquest concluding, we now know 31 out of the 32 players that will be competing at Capcom Cup 2018. The last player will be decided by the Capcom Cup 2018 Last Chance Qualifier.

As a result of this, we can now establish what the Capcom Cup 2018 bracket will look like. We've created a mock up based on 2017's bracket.

The player with the highest number of points — FOX|Tokido with 4,431 points — will face off against the player with the least number of points — CrossoverRD with 161 points — in the first round. Essentially, the first seed will face off against the last seed of the event.

REC|Punk, NASR|AngryBird, RB|Gachikun, and CrossoverRD's spots in the Capcom Pro Tour are guaranteed regardless of their point counts thanks to their amazing performances at the North American Regionals, the European Regionals, the Asian Regionals, and the Latin American Regionals respectively.

RISE|MenaRD will also return to defend his crown. He was the winner of the Capcom Cup 2017. While points don't matter for these players' entry, they do affect their seeding.

Unlike last year, the Last Chance Qualifier player will be seeded at 19 rather than 32. This is so the #1 seeded player will be able to properly prepare for their opponent.

Please keep in mind that this is just a mock up of what the bracket should look like and does not officially represent Capcom's tournament.

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The grand finals Raging Demon doesn't scare CJ Truth while Idom goes ham with Laura's mix ups — Red Bull Conquest Street Fighter 5 highlights

Red Bull Conquest has come to an end. It was here that the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Open Premier and North American Regional Finals took place.

The conclusion of this event has revealed 31 out of 32 of the players that are now officially qualified for the Capcom Cup 2018 tournament at the end of the year. Now the only unknown is the Capcom Cup 2018 Last Chance Qualifier player.

This event attracted the attention of players like REC|Punk, CJ Truth, FOX|Tokido, Liquid|John Takeuchi, AB|StormKubo, Idom, Ghost|NuckleDu, FOX|Justin Wong, AB|StormKubo, NVD|Phenom, Rise|Smug, and many more. Unsurprisingly, there were a number of hype sequences that occurred.

We've got a batch of highlights from both of these events to talk about.

Let's start things off with Tokido's wild Raging Demon against CJ Truth in their grand finals set where the Akuma player didn't just do the attack; he dashed up right in Cammy's face and then he finished her off in the most stylish of fashions.

Considering Tokido's stun gauge, one hit from CJ Truth would've been enough to win the tournament right here. This resulted in Tokido pulling out every trick that he could muster.

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DreamHack Atlanta 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

DreamHack Atlanta 2018 is happening this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.

While Dragon Ball FighterZ unfortunately had to be cancelled at the event, there are still many more games being played at it.

It's a three-day event, so there's going to be plenty of action to tune in to, so make sure you don't miss any of it.

Games being played include Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Brawlhalla and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Some of the notable players partaking are FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, Tweek, PG|SKD, GRV|Dabuz, CLG|VoiD, Liquid|ChuDat, PG|Speedkicks, Linkorz, Tempo|S2J, PG|Esam, SS|Colbol, ESE|Fatality, Samsora, and of course many more besides them.

Streaming is being done at DreamHack Smash, DreamHack Fighters and Brawlhalla.

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No character hints at Red Bull Conquest this year... unless Ono is teasing with these peculiar photos of confetti

The North American Regional Finals at the Red Bull Conquest event has now officially wrapped up. If last year was anything to go by, there was an expectation of a tease of some sort for the next season.

At the conclusion of the Red Bull Battle Grounds event, Japanese cherry blossoms, or "sakura," confetti rained down into the arena. Looking back, this was an obvious hint that Sakura was to be Season 3's first DLC character.

This year, we got... yellow, blue, white, and red confetti. It might be too much of a stretch to say that this is hinting at something, but something is definitely very odd about the inclusion of the red confetti.

Notably, the yellow, blue, and white confetti can be attributed to the Capcom Pro Tour logo colors. The red, on the other hand, is clearly more scarce than the others. Given, it's possible they were just simply thrown in there.

Oddly, Yoshinori Ono took a few pictures of the event celebration. His Blanka toy was of course present too.

One of the photos was just of the confetti sitting on the ground. At first glance, there doesn't appear to be anything special about the confetti — but we're talking about Ono here...

Could the confetti somehow be pointing towards an obscure hint or is there actually nothing here worth talking about? Ono has a history of teasing legit things, or completely throwing people off base with innocuous photos. Which category this falls into is anyone's guess.

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Ono photo source: 1up. Sent in by: Pardin and Fawaz.

Red Bull Conquest 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a juggernaut of an event taking place this weekend, and it's in the form of Red Bull Conquest, happening in Washington, D.C.

This is a event featuring a whopping three tournaments for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. First, the Red Bull Conquest regional tournament that people have been qualifying for throughout the year, then the Open Premier tournament that accompanies any Regional Final, and finally, the Regional Final for the North American Region in the Capcom Pro Tour.

This is also the last Capcom Pro Tour event before Capcom Cup, so after this event is over, we'll know 31 of the players that will be competing in December's finals, with only one spot left from the Last Chance Qualifier being played the day before the big show.

The Red Bull Conquest portion of this event also features Tekken 7 — showcasing players such as Jimmy J Tran, EQNX|JoeyFury, Shadow20z, UYU|Princess Ling, SperoGin, Trungy, TCOL|VictimOfRitual and NG-Obscure — and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, which will be represented at top level by LostSoul, UYU|KizzieKay, BjornSonOfBear, MarlinPie, Hotashi, FF|ElvenShadow, KidViper and Mr. K, among others.

As for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, a few players you can expect to see in the Open Premier tournament, and probably more than just that for the American representatives, are FOX|Tokido, Ghost|NuckleDu, FOX|Justin Wong, Liquid|Nemo, Rise|MenaRD, NVD|Phenom, REC|Punk, Rise|Smug, CYG|GamerBee, Idom, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, CJ Truth, ESE|CoolKid93, AB|StormKubo, SB|JB, Liquid|John Takeuchi, EG|NYChrisG, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, UYU|Brian_F, Tempo|Alex Myers, ESE|K-Brad and Terrence — and there will be plenty more where that came from.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters and Red Bull eSports.

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Here are the players that have officially qualified for Capcom Cup 2018

Update: With CJ Truth eliminating Idom at the NA Regional Qualifiers, CYG|Chris Tatarian is confirmed to be the final Capcom Cup 2018 entrant outside of the Last Chance Qualifier player.

Earlier: Now that the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Open Premier event for the Red Bull Conquest has wrapped up, points are no longer obtainable for Capcom Cup 2018. This means that we now know 31 of the 32 players that will be competing at Capcom Cup 2018 in December.

CJ Truth's victory over FOX|Tokido has netted him an additional 700 points. This has given him enough points to qualify as the 19th seed for the big event. Any placement less than this would've prevented his entry.

Despite the second place finish, Tokido is the number one seed for Capcom Cup 2018. He has a total of 4,431 points. His second place finish awarded him an additional 270 points.

Notably, FD|Fujimura and Mouz|Problem X are the second and third seeds respectively. Tokido's 4,431 points is very impressive when you consider their 2,971 and 2,771 points.

Rise|MenaRD is automatically qualified as he is the Capcom Cup 2017 Champion. NASR|AngryBird, CrossoverRD, RB|Gachikun are also guaranteed a spot thanks to their performance at the European, Latin American, and Asian Regional Qualifiers respectively.

Now that it's only possible for either CJ Truth or REC|Punk to win the North American Regional Qualifiers, this means that Chris T. is confirmed a spot in the Capcom Cup 2018 competition. He is seeded at 29th.

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The Colosseum - Fall 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Colosseum - Fall 2018 is taking place today in Rome, Italy.

This is a Dragon Ball FighterZ Radar event, so European hopefuls are trying to get their chance at grabbing a Dragon Ball at one of the remaining Saga events, with many of the strongest players in the region showing up.

There will also be Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 at the event.

A few of the players set to compete are NidhoGG|Eifi, VSF|Rudi, Oplon|Skyll, LOK|Nivek and Yuzu|Murko, though there are many more where they came from as well.

This is a one-day event, so once you tune in, just stick around until it wraps up. The action begins at 10 a.m. local time, which translates to 1 a.m. Pacific, 4 a.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. JST.

Streaming is being done at Everyeye IT

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Toi's M. Bison parries an unblockable, tense Abigail mirrors and more: Street Fighter 5 North American Regional Final Open Premier day one highlights

Day one of Capcom Pro Tour's North American Regional Final event went down yesterday, but most of us missed the Street Fighter 5 action due to the organizers' decision to stream the pools after Red Bull Conquest had concluded.

Eight players remain in the final tournament to earn ranking points, and five of them have not yet clinched spots for Capcom Cup in December which could shake up the standings depending on who wins and comes in second.

FOX|Tokido, Liquid|John Takeuchi, CJ Truth, Toi, NVD|Phenom, AB|StormKubo, Ghost|NuckleDu and XSK Samurai will all be facing off shortly to finish off the open Premier, but let's go back to how they got here and other highlights from the first day of play.

Toi's M. Bison play was on point yesterday where he defeated players like NuckleDu, DNG|Itabashi Zangief and EG|Ricki Ortiz in impressive fashion. He even managed to punish Abigail's unblockable V-Trigger punch with Bison's absorption parry.

Players like iDom and Rise|MenaRD didn't quite reach the finals of the tournament, but they still had impressive moments / beat their head against the wall that is Abigail until he broke.

Let's start these highlights off with Toi's final round victory over Itabashi Zangief where he used Bison's V-Trigger enhanced EX Head Press to avoid Abigail's unblockable punch and did a lap around the setup as he popped off in grand fashion.

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Here are Mech F.A.N.G's colors in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

If you've been keeping up with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's Extra Battles for the past four weeks, then you should now be able to access Mech F.A.N.G. Mechanical beings don't usually utilize poison so it's an interesting concept.

Last time, we got access Mech Zangief via this mode. Next on the assembly line is Mech Juri.

We've already seen that F.A.N.G is given pincer claws for hands when the Easter egg code is inputted. This can be done by holding light punch, medium punch, heavy punch, light kick, and up during the transition from the character select screen.

Of course, F.A.N.G's appearance is also altered without the Easter egg code. He has goggles and mechanical legs that are visible.

In case you're still wondering if it's worth it to shell out that final 2,500 Fight Money to beat F.A.N.G one more time, we've collected images of F.A.N.G's colors for the new costume. You'll have to either beat Survival Mode with the character or spend $0.99 to unlock colors 03-10.

F.A.N.G can don purple, blue, red, teal, green, dark blue, yellow, gray, orange, and pink colors. Which color do you think F.A.N.G looks best in?

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XSK Samurai isn't messing around as he lands a round 1 Raging Demon on Idom at the Red Bull Conquest's Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition event

The Red Bull Conquest top 8 is already underway. The remaining players are XSK Samurai, REC|Punk, Neon, ChrisCCH, Nephew, Idom, ESE|CoolKid93, and Dankadillas.

XSK Samurai's first match was against Idom. As expected, XSK Samurai went with his Akuma while Idom fought back as Laura.

Evidently, XSK Samurai wasn't messing around at this event. It's clear that he was aiming for first place.

In just the very first round, XSK Samurai was able to secure enough meter for a Critical Art. But Samurai wasn't going for Akuma's standard Critical Art...

Since he went with V-Trigger 1, this meant had access to Akuma's Raging Demon. The sequence was set up beautifully.

Idom tried to move under the Demon Flip set up, which caused the palm to whiff. Unfortunately for Idom, there was no way to jump out at this point...

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Abigail takes the top spot from Cammy and Menat is completely absent from the top 32 portion of Redbull Conquest's Street Fighter 5 Open Premier

So first off, it's worth noting that the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Open Premier event at the Red Bull Conquest through top 8 isn't being stream yet so there aren't any broadcast conflicts.

We're going off of the assumption that players are using characters that they've used at major events before and aren't pulling out any secondaries. While these stats are possibly not 100% accurate, they should serve as close estimations.

Having said all that, it doesn't look like Cammy is the most played character in the top 32 this time around. There are only two players using her.

Instead, this looks like the event that has called out to all the Abigail mains. In other words, there are a total of five Abigail users in the top 32 — AB|StormKubo, Flash, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, ESE|CoolKid93, and LPN.

Surprisingly, there are no Menat players present in the top 32. We're definitely not surprised by the lack of Ryu, Falke, Sakura, and Alex in the top 32.

Interestingly enough, there are more DLC character users than those who are known for playing with the base roster in this portion of the bracket. Hit the jump below to check out the stats.

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Mech F.A.N.G's costume Easter egg gives him claws for hands which could probably pinch you really hard... and still be more effective than poison

Easter egg variants of costumes in Street Fighter 5 have been around since Season 1 with Urien's thong, but they've really gotten a chance to shine with Arcade Edition's inclusion of Extra Battle and crossover costumes though the new one's a bit... odd.

Mech F.A.N.G's final costume piece is now available in SF5's Extra Battle mode, so players have now been able to unlock his outfit and try to figure out exactly what his Easter egg is since it's not really apparent.

It turns out that using the special costume input of holding all three punches plus light kick and up during a loading screen / in between rounds will swap out F.A.N.G's fancy cybernetic hands with simple claws as discovered by online users like Io Housenka and Tamdai.

These "new" pointier claws are hard to see since F.A.N.G's arms are almost always covered up by his overly long sleeves, but their silhouette under the sleeves actually appears differently than his normal hands.

The only way to get a really good look at the Shadaloo general's claw machine hands is to use F.A.N.G's V-Trigger 2 which rolls up his sleeves to display them fully, and the metal even still glows purple with poison.

Players have until next Thursday night to obtain Mech F.A.N.G's costume in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition before it gets replaced with Mech Juri, who will surely have her own Easter egg to change her up. You can get a closer look at Mech F.A.N.G's big, meaty claws in the gallery below.

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Snapback Saturday: It's been two years since RB upset Daigo Umehara and others with his wild headbutt-looping Urien at Red Bull Battlegrounds

Red Bull Conquest is going on this weekend, and it is also serving as the venue for the final Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour plus North American Regional Finals for the third year in a row — although under a different name.

Street Fighter 5 was only around 9 months old at the time of its first run through of the NA Regional Finals and Last Chance Qualifier at Red Bull Battlegrounds which produced some interesting results in a time when the field was largely dominated by players like FOX|Tokido and Infiltration.

Arubi "RB" Kao had started that weekend only having placed in one ranking event prior to Red Bull Battlegrounds, but the Taiwanese player would make waves with a character who hadn't seen much time in the spotlight a couple of months after his release with Urien.

Players like RB|Bonchan, EG|Ricki Ortiz and Liquid|John Takeuchi would fall victim to this surprise turnabout, but RB's most notable victory was against one of the best Street Fighter players of all time in CYG|Daigo Umehara and his Season 1 Ryu.

RB was able to use Urien in tournament in ways that we had really only seen in Training Mode concepts and the occasional online match up until that point with headbutt loops, Aegis Reflector mix ups and cross-under set ups effectively setting the example that many other Urien players would try to follow going forward.

Tokido would end up defeating RB leaving him with a second place finish, and though he hasn't placed as high in 2018, RB's Red Bull Battlegrounds run two years ago remains probably the biggest highlight of the event. You can relive the epic clash between Daigo and RB in the compiled clip below from HiFight.

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If Rose is in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, her moveset might be inspired by Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode

Rumors and theories are going around about what might be teased at Red Bull Conquest. Last year, we were teased about Sakura's inclusion in Street Fighter 5 via flowers.

If there is a presence of tarot cards at the Red Bull Conquest event, then there's reason to suspect that Rose might be included in Season 4. Being that she is Menat's master, we've been seeing a lot of the character during character story modes.

Street Fighter 5 has a tendency to switch up the feeling and play style of characters that have returned from older titles. Needless to say, it's very unlikely that Rose's tools in the latest entry will feel one-to-one with Ultra Street Fighter 4.

It's time to speculate on how she might play if is she is part of the roster. There's been a trend where certain elements of Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode have found their way into Street Fighter 5.

Since DrewTony'Z did such an excellent job of documenting the character changes of Omega Mode, we'll be referencing his video once again. Rose has a few new moves and altered attacks.

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Yoshinori Ono is attending Red Bull Conquest — could a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition announcement be incoming?

Yoshinori Ono tweeted earlier today that he, and his Blanka toy, have arrived in Washington D.C. It's definitely not a coincidence that the Red Bull Conquest event is taking place there too. This is the last Capcom Pro Tour event before the Capcom Cup 2018.

If last year is anything to go by, we may get a tease of some sort of the next season's first DLC fighter. Around this time in 2017, the Red Bull Battle Grounds was taking place. At the conclusion of the event, cherry blossoms, or "sakura," rained into the arena.

As a result, we're hoping for another tease or reveal. Notably, Season 3 DLC wrapped up with G and Sagat being released back on August 6th. Capcom has more than likely been working hard to get a head start on Season 4's roster.

You might recall that it was Yoshinori Ono and his Blanka toy that was present at EVO 2018 to reveal the gameplay trailers for G and Sagat. Unfortunately, Ono did not mention if there was something in "Blanka's pocket" this time.

Ono does not appear to be making any direct hints towards anything this time around. However, we can only speculate on why Ono would be at this event in the first place.

Be sure to let us know your thoughts about Ono's presence at the Red Bull Conquest event and what it could mean.

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Complete 'No Work and All Play,' get your hands on a ton of Fight Money, snag F.A.N.G's new Mech costume and more in today's Street Fighter 5 missions

It's time to get down on Friday, but first, weekly Street Fighter 5 missions. The four missions themselves will get you an extra 3,300 Fight Money, but the Extra Battle can easily net you an additional 6-10k.

If you've been grabbing the pieces of F.A.N.G's new Mech costume over the past three weeks you'll finally be able to access it today after collecting the fourth and final one.

As per the usual you can also grab some Fortune Tickets if you're trying to get Nash's new Cannon Spike alternate. You really should, it has roller skates.

Extra Battle: This week's Extra Battle is a round against a silver Shadaloo Soldier with armored attacks. Winning gets you experience as opposed to Fight Money, but winning with the right characters can actually net you an FM profit.

I picked Zangief because he was only at level 16 on my console. Easily won with jump ins and mashy command grabs, and wound up spending 1,500 FM (500 each try) to gain 8,000 FM as he leveled up eight levels.

Here's an image of the missions ahead of you. You'll find details on how to easily complete each and every one after the jump below.

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