Seven U.S. Stops Confirmed For Capcom Pro Tour 2018

A new year means a new season of the Capcom Pro Tour. The tour, known for showcasing the best in fighting games, is back as this year’s focus solely belongs to Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.

This year, seven, not including the North America qualifying events, of the CPT events will take place in the U.S. including Combo Breaker, CEO, EVO, and Final Round. Below is the complete list of the premier and other qualifying events where you can start earning your points from capcomprotour.com:

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EVOLUTION

EVOLUTION 2018  – Las Vegas, NV, August 3-5

 

GLOBAL EVENTS

FINAL ROUND 20 – Atlanta, GA, March 16-18

NORCAL REGIONALS 2018 – Sacramento, CA, March 30 – April 1

STUNFEST 2018 – Rennes, France, May 18-20

COMBO BREAKER 2018 – Chicago, IL, May 25-27

TW FIGHTER MAJOR – Taipei, Taiwan, June 16-17

COMMUNITY EFFORT ORLANDO 2018 – Daytona Beach, FL, June 29 – July 1

VSFIGHTING 2018 – Birmingham, UK, July 20-22

ESPORTS FESTIVAL HONG KONG – Hong Kong, August 25-26

CHINA PREMIER EVENT – China, September 1-2

DREAMHACK MONTREAL – Montreal, Canada, September 7-9

SOCAL REGIONALS 2018 – Los Angeles, CA September

JAPAN PREMIER at TOKYO GAME SHOW – Tokyo, Japan, September

EGX – EU REGIONAL FINAL – Birmingham, UK, September 20-23

SEAM 2018 – ASIA REGIONAL FINAL – Singapore, October 13-14

CANADA CUP 2018 – Toronto, Canada, October 26-28

RED BULL NA REGIONAL FINAL – November

LATAM REGIONAL FINAL – Brazil, November 2-4

CAPCOM CUP 2018 – TBD

 

NA EVENTS

TEXAS SHOWDOWN – Houston, TX, May 4-6

TORYUKEN – Toronto, Canada, May 19-20

DREAMHACK AUSTIN – Austin, TX, June 1-3

NORTH WEST MAJORS – Des Moines, WA, June 22-24

DEFEND THE NORTH – White Plains, NY, July 20-22

SUMMER JAM – Philadelphia, PA, August 31 – September 2

EAST COAST THROWDOWN – New Jersey, October 20-21

 

ASIA EVENTS

THAIGER UPPERCUT – Bangkok, Thailand, March 24-25

FIGHTER’S SPIRIT – Seoul, Korea, April 14-15

SAIGON CUP – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, April 21-22

BATTLE ARENA MELBOURNE – Melbourne, Australia, May 16-18

ABUGET CUP – Jakarta, Indonesia, July 7-8

FV CUP 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 14-15

 

EU EVENTS

BRUSSELS CHALLENGE – Brussels, Belgium, April 7-8

SONIC BOOM – Madrid, Spain, July 7-8

HEADSTOMPER – Denmark, July 28-29

FIGHT CLUB NRW  – Cologne, Germany, August 11-12

CELTIC THROWDOWN – Dublin, Ireland, August 25-26

ULTIMATE FIGHTING ARENA – Lyon, France, August 31 – September 2

STREET GRAND BATTLE – France, September 7-9

 

LATIN AMERICA EVENTS

GAME OVER – Dominican Republic, April 28-29

THE FIGHT – Columbia, June 8-10

FIGHT IN RIO – Rio, Brazil, July 21-22

FURIA TICA 2018 – Costa Rica, August 11

LIMA SALTY – Peru, August 26-27

FIRST ATTACK – Puerto Rico, September 1-2

TRETA – Curitiba, Brazil, September

NEVER GIVE UP – Chile, September 22-23

FIGHTING FEST – Dominican Republic, September 29-30

THUNDERSTRUCK – Mexico, October 6-7

BUENOS AIRES TRUE SALT – Argentina, October 13-14

JAM FESTIVAL 2018 – Brazil, October 19-21

 

More information about other ways of earning points as we head towards this years Capcom Cup can be found here.

It was announced earlier this month that Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite would not be a part of the tour this year as the support for the game decreased by production and part of the FGC. Though it will not be a part of EVO or the pro tour, the game will likely be featured as a side tournament at these events.

More information about CPT will be posted as it becomes available.

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Chun Li Crossover Costume Starts This Week… Plus Upcoming Costumes And Ideas

 

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The first piece for the third crossover costume for Street Fighter: Arcade Edition, June Lin Milliam of Star Gladiator for Chun-Li, begins this weekend.

The Ingrid costume for Karin is available for purchase and was released the same day as AE. Similar to those who achieved the Viewtiful Joe costume for Rashid, you will have to play extra battle to achieve each piece to get the costume for free. Remember you will have to enter these battles with the use of your fight money to participate.

More costumes will be added over the course of time including the Monster Hunter costumes for Ibuki, R. Mika, and Ken in the near future. An even trade for Ryu and Sakura being playable characters in MH.

Below are the dates for these upcoming costumes:

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The crossover costumes are a good idea to bring back memories, or even inspire fans to play classic titles. With the collapse of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite and Disney buying FOX Studios a couple months ago, here are some other costumes that would be a good addition to AE.

Juri as X-23 

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With similar styles including speed and striking ability, dressing Juri in the basic black or Wolverine colors with the mask would fit this character. A little twist the creators can incorporate into the critical art is instead of the slash with her kick, alter it with the claws of the costume. Same damage with a cooler look.

Abigail as Juggernaut

 

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What started as a mod became one of the most wanted costumes for the Final Fight boss. With Abigail getting shafted for having the least amount of costumes, this one will probably be the most used as it’s fitting for his V-Trigger II charge.

Dhalsim as Super Skrull

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Besides having the Things ability to make a rock fist, the stretching ability measures up from both characters. It would be a twist to see the cool, calm, and collected yoga master be seen as a villain, which he already is to those who play online.

And last but not least…

Guile as John Cena

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Seems like a stretch but at the same time wouldn’t be the worse idea for the next guile costume. If they were to remake the street fighter movie, Cena instantly comes to mind as a potential casting for the Guile character. It’s no different from Zangief dressed as Macho Man in Season 2.

Besides… Nothing would be funnier than losing to a Guile player who beats you with a John Cena flash kick.

The Viewtiful Joe and Ingrid costumes are available now. For the Chun-Li and upcoming Monster Hunter costumes, set your reminders so you won’t miss out on earning more gear and to continue to add to Chun’s Forever 21 collection.

Side note: Ryu is also available now for Monster Hunter Players.

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Street Fighter V: Blanka Rolls Over Sakura In Reveal Trailer

 

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The reveal for the second character in Season 3, Blanka, was just released and it shows what would come from the green, electrifying mutant.

In the trailer, we see him doing a lot of rolling and a few combo setups. His move set is the same which can make it easier to adapt to some of his new moves for those who play with him.

There are some things that aren’t shown but may be included in his skills such as holding his electricity in neutral or doing the roll without V-Trigger. Nonetheless, you can’t help but get the urge to play Sonic the Hedgehog after watching the reveal.

The costumes for him are not the best. The story costume, a plush version of the character, may have been thrown in there to pay homage to Yoshinori Ono who is known as the biggest Blanka fan.

Blanka will be released on Feb. 20, just a month after Sakura. This can mean that we will be seeing the likes of Falke, G, Cody, and Sagat sooner than expected.

UPDATE: Today is Blanka’s birthday, he turns 52.

 

MVCI Will Not Be In This Years Capcom Pro Tour… Can The MCU Restore Interest?

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In only a week since the announcement of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite not being a part of this year’s EVO 2018 lineup, it has been announced that it will also not be included in the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour.

 

There’s been outrage from gaming fans that it’s not fair that Smash Bros has two titles in the EVO line up and Marvel had to take a backseat to a game that is not even released yet, Blazeblue: Cross Tag Battle.

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The news comes just days before the release of the Black Panther film, who is also a character in the game. As more films including Avengers: Infinity War and the Miles Morales Spider-Man animated film, can the MCU bring that spark back to the game and boost sells once again?

The answer is maybe.

What makes a game exciting is not just the inclusion of characters, but fun costumes as well… that’s what keeps Injustice fresh. Adding movie costumes can help a little bit, but MVCI has been beaten to the point where it will need more characters, a new storyline, and graphics. If the creators were to take a Street Fighter route and do a major update along with a re-release it will help get some of the players they’ve lost back on board.

The question of whether there will be another battle for the stones tournament, due to the decrease of interest in the game since the release of Dragon Ball Fighter Z, is also in the air. Though the news of it being taken off two premier tournaments hurts fans, it comes as no shock.

More information about the future of MVCI will be posted as it becomes available.

Ninja Turtles Trailer Drops For Injustice 2… And It’s Exactly What Was Expected

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Since their sneak peak during the Injustice 2 ELeague series, where fans were excited and confused at the same time, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fight trailer was released yesterday.

 

What makes the turtles unique in the game is there team work ability in performing combos. The main question upon being introduced was how do you choose your turtle? little did we know, Leo, leader of the group, hinted at their play style when he said “We fight as a team, Mikey.” As you will see in the tweet below.

Back to the question at hand, choosing your turtle, you’ll be able to choose one of the four by using the gear menu to change your turtle and their skills. This is better than a drop menu as it could mean, hopefully, extra skins like Master Splinter, Shredder, movie skins, or even Venus, the first female turtle from TMNT: The next Mutation.

What makes the turtles qualified for a game that consist of DC characters? Unlike Hell Boy and the Mortal Kombat add-ons, the turtles have a closer relationship with DC Comics as they’re featured in a recent comic series along side Batman.

Nickelodeon owns the rights to the turtles but NetherRealm gave the audience the classic turtles from the 90s. These skateboard riding, pizza eating mutants in the trailer prove they can hang with the likes of Wonder Woman and Raiden.

The turtles will be available Feb. 13 for those who purchased the DLC Pack 3.

EVO Announcement Cements DBFZ Vs MVCI Debate With This Years Lineup

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Yesterday in a live broadcast the EVOLUTION 2018 lineup was revealed and unfortunately for the Marvel fans, the latest edition of the series, Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite, will not be included for the first time.

Instead, the newly released Dragon Ball Fighter Z will take it’s place. It didn’t take long for the GIF warriors to react to the news.

The battle of Dragon Ball vs Marvel, which sold 900,000 copies, began before the game was released last month, selling over two million copies to date. Although some enjoyed playing MVCI, others complained about the lack of balance and poor graphics. It is believed that the game didn’t achieve expectations because of its low budget and not having X-MEN characters in the game.

For the game to not be featured and instantly swapped for a new title happens often in big tournaments. In this case, the argument of “Is Marvel dead?” is somewhat answered since EVO scrapped it from the lineup. MVCI now joins the list of games that parted ways with the tournament including Mortal Kombat and Pokken, while some games including ARMS and Soul Calibur are waiting to be featured.

MVCI may not be on the main stage this year but will still be played in locals and other events throughout the year. The game is not dead in the FGC but creators need to beef up the game to capture their audience’s interest once again. but on the bright side, Mega Man will still see some action in Smash 4.

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PUNK Vs ROBTV: Who Really Won The Money Match?

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On Saturday during the MatchStick Melee tournament, Panda Global’s Victor “PUNK” Woodley played a first to seven in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition against the up and coming, newly signed Hazardous player, Robert “RobTV” Burney Jr.

 

What was initiated to be good competition became a match where each player had something to prove. Following their back and forth on Twitter, most of the FGC put their thoughts on the situation for Punk to run the match but he only agreed to it if it was a money match for $100.

Punk stayed with Chun-Li during the set as RobTV started with Guile and then switched to Karin as he was down 4-1. With some dropped setups and feeling pressure as the set was coming to a close, Punk beat RobTV 7-1.

Much of the match wasn’t focused on SFV, but on what was being said during and after the match with Rob saying good games and that he will see him, meaning they will meet again soon. Punk’s reply was straightforward:

“Don’t ever call me out again… Know your place in this world,” Punk said three times before walking off screen.

So who really won that match? In reality, the FGC won the matchup between the two because it may have been a small rivalry between the two but reminded everyone that the hunger to become better is in everyone who picks up a fight stick or pad.

Punk won the money, but RobTV now has more eyes on him as he prepares to possibly meet Punk again in the near future. There hasn’t been a rivalry like this since K-Brad and WolfKrone last year. It’s no doubt the FGC will be waiting to see what will happen when the two collide again.

Watch the replay of the match at twitch.tv/matchstickmelee.

This Week In FGC: New Releases and EVO Japan

 

 

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This weekend is packed with all things FGC (Fighting Game Community) so expect a lot more people to either watch or go live on Twitch and YouTube. With it being just one week since Frosty Faustings and the release of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, here is the next round of anticipated games and events.

 

EVO Japan (Street Fighter V: A.E.)

The event kicked off yesterday with the buzz around Twitter of Leah ‘Gllty’ Hayes laying the smackdown on the competition so far during day one. There’s still plenty more gaming to go as the weekend is just getting started.

 

Other games included in this weekend’s event include:

  • Blaze Blue
  • ARMS
  • Guilty Gear X
  • Tekken 7
  • Smash Bros (Wii U)
  • King of Fighters

All the games streamed can be view on Twitch at both Capcom Fighters and EVO’s page. Below is the schedule for the rest of the weekend.

Soul Calibur Reveals Four Character Additions

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In a trailer released yesterday, three returning characters, Nightmare, Kilik, and Xianghua and new character Groh, will be making their way into the sixth installment of the Soul Calibur series. This brings the total number of confirmed characters to six as they join Mitsurugi and Sophitia, who were confirmed during last year’s Video Game Awards.

The release date for the game is not yet confirmed but more characters are expected to be confirmed as the game inches closer to its release. Get a first look at each characters gameplay below.

 

DragonBall Fighter Z Is Finally Here!!!

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Since it’s announcement last year and the frequent character reveals over the past few months, the hype behind DBFZ was so big that fighting game fans believed it will end Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. The argument stems from the comparison of fighting styles as DBFZ is similar to the MVC gameplay.

The game is out now and the goal for many is to grasp the gameplay before it’s officially part of this year’s tournament scene. With the game now released, players can actually practice their teams and matchups as the beta didn’t allow them to do that and received complaints about being disconnected from the server.

If you haven’t preordered to receive bonus DLC, you’ll have to check your console’s store to buy add-ons when they become available.

Stay up-to-date with WePlayesports as we will bring new information from EVO Japan as it becomes available.

DBFZ Beta And SFV Update Coming This Week… What You Need To Know

 

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In case you’ve forgotten, which you probably didn’t, two of the biggest titles in the fighting game community will be available starting Sunday. Dragon Ball Fighter Z and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will be heading to your console’s online store this week and here’s what you need to know before their release.

 

Dragon Ball Fighter Z Beta

The beta for the highly anticipated fighter will be available this Sunday, Jan. 14 for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. However, if you’ve pre-ordered the game you have access to the beta Saturday. You can download the beta now for it to be ready by the time it opens.

Although the game has a stacked roster with the recent inclusion of Hit, the beta will only include 11 playable characters including Goku, Piccolo, and Android 18. Get the full list here.  The beta will also include a practice mode.

The full game will be available Jan. 26, but the beta will only be available until Jan. 16 and there’s probably a predictable reason why…

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition 

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The long awaited update, or copy if you don’t already own it, for SFV finally arrives on PlayStation and Steam on Tuesday. With the game/update having more content added, expect a longer update.

There is a light at the end of the update. Players get to play as the first DLC of Season 3, Sakura.

The real patch notes were released earlier this week which mentions a new ranking “Grand Master” and the ability to change your fighter ID and home flag.

In case you’ve forgotten also, the results of the Street Fighter fan poll will be revealed on the same day. Capcom still hasn’t revealed the purpose of the poll. Some think it will determine if there will be a costume for the winning character since Chun-Li has her own Forever 21. It’s a possibility since there will be crossover costumes from other Capcom games which players can earn by doing monthly missions.

Who do you think should’ve been available in the DBFZ beta? Now that fans know the other five characters in SFV: AE, should they mix up the release of who’s coming next? Comment and let us know your thoughts.

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Rise Takes Top Two Spots In Street Fighter V At KIT

 

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Some of the best players in Street Fighter V came out for this weekend’s Kumite in Tennessee. The dim lit stage was the home of newcomers and pros competing in the first major of the new year. However, the weekend became one for team Rise.

 

After eliminating Punk and Wolfkrone, Bryant ‘Smug’ Higgins went on to face his teammate and 2017 Capcom Cup champion Saul ‘MenaRD’  Segundo in the grand finals. Balrog vs Birdie was a clash of the heavyweights, but despite having speed and heavy punches, Smug came short of beating Mena who took first place, his first since winning Capcom Cup.

The Rise team couldn’t be more proud taking first and second place in the tournament.

The rest of the Top 8 include:

3. Wolfkrone (Circa)

4. Punk (Panda Global)

5. Splash

5. Squall (BxA)

7. Kami (UYU)

7. Magnegro (DRD)

Following the grand finals, KIT announced their next location for their tournament:

If you enjoyed the event from this past weekends Kumite and want to be the next rising star in esports to take the stage, Keep an eye on on Smash.gg for registration once it becomes available.

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