ESL Kicks Off With Top Four Players In Street Fighter V Battles

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The ESL tournament debuted on Disney XD and brought in the top four players in the world of Street Fighter V to battle to be the first ‘Boss’ of the game. The four competitors include Bryant ‘SMUG’ Huggins, Victor ‘Punk’ Woodley, Martin ‘ Marn’ Phan, and Kenneth ‘K-Brad’ Bradley.

What makes this tournament more enjoyable to watch is seeing these guys in a more calm environment. It’s like watching friends play at each other’s house. Smug, however, continue to prove that his Balrog is tough to beat with a 7-4 lead against K-Brad. If Brad would’ve used Cammy in the beginning, it could’ve been a different story.

The most surprising moment is Marn beating Punk 10-6 with Ibuki. Marn gloated about his victory over punk in a post interview. “I didn’t know he was that bad,” He said.

In the end, SMUG became the first boss of the game beating Marn 10-3. But now with the throne and the stylish leather jacket, he has a target on his back in which he will have to defend in the upcoming weeks.

See if a new challenger can dethrone SMUG next Thursday at 9 p.m. on Disney XD.

It’s Been One Day And Abigail’s Gears Are Making Players Mad With Power

 

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Yesterday, the long awaited Abigail was available after a four-hour software download and he was everything that the trailer said he’d be. But within the first six hours of his release, numerous post and tweets about him were uploaded showing how much of an advantage he has over other characters in Street Fighter V.

Hitbox

As big as he is, you would think that finding a spot to hit would be no problem, but it turns out that his hitbox only stretches from his mid to lower body, making his upper body attacks difficult to counter unless you’re close to him.

In the video above, Urien’s electric blast surpasses a standing Abigail but can hit him in his midsection.

Invincibility

He’s not the overall toughest character in the game (that crown can belong to Balrog), but he does have moves that give him the same type of armor like Birdie and Zangief. His invincibility occurs when he is running and his overhead attack.

What’s been a popular move of his since his release is the never ending EX axe handle smash. It’s literally like fighting the Hulk In Marvel Vs. Capcom, or Donkey Kong in Smash Bros.

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

Although he has these mechanics that would make a spammer go wild, he has his weaknesses. For example, his jumps are lower compared to the other heavy characters in the game, which means his chances of receiving a crush counter is high. Characters who have over head attacks including Akuma, Bison, and Ibuki can use those attacks to their advantage, as long as Abigail doesn’t receive the read in time.

Within one day, SFV players have been streaming their use of the new character, poor Ed’s brand new package has been torn and he’s been replaced with the eight-foot mechanic who loves cars but hits like a semi-truck.

For those who think he is too much to handle, this is good practice to see how well you can play against a pressure character who takes up a quarter of your screen.

Abigail is the latest addition to the game. Other products available for purchase include new stages ‘Suzaku’, ‘Metro City Bay Area’, and the new Capcom arena along with new sports costumes for Laura, Rashid, and Ibuki, and the tactical suit for Guile. You can buy these add ons in the PlayStation Store or through the game with fight money by completing different tasks from the server.

Salem Is On The Witch Hunt To Become Number One

 

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Following his EVO win over Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios, Saleem “Salem” Young continues his win streak by beating 392 other players in the Smash Bros. Wii U tournament at Dreamhack Atlanta 2017 over the weekend.

 

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Sporting his Bayonetta hair-do, him and his character of Bayonetta showed the other competitors that his championship win from the previous weekend hasn’t gone to his head. He continues to witch time and bullet art his way to becoming the new top player in Smash Bros.

 

Now with two back-to-back wins under his belt, he has a target on his back as other players are now looking to end what could be a streak of wins for the 22-year-old.

Smash Bros is a competitive fighting game for the Nintendo brand. SSB Wii U is the fourth title in the franchise following its first release on the Nintendo 64 in 1999. All four titles are played in both local and grand tournaments with the most popular titles belonging to SSB Wii U and SSB Melee.

Dreamhack Atlanta 2017 Probably won’t bring 100 percent from Its competitors

 

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It’s only been a week since the Evolution 2017 tournament, which brought out the best players from all over the world, and immediately the next stop is Atlanta, GA,  for the Dreamhack competition.

Unlike EVO where it’s mostly dedicated to the fighting game community, this competition includes other esports games including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Halo 5, H1Z1, Hearthstone, and Rocket League along with Street Fighter V and Tekken 7.

Tournaments such as this also serve as a meet and greet as players can take pictures and talk to some of their favorite players. One pro player, in particular, is making his way there after an emotional loss at EVO 2017.

Even though it’s another week, another tournament, many of the competitors in the FGC are probably still winding down after the Super Bowl of gaming. A weekend straight in Las Vegas playing games and mingling with other people would probably take a couple of weeks to shake off, as it can seem like it happened just yesterday. There’s a good chance we will see, at max, 80-90 percent of the drive at Dreamhack than we’ve seen at EVO.

The prize pool total for this year’s esports competitions is over $800,000 that will be divided between the games for the winners. Just like any other competition, expect to see funny, exciting, and heartbreaking moments, but these moments make tournaments such as these more memorable.

in addition to esports, other competitions and activities on the floor including cosplay, tabletop games, and panel discussions.

Another competition that will take place at Dreamhack is the University grudge match where southern colleges compete to see who is the best in esports. These universities include Georgia State, Georgia Southern, University of Georgia, Clemson, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University. This shows that more colleges are jumping on the esports train as an extension of their athletics departments.

All the action will be streamed on Twitch this weekend. A list of the scheduled times for each tournament can be found here.

 

Supporters Argued that Victor Woodley Was no Punk During His EVO Performance

 

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The final moments where Karin (played by Punk) lost to Akuma (Played by Tokido). Photo Credit PVP Live

 

It’s been three days since Street Fighter fans witness Victor “Punk” Woodley fall victim to Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi in the Grand Finals at EVO 2017. During the presentation of the top eight players, you can see Punk crying with disappointment being in second place. Even though that’s a great position to have in his first year of the big event, that didn’t fulfill his dream as being the “Alpha” in the game.

Fans and other participants in the tournament tweeted him to show their support.

Second place is nothing to be ashamed about, especially in your first year. With all of the emotions and tensions that occurred over this past weekend, everyone was overwhelmed at the end of it all. Nonetheless, he has other championships, including the ELeague title, to look at as more motivation to put a potential EVO 2018 trophy next to it.

What did you think of Punk’s performance? Leave a comment with your views or any of the highlights from EVO 2017.

New Evo Champs, New Street Fighter Character… Evo Summed Up In Less than 400 Words.

 

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Since 10 a.m. on Friday, thousands of amateur and professional competitive gamers went head-to-head in the 2017 Evolution Tournament. The games leading the event this year include Street Fighter V, Smash Bros (Melee and Wii U), and Injustice 2 just to name a few.

If you were busy and didn’t have time to stream each event from sun up to sun down, don’t worry. Here are the key moments you missed from the weekend.

New EVO Smash and Street Fighter Champs

In the SSBWiiU grand finals, it was down to 2015 champion Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios who went down 3-2 against up and coming player Saleem “Salem” Akiel Young. Using the DLC (downloadable content) character Bayonetta, he managed to beat ZeRo’s Diddy Kong using air attacks, and insane recovery. Even after Bayo’s buffers in an update last year, Salem showed the world that she has not missed a beat and is just as fierce.

On the Street Fighter V side of the tournament, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi beat Victor “Punk” Woodley in the grand finals. Punk caved under the pressure as he wore his emotions on his sleeve, as Akuma demon flipped and fireball his way through Karin. Tokido came from the losers bracket to win six games against Punk.

“All I have to say is… fighting games are great,” said Tokido in a post match interview.

Abigail Has A Date

My first impression of the new SFV character is “Holy S###” this guy is huge.” As mentioned earlier this week about the rumor surrounding the Final Fight character, he is officially in the fighting series, but come on, does he have to be this big. He is twice the size of Ken and Ryu, and bigger than Birdie, Balrog, and Zangief. He will definitely be a force to be reckoned with come July 25. Watch him beat up the last DLC Ed in his release trailer.

The three day weekend featured upsets and surprises, including new SFV costumes and stages, and SMUG and KnuckleDu both getting eliminated. The event made everyone in attendance and at home glad to be a part of the fighting game community. Now that it’s over, the only thing to think about now is, who’s going to take it next year? Results of this year’s event are available here. Congratulations to this year’s winners and runner-ups.

ESPN and Disney Evolves to Bring The Action Of This Years EVO 2017

Two of cables popular channels, ESPN and Disney XD,  will air the Street Fighter V and the Super Smash Bros finals this Sunday.

SFV and Smash Bros. are considered the two leading titles that lead the annual tournament. The road to the finals begins today with over 2,000 competitors in each game fighting and button mashing to become the best player of 2017.

Yesterday, in a tweet, the Street Fighter account posted what could be a weekend of exciting news for players.

With the rumor mill of the next downloadable character being Abigal from Final Fight, this weekend we could receive confirmation. Sorry Ed, but a new character announcement may end your excitement. Hopefully, there’ll be some surprising news on a Smash Bros for the Nintendo Switch, fingers crossed.

It will be a big weekend of Twitch viewers as majority of the matches will be streamed on the gaming site. The schedule for this weekend’s tournaments and Twitch channels are available below.

 

Injustice 2 Can be All That If There Were No Chips

 

 

 

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Injustice 2 just got the chills with the addition of characters Redhood and Sub-Zero, who was just released yesterday. However, what would make the game much more enjoyable, in recreation and in tournaments, is to eliminate chip damage.

Unlike in Street Fighter V, where if an attack chips at your health bar, you can recover over time (unless it’s a super attack that deals more damage), once you’re chipped in the game that part of your health bar is gone. Maybe the creators think because you have two health bars that it won’t make a difference, but it does, especially when you’re playing a ranged character who spams the same move. This has been the topic of discussion this year even before the game was released.

Injustice rarely receives patch updates, but this can be one that gives players a fair chance at winning without knowing the game is over once they see that last bit of life hacked away.

As they continue to add new characters to the roster, hopefully, Ed Boon, creative director at NetherRealm Studios, will take into consideration that a patch to fix this particular part of the game is well needed.

 

The Latest Rumored SFV Character Goes From Final Boss To DLC.

In the latest news surrounding Street Fighter V, the next downloadable character is said to be Final Fight’s boss villain Abigal. A hidden page through the Capcom Fighters Network website made it clear he will make an appearance in the game.

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The Birdie looking character uses a chain, has a mohawk, and cheetah print crop top. The difference between Abigal and Birdie is he appears to be much bigger. In the silhouette of what can possibly be him in the season 2 characters, he takes up the majority of space in his section. Below is the outline of the season two fighters and Abigal looks to be the next in line for release in 2017.

 

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Final Fight made its debut in 1989 and is an adventure game related to the Street Fighter franchise as it takes place in the same universe. Other characters from the game also made an appearance in past Street Fighter games including Guy and Hagger. His rumored appearance joins the other rumored characters of Menat the fortune teller and Zeku, who appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 2 as Guy’s teacher but was a non-playable character.

To get an idea of who Abigal is, here’s some gameplay featuring him in the boss battle in Final Fight.

In the course of three months, the rumor mill kept turning with who will be the next character to appear in SFV. The first round of DLCs including Akuma, Kolin, and Ed, along with occasional patches, was released in the beginning of the year and renewed the interest of people getting their hands on the game. When released, the character will cost $5.99 USD or $100,000 in SFV fight money.

WPGO Will Now Publish Three Days A Week And Include Cosplayer Of The Week.

Hello readers of WePlayGamingOnline:

Starting July 10, we will be posting new content on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. In addition to the new posting schedule, we will start acknowledging cosplayers with our “Cosplayer of the Week” on Fridays with the article for that day. Video reviews and podcast will now be monthly starting in August.

Although our site is dedicated to competitive gaming, we’re going to condense it more and gear it towards the fighting game community but will still include console news and information from other games including Overwatch and League of Legends.

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