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.

The amount of support received in the course of a few months has been phenomenal and I would like to personally thank you for liking, sharing, and subscribing to esports content. As we continue to grow we look forward to hearing from our audience. Feel free to contact us with what you would like to be featured on the site.

Again thank you for your support and continue to button mash.

Sincerely

Jeramie Bizzle, AKA Jeramie_Lee

WePlayGamingOnline Editor/Writer

Nintendo Announces ARMS First DLC, But Here are Some Characters We’re Reaching For

Last week, the trailer of the latest downloadable character to the ARMS game on the Nintendo Switch was released. The first DLC character will be Max Brass, who is also the boss in the game. 

Brass is like a fusion between Street Fighter’s Zangief and Bison. Along with the new DLC comes a new stage that is a metal and steel wrestling ring that has a big statue of his face.

After watching the trailer I thought that he looks cool, but I was looking forward to a DLC that would better fit the game and pay homage to Nintendo. Since they’re not the first to be featured, here are some ideas of who should be next in the game.

Little Mac

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In a boxing game like ARMS, it would be cool to see the Punch Out champ throw some hands in the game. If they want to step away from this obvious boxer, another alternative can be King Hippo

Dhalsim 

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This character doesn’t need spring arms, as he is able to stretch far on his own. This is the one game where his stretching ability would come in handy outside of Street Fighter.

Kirby

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With Kirby having the ability to become whatever he swallows, he can easily become one of the characters and put up a good fight. Also, if his grabs include his intake ability that would be cool.

Stretch Armstrong

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The classic elastic 90s toy where kids can stretch him up to five feet would be an outside the box addition to the game. Putting an old school character like him will bring back memories to those 80s and 90s babies. a little bit of nostalgia along with Little Mac will make the game that much more enjoyable.

It may be a while before we get news of the next DLC to this breakout competitive game. Max Brass is a tough character to beat in the story mode of the game, imagine how dominate he can be now that he is a part of the roster.

We Are A Week Away From EVO 2017. Here’s What You Need To know

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With the Evolution Tournament just a week away, players and attendees are getting psyched for what is the Super Bowl of the fighting game community (FGC). Registration is closed, the brackets are getting prepared, and the trophies and medals are waiting to be awarded to the top players this year. But before you head to Las Vegas, here’s what you need to know before the big event.

It’s the third largest event of the year

Think of it like wrestling. Before you go straight into Wrestlemania, you have to have a couple of good warm-up pay-per-views. This year’s events leading up to the big show, no pun intended, included Combo Breaker and Community Effort Orlando (CEO) 2017 which featured the best from Evil Genius, Rise Nation, and Echo Fox. To amateur players looking to make their mark in competitive gaming, this is a big event, but to pro players, this is another chance to solidify themselves as a champion on the grand stage.  But no doubt about it, there are always surprises that happen during the event and this year will be no different.

It will be streamed on Twitch

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If you can’t afford a plane ticket to the event, no worries. The event will be streamed on Twitch, giving those at home the feeling as if they are there. If you don’t have an account, it’s free and easy to sign up. Be sure to search for the event as there are other streamers using the EVO display name.

Games featured this year

The games on the menu this year include:

  • Street Fighter V
  • Super Smash Bros (Melee and Wii U)
  • Injustice 2
  • BlazBlue
  • Tekken 7
  • Guilty Gear
  • King of Fighters
  • Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Unfortunately, other fighting games like Pokken Tournament and Mortal Kombat X were scraped from this year’s event to make room for new titles. More information can be found on the EVO website. 

Twitter will be your best friend for the weekend.

If you have a favorite player that you follow, or don’t want a Twitch account, Twitter is another platform that gets you up close to the action. See behind the scenes antics from players and watch some of them get bodied, a term in which someone is photographed sleeping.

2017 has been a big year for the FGC with the release of multiple fighting games including Tekken 7 and Injustice 2. The numbers of those who registered for each game was released on Twitter.

We are a week away people, a week away to seeing who will be this year’s champs in the games listed. Let’s get ready to…. EVOOOOOOOO!!!

SMUG Will Be On The Rise At EVO 2017 With New Sponsorship

 

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Smug being carried to the ring at CEO 2017. (Credit: YouTube)

 

Following his win at South By SouthWest and his appearance in the ELeague Street Fighter V Invitational, Bryant “SMUG” Higgins has found a new home with Rise Nation after signing a six month deal with the esports team on Thursday.

Rise Nation, owned by Los Angeles Rams Lineman Rodger Saffold and Kahreem Horsley, are expressing their interest in the fighting game community by picking Smug and also signing former Evil Genius player Martin “Marn” Phan and Saul Leonardo “MenaRD” Mena Segundo just months before.

Known for his sense of humor and high-top fade, the SFV pro will make his first appearance in a Rise Nation jersey at this year’s Evolution 2017 tournament or EVO for short. Taking the same image from the team’s tweet, Smug expressed how he never thought that he’d become a sponsored player.

Though he mainly plays SFV, on his Twitch channel he also dabbles with Injustice 2. Maybe this year he’ll be a two-game competitor going up against other Injustice players including Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean.

He will definitely be a great addition to the team, not because he has a mean Balrog, but he lightens stressful situations through his comedic style of competing. Watching him in ELeague, you would wonder why he wasn’t picked up sooner. Maybe he was waiting for the right deal or wanted to be independent for a bit longer. Whatever the case may be, now with a legit jersey on his back, that is enough motivation for him to push to be this year’s EVO champion.

 

Don’t Let online Rankings Kill Your Dreams Of Making It To The Pros

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Imagine Playing Street Fighter V and beating the competition and climbing the ranks. You go from bronze level, to silver, and to gold. Then the server starts to pair you against diamond and master players who destroy you in a matter of seconds. It feels like they are not only destroying your rank but your spirit to become the next fighting game community, (FGC), player.

There are three types of players in the FGC, there are those who strive to be better, those who breakdown after losing, and those who don’t care about points.

Strivers

Strivers are players who want to be better and take their losses as motivation to become a better player. These players spend more time in the training room than online working out the kinks in their fight style. This is the player that all inspiring pro gamers need to be to get far in tournaments.

Breakers

Guys who spent little time training but think they have what it takes to get far in the ranks. The confidence is there until they’re beaten and then they give up on their dreams. These are also potential rage quitters who would rather sacrifice their rank themselves than lose it (especially since most games have including punishments for rage quitters) and not care about the consequences.

Careless Gamer

Another way to be a great gamer is not to focus on ranks at all. Sure it’s good when you rank up, but it’s not your first priority. They don’t care if they win or lose, and don’t do one and done sets, where a player only plays once and leaves after winning or losing. It’s an advantage because instead of worrying about ranks, the player is more focused on learning their opponents fighting style and perfecting their own.

It would be easier to be a striver or careless player if there was a way to hide your opponent’s rank online to eliminate that stress. When it comes to playing professionally you’re not facing Master Victor “Punk” Woodley or Diamond Sean “Iamstilldadaddy” Dench, you are facing the player. When it comes to face to face gaming, the ranks don’t matter at the moment, just pride and prizes.