Street Fighter V


Punk Wins Street Fighter V Eleague Invitational In Climactic Runback

GIF After falling to Arman “Phenom” Hanjani in the winner’s finals, Victor “Punk” Woodley ran it back through the lower bracket to win the Eleague Street Fighter V Invitational 4-2. When Punk and Phenom met in the winner’s bracket, Punk seemed to have no answer for Phenom’s air game as Necalli. Constant jumps and dive-kicks, coupled with some stellar grapples, secured Phenom the winner’s advantage and a seat at the grand finals. Punk, meanwhile, fought through a grueling match against Keita “Fuudo” Ai’s fearsome Mika, going the distance in a tense first-to-three. Securing his rematch, the self-proclaimed “Alpha” would have to find the solution to Phenom’s Necalli, while down a set thanks to winner’s advantage. Punk seemed to find the solution, coming out with a strong first two sets and only dropping a single overall. Punishing Phenom’s Necalli for a crucial on a decisive combo, Punk secured the win at 4-2. The Karin pro takes home $150,000 in prize earnings and defends his title as one of the best in Street Fighter V. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Who To Watch In Tonight's Street Fighter V Finals On Eleague

GIF Victor “Punk” Woodley celebrates a win at NCR 2017 (gif via YouTube) Tonight, eight Street Fighter V pros will face off in the Eleague play-offs and finals, which you can watch on TBS or via digital live stream. By the way, there are also two other Street Fighter V competitions happening this weekend as well—Combo Breaker 2017, a premier tournament in the Capcom Pro Tour series, and Red Bull Kumite 2017, an SFV invitational featuring two of Eleague’s finalists in the lineup. It’s a busy weekend for the best of the best SFV players. But the weekend won’t be as busy as it could have been for Victor “Punk” Woodley, a teenaged SFV phenom who has won two Capcom Pro Tour premier tournaments back-to-back this year. His high-level Karin plays make him the contender to watch during tonight’s Eleague event. His finalist status is bittersweet, however, because the scheduling of the event means that Punk won’t be able to participate in Combo Breaker this weekend. The pools for Combo Breaker take place both tonight and tomorrow, and schedules were selected by lottery. Punk got chosen for the Friday night pools, meaning that he won’t be able READ FULL STORY…


Street Fighter V Competitor Wins Three Tournaments on Three Continents in Three Weeks

“Bonchan” (right) against Xiaobao of Taiwan, who he defeated in the grand finals of Saigon Cup. Photo via the Saigon FGC Facebook page. Masato “Bonchan” Takahashi is on a tear in the Street Fighter V community, earning three straight victories at the most recent Capcom Pro Tour events. While an impressive feat on its own, the Japanese competitor did so over just three weeks at events in Europe, Australia and Asia, utilizing a character many of his contemporaries have given up on. Bonchan’s string of wins began the weekend of May 6 at The Colosseum, an Italian fighting game event featuring some of the best players from Europe as well as notable visitors from across the globe. Following a disappointing 25th place finish at DreamHack Austin just a week beforehand, Bonchan tore through The Colosseum’s Street Fighter V bracket, demolishing everyone who stood in his way with Charlie Nash. His warpath included near-perfect victories over players like Algerian-born Emirati competitor Adel “Big Bird” Anouche and Li-wei “Oil King” Lin of Taiwan, both of whom are known for overwhelming displays of their own. A week later, Bonchan traveled to Battle Arena Melbourne (the site of Daigo Umehara’s embarrassing self-own), READ FULL…


Street Fighter V Gets Ed, Remastered Spain Stage & New CFN Update on May 30

May 30 will be a busy day for Street Fighter V, as Capcom is releasing Ed, the remastered Spain stage, the Thailand stage with all-new background music, the new Capcom Fighters Network update, and Monthly Targets. Also, by signing in to the New CFN at any point from May 30 to June 13, you’ll receive a 50,000 Fight Money bonus. “The cage returns!” Capcom said of the Flamenco Tavern stage. “As part of a bevy of new features and updates coming on May 30, Street Fighter V will receive a remastered Spain stage loaded with dancers, musicians and all the requisite flair we’ve enjoyed since its stylish debut in Street Fighter II. And Vega players… yes, you will be able to climb that bad boy.” In terms of pricing, Flamenco Tavern will cost $3.99/€3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money, the Thailand stage will cost $3.99/€3.99 or 70,000 Fight Money, and Ed will cost $5.99 or 100,000 Fight Money. For Monthly Targets, Capcom will be offering up four in June (perform a combo 100 times, win 20 Ranked Matches, KO opponent with CA 50 times, and win 40 Ranked Matches), which will net you a total of 36,000 Fight Money. A new Target will READ…

Street Fighter V Fans Are Not Sure What To Make Of Seemingly Simplistic Newcomer Ed

Last weekend saw Capcom open up a special beta for Street Fighter V which, in addition to giving the community a chance to try the game’s improved online modes, provided a preview for the next downloadable character. Ed, a rapidly aging M. Bison clone saved by Balrog during the story of Street Fighter IV, shocked fans due to his rather simplistic attack inputs, and players were eager to get their hands on the newcomer during the brief beta window. Ed’s gameplay combines the boxing skills taught to him by Balrog and the Psycho Power that forms the crux of M. Bison’s strength. As such, his toolset is a mixed bag; he’s capable of taking the fight to opponents with a strong ground game, but can also keep them airborne with copious juggles. From what we’ve seen thus far, Ed is an incredibly mobile fighter that doesn’t impose any intense execution requirements. His inputs are simpler than those of other fighters in the game’s roster and consist of numerous one- and two-button specials. GIF While it typically takes months of competition for the community to figure out a new character, early impressions can sometimes build a foundation for future progression and…

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Daigo Becomes His Own Worst Enemy At Recent Street Fighter V Tournament

Last weekend’s Battle Arena Melbourne Street Fighter V tournament was grueling for the high-level Street Fighter V talent it drew to Australia. The event was so stacked, even a legendary fighting game competitor like Daigo Umehara failed to make much of an impact, but no one expected The Beast’s most challenging opponent to be himself. Advertisement Thanks to a perfect run through his initial pool, Daigo was sitting pretty on the winners side of the top-32 bracket for the Capcom Pro Tour event. His first match after leaving the group stage came against fellow Japanese player Ryo “Dogura” Nozaki, himself an established name known for his skill in a wide variety of non-Capcom games. Both players had recently switched characters—Daigo from Ryu to Guile and Dogura from Necalli to Urien—and the bout was shaping up to showcase what they’ve learned with their new, arguably stronger mains. In the final round, both players stuck to what had gotten them there in the first place. Despite falling behind in health, Daigo continued his careful play, locking Dogura down with copious Sonic Booms. But as is often the case, all it took for Dogura READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The Wildest Matches From Compete's Street Fighter Pro Challenge

GIF This past Saturday, we opened the doors to the Gizmodo Media Group offices and welcomed any and all challengers to try their hand at beating a Street Fighter V champion. From young newcomers to surprise upstarts, and even other pros lurking in the waters, here are some of our favorite moments from an incredible night. Advertisement In the first block of the night, Bryant “Smug” Huggins held it down as his main, the boxer Balrog. Sanford Kelly stepped up to try and take him down, but when a jump-in doesn’t go his way, the match ends with a little bit of salt. When Justin Wong took the stage, competition had started to heat up. While there were a few notable entrants waiting for their chance, an Ibuki player going by the pseudonym “Option” with some real skill. Justin Wong would not only face surprises, but the next generation of Street Fighter talent, as one child by the name of Dante approached the stage to play. With a flurry of lightning kicks from his Chun-Li, Dante was a perfect example of the young generation learning the ropes, and executes some READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Street Fighter Pro Brings Down The Champ At Compete Event

GIF In the last block of the night at our “Can You Beat An Esports Champion?” event, Du “NuckleDu” Dang was the first pro to drop all day. Kevin “Die3mini0n” Landon, a professional Street Fighter player himself, took down NuckleDu in a tense mirror match-up. Advertisement Both players were on Guile, exchanging blows and projectiles in a careful dance back and forth. Landon outlasted the onslaught, and when the right opportunity arose, took rounds from the Capcom Cup champion NuckleDu. “It’s nice to know that I can still compete, even after he won the championship,” said Landon after the match. Landon says NuckleDu was a student of his before Du’s run at Capcom Cup, but was surprised Du picked the mirror match-up rather than his Rainbow Mika alternate. Advertisement As for the difference between Landon’s Guile and Du’s, it’s all in the approach. “It’s just polar opposite styles, he’s the full-in rushdown style, I’m the more keep-away Guile,” said Landon. You can catch the tail end of the Compete event through the Twitch stream below: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Watch Street Fighter Pros v. Jamokes At Our NYC Event

Starting now and going into the night, Street Fighter V pros Bryant “Smug” Huggins, Justin Wong and Du “NuckleDu” Dang will take on a crowd of challengers live from our New York offices. Advertisement Throughout the day, visitors can stop by to play the pros, and after they fail (or succeed), they can stop by the Compete Arcade to play on our curated cabinet selection, warm up in our Street Fighter V dojo, get some Compete swag and take a photo with the infamous car from Street Fighter II. If you’re in New York and want to meet the Compete staff and challenge some pros or even us, the event is open to the public, so feel free to come on over to our offices at 114 5th Avenue and hang out! (Note: our late-night session is 21+ only) Advertisement Can’t make it out? You can tune in to our Twitch stream and watch the action play out throughout the day, emcee’d by Gizmodo’s own: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


New Street Fighter V Trailer Shows New Character Ed’s Moves and Gameplay


Free Street Fighter V CFN Beta Starts Later Today, Download the Client Now

Unlocking all characters (including Ed) and letting you test out the new and improved Capcom Fighters Network, the Street Fighter V CFN Beta Test client is now available to download for free from the PlayStation Store (North America, Europe). A PlayStation Plus membership is required to access the beta, and the download size is 8.2GB. The Beta Test starts today at 6pm PT/9pm ET and ends on Sunday, May 14 at 6pm PT/9pm ET. It includes cross-play with PC, and you don’t need a copy of Street Fighter V to access it. As the description points out, everything earned during the beta will be deleted: Test out the new Capcom Fighters Network! Available 05.11 – 05.14.2017. All released characters are unlocked for play and since the purpose of the test is to try out the improved online infrastructure, only online modes have been enabled for play. All data recorded during the beta is for testing purposes only and once the beta has concluded, all replays, Fight Money earned, progress and player data will be deleted. Server availability is subject to change. A PS Plus membership is required in order to participate in the Beta Test. Will you be participating in the beta? READ FULL STORY…


Street Fighter Pros Are Annoyed That Two Big Tournaments Are On The Same Date

GIF Wolfkrone washes his hands after winning a match against Xian last Friday night. (gif via YouTube) Joshua “Wolfkrone” Philpot dominated the roster on Friday night’s Eleague Street Fighter V bracket, earning himself one of the slots in the playoff bracket on May 26. The only games Wolfkrone lost were to Kun “Xian” Ho, the winner of Final Round 20 and a big contender to win Eleague. In the end, Wolfkrone went 3-2 against Xian in their final loser’s bracket match, which cost Xian his chance at the playoffs. Advertisement Despite losing, Xian might be the lucky one. Now he can compete in Combo Breaker 2017, which starts on the exact same day as the Eleague playoffs. The dates for Combo Breaker 2017, which is part of the Capcom Pro Tour Street Fighter V tournament series, were announced back in November of last year. Eleague, however, didn’t confirm the scheduling for their Street Fighter V season until February. Almost all of the participants in the Eleague season are also competing in Capcom Pro Tour events, so the overlap is a known issue. Advertisement In order READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Ed Is the Next Street Fighter V Character, Watch His Reveal Trailer

[embedded content] Previously leaked by the PlayStation Store, Ed was confirmed by Capcom today as the third Season 2 Street Fighter V character. A release date wasn’t given for Ed, but he, along with all previously released characters, will be playable in the CFN Beta from May 11 to 14. Ed was kidnapped at a young age and experimented on by S.I.N. in order to become a replacement body for M. Bison, and his body ages faster than normal humans until they’re old enough for battle. Raised by Balrog, Ed’s fighting is centered on boxing, but it’s also enhanced by Psycho Power. A younger Ed previously appeared in Rose’s Street Fighter IV story and Balrog’s Super Street Fighter IV story. Here’s what to expect from Ed’s V-Skill, V-Trigger, and Critical Art: V-Skill: Psycho Snatcher Ed releases Psycho Power from his palm, pulling himself or opponents depending on how long he charges it up V-Trigger: Psycho Cannon With a full V-meter, Ed releases an enormous amount of Psycho Power. He can follow alongside it, allowing him to pepper in shots when it connects with the opponent. Critical Art: Psycho Barrage Ed lunges forward with a series of punches. If at any point he connects, he’ll continue weaving READ…


Street Fighter V Adds Ed as the Next DLC Character