Balrog is Street Fighter V's One Punch Man. Capable of dishing out an insane amount damage, the fighting game community is divided over the power he has at his disposal, with some writing him off as an overpowered brawler to be nerfed as soon as possible. But does a character who few players are finding success with deserve such scrutiny and stigmatization?
Kicking off at 7:00AM today, eight Street Fighter 5 pros will face off in the Eleague play-offs and finals, which you can watch via live stream on YouTube Gaming, Twitch or ELeague Live. There are also two other Street Fighter 5 competitions happening this weekend as well — Combo Breaker 2017, a premier tournament in the Capcom Pro Tour series, and Red Bull Kumite 2017, an SF5 invitational featuring two of Eleague's finalists in the lineup.
In the cavalcade of esports that can and will continue until the inevitable heat death of the universe, some events can get overlooked. Amidst the hubbub of last weekend's games, a Golden Tee world championship was held in Las Vegas, with winner Mark Stenmark of Houston, TX earning $US10,000 ($13,410) and his likeness in next year's iteration.
Masato "Bonchan" Takahashi is on a tear in the Street Fighter 5 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, utilising a character many of his contemporaries have given up on.
Injustice 2 is just a week old, but competition is already heating up thanks to Deadshot's frustrating zoning gameplay. After losing to the character during a recent tournament, one player gave his controller a good bounce.
Earlier this week, Smash 4's top player admitted he was overwhelmed: "We really need an off season," Gonzalo "Zero" Barrios wrote on Twitter. "Committed players are travelling the whole year no breaks." The conversation snowballed. Fans, tournament organisers and fellow players noted that, to organise an off season, the anarchic Smash 4 community would need a governing body.
At 16 years old, Super Smash Bros. Melee has no shortage of unique glitches and mechanics hidden in its GameCube-era code. At this past weekend's Runback 2017, Justin "Plup" McGrath went hurtling into one of those glitches during a doubles match: An invisible ceiling that spiked him back down to the ground.
There's been quite a bit of discussion around Blizzard's official Overwatch League and accessibility, given that reports say a slot in the big show could cost between $US15 million and $US25 million ($20 million and $33.5 million). Turns out, that isn't the only Overwatch esports league Blizzard is launching.