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Rocket League has been steadily growing as a scene, both fostering its own league and spotlighting on networks like NBCSN. It's easy to see why — rocket-car soccer is inherently simple to understand as a spectator. The high-flying automotive game has space for wild plays, but when it comes to competitive action, simple has proven better.

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When fighting game players aren't devising new ways to squeeze extra damage out of their combos or crafting deadly setups to trap opponents, they're usually figuring out how to defeat fellow competitors in the most stylish ways possible. Skullgirls makes that a little easier thanks to a character named Big Band, who can utilise his musical moveset to bust out some sweet tunes in the right circumstances, and a recent tournament showed how amazing these skills can be in the right hands.

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As soon as Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite comes out on September 19, every copy of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will evaporate into a fine mist, never to be played again — OK, not really, but you'd never know it from the approach taken by players' farewells to the game.

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Winning by any means necessary is a core staple of fighting game competitions, but it's still unsettled whether fighting game pros need to entertain spectators while trying to do so. It's been an issue in Street Fighter for decades, and top Super Smash Bros. players have even been booed for their controversial approaches to competition. This conversation cropped up again after a recent Pokken Tournament event came to a close with two players sniping at each other from afar.

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Overwatch's Summer Games end on August 29, which means there isn't much time left to get good at Lucioball. Except no one is that good at Lucioball, even the players ranked in top 500. But while players who hate it have already gone back to playing Rocket League, the competitive Lucioball players left standing have done their best to rise above the game's quirks.