The "magic pixel" is a sliver of health that doesn't even show up in your fighter's health bar, an amount so tiny you would probably measure it in subpixels. It was from that tiniest pip of heath that Zeku player Air fought back, and in a rousing match, took the series while barely alive.
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At last night's Next Level Battle Circuit, the mic was somehow unoccupied right before Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez's match against a player who goes by SonicSol, as all the other commentators had seemingly vacated the stream at the same time. Rather than play in silence, Sanchez decided to call his own match.
It's been almost a year since Daigo "The Beast" Umehara has won a premier level SFV tournament. That changed earlier today when he took first place at the Hong Kong Esports Festival, a victory many in the fighting game world were glad (and possibly relieved) to see the ageing star a achieve.
Last week Capcom started removing League Points from Street Fighter V players disconnecting from online matches before the game registers a loss. Yesterday the top-ranked player in the world got docked back to the bronze age.
As promised, Capcom has started penalising Street Fighter V players with absurdly high disconnect rates that coincide almost exactly with the closing seconds of a match. A more permanent solution is in the works, but for now, the worst offenders are getting their comeuppance.