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Capcom Cup wrapped up a year of Street Fighter V over the weekend with an explosive grand finals match between Japanese powerhouses Kanamori “Gachikun” Tsunehori and Hiromiki “Itabashi Zangief” Kumada.

The players were incredible, but the tournament itself was a bewildering mishmash of poor scheduling and tiresome padding that unfortunately encapsulates the issues with Street Fighter V and its official competition thus far. It fell to the competitors themselves to make up for Capcom’s shortcomings.

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Shout it from the rooftops: Cammy White will be trading in her traditional battle gear for an outfit with pants, thanks to Street Fighter V’s upcoming cross-promotion with Resident Evil. In paying homage to frequent Resident Evil protagonist Jill Valentine, the Killer Bee is set to have an outfit with ample bottom coverage for one of the few times in her extensive history.

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Red Bull Conquest wrapped up its team-based fighting game competition in Washington, D.C., this past weekend, bringing Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 competitors together to decide which American city is the strongest.

Victor “Punk” Woodley, who famously placed second at Evo 2017, ending up winning the Street Fighter V tournament for New York City, but not before playing the heel against his grand finals opponent by opting to use the same character.

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Red Bull Kumite, which started with Street Fighter IV in 2015 before transitioning to Street Fighter V in 2016, often serves as a summation of the year’s competition. The event invites some of the most accomplished players in the world to compete in Paris, France, and also gives additional challengers the chance to earn a spot through last-chance qualifiers.

This year’s instalment was no different, combining high production values with intense Street Fighter matches to create the best of both worlds.

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In fighting game competition, there are supposed to be winners and losers. Players are either one or the other once a match has concluded. But sometimes, the fates like to throw a wrench in that rigid dichotomy with the anticlimactic and almost unheard of draw game.

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No matter how many players pick up fighting games as a competitive endeavour, there are always going to be certain character matchups that barely ever come up in tournaments, let alone in the later stages of a major event.

Last weekend, Fighting Fest showcased one such matchup during its Street Fighter V finals, a battle of poison and stretchy limbs that provided a brief glimpse at how two uncommon characters deal with one another.

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While post-match handshakes have become commonplace in the fighting game community, they rarely come laden with dense layers of history. Japanese competitors Naoki “Nemo” Nemoto and Hiromiki “Itabashi Zangief” Kumada have turned these brief moments of sportsmanship into yet another opportunity for showcasing their deepening rivalry. The two had a very tense post-match handshake this past weekend at TOPANGA League 7, and that handshake has a big backstory.

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Seon-woo “Infiltration” Lee, a prominent South Korean Street Fighter 5 player with five Evolution Championship Series titles and countless tournament wins on his resume, will not be competing at this weekend’s Capcom Pro Tour premier event at Tokyo Game Show. His team, Panda Global, announced the decision last night as they investigate claims that Infiltration abused his ex-wife before their divorce.

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The eight Street Fighter 5 competitors that made it into Evo 2018’s finals yesterday looked very different from last year’s lineup. Aside from last year’s winner, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, every single one of the other finalists wasn’t on last year’s stage.

Everybody assumed Tokido would win. But Evo 2018 finals have proven assumptions to be unwise, time and time again.

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The inaugural season of Gfinity's Australian city-based esports league wrapped up over the weekend with a southern rout. Having solidified their position in the finals of all three games, Melbourne Order turned the weekend into a whitewash, taking home the trophy in all three matches and the club championship to boot.

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As with most competitive endeavours, major events with big names are given a lion’s share of the public’s attention. This tendency is reflected in Capcom’s official rankings for their Street Fighter V circuit, which only tracks results for the tournaments they deem notable. The fighting game community, however, emphasises open pools at every level of competition.

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Daigo Umehara has built a legacy on fearless calls, and he added one more to his story at Stunfest in Rennes, France last weekend. Down on life and with his back against the wall, the fighting game legend shot off a clutch Flash Kick to catch his opponent off guard and steal a victory with one choice.

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Justin Wong is a legendary fighting game player, and he's nearly unbeatable when given the chance to use an ultra-defensive character or system mechanic. This part of Wong's skillset was on full display last weekend during the Canada Cup Master Series tournament in Calgary, where he won the stacked event using Falke, the latest character to join Street Fighter V's playable roster.