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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.

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Cecilia D'Anastasio: So Nintendo invited a bunch of Super Smash Bros. pros to showcase Smash 5 at E3 this year! And among some of my favourites - Armada, Zero and Hungrybox - are exactly no women.

I didn't notice an outcry. Frankly, it was about as surprising as walking outside and noticing the sky, which was very much not falling. Do you remember what you said when we were talking about the Invitational's competitors last week?

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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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Over the past few years, Capcom Pro Tour has evolved from the collection of direct qualifiers organised for the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament in 2012 to something much more inclusive. In order to ensure global representation at Capcom Cup, leaderboards were established in four distinct regions - North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America - allowing players from across the world the chance to earn a spot at the main event with strong performances in or around their home countries.