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Wednesday
Apr092014

NorCal Regionals 2014 Trailer Revealed

IPLAYWINNER is proud to present the trailer for NorCal Regionals 2014.

The annual event will take place this year on April 18-20, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Games featured will include Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Ver. 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, The King of Fighters XIII, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct and Divekick, as well as returning classics such as Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and Capcom vs. SNK 2.

Streams for NCR will be provided by IPLAYWINNER, Team Spooky and Arturo Sanchez. NorCal Regionals is brought to the players this year by Kineda, Hella Mind Games, ten/o LLC, IPLAYWINNER, Team Spooky, Capcom, Arcade Shock, Hungry Human, The Underground Syndicate, Eightarc, Dynamic Custom Beadworks, SplitmediaLabs and TheSteamCo.!

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Wednesday
Apr092014

Level Up Your Game's Morning Bread & Butter Covering Hwoarang, With Guest Speedkicks

The latest kick-filled episode of Morning Bread & Butter from Level Up Your Game is now available to watch!

Rip from LUYG with help from Atlanta's Speedkicks go over what Hwoarang is capable of. Hwoarang relies on his stances including flamingo, which give him a lot of options when facing an opponent. He also has some good pokes, mixups and whiff-punishing moves thanks to these stances. While Hwoarang is relatively difficult to learn, his benefits when mastered outweigh his negatives.

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Wednesday
Apr092014

Aris Of Avoiding The Puddle On How To Play Raphael In Soulcalibur II

Players learning Soulcalibur II and wanting to play Raphael, Avoiding the Puddle has you covered.

This hour-and-a-half tutorial features Aris going over how to play and win with the character. Aris compared Raphael to Nightmare, suggesting players should condense his move list to only focus on essential moves instead of utilizing everything to win.

You can find the video after the jump!

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Wednesday
Apr092014

Latest Airdash Academy Episode Expands On Movement With Airdashing From Guilty Gear XX

You might already know how to jump but now let's learn how to airdash!

Episode seven of Airdash Academy explores how airdashing works in Guilty Gear XX, and how similar and different it is from jumping styles found in more traditional fighting games. Along with explaining the basic properties of an airdash, the video also goes into advance tactics such as chicken blocking and what an opponent can do when facing an airdash.

You can find the video after the jump and follow Norviltataki on YouTube for past and upcoming videos of Airdash Academy!

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Tuesday
Apr082014

New Info Revealed From Super Smash Bros. 3DS & Wii U From Direct Event, Coming Summer & Winter 2014 Respectively

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS & Wii U director Masahiro Sakurai announces new information for the Nintendo Direct video event.

Along with introducing new items, stages and move changes, Zero Suit Samus, Shiek, Yoshi will be returning. Sakurai also introduced moves for some of the new characters including Little Mac and Mega Man. The new games will also allow players to customize moves to their liking for casual play. At the end of the video, a cinematic trailer features Pokemon Charizard and Greninja coming to the new games.

The online mode user interface will be modified from Super Smash Bros. Brawl featuring anti-cheat/grief measures and a point-based ranking system different from the usual style. When playing online, players can play "for fun" where items are enabled and wins are only recorded or play "for glory" where items are disabled and Final Destination is only playable.

The 3DS version of the new Super Smash Bros. will run at 60fps with enemies outputting at 30fps. This version will also receive a new mode called "Smash Run" This multiplayer dungeon mode allows players to level up their character in a huge multi-tiered level to later fight each other with their obtained stats.

The 3DS version will be available summer 2014 with the Wii U version coming winter 2014. Check Nintendo Direct to watch the archive!

Tuesday
Apr082014

Divekick Addition Edition Bringing Johnny Gat From Saints Row Series, Playable At PAX East

Divekick will be recieving its first official crossover character!

Developer Iron Galaxy Studios and Saints Row series developer Volition helped bring staple character Johnny Gat into Divekick Addition Edition. Based on his Saints Row IV appearance, Johnny Gat will have his own divekick, a black hole used as his air special and a car used for his ground special.

He will be playable, along with a new stage, on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Divekick Addition Edition and will be featured in the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Steam for free shortly after. Johnny Gat will be playable at Penny Arcade Expo East 2014!

You can find the reveal trailer and the Iron Galaxy eSports Hour broadcast featuring the reveal after the jump! You can also still register for the bonus sponsored Divekick tournament at NorCal Regionals now!

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Tuesday
Apr082014

The Show That Sucks #73 With Harrison and Honzo Gonzo Tonight at 10pm PST

The Show That Sucks continues tonight at 10pm PST on our Twitch.tv Channel.

Got questions for the show? Send them to (Myself) Harrison and Honzo Gonzoon twitter.If you missed last weeks show you can head over to our Podcast section to check it out in Youtube and Mp3 format.

Blowing up the FGC one week at a time, The Show That Sucks is a weekly Podcast with Harrison, the lead streamer of IPLAYWINNER, and Honzo Gonzo, the worst person on the Internet.

Monday
Apr072014

Tournament Results From Fight For Might At 20Mission

Here are the results from the past tournament streamed by IPLAYWINNER.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Fight For Might: SSFIVAE2012, UMVC3, Super Smash Bros. Melee (Singles, Doubles)

Fight For Might was at 20Mission Coworking space in San Francisco, CA organized by Bay Area Fight Night on Apr. 5, 2014.

You can find the bracket links above and watch the matches on YouTube!

Monday
Apr072014

Tatsunical Tuesdays Episode Six With Dr. Science & Marvelous Customs' KBeast On Alex & Roll

It isn't Tuesday but check out a new episode of Tatsunical Tuesday!

The sixth episode of the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom-central series focuses on both characters Alex and Roll. Both KBeast and Dr. Science break down specific aspects on what makes this team effective including assist setups between both characters and damaging combos. They also look at match videos showing off this team in action and how capable they can be against other teams.

You can check it out after the jump! Follow Marvelous Customs on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube!

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Monday
Apr072014

Etokki Omni Arcade Stick Revision Five Now Available For Pre-Order, Coming Apr. 28, 2014

A new run of the Etokki Omni arcade stick series is now available for pre-order!

Revision five of Ryan "Laugh" Ahn's arcade stick combines PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 compatibility and custom-stick-like build quality along with some improvements from his fourth run. Like his previous runs, revision five of the Omni comes in both Korean and Japanese versions along with the ability to interchange parts with help from plexi glasses. All of it under an all metal casing powered by a Paewang Revolution multi-console board.

You can pre-order here! The sticks are scheduled for release on April 28, 2014! Check out our review of revision three of the Etokki Omni here! Follow Etokki on Twitter for updates including new products coming in the near future!

Monday
Apr072014

Sanwa Denshi JLF-TPRG-8AYT-SK New Silent Lever Available Now On Arcade Shock

Sanwa Denshi unleashed a new version of their noise reduction JLF arcade stick lever!

A new version of Sanwa's silent JLF lever made for 2014 is now available on Arcade Shock! The JLF-TPRG-8AYT-SK has changes from the original model: the noise reduced microswitches are now unified into one PCB for easy installation into most commercial arcade sticks and the modified square restriction gate allows more precise movement and less wasted motions.

You can buy the new silent JLF now on this page! You can also buy the original version here!

Monday
Apr072014

Airdash Academy Episode Six Breaks Down Offensive & Defensive Jumps

Here is another episode of Airdash Academy!

Airdash Academy introduces movement by first explaining various jumps you can implement in a match. Each jump including crossups has its own offensive and/or defensive advantages, which work best in specific situations. Players need to understand the position as well as understand the risks and rewards when implemented.

While it shows footage of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, these concepts can carry over to other fighting games including Guilty Gear and BlazBlue.

You can find the episode after the jump! Subscribe to Novriltataki's YouTube channel for future episodes!

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Saturday
Apr052014

Fight For Might At 20Mission By Bay Area Fight Night, Stream By IPLAYWINNER

IPLAYWINNER will be back at 20Mission coworking space for another event by Bay Area Fight Night!

Bay Area Fight Night is introducing the premiere chapter of their Fight For Might tournament series this Saturday on Mar. 4, 2014. This inagural edition will feature Super Smash Bros. Melee (singles and doubles), Killer Instinct, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Ver. 2012.

Players including Macro Micro Gaming's El Cubano Loco, G Dragon and Julio, Brass, Pandora House's LPN, Marvelous Customs' Honzo Gonzo, Windzero and Pray For Victory will be at Fight For Might!

For more information on how to attend the event and rules, go check out the Facebook event page here! If you are unable to attend, please watch the live stream over at our Twitch channel!

Friday
Apr042014

The Fray! Episode 30 Archive - Tekken Tag Tournament 2 EVO 2014 Announcement

If you missed the announcement, check out how it all came to become in the latest episode of The Fray!

Darry brought Bronson Tran, Mad Catz's Mark "Markman" Julio and Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar onto the latest episode of The Fray! to talk about Tekken Tag Tournament 2 second outing at Evolution.

While it is a quick episode, they talk about the process to getting TTT2 into the main game list for EVO 2014. Both Markman and Mr. Wizard also played a quick match of TTT2 online before confirming the game's spot.

You can check it out after the jump! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on when The Fray! will be airing!

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Friday
Apr042014

Trailer For Gundam Zabanya From Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Coming To Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Maxi Boost

To Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS players living in Japan, there will be a new mobile suit to pilot!

From Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Awakening Of The Trailblazer, Gundam Zabanya will be added to the current list of suits. Piloted by Lockon Stratos, Zabanya will be able to shoot pistol and sniper beams along with enabling surrounding beam strikes as support. Stratos was also featured in previous editions of EXVS piloting both Gundam Dynames and Cherudim.

You can check out the trailer for Gundam Zabanya after the jump! Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Maxi Boost is now playable in Japanese arcades now!

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Friday
Apr042014

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Pre-Matador Cup 5 15 vs. 15 Team Battle At Neo Amusement Space A-CHO

Before the big Japanese Tekken Tag Tournament 2 5 vs. 5 team tournament Matadorcup 5, Mastercup hosted a special 15 vs. 15 team battle.

The special Japanese TTT2 team battle was held on Mar. 21, 2014 at Kyoto, Japan's Neo Amusement Space A-CHO, the same game center that also held Matadorcup 5. Many players who attended Matadorcup 5 also participated in the team battle including Nobi, Kagemaru, Lathin and more. You can find the full list here!

You can find all parts from the team battle after the jump! You can also check out A-CHO's YouTube channel featuring matches from Matadorcup 5!

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Friday
Apr042014

K-Brad Joins Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses has announced that Kenneth "K-Brad" Bradley has joined its fighting game division. In a statement released April 4, EG's Director of Play Operations Antonio "CoolGrayAJ" Javier said that he is thrilled to have Bradley on the team and is certain that K-Brad will be an invaluable asset not only due to his ability to beat the best players, but also because Bradley's choice of Cammy is a frustrating one for many of his opponents.

As part of the announcement, Bradley released a small statement:

“I would like To say that I am extremely thankful for the opportunity that EG is giving me. I definitely will work very hard for this organization and for my teammates. Over the years, I've become good friends with the EG players, most especially Justin Wong, whom I would credit in getting me here in the first place. I am truly thankful to have great teammates like Eduardo, Ricky and Justin. I couldn't be any happier if I tried.”

Javier also commented on Twitter that K-Brad will be represented by only the letters EG in future tournaments.

Thursday
Apr032014

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Added To Evolution 2014

On tonight's episode of The Fray, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar announced that Tekken will return at Evolution 2014. After originally being left off the game lineup this year, Namco's second entry in the Tekken Tag Tournament franchise will be coming back after response to the game's exclusion.

Cuellar, along with fellow guests Mark "MarkMan" Julio and Bronson Tran, discussed TTT2 and the community's efforts to get the game back in the spotlight.

Bandai Namco Games will be helping out as a sponsor for EVO in support of TTT2!

It should be open for registration as soon as possible!

Thursday
Apr032014

Fifth Episode Of Airdash Academy Expands On Chain Attacks

Understanding the nuances when doing chain attacks is important when opposing your offense. Airdash Academy breaks down the necessary aspects when pressuring your opponent.

The fifth episode of Airdash Academy expands on the previous episode's introduction of how chain routes work. While episode four explained both the positioning and commitment aspects of performing chains, this episode delves deeper to what you can do when pressuring your opponent. Topics include using moves that have frame advantage/disadvantage, the gaps in between chains and jump cancelling to help expand your offense.

You can find both episodes four and five of Airdash Academy after the jump!

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Thursday
Apr032014

EVO Moment 37, Book About The 2004 Daigo Umehara Parry By Glenn Cravens, Now Available

The book about one of the greatest moments in fighting game competition is now available to own!

EVO Moment 37, by author Glenn Cravens, is now on sale for $9.99 on CreateSpace on paperback! The book centralizes on the popular Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike match between Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong at EVO 2004 and the moment that became unforgettable. Cravens will be releasing a digital version for Amazon Kindle users in the coming future.

"I'm very pleased that the book is now a reality. With all of the planning, interviews and writing, it has taken almost a year to put this book together, and I am very happy that today I can begin to share my book with everyone." Cravens said. "I want to thank everyone who helped make the writing of book possible."

Cravens is an author of two books, "Monterey Bay Thunder" and "Three in the Secret Society," and handled fighting game statistics site Get Your Tournament.