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Tekken 7 Tier List by Knee

Known as one of the best Tekken players in the world today, Knee has shared his ranking of characters in Tekken 7 along with some brief thoughts on them. Flying Wonkey has translated Knee's notes, which were originally posted by Kuro Kuro, and has added them to a TwitLonger post.

According to Knee, Shaheen sits alone atop the T7 roster at rank SS, with Law, Feng, King, Jin, Devil Jin and Kazuya rounding out the S rank. Knee's observations also include some caveats, including one that claims King becomes SSS tier on the stage with multiple breakable floors.

For the rest of the list, check out the picture posted by Kuro Kuro here.



San Diego's Paradise 2015 Tournament Cancelled 

Larry "Shin Blanka" Dixon has announced that Paradise 2015, scheduled for Nov. 20-22 in San Diego, has been cancelled.

In a post to the Paradise group on Facebook, Dixon said the primary reason for the cancellation of the event was a lack of interest from the community. Saying that perhaps he overreached by trying to plan a major event on the West Coast, Dixon regardless thanked everyone who supported the event. He also said that he would be refunding everyone who registered for the event:

I'm in the process of refunding everyone that pre registered for this event. I didn't want any shady vibe coming off about the event, so I started refunding people before I made the announcement. ... With the low pre reg numbers there was no way to reach goals/purpose of the event and that was to be able to send the winners of each game to FR19. There's been other events throughout the fgc history that has promised things and knew they couldn't follow through with payments/trips and still had the event while leaving the players hanging at the end of the event. I refuse to a shady event like that so it's better that I take the "L" on my head than to try to steal from the community I help grow for so long!

For Dixon's whole statement, head over to Facebook.


King of Fighters XIV to be Playable at PlayStation Experience

After a very short teaser trailer during Tokyo Game Show 2015, SNK Playmore's newest fighting game is going to make its public debut before the end of the year.

According to the PlayStation Blog, KOF XIV is one of the titles that will be playable in some form during the PlayStation Experience in San Franciso, California, on Dec. 5-6, 2015. 

Unless the listing is some sort of mistake, this news opens up plenty of opportunities for speculation about the title, which did not look like it was anywhere near ready for public consumption in September. However, it has been several months and no one knows whether that trailer was representative of the game's progress at that time. 


New Rising Thunder Update Planned for Oct. 27

The team at Radiant Entertainment is currently moving into a new office, but still hopes to roll out a new patch for Rising Thunder on Oct. 27. The update contains both system changes and individual character changes, along with the usual bug and crash fixes to the title.

On the system front, meter gain has been tweaked, as Overdrive meter gain has been increased by 10 percent while Kinetic Advance meter gain has been reduced by 20 percent. There have also been reductions to the amount of meter invincible and armored moves give a player and adjustments to damage reduction in combos.

For the individual characters, Chel and Dauntless are untouched in the update while Crow and Edge have received several changes including a new S3 variant for Edge. Talos has been given improved damage on a couple heavy attacks, and Vlad's Revolutionary Rocket now has increased dizzy.

For the full patch notes, along with developer insight into the changes, check out the game's website.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 432 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

The fires have been stoked at Super Desperation Radio, and for the second week in a row Hellpockets delivered some discussion fit for "A Current Affair."

First, however, SDR talked about the success of CEOtaku and their thoughts about the event in general. They discussed the more laid-back environment, and also some complaints about commentary on finals day. This segued into a brief discussion about Dizzy's upcoming return to Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-.

Then Hellpockets brought up the recent controversy in the Marvel scene, followed by the seeming apprehension of the airdash scene to attend NorCal Regionals.

Back on track, the show talked about the successful funding of Them's Fightin' Herds, as well as the future of Wednesday night tournaments in Southern California. 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.


BlazBlue Central Fiction to Release in Arcades in Late November

Famitsu is reporting that the newest BlazBlue will be coming out in late November 2015. The Oct. 22, 2015, issue of the magazine features pictures from the upcoming title and also uncovers some details of the game.

BBCF's arcade mode will have a story divided into three acts and Nine—one of the Six Heroes, and one who has to this point been unplayable—will be key to the story.

Nine was shown in one of the first teaser trailers for BBCF, but it is still unknown if the character will be playable in the game as many players have hoped.


Archive of Female Tournament From The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015 Korean Qualifier

South Korea is already preparing to bring its best Tekken 7 players for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015 in Japan.

Much like the Japanese qualifiers, Korea will have two female players who qualified from a separate tournament. They will be two of the eight players who will represent the nation for the finals on Dec. 12, 2015. They will be joined by three student players and three more from public qualifying events on Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and 8.

SPOTV Games simulcasted the female tournament on Oct. 18 through both their television channel and a dedicated Tekken Twitch channel.

The channel also uploaded the matches on their YouTube channel which can be found below!

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School of Ragnarok Coming to U.S. Round 1 Locations

Starting on Oct. 20, 2015, players at all Round 1 locations in the United States will have a chance to play the new arena fighting game from Square Enix.

Looking like it was influenced by SE's own Dissidia Final Fantasy, School of Ragnarok allows free roaming on 3-D plane and allows players to customize certain aspects of the playable characters.

Hit the jump for a gameplay trailer with roughly 25 minutes of footage.

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Them's Fightin' Herds Successfully Funded

Super Desperation Radio's Hellpockets can now rejoice because the Indiegogo for Mane 6's original fighting game has succeeded. With 60 hours left for possible funding, Them's Fightin Herds has met its $436,000 goal and will proceed to development.

TFH has had a long road to this point, originally starting as an unlicensed fan game featuring characters from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic before threats of legal action shelved the project. However, the Mane 6 team found new life when FiM producer and developer Lauren Faust got involved and helped create a brand new cast of original characters for the game to use.

While the game will now move into development, there are still several stretch goals including ports to Linux and Mac and a seventh character that can be reached before the campaign ends. Those wanting to support the game can head over to its Indiegogo page.


Dizzy Wins Character Vote, Will Join Guilty Gear Xrd

The results of the Xrd character poll are in, and Dizzy will be joining Guilty Gear Xrd in the future.

Although preliminary results had shown Holy Order Sol in the lead early, Dizzy ended up taking the vote, defeating second place Bridget by more than 300 votes. Baiken and HOS rounded out the top four placers.

Dizzy already has a character model in Xrd, and was expected to join the game eventually, but this vote should make former Dizzy players excited to see how Arc System Works will integrate her into the system of Guilty Gear Xrd.

Check out the full results of the poll after the jump.

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BlazBlue Central Fiction Website Launched

Arc System Works has launched the website for the next installment of the BlazBlue series for Japanese audiences.

Currently the site features a basic introduction to the game, with tabs for characters, the game's story, a basic system primer and the launch trailer. There is also another tab marked "special," which is currently not selectable.

While BBCF has no official release date at this time, hopefully the launch of the website indicates that ASW will be giving more concrete details about the game soon.


Battle Royale II, KOF Dream Cancel Cup Event, at Next Level on Nov. 14

New York will be preparing for a high stakes tournament for The King of Fighters series next month as part of the Dream Cancel Cup.

Battle Royale II will take place in Next Level Arcade and will feature The King of Fighters XIII, The King of Fighters '98 and '98 Ultimate Match as well as The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match. The high stakes portion of this Nov. 14 tournament will be KOFXIII, which has a $25 entry fee. The other games will be priced at $5 each.

Top 16 of the KOFXIII tournament will be given points as part of the Journey to Dream Cancel Cup with the winner will be automatically qualified for the finals at Colorado's Winter Showdown 3. Top 8 will be paid with an additional $500 bonus.

Team Spooky's Sabin and Team KickPunchBlock will be involved in streaming the event on their respective channels. Check out the official Dream Cancel thread and the Facebook event page for more information.


Tekken 7 Location Test Ends for Southern California on Oct. 15

The party will be coming to an end in Southern California for Tekken fans. After roughly three months of location testing for Tekken 7, including a qualifier tournament for the world championships, the machines will be returned to Bandai Namco on Oct. 15, 2015.

While this is definitely the shortest of notice for anyone who hoped to play the game one more time, Bandai Namco had never specified a length of time for the test.

For now, players will now have to wait and hope for an announcement of an official U.S. arcade release or a console version of the title.


Rise of Incarnates Closing Down on December 2015

The Bandai Namco Games free-to-play arena fighting game will face its unfortunate end the same year it was released.

A news post on the game's Steam Community page announced that Dec. 14, 2015, will be the final day to play the Mobile Suit Gundam Vs.-inspired game. If you want to try out ROI before its eventual closure, you will have to already have the game installed as it's now unavailable on the client.

For those who have Rise of Incarnates, players can now try every character for free with no restrictions until the game's end on Dec. 15. Paid consumables and other items will be discounted with some becoming free.

Rise of Incaranates was released on July 1, 2015, after a year of beta tests in 2014. ROI will be less than a year old when its service ends. This game will join fellow Namco Bandai free-to-play game Soulcalibur: Lost Swords which will close on Nov. 30.


Pokkén Tournament Halloween Update Adds Supports, Tweaks Balance

A new update has been released for Pokkén Tournament in Japan to both celebrate Halloween and add adjustments and new content to the title.

On the festive end, players will be able to dress their trainer in costumes during the event, and on the gameplay end characters in the game have received different changes to their moveset. The update has also added support Pokémon Ninetales and Mismagius.

Sadly, while the event will run from Oct. 15 through Nov. 3 in Japan, the U.S. will not be getting the content due to location tests being offline.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 431 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

Robot disease was clearly infecting the cast of Super Desperation Radio, as problems with Discord hampered but could not shut down the show.

SoCal Regionals is now behind the FGC, and SDR talked about experiences at the event and its logistics. They are also hoping to never again return to Ontario, California.

Hellpockets then took the lead and made note of the recent controversy surrounding F K Digital and its game Chaos Code. The rest of the cast offered opinions and SuperFX tried to steer the conversation onto the topic of good community managers and public relations.

Lastly, SDR wrapped up many of the small pieces of news from the last week including Laura in SFV, the end of the Xrd vote and Blade Arcus not having online play.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.


ESL Announces Details of Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season Two

ESL has released more details for the upcoming second season of the Mortal Kombat X Pro League. Beginning with a preseason starting on Oct. 18, 2015, the season will run through the end of the year with finals sometime in early 2016.

The format for season two will remain the same, "with open signups on Sundays that will whittle down the field to eight competitors." Those eight will then play on the MKX Pro League show on NetherRealm's Twitch channel every Wednesday. 

The regular season will begin on Nov. 1, and will feature weekly prizes of $1,000 with the finals of season two offering up a $100,000 pot. Check out ESL's important dates and times for season two after the jump.

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Street Fighter V Zangief Analysis by UltraDavid

UltraDavid got a chance to spend a little time with Zangief at SoCal Regionals 2015 and, after comparing notes with Ghodere, has put together some early thoughts on the character.

Starting with Gief's normals, David breaks down what veteran grappler players will find similar and different in his SF5 toolset and how even returning moves may not function the same way. He also talks about special moves, Zangief's new SF5 gameplay features and even the character's walkspeed.

David admits he did not get a lot of time to play the character, but he feels positive about how Zangief will turn out in Street Fighter V. Check out his notes on Reddit.


Laura Matsuda Officially Joins Street Fighter V

After a week of accidental leaks and anticipation, Capcom has announced that Brazilian Laura Matsuda will join the cast of Street Fighter V. An heir to the Matsuda Jiu-Jitsu fighting style—and probably a relative to Street Fighter III's Sean Matsuda—Laura will use "quick moving attacks and command grabs" to overwhelm opponents.

Laura's V-Skill is called Linear Movement, and is reminiscent of Blanka's beast hop in that it quickly moves the character forward or backward depending on the direction held. Where it differs, however, is that by just hitting the buttons with no direction held Laura will perform an overhead attack much like fighters in Street Fighter III: Third Strike.

Her V-Trigger is called Spark Show, and it enchances all her attacks and V-Skill. Linear Movement will move farther, her fireball travels a greater distance and all of her attacks and grabs deal more stun.

For those who have not seen Laura's official trailer, check it out after the jump.

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Official Street Fighter V Laura Trailer Appears Online

It appears that another mistake has been made for the upcoming reveal of Laura in SFV. Her official trailer is now online for everyone to see, although the original source, PlayStation, has made its video private. 

In the trailer, Laura uses fast-moving strikes that lead to grappling enders that leave her close to the opponent. She has the same overhead kick most recently used by Abel in Street Fighter IV—which originally appeared as part of Sean's arsenal in Street Fighter III—an anti-air move that functions similar to El Fuerte's guacamole leg drop and a slow projectile. She also has an elbow strike that leads to another grapple knockdown.

Laura's moves also emit an electrical charge, which can be buffed by her V Trigger. Check out her trailer after the jump.

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