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Super Desperation Radio episode 516 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

The recently released rules for Capcom Pro Tour was the first major topic on SDR, as the cast talked about the new rules within the context of fighting game community history. The crew also talked at length about how the rules on sponsorship look to an outside party.

In other news, King of Fighters XIV has been showing up at more events, allowing players to get an early chance with the title and giving more viewers at home a sneak peak at how the game is developing. Hellpockets lead the discussion on how he feels the game is evolving and developing.

Lastly, SDR had some questions about a Street Fighter V Spotify playlist created by PlayStation Music.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.



New site collects all of Graham Wolfe's Street Fighter V tech videos

Longtime Street Fighter player Graham Wolfe has spent the time since SFV's release updating his Twitter with various strategies and bits of information about the game.

The videos he has made, while never very long, often bring light to a previously undiscovered vulnerability in seemingly spammable or strong options for each character, and have even shown new versatility in other moves.

As it can be tedious to scroll through Twitter looking for one video, Wolfe has made all of these tweets available for players to find quickly on his own WordPress site. This is a great resource for SFV players looking to gain a deeper understanding of the game.


Capcom Pro Tour 2016 rules updated, published

Capcom has updated and made the full rules of CPT 2016 available to the general public, from the tournament format to the code of conduct players must follow.

While most rules should be familiar to experienced tournament players, there are a few important distinctions that have been made. First off, Capcom has officially barred sponsors that are involved in adult entertainment and leaves the door open to ban any other sponsor "Capcom deems inappropriate at its sole discretion."

Second, the company has also banned any form of gambling at the events, with violators to be ejected from the event and possibly banned from CPT.

The company has also taken a stance against swearing, violence and "other forms of thuggery." The rules can be found at the Capcom Pro Tour website.


More details behind Tekken 7's The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 North American circuit

While the Tekken 7 tour around North America has been in effect, winners of past events are qualified for a finals event as part the fully announced regional tour of The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016.

Major tournaments across North America including CEO 2016, SoCal Regionals and Canada Cup will be handling some of the qualifying spots for this series. The remaining Wizard World conventions that will have T7 will bear spots as well. It all leads up to a finals event, with two last chance qualifying spots, that will be announced at a later time.

For now, the circuit will use Tekken 7 until follow-up expansion Tekken 7: Fated Retribution becomes publicly available in arcades.

Winners of each qualifier will earn $1,000 with second and third place recieving $700 and $400 respectively. The finals event will carry a larger pot with $20,000 for first place followed by $4,000 at second and $3,000 at third.

So far, Geesemaster, Anakin, Brawlpro, Mr. Naps and ZTS have qualified for the finals. While South Korea's Saint won the qualifier at Final Round XIX and that second place finisher Sodam also resides from the country, Circa eSports' Anakin was given entry to the finals as per the rules.

Dates and rules can be found here.


France's Gaming Live checks out KOFXIV, coming to Europe on Aug. 26, 2016 by Deep Silver

If you need more footage of The King of Fighters XIV, make sure to check out the hour-and-a-half-long presentation from France.

French gaming production company Gaming Live had the chance to show off the game before its appearance at this year's Stunfest tournament. Commentator Ken Bogard was joined by KOF players Frionel, Piccolo and Mrquaraté in demonstrating some of the new characters and the game-specific mechanics. With these players, matches are aplenty.

If you are not going to Stunfest this weekend, the KOFXIV stream will be handled by Frionel. More information can be found here.

In a press release by publisher Deep Silver, KOFXIV will be available in Europe on Aug. 26, 2016, close to that of the Asian and North American releases. Players can soon preorder a day-one-only steel case as well as the classic Kyo outfit DLC. The physical and digital versions of KOFXIV will be priced at €59.99 in most of Europe and £49.99 in the United Kingdom.

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First gameplay footage of Mature & new level in KOFXIV Team Yagami trailer

The second team trailer for The King of Fighters XIV shows off another popular team in the series.

SNK uploaded a new trailer displaying Team Yagami. Major character Iori Yagami is back with recurring teammates Vice and Mature. While both Iori and Vice were featured in past promotional material, this trailer shows off Mature in action. You can expect examples combos, Max Mode and Climax moves for every character much like Team Japan's trailer.

In addition, SNK shows off a new version of the Factory stage found in The King of Fighters '95 and XIII. Instead of being outside the facility in the afternoon found in the previous entries, KOFXIV puts players inside at night with a crescent moon in the background.

The trailer can be found after the jump! The King of Fighters XIV is coming to PlayStation 4 in North America on Aug. 23, 2016, while Japan gets it a few days later on Aug. 25.

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Smash player Mew2King joins Echo Fox, Circa eSports signs Tekken player Anakin

Mew2King (left), Anakin (right)Two staple players in the Super Smash Bros. and Tekken scenes respectively are now signed to esports teams.

Echo Fox, an esports team owned by former NBA player Rick Fox, brought aboard Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman to represent the Super Smash Bros. series. This was following the signing of Street Fighter player Julio Fuentes back in late April. Known as one of the most popular Super Smash Bros. Melee players of all time, M2K was previously involved in Empire Arcadia and COGnitive Gaming. Mew2King will bear the Echo Fox tag at the upcoming Get On My Level 2016 tournament.

Meanwhile, Atlanta's Hoa "Anakin" Luu of Tekken fame is now part of Circa eSports. He will join Long "LPN" Phi Nguyen (Street Fighter V), Wesley "6WX" Alexander (SSB4) and Christian "Suicune Master" Patierno (Pokkén) as one of the resident fighting game players in Circa. Named for his capabilities at a very young age, we will probably see more of Anakin, now older, when Tekken 7 gets a wider release.


Alex Jebailey joins Avyd as fighting game head

Community Effort Orlando's Alex Jebailey will be leading Avyd's FGC efforts going forward, according to an announcement made by the company on May 17.

After an admittedly rocky start that involved the company changing its plans for Street Fighter V, Jebailey said Avyd has learned from its early missteps and is working to make sure "their entry into the FGC is done right."

Avyd still has plans for its winter championships, and will also be sponsoring Combo Breaker, CEO and other future FGC events.


Super Desperation Radio episode 515 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

SDR returned after a one-week hiatus as Hellpockets brought news of his adventure in eSports at Dreamhack Austin. Pockets talked about the event itself, checking out the city of Austin and also thanked the people who made it all happen.

The cast was then joined by Rick "The Hadou" Thiher, who joined the show to talk about the upcoming Combo Breaker 2016. Thiher answered questions about the event, but also managed to find time to join the cast in making fun of Hellpockets.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.



May 21 -Revelator- exhibitions: En vs. Mocchi, Rion vs. Endou

To celebrate the forthcoming release of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- on console, two exhibitions will be taking place the weekend before its street date. These events are contested between high-ranked players in an effort to share long-set Japanese play with viewers outside the country.

The two exhibitions happen on May 21 as En's Slayer will battle Mocchi's Sol and Rion's Ky matches up against Endou's Chipp.

This will take place at 5:30 p.m. Japan Standard Time (1:30 a.m. PDT, 4:30 a.m. EDT) and be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with English commentary by MajinObama.


Team Mad Catz's Daigo Umehara joining Red Bull, will help localize first book

Photo by Mauro KonoDaigo Umehara will be working with Red Bull as part of a special partnership.

The Japanese player announced on his livestream that he will be part of Red Bull in conjunction with his current sponsor Mad Catz. This relationship will expand beyond being part of the fighting game team.

The first initiative of this collaboration is the English translation of Umehara's first book, "The Willpower to Keep Winning." It will be available first at this year's Evolution. While other plans have yet to be announced, Umehara on the stream explained that he wants some of his ideas for the community to come to fruition with help from RB.

This isn't the first time Red Bull signed a player sponsored by another team. TeamSoloMid's Leffen of Super Smash Bros. Melee fame also carries the Red Bull title.

You can find Umehara's Red Bull Japan page here.


Upcoming -Revelator- exhibition will feature Machaboo vs. Nage

The next chapter in the recent string of Japanese exhibitions with English commentary has been announced. These events are normally contested between high-ranked players in either Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- or Blazblue Central Fiction in an effort to share long-set Japanese play with viewers outside the country.

The next first-to-seven exhibition happens on May 14 as KSB 2016 winner Machaboo, playing Sin, faces off with Nage's pink Faust.

This will take place at 6:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (2 a.m. PDT, 5 a.m. EDT) and be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with commentary by MajinObama.


More details released on Pokkén Tournament Championship Series

Several months after first being announced, the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series now has qualifying rules, events and prizes online for those interested in trying to make it to the world championships.

The PTCS will first be divided into two age brackets, with players born before 2001 being placed in the Masters Division while those born after will be a part of the Senior Division. The two divisions will also have a different number of players at the world championships, with 64 players competing in Masters while 16 vie for the title in Senior.

Both divisions will compete in major and minor PTCS events, with travel to the championships being awarded along with prize money—all of top eight will pay out—to the highest one or two placers depending on the tournament designation. Some players will also qualify by earning Championship Points through tournament placing.

For more information including prize breakdown, the point system and the current list of PTCS events, check out the official Pokkén Tournament website.



Celebrate 3rd Strike's birthday with classic footage

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike was first released on May 12, 1999, making it 17 years of age.

While the game can't drink quite yet, veterans of the series are fondly remembering the title. In fact, Super Desperation Radio's own Sanchez has been posting various greatest hits and combo videos on his Twitter feed to raise awareness for his favorite game and show off some of its interesting system merchanics and amazing plays.

Check out some of the videos after the jump.

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Team Japan trailer for The King of Fighters XIV premieres Daimon footage

SNK has begun their team trailers for The King of Fighters XIV, starting with one of the most consistent sets of characters in the series.

Team Japan is the first of likely many videos showcasing all of KOFXIV's roster. It demonstrates various moves, old and new, as well as a basic implementation of Max Mode and Climax cancelling.

While Kyo and Benimaru have been featured in various KOFXIV trailers, this latest video shows off Daimon in his current iteration for the first time. Footage includes his iconic command throw as well as his Climax move harkening back to his Neomax move in The King of Fighters XIII.

Check it out after the jump! The King of Fighters XIV is coming to PlayStation 4 in North America on Aug. 23, 2016 while Japan gets it a few days later on Aug. 25.

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Understanding hitboxes, frame data in Killer Instinct by CStyles45

Ultra Combo community moderator Colt Yohman has posted a small guide to understanding how hitboxes and frame data work in Killer Instinct.

Using the information contained in KI's training and dojo modes, Yohman breaks down how the game's priority system works as well as explaining in easy terms how attack data—attack properties, attack speed and advantage—affect each and every move in the game.

Players can check out the guide on Ultra Combo.


Archive of Samurai Shodown III & Fatal Fury Special from Mikado Odaiba Great Battle

The people behind Takadanobaba Game Center Mikado in Tokyo, Japan, organized a tournament event dedicated for two of SNK's less prominent fighting games.

Mikado Odaiba Great Battle ~Zansamu vs Garosupe~ was held at Tokyo Culture Club in the city's Odaiba island on April 24. Both Zansamu and Garosupe refer to Samurai Shodown III and Fatal Fury Special respectively. Despite not having the bigger playerbase, the event brought 29 FF Special players while SSIII held out at 24.

The full archive of the tournaments can be found after the jump!

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Notes on fighting Karin with Ryu in Street Fighter V by Daigo

After Justin Wong's victory at Dreamhack Austin, Jiyuna posted the translation of Daigo Umehara's notes—from a stream recorded early in April—on how Ryu can effectively fight Karin in SFV.

Daigo's notes focus on attacking Karin at ranges Ryu will outperform her in terms of damage and threat, which he feels are in close as well as outside the range of her normals. He even talks how Ryu should choose to move against the character—dashing and jumping, never walking—and why sweep can be a strong tool in the matchup.

While the notes are perhaps not as extensive as some players might hope for, they still can offer competitors a place to start against a difficult character.


New video shows possible evolution of Firebrand team

BabaGhan0ush and Snake Tits have recorded a video showing what they believe to be the final evolution of the Firebrand team in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Teaming with Morrigan and Iron Man, the team can always build enough meter to continue the capture loop until the entire opposing team is dead.

While some players have already questioned the team's viability due to its use of characters seen as weak in neutral and without great ability to open up an opposing player, Snake Tits says the team is only in its development stages at the present time.

Check out the proof of concept video after the jump.

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KSB 2016 Interview with Machaboo

In the aftermath of KVO x TSB 2016, Biscuits—with the help of Jiyuna—sat down and interviewed the winner of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, Machaboo.

In the short interview, Machaboo answered questions about his recent switch to Sin from Ky, his thoughts on the strongest characters in -Revelator- and who he is most worried about when he comes to the U.S. to compete in Evolution 2016.

Check out the conversation after the jump.

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