Capcom Cup 2018 Analysis: Who is poised to become the Last Chance Qualifier?

With tomorrow being the day of Capcom Cup’s Last Chance Qualifier, expect a lot of fireworks. Last year proved to be just as exciting as Capcom Cup itself, with Nemo not only winning but surging his way into top 8 of the actual event’s bracket.

While Nemo’s victory may be big shoes to fill, he has shown that this qualifying slot is not one to be taken lightly. In fact, so strong is this berth that Capcom took measures to prevent the number one seed from being at a disadvantage by having to play the last chance qualifier winner.

So with that introduction out of the way, who will be the one this year who finds himself in the main bracket? Let’s look at the players whom I think have the best shot.

Bruce “GamerBee” Hsiang – Taiwan

cammyheadGamerBee is not in Capcom Cup yet, and it’s not for lack of effort. Perhaps if he wasn’t the TO of TWFighter Major and had one more chance to scoop points there, it would’ve been a different story. This is someone that is hard to overlook. His Cammy may be on the same road as Mago’s, but he is still playing a character that has comfortable ranges to a former Adon player in SFIV. He’s definitely worth a look.

Chia-Chen “ZJZ” Tseng – Taiwan

Yes, another Taiwanese player. ZJZ may have the “I don’t even play this game!” option select down on Street Fighter V… but truth be told, for someone who barely takes this game seriously, he does well. His Menat has gotten some serious looks, with Punk actually footing the bill to bring him out for this.

sfv menat glowIn one of his few forays into the Capcom Pro Tour, he made top 8 at Tokyo Game Show. He also skated dangerously close to top 8 at SEAM as well. Remember that Menat was within sniffing distance of a win at LCQ last year in the hands of Infiltration, so I wouldn’t sleep on ZJZ at all.

Ryo “Dogura” Nozaki – Japan

sfv_urien_fist_largeI seriously thought Dogura didn’t care about SFV anymore. Having set his sights on Dragon Ball FighterZ over the year, he still put himself in a decent position coming into Canada Cup for the Capcom Pro Tour, but had his run cut short by Fuudo. His Urien is still strong, but he just played a more abbreviated schedule of Street Fighter this year. The fact that he’s even showing up shows that getting into Capcom Cup matters, so I can’t overlook him.

Joe “MOV” Egami – Japan

sfv_chun-li_cptHis lack of travel killed his chances of getting in outright. While Chun-Li always has an uphill battle, it’s made even more uphill by his sparse movement through the year, and then further compounded by the fact that he did better at 3rd Strike than Street Fighter V at Canada Cup — his last chance at points. But yet, MOV is still always hanging around as a threat. It’s still a possibility he could eke his way in.

Gustavo “801 Strider” Romero – United States

sfv-g-1_feature_750x400This is my dark horse pick for sure. His Laura made a lot of sense given his attachment to Abel and her being the closest thing to him. But when you see his G, you have to have a man-in-the-mirror moment and realize that this is the character he needed his whole life. Few people have seen a G of his caliber, and this could very well be what he needs to take this entire tournament.

Final Thoughts

There’s a few other sleepers that could possibly take it, such as Smug, Samurai, and John Takeuchi. But the five above are who I truly believed are poised for a big run in the LCQ bracket, so be prepared!


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Twitch is Selling Off Curse Media to ‘Fandom’ (aka Wikia)

According to Kotaku, Twitch is selling off Curse Media to “Fandom”, once known as Wikia. “We’ve signed a definitive agreement to acquire Curse Media from Twitch, Inc., including all media assets and employees,” a letter to Kotaku reads. Fandom will be folding all of the Curse assets into its Gamepedia section. One site many of our readers will be familiar with is MMO-Champion, one of the largest World of Warcraft fan sites on the Internet today.

Daybreak Games Announces Planetside Arena – a Second Battle Royale Game from DGC

Daybreak Game Company has announced PlanetSide Arena, “a new massive-scale multiplayer sci-fi shooter” that is slated to be released on January 29, 2019. According to press information, there will be several familiar features in place including the class system, arms gameplay, “dynamic in-match and seasonal progression”. The map will eventually be able to support up to 1,000 players.

Namco reveals SoulCalibur VI version 1.10 patch notes for December 17th

Before NieR: Automata‘s 2B touches down in SoulCalibur VI on the 18th, there will be a much-anticipated balance change list for the entire cast the day before. Namco has graciously put up the balance changes on their site, giving us all time to speculate on how this will impact the game. You can read the full patch notes here.

In addition to the very long list of character changes — including an answer to the vocal outcry over things like Azwel’s backdash and Ivy’s step-killing 2A+G — there’s some interesting changes to system mechanics, as well. Perhaps most notably, a hold-over glitch from SoulCalibur V is finally getting fixed: it was possible to buffer sidestep inputs during CE startups and have all the sidesteps come out after the Super Flash. This famously made Astaroth’s command grab CE worthless, but if the patch notes are to be believed, this’ll be no longer the case.

Source: SoulCalibur

2B from NieR: Automata cuts her way into SoulCalibur VI on December 18

For those patiently waiting for SouCalibur VI’s second guest character, it looks like you won’t have to wait much longer: NieR: Automata‘s 2B is set to arrive in the game on December 18, 2018.

The announcement was made via the game’s official Twitter account. 2B will arrive in SoulCalibur VI as part of the game’s version 1.10 patch, alongside some balance changes. In addition to this, a second patch to version 1.11 is also set to be released in the near future, and is set to bring more gameplay changes as well.

In the meantime, check out these screenshots of 2B, and her alternate color, nicknamed “2P”.

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Source: SoulCalibur

Dead or Alive 6’s latest trailer showcases Brad and Eliot, as well as a new stage

The new “Unforgettable” stage mashes together classic stages into one.

Following their reveal for Dead or Aive 6 in this week’s issue of Famitsu, Team NINJA has now released the trailer for Brad Wong and Eliot. In addition to showing them off, it also shows a new stage called that calls back to classic stages from previous games.

The new stage, called “Unforgettable” is seemingly set up as a movie set, with each set piece references one of the series’ past stages. These include  “Gambler’s  Paradise” from Dead or Alive 4, “Hot Zone” from Dead or Alive 5, Danger Zone” from Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, and more. The interesting thing about all these stages that are being referenced is they’re all known for the stage hazards they present, most of which are recreated here. Additionally, the footage of the stage also confirms the return of low fences, which were removed in Dead or Alive 5.

As for Brad and Eliot, the trailer lets us see them in action while rocking their new costumes for Dead or Alive 6. Interestingly enough, Eliot is wearing a costume that used to be worn by his master, Gen Fu, which may hint that the latter isn’t in the game. Indeed, you can see him pull off some of his master’s strings in the trailer below.

Dead or Alive 6 kicks its way to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15, 2019.

Source: Koei TECMO

Cygames Beast’s GamerBee renews sponsorship with AVerMedia Technologies for livestreaming

GamerBee will be all set to buff the quality of his Street Fighter V livestreams.

Alongside his sponsorship arrangements with Twitch and Cygames Beast, Yu-lin “Bruce” Hsiang, a.k.a. GamerBee, is renewing a global sponsorship arrangement with Taiwan-originating digital video and audio technology provider AVerMedia, to equip GamerBee with their products for use on his gaming streams.

AVerMedia will provide GamerBee with a suite of livestreaming goodies, including their own Live Gamer 4K HDR video capture card, a 4K UHD webcam and USB condenser microphone, and their SonicBlast headset.

“We are excited and happy to welcome GamerBee back to the AVerMedia Family,” says Bess Chang, Global Product Marketing Manager of AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. HQ. “GamerBee is a well-established gamer and content creator with great knowledge of the streaming industry, and he shares our passion for working hard and always striving for greatness. We couldn’t think of a better person to represent the AVerMedia brand.”

GamerBee’s fans can look forward to seeing this tech is action when he streams on Twitch.

Source: AVerMedia Technologies [press release] Review-of-the-Week – Book of Demons

If you’ve been taking a look at Book of Demons that will be arriving on Steam later today for $25, you may want to check out the GameSpace review-of-the-week where “Jatobi” writes, “It’s Paper Diablo. It’s fun for what it is, but could use a little more to it. Level design is fairly simple, yet I don’t expect much more due to the constraints of movement. The card system is a cool feature, but you quickly figure out that certain cards are useless, and certain cards are just overpowered.”

One Studio Would Have Earned +$350k If Its Game Could Have Launched on Epic

One of the big features of the new Epic Store is that it promises developers it will take a significantly smaller chunk of change from game sales profits. Currently, Epic takes 12% for distributing games rather than the 30% that Steam currently does. According to Bulkhead Interactive CEO Joe Brammer, his studio’s game, Battalion 1944, would have seen the company earn an additional $350,000 if it could have launched on Epic instead of Steam.

Capcom releases official patch notes for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Version 03.110

Following yesterday’s server maintenance, Capcom released a patch that updated Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition to Version 03.110. Most notably, this update added Sponsored Content to the game, that will allow players to receive up to 12 additional Fight Money per Ranked and Casual match played — provided they are sporting the new Ad Style Costumes (which currently splatter each fighter’s outfit with the Capcom Pro Tour logo), are viewing ads for DLC Costume bundles and sales, and are playing on one of the three CPT stages, which are advertising this weekend’s Capcom Cup.

In addition to the 11 new DLC bundles that are now available, as well as the commencement of a free trial weekend, Capcom has also added two new stage themes for “The Grid” training stage, giving us three themes to choose from while we lab.

Finally, to celebrate the holidays and advertise the new Christmas content, Capcom has begun a new series of Extra Battles, “Happy Holidays Fortune Tickets for You!” which will occur every two days from December 11th-23rd. These allow us to challenge Sakura, Falke, Cody, Blanka, Alex, Cammy, Kolin, and Menat, all clad in their Holiday attires, for Fortune Tickets. Each battle will have a 100 FM entry fee, and will allow a total of 5 attempts, providing a single Fortune Ticket upon initial competition. However, these notes do not specify how Capcom have rebalanced Extra Battle in regards to the Shadaloo Soldiers or Crossover Costume pieces. You can view the full patch notes below.

Following server maintenance on December 11, 2018, Street Fighter V has been updated to Version 03.110.

• Street Fighter V Free Trial Demo
A free trial demo of Street Fighter V will be available for a limited time. During the trial period, Guile, Akuma, and Sagat will be unlocked free of charge, and can be used in the following gameplay modes.

– Ranked Match
– Casual Match
– Battle Lounge
– Training
– Challenges (Trials, Demonstrations)

Free Trial Demo Period – 3 Character Full Unlock: December 11 – 18

• Implementation of Partner Content
Partner Content Functionality has been implemented, which will introduce advertisements on the loading screen after online matching, and in the background of stages. Please visit (CAPCOM UNITY) for more details.

The following DLC is now available.

— Capcom Legends Pack
— 2017 Holiday Pack
— Season 1-3 Story Costume Pack
— Season 1-3 Stage Pack
— Professional Costume Pack
— Sporty Costume Pack
— School Uniform Costume Pack
— 2017 Halloween and Holiday Costume Pack Set – Store Bundle
— Season 1-3 Nostalgia Costume Pack
— Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Costume Pack
— Akiman Designed Chun-Li 7 Variations Pack

The following DLC has been re-released.

— Additional Costume (“Holiday”): Alex
— Additional Costume (“Holiday”): Cammy
— Additional Costume (“Holiday”): Kolin
— Additional Costume (“Holiday”): Menat
— Stage: Frosty Boulevard
— Stage: Ring of Destiny
— Stage: Ring of Pride

• Other
Two new songs have been added to The Grid training stage. Together with the existing one, that makes a total of 3 songs you can choose from. To set your preferred song, go to Battle Settings -> Battle BGM Settings -> The Grid Stage BGM Settings.

We hope you continue to enjoy playing Street Fighter V.

Source: Shadaloo C.R.I.