People of Earth, lend Mike Ross your strength … ¯\(⇀‸↼)/¯
The sound of Tiger Shots echoed throughout the streets of Akihabara this past weekend with a ferocity that hasn’t heard in years. When the GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Tournament came to its conclusion, the god of Muay Thai fighting, Sagat, was clearly the player favorite in this special tournament where only characters from the original Street Fighter II were allowed.
Some dared to test the god, however, as American player and “The People’s Champ,” Mike Ross (E.Honda) had a very impressive run throughout the tournament. In typical Mike Ross fashion his matches were some of the most exciting of the tournament, such as his nail-biter of a set versus Neurosis (M.Bison). Mike ultimately placed fourth making him both the highest placing foreigner to compete in GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV, as well as the highest placing, non-Sagat player.
While Sagat dominated top three competition, the matches themselves were still very exciting for those who appreciate the subtle art of careful plasma chucking. We’d like to thank the crew at GODSGARDEN for putting together this fantastic event, as well as all the players in attendance! Please join us in congratulating our winners and enjoy the VODs.
1st – Bonchan (Sagat)
2nd – Hanamaruki (Sagat)
3rd – Acqua (Sagat)
4th – Mike Ross (E. Honda)
5th – Neurosis (M. Bison)
As if your butt wasn’t sore from the spectacle that was Dreamhack Winter 2011, TwitchTV has got plenty more action to keep you glued to your seat this Saturday night. Our advice to you is after reading through this post, make a dash for your local market, stock up some energy drinks, order a pizza, call some friends and settle in for a Saturday night filled with fights!
WHAT IS IT: GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Tournament
WHY IT’S AWESOME: TwitchTV is teaming up with GODSGARDEN, the most revered fighting game community in Japan to bring to you a special farewell tournament for Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition just prior to the much-anticipated Ver.2012 balance update. The rules for this tournament are unique in that only characters who appeared in the original Street Fighter II will be available for play, leaving many of the dominating characters out in the cold. With top players such as Mago, Kindevu, Itsabashi Zangief, Kazunoko, Mike Ross and more in attendance, expect truly world-class fighting. Click here for more information..
WHAT IS IT: Shoryuken.com GBPHP Showmatches presented by iPlayWinner
WHY IT’S AWESOME: Come watch some of the very best Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 players in the world do battle in this special invitational showmatch event! The cast includes multiple EVO 2011 top 8 Marvel vs Capcom 3 players such as coL. CC. F. Champ and Mine, as well as local heroes Dacidbro and Honzo Gonzo and more. This is THE event to watch if you’re interested in seeing just what top Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 play looks like now that the game has been in these players hands for a sufficient enough time. Click here for more information..
WHAT IS IT: Level|Up Series King of Fighters XIII Launch Party at Super Arcade
WHY IT’S AWESOME: It all began in ’94 and now KOF is here again! Celebrate the launch of SNK Playmore’s The King of Fighters XIII with Southern California-based Level|Up Series, live from Super Arcade in Walnut, California. Southern California is known for having a fiercely loyal King of Fighters community, which will be very well represented thanks to Dream Cancel, who will be on hand to offer tutorials from the pros, high level gameplay and more. If you want to see just what makes this game so special, tune in tonight! Click here for more information..
On November 27, GODSGARDEN, Japan’s most revered fighting game community, joins forces with TwitchTV, the world’s largest video game broadcasting community, to bid farewell to Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition with a special “Classic Tournament.” Set in Akihabara, Japan, this “Classic Tournament” will feature some of the greatest fighting game talent in the world with players such as Mago, Kindevu, Itsabashi Zangief, Kazunoko, Mike Ross and more in attendance, all fighting for a $1,000 USD prize pool, sponsored by TwitchTV.
This “Classic Tournament” is unique in that it features a strict rule on which characters are made available to players as only those found in the original Street Fighter II will be allowed for tournament play. This means that of the 39 characters available in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, the only characters allowed for GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, E.Honda, Zangief, Balrog, Sagat, Vega and M.Bison.
“To say that we’re proud to be entering into a collaboration with GODSGARDEN would be an understatement,” says Jared Rea, TwitchTV Community Manager. “Everyone at TwitchTV believes in the fighting game community. We’re working hard towards extending its reach, as well as accelerating its growth and it’s incredibly thrilling to now be doing so on a global level with a group that we respect as both players and organizers.”
“Cross Counter is excited to be a part of the GODSGARDEN event,” says Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez of Cross Counter, who will be traveling to Japan to take part in the tournament along with Mike Ross. “We are thrilled to return to Japan for such an exciting event and look forward to meeting all of the Japanese players and organizers. It’s great to have TwitchTV involved with such a prestigious event.”
GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be available for free online viewing at http://twitch.tv/godsgarden/ at 1PM JST (8PM PST, 5AM CET), November 27. If you’d like to be alerted via email when the event goes live, click on the “Subscribe” button on the GODSGARDEN TwitchTV page.
Canada Cup 2011
The largest fighting game tournament of the season is here! TwitchTV is the home of Canada Cup 2011 and some of the best players in the world. Tune in November 5-6 to see Justin Wong, Tokido, Mago, Infiltration and many other top players compete in a truly international tournament featuring Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Marvel vs Capcom 3. We will also offer a premium stream for the event that includes a high-definition broadcast, exclusive raffles and contests, and no commercial interruptions – all for just $8.95. Check out the stream this weekend at http://twitch.tv/canadacup. For more information please visit http://canada-cup.ca/.
ASUS ROG Stars Invite
This weekend brings yet another awesome StarCraft 2 event in the ASUS ROG Stars Invite, which takes place in Helsinki, Finland. Eight of the most famous and infamous StarCraft 2 pros in the world are flying in for what should be a spectacular show. Catch IdrA, HuK, White-Ra, DIMAGA, Ret, SeleCT, SjoW, and elfi as they duke it out for bragging rights and $10,000 in cash. And if that wasn’t enough, the fun will continue after the main event is over with an additional $5000 for a community-voted show match! All of the information you need and more can be found on TeamLiquid.
This week’s edition of WellPlayed’s Rampage series features yet another League of Legends grudge match between FnaticMSI and Team Dignitas. LoL fans, come cheer for your favorite teams and enjoy high-level matches! Info can be found at http://wellplayed.org/rampage.
MOBAFIRE Presents: Take Your Best Shot
The League of Legends community does not slow down and MobaFire’s Take Your Best Shot 5v5 tournament adds yet another huge event for LoL fans this weekend. The broadcast kicks off Friday (11/4) with a match between “u Mad Bro” and “Untrollable” at 7PM Pacific. Be sure to tune in Sunday (11/6) as well to see “Team Curse” take on “Wish LoL” at 3PM Pacific. The stream will be casted by MOBACAST.com and features ColbyCheeze and The Red Baron at the helm. Catch all the action this weekend at http://mobacast.com/live.