The SRK Rollback: Best of February 2-8, 2018

By on February 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Welcome to the Rollback: a frame-by-frame look back at our past week’s most notable news — and our favorite SRK articles — from February 2 to February 8, 2018!

Zavian “mushin_Z” Sildra, Editor-in-Chief:

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SFV Ring of Destiny
Capcom reveals the first 21 players to receive a Japanese pro license for Street Fighter V

It is interesting to see this particular development in Japan’s esports scene play out, for better or worse.

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dbfz goku black sneer openingSRK READER POLL RESULTS: The (currently) most-used fighters of Dragon Ball FighterZ!

Also interesting to see what characters are getting the most play in the early days of this new fighter. Will they stay on top?

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kemonomichi 2 logoDaigo Umehara announces Kemonomichi 2 with this teaser trailer

The first Kemonomichi was a great exhibition of old-school games and talent; I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for round 2.

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evo 2018 logo (trailer)
Here are the main stage games for Evolution Championship Series 2018!

The eight games that will comprise the main events at Evo 2018 have been revealed — time to start saving for that plane ticket!

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Ken Honda Super TurboFighter101’s persuasive video essay invites new school players into old school titles

Don’t count out older titles — some of the best fighting games ever made aren’t on the Evo 2018 roster, there’s a lot of great gameplay in our genre’s rich history!

Sam “Trilby” Foxall, Assistant Editor:

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sd tigersMenaRD starts new esports team to sign local Dominican talent, brings on Jochy Focus

Making good on his promise to invest his Capcom Cup winnings back into his local scene, MenaRD has set up the Santo Domingo Tigers to shine a spotlight on players from the Dominican Republic.

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super_saiyan_blue_gokuProducer Tomoko Hiroki will be competing in Dragon Ball FighterZ at Evo 2018

Will Hiroki-san drown in pools? Will she unleash her secret developer-only tech? Can she defeat the likes of Ono-san and Harada-san? Find out at Evo 2018!

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evo japan 2018 bannerCore-A Gaming gives a firsthand perspective of Evo Japan

For those who couldn’t make it out to Tokyo for the inaugural Evo Japan, Gerald from Core-A Gaming has done a video recap of the event, complete with interviews from James Chen and Alex Meyers.

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TMNTNetherRealm Studios debuts Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gameplay trailer ahead of Watchtower stream

Cowabunga shell-heads! Ahead of their release on February 13th, NetherRealm have released the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ intro trailer for Injustice 2. Be ready for the wave of new Turtles sewer-surfing their way through Ranked.

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Optic ArenaOpTic Gaming dips its toe in the FGC with OpTic Arena, running from June 8th-10th

Making their first tentative steps into the FGC, major esports organization OpTic Gaming is hosting their own tournament this June. Could a player signing be on the cards too? Editor-in-Chief. Street Fighterin' since there was only a "II" in the title.