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    Smash'N'Splash has been an incredibly entertaining and exciting event for the competitive Super Smash Bros. community for a number of years now. This massive event is unique in that it takes place at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, which is also home to a 125,000 square foot water park.
    This year, there are over 13 different gaming tournaments for attendees to compete in. While the event primarily focuses on the Super Smash Bros. series, this year's event will also have ARMS, Splatoon 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and of course, Pokkén Tournament DX!
    Some of the biggest moments in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's competitive history happened at Smash'N'Splash events, including VoiD's first "Super Major" tournament win and the unprecedented Sudden Death during Smash'N'Splash 2's Grand Finals. Many more historic moments are sure to come from Smash'N'Splash 5, so don't miss this!
    For more information, you can check out Smash'N'Splash 5's event page on the Pokkén Arena calendar below.
    And while you're here, check out the announcement trailer!

    Ladies and gentlemen it’s time for an announcement that I am sure everyone is looking forward to. Once again the kind folks over at Final Round have confirmed that Pokkén Tournament DX will be one of the main competitive titles at Final Round 2019.
    Final Round 2019 will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel in Hapeville, Georgia on March 15th-17th 2019. Early bird registration will be available for $45 until October 19th 2018. After that date the price will increase to $60 until December 31st, and after that price will increase once more to $70 until March 3rd. Please note that there will be no on-site registration, so please pre-register while you can if you wish to compete. If you wish to just spectate the price is $40 for the entire weekend and you may pay on-site.
    Also, Final Round has a clear bag policy. This means that in order to be permitted into the Tournament area you must have a clear bag that shows all content in the bag. The first 75 people to register will receive a complimentary bag. After that you may purchase bags for $10 until Early Bird registration ends, then the price will be increased to $20.
    Final Round was also able to get reduced hotel room rates at the event, with 2 Double Queen beds for $115 per night. Information on how to get the event rate will be listed in the smash.gg link below. TypoHouse will be there to provide streaming once again for everyone who can not make it.
    Let’s make this year a year to remember!

    The next FSBC Cup will be a rerun of the first ever official group match! The rerun of the FSBC Aura Blast Cup will give players a second chance at the Aura Blast title. If you already participated in the previous FSBC Aura Blast Cup, we don't know of any benefits for competing again at this time.
    Like with all of the official FSBC Cups, there will be a special title given to all participants. Remember that to receive your special title, you must play at least one match to completion. The "League Master" titles will once again be awarded to the top 100 competitors.
    You can find the full details for the second FSBC Aura Blast Cup below.

    Ranking Times
    NA: Start: 10/19/18 8AM PDT End: 10/21/18 10PM PDT EU: Start: 10/19/18 10AM BST End: 10/22/18 12AM BST JP: Start: 10/19/18 10AM JST End: 10/22/18 12AM JST  
    Note: Battles will only be ranked during the Ranking Times each day.
    VS Mode: Team Battle
    Skill Level: Off
    Rematch: No
    Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
    Participation Prize

    Note: To earn the Participation Prize, players must play one match to completion during the ranking times listed above.
    Ranking Prizes
    Places 1 - 10: 
    Places 11 - 30: 
    Places 31 - 60: 
    Places 61 - 100: 

    Welcome to another new series here on Pokkén Arena!
    What To Watch is a weekly series that will be published every Thursday, giving readers information on the upcoming tournaments for the week. From local tournaments to free online brackets to majors, we'll let you know what to watch (or perhaps even compete in!) from today up to the coming Wednesday.
    We understand the calendar doesn't always do a good job making sure everyone is aware of upcoming events, so this is our next attempt at ensuring Pokkén Arena is your number one resource for competitive Pokkén. In conjunction with this, we'll be working harder to ensure the calendar is up to date, so feel free to give it a try!
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
    Friday, October 12, 2018
    Balance Patch Weekly
    Balance Patch | 1031 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
    Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Australia Spring 2019 #7
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Gamestart 2018
    Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre | 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593
    Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Yushi-Con 2018
    East Stroudsburg University | 108 Normal St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, USA
    Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Eye of the Storm
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Sunday, October 14, 2018
    Pokkén Weekly Return 101
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Monday, October 15, 2018
    Neos City Brawl #35
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Monday, October 15, 2018
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Monday, October 15, 2018
    Origin 7
    Aidelon Gaming | 2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73013, USA
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    Nebraska Pokkén at Legendary Wolf Games
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    VSGC Weekly
    Versus Gaming Center | 750 Sample Rd #1, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, USA
    Here's to a great week for Pokkén!

    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from Wednesday, October 3 to Tuesday, October 9!
    This week featured the 100th installment of the online Pokkén Weekly Return tournament series among many other tournaments. There was plenty of great local talent on display, so be sure to check out the VODs!
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
    Wednesday, October 3, 2018
    Wednesday Night Fights x Oakland 2018 Episode 11
    Esports Arena | 255 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/weds-night-fights-x-oakland-2018-episode-11/events/pokk-n/brackets/418580
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/318142407
    Friday, October 5, 2018
    Pokkén EU Weekly #15
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Europe
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/pokk-n-eu-weekly-15-get-ready-to-invade-na/events/weekly-15/brackets/416475
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/318764654
    Friday, October 5, 2018
    Friday Salty Pokkén 50
    1446 E 6710 S, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121, USA
    Bracket: https://saltygamingshow.challonge.com/9qshc3ni
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/318974841
    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Catch Me Inside 14
    The Gamer's Edge | 580 W Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/catch-me-inside-14-back-again-once-again-1/events/pokken-singles/brackets/418374
    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Singapore Season 2 Weekly #1
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Singapore
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/ItsSpookySeason
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319111707
    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    JAN拳 2onトーナメント
    Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/JANKEN2on1
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319429773
    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Switch Versus @ The Forge
    The Forge | 8026 W Broad St c, Henrico, VA 23294, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/switch-versus-the-forge-2/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/standings
    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Circuito Dunas: Diego BCS Special
    Tecnológico de Monterrey campus Chihuahua | Avenida Heroico Colegio Militar 4700, Nombre de Dios, 31300 Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/circuito-dunas-diego-bcs-special/events/pokken-dx-singles/brackets/423998
    Sunday, October 7, 2018
    Pokkén Weekly Return 100
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/pokkenweeklyreturn100
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319620475 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319637058 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319647919 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319650121  
    Sunday, October 7, 2018
    V-SYNERGY #26
    The Laboratory | 3 S York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/v-synergy-26/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/405369
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319694063
    Sunday, October 7, 2018
    Australia Spring 2019 3v3 #2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/CrewCerfuffle
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    Nekyucards Pokkén #9
    Nekocards | 311 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/nekyucards-pokken-9/events/pokken-singles/brackets/424996
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    Nebraska Pokkén at Legendary Wolf Games
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/pokken-at-legendary-wolf-games-10-9-18/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/427263
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/320608104
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!

    The results are now available for the FSBC Cup featuring Shadow Mewtwo! This event utilized the Battle format and took place from October 5 to October 7. Following this official Group Match, The Pokémon Company will begin hosting re-runs of previous FSBC Cups, starting with the re-run of the FSBC Aura Blast Cup. This will give players a chance to get the special titles for any of the fighters they may have missed!
    Those who placed in the top 100 have received their special titles for their accomplishments, so be sure to check the group in-game to receive your placement as well as your rewards.
    You can find the top 100 players from the FSBC Dark Nova Cup below. A big thank you goes out to Tuxwuff for sending in the results for Europe! Keep in mind we do not have easy access to the Japan rankings, so they are absent from the results below. If you participate in the Japanese Group Matches and wish to have your region's rankings shared here, please let us know!
    FSBC Dark Nova Cup - NA Top 100
    FSBC Dark Nova Cup - EU Top 100
    Did you enjoy the FSBC Dark Nova Cup? Let us know in the comments below!

    Hey everyone! This is the third Player of the Week post here on Pokkén Arena.
    This series aims to feature a different member of the community each week. We'll include information about the player like their region, accomplishments, best sets, and more. We hope you enjoy!
    For the third Player of the Week feature, we wanted to highlight a player who shows dominance in The Pokémon Company's official Group Matches - Cecily!
    Cecily is a Gardevoir main from North California who is widely recognized from Pokkén's official Group Matches, the FSBC Cups. In fact, she has dominated the majority of the official Group Matches! Just to give you some insight, here are her current results:
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    FSBC Cup Placement FSBC Aura Blast Cup 10
    FSBC Shining Feather Cup 8
    FSBC Iron Meteor Dive Cup 5
    FSBC Thunderclap Press Cup 2
    FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup 1
    FSBC Dynamic Fury Cup 1
    FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup 2
    FSBC Underworld Ruler Cup 1
    FSBC Forest's Flash Cup 3
    FSBC Destructive Cannon Cup 1
    FSBC Searing Blaze Cup 1
    FSBC Outrage Smasher Cup 1
    FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup 1
    FSBC Sonic Slash Cup 2
    FSBC Infinite Eclipse Cup 1
    FSBC True Sheer Cold Cup 1
    FSBC Alter Ego Army Cup 1
    FSBC Final Flicker Cup 1
    FSBC Gatling Flame Kicks Cup 1
    FSBC Deep Blue Monarch Cup 1
    FSBC Psydisaster Cup 1
    FSBC Shadow Drop Cup 1
    FSBC Fairy Tempest Cup 1
    23 total cups so far (since the FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup was done twice) 16 first place finishes 3 second place finishes 1 third place finish 1 fifth place finish (third FSBC Cup) 1 eighth place finish (first Team Battle FSBC Cup) 1 tenth place finish (first FSBC Cup)  
    Cecily actually never played the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament due to her refusing to upgrade her CRT TV. When Pokkén Tournament DX came out on the Nintendo Switch, she ended up playing it and took advantage of the Switch’s handheld feature, playing with a USB hub and LAN adapter connected to it. She later watched a variety streamer playing Pokkén in a group with his community, and she ended up joining and not dropping a single game while getting tons of praise. It ignited a lot more interest in the game for her and she ended up visiting Pokkén Arena, where she learned about frame data, character combos, and more!
    When the first official Group Match got announced, Cecily got very excited and decided to hop in knowing she would face a lot of tough competition. After playing through the FSBC Aura Blast Cup, she ended up having tons of fun and felt herself improving! She ended up with an impressive #10 spot, snagging one of the original ten North American Chroma League Master titles.
    She decided to keep participating in the official Group Matches because they were such a fun way to spend the weekend with Pokkén, which rapidly became her favorite game. So she played, and played, and played. The FSBC Cups became the way she met other players and how she eventually ran into ALLISTER’s stream, where he dragged her into the Pokkén Community Discord server. These official Group Matches were her training ground, where she would encounter personal rivals over and over again as if it was her own private lobby and a proving ground. Cecily’s wins and high placements always came secondary to her, though it does provide some motivation to keep her going sometimes. As she grew as a player, she has been seriously considering dipping her toes into the offline scene! Cecily stresses that the Pokkén community’s inclusiveness, diversity, and its welcoming/helpful reputation plays a big role in her considering it in the first place. It’s indeed a special scene!
    Here are some Pokkén facts about Cecily:
    Started Pokkén Tournament DX grinding all the offline content, trying to pick some good outfits! Since she loves birds, she ended up starting with Decidueye as her first character While she was completing the game's mission panels, she exposed herself to other characters and Gardevoir really spoke to her Gardevoir’s tools like Future Sight and Psychic offered a unique kind of pressure that she enjoys to experiment with, which resulted in her maining the character. She really enjoyed Aegislash, Chandelure, Scizor, and Braixen. Despite switching mains, Decidueye remains her Partner Pokémon in the game though! You can watch her face off against DevlinHart here!  
    And here are some other fun facts about Cecily:
    Her first fighting game was Street Fighter 2 Her first competitive fighting game was Super Smash Bros. Melee (lived and breathed the Ken era) She was the valedictorian of her high school She has been working in microprocessor manufacturing validation as a software engineer and test content developer for over 10 years She loves hiking, mountains, and road trips, and just recently came back from a week-long tour to Yellowstone from NorCal! A bit of a technological Luddite, as she is still using CRT TVs and a landline, does not own a cell phone, and is absent from social media.  
    Interested in getting some sets in or contacting the FSBC Cup Master? You can message her on Discord! (Edel Blau#7494)
    Special thanks to Jetsplit for editing this post!

    At long last, the Pokkén Tournament DX Season 1 Rankings are here!
    It's been an incredible season, and we've seen many talented players - both new and old - make waves since Pokkén Tournament DX released on September 22, 2017. We hope that each and every one of you are proud of your accomplishments this season, regardless of whether or not you made the top 25.
    Without further ado, here are the top 25 players of Pokkén Tournament DX Season 1!
    In order to be considered for the rankings, players must have attended at least three of the tournaments that were considered (listed below). These rankings only take North American events into account. Players from other regions can appear in these rankings provided they have attended at least three of the tournaments that were considered. Rankings are determined based on placement, number of entrants, and number of previously ranked players in attendance at each event. Season 1 ran from September 22, 2017 to August 25, 2018.  
    Tournaments Considered
    SoCal Regionals 2017 GTX 2017 DreamHack Denver 2017 Final Boss Burst Attack! @ Thalia Beach NEC 2017 Frosty Faustings X Genesis 5 Winter Brawl 12 Final Round 2018 NorCal Regionals 2018 Burnside Brawl SwitchFest Battle for Castelia Combo Breaker 2018 DreamHack Austin 2018 The 2018 Pokémon North America International Championships Defend The North 2018 EVO 2018 Pokkén Tournament Last Chance Qualifier 2018 The 2018 Pokémon World Championships  
    Honorable Mentions
    #25: Char
    #24: Coach Steve
    #23: Shippo
    #22: H2
    #21: Son_Dula
    #20: Kino
    #19: Jin
    #18: SoulGuitarist
    #17: Burnside
    #16: Flegar
    #15: kaloncpu57
    #14: Thulius
    #13: Maverick
    #12: Oreo
    #11: Mewtater
    #10: Double
    #9: Scatz (Raikel)
    #8: Euclase
    #7: Bolimar
    #6: ALLISTER
    #5: Toasty
    #4: Rokso
    #3: slippingbug
    #2: ThankSwalot
    #1: Twixxie
    If you wish to rewatch the stream in which these rankings were revealed, you can do so here. You can also give feedback on the ranking system here.
    Remember, you can view all of the Pokkén Tournament rankings, both past and present, here.

    It's been a long year of hard fought battles since the release of Pokkén Tournament DX, but through all of North America's events, who has come out on top?
    If you're curious to see where you or your favorite players have placed this year, the unveiling of the Pokkén Arena DX Season 1 Rankings will be hosted live today on McDareth's Twitch channel - the same destination for the Ferrum Heights Podcast!
    Watch live: http://twitch.tv/mcdareth
    Times: 5:30 PM PDT, 8:30 PM EDT
    Be sure not to miss out on the rankings and their post-reveal discussion! 

    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from Wednesday, September 26 to Tuesday, October 2!
    This week featured Revolution 2018, a major European tournament for Pokkén Tournament DX. The event featured some of the best players from Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, so be sure to check out the VOD (as well as the VODs for all of the other events!).
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
    Friday, September 28, 2018
    Revolution 2018
    ExFed | 4, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay Warehouse District, London N4 1DN, UK
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/revolution-2018/events/revo-2018-pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/273221
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/316205477
    Saturday, September 29, 2018
    The Fall Classic 2018
    Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley | 4500 Marriott Dr, Raleigh, NC 27612, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/the-fall-classic-2018/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/266042
    Saturday, September 29, 2018
    Grand Capital Smash #11
    TailGators | 1642 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G, Canada
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/grand-capital-smash-11/events/pokken-dx/brackets/393700
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/316274365
    Saturday, September 29, 2018
    York Street Battles #64
    99 on York | 99 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/289bz2r5
    Saturday, September 29, 2018
    Australia Spring 2019 #5
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/ShinyVirizion
    Saturday, September 29, 2018
    Blue Devil Smash Pokkén #4
    Memorial Student Center | 302 10th Ave E, Menomonie, WI 54751, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/BDSPokken4
    Saturday, September 29, 2018
    Warrior's Path 3.6
    Worlds Collide Gaming Esports Lounge | 18110 Nordhoff St c, Northridge, CA 91325, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/WP36PDX
    Monday, October 1, 2018
    Origin 5
    Aidelon Gaming | 2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73013, USA
    Bracket: https://aidelongaming.challonge.com/PDXOrigin05
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/317314763
    Monday, October 1, 2018
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-10-1-18/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/412436
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    Versus Gaming Center Weekly
    Versus Gaming Center | 750 Sample Rd #1, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, USA
    Bracket: https://versus.challonge.com/pokken_100218
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/317689803
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    Australia Spring 2019 #6
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/SpookySeason
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/317417766
    Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    Nebraska Pokkén at Legendary Wolf Games
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/pokken-at-legendary-wolf-games-10-02-2018/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/419477
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/317708615
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!