The next FSBC Cup takes place this weekend! The Garchomp themed FSBC Outrage Smasher Cup will begin today (April 20) and conclude on Sunday (April 22). The event will use the Team Battle format.
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. We're looking forward to seeing who will "make waves" with the new fighter!
You can find the full details for the FSBC Outrage Smasher Cup below.
Start: 4/20/18 8AM PT
End: 4/22/18 10PM PT
Note: Battles will only be ranked between 8AM and 10PM PT each day.
VS Mode: Team Battle
Skill Level: Off
Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
Participants will receive a special "Outrage Smasher" title based on Garchomp.
Note: To earn the Participation Prize, players must play one match to completion during the ranking times listed above.
The next official Group Match will be the second FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup, confirming that players will have a second chance to obtain Participation Prizes they may have previously missed. We will have more details regarding the FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup soon.
It's been a pretty long while but I've managed to finally compile the next interview, which is a bonus double guest series!
I hope everyone is excited to peer into the eyes of the Pokkén couple who recently turned pro this 2018!
The Dynamic Duo!
Extractor Iboo and Extractor Pboo!
A little bit of background information:
- They have been around since the very beginning of Pokkén's life! Iboo has competed in a televised series, featuring other top players, such as Tonosama and the fighting game legend, Sako!
- Are avid foodies and have often given me food advice around Tokyo!
- Used to own a pet hedgehog! It was really cute...
- Follow them at: @iboo15pkn and @pboochan on twitter!
-Glossary for noobs-
Banana Pass: The arcade card that Japanese players use to store their progress and rank data when playing Pokkén. Fun fact, they're also usable in many other games such as Tekken 7!
Takoyaki: Japanese octopus balls coated in a special flour mix, and fried on the outside!
Ramen: Japanese soup noodles that come in different flavors and styles!
Footsies: Another word for Neutral game in fighters. The ability to and out-poke your opponent in close to mid range.
Map of Japan: Because this interview covers a lot of geographically.
Various places mentioned throughout the interview will be circled in red, for clarity
M: What made you guys play Pokkén in the the first place?
I: it’s because Pboo had always liked Pokémon, so we went to the game center during one of our dates and Pokkén was there, so that was the first time we played it. After that time we would go play Pokkén during our dates!
P: I liked Pokémon to begin with so during our dates we’d go to the game center to play.
M: What drove you to choose your respective mains?
I: it’s because Pboo got me a limited edition Blaziken Banana Pass during the Arcade era so I started using Blaziken then.
P: I’d say both Sceptile and Blaziken are my mains, so I’ll answer for both.
Blaziken > when I first started playing Pokkén, there were rumours on the street that the strongest character was being used by the strongest player, Tonosama. I saw the video and thought I could mimic his play so I started using Blaziken.
Sceptile > when I was a kid I chose his evolutionary line as my partner Pokémon in Pokémon Sapphire and that is why.
M: If you could change mains, would you?
I: I don’t plan to switch away from my current main Blaziken. I feel Blaziken suits me the most and I’ve always been using him.
P: I’m currently practicing on how to use Aegislash.
M: Who do you guys think are top 3 and worst 3 in the game?
I: Best 3 are Decidueye, Lucario and Pikachu Libre.
Worst 3 are Weavile, Blastoise and Croagunk.
People are still figuring out Blastoise but at this current moment I feel he joins the bottom 3.
P: Best 3 are Decidueye, Lucario and Pikachu Libre.
Worst 3 are Blastoise, Gardevoir and Croagunk.
If I must say needlessly! I feel this is a very balanced game.
M: Where would you put your characters in the tier list?
I: I think top of middle tier? In just my personal opinion he’s the best and easy to use so I’ll even recommend him especially for beginners. It’s just that you need to be aware of health management and that he is weak against head invincible moves, so that is the difficult part.
P: Blaziken is a bit rigid in the footsies department but has high damage. Sceptile is footsies focused but lacks damage. I think they’re both characters of extremes so I’d say both are about middle tier.
M: What are your personal most confident and least confident matchups?
I: Most confident: Vs Machamp
Least confident: Vs Darkrai
P: Most confident: Vs Blaziken
Least confident: Vs Pikachu Libre
How Iboo sees Darkrai. Maybe.
M: What are your favourite Support Pokémon and why?
I: I love Cresselia! It was my first Support of choice. Up until then I was listening to the opinions of Pboo and others around me for Support choice. But anyway, Cresselia and Blaziken absolutely has chemistry so I’d choose Cresselia.
P: Cubone. The reason is because his support attack is bonemerang, and that signature move of only the Cubone evolutionary line was something I liked in the original game.
M: If you could change anything in the game what would you change?
I: I’d like to have the ability to customise the Battle Pokémon’s clothes!
P: I’d like to have Gliscor added to the game!
What Iboo wants! (Cute art by Conbudou on DeviantArt.)
Gliscor! What Pboo wants in the game!
M: Do you guys have any advice for the readers wanting to be stronger players?
I: The best thing to do best recently in my opinion would be to watch the good players play and ask for advice!
P: Same as Iboo!
M: What are your hobbies outside of Pokkén?
I: I love watching male figure skaters compete! I love Plyushchenko, Schultheiss, Lambiel!
P: Karaoke and driving around.
M: Iboo only: what is the most interesting part of figure skating?
I: The time when figure skating became captivating for me was after watching the Vancouver Olympics. I thought wow it was so beautiful after watching Plushenko freestyle in the rink! After that I started watching ice shows more and more and became captivated in other skaters too. Honestly, everyone is so gorgeous and it makes my heart go ‘badump-badump’ when they’re attempting to do impactful jumps! It really is the best!
The dreaded and difficult technique, the triple axel!
M: Pboo only: where do you usually go when you go out driving?
P: If I am not hindered by sleepiness I would drive from Hokkaido to Kagoshima. Okinawa would be impossible though.
M: Any players you’d like to play against or be better friends with outside of Japan?
M: If overseas players come to Japan, what are your suggestions for them?
I: Takoyaki! I really love Takoyaki of all sorts, but Osakan made Takoyaki really is delicious and has a mysterious charm to it. Please try as I highly recommend it!
P: Japan has many, many delicious Ramen restaurants.
Ramen (top) and Takoyaki (bottom).
M: What is your best Pokkén related memory so far?
I: I have too many! For example during Toshinsai (qualifiers) where we went to many different areas to compete, or when I went back to my hometown in Fukuoka, and had ramen with the Pokkén players there... There’s still a lot but there will be even more from now on so I’m really looking forward to it!
P: The first time we drove and travelled together as a group was super fun! We went with arms up in excitement, so to speak!
M: Any questions you’d like to ask yourselves? Please give the answer as well!
I: Q: Did you think you’d have this much time to game?
A: Honestly, I was surprised myself.
P: Q: Did you think the day where you’d lose to Iboo in Pokkén would come?
A: Honestly, I didn’t.
M: Shoutouts and last words to the fans and readers at home?
I: I think this is just the start for me so with all my strength I’ll try my best. Thank you for reading everything up to this point!
P: From now on I’ll always be doing my best with Iboo in Pokkén. Everyone let’s do our best to endorse and promote Pokkén together!
M: Thank you guys!
End of Ep.10, Ft Iboo, and Pboo!
Thank all of you guys for your patience and interest in this series!
I'll be taking a short break due to personal life and things I must prioritise after this one I'm afraid, but I was actually very surprised at the initial level of interest for this series. It was everything I had and the reason this series have reached this far! I thank everyone who's given this a read and especially those who have given me encouragement throughout the months. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and you guys will be the reason for this series' continuation in the future when the timing is right!
Let's all keep in touch and do our best in Pokkén!
It's that time again, time for more hype action and time for another Weekend Watchlist!
Pokkén fans from all over the world will have something to watch and someone to root for this weekend as Burnside Brawl takes off alongside 2GG's Switchfest, with both events seeing competitors from across North America and abroad! XAbsoluted from EU and CROSS-Igarashi from Japan will compete at Switchfest thanks to the community helping reach their compendium goals, and Gintrax from EU will take on the Burnside Brawl with his challenge to the attendees in full effect.
Who will claim the large cash prize in California? And who will come out on top at the most premier house-party known to man? All these questions answered and a load of high quality gameplay coming your way this weekend.
April 21-22, 2018
Long Beach, CA
Notable entrants include:
MSF Larry Lurr
Significant rivalries/matches to watch out for:
XAbsoluted vs CROSS-Igarashi (The battle of the two hype Lucario masters from overseas)
ALLISTER vs Nairo (Remember E3?)
April 21 2018
New Haven, CT
(Times in EDT)
11:00 AM - Check-in and setup
12:00 PM - Wave A Pools (1+2) begins
02:30 PM - Pool Wave B (3+4) begins
05:00 PM - Top 12
07:30 PM - Tourney end
Notable entrants include:
Significant rivalries/matches to watch out for:
Gintrax vs Rokso (The instigator of the flight challenge vs the man who took up the challenge)
Pursuit vs Burnside (The Grandfather of Suicunes vs the Father of Suicunes)
ThankSwalot vs slippingbug (Rematch of NCR 18 grands, two favorites to win the event)
CAPGA Pokkén Monthly
April 21 2018
InControl Gaming is keeping the sponsorships coming! The gaming organization has acquired some top level Pokkén talent, and their latest signing is no different.
Today, InControl announced the acquisition of their latest Pokkén Tournament DX player: Kino!
For those unfamiliar with Kino, he is an excellent player, commentator and tournament organizer from South Florida. He is to thank for VS Gaming Center's Pokkén events! Kino is a driving force in the Pokkén community, making him a great addition to InControl's roster. He joins InControl's rapidly growing list of Pokkén competitors and streamers, which includes the likes of RoksoTheSavage, Flegar, and more.
Fans will be able to see Kino representing InControl for the first time at Burnside Brawl this coming Saturday.
Earlier today, SuperTiso - a Pokkén Tournament DX player and tournament organizer from Philadelphia - announced a new circuit for Philadelphia players to take part in: The League of TISO DX. This new league will feature Pokkén Tournament DX and Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen (two titles SuperTiso is passionate about), as well as some awesome prizes for the winners!
The league will be taking place during the bi-weekly V-SYNERGY tournaments that SuperTiso hosts in Philadelphia, and will take place for the remainder of 2018. More information is available below:
Pokkén Tournament DX
Flight to ANY USA tournament in 2019
4th - 8th Place
Sailor Moon S: Jougai Rantou!? Shuyaku Soudatsusen
4th - 8th Place
For more information regarding The League of TISO DX, check out the Facebook event page.
In case you've missed slippingbug's past Community-Voted tier lists, the top Decidueye and Pikachu Libre player has been surveying the community this year to compile a tier list that accurately reflects the community's current view of the game. The April tier list received over 100 responses and included the Battle Pack characters, thus giving an accurate representation of what the community thinks of the game's cast as a whole right now. On top of this, April featured the first Community-Voted Support tier list!
Considering Blastoise, Mew, and Celebi have only been around for a few weeks, it's likely that people's opinions will change in the coming weeks and months. If you want to participate in the next survey, be sure to keep an eye on slippingbug's Twitter!
You can find more detailed data in slip's post on the forums, which can be found here.
Do you agree with the results of April's Community Tier List? How did you vote? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
With tons of help coming from all directions, CrossIgarashi has completed his compendium spirit bomb and will be making an appearance at the shortly upcoming 2GG Switchfest!
He now joins XAbsoluted, Cat Fight, Smash pros like Nairo, Larry Lurr and currently over 70 more entrants in a battle for a steadily growing cash prize ($830 as of present)
With Cross's attendance, the event will now see a rep from all 3 of the major regions, the last time this happened was October's Final Boss.
Be sure to support the event this coming weekend alongside Burnside Brawl, which will also run on Saturday.
For more background information on Cross, try reading his interview with Midori!
The SwitchFest is an e-Sports event entirely dedicated to games from Nintendo consoles, going all the way from Super Smash Bros. Melee on the GameCube to Pokkén Tournament DX on the Switch.
Given the name of the event, however, it is obvious that the main goal is to promote the Nintendo Switch competitive community, and one of the ways that is being done is by promoting a donation drive on their own smash.gg page to bring top players from all around the world for the games ARMS, Pokkén Tournament DX and Super Smash Bros.
Thanks to the amazing support of the community, Cat Fight and XAbsoluted already have their travel funded and will be competing at SwitchFest, with RoksoTheSavage deserving a huge shoutouts here, since he singlehandedly donated 826 € through Gintrax's stream!
But there are still more Pokkén players participating on the drive that could use our help! Sketchy S., slippingbug, Fabilous and CROSS-Igarashi are all still trying to be funded, with the community pushing for Cross as his attendance would mean Switchfest has representation from 3 major regions (North America, Europe and Asia).
If you wish to help by donating or spreading the world, the link for the donation drive page can be found below:
Yesterday, Season 2 of Neos City Brawl began. This incredibly stacked local event featured 14 high level competitors this week, including Flegar, PuppyHavoc, Maverick, Rokso, Coach Steve and more. Before Grand Finals began, Coach Steve took a moment to make a special announcement on stream. Coach announced that he and ReyDelEmpire will be hosting a special new event next month - Battle For Castelia!
Battle For Castelia will be taking place Saturday, May 19 in Manhattan, NY. The event will be streamed by the incredibly talented Bifuteki and is planned to have a large amount of Pokkén setups, meaning all of the attendees will have ample opportunity to play! The main highlight of this event, though, is the prize for first place - a free flight to the North America International Championships, courtesy of Coach Steve himself! The International Championships will be the North American qualifier event for the Pokkén Tournament World Championships, meaning the Battle For Castelia winner will have an opportunity to secure a spot at Worlds.
The currently announced details for Battle For Castelia are as follows:
Tournament Organizers: Coach Steve and ReyDelEmpire
Stream by: Bifuteki
Date: Saturday, May 19
Venue: Xenozero, 62 Orchard St, New York, NY
1st Place Prize: Free flight to Pokkén internationals in July, courtesy of Coach Steve
5-10 Pokkén setups (10-20 TVs!)
We'll share more information regarding Battle For Castelia when it becomes available. You can watch the VOD for Week 1 of Neos City Brawl Season 2 here.
The team behind 21 Hits - Zyflair and FangShaymin - have released another excellent Pokkén Tournament video, this time showcasing various Duel Phase combos for Blastoise.
The Water type starter has only been in the game for a short time, so there's still a lot to learn about Pokkén's newest fighter. Hopefully these combos can help players looking to use Blastoise capitalize off their hits!
You can watch the 21 Hits video below. If you enjoy it, be sure to subscribe for more insightful and entertaining Pokkén content.
If you enjoy Zyflair and FangShaymin's work, be sure to let them know on Twitter.