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    Fresh off his stellar performance at Final Round 20, North American eSports organization FakeOut Nation has announced their acquisition of Liam "Twixxie" Nelson. Not only is Twixxie FakeOut's first Pokkén Tournament player, he is their first fighting game player ever.
     
     
    Twixxie is a relatively new name in the Pokkén Tournament community compared to most other signed players. An S Rank in Pokkén's online Ranked mode, Twixxie has been growing as a Twitch streamer. Originally, he stood out by streaming late at night, where he was often the only person streaming Pokkén. Combined with his excellent gameplay and relaxed personality, this made him a perfect candidate for the 24-hour livestream event during the Evo 2017 donation drive. At Final Round, Twixxie dominated, placing first in Pokkén Tournament without losing a single set. He won Grand Finals against Andrew "Zyflair" Harn 3-0, showing the community he is truly a force to be reckoned with. Now representing FakeOut, it will be exciting to see how Twixxie performs in future events.
     
     
    You can follow Twixxie here and FakeOut Nation here.

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    Final Round 20, the Wii U version's one-year anniversary tournament, attracted over 100 players for Pokkén Tournament. The tournament had excellent matches, multiple different events, and many upsets. Yesterday, the final 8 players faced off to determine who would take home the trophy.
     
    Read on for a recap of the Top 8 matches, followed by the full results for every Pokkén bracket at Final Round 20.
     
    Winners Bracket:
     Liam "Twixxie" Nelson vs. Justin "Savvy" Daghita 
     Andrew "Zyflair" Harn vs. Zach "Zyril" Barclay 
     
    Losers Bracket:
     Andrew "HBA | WhiteyWhite" Zaleski vs. Willie "Swillo" Barr 
     Christian "Suicune Master" Patierno vs. Devin "Ouroboro" Lu 
     
    It is astonishing how many top players were eliminated before Top 8 - some even during pools. Fan favorites such as Thomas "Thulius" McLaurin, Wesley "Cat Fight" Garland, Allister "STDx | ALLISTER" Singh, Wesley "Bim?" Murray were all eliminated before the Sunday finals.
     
    Losers Eighths:
    Top 8 starts with Hitbox Arena's WhiteyWhite vs. the immaculate Mewtwo player, Swillo. Despite WhiteyWhite keeping it close, Swillo takes Game 1 two Rounds to zero. WhiteyWhite takes the time to change his Support Pokémon to Dragonite & Victini, and starts off Game 2 by taking half of Swillo's HP without taking a hit. Swillo makes the Round close, but WhiteyWhite wins with 37 HP remaining. Swillo retaliates with a near-perfect win in Round 2 of Game 2. In Round 3, Swillo activates Synergy Burst, and defeats WhiteyWhite 2-0.
     
    On the other side of Losers Eighths, Ouroboro prepares to take on Suicune Master. Game 1 is a convincing win for Ouroboro, and it's clear that Suicune Master will need to make some adjustments to keep his tournament run alive. Suicune Master takes a moment before selecting "Next Battle", but Ouroboro takes Round 1 of Game 2 convincingly with Gardevoir's Fairy Tempest. Despite being one round away from being eliminated, Suicune Master is able to win Round 2. In Round 3, Ouroboro stuffs Suicune Master's Aura Blast with a perfectly positioned midair counter attack, but Suicune Master is able to secure Game 2. Suicune Master's Mega Lucario is then able to secure the win in Game 3 after some beautiful corner pressure.
     
    Swillo and Suicune Master move on to Losers Quarters. HBA | WhiteyWhite and Ouroboro finish the tournament in 7th place.
     
    Winners Semis:
    Next up, Twixxie takes on Savvy in the first Winners Semis match. Twixxie starts the match with a Perfect, in part thanks to a Critical Hit Overheat obliterating Shadow Mewtwo's HP. In Round 2, a successful Final Flicker lowers Savvy to half HP. Savvy is able to keep the Round close (pulling off a beautiful Teleport to punish an Overheat attempt), but Twixxie manages to close out Game 1. Twixxie takes Round 1 of Game 2 as well, but Savvy manages to secure Round 2 using Shadow Mewtwo's Dark Nova. Round 3 comes down to the wire, but Twixxie is able to close it out after a misspaced midair strong attack.
     
    For the final match in the first round of Top 8, Zyflair goes up against Zyril. Despite Final Round being Zyril's first ever offline tournament, the Charizard player had made it to Top 8 by defeating the likes of Simon "Adelvos" Bellemare-Savage, Alex "NGI | AngelDarksong" Stopher, and more. Zyflair takes the first Round convincingly and wins the second Round with roughly half of his HP remaining. Zyflair also wins Round 1 of Game 2, but Zyril shows a breath of life with a strong response in Round 2. Zyril goes on to take Round 3, and the players go into the final Game of the Set. Both players show a strong effort in Game 3, but in the end Zyflair secures the win.
     
    Twixxie and Zyflair move on to Winners Finals. Savvy and Zyril are sent to Losers Quarters.
     
    Losers Quarters:
    In a matchup that looks like it came straight from an anime, Mewtwo takes on Shadow Mewtwo in the first Losers Quarters match. Despite Mewtwo having the competitive advantage in the matchup, Swillo has struggled with fighting Shadow Mewtwo in the past, meaning this match against Savvy is sure to be interesting. Both players are in the red HP range to end Round 1, but Swillo is able to take it. In Round 2, Swillo is showing extreme dominance - even Mega Evolving his Mewtwo - but Savvy shows no fear and makes a very impressive comeback. Round 3 ends with both players in the red HP range again, but Swillo closes out the first game with a midair weak attack. Round 1 of Game 2 ends with both players in the red HP range and Swillo winning yet again, but Swillo takes Round 2 much more convincingly - winning the Set.
     
    On the other side of Losers Quarters, Suicune Master decides to pull out his former main against Zyril. The players trade the first two Rounds before Suicune Master closes out Game 1 with a Perfect. In Round 1 of Game 2, Zyril is down by a considerable margin, but manages to get a very nice combo to gain the percent lead in the final seconds. Suicune Master activates Synergy Burst in order to regain the percent lead, but time has already ran out. The Synergy Burst animation plays, but Suicune does not gain any HP - meaning the Round goes to Zyril. Suicune Master appears completely unfazed, responding by back-to-back Perfects to eliminate Zyril.
     
    Swillo and Suicune Master move on to face each other in Losers Semis. Savvy and Zyril finish the tournament in 5th place.
     
    Losers Semis:
    Coming off of back-to-back Perfects against Zyril, Suicune Master takes on Swillo with his Lucario in Losers Semis. Swillo takes the first Round thanks in part to a phenomenal Psystrike against Suicune Master's Mega Lucario. Swillo dominates Suicune Master in Round 2, finishing Game 1 with three incredible grabs in a row. With some more well-timed grab attacks, Swillo takes the first Round of Game 2. Another excellent display in Round 2, and Swillo wins the Set - defeating Suicune Master four Rounds in a row in the process.
     
    Swillo moves on to Losers Finals. Suicune Master finishes the tournament in 4th place.
     
    Winners Finals:
    Winners Finals features two players who were far from favorites to win the tournament: Twixxie and Zyflair. With so many established top players in attendance, few people could have predicted this Winners Finals matchup. Twixxie wins Round 1 and most of Round 2 convincingly, but Zyflair manages to bring the Chandelure player down to 1 HP in Round 2. Zyflair wins Round 1 of Game 2, showing incredible adaptation. Twixxie wins Round 2 by percent lead, but Zyflair takes Round 3 with a fantastic reset. Game 3 features solid play from both players, but Twixxie seals the Game with a Final Flicker punish. Zyflair wins Game 4 by gaining the percent lead in the last few seconds of the Round, sending the Set to Game 5. Twixxie wins Round 1 and is close to winning Round 2, forcing Zyflair to activate Synergy Burst. Zyflair attempts an Aura Blast, but Twixxie is able to use Minimize to avoid the Burst Attack. He wins the Set with the first hit of Chandelure's Homing Attack.
     
    Twixxie moves on to Grand Finals on Winners side. Zyflair prepares to face off against Swillo in Losers Finals.
     
    Losers Finals:
    Even though Swillo is not a big fan of the Lucario matchup, he is going into Losers Finals hot off his win against Suicune Master. Round 1 ends with both players in the red HP range, but Zyflair wins the Round after a questionable Psystrike by Swillo. Swillo takes Round 2, and both Pokémon go into their Mega Evolved forms in Round 3. After some careful neutral play from both players, Swillo lands a midair weak attack to secure Game 1. Round 1 of Game 2 ends with a trade while both players are at low HP, but Zyflair has enough HP to win the Round. Zyflair then goes on to get a Perfect in Round 2, entering Game 3 with momentum on his side. Zyflair shows some excellent awareness by intentionally whiffing Lucario's Force Palm to gain enough Synergy to Mega Evolve. Zyflair then closes out the Round by landing Mega Lucario's Aura Blast. Zyflair wins Game 3 with less than 100 HP remaining, and Swillo decides to change to Sceptile for Game 4. Zyflair wins Round 1 of Game 4, but Swillo shows signs of life and takes Round 2. Both Pokémon are Mega Evolved halfway through Game 4, but the Sceptile switch proves not enough as Zyflair comes out on top.
     
    Zyflair moves on to face Twixxie in Grand Finals. Swillo finishes the tournament in 3rd place.
     
    Grand Finals:
    Twixxie and Zyflair face off once again to close out Final Round 20 in, again, a matchup few expected to see in Grand Finals. Game 1 features some solid play from both players, and Twixxie closes out the third Round with some smart stalling tactics. Twixxie looks more commanding in Game 2, nearly getting a Perfect in Round 1 and finishing Round 2 with an Overheat. After winning Round 1 of Game 3, Twixxie lands Final Flicker, bringing Zyflair down to 55 HP in what might be the final Round of the tournament. Zyflair Mega Evolves and goes for Aura Blast in Field Phase, but Twixxie blocks the Burst Attack successfully. Zyflair uses Mega Lucario's Homing Attack, but Twixxie uses Chandelure's Smog at the perfect time, securing a 3-0 win in Grand Finals.
     
    Twixxie wins Pokkén Tournament at Final Round 20 without dropping a set.
     


    You can congratulate Twixxie on his win over on his Twitter, and consider following his Twitch channel for more Chandelure gameplay. Click the spoiler below for the full results for all of the Pokkén events at Final Round 20.
     

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    Final Round 20 takes place this weekend, featuring many top players, multiple events, a large pot bonus, and more for Pokkén Tournament. Considering Final Round 19 played a major role in Pokkén's initial growth (as it was the first early access event outside of the invitational tournaments), it's fitting that Pokkén's one-year console anniversary will be celebrated at Final Round 20.
     
    Read on for Final Round 20's schedule, some major storylines, and more.
     
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    Schedule and Stream Info
    The majority of the Pokkén Tournament action is currently planned to be streamed by Typo House Games. As Final Round has not officially announced the event's stream schedule, this is subject to change, so check back here for any potential updates. Below is the preliminary schedule for Pokkén Tournament at Final Round 20. Note that Friday and Saturday times are EST while Sunday times are EDT.
     
    Friday, March 10
    16:00 - 18:00: Allister's Wheel of Death
    18:00 - 22:00: 2 on 2 Bracket
     
    Saturday, March 11
    16:00 - 18:00: Pools Wave J
    18:00 - 20:00: Pools Wave K
    20:00 - 22:00: Top 16
    22:00: Bonus Round (Crew Battles, etc.)
     
    Sunday, March 12
    16:00 - 18:00: Top 8
     
    You can find the full list of pools here.
     
    Set To Destroy
    Final Round 20 will be Allister "ALLISTER" Singh's first major tournament after being acquired by SetToDestroyX. The Canadian eSports organization made the announcement late last week, marking their first venture into Pokkén. After a third place finish at NEC 2017 last year, and now representing a new organization, it will be interesting to see how ALLISTER performs at Final Round.
     

    Photo by Terrashock Gaming
     
    Looking for a Repeat
    With players from Japan and top players from other fighting games such as Justin "JWong" Wong in attendance, it was surprising to see who took second place in Pokkén at Final Round 19. Aleksandr "The Apple BOOM" Fritz surprised spectators by defeating JWong, Jevante "NG-Obscure" Flint and more to finish in second place, all while using... Pikachu? While The Apple BOOM started his Pokkén Tournament career with an impressive placing using Pikachu, he has established himself as a high-level Gardevoir player. While it is very unlikely, perhaps fans will see The Apple BOOM bring his Pikachu out of retirement for the one-year anniversary.
     

    Photo by Robert Paul
     
    Riding Momentum
    Some of January and February's big Pokkén events included Smash Conference LXIX, Frosty Faustings, and Winter Brawl 11. The winners of these tournaments were Christian "Suicune Master" Patierno, Thomas "Thulius" McLaurin and Wesley "Cat Fight" Garland, respectively. It's safe to assume these three players are hoping to continue performing well as 2017 continues. While these three players aim to build off of some big 2017 wins, there are many, many other players who want to gain momentum themselves this weekend.
     

    Photo by CEO Gaming
     
    A Stellar Lineup
    Final Round 20 will have some of Pokkén's best commentators to entertain viewers. Dan "Fumu" Good took to Twitter last month to announce the seven commentators who would be casting for Final Round:
     
    Andrew "WhiteyWhite" Zaleski: Hitbox Arena's iconic "hype man", WhiteyWhite has been a well-loved commentator for much of Pokkén's lifespan.
     
    Jake "Shippo" Simoni: Not only is Shippo an excellent commentator, he is also a high-level Braixen player. Expect entertainment from Shippo on the mic and in the game.
     
    Quinlan "Rudafuda" Cantrell: Aside from the World Championships trio of D'Ron "D1" Maingrette, Daniel "DC" Coke and Vish Rajkumar, Rudafuda is probably Pokkén's most well-known and recognizable commentator.
     
    Jonathan "Milln" Conaway: Fly Society's Milln brings experience and knowledge to the mic. Excellent at providing insight on storylines, matchups and more, expect Milln to teach you something during his time commentating.
     
    Joharren "SilverSui" Stewart: A passionate member of the Pokkén community, SilverSui brings an infectious excitement to any event.
     
    Alex "AngelDarksong" Stopher: One of the United Kingdom's most loved and well-known community members, AngelDarksong will entertain as both a player and commentator this weekend.
     
    Michael "H2" Graf: Passionate, knowledgeable, and articulate, H2 has been an excellent commentator at some big Pokkén events, and he is sure to be an excellent commentator at Final Round.
     

    Image by Fumu
     
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    Are you excited for Final Round? Share your predictions in the comments below, and be sure to enter Burnside's #PokkenDraft!


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    When Pokkén lost to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in the Evo 2017 Player's Choice donation drive, Evo announced that it would be committing $10,000 to support 2017's biggest Pokkén Tournament events. This pledge was made to thank the Pokkén community for their dedication, and for raising over $60,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
     
    Today, Evo announced where the first portion of their pledge will be going. Shoryuken.com reported that Evo will be adding $1000 to Pokkén's prize pool at NorCal Regionals 2017.
     
     
    NCR 2017 will take place in Sacramento, California from April 14th to 16th. Along with Pokkén, the tournament will feature events for the following titles:
     
    Street Fighter V Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 The King of Fighters XIV Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. for Wii U And more!  
    Pre-registration for NCR 2017 is open right now, so be sure to register if you're interested.
     
    Evo's owner, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, is currently asking the Pokkén Tournament community what other events should receive a share of the remaining $9000 on Twitter.
     
     
    Be sure to follow NorCal Regionals on Twitter for updates on the event. Also be sure to follow Mr. Wizard and Evo for news on future Pokkén Tournament pot bonuses.

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    Winter Brawl 11, one of Pokkén's major tournaments for the start of 2017, took place last month. The event featured Wesley "Cat Fight" Garland, Christian "Suicune Master" Patierno, Alex "AngelDarksong" Stopher and more, as well as some fantastic Pokkén gameplay.
     
    Reactor and Pokkén YouTuber Ryan "Uchi" Rojas released a March 2017 community video featuring pictures and videos from the event. The video does an excellent job of showcasing the Pokkén community's passion and love for both the game and each other.
     
     
    When asked if there was anything he wanted to say regarding the video and the community, Uchi was quick to express his appreciation for the Pokkén community.
     
    "First off, I'd like to say that this is the best community I've ever been involved with and I can't stress enough [how] amazing it really is. The community is welcoming and supportive to the point where it feels like a second family. Fortunately enough, with the help of a couple others, I was able to capture glimpses of how unified we are to show the world. It's [an] honor to do this, and I plan on doing much more for this community. I love Pokkén!"
     
    If you want Uchi to make more videos like this, let him know on his YouTube and Twitter.

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    Canadian eSports organization SetToDestroyX announced their acquisition of Allister "ALLISTER" Singh last night. The announcement marks STDx's first venture into the Pokkén Tournament scene.
     
     
    Considered one of the world's best Suicune players and a leader in the Pokkén community, ALLISTER has been a notable player since Pokkén's early days. On top of impressive results at Let it Shine III, NEC 2017 and more, ALLISTER also has a strong presence online. His Twitch channel was the first Pokkén-focused channel to pass 1,000 followers thanks to his generous and excitable personality as well as his skills in the game. ALLISTER also moderates many of Pokkén's online communities, including the /r/PokkenGame Discord server and this site, Pokkén Arena. The STDx announcement came on the heels of the Operation: Synergy announcement and on the same day as ALLISTER's 25th birthday.
     
     
    You can find STDx's official press release here, and you can see ALLISTER representing the organization at Final Round 20 next week. Hopefully this announcement will bring forth a surge of new Pokkén signings!
     
    You can follow ALLISTER here, and SetToDestroyX here.

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    Community leaders Allister "ALLISTER" Singh and Brendan "Burnside" Hansen have recently announced Operation: Synergy - a community campaign to encourage continued developer support for the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament.
     
    The campaign involves fans writing and sending physical letters to The Pokémon Company International. The letters will address the community's concerns regarding the Wii U version of Pokkén - specifically the lack of DLC and the latest balance patches. Every person sending a letter is asked to send their letter on a specific date, which will result in The Pokémon Company receiving a plethora of letters all at once.
     
     
    Operation Rainfall: A Success Story
    This is not the first time there has been a campaign like this. Operation Rainfall was a fan campaign that pushed for the localization of Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower - three Japan-exclusive titles for the Nintendo Wii. Involving letters, emails, Facebook messages, and Tweets to Nintendo of America, the campaign received support from numerous gaming and news sites. Nintendo acknowledged Operation Rainfall, commending the fans' dedication, and eventually all three titles were released in North America - making Operation Rainfall a success.
     

     
    Operation: Synergy
    The name for Operation: Synergy has a couple meanings. Obviously, there is the reference to Pokkén's Synergy Burst mechanic, but the name goes deeper than that. Operation: Synergy will only experience success if the entire community works together - in Synergy. The plan for the campaign is for members of the community to write letters to The Pokémon Company regarding the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament. These letters will all be sent on the same day in order to make the biggest impact. 
     

     
    This campaign will not succeed without the help of the entire Pokkén Tournament community. Whether you are young or old, North American or Japanese or European, your passion for Pokkén Tournament is imperative for this campaign's success. The community's passion proved successful in the Evo Donation Drive, and Operation Rainfall is further proof that this campaign can be a success. For further information and to participate in Operation: Synergy directly, read the original post here.
     
    Now, all Operation: Synergy needs is you. Even if you are unable to submit letters, you can take part by spreading the word on social media, sending messages to The Pokémon Company, and using the hashtag #OperationSynergy. Together, let's make history.
     
    Learn more about Operation: Synergy here.
     
    Thanks to MajoraZ for the initial proposal, Quiet for the campaign's name, ALLISTER and Burnside for making the announcement, many others for giving feedback on the initial proposal, and the entire Pokkén community for being so passionate about the game.

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    A new announcement on the official Pokémon website may have revealed some massive news for the Pokkén Tournament community.
     
    Earlier today, the locations and dates of the 2017 North American International Championships and 2017 World Championships were announced. One paragraph in this article talks specifically about Pokkén Tournament, and what it says may be the confirmation the community has been waiting for.
     
     
    While this is not a direct confirmation of anything, this paragraph seems to suggest two things:
     
    There will be a Last Chance Qualifier for Pokkén, meaning there has to be some sort of Season 2 to take up the initial seats. In other words, this may be confirmation that there will be a Season 2 competitive circuit for Pokkén Tournament. Players will be competing on the Wii U version. While this may not be a major surprise, it's possible that it confirms an update for the Wii U version.  
    When it was first announced that Pokkén would be at the 2017 World Championships, players wondered if arcade cabinets would be brought in in order to use the latest version. We now know that World Championships will be played using the Wii U version, which means there are two possibilities. Either Japanese arcade players will be forced to play on an old balance patch, or the Wii U version will be updated to match the arcade cabinets.
     
    Another important detail is the announcement that Pokkén will have a $20,000 prize pool at the 2017 Pokémon World Championships. Further proof that the game has not been entirely forgotten by The Pokémon Company!
     
    Again, this doesn't definitively confirm anything. Please continue to check Pokkén Arena for news on any official announcements.

    Corgian

    Winter Brawl 11 Recap

    By Corgian, in Pokken Tournament,

    Winter Brawl 11 was a huge milestone for the Pokkén Community. It was a welcome celebration of this fantastic game by the FGC, and really opened some eyes as to where Pokkén stands as a competitive game. WB11 Pokkén was reigned in on the first day, Friday the 17th, with a thirty entrant single-elimination 2v2 bracket composed of fifteen different teams. It gave a good amount of entertainment to those who were tuning in, netting about 130 viewers peak and some good discussion from within the own community.
    The favorites to win the bracket were team Christian & Wesley, composed of Suicune Master and CatFight, yet seeding differed quite far from the actual results. The somehow bottom seed for the bracket, Rokso the Guitarist—a team composed of RoksoTheSavage and Soul Guitarist—slayed, flayed, and shredded in the 2v2 format destroying the competition in their path all the way to Grand Finals where they fought the seventh seed, who had their own bizarre journey to grands. The seventh seed for this bracket, a dangerous duo of underestimation, Madluk and Rasenryu, entered under the name LowTierGod, as an homage to the infamous heel of the FGC himself. They ended up even knocking out team Brocooli Sucks, Brocooli and Twixxie, who ended up knocking out Christian and Wesley in Round 2. It was an exciting bracket, but in the end, LowTierGod ended up taking it over RoksoTheGuitarist in Grands.

    Starting on day two, new talent and old faced off in an 83 entrant singles bracket separated into eight pools. The matches were intense, throughout. Enough so that people from other games began to realize that Pokkén Tournament was more than the momentum they had in the PokkénEvo drives—it’s a loud, strong, and thriving community that loves their game.
     
     
     
    The excitement was incredible. Top 16 surprised so many people, seeing names that haven’t graced our highlights before. KOA| Sandman, McCent252, and several others impressed the Pokkén Community by placing so high in such a stacked event. NGI|AngelDarkSong shone for the first time in the states as well with his stellar performance. Top cut veterans as well took to the spotlight including Cat Fight, Rasenryu, BadIntent, Brocooli, Madluk, Burnside, HBA|RoksoTheSavage, H2, and Cloud. Some other players made themselves stand out even more at this event, such as McDareth, Twixxie, and HBA|DjWhiteyWhite three well-known players that were able to break through into their first top-placings at a large event. There was also one more player, a black sheep, whom stood out in that bracket, a mysterious entrant by the name of Ling Ling. It turns out the renowned Suicune Master decided to enter the singles bracket under a new alias, Ling Ling. Whether this is a permanent change or a simple joke entry is yet to be known.

    Top 16 was a warzone of upsets. Of the most notable was NGI|AngelDarkSong, the UK Blaziken, who made his first appearance in US brackets, knocking Ling Ling into losers. This could only be described as a battle of extremes. There were times in which NGI|AngelDarkSong was near perfecting Ling Ling, and there were times where in turn Ling Ling perfected NGI|AngelDarkSong. Similar upsets occurred between the HBA family, as DjWhiteyWhite had to take out one of his hardest challenges from back home, RoksoTheSavage. It was an emotional top cut, and despite all of these players earning their right to be on that main stage, only one could leave the Winter Brawl 11 Champion.
    Ling Ling vs Cat Fight, the culmination of the best of the best in this bracket. These two competitors have fought each other many times before in bracket. At Defend the North, they met in Winners Finals. At Rumble in the Tundra 6, they met in Winners Finals. In both of these situations, Suicune Master took it over Cat Fight, and they did not meet again in Grands. This time was different in every way. Cat Fight didn’t have to meet Suicune Master in Winners Finals this time, as the aforementioned upset put him into Loser’s. This gave Catfight the security of both sets of Grand Finals to adapt to what Suicune Ma—I mean, Ling Ling had to dish out. The set was close, and there were sometimes where it really seemed like Cat Fight wasn’t going to be able to pull through (I have to know why he had so much trouble countering those blizzards). However, by the chants of, “Fight Cat Fight!” from the crowd, and the sheer will to win, Cat Fight pulled through winning his first Major since Apex 2016. Good job, Cat.
    Many of the matches during this bracket told stories, and the stories they told inspired not only the audience, but the venue to turn their eyes brightly towards the world of Pokkén. The next event we’re looking towards is Final Round, and while it may be named Final Round, it’s only the beginning of a brand new year second year of Pokkén.

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    Arcade versions of Pokkén Tournament were updated to Ver.G08 last week, bringing changes to both Fighter and Support Pokémon. Not only does this update buff and nerf moves, it also gives some characters entirely new moves and charge/cancel options.
     
    Since there is no news of a Wii U release just yet, the rest of the world needs to look to Japan for a glimpse of this new update. Luckily for us, Japanese Pikachu player ENGINE has released nearly 40 minutes of Ver.G08 Pikachu gameplay. ENGINE goes up against other characters including Scizor and Mewtwo, so viewers also get a chance to see some of the changes for other characters.
     
     
    Be sure to follow ENGINE if you enjoy his video, and keep checking Pokkén Arena for news on when this update will come to the Wii U!