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    With Pokkén Tournament DX coming later this week, this site's staff - as well as some awesome members of the community - have been hard at work to make sure Pokkén Arena is ready for the game's launch. One thing we all agree needs work is the consistency of the front page. However, in order to do this, we need more volunteer writers who can help cover all of the potential stories that come up. This is why Pokkén Arena is now accepting applications for volunteer writing positions!
    If you would be interested in writing content for this site's front page, read the position outline below.
    Volunteer Opportunity: Pokkén Arena - Writer
    Pokkén Arena is seeking passionate individuals to join a team of volunteer Writers and Editors. This is an opportunity to become part of the voice people turn to for news from the Pokkén community.

    The Role: Writer
    As a Pokkén Arena Writer, you will be expected to coordinate with the rest of the Writers and Editors to provide viewers with prompt and interesting stories. Pokkén Arena is looking for various types of Writers, as there are many types of articles that will be written - from news stories, to editorials about the community, and more.

    • Work closely with the rest of the Writers and Editors to understand expectations and deadlines
    • Communicate concerns to the team in a proactive manner
    • Write and promote interesting, informative content
    • Help to create a welcoming environment on the front page - encouraging newcomers to join the forums and the Discord servers
    • Provide feedback to other Writers and Editors on the team when necessary

    Application Requirements
    • Examples of past written works
    Examples can be news stories, creative works, or otherwise; they should reflect the type of articles you primarily want to write for Pokkén Arena These can be from anywhere, as long as it is your original content • A love for Pokkén and the community
    Beneficial Qualities
    • Experience working closely with a team
    • Examples of work related to the Pokkén community
    • Experience with various types of written work (news stories, creative works, etc.)
    • Free time!
    Things to Note
    These are NOT paid positions. The Pokkén Arena staff volunteers their time for the benefit of the community. As part of the team, you should not expect any reward for your work.
    How to Apply
    To apply for the Writer position, please send an email to jetsplitbusiness@gmail.com that contains the following...
    Subject: RE: Volunteer Opportunity: Pokkén Arena - Writer Body: Include your tag, contact info and your cover letter - why do you want to write for Pokkén Arena? Attachments: Any examples of past written works you think would be beneficial for us to see  
    Upon receiving your email, the entire team will review your application. If we feel you would make a good fit for the Writing team, we will contact you regarding the next step. You don't need to provide a formal resume for this position - this is volunteer work, after all! What we are interested in seeing is that you can write, and that you are passionate about Pokkén.
    For questions, contact: Jetsplit, Lead Editor, jetsplitbusiness@gmail.com, @Jetsplit

    Pokkén Arena and smash.gg have teamed up to bring the Pokkén community an 8 month Pokkén Tournament DX Community Circuit...
    The Pokkén Arena Circuit!
    There are already posts on smash.gg, Twitter, Discord, and the forums here, so I won't waste time repeating the same info. Below is a very brief rundown of the circuit, as well as links to the other posts! Read up, get excited, and spread the word about this massive community event!
    Info and Links:
    Any tournament that has 8 or more entrants can be a part of the circuit Be awarded points based on number of entrants and your placing in the tournament Points are tracked from September 22nd to June 1st Top 3 players with the most points will receive free housing to a Pokkén major in Summer 2018 Big events include SoCal Regionals, GTX, Dreamhack, Final Boss, and more smash.gg circuit page Forum post by Fumu Twitter announcement  
    Get hyped for the first ever Pokkén Tournament Community Circuit!

    ALLISTER announced this morning on Twitter that he will be teaming up with Nintendo of America to showcase Pokkén Tournament DX at PAX West this weekend. ALLISTER also hinted that there will be a "surprise guest from the Pokkén community" at the event.
    It's awesome to see Nintendo working with ALLISTER as much as they are. Hopefully we'll see them involve more community members in the future! You can find Nintendo's official statement regarding PAX West on their website.
    Thanks to Burnside for the graphic!

    The wait for the release of Pokkén Tournament DX has been a long one, but the wait gets a little bit easier today!
    The Pokkén Tournament DX Demo is now available for Japanese accounts on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The demo will be available for North American accounts at 12 a.m. Eastern Time tonight. Can't wait? You can make a Japanese account and download the Japanese version right now.
    As mentioned in Burnside's tweet, the only Battle Pokémon you can use in the Japanese demo are Pikachu, Charizard, and Empoleon. It's safe to assume all versions of the demo will have the same content, but we'll find out tonight!
    Japanese Pokkén Tournament DX Demo Content
    Battle Pokémon: Pikachu, Charizard, Empoleon
    Support Pokémon: Cresselia/Reshiram, Lapras/Snivy
    Game Modes: Practice, Single Battle, Local Battle
    Battle Stages: Ferrum Stadium
    Play Limit: 15 battles, BUT uninstalling and reinstalling the demo resets the count back to 0
    Remember, this is just to give newcomers a taste of the game to get them excited. We'll have all of the characters and modes available to us in 1 month!
    If you have Twitter and you want to thank Nintendo and The Pokémon Company for this demo, you can do so here. Hope you all enjoy the demo!
    Big thanks to Cat Fight and Burnside for information on the demo's contents, and PKSparkxx for the thumbnail image!

    Blue Link
    When Pokkén Tournament first arrived for the Wii U last year Hori released an Console version of the Pad Controller used in arcades, which could only be used with Pokkén Tournament (well... at least on Wii U, since it is plug and play on PC).
    Although the Nintendo Switch received an update making it compatible with the Pro Pad Controller (and this time around it can be used on any game for the console as long you don't mind the lack of analog sticks and home button), the Controller itself is getting kinda old and more difficult to find in stores recently, but that might not be an issue anymore because Hori has just announced that it is going to be re-released on the Nintendo Switch!
    Apparently the only significant change here is the Switch logo on the center of the Controller, but other than that it will work just like the ones released for the original Wii U game.
    Hori announced that it will be released on September 22nd in Japan for the price of 3,480 yen, and although there were no statements about an western release, one might expect for it to be released pretty soon here as well.

    Sorry for this being late, all. Our writers were unavailable to cover this over the weekend, but better late than never!
    The 2017 Pokémon World Championships concluded this weekend, with Pokkén's Top 16 concluding this past Saturday. The Pokémon Company often likes to make announcements during this annual event, and this year one of the announcements was that Pokkén Tournament DX will receive a free downloadable demo soon™!
    Read on for the results of the 2017 Pokkén Tournament World Championships Top 16.
    1. Tonosama (JP)
    2. Mikukey_Homura (JP)
    3. Azazel (JP)
    4. Elm (JP)
    5. Apollo (JP)
    5. Thulius (NA)
    7. Xabsoluted (EU)
    7. SlippingBug (NA)
    9. Messa (JP)
    9. Goreson (EU)
    9. Wzurds (NA)
    9. Fabilous (EU)
    13. Ito (JP)
    13. Rasenryu (NA)
    13. S-Ki (JP)
    13. Suicune Master (NA)
    Be sure to check back for more news regarding the Pokkén Tournament DX downloadable demo.

    The 2017 Pokkén Tournament Last Chance Qualifiers has just completed, and we now know the final 4 players that will be competing in the World Championships tomorrow: S-Ki, Azazel, Tonosama, and Wzurds!
    You can find the full results for the 130-person bracket below. Make sure to tune in to twitch.tv/PokkenTournament tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. Pacific, to watch the 2017 Pokkén Tournament World Championships unfold!
    TOP 4 QUALIFIER #2 (WINNERS): RPG | Azazel (JP)
    TOP 4 QUALIFIER #3 (LOSERS): Tonosama (JP)
    TOP 4 QUALIFIER #4 (LOSERS): Wzurds (US)
    5. Uho (JP)
    5. STDx | ALLISTER (US)
    7. BadIntent (US)
    7. ThankSwalot (US)
    9. Abyss | Nightshade (US)
    9. HZRDS | Ouroboro (US)
    9. sasahune (JP)
    9. Yusuke Kato (JP)
    13. Bolimar (US)
    13. eM | SuperTurboRyan (US)
    13. Kamaal (US)
    13. ONBS (US)
    17. CGL Cidfox (US)
    17. Char (US)
    17. Cooljake (US)
    17. Fang (US)
    17. LAGr | Beto D. (MX)
    17. NFK (US)
    17. NinjaFalcon2 (US)
    17. WonderChef (US)
    25. Junipero (US)
    25. Mofugami (US)
    25. Peachy (US)
    25. Pentao (US)
    25. TLE | JiMing (US)
    25. Valei (US)
    25. VuVHo (US)
    25. Waffle (US)
    33. donny (US)
    33. Eiganjo (NL)
    33. Forest (US)
    33. Ghost (US)
    33. IAmMarti (UK)
    33. King Meeko (US)
    33. Louis T. (UK)
    33. MIDIMIDIBangBang (US)
    33. oolbert (US)
    33. PML | Sir Salty (US)
    33. Tecmo (US)
    33. Tga•INIGO (MX)
    33. Tsukichu (JP)
    33. Tyler S. (US)
    33. Utah (US)
    33. William (US)
    49. Broknblade (US)
    49. Bubby9804 (US)
    49. Fosh (US)
    49. Kobvra (MX)
    49. Malocide (US)
    49. Quiet (US)
    49. RBK (US)
    49. Santi (EC)
    49. Sunder (US)
    49. TAHK0 (US)
    49. Terry00 (IT)
    49. The Chez (US)
    49. The Mikie (US)
    49. The Vanguard (US)
    49. Yawningshark60 (US)
    49. Zander (US)
    65. Ablaze (US)
    65. BlindOne230 (US)
    65. Botanist (US)
    65. Carlososhawott (US)
    65. Chaos (US)
    65. Dayala9881 (US)
    65. Everestkid (US)
    65. EZ$Jaxob (US)
    65. Garbled_leopard (AU)
    65. Gully (US)
    65. jblink (US)
    65. JeeJee128 (US)
    65. jlegs (US)
    65. Jobeh (US)
    65. Kaibu (US)
    65. Katie (US)
    65. ko-taro- (JP
    65. LiteTheIronMan (US)
    65. Mattic (US)
    65. Nathaen Wood (US)
    65. NikkiMoon (US)
    65. Pink Ink (US)
    65. Purpleknight (US)
    65. Regigod (US)
    65. SailorMoon (US)
    65. Slugger (US)
    65. SupremeKing (US)
    65. TDD25 (US)
    65. Thagador (US)
    65. Thomas17 (US)
    65. Volttekka (US)
    65. ziqi92 (US)
    97. 1413303 (BR)
    97. Angbad (US)
    97. AthenaCykes (US)
    97. Bdarka (US)
    97. Blackgyver (JP)
    97. Chalkey (US)
    97. Charizard2006 (US)
    97. Cindachella (US)
    97. D (US)
    97. D-Rock (US)
    97. Ej (US)
    97. Figment494 (US)
    97. Hayhay7689 (US)
    97. Hiratoshi (JP)
    97. Joeybeta (US)
    97. Kikismudkip (US)
    97. MegaSchutte (US)
    97. Mux (US)
    97. NessieWolffx19 (US)
    97. Ninjacupcake (US)
    97. Playerdandy (US)
    97. PocketBoy (US)
    97. Pokemon Kombat (US)
    97. Pressuredhero (US)
    97. Rush562 (US)
    97. Sci (US)
    97. SmeargleKid (US)
    97. Son_Dula (US)
    97. Splatboi (US)
    97. ThatGuyTraviiS (US)
    97. V (US)
    97. Vic (US)
    129. bam1991dbz (US)
    129. Triforce (MX)

    The 2017 Pokémon World Championships will be taking place this weekend in Anaheim, California. Some of the world's best Pokkén competitors will be in attendance, competing for their share of the $20,000 prize pool as well as the title of 2017's Pokkén Tournament World Champion.
    The tournament will be a Double Elimination bracket, with players being required to bring their own Hori Pro Pad. All matches will be best-of-3 games until Top 16, at which point all matches will be best-of-5. Every match in Top 16 will be streamed!
    Qualified Players
    (From the official Pokémon website)
    Last Chance Qualifiers
    Players and spectators can pick up their badges (required to be in the venue) at the following times and locations (From the official Pokémon website):
    In addition, all players planning to compete in the Pokkén Tournament Last Chance Qualifiers must attend a pre-event meeting Friday, August 18, at 9:45 a.m.
    Players to Watch
    Below are just a few players you will want to be watching during tomorrow's LCQ event:
    Cooljake (Pikachu) H2 (Gardevoir) StDx | ALLISTER (Suicune, Mewtwo) BadIntent (Blaziken, Shadow Mewtwo) Bolimar (Lucario) S-Ki (Blaziken) Uho (Pikachu Libre) Sasafune (Gengar) RPG | Azazel (Machamp) Tonosama (Braixen) SuperTurboRyan (Pikachu Libre, Blaziken) Wzurdss (Lucario, Braixen, Sceptile)  
    A full list of players to watch can be found here, thanks to Pentao.
    Pokkén Tournament World Championships
    (From the official Pokémon website)
    How, When, and Where to Watch
    You can find all of this weekend's Pokkén Tournament action on the official Pokkén Tournament Twitch channel at the following times:
    Friday, August 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament Last Chance Qualifier Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Pokkén Tournament 2017 World Championships 9 a.m. – Winners Round 1
    11 a.m. – Winners Round 2
    Noon – Losers Round 1
    1 p.m. – Losers Round 2
    2 p.m. – Winners Semi-finals
    2:30 p.m. - Losers Round 3
    3 p.m. – Losers Round 4
    3:30 p.m. – Winners Finals
    3:50 p.m. – Losers Semi-finals
    4:10 p.m. – Losers Finals
    4:30 p.m. – Grand Finals

    The /r/Pokemon Subreddit is currently hosting an AMA with multiple prominent figures from the Pokkén Tournament community. Readers can ask any Pokkén-related questions and receive answers from various top players, streamers, and content creators.
    The AMA hosts are as follows, taken from the Reddit post:
    Got any questions of your own? Join the discussion here. The AMA will be ending at 9:00 PM EST.

    While Pokkén was not one of Evo's main games this year, Pokkén Arena and AnimEVO did team up to bring a 53-player Pokkén Tournament bracket. Here are the full results!
    1 on 1 Results
    1. Fable Suicune Master  
    2. eM SuperTurboRyan 
    3. STDx ALLISTER    
    4. kojiKOG
    5. EGP Wonder_Chef    
    5. CGL CidFox  
    7. RoyIsOurBoy    
    7. Edax NG-Obscure  
    9. H2   
    9. T-Loc 
    9. Son_Dula  
    9. Sir Salty  
    13. Sola
    13. Ashikabi  
    13. Abyss Nightshade  
    13. Andydemon
    17. Tokamiwind 
    17. MIDIMIDIBangBang
    17. Kaelis  
    17. Swiftie
    17. 8BR Brodavid
    17. JEMDS   
    17. Abyss Tronzilla  
    17. Steve
    25. ReynOfWords  
    25. Tecmo 
    25. TSG AnotherOne 
    25. Toad King
    25. Athanacia
    25. ONBS
    25. doctorbattle   
    25. Hero
    33. GnaRStaRGG  
    33. Superjuryau 
    33. Ragman  
    33. this game is aseome
    33. Tamn Son!  
    33. iantothemax 
    33. MIR
    33. Android17Inches 
    33. Chron
    33. Thomakaze 
    33. Mdog
    33. Foolish Genius
    33. Melonz
    33. Orca609
    33. Zoljinx 
    33. ALvl2Cpu
    49. Gokuski777
    49. InC Sketchy Smeargle    
    49. Swamp
    49. HLG Braicario  
    49. Spookflix 
    Be sure to congratulate your favorite players on their performance, and tune in to the Evo Finals on Twitch, ESPN, or Disney XD!