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    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from January 23 to January 29!
     
    This week's events included Frostfire 2019 - a massive Canadian tournament with a $600 pot bonus for Pokkén - among Nebraska's Guard Break and others. Be sure to check out the brackets and VODs for any tournaments you may have missed this week!
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Ferrum Punch DX #3 Winter 2019
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Latin America
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexFPDX3winter2019TT
     
    Wednesday, January 23, 2018
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 #3
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/lmoiStillSickSmileyFace
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/369490314
     
    Friday, January 25, 2018
    Friday Salty Pokkén 56
    1446 E 6710 S, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121, USA
    Bracket: https://saltygamingshow.challonge.com/2u6yp5o6
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/369936956
     
    Friday, January 25, 2018
    SpadeFox Pokkén #2
    SpadeFox Gaming Arena | 547 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/eqqz57hw
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Gwinnett Brawl: January 2019
    The Wasteland Gaming | 3700 Satellite Blvd #7b, Duluth, GA 30096, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/gwinnett-brawl-january-2019-fgc-side/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/485513/847188
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370294948
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Catch Me Inside 16
    The Gamer's Edge | 580 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/catch-me-inside-16/events/pokken-singles/brackets/500181/864618
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Switch Versus @ The Lab #14
    The Laboratory | 3 S York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/switch-versus-the-lab-14/events/pokken-1v1/standings
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Burst Attack! DX 16
    Palo Alto Plaza | 541 Del Medio Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/burst-attack-dx-16/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/517404/885110
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370365689
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Phase Shift #34
    FX Game Exchange | 3000 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75075, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/phase-shift-34/events/phase-shift-34/brackets/524241/893740
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Guard Break XI
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/guard-break-xi/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/521380/890221
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370383566
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Warrior's Path 4.2
    Worlds Collide Gaming Esports Lounge | 18110 Nordhoff St c, Northridge, CA 91325, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/WP42PDX
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2018
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 3v3 #1
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/BigNameKnai
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370612135
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2018
    CouchWarriors January Ranking Battle
    Brunswick Masonic Hall | 6 Davies St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/kdjz9eyl
     
    January 26-27, 2019
    Frostfire 2019
    Palais des Congrès de Gatineau | 50 Boulevard Maisonneuve, Gatineau, QC J8X, Canada
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/frostfire-2019/events/pokken-singles/brackets
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/iconoclastgaming/videos
     
    Sunday, January 27, 2018
    Crepes & Controllers 13
    Crepes and Games | 751 S Latson Rd, Howell, MI 48843, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/crepes-13-pokken-solo/events/pokken-dx-singles/brackets/525495/895285
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/michiganpokken/videos
     
    Monday, January 28, 2018
    Neos City Brawl #46
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-46/events/pokk-n-dx-singles/brackets/527877/898147
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/371527754
     
    Monday, January 28, 2018
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-01-28-19/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/522080/891278
     
    Tuesday, January 29, 2018
    Nekyucards Pokkén #15
    Nekocards | Level 1, 311 Elizabeth Street, Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/nekyucards-pokken-15/events/pokken-singles/brackets/528087/898465
     
    Tuesday, January 29, 2018
    Nebraska Pokkén at Legendary Wolf Games
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/NEPokken012919
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/372105545
     
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!

    Jetsplit
    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from January 16 to January 22!
     
    This week's events included Frosty Faustings, Mystery Carnival, multiple Japanese netplay tournaments, and more! Be sure to check out the events you missed for some high quality Pokkén from around the globe.
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Ferrum Punch DX #2 Winter 2019
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Latin America
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexFPDX2winter2019
     
    Thursday, January 17, 2018
    Battle Manager Online Pre-Release Tournament
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Japan
    Bracket: https://pokken.battle-manager.games/event/tournament/detail/XOMKSN000000002420190116202246
     
    Friday, January 18, 2018
    Master Carnival 3
    Red Bull Gaming Sphere Tokyo | Japan, 〒164-0001 Tokyo, Nakano, 3 Chome−33−18 フェルテ中野 B1F
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/aunongno
    VODs: https://www.twitch.tv/pokken_info
     
    Friday, January 18, 2018
    Tempest Circuit v.3
    Informatics Academy | 100 Victoria Street, #13-01/02 National Library Building, Singapore 188064
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/tempest-circuit-v-3-informatics-academy/events/tempest-circuit-v-3/brackets/514379/881349/
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/366255249
     
    January 18-19, 2019
    Frosty Faustings XI
    Clarion Inn & Suites Elmhurt | 933 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/frosty-faustings-xi/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets
     
    Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Battle Manager Online Test Tournament
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Japan
    Bracket: https://pokken.battle-manager.games/event/tournament/detail/wvW5nh000000002220190120184251
    VODs: https://www.twitch.tv/mitsuru_oa
     
    January 19-20, 2019
    Pokémon Dallas Regional Championships
    Hyatt Regency DFW | 2334 N International Pkwy, DFW Airport, TX 75261, USA
    Brackets:
    Day 1 Day 2  
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    King of Ferrum Fist Tournament 2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Mode: Team Battle
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/cis00qku
    VODs:
    Gintrax Jin PuppyHavoc Sisune  
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 #2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/SorryItWasLate
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/366858238
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #45
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-45/events/pokk-n-dx-singles/brackets/521246/889982
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/367766648
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-10-21-19/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/514251/881160
     
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Hollywood Action Tuesdays 50
    TCL Chinese 6 Theatres | 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/hollywood-action-tuesdays-50/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/521272/890056
     
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!

    Jetsplit
    The results are now available for the second FSBC Cup featuring Braixen. This event took place from January 18, 2019 to January 20, 2019.
     
    Those who placed in the top 100 have received rewards 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 second FSBC Psyfirecracker 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!  
     
    (Rerun) FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup - NA Top 100
     
    (Rerun) FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup - EU Top 100
     
    Did you enjoy the rerun of the FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup? Let us know in the comments below!

    Sabrewoif
    Disclaimer: This post, unlike usual Pokkén Arena content, is written more personally and contains bits of my personal opinion alongside the advice, take as you will. 
     
    Before I get into other details it's important to note first of all that Pokkén's 3v3 mode is unique in the sense that you don't pre-determine your order from before the match starts. While your first picks are blind, your second and third picks are chosen after their preceding pick has fainted. This opens up the door more for potential team building and compositions as it means you have flexibility to adapt to your current circumstance. Also, the active Pokémon that just won the last round recovers 10% of it's max HP. 

    When building your team for 3v3 there are a few key things you want to consider:

    Synergy

    It goes without saying that synergy and meter management was already a key part of the game, but is even more important in this format. You now have multiple Pokemon with multiple different charge rates and synergy benefits to consider instead of just that of your main. In addition, what's passed on between each Pokémon in terms of synergy meter is it's percentage ignoring character specific meter rates, meaning 90% off a Shadow Mewtwo would become 90% of a Mewtwo's bar upon switch in, this basically allows you to use faster charging characters as meter batteries for those who would otherwise struggle to fill their bar. This will likely become the main crux of everyone's team-building ideas as after all, having a full bar on the right Pokémon at the right time can quite literally win you a set right there and then. Imagine clutching out a game with Pikachu Libre, dealing a bit of damage to the second before falling and then passing over a fully charged synergy bar to a Charizard who can now run a complete pain-train from the get go. In a similar way, denial of synergy meter is now also very strong and can really turn the tide against a team that's looking to charge up. Weavile players rejoice, this is your time to shine! But i'll touch on that specific detail later on in Tailoring picks for what you're likely to see. There of course isn't an absolute need to rely on synergy, you shouldn't feel deterred from starting characters like Mewtwo who certainly won't build a bar in one turn if you feel like its the right way to kick off your game. But you need to be wary regardless that you're more than likely to be going up against characters looking to pass some form of a baton on so stay resolute!
     
    And if you're unaware of what the meter sizes of each character are, refer to this helpful graphic by Burnside! The lower the CC, the faster the Pokémon charges it's synergy bar.
     


    Support picks and cheers

    Support picks actually become a lot more interesting in this format because you're locked into only one for all 3 Pokemon meaning you'll almost certainly want to leverage as much out of your choice as possible. As per usual, picks like Eevee and Frogadier are very useful as the latter can provide backup and setup for almost anyone while the former giving a small recoverable hp boost and attack buff is almost always useful - especially if needed to nullify the light attack armour granted by burst mode. Mega Rayquaza also becomes a much more deadly weapon in the sense that one wrong move can spell the end of a vast amount of HP on a potentially crucial Pokemon to your team structure. I'm personally finding a lot of good use out of Sylveon and Croagunk right now as Sylveon provides me with crucial defence and recovery for pinches and Croagunk allows me to melt opponents down faster when I need to pull the trigger. As for cheers, while I suspect Support cheer will continue to see a lot of use alongside Standard and Special cheers, I think it's important not to sleep on Synergy cheer this time around since the initial boost to your meter in round 1 will almost certainly be a huge boost for players who want to build meter quickly. In fact, very meter hungry teams may benefit greatly from this cheer in particular. A team consisting of Lucario, Shadow Mewtwo and Weavile would have a field day in the right circumstances with all the meter they could amass, especially with a Jirachi behind them. 
     


    Adaptability vs Structure 

    Touching back to what I mentioned in the opening paragraph, this game gives you more control over the 3v3 structure than usual, you pick what comes next at any given time. With this in mind, do you build a team that has a very clear gameplan and picks that will always go first, second and third - or do you pick a team that is much more flexible in it's positions at cost of the ability to execute a perfectly conducted pain train? Or perhaps you plan for both, finding a gameplan that you can commit to if need be but adapt if things go south. My personal advice would definitely be to try and invest in a team that gives you options for multiple outcomes, this is why I expect to see a lot of Lucario in the upcoming format as he's one of the characters in the game that provides the most flexibility in what you can do with him - a one size fits all reliable rock who builds synergy easily, uses it like a champ but also simultaneously doesn't need to rely on synergy to be a threat either - making him a scary pick to throw out in any position on top of being one of the easier Pokémon to pick up and play with. But you may also find that a team built too much on bending to the situation may lack a clear identity and lose it's way against teams that are particularly bull-headed with executing their plans. Sometimes even if the strategy is easy to see, it doesn't at all mean it's easy to stop, the strongest structure won't fall easily. The choice is completely yours in this format and it's exciting to see what kind of things people will come up with. 
     


    Tailoring picks for what you're likely to see

    This is perhaps the most interesting part of 3v3 as utilising flexibility here can really spell the difference between a match that runs smoothly and one that can go south quite quickly. I've harped on a lot about the synergy battery characters who are likely to lead teams and its for good reason - the meta is young and a lot of people are likely to stick to the base format of charging meter early on and having leaving a suitable care package for the last character to sweep with. You're far more likely to see the likes of Pikachu Libre out first than Gengar for example, similarly I can see a lot more players opting for Mewtwo as their last picks over Shadow Mewtwo who is a much more volatile pick to have as your last line of defence. Using basic knowledge and prediction, you can bolster your team significantly by playing around what's strong and what's popular. Weavile is a big power pick in this meta because he has the benefit of not only building synergy and support meter quickly but also being a strong denier of synergy from the opponent. Throwing in Weavile at the right time can really prove to be a disruption, the same can be said for other characters who have meter denial properties like Gengar and Sceptile to a lesser degree. Perhaps even Yveltal can see a return to competitive prominence as denial of burst meter becomes so much more of an issue on a Pokemon that's relying on it to survive. But I digress, If you know what your opponent is playing or likely to play and you can make a countermeasure for it, you're only going to come out much stronger. 
     


    Your own personal comfort!

    Despite everything I've said so far, the most important thing is to be comfortable on what you're picking. You can spend however long it takes building a composition that you feel excels in this format but it doesn't matter if when it comes down to it and you need to pull through - you don't because you're uncomfortable on the picks. Because you get one HP bar and one only per Pokémon, you need to stretch every little bit of life you have to it's absolute limit. I personally don't think Suicune adds a lot to any fancy team composition in this format, but Legendary beast is my rock of comfort and stability, so that rock will certainly be grounding out all my team choices.
     

     
    Closing thoughts and sample teams
     
    I hope you guys have enjoyed the format so far and are looking forward to your respective qualifiers where we'll see the fruits of your labour! 
    This was a new kind of piece by me but one I'm hoping can prove helpful to a budding player wanting to mess around on the format. If you're looking to play the format online, various community members have 3v3 group match lobbies, as do servers like Pokkén EU, you can also ping for 3v3 friendlies in the main Pokkén Discord. Burnside has also graciously brought back his online tournament: Victory Road for a 3rd time, this time with the 3v3 format as well so be sure to check it out! 
    I also made a tier chart not too long along depicting where I thought each Pokémon would be mainly seen in turn order, as well as their reliability in general. Let me know if you agree or not if you check it out! 
     
    Sample teams:
    Pikachu/Gengar/Lucario (Jirachi/Support cheer) - Build synergy for Gengar, be Mega Gengar, finish the job on Lucario. 
    Darkrai/Weavile/Sceptile (Umbreon/??? cheer) - Disruption to pace and flow, trap based field phases as well as denial of synergy through built in mechanics and shield pressure
    Shadow Mewtwo/Charizard/Blaziken (Mega Rayquaza/Synergy cheer) - Plus Ultra? 
    Pikachu Libre/Lucario/Decidueye (Frogadier/Standard cheer) - Ol' Reliable. Strong, flexible and stable picks into any situation. 
     

    Jetsplit
    This weekend's FSBC Cup is a rerun of the official Group Match featuring Braixen!
     
    The rerun of the FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup will give players a second chance at the Dynamic Fury title. 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. Also, if you already participated in the first FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup, you will receive PokéGold for participating in this official Group Match.
     
    You can find the full details for the second FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup below.


     
    Ranking Times
    NA: Start: 1/18/19 8AM PDT End: 1/20/19 10PM PDT EU: Start: 1/18/19 10AM BST End: 1/21/19 12AM BST JP: Start: 1/18/19 10AM JST End: 1/21/19 12AM JST  
    Note: Battles will only be ranked during the Ranking Times each day.
     
    Format
    VS Mode: Team Battle
    Skill Level: Off
    Rematch: No
    Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
     
    Participation Prize
    Participants will receive the special "Psyfirecracker" title.

    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: 

    Jetsplit
    Here's your weekly What To Watch post for January 17 to 23, 2019!
     
    What To Watch is a weekly series that is published every Thursday (normally), 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. This week features major events in both North America and Japan!
     
    With the recent announcement that the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series will use the game's Team Battle mode, we've indicated whether each bracket will be using Basic Battle (1 on 1) or Team Battle (3 on 3).
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Friday, January 18, 2019
    Master Carnival 3
    Red Bull Gaming Sphere Tokyo | Japan, 〒164-0001 Tokyo, Nakano, 3 Chome−33−18 フェルテ中野 B1F
    Mode: Basic Battle
     
    January 18-19, 2019
    Frosty Faustings XI
    Clarion Inn & Suites Elmhurt | 933 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA
    Mode: Basic Battle
     
    Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Smash Storm Saturdays #13
    GoodGame Bogotá | Cra. 8 #41-39, Bogotá, Colombia
    Mode: TBA
     
    January 19-20, 2019
    Pokémon Dallas Regional Championships
    Hyatt Regency DFW | 2334 N International Pkwy, DFW Airport, TX 75261, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    King of Ferrum Fist Tournament 2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Mode: Team Battle
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #45
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Nebraska Pokkén at Alpha Esports Lounge
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Ferrum Punch DX
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Latin America
    Mode: TBA
     
    Here's to a great week for Pokkén!

    Jetsplit
    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from January 2 to January 15! This post features tournament results for the last two weeks.
     
    Thank you for your understanding as our regular schedule was thrown off a bit during the holidays. Future weekly posts should be back on schedule after this week, with Tournament Results coming every Wednesday and What To Watch coming every Thursday.
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019
    Wednesday Night Fights x Oakland 2018 Season 2 Episode 1
    Esports Arena | 255 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/weds-night-fights-x-oakland-2018-s2ep01/events/pokken/brackets/492949/856319/
     
    Sunday, January 6, 2018
    Pokkén Weekly Return 107
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokkenWeeklyReturn107
     
    Sunday, January 6, 2019
    Warrior's Path 4.1
    Worlds Collide Gaming Esports Lounge | 18110 Nordhoff St c, Northridge, CA 91325, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/WP41PDX

    Sunday, January 6, 2019
    Neo-Tokyo Pokkén
    Neo-Tokyo | 259 Margaret St, Toowoomba, Queensland
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/a8zml4eu
     
    Monday, January 7, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #43
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-43/events/pokk-n-dx-singles/brackets/499975/864336/
     
    Monday, January 7, 2019
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-01-07-19/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/500916/865631
     
    Monday, January 7, 2019
    Chile Online Pokkén League
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Chile
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/mqrafx8u
     
    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Nebraska Pokkén at Alpha Esports Lounge
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/pokken-at-alpha-esports-lounge-1-8-19/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/452846/807064
     
    Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    Ferrum Punch DX #1 Fall 2018
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Mexico
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexFPDX1winter2019
     
    Thursday, January 10, 2019
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 #1
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/bigboyseasonincoming
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/361642208
     
    Friday, January 11, 2019
    Singapore Season 3 Weekly #2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Singapore
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/hyperMEME
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/ryan_nyterra/videos
     
    Saturday, January 12, 2019
    Tri Attack 5
    Fire And Dice | 589 Bridgeport Ave, Milford, CT 06460, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/tri-attack-5-1/events/pokken-dx-1v1/brackets/492244/855400
     
    Saturday, January 12, 2019
    Phase Shift #33 - New Beginnings
    FX Game Exchange | 3000 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75075, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/phase-shift-33-new-beginnings/events/phase-shift-33/brackets/501862/866804
     
    Saturday, January 12, 2019
    Hold the L #1
    L Lounge Café | Avenida General Humberto Delgado, Leiria, Portugal
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/hold-the-l-1-smash-edition/events/hold-the-l-1-pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/495985/859697
     
    Saturday, January 12, 2019
    York Street Battles 2019 #1
    99 on York | 99 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PDXYSB1
     
    Sunday, January 13, 2019
    King of Ferrum Fist 1
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Bracket: https://ferrumleague.com/tournament.php?id=KFF1
     
    Monday, January 14, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #44
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-44/events/pokk-n-dx-singles/brackets/512854/879619
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/364096247
     
    Monday, January 14, 2019
    Stun City
    TheHive eSports Bar | 49 St Clair Ave W. Toronto, ON M4V 1L3
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/fbs1w2yl
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/364082523
     
    Monday, January 14, 2019
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-01-14-19/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/506665/872526
     
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Nekyucards Pokkén #14
    Nekocards | 311 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/nekyucards-pokken-14/events/pokken-singles/brackets/511502/877920
     
    Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    Nebraska Pokkén at Alpha Esports Lounge
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/pokken-at-alpha-esports-lounge-1-15-2019/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/514439/881416
     
    Congratulations to all of this month's competitors!

    Jetsplit
    The Pokémon Company International has revealed information for the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series, with a prize pool over $20,000!
     
    To the surprise of many of us, The Pokémon Company has elected to run the 2019 Championship Series using the game's Team Battle mode. This means that all competitors will be required to use three Pokémon in every match! It will be very interesting to see how this affects competitive Pokkén, because many players only specialize in one or two Battle Pokémon. Only time will tell!
     
     
    Below is everything we know about the 2019 Championship Series:
     
    Mode: Team Battle First player to knock out all three of their opponent’s Pokémon will win the game Bracket Style: Double Elimination Masters Division: Competitors born in 2003 or earlier Senior Division: Competitors born in 2004 or later Sixteen Masters Division and eight Senior Division players will qualify for the World Championships Two Masters and one Senior from Oceania Internationals Four Masters and two Seniors from the Europe International Championships Four Masters and two Seniors from North America International Championships 2018 Pokkén Tournament World Champion Jacob “ThankSwalot” Waller Five Masters and three Seniors from Japan and the Last Chance Qualifier Last Chance Qualifier Player Cap: 256 players No Nintendo Switch Pro controllers permitted, even with a USB cable  
    That's right, ThankSwalot has automatically received an invite to this year's World Championships! Congratulations, ThankSwalot!
     
    The 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series schedule is as follows:
     
    Oceania International Championships Melbourne, Australia February 15-17, 2019 Europe International Championships Berlin, Germany April 26-28, 2019 North America International Championships TBD TBD Last Chance Qualifier Washington, D.C. TBD Pokémon World Championships Washington, D.C. TBD  
     
    The prizes for the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championships Series are as follows:
     
    Regional and International Championship Events Masters Division 1st place: $1,250 and Worlds invitation 2nd place: $1,000 and Worlds invitation 3rd place: $750 and Worlds invitation* 4th place: $600 and Worlds invitation* 5th place tie: $450 each 7th place tie: $250 each *Note: Only two players from the Oceania International Championships receive invitations. Senior Division 3rd place: 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs 1st place: Nintendo Switch console, 72 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation
    2nd place: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation* *Note: Only one player from the Oceania International Championships receives an invitation.  
    Pokémon World Championships Masters Division 1st place: $6,000 2nd place: $4,000 3rd place: $3,000 4th place: $2,000 5th place tie: $1,500 each 7th place tie: $1,000 each Senior Division 1st place: $3,000 Pokémon Visa® Prepaid Card 2nd place: $1,500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card 3rd place: $500 Pokémon Visa Prepaid Card  
     
    The rules for the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championships Series can be found here. More information can be found on the official Pokémon website here.

    IcySoapy
    The first update for DX Season 2 of Pokkén Arena's North American rankings is now here, featuring the top 25 players for the start of the season!
     
    These rankings are for North America specifically and utilize Pokkén Arena's updated ranking system. Changes were made to the ranking system since Season 1 in order to provide more accurate rankings.
     
    You can learn more about the changes to the ranking system here.
     
    The below rankings take into account six tournaments:
    Summer Jam [C Rank] SoCal Regionals [C Rank] Eye of the Storm [B rank] Canada Cup 2018 [C Rank] Destiny [S Rank] Northeast Championship 2018 [B Rank]
    Without further ado, here is your 2.1 Top 25:
    Wingtide Euclase ThankSwalot Mewtater Ashgreninja1 InC Flegar BxA Twixxie InC RoksoTheSavage Adelvos TytoVortex LZR ALLISTER TA slippingbug Burnside Wise Jin Son_Dula KOA SoulGuitarist Toasty JGG JigglerJoggler TheJrJam PuppyHavoc GCCI∀z$NICBOOM WorkerBeez ThunderGriffin In The Groove
    You can view past rankings, as well as players' social media links, here.

    IcySoapy
    DX Season Two is now under way for the North American Power Rankings. With this new season comes multiple changes to our ranking system in order to focus more on player consistency. We want to reward players for doing well at multiple tournaments and staying at a high level of performance. These changes affect how much value is put on head-to-heads and tournament placings, as well as how tournaments are ranked and valued.
     
       Ratios
    The first big change that comes to the ranking system is the new ratios. Head-to-head is now 65% value (up from 45% last season) and placings remain at a 35% value. The hit list is also no longer part of the ratios. The original purpose of the hit list was to be a catch-up mechanic for players who didn’t travel as often as others. However, the hit list was available to all players no matter how much they traveled, so players who traveled often could find big wins in either upsets or by consistently doing well, getting excessive amounts of points thanks to the hit list. This created unsurpassable leads because excessive tournament activity compensated for potential gaps of skill. With this glaring issue, we removed the hit list in favor of emphasizing head-to-head and placings.
        
    This new ratio is biased towards head-to-head because two players who get the same placings in tournament can get there with wildly different opponents. To use Summer Jam as an example, two players named Geordi and ReyDelEmpire met in bracket, but we should take a look at their runs.
     
    Geordi's run was:
    JuCan (2-0) Euclase (DQ) TheAssassin (2-1) Son_Dula (0-2) ReyDelEmpire (0-2)  
    Euclase being disqualified is a huge deal as it allowed Geordi to get one step further without playing an actual match.
     
    Then, you compare that to ReyDelEmpire’s run:
    RedNovah (2-0) Kamon (0-2) Bacon (2-0) Nuzzlemaster (2-0) WhiteChocolate (2-0) SuperTiso (2-0) Geordi (2-0)  
    Rey’s bracket run was much more extensive and competitive, facing well-known opponents such as Kamon and White Chocolate. These instances are why head-to-head is weighed more; it is a better indicator of skill overall.
        
    Ranking Tournaments
    The old system for ranking tournaments used three categories for giving points. These categories were Top 50, Top 20, and International. For each Top 20 player that attended a tournament, that tournament got a point in both the Top 50 and Top 20 categories. For example, if a player was ranked 19, they would qualify for Top 50 and Top 20 points, whereas if another player were ranked 21, they would only qualify for Top 50 points, equivalent of being ranked 50. This put a reliance on tournaments having to pull Top 20 players or risk not ranking high. NEC18 received a B rank last season even though it had many players with a high level of skill. It had 14 top players with four in Top 50, seven in Top 25, and three in Top 10. This is similar to Winter Brawl which had the same amount of top players but ranked A, having five in Top 50, four in Top 25, and five in Top 10. The International category was also an issue because a player travelling from out of country was automatically equivalent to a Top 20 player in rankings, regardless of whether or not the international player had a Top 20 player’s skill. This created an artificial amount of skill and could inflate a tournament value without the skill being there. For example, at Canada Cup there was a player from South Korea who - to our knowledge - didn’t play the game regularly. Under the old system they would have been valued as a Top 20 player.
        
    In the new system for ranking tournaments, the Top 50 are now split into three categories: Top 50 to 26, Top 25 to 11, and Top 10. Also, there is no more qualifying for multiple tiers. For example if you rank at number 9 you only get points for being in the Top 10 category; you will no longer get the points from the lower tiers as well. This puts significantly less reliance on tournaments getting Top 20 players just to have a chance to be ranked.
     
    We also have added a category for regionally ranked players. Each region receives a player spot in this category until the number of spots and number of Top 50 players they have total three. Regions with no Top 50 players will have three players in this category while regions with three or more Top 50 players will have no players in this category. This tier is to help smaller regions qualify for the tournament rankings. Players in this regional category will count as two regular entrants. Since they do not give points like top players do, top player presence is still required to achieve C rank but it’s much less of a reliance.
        
    International players are now handled case by case by the DX Season 2 ranking team. Because international players are all at different skill levels, giving them a single flat value does not make sense.
     
    Before, as you went up each ranking tier, the requirements to make the next tier increased. This put even more reliance on Top 20 players entering a tournament, and it made it much harder to rank above B. In the new system, the gap to get to each tier is the same value, so from C to B to A to S will all be the same difference. This also reduces the reliance on Top 10 players for all but the highest tier.
        
    Tournament Placements
    Tournament placings have also received changes to be more evened out this season. Last season, the placing system was a pyramid system. 1st place at a S rank tournament was equal to two 1st places at A rank tournaments, four 1st places at B rank tournaments, and eight 1st places at C rank tournaments. Pokkén only had 21 tournaments this season, including the World Championships. There were five C rank tournaments, nine B rank tournaments, three A rank tournaments, and four S rank tournaments. With four S rank tournaments you’d need thirty two C rank tournaments to equal out. With the lack of C rank tournaments, it removed the value of going to C rank tournaments in favor of going to a S rank since they heavily out-weighed tournament categories. All of this is happening before head-to-head is taken into account as well. Someone attending a S rank tournament in general plays more sets than playing in a C rank tournament. This ended up taking away a lot of value from the smaller tournaments and incentivising people to not go to lower rank tournaments and instead focus on going to a S rank tournament and doing well in that single tournament. It created an issue where a single breakout run at a S rank would make you extremely hard to surpass in the rankings. Azazel won Final Boss last season and stayed in the Top 10 for nearly the entire season with only that one tournament.

    This season we are using a new, more triangular system. It’s much more narrow compared to last season as to help put more value on placing well and consistently at all tournaments. It takes roughly three to four C rank tournaments to match a S rank tournament this time around. This puts more emphasis on playing consistently at all level of tournament play rather than only at large tournaments. Since it is easier to catch up, it means inactive players will now fall out of the top half for not participating in tournaments. Now, if you want to rank high, you need to be both active and consistent.
     
    There is also a change in how points are awarded to players by cutting down on which placings are rewarded and moving more points to Top 4 placings. Starting with C rank, which now rewards points for placing 4th through 1st, B rank rewards points for 7th through 1st, A rank rewards points for 9th through 1st , and S rank rewards points for 25th through 1st. 

    When making these changes, we looked at where the skill level of players started to drop off. In C rank tournaments, the player skill drop off was around 5th place since it has the least amount of ranked/top player presence, averaging about 5 ranked players. Summer Jam this year had 5 ranked players, with two in the Top 50 to 26 range and three in the Top 25 to 11 range. It didn’t make sense to reward placing lower than fourth place as a result.
     
    We followed the same principle with C rank to B and A rank; B ranked tournaments award points to 7th and up while A rank will award points to 9th and higher. 
     
    S rank now awards points to 25th and higher. However, placing values for 25th and 17th are extremely low and only used for seeding purposes in the future. A small amount of points are still awarded because ranked players can fight each other extremely early on and sometimes even knock each other out in pools, showing that players were at least able to trade wins against high level players.
        
    The last thing to note is how points are given out this season. Top 4 holds the most points this season. The Top 4 placings are not shared, but 5th place is a shared placing between two players. As a result, those players would have to split points. For example, let's say 3rd place is worth 30 points and 5th place is worth 10 points. A player that got 3rd place would get all 30 points for that placing.  For two players who get 5th place, they would have to split points so each player would get 5 points.
        
    There is much more focus on that Top 4 placing now, so players who want to make it to the top of the rankings will have to place in that Top 4 consistently. There is also focus on staying active as players are able to catch up with each other now.
     
    We hope these changes will lead to rankings that reflect the players’ true skill and performance. Good luck to all the players this season!

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