• Jetsplit
    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.
     

    Jetsplit
    Over this past weekend, BadIntent released a new video in his Evil Thoughts series. This new video discusses focused improvement and breaks becoming a better player into three different blocks. BadIntent then discusses how players can determine what block (or blocks) they need to work on in order to improve.
     
    For those who are unfamiliar with BadIntent, he has been a top level Blaziken and Shadow Mewtwo player since Pokkén Tournament released on the Wii U two years ago. He regularly releases videos that are great for players looking to improve their Pokkén play, so check out his other videos after watching the video below!
     
    The three blocks that BadIntent discusses are as follows:
    Fundamentals A player's foundation Spacing, anti-airs, avoiding mix-ups, etc. Built by playing a lot of games Knowledge Researching the game Learning Frame Data, memorizing height and armor properties, testing interactions in Training Mode, etc. Watching videos and reading guides Tech Situational techniques (character-specific combos, meaty setups, option selects, etc.) Not something to base a player's entire gameplan around Can be used to gain an advantage  
    BadIntent explains more about each of these blocks, as well as how to determine which block you need to focus on, in the video below. Check it out and let us know what you think!
     
     
    Enjoy the video? Be sure to subscribe to BadIntent for more!
     

    Jetsplit
    The FSBC Cup featuring the Fire type starter Charizard took place this past weekend. This event used the Basic Battle format and featured many great players!
     
    Those who placed in the top 100 have received their special titles for their accomplishments, so be sure to check the group in-game to receive your placement as well as your rewards.
     
    You can find the top 100 players from the FSBC Searing Blaze Cup below. Keep in mind these results are for North America specifically, as we do not have easy access to the Europe and Japan rankings. If you participated in either of these Group Matches and wish to have your region's rankings shared here, please email jetsplitbusiness@gmail.com.
     
    The next official Group Match - the FSBC Outrage Smasher Cup - will begin on April 20, 2018.
     
    FSBC Searing Blaze Cup - NA Top 100
    1. Cecily
    Wins: 256 Location: United States 2. Gibus
    Wins: 172 Location: United States 3. TG_Warrior
    Wins: 136 Location: United States 4. Zoom
    Wins: 113 Location: United States 5. MrDanceCrazer
    Wins: 102 Location: United States 6. Zyril
    Wins: 100 Location: United States 7. Terrion
    Wins: 97 Location: United States 8. b2j135
    Wins: 65 Location: United States 9. MewTrainerMatt
    Wins: 61 Location: Canada 10. Jameson
    Wins: 61 Location: United States 11. Deathmask97
    Wins: 60 Location: United States 12. Waled05
    Wins: 56 Location: United States 12. OvO_Nyctea_OvO
    Wins: 56 Location: Mexico 14. Karasu-96
    Wins: 54 Location: United States 15. GHE|TLE|May
    Wins: 47 Location: United States 16. Kolar
    Wins: 45 Location: United States 17. SACLE
    Wins: 40 Location: United States 18. Rainforest
    Wins: 38 Location: United States 19. Kitsu
    Wins: 37 Location: United States 19. SinAirLilX1
    Wins: 37 Location: United States 19. TheKuwaaCorps!
    Wins: 37 Location: United States 22. Tecmo
    Wins: 35 Location: United States 23. Icyfire
    Wins: 32 Location: United States 24. JackDeath
    Wins: 30 Location: United States 24. Bubba
    Wins: 30 Location: United States 24. Gemini
    Wins: 30 Location: Canada 27. Nullshock
    Wins: 29 Location: United States 28. DrProfPatrick
    Wins: 28 Location: United States 29. Zach
    Wins: 26 Location: United States 30. HatsuneLuka
    Wins: 25 Location: United States 30. Link
    Wins: 25 Location: United States 30. SuperMario90
    Wins: 25 Location: United States 33. Psyanide
    Wins: 24 Location: United States 34. FalconPain
    Wins: 22 Location: United States 34. jordan
    Wins: 22 Location: United States 34. Stephen
    Wins: 22 Location: United States 37. Brett
    Wins: 21 Location: United States 38. Nanaca
    Wins: 20 Location: Canada 39. B
    Wins: 19 Location: United States 40. Carolyn
    Wins: 18 Location: United States 41. DeadlyShoc
    Wins: 15 Location: United States 41. MagnusAndy
    Wins: 15 Location: United States 41. Quit_Spamming.
    Wins: 15 Location: United States 41. YaBoi
    Wins: 15 Location: United States 45. :))
    Wins: 14 Location: United States 45. Gandelphox
    Wins: 14 Location: Canada 45. Charles
    Wins: 14 Location: United States 48. TheGrimReaper
    Wins: 13 Location: United States 48. Sergio
    Wins: 13 Location: United States 48. Akko
    Wins: 13 Location: United States 48. Jetsplit
    Wins: 13 Location: Canada 52. trainerRed
    Wins: 12 Location: United States 52. NeonBlack
    Wins: 12 Location: United States 52. DKPRIME
    Wins: 12 Location: United States 55. [REDACTED]
    Wins: 11 Location: United States 55. Deeno
    Wins: 11 Location: United States 57. Ben(NNB)
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 57. Kamaal
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 57. jc
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 57. RomanceDawn
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 61. Devonte
    Wins: 9 Location: United States 61. DarkAura95
    Wins: 9 Location: United States 63. Duff
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 63. TFsebas5823
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 63. TapuCocoa
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 63. Sayler
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 63. Graham
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 63. Cody
    Wins: 8 Location: Canada 69. Clint
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 69. YOOOOM_TAHHHHH
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 69. Jab-Punch
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 72. Ryan
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 72. Zane
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 72. Zade
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 72. SonicSBL
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 72. Chris
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 72. Bbisordi
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 78. KilltronX
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. Scatz
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. DevlinHart
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. [TX]Hackerz
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. Victor
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. levi
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. Eni
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. kev
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. SerpenTriss
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. Lord
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. Victor
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 78. PokkWigglytuff
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 90. Vincent
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. SuperMegaJr2.0
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. かねき
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. Makaveli
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. CHAOHEDGEHOG
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. DREYA
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. Francisco
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. Fishfour2
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. Valei
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. Rodrigo[CL]
    Wins: 4 Location: United States 90. Cecil
    Wins: 4 Location: United States  
    Did you enjoy the FSBC Searing Blaze Cup? Let us know in the comments below!
     

    Jetsplit
    Burnside Brawl is taking place later this month, and even though the event is overlapping 2GG's SwitchFest, it's shaping up to be a fantastic display of Pokkén talent. Thanks to a deal made between two top players, it looks like some of that talent will be making its way to the States from Germany!
     
    Gintrax, one of EU's best players and someone we've written about multiple times, proposed a challenge for the Tri-State region. If the community agreed to pay for his flight if he won the event, Gintrax would attend Burnside Brawl.
     
     
    It didn't take Rokso The Savage long to respond to Gintrax's challenge, posting a video of his own that stated Rokso would single-handedly pay for Gintrax's flight if he won. On top of this, Rokso challenged Gintrax to a $200 money match at the event, which Gintrax agreed to!
     
     
     
    It's going to be a blast seeing these two top level competitors face off, and it will be a pleasure watching one of EU's best compete at Burnside Brawl later this month. For more details or to register for Burnside Brawl, check out the event page here.
     

    Jetsplit
    Yesterday, a very interesting interaction happened during a match between ThankSwalot and Gintrax. As Gintrax's Gengar landed after a crossup jump, the ghost Pokémon jumped again, while... countering?
     
     
    The Gengar Discord quickly took to Training Mode, trying to replicate this potential new tech. Earlier today, SirSpudd and Bob Bob began successfully executing the tech! It appears that to perform this, players must jump and attack right when they land after a crossup jump, and the attack button press needs to be one frame before the jump button. To learn more about how to use this tech, as well as its advantages, check out this guide from Kemo.
     
     
    Next, the tech was accomplished with both Aegislash (first found by Euclase) and Scizor (first found by Matthew). It's very possible this can be done with any character!
     
    Update: At this time, we've seen almost every character utilize this tech in some way, but it appears only certain moves work. Interestingly, the first time we ever saw something that looked like this, it was done with a move that doesn't seem to work using the current method.
     
     
    Burnside has created a Twitter Moment compiling these clips as more videos are posted to social media, which you can find here. It's exciting to see what new developments occur over the next little while!
     

    Jetsplit
    The next FSBC Cup for 2018 is this weekend! The Charizard themed FSBC Searing Blaze Cup will begin tomorrow (April 6) and conclude on Sunday (April 8). The event will use the Basic 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 Searing Blaze Cup below.
     

     
    Dates
    Start: 4/6/18 8AM PT
    End: 4/8/18 10PM PT
     
    Note: Battles will only be ranked between 8AM and 10PM PT each day.
     
    Format
    VS Mode: Basic Battle
    Skill Level: Off
    Rematch: No
    Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
     
    Participation Prize
    Participants will receive a special "Searing Blaze" title based on Charizard.
     
    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: 
     
    You can read the official announcement in the News app on your Nintendo Switch.
     

    Jetsplit
    Important Update: This article originally only stated that INSERGENCY had signed Fabilous. The editor missed INSERGENCY's earlier announcement stating that they had signed Wingtide, so this article has now been updated to highlight both players.
     
    Germany-based eSports organization INSERGENCY has just announced their acquisition of Wingtide and Fabilous, two of Germany's best Pokkén Tournament players. Hot off their performances at Respawn VI this past weekend, it's no surprise seeing such stellar players joining a new team.
     
    Wingtide and Fabilous join xImDragon (INSERGENCY's founder) on the team's Pokkén roster. The next event fans will likely be able to see Fabilous compete at is SwitchFest, assuming his Compendium goal is met. Meanwhile, those hoping to see Wingtide's play can catch his streams on Twitch.
     
     
     
    To learn more about INSERGENCY, check out their website. You can also follow Wingtide and Fabilous on Twitter, and Wingtide on Twitch.
     

    Midori
    Hi guys!
     
    I'm entering a rather busy period in my life and to be honest, there's a lot of turbulence here and there so apologies for the wait.
     
    I'd just like to take a moment to tell the dedicated readers out there, who still appreciate this series that I can't have done all of this without you. You guys are what's keeping this series alive and you guys know who you are.
     
    Thank you for the support and the continuous appreciation!
     
    Next guest, we have our third electric rat player in the series....
     

     
    The face and mastermind of the revered and respected Toratawa tournaments....
     

     
    SPY-SAN! (for all the TOs out there especially!)
     
    A little bit of background information:
     
    - The mastermind of one of the highest level locals in the world, Toratawa! Words don't do this man justice for assembling such stacked lineups weekly!
    - Often organizes other events such as game bar gatherings for players especially when there are guests from other regions, or countries.
    - Master of upsets, and have been in grand finals of a handful of Toratawa tournaments. (Unfortunately I don't recall him ever clutching out the first place...)
    - Follow him at @spy_nakamura on twitter!
     
    -
     
    -Glossary for noobs-
     
    Toratawa: "Eternal Tower", a game center in Akihabara, Japan which in this case also means the name of the old arcade weekly locals that were run primarily by SPY. One of, if not the most stacked local tournaments in the history of Pokkén. 
     
    -
     
    Interview begins!
     
    -
     
    M: So why are you a Libre main?
    S: I played even since the start of the games arcade release and at the time I was using Gengar and couldn’t win at all... So I didn’t play for about two weeks but when I came back I decided to pick up and play Libre as she was a new character at the time. As I played her I realised I was suddenly winning and that Libre was more fun than Gengar, so I switched then!
     
    M: What other fighting games do you play and do you think it influenced your play?
    S: I play Tekken 7 a little. I say this as I don’t have a PS4 so I play Tekken purely in the arcades. I think however other games don’t really have a big influence on Pokkén as it has a unique system and way to play.
    (Editor’s Note: I think I have to disagree a little with SPY as other fighters definitely influenced my play somewhat... I also think duel phase in Pokkén is very heavily influenced by SF4 but this is purely the way SPY sees it!)
     
    M: What are your top 3 and worst 3 pokemon for this game?
    S: Best are Mewtwo, Garchomp and Braixen. Worst are Gengar, Croagunk and Aegislash.
    I think Pokkén as is, is a well balanced game so I don’t think there’s a significant gap between strong and weak characters. Rather, it’s simply characters with larger health pools that have advantage and lower health pools are a bit disadvantageous. I think characters with hard combos and require difficult judgement that takes a lot of your attention can be said are the worst.
     
    M: So if you can add to the game, what would you want added to the game?
    S: Hmm... I think it would be nice to have a means of communication while you are playing the game. I don’t really like the way you need to go on Twitter to communicate.
     
    M: If there was anything you could change about the game what would you change?
    S: I’d like the option to be able to specifically filter what character you want to play against and choose their rank range.
     
    M: Are there any players you wish to spotlight for any reason?
    S: I feel like I don’t need to introduce any players who attend and leave results in tournaments, as they probably will already know of such players.
     
    For someone who does not really attend tournaments it would be Alta Machamp. He’s probably the player that the overseas crowd would want to see the most among those they’ve never met. Another one would be Shiori Braixen. It would be good if she could gain a little more fame I guess. *SPY laughs*
     
    M: What are your hobbies besides Pokkén and fighting games?
    S: I like to watch TV, especially comedy shows and sports!
     
    M: What’s your favourite sport to watch and why?
    S: I like pro wrestling! I usually watch Japanese wrestling programs but I also do like wrestling groups from overseas as well. I do use Libre partially because I love pro wrestling.
     

    Japanese Pro Wrestling!
     
    M: So because you are an organizer, what do you think is the most difficult thing about being an organizer?
    S: If the scale of the tournament is large, then I guess there is a lot of preparation and that can be considered the hardest thing? But if there are a lot of people willing to help, then I don’t think it’s actually that bad.
    (Editor’s Note: Maybe we can take this as encouragement for people to step forward to help the community more!)
     
    M: What made you choose to be an organizer and what motivates you to keep going?
    S: At the start I didn’t even have friends, so making friends was my main motivation. I attended tournaments as well but couldn’t really talk to people who were A ranked and I found it difficult to just jump in the middle of the social circle within higher ranked players. At the time I was a D rank player but I was able to become good friends with the C and D ranks but I also thought that if I couldn’t win against these guys I would never win against the higher ranked players so I thought of making C ranked and below tournament, which was the start of Toratawa actually.
     
    I also think that if there are no tournaments, the community size will start shrinking so I thought if I don’t continue then the community would lose its meaning, so I persevered.
     
    M: How did you feel about losing Toratawa tournaments?
    S: At first I was running it every Friday to make sure that it kept going, however I already knew in advance that it will one day be the last day so I was prepared, and wasn’t all that shocked about it. Even for titles outside of Pokkén, it is about time for the players and developers of the game to decide whether it’s better to have tournaments for the arcade version or the home version. I’m pretty sure that there are some people who were shocked when tournaments from arcades end up being discontinued, but as for myself I just thought that as long as there are tournaments elsewhere, that’s still a good thing right?
     
    M: Pokkén has a relatively small community compared to mainstream fighters. Why do you think that is?
    S: The fighting games which are mainstream and thriving at the moment usually have ten to even twenty years of history so I don’t really mind or think so much about the community's size. I think the main reason is because there aren’t many people who rock up to tournaments to try playing for fun as people can just buy a soft copy of the game. I think it’s really impressive that ARMS are having a lot of numbers in their tournaments even though the game came out later than Pokkén though.
     
    M: Any advice for the community to help you make it grow?
    S: Hmm.. I think all I want is for people who aren’t winning or are too busy with work to not give up and stop playing. The other thing I’d want is for people playing other games that know different circles of communities to maybe introduce them to Pokkén or try getting them in the Pokkén community maybe?
     
    M: Any questions you’d like to be asked?
    S:
    Q: Are you seriously going to play Blastoise?
    A: I’ll show you what the pride of a 20 year long love for Blastoise is!
     

    Maybe SPY
     

     
    M: Oh so you like Blastoiste! Then please tell us what you like best about him so far?
    S: I think his looks are both cute and cool at the same time! The first time I bought a Pokémon game was Pokémon Blue. That was 20 years ago and that is why I like Blastoise maybe. Because of Blastoise I only chose water starters for the next three generations.
     

    Cute and Cool is how we roll!
     
    M: I see! Last question! What’s your most important mission as a person who belongs in the Pokkén community?
    S: I guess it’s to make Pokkén a recurring chosen title in the EVO line up.
     
    I’d like Pokkén to also have longevity to continue in the forms of Pokkén 2 and Pokkén 3.
     
    M: Last words for the fans and readers please!
    S: Compared to others who have taken this interview, I don’t really have the results so I don’t know whether I have fans or not... But anyway, Japan Pokkén has a lot of extremely strong players so I would be really happy if others could come here even once to play together!
     
    M: Thank you SPY-San!
     
    End of Ep.10, Ft SPY!
     
    Thank all of you guys for your patience and interest in this series! Stay tuned for more~
     
    ~~Midori~~
     
    _
     
    Japanese version / 日本語版
     

    Jetsplit
    2GG has recently announced that the SwitchFest Compendium is now live! For those unfamiliar, the Compendium involves various rewards that are unlocked by fans either donating or purchasing items from the 2GG shop. These rewards include fan favorite players being flown to the event, increasing prize pools, and more!
     
    Now that the Compendium is live, fans can now help some of their favorite Pokkén competitors (as well as ARMS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U) attend SwitchFest later this month. If a favorite player of your's is on this list, make sure to help them have a shot at competing!
     

    The players featured in the compendium are as follows:
    Sketchy S. (Pokkén) XAbsoluted (Pokkén) slippingbug (Pokkén) Fabilous (Pokkén) CROSS-Igarashi (Pokkén) Cat Fight (Pokkén / ARMS) Resolve (ARMS) Gore Magala (ARMS) Redingard (ARMS) Esthri (ARMS) Tru4 (Smash) Catalyst (Smash)  
    You can support your favorite players by donating or purchasing an item from the shop here.
     

    Jetsplit
    This past weekend featured a major event for both the North American and European Pokkén Tournament communities. Viewers were able to enjoy spectacular play from a variety of regions and players, so if you missed the streams, be sure to check out the VODs! A massive thank you goes out to Team Calyptus, Geeky Goon Squad, and FangShaymin for running this weekend's tournament streams.
     
    Oh, and Happy Easter, everyone!
     
    Check out the full results for North America's NCR 2018 and Europe's Respawn VI below.
     
    Respawn VI - Full Results
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/respawn-6/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/overview
    VODs: Pools | Top 8
     
     
    1. XAbsoluted 
    2. SFz Fabilous 
    3. teapS 
    4. Kira 
    5. TCL Gintrax 
    5. PlayThib 
    7. Boolerex 
    7. Zeta 
     
    9. Magistrix
    9. Coju
    9. Wingtide
    9. Kira
    13. Bisam97
    13. TCL ToSaix
    13. Komori
    13. Fleaked
     
    17. Lobotronix
    17. Arrowni
    17. Nero
    17. INGY xImDragon
    17. Inari
    17. Limitless BillaVGC
    17. Lucaria
    17. KatsuroKurosaki
     
    25. DADDY Astor
    25. qp JoNa
    25. CKT SSJ-Luffy
    25. Blooky
    25. MM720
    25. Yew Larrea
    25. ~SN~ Sokori
    25. Rodos
    33. PRTS Caesurios
     
    NorCal Regionals 2018: 1 on 1 Results
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/norcal-regionals-2018/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/overview
    VODs: https://www.twitch.tv/fangshaymin
     
     
    1. ThankSwalot 
    2. slippingbug 
    3. Cooljake 
    4. The Muscle 
    5. StDx ALLISTER 
    5. BadIntent 
    7. H2 
    7. Fable Suicune Master 
     
    9. ICN NinjaFalcon2
    9. Mitchel
    9. vuvho
    9. ABYSS Nightshade
    13. Wavenlights
    13. Couch
    13. sdough
    13. AZ tFUS IcySoapy
     
    17. Kino
    17. Knightzero17
    17. Sharkham Knight
    17. Utah
    17. Godofhay
    17. Embyr
    17. NFK
    17. iantothemax
     
    25. Skates_Digital
    25. Serpentriss
    25. Aggriken
    25. Scruboverlord21
    25. SarTheBazaar
    25. Zyflair
    25. Jin
    25. Adelvos
     
    33. GensisFrenzy
    33. GreenGoblin
    33. Varia_Gamre
    33. Solacracy
     
    NorCal Regionals 2018: 2 on 2 Results
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/ncr_2018_pokken_2v2

    1. ThankSwalot & Kino
    2. StDx ALLISTER & Suicune Master
    3. Cooljake & Couch
    4. NFK & SarTheBazaar
    5. Sharkham Knight & Nightshade
    6. Utah & NinjaFalcon2
     
    Did you miss any of the action this weekend? Be sure to check out the Twitch channels that streamed each event to catch up on the VODs!