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  • Jetsplit
    It's that time of the year! With E3 coming up next week, gaming news is starting to ramp up. This morning, The Pokémon Company took to their official website to announce an 8-minute Pokémon Direct for tomorrow (June 6th). The company is advertising it as a "special" Direct with "big Pokémon news", so it's safe to assume we'll be seeing some sort of new Pokémon game tomorrow.
     
     
    It's important to note that the Pokémon Direct that took place on February 26th, 2016 was only 6 minutes long. This Direct celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the series, announced the Red, Blue and Yellow Virtual Console releases, and revealed Pokémon Sun and Moon. Considering tomorrow's Direct is 2 minutes longer than this Direct was, it's very possible that there will be more than one announcement tomorrow.
     
    While it is extremely likely we will see the reveal of the next main series titles (whether that is Pokémon Stars, Diamond and Pearl remakes, or something different), it is also quite possible that we will see an announcement regarding a spin-off Pokémon title. Even though there is no confirmation that Pokkén Tournament will be mentioned in this Direct, Japanese retailer Sinobi recently listed a new arcade stick as being compatible with Switch games such as Pokkén Tournament. While this should just be considered a rumor for the time being, it's possible Sinobi accidentally leaked an upcoming port!
     
     
    Perhaps some news regarding Pokkén will be revealed tomorrow along with the announcement of a new main series title! Only time will tell!
     
    You can watch the Pokémon Direct live on Nintendo's official site tomorrow at 10:00 AM ET.
    7:00 AM PT 9:00 AM CT 10:00 AM ET 11:00 PM JT  
     
    What are you expecting for tomorrow's Direct? Do you think a Switch port will be announced? Let us know in the comments!

    Fumu
    Congratulations to the following players for events in this past week:
    Regionals:
    Scatz – Momocon (Bracket Link) Georgia  
    Monthlies/Side Brackets:
    Bolimar - Seattle Regional (Bracket Link) Washington Double – Combo Breaker (Bracket Link) Chicago Oreo - Hidden Boss 7 (Bracket Link) North East Slippingbug - Alamo Battleground Monthly (Bracket Link) San Antonio Twixxie – Down Right Fierce 12 (Bracket Link) North Carolina  
    Weeklies:
    BadIntent - Burst Attack! 17 (Bracket Link) NorCal Cooljake - Friday Salty Pokkén 23 (Bracket Link) Utah KomachiOnoduka - Australia Pokkén Secondary Saturday #6 (Bracket Link) Australia Shippo - HBA Pokkén Weekly #60 (Bracket Link) North East SkyRasen – Pokken at Underground – 5/30/17 (Bracket Link) Nebraska SuperTurboRyan - WNF 3.3 (Bracket Link) SoCal Twixxie - Pokkén Weekly Return 47 (Bracket Link) Online

    Blue Link
    More details about the European qualifier for Pokkén Tournament World Championships has finally been revealed today!
     
    DreamHack announced on their official website that DreamHack Summer 2017 is going to host the Qualifier. The tournament will take place on June 17th through 20th (one month from now) at Sweden, and the Top 4 players will earn a trip to compete at the World Finals. Check out the details:
     
     
    More details and the registration form can be found on the official website which can be accessed on the link below:
     
    http://dreamhack.se/dhs17/2017/05/16/Pokkén-tournament-championship-series-back-at-dreamhack/
     
    We wish the best of luck to all PokkénArena members attending this event!

    Jetsplit
    NCR 2017, the first event to receive a pot bonus from Evo, attracted 32 talented Pokkén Tournament players. After three days of competition, here are your full NCR 2017 results for Pokkén.
     
     
    1 on 1 Results
     
    2 on 2 Results
     
    Thanks to Fumu, chef, Toasty and slippingbug for helping with characters and social media links!

    Blue Link
    Once every week the Discord Server "Pokkén Community" hosts an online tournament titled Pokkén Weekly Return, where people come together to play and have some fun.
     
    This weekend was no different and the 41th edition of the ongoing season happened on Sunday, April 9th. 24 players competed on it, and the top 3 received the following prizes:
    1st place: NieR:Automata (PC, Steam), or a $25 Amazon or Steam Gift Card, or $25 sent through Paypal.
    2nd and 3rd places: $10, either sent through Paypal, as a $10 Steam card, or a $10 Amazon Card.
     
    In the end, the Chandelure player FakeOut | Twixxie (who recently won Final Round XX) turned out to be the champion, with TLE | IDontEvenKnow taking the second place. Check out the full results below:
     
    1st - Twixxie
    2nd - TLE_IDEK
    3rd - Fabilous
    4th - Nightdazer
    5th - Elltiana
    5th - Kamaal
    7th - BlueLink
    7th - CrispyBaconIsGood
    9th - PuppyHavoc
    9th - PaperSak
    9th - : )
    9th - That0neGuy
    13th - WoomyGun
    13th - ToSaix
    13th - SKDale
    13th - HatsuneLuka
    17th - TheJrJam
    17th - Serpen_Triss
    17th - NotAntony
    17th - TLE | RickyThe3rd
    17th - thebluerabbit
     
    Brackets: http://challonge.com/PokkenWeeklyReturn41
     
    Regarding the videos, so far I only have the ones I recorded myself from my own matches. If you know about any other matches that were either recorded or streamed please let me know in the comments below, so then I can add to this article:
     
     
    So... feel like participating next time (there are no entry fees to do so)? Then join the Discord server and keep an eye open for the announcement of the next event:
     
    https://discord.gg/0TQ9ljNl7rqE0cR0

    Blue Link
    Although most people on the west don't follow the Japanese Fighting Game scene as closely as the North American one, it is a fact that the former has a bigger tradition going on for it, with players still going to arcades to play and compete on their favorite fighting games.
     
    Because of that, many tournaments with great players often go unnoticed, but a member of our community is trying to change that. Recently, Double's channel has been updated with a lot of videos from tournaments in Japan, and the most notable ones are from the Toratawa series of tournaments.
     
    Located in Akihabara (also known as the Electric Town of Tokyo), Toratawa is a Game Center that runs tournaments for Pokkén on a variety of formats, having 1-on-1, 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 events. They are mostly divided on two types of events, weeklies that often happens on Saturdays or Fridays, and monthlies on Sundays.
     
    Uho, Azazel and Tonosama are some of the top players that attend those events, and a lot of the best players of most of the cast are there as well. You can check out the footage for their most recent 3-on-3 tournament on the playlist below:
     
     
    The footage of their other tournaments are also available on Double's channel, which can be accessed on the link below:
     
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCniqc9Kndtjv0iMnkIkrlzA/videos
     
    If those videos got you interested on following the events of Toratawa, then make sure to follow their Twitter account that constantly gets updated with brackets, schedules and stream links:
     
    https://twitter.com/pokken_info
     
    Special Thanks to Double and Midori for all the information on this article!
    Source of the article picture: Princess Aura https://twitter.com/Froslass/status/846027233663758336/photo/1

    Blue Link
    For most people, Braixen is a difficult character to deal with. Many agree that she has very few to none bad match-ups, and dealing with her neutral game requires not only strong fundamentals and good fighting game skills overall, but a lot of knowledge of the game itself.
     
    Wishing to help Blaziken players have a better time on this match-up, the top player BadIntent made a video with some pretty good tips about how to play the Blaziken vs Braixen Match-up, teaching what are the best tools against each option that Braixen has on her arsenal. Check it out below:
     
     
    This video is part of a series of Match-up videos called Matchup Mondays, where BadIntent explains how to play each Match-up in the game. The other entry on the series so far covers the Lucario Match-up, which although it's not as difficult as Braixen, it still requires a lot of fighting game fundamentals to win:
     
    Did you enjoy it? Then have a look on his channel, it has a lot of content that revolves around both Blaziken and Shadow Mewtwo and surely are useful for people wanting to learn more about those characters:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5o9myBU9U_T8DsQC6BbHpA

    Jetsplit
    Many Pokkén Tournament players agree that Braixen is the best character in v1.3's current meta; even those who don't consider her the best character will agree that she is one of the game's strongest fighters. One of the things that makes Braixen so strong is how she interacts with Support Pokémon. While every other fighter's Support Gauge only increases with time, many of Braixen's moves will increase her Support Gauge on on top of the time-based increase. Not only this, but many of her moves can also be cancelled into a Support Pokémon call, allowing Braixen to perform unique combos utilizing Support Pokémon.
     
    In the video below, Kofi "Double" Boateng  showcases over 20 different Braixen combos which use either Emolga or Fennekin. Those interested in practicing Braixen will definitely want to take advantage of her unique properties related to Support Pokémon, so this video is a good place to start!
     
     
    You can follow Double here.

    Jetsplit
    Earlier this month, Evo's Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar announced a $1000 pot bonus for NorCal Regionals. This was the first $1000 out of Evo's $10,000 pledge to the Pokkén Tournament community following the Evo 2017 Player's Choice donation drive. 
     
    Today, Mr. Wizard took to Twitter to announce where the other $9000 will be going.
     
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    Evo's $10,000 Pledge To The Pokkén Community
    $1000 to NorCal Regionals WHEN: April 14-16, 2017 WHERE: Sacramento, CA $1000 to Summer Jam WHEN: August 11-13, 2017 WHERE: Philadelphia, PA $1000 to The Fall Classic WHEN: Fall 2017 WHERE: Raleigh, NC $1000 to NEC 2018 WHEN: December 2017 WHERE: Philadelphia, PA $1000 to DreamHack Austin WHEN: April 27-30, 2017 WHERE: Austin, TX $1000 to DreamHack Atlanta WHEN: July 21-23, 2017 WHERE: Atlanta, GA $1000 to DreamHack Denver WHEN: October 20-22, 2017 WHERE: Denver, CO $1000 to MomoCon WHEN: May 25-27, 2017 WHERE: Atlanta, GA $1000 to Defend The North WHEN: July 28-30, 2017 WHERE: White Plains, NY $1000 to a tournament of the community's choice  
     
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    You can follow Mr. Wizard on his Twitter for more updates.

    Blue Link
    Today, The Pokémon Company has finally announced more information regarding the 2017 Championship Series for Pokkén Tournament. There will be only two qualifying events this time, and the prize pool will be of at least $25,000.
     
    The first qualifying event announced is the CEO Fighting Game Championships, which is set to happen on June 16 through 18 in Orlando, Florida. The second event is going to be on Europe, but there are no information about it right now. The top 4 of each event will qualify for the Pokkén Tournament World Championships in August, which will have 16 players in total. The other spots are going to be awarded to players from Japan and via The Last Chance Qualifier (which will happen on the day before the World Championships).
     
    This year there will have no age restriction, so all players are going to compete on the same Championship Series. It has also been announced that the entire Series will be run on Double Elimination format.
     
    Check out the schedule so far:
     
    EVENT EVENT TYPE LOCATION DATE CEO Fighting Game Championships Qualifier Orlando, Florida June 16–18 TBA Qualifier Europe TBA Last Chance Qualifier Qualifier Anaheim, California August 18 World Championships Championship Anaheim, California August 19  
    And those are the prizes announced so far:
     
    North American Qualifier: CEO 2017 ($5,000)
    1st place: $1,250 + travel and an invite to Worlds

    2nd place: $1,000 + travel and an invite to Worlds

    3rd place: $750 + travel and an invite to Worlds

    4th place: $600 + travel and an invite to Worlds

    5th place: $450

    5th place: $450

    7th place: $250

    7th place: $250

     
    European Qualifier: TBA
    Prizes: TBA

     
    World Championship prizes ($20,000 total prize pool)
    1st place: $6,000

    2nd place: $4,000

    3rd place: $3,000

    4th place: $2,000

    5th place: $1,500

    5th place: $1,500

    7th place: $1,000

    7th place: $1,000
     
    Source: http://www.pokkentournament.com/en-us/championship-series/

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