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    Awesome thumbnail art made by Logan Cure for Halloween 2016. You can purchase the full resolution version here!
     
    Happy Halloween! Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from Wednesday, October 24 to Tuesday, October 30!
     
    This week featured Canada Cup 2018, one of the biggest Canadian Pokkén events in history, as well as a Pokkén side event at Saturday's Pokémon Portland Regional Championship 2019!
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly. Also, feel free to tell us your Halloween plans in the comments!
     
     
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Wednesday Night Fights x  Orange County 2018 Offseason 3.11
    Esports Arena | 120 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/weds-night-fights-x-orange-county-2018-offseason-3-11/events/pokken/brackets/440881
     
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Ferrum Punch DX #3 Fall 2018
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Mexico
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexFPDX3fall2018
     
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    Friday Salty Pokkén 51
    1446 E 6710 S, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121, USA
    Bracket: https://saltygamingshow.challonge.com/zittkuwl
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/327899661
     
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    Pokkén EU Weekly #16
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Europe
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/pokk-n-eu-weekly-16-welcome-back-to-the-stage/events/weekly-16/brackets/440984
    VODs:
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/327710999 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/327689413  
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    Chile Online Pokkén #15
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Chile
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/zxynso1i
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Canada Cup 2018
    Metro Toronto Metro Centre | 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6, Canada
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/canada-cup-2018/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/overview
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/328073383
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Switch Versus 2
    Xanadu Games | 198 Laurel Race Track Road, Laurel, MD 20725, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/switch-versus-2/events/pokken-tournament-dx-1v1/brackets/340311
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Australia Spring 2019 #9
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/ThisWasLate
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Nebraska Pokkén at Krypton - Amateur Bracket
    Krypton Comics | 2819 S 125th Ave #261, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/NEPokken102718_1
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Warrior's Path 3.8
    Worlds Collide | 18110 Nordhoff St c, Northridge, CA 91325, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/WP38PDX
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/328358122
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Singapore Season 2 Weekly #3
    Pokkén Tournament Online | Singapore
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/HalloweenButNotReally
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/328060939
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Blue Devil Smash Pokkén #7
    Memorial Student Center | 302 10th Ave E, Menomonie, WI 54751, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/BDSPokken7
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Pokémon Portland Regional Championship 2019
    Oregon Convention Center | 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/o1ce73q0
     
    Sunday, October 28, 2018
    Switch Hitters
    Moonbase Market | 1921 S 9th St, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/cy0j0dte
     
    Monday, October 29, 2018
    Neos City Brawl #37
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-37/events/pokk-n-dx-singles/brackets/445541
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/329160168
     
    Monday, October 29, 2018
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-10-29-18/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/444032
     
    Monday, October 29, 2018
    Origin 9
    Aidelon Gaming | 2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73013, USA
    Bracket: https://aidelongaming.challonge.com/PDXOrigin09
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/329166101
     
    Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    Australia Halloween Tournament #2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/SpookyBooky
     
    Tuesday, October 30, 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-10-30-18/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/447497
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/329572660
     
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors! And once again, Happy Halloween!

    Jetsplit
    The next FSBC Cup will be a rerun of the official Group Match featuring Decidueye! The rerun of the FSBC Shining Feather Cup will give players a second chance at the Shining Feather 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 Shining Feather Cup, you will receive PokéGold for participating in this official Group Match.
     
    You can find the full details for the second FSBC Shining Feather Cup below.


     
    Ranking Times
    NA: Start: 11/2/18 8AM PDT End: 11/4/18 10PM PDT EU: Start: 11/2/18 11AM BST End: 11/5/18 1AM BST JP: Start: 11/2/18 11AM JST End: 11/5/18 1AM JST  
    Note: Battles will only be ranked during the Ranking Times each day.
     
    Format
    VS Mode: Basic Battle
    Skill Level: Off
    Rematch: No
    Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
     
    Participation Prize


    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
    Some of you may remember that a new YouTube channel launched last month for Pokkén Tournament DX highlights. This new channel is called PokkénDX Assault, and it's ran by KandiSAI, a long-time member of the Pokkén community.
     
    This morning, a new update video was posted to the channel by KandiSAI. In the video, KandiSAI gave a quick update on the channel, thanking everyone for supporting the channel so far. Following this, KandiSAI made another Pokkén related announcement - he's created a mobile app for Pokkén Tournament DX!
     
    After the reveal, KandiSAI did a quick hands-on demo of the fan-made app. Currently, the free version of the app gives users the ability to view the frame data for each Battle Pokémon, while the paid version grants other features, such as the ability to quickly access various competitive Pokkén resources. These resources include a link to the community Discord server, as well as a link to Pokkén Arena (thanks KandiSAI!). Other features for both versions of the app have not been announced yet.
     
    You can check out the full video below. For more updates, be sure to follow KandiSAI's Twitter.
     
     

    Jetsplit
    Here's your weekly What To Watch post for October 25 to 31, 2018!
     
    What To Watch is a weekly series that is published every Thursday, 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, Canada will see one of its most stacked Pokkén events to date, Canada Cup 2018. The event, organized by Munster, features top players from around North America.
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    October 26-29, 2018
    Canada Cup 2018
    Metro Toronto Metro Centre | 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6, Canada
     
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    Pokkén EU Weekly #16
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Europe
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Calyptus Smash Fest #2
    Unperfekthaus Essen | Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 20, 45127 Essen, Deutschland
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Switch Versus 2
    Xanadu Games | 198 Laurel Race Track Road, Laurel, MD 20725, USA
     
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Singapore Season 2 Weekly #3
    Pokkén Tournament Online | Singapore
     
    Here's to a great week for Pokkén!

    Jetsplit
    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from Wednesday, October 17 to Tuesday, October 23!
     
    This week featured a variety of local tournaments, including Tri Attack 3, October Ranking Battle, and more. Read on for the results, and don't forget to check out the VODs for any events you may have missed!
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    Ferrum Punch DX #2 Fall 2018
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Mexico
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexFPDX2fall2018
     
    Friday, October 19, 2018
    Chile Online Pokkén #14
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Chile
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/ohhpjz4z
     
    Friday, October 19, 2018
    CouchWarriors October Ranking Battle
    Bayview On The Park | 52 Queens Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokkenOctRanbat
     
    Saturday, October 20, 2018
    Tri Attack 3
    Fire And Dice | 589 Bridgeport Ave, Milford, CT 06460, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/tri-attack-3/events/pokk-n-dx-1v1/brackets/413489
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325236638
     
    Saturday, October 20, 2018
    Phase Shift #28
    FX Game Exchange | 1000 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75075, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/phase-shift-28-1/events/phase-shift-28/brackets/435798
     
    Saturday, October 20, 2018
    Blue Devil Smash Pokkén #6
    Memorial Student Center | 302 10th Ave E, Menomonie, WI 54751, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/BDSPokken5
     
    Sunday, October 21, 2018
    Pokkén Weekly Return 102
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/pokkenweeklyreturn102
    VODs:
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325642832 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325651129 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325652328 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325653171  
    Sunday, October 21, 2018
    V-SYNERGY #27
    The Laboratory | 3 S York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/v-synergy-27/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/433742
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325687267
     
    Sunday, October 21, 2018
    Australia Spring 2019 3v3 #3
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/CrowdedPanel
     
    Sunday, October 21, 2018
    Crepes and Controllers 7
    Crepes and Games | 751 S Latson RdHowell, MI 48843, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/crepes7pokken
     
    Monday, October 22, 2018
    Neos City Brawl #36
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-36/events/pokk-n-dx-team-battle-mode/brackets/441003
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/326184128
     
    Monday, October 22, 2018
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-10-22-18/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/438119
     
    Monday, October 22, 2018
    Origin 8
    Aidelon Gaming | 2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73013, USA
    Bracket: https://aidelongaming.challonge.com/PDXOrigin08
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/326211334
     
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    Nekyucards Pokkén #10
    Nekocards | 311 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/nekyucards-pokken-10/events/pokken-singles/brackets/440911
     
    Tuesday, October 23, 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-10-23-18/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/442730
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/326617815
     
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!

    Jetsplit
    The results are now available for the second FSBC Cup featuring Lucario. This event utilized the Team Battle format and took place from October 19 to October 21.
     
    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 second FSBC Aura Blast 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 Aura Blast Cup - NA Top 100
     
    (Rerun) FSBC Aura Blast Cup - EU Top 100
     
    Did you enjoy the rerun of the FSBC Aura Blast Cup? Let us know in the comments below!

    ALLISTER
    Hey everyone! This is the fourth Player of the Week post here on Pokkén Arena.
     
    This series aims to feature a different member of the community each week. We'll include information about the player like their region, accomplishments, best sets, and more. We hope you enjoy!
     
    For the fourth Player of the Week feature, we wanted to highlight one of France's top players, t.eap$!
     
     

     
    t.eap$ is a powerful Scizor main from France who has a deep history with Pokkén. When the game was first announced, he took interest in its mechanics and thought that it was the fighting game for him. Getting the game on release, t.eap$ started with Lucario, Garchomp and Shadow Mewtwo, moving to Scizor in the Deluxe version of the game. Some other characters he likes to play on the side include Sceptile, Mewtwo, Machamp, Suicune, and Charizard. Quite the roster!
     
    t.eap$ didn’t embrace the Pokkén community until DX released, but finally did so thanks to the Pokkén EU server. He says that it’s the best community he’s been a part of so far, seeing everyone help each other out. t.eap$ says being an EU player has its perks. Being able to meet a lot of his EU friends in tournaments over there has always been great for him, and he loves every single one of them. Despite not being able to travel to North America and Japan as much, he is still proud as a European representative.
     
    Not too long ago, t.eap$ placed in the top 4 of the Sheffield Qualifier in the UK and qualified for the Pokkén Tournament DX World Championships as a result. It was definitely his proudest moment of his entire career, and an extremely impressive one at that! It was a dream come true being able to clutch it out, knowing qualifiers only came once per year. t.eap$ had a blast at Worlds, especially since he hadn’t been to North America for 8 years before then. Meeting his North American friends, meeting Japanese players, and just being able to hang out with everyone made his time worthwhile.
     
    Being a Worlds qualifier, t.eap$ says his greatest strength lies in adapting to his losses. The more he loses, the better he gets every single time. His greatest weakness? There will be moments he gets tilted which causes him to lose focus and end up throwing matches more easily. If there was one change t.eap$ can make about the game, he said he would want to buff Scizor in a way so he can compete against Chandelure and Gardevoir. He states that Scizor has an extremely hard time versus these two characters. He also wants to make Scizor’s projectiles less minus with a cancellable Metal Claw, and make his 8A a Bug Bite. t.eap$ also really wants to see a new character in the game!

    Fun facts:
    t.eap$ wasn’t really into fighting games until Pokkén came out. However, he was a competitive Mario Kart 8 player back in the day! In his Wii U days, he was known strictly as a netplay warrior, but EU’s views of him changed after he attended his first offline event. He was born in Tri-state and lived there for 10 years until he moved to France where he currently resides. His origins are half Chinese and half Cambodian since his ancestors lived in Asia. He is currently studying in Biomedical Analysis, where his work consists of blood research and studying various types of diseases. He intends to help people in need in the future; who knows, maybe he will save your life some day! You can follow t.eap$ here.  
     
    Special thanks to Jetsplit for editing this post!

    TytoVortex
    Welcome once again to our Player Interview series, where we follow up on some of Pokkén's most talented gamers!
     
    This week, I had the chance to speak with Blaziken extraordinaire Omari "BadIntent" Travis about topics such as player improvement, true neutral, as well as an inspirational fighting game journey! Read more about community answered questions as well in the following interview below!
     
    And don't forget; if you missed it, be sure to check out BadIntent's Player Profile before reading the interview!
     
     
    TytoVortex: Good evening, BadIntent! Welcome to your interview! How are you doing tonight?

    BadIntent: Excellent and ready!
     
    TytoVortex: That's awesome to hear! We've got a pretty great handful of community questions, and lots of cool stuff to talk about! To start, you've been playing Blaziken for about two and a half years now, correct? What sort of drew you to that character?
     
    BadIntent: Yeah, though I don't think it's accurate to just say Blaziken. I started with Blaziken in tournaments, but I've branched out to play Shadow Mewtwo and Darkrai in events as well. I originally picked up the character because I wanted to deal with Pokkén's armor system. Blaziken has 2 counter pierces, and EX Heat Wave which outlasts almost every standard counterattack. It also is one of the few characters that can stay at frame advantage for long periods of time, so I liked that a lot as well.
     
    TytoVortex: Ahh, so lots of advantages to playing that character! He's earned a reputation for being slightly low tier, despite his great tools. Why do you think that is?
     
    BadIntent: Players base their opinions of characters largely on tournament placements at majors. There aren't really any strong Blaziken players doing anything at big events, so it makes sense that people would see it as a weaker character. This happens in all fighting games - once someone starts doing well with a supposedly low tier character, suddenly they're great. But until then, people think the character is bad without ever thinking critically for themselves. Blaziken has great tools, including one of the most damaging and fastest whiff punishers in the game, and it has excellent pressure. Blaziken is strong.
     
    TytoVortex: I fully agree with that! I know that Shadow Mewtwo receives his own criticisms for those reasons as well. I believe any character can be viable when all of their tools are explored! That being said, I suppose we should hop into some community questions! I love how many we've gotten this time around! we've got a bunch of questions coming in from Burnside! He wants to know:
     
    Why Pokkén in the first place? Did you ever think you’d be as invested in the game as you are? You have a long career of competing in many games, what drives you? What are your goals for Pokkén? Where do you think Pokkén will be in 5 years? What character would you add to Pokkén?                                                                          
    BadIntent:
    Why Pokkén in the first place?: Right before Pokkén came out, I took a break from competing in games because my main game - Street Fighter X Tekken - died, and Pokémon VGC 2015 was a nightmare of a ruleset for me. I was ready to stop competing, but then a Pokémon fighting game was revealed and the World Championships were announced in San Francisco, which is only an hour away from me by drive. I've always loved competing at the highest levels; I played in Pokémon Worlds in 2010 and 2014 before Pokkén was released. Pokkén was the perfect opportunity to get a fresh start with a game that I knew would be huge that I could compete on the World Championships stage at again.     
     
    Did you ever think you'd be as invested in the game as you are?: Absolutely. When Pokkén came out, I planned my entire year around getting into the World Championships for the game. I was working two jobs when the game launched, but I still was able to get in between 500-750 games every week. The only person I knew that was able to play more than me for sure was Ouroboro. Pokkén was my life and I'm so glad that after losing so many hundreds of games early on with a 20% win rate, that my skill level finally improved enough to get 2nd at my first major, Seattle Regionals. After that, I've only gotten better.
     
    You have a long career of competing in many games, what drives you?: I collect trophies! Medals too. My collection is too small, and I need more. Something about how my brain works biologically just makes me want to compete and win. This quote from Seto Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh perfectly describes how I feel on the main stage of a major tournament: "This is the duel I've been waiting for. It's the ultimate battle of intellect and power. Every time I duel against Yugi, I'm pushed to my limits and challenged in every possible way". I live for that feeling. Even if it's not Pokémon or a fighting game, I would be competing in something else like maybe chess or Starcraft. But I only have 24 hours in a day, so Pokkén, Pokémon and fighting games it is.
     
    What are your goals for Pokkén?: As much as I love training for and competing in tournaments, I realized that building your skills is only half the battle. The players that you see winning events aren't just good, they have the funds to attend said events. So right now I'm going all out in content creation to provide valuable guides, high level sets, matchup videos, and anything players would find useful to ultimately make enough side income to start competing again. It's a win-win situation - new players get resources, strong players have an opponent always on deck to play, and everyone in between has exciting matches to watch on my channel.
     
    Where do you think Pokkén will be in 5 years?: 5 years is way too big of a chunk of time to predict for me. For context, 5 years ago I was playing VGC exclusively (since SFxT bit the dust), and if you told me there'd be a Pokémon fighting game out that sold millions of copies I would have laughed. Type Wild is all there was. But what I can say is as long as the game is still at majors, I'll probably still compete. I don't know if the game will ever get the same type of mainstream exposure as Street Fighter, Tekken, or Smash, but the game is solid and it's had excellent support. People just need to show up to events!
     
    What character would you add to Pokkén?: Tapu Lele. And it would have Psychic Surge which makes all armored attacks completely pass through the other character and whiff. Bless up.
     
    TytoVortex: Those are all amazing answers, BadIntent. Everything you've spoken about has been so informational, much like many of the guides you've put out to help the Pokkén community grow and improve over the years! I'm sure newer players can look over these answers and apply them to their own play styles!

    NIKKEN asks: "As of now you main 3 characters. Have you considered learning a fourth at any time?"
     
    BadIntent: Yes, I've never liked the idea of solo maining a character so I'm always trying to expand my arsenal. Lately I've been messing with Decidueye. I'm not sold on some of its meaty pressure options, but its movement is insanely good and the buff to 4Y looks promising.
     
    TytoVortex: Ooh, Decidueye is a great character! That'll be lots of fun to watch once you've got him mastered!
     
    skysmaug384 asks: "Favorite Support Pokémon to use with your characters (all 3 of them) & why?"
     
    BadIntent: I like this one. With Blaziken I like Togekiss/Rotom the most. Togekiss helps whiff punishing a ton, even in Field Phase because Blaziken's standard walk back speed isn't that great. Blaziken's anti-air is also non existent so Rotom helps versus characters like Decidueye. For Darkrai, Magikarp is just plain cheap. It prevents immediate lunges in Duel Phase from ending Bad Dreams Rising. For Shadow Mewtwo, I've switched between using Eevee, Sylveon, Rotom, and Togekiss. I'm not sold on any of them or a default. Bring back OG Cress. Eevee restores Shadow Mewtwo's recoverable HP and makes 6Y Pillar do hitstun again which helps in several matchups.
     
    TytoVortex: Those are some pretty solid choices, that's awesome! It's always a good idea to cover most weaknesses in the MU you're playing.
    Our very own Jetsplit wants to know: "You're one of the most consistent Pokkén content creators. Do you have any advice for someone looking to start producing Pokkén content?"
     
    BadIntent: Yes, I have three main tips, of which the first two I've mentioned on my channel before:
    Focus on building up your skill first. Develop your charisma. When you're good, people will naturally want to watch your stuff to get better. But it also makes you more confident on stream and during your videos which leads to you having better charisma and more important things to say. The easiest way to make content is to focus on your own enjoyment of the game. So many people get discouraged when they don't get lots of viewers on Twitch or YouTube and that's understandable. But what really helped me is to pretend like I'm not streaming or recording for anyone but myself. You're going to be playing sets anyway, so turn on OBS. You're going to have thoughts about the game or you might get excited or tilted while playing. Put on a webcam, and talk about it during the game. My YouTube channel lately has been overwhelmingly just me playing sets and talking trash or giving out tips that I have in my head whenever I'm playing anyway. So yeah, just broadcast you being you! And lastly, if you have a Twitch you NEED a YouTube. YouTube will grow your Twitch way faster than just streaming every day on Twitch itself.  
    TytoVortex: That's great advice. Pokkén continues to be considered a "small" community, so any exposure gets our game out there! Plus, your content is always enjoyable to watch. Keep up the awesome work!
     
    ReyDelEmpire wants to know: "What do you think is holding back Blaziken from winning majors?"
     
    BadIntent: Look at the Blaziken players attending events and you have your answer. Next caller.
     
    TytoVortex: He could definitely use some more knowledgeable players! Every character deserves solid representation!
     
    Mewtater asks: "You get two Shadow Mewtwo buffs, can't be pillar related. What are they and why?"
     
    BadIntent: Increase Shadow Mewtwo's HP and decrease its recoil damage. I don't think that 6X, 4A, 2YY 6A should be doing more damage to you than the opponent when they are in Burst + Rage. If those two buffs go too much against the character's design, then make 5Y a true mid. This would make its option selects extremely safe versus the entire cast.
     
    TytoVortex: I know I've always wanted my favorite character to have more health as well, those would make great buffs!
     
    Munster is wondering: "What is the biggest key to rapid improvement in a player?"
     
    BadIntent: Yeah, I know even when we play it only takes one or two combos from Blaziken to KO after winning a single Field Phase. The number one thing holding intermediate players back is justifying their bad habits. You can watch all the guides in the world, and play top players consistently, but it won't matter if you're not applying changes to your game. Excess jumping, always waking up with buttons, not learning frame data, not considering the importance spacing and positioning... these are all mistakes that I see people making over and over again. The easiest way to fix this is to fight a strong player and watch back the set in replays or whatever you have to record with. Pinpoint 2 or 3 bad habits and try to eliminate or decrease your reliance on them during your very next set. There are World Championship level players that have flaws in their game just like everyone else. But don't be satisfied with leaving those as flaws in your game too. You'll never catch up like that. Pick one habit to eliminate and work your way up from there. Don't worry about losing games online when doing this; as long as you clean up your gameplay each time you'll be better in the long run.
     
    TytoVortex: I always like to say that adaptation is your greatest tool during a match! Great advice! Bad habits can be so tedious to break, but once you've got your neutral mastered, everything else will come naturally!
     
    DualDeathLucario asks: "If you could only give Shadow Mewtwo one more buff and then he gets nothing else ever again what would change would you like to see him get?"
     
    BadIntent: Yep, gotta be the 6Y pillar getting its hitstun back!
     
    TytoVortex: I really miss that about him too! Wii U hitstun was amazing!
     
    Alright, as far as community-submitted questions go, we're all finished for the evening! Thank you very much for your time! Is there anything else you'd like to add before we conclude this interview?
     
    BadIntent: Right on, and thank you for the Player Profile. I hope everyone takes a minute out of their day to reflect on themselves and push for whatever really matters to you in life and go all out for it. Don't settle for mediocrity in Pokkén or in life.
     
    TytoVortex: Perfect! Then that concludes our interview! Have an excellent night, and keep pushing for those results! You deserve them!

    Sabrewoif
    Team Calyptus, the TO group that helped truly bring Pokkén alive in Germany this year, have recently announced the details on their new fully Pokkén dedicated major and the first of it's kind in European Pokkén history: Thermodynamic Throwdown. 
     

     
    The event was unveiled on Gintrax's stream last night and will feature a main event alongside many various fun side events. The event aims to bring as many players from across the world as possible to one climatic event, the only other event to see many out-of-region entries being Revolution 2017.
     
    The event will graciously include a 500 Euro starting pot bonus and free non-alcoholic drinks for all entry-fee-paying attendees. 
     
    Gintrax also added on his announcement stream that, in spirit of the name of the event, the player that can come up with the best Thermodynamic combo will get their entry and venue fee refunded! 
     
    For more information, hit up their Smash.GG page  

    TytoVortex
    Welcome to Pokkén Arena's third Player Profile!
     
    This series of posts aims to introduce readers to top Pokkén Tournament DX players. This installment will be sharing information regarding Omari "BadIntent" Travis, one of North America's best Blaziken players, and an avid user of a traditional arcade fight stick!
     
    Following this post, we'll be posting an interview with BadIntent this Sunday. During the interview, we'll be asking BadIntent questions from the community over the next 24 hours. To ask a question, you can either leave a comment on this post or ask on Twitter by tagging @PokkenArena and including the hashtag #AskBadIntent. Then, check back this Sunday to get BadIntent's answer!
     
     

    BadIntent deep in thought.
    Mitchell Davies 
     
    Player Information
    Gamertag: BadIntent
    Name: Omari Travis
    Location: Antioch, California ??
    Main Character: 
    Other Characters: 
    Sponsor: None
    DX Season 1 Ranking: N/A
    Other Competitive Titles: Tekken 7, Street Fighter X Tekken, Pokémon VGC
     
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    Tournament Date  Placement    Characters Used   VODs  2016 Seattle Pokkén Tournament Regional Championships  May 15, 2016  2nd Absolute Battle 7 August 27, 2016 2nd NEC 17  December 16-18, 2016 4th DreamHack Austin 2017 April 29, 2017 5th NorCal Regionals 2018 March 30, 2018 5th  
    Gameplay
    WNF Oakland, BadIntent vs. Zyflair  Pokkén Tier List and Most Important Tech  FT5 BadIntent vs. OrlandoFox  3v3s BadIntent vs. Mewtater  BadIntent: Why I Play Pokkén   
    Links
    Twitter account Twitch channel  YouTube channel   
     
    Remember, you can ask BadIntent questions either by leaving a comment on this post or by tagging @PokkenArena on Twitter and including the hashtag #AskBadIntent. BadIntent will be answering your questions in his Player Interview, which will be published this Sunday, October 21!
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