• Midori
    Hi guys!
    It's been a while so I hope everyone is doing well and excited for the next interview!
    I wanted to release this interview a little sooner than this, but with all the events like Spring Fist, and the sneak peaks of Blastoiste etc, I had to delay it.
    Apologies for the inconvenience but it is finally time to declare our next guest!
    The thorned rose of the Japanese community... The elegant, the swift but deadly...


    Outside of Ikebukuro Gigo, during EVO Japan! standing behind our white scarfed photographer Yon-Chan, is Chiu-Chan!
    A little bit of background information:
    - Without a doubt, one of the most oppressive and dominant female players in the world. A libre player who has taken many big names in numerous tournaments!
    - Made it into EVO Japan's top 8 pair, alongside Oshizu (Also a very strong female gengar player from Osaka), defeating the Allister and Midori team for the spot!
    - Has very good taste in foods and arts! Ask her for Japanese food recommendations :)!
    - Follow her on twitter: @chiuchiuchus2
    -Glossary for noobs-
    - BGM: Background music
    - Choukaigi: A prestigious tournament of many games, hosted by the NicoNico Douga, a Japanese online video company similar to Youtube
    - -Chan: An honorific used to emphasize one's appeal in cuteness. Very popularly used when addressing women or children of closer relationship
    - Shoujo Manga: Japanese comics targetted towards the general female audience. Often emphasizing themes like young love and real life friendships.
    Let the interview begin!
    M: Why did you choose the name “Chiu” for your handle?
    C: I actually wanted to choose a name that has some impact upon first sight so initially I used the handle “dedennededenne” at first. When I went to my first off-line tournament everyone called me dedenne-chan and it was extremely embarrassing... So I immediately changed to “Chiu”. My first name also starts with the hiragana character “Chi” which helped me decide though the rest just came to be. It’s a pretty lowkey name which I’m grateful for and it also sounds cute, so I decided it as my handle. I actually really like it!
    M: So why did you choose Libre as your main?
    C: From the beginning I always used Pikachu, but after the release sale of the WiiU version, I thought Braixen was also really cute so I changed mains right then. Soon after, a 2v2 tournament, Choukaigi was announced but at the time, the newly added Braixen was not yet in the arcade version (which Choukaigi was being held in). For the tournament, the person I wanted to partner up with was also a Pikachu main so I thought I had no choice but to try and learn a new character, and thinking Libre is also a Pikachu, I assumed she worked similarly to my old main, so I decided to choose her.
    Actually if the Choukaigi tournament was held in WiiU version, I may still be a Braixen player right now. To add to this there are a lot of Libre players around my circle which not only affected my overall choice, but they taught me a lot also, which enabled me to do more and more things with the character. I found that really fun and without realising, I’ve been using libre until now~
    Libre is not only cute, but also cool and strong so of course I love her ♡.
    M: In your personal opinion where would you put Libre in the tier list? And what do you think is the strongest and weakest point of the character?
    C: I think Libre is strong and very fun to use! A strong part of Libre is not only does Electroweb debuffs the opponent, her wall jump is an extremely good run away tool in my opinion. Personally just for me, her weak point is that I find her homing attack difficult to apply in matches..
    M: I see, so what is your personal best and most confident matchup and what character do you not have confidence fighting against?
    C: There are no characters I have confidence against! But I'm not good at fighting Shadow Mewtwo...

    A very oppressive character, in Chiu's eyes!
    M: Which characters do you think are the top 3 and bottom 3 of the game?
    C: I guess I'm not like others who has fiddled with a wide variety of characters so I'm not so sure i can comment about character rank.
    M: Please tell us your hobbies outside of Pokkén~
    C: I love music, including performing, listening and even composing. I really like the BGM in Pokkén too! When I hear the Tellur Town BGM, I think of tournaments and get excited!
    M: So speaking of music, what is your favorite genre, band and BGM from Pokkén?
    C: I like pop and Jazz for genre. I love JUJU's jazz album so much I listen to it often. My favorites from Pokkén are Old Ferrum Town (Winter) and Diggersby Land.

    Old Ferrum Town, one of Chiu's favorite stages in the game!
    M: Until now, how many pieces of composition have you done musically? Which of your piece do you like best and what is it about?
    C: I never counted so I'm not sure! I pretty much stopped composing after graduating from college so probably not too many. My favorite piece that I composed is a song called Orange. This was a song that I made when I was reading the Shoujo Manga of the same name. I still have memories performing this song with a fellow college friend who formed a band with me.

    Orange. A popular Shoujo Manga that was made into a live action movie in the recent years~
    M: What are your favorite foods and recommended Japanese foods?
    C: My favorite is Natto! Since I was young I loved it so much I'd eat it everyday without fail. It's a life essential! The food I recommend would be sushi! Anago is my personal favorite.

    Natto. Fermented soy beans, which is a delicacy not often appreciated by foreigners with it's unique smell. Definitely an acquired taste.
    M: If you could change something about the game what would it be?
    C: Please add spectator mode!
    M: What Pokémon would you like to be added to the game?
    C: Plusle and Minun as a Support Set would definitely be cute! And Pyukumuku would be interesting I think.
    M: Is there anyone you look up to in the Pokkén world?
    C: Yes, it would be Azazel-San! Catching a glimpse of his demeanor in tournaments makes me think 'man he's so cool' lol. I also respect and look up to his skills.
    M: As a female player, do you think there is a 'special strength unique to just female players?'
    C: That's really hard! Um..  I'd probably say there seems to be a lot of female players that can absorb and implement advice given faster. That and performing well in crunch time.
    (Editor's Note: I think female players handle the audience and tournament pressure fairly uniquely and I have seen a lot of players who lose to their composure so I think this is what she is referring to.)
    M: Just like other fighting games, the Pokkén scene is dominated by male presence. Do you think that there are not enough female players personally? How would you go about increasing the number of female players if you think so?
    C: Hmm if we were to say enough or not enough then yes there are not enough female players. I think it’s pretty hard to show the charm and goodness of Pokkén as a whole to girls who are not interested at all in the first place, so I think it’s of crucial importance to treat girls who physically come to tournaments well individually as a person. I don’t think I’m personally good at doing this either so in that part I will also try my best to get better at it.
    M: Is there any question you'd like to be asked? Please also give us the answer to the question~
    C: Q: Why do you continue to be involved with Pokkén?
    A: Of course aside from that Pokkén is fun to play, you get to meet a lot different people and interacting with them is really fun.
    M: Any words you'd like to give for the fans and readers at home?
    C: Please play friendlies with me!
    M: Who do you want friendlies with most from overseas?
    C: Actually I don't know much about the scene overseas, but if there is someone that seems strong it would be Suicune Master from the Oceania qualifiers so I'd like to try battling him.
    M: Thank you Chiu-Chan!
    End of Ep.10, Ft Chiu!
    Thank all of you guys for your patience and interest in this series! Stay tuned for more~
    Japanese version / 日本語版

    Final Round 2018 took place this weekend, with many high level Pokkén competitors in attendance. Final Round has been an important event for the Pokkén community from the beginning, so it makes sense that this year's event was no different! The event ran Friday through Sunday, with Top 8 finishing earlier today.
    Check out the full results below, then go watch the VODs if you missed the tournament!
    Full Results
    1. BxA Twixxie
    2. ThankSwalot
    3. Char
    4. Scatz
    5. InC RoksoTheSavage
    5. Bolimar
    7. Ouroboro
    7. ZB jda7
    9. PG Coach Steve
    9. Psyanide
    9. Zyflair
    9. JGG Uchi
    13. Nexinitus
    13. ]Kraken[
    13. Ghost
    13. HEX Blue Link
    17. AZ tFUS IcySoapy
    17. NG-Obscure
    17. Nerketur
    17. OrlandoFox
    17. UMVGC Mage4hire
    17. Cyusstrike
    17. ZB Wolfy
    17. ZB NG Sanaito
    25. PML Kuwaa Corps Sir Salty
    25. Deicide
    25. AstralWxlf
    25. TLE chef
    25. MezMaroon
    25. H2
    25. UNCG Storybook
    25. FroShow
    33. 2PlayRough
    33. Accel
    You can check out the full brackets on the smash.gg event page. You can check out Top 8 here and the 2 on 2 bracket here!

    Two years ago today, Pokkén Tournament was released worldwide on the Nintendo Wii U. Since then, we've made countless amazing memories, welcomed new Pokémon to the party, and migrated to a new console!
    This is just a quick post to say Happy Birthday to our favorite game! Here's to another awesome year of Pokkén!

    What are your favorite memories of Pokkén? Let us know!

    The Official Pokemon YouTube channel has now uploaded the VOD for the Grand Finals of the Oceania World Championships qualifier. 
    You can now relive the epic half hour showdown between the two competitors that earned themselves the first spots at Worlds this year: Elm and Midori. 
    Make sure you don't miss the qualifiers in Europe (June 16-17) and North America (July 6-8)
    As well as the World Championships themselves on August 24th -26th

    Late last night and early into this morning, Nintendo of Japan hosted the exciting Spring Fist tournament. The event featured ARMS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Pokkén Tournament DX. Being sponsored by Twitch Prime, the tournaments were streamed live on Twitch, meaning viewers would get to see some awesome top level Japanese Pokkén play.
    The Pokkén event featured fan-favorites such as Tonosama, Azazel, CROSS-Igarashi, and more, and you can find the full Pokkén bracket here. On top of this, some of the game's developers were in attendance, and we got to see our first video footage of Blastoise in action!
    Big thanks to ALLISTER for posting the video footage from the stream! What do you think? Are you excited for Blastoise? Let us know!
    Blastoise will be available for download on March 23, 2018.

    Pokkén returns to Final Round this weekend! An important event in our community's history, Final Round is set to be full of entertaining sets between amazing players.

    Final Round 2018
    March 16-18, 2018
    Atlanta, GA
    CPT - http://www.twitch.tv/capcomfighters FunkyP - http://www.twitch.tv/funkyp KombatNetwork - http://www.twitch.tv/kombatnetwork Bifuteki - http://www.twitch.tv/bifuteki DATA FGC - http://www.twitch.tv/datafgc  
    (Times are in Eastern Time)
    04:00 PM: 2 on 2 Bracket
    06:00 PM: Pools
    11:00 AM: Top 8
    Notable Entrants Include:
    Zyflair  ThankSwalot  Scatz  H2  Bolimar  InC RoksoTheSavage  PG Coach Steve  Psyanide  Ouroboro  BxA Twixxie  OrlandoFox  NG-Obscure   
    More Info:

    One week until Blastoise is released, and recently information on not just Blastoise, but also Mew and Celebi was released on the official Japanese Pokkén website!

    First, let's start with the new Battle Pokémon Blastoise.

    Blastoise, a Battle Pokémon with excellent long range offence and top class physical strength for close quarters. From the information given, it seems that Blastoise could have varying stances in both Field and Duel Phase. In Duel Phase, he can go into his shell from which he can perform different attacks based on which button the player presses. In Field, he can choose to pressure opponents long range with various cannon shots. Blastoise’s Burst Attack is “Gun Destruction”, in which Blastoise mega-evolves to unleash a powerful close range attack that ends in a spectacular blast from his rocket cannon on his back!

    Onto the new Support Pokémon, Mew comes packing the ability “Metronome”. While increasing the Synergy gauge, Mew also gives a random buff alongside a critical hit buff allowing for it to be great for putting on pressure.

    Celebi adds an all-new feature to the game! With the ability “Time Travel” you can now switch Phases at any given moment! This exciting ability is surely one of a kind and we can’t wait to see how it’s implemented into everyone’s battle plan.

    Alongside the new Pokémon, more customization options will be available! As shown below, new shirts, hairstyles, glasses, scarves and an entire new Rock Style outfit is unlocked to customize your avatar to your heart’s content. Speaking of outfits, Nia gets two new ones!

    This is all of the information we have as of now for Wave 2 of DLC Battle Pack 1, but if we missed anything we’ll be sure to update this post with the latest news. Have fun everyone and see you all online on the 23rd!
    Official Pokémon News Link: http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pokkenDX/news/180316_01.html

    If you ever wrote off Croagunk as being a completely RNG based character you might want to rethink your assessment. 
    Community member TheJrJam has proved there is more method in the madness than initially thought by showing that perfect cancelling jX into jA will always net Croagunk his best two projectiles (Tornado and Boulder) 
    In addition to being a true block string, this can also be used to enable some amazing combos as Boolerex demonstrates by utilising the tech to pull off Croagunk's otherwise hard to land 4X. While he uses the Tornado outcome here, he assures it's also possible with the Boulder.
    What this does for the character and it's mains is provide stability and assurance in occurrence outcome and damage output. Slot Machines sound pretty appealing if you know how to net yourself a jackpot every time right?
    In addition to this, the newly expanded possibilities go further as according to JoNa, jY can also be used similarly not as a perfect cancel but with very specific spacing, allowing for increased odds of one of three better outcomes (Tornado, Boulder Sludge Bomb)
    It just goes to show that at any point a character's meta and options can change entirely. 
    With these new developments in the open, the question is: will they be left alone by the devs?
    While some argue this development could be a "bug", it's also possible it was programmed in to allow the character to stand up competitively and reward those with the bravery to master the power of the unknown. 
    All we can do is wait for future patches, but for now: watch out, these slot machines are rigged.
    To keep up with the Croagunk meta, be sure to check the Croagunk tech hashtag: #PTDX_GNK
    Editor's note: "Exploit" is indeed the correct word to use in this circumstance, its original non negative dictionary definition. 

    The Sceptile themed FSBC Forest's Flash Cup took place this weekend.
    Players 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 Forest's Flash 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.
    FSBC Forest's Flash Cup - NA Top 100
    1. ThankSwalot
    Wins: 375 Location: United States 2. Ben(NNB)
    Wins: 350 Location: United States 3. Cecily
    Wins: 250 Location: United States 4. TapuCocoa
    Wins: 150 Location: United States 5. Stephen
    Wins: 122 Location: United States 6. Akira
    Wins: 104 Location: United States 7. NDGI5167
    Wins: 100 Location: United States 8. Terrion
    Wins: 98 Location: United States 9. Weston
    Wins: 81 Location: United States 10. Pikachu_daddy
    Wins: 67 Location: United States 10. Gibus
    Wins: 67 Location: United States 12. Rodrigo[CL]
    Wins: 55 Location: United States 12. Nullshock
    Wins: 55 Location: United States 14. Nanaca
    Wins: 51 Location: Canada 15. Lagman
    Wins: 50 Location: United States 15. Jameson
    Wins: 50 Location: United States 15. Rainforest
    Wins: 50 Location: United States 18. Mirack
    Wins: 44 Location: United States 18. PotatoStew
    Wins: 44 Location: United States 20. Blade
    Wins: 42 Location: United States 21. Arcrotic
    Wins: 41 Location: United States 22. Lakenzu
    Wins: 40 Location: United States 23. DevlinHart
    Wins: 37 Location: United States 24. SamSamGaming
    Wins: 36 Location: Canada 25. LAG//~И ɩ ᴋ σ ~
    Wins: 34 Location: United States 26. Carolyn
    Wins: 31 Location: United States 27. Yoshi
    Wins: 30 Location: United States 28. Toasty
    Wins: 29 Location: United States 28. Jetsplit
    Wins: 29 Location: Canada 30. FalconPain
    Wins: 27 Location: United States 31. OvO_Nyctea_OvO
    Wins: 26 Location: Mexico 32. Waled05
    Wins: 25 Location: United States 32. Sacle
    Wins: 25 Location: United States 34. Suraako
    Wins: 24 Location: United States 34. JackDeath
    Wins: 24 Location: United States 36. Weebvile
    Wins: 20 Location: United States 37. TG_Warrior
    Wins: 19 Location: United States 37. Zach
    Wins: 19 Location: United States 39. Devonte
    Wins: 18 Location: United States 39. Logic
    Wins: 18 Location: United States 39. Kitsu
    Wins: 18 Location: United States 39. Kerokerostudio
    Wins: 18 Location: Canada 43. Dreya
    Wins: 17 Location: United States 44. NinjaFalcon2
    Wins: 16 Location: United States 44. Glitch
    Wins: 16 Location: Mexico 44. [REDACTED]
    Wins: 16 Location: United States 44. Parkai
    Wins: 16 Location: United States 48. Gemini
    Wins: 15 Location: Canada 48. Covelo
    Wins: 15 Location: United States 48. Zach
    Wins: 15 Location: United States 48. JeffiBeatbox
    Wins: 15 Location: United States 52. JohnnyBullets
    Wins: 14 Location: United States 52. Akko
    Wins: 14 Location: United States 52. Noswal
    Wins: 14 Location: United States 55. ʜ я | § ᴋy$ ホ α υg384
    Wins: 13 Location: United States 55. Kye
    Wins: 13 Location: United States 57. Shady_Oak
    Wins: 12 Location: United States 57. GHE|TLE|May
    Wins: 12 Location: United States 59. Bananya✩
    Wins: 11 Location: United States 59. CPU|Kalon
    Wins: 11 Location: United States 59. TheGrimReaper
    Wins: 11 Location: United States 59. Rambon
    Wins: 11 Location: United States 59. Bubba
    Wins: 11 Location: United States 64. Zac
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. trainzo
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. Zaskyl
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. SinAirX1
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. LucarюGamer224
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. AceRacerToad
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. Enigma
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. シカシロ
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 64. Mr.Victini
    Wins: 10 Location: United States 73. YaBoy
    Wins: 9 Location: United States 73. Pep-c
    Wins: 9 Location: United States 73. Ash
    Wins: 9 Location: United States 73. Raine
    Wins: 9 Location: United States 73. Charles
    Wins: 9 Location: United States 78. MasK
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 78. Actias
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 78. Fangs
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 78. Brett
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 78. Reverse
    Wins: 8 Location: United States 83. LAFEESAVYYEARHS
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 83. NepStormC
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 83. Triple-S
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 83. Jourdo θ ω θ
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 83. chef
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 83. Naturia
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 83. Jacob
    Wins: 7 Location: United States 90. BrinkYoshi
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 90. Jacob
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 90. IronFist1124
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 90. Deeno
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 90. WyvernFrog
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 90. Graham
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 90. Brady
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 90. Duff
    Wins: 6 Location: United States 98. TheGoldenWaifu
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 98. ToonSwablu
    Wins: 5 Location: United States 98. noah
    Wins: 5 Location: United States  
    Did you enjoy the FSBC Forest's Flash Cup? Let us know in the comments below!

    The next FSBC Cup for 2018 has begun! This event will take place from March 9 (today) to March 11 and will feature the grass-type Pokémon Sceptile. 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. Good luck to everyone who decides to compete!
    You can find the full details for the FSBC Forest's Flash Cup below.

    Start: 3/9/18 7AM PT
    End: 3/11/18 9PM PT
    Note: Battles will only be ranked between 7AM and 9PM PT each day.
    VS Mode: Basic Battle
    Skill Level: Off
    Rematch: No
    Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
    Participation Prize
    Participants will receive a special "Forest's Flash" title based on Sceptile.
    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.