This last weekend, the city of Melbourne in Australia was the stage of one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of Oceania. With almost 900 competitors in 22 different games, Battle Arena Melbourne brought an immense amount of hype for the FGC of that region, and the Pokkén community was part of all of this, with 19 competitors in total competing to see who's the best!
Midori from Japan was the champion of the event, with Antwerp and Jamesibell getting second and third place, respectively. You can check the full results and the brackets below:
Battle Arena Melbourne 10: Full Results
The highly anticipated Battle For Castelia took place today, featuring a large number of top North American players. The event featured some fantastic play and was streamed by the incredibly talented bifuteki, so make sure to check out the VOD if you missed the stream!
Editor's Note: Usually I would try to flesh these introductions out more, but I have a lot to do in preparation for hosting AR Play tomorrow. Let's just skip to the results!
Battle For Castelia: Full Results
The next FSBC Cup has begun. The Darkrai themed FSBC Infinite Eclipse Cup began earlier today (May 18) and will conclude on Sunday, May 20. The event will use the Team 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.
You can find the full details for the FSBC Infinite Eclipse Cup below.
Start: 5/18/18 8AM PT
End: 5/20/18 10PM PT
Note: Battles will only be ranked between 8AM and 10PM PT each day.
VS Mode: Team Battle
Skill Level: Off
Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
Participants will receive a special "Infinite Eclipse" title based on Darkrai.
Note: To earn the Participation Prize, players must play one match to completion during the ranking times listed above.
As was reported in our original update post, Japan received official patch notes for Version 1.3.1 earlier today. This patch made a lot of bug fixes, as well as some balance changes to various Battle and Support Pokémon.
kaloncpu57 - someone who helped lab a lot of the changes that were listed in the unofficial Community Patch Notes - has graciously translated and written out the official Patch Notes in English for us.
Without further ado, here are the official Patch Notes for Pokkén Tournament DX Version 1.3.1, translated by kaloncpu57.
Well, this is a surprise! Pokkén Tournament DX has just received a new update!
Players are, right now, starting up their Nintendo Switch consoles to find a new update for Pokkén has arrived. It's unknown what this update contains at this time, but rest assured we will be sharing verified news as it comes.
Update 6:44 PM PT: So far, it appears only bug fixes were made. The update brings the game to version "1.3.1".
Update 9:10 PM PT: The community has only been able to find two changes, with both being bug fixes. First, the ability to use grounded moves in the air (commonly referred to as "floaties" or "aerodynamics") has been removed. Second, FangShaymin has confirmed that the Restand Glitch has also been removed. This further suggests the update is only for bug fixes. However, we will continue to update if anything else is discovered.
Update 9:53 PM PT: Balance changes confirmed! Mega Rayquaza now has a much faster charge time, taking 10 seconds to charge instead of 40. Stay tuned for more potential news!
Update 10:20 PM PT: More changes for both Supports AND Fighters! kaloncpu57 discovered that Celebi has been buffed to now launch when Phase Shifting from Field to Duel, and slippingbug discovered that Blastoise's backward light attack has been adjusted to have increased knockback. Now that numerous balance changes have been discovered, Patch Notes will be listed below. The official Nintendo website states the update only affected DLC content.
Update 11:22 PM PT: Mikukey has discovered that Blastoise's forward light attack now causes a crumple state.
Update 11:31 PM PT: Mikukey has also discovered that Blastoise's down light attack has increased clash priority.
Update 12:00 AM PT: According to the Nintendo Switch's Japanese News app, the official Japanese Patch Notes will be released on May 18. In the meantime, we will continue to provide unofficial Patch Notes based on the community's findings.
Update 12:30 AM PT: Our coverage is going to end here for tonight. We'll be back tomorrow with any more potential findings. Good night!
Update 11:34 AM PT: Good morning! The community has discovered a few more changes through the night. First, galladeknight31 has discovered that Empoleon's forward dash has been buffed to allow other actions sooner. Second, Wingtide has discovered that Aegislash's Parry now has increased scaling. And lastly, Double and FangShaymin have discovered that Braixen can now begin charging various Supports while they are still active - an ability that was previously exclusive to Mew and Magikarp. These Empoleon and Braixen buffs are the first confirmation of balance changes outside of the DLC Pokémon.
Update 11:50 AM PT: TheJrJam also discovered yesterday that Croagunk's just frame has been removed. We were waiting to get verification from another Croagunk player before reporting on this, which we have now received from Boolerex. While this is a bug fix, it can also definitely be considered a nerf for Croagunk.
The registration for the North American Pokkén Tournament World Championship qualifier has opened today!
The event will take place at the city of Columbus in Ohio on July 6th through 8th. The entry fee is $60 for the Masters Division (competitors born in 2002 or earlier), $40 for the Seniors Division (competitors born in 2003 or later) and can be done on the link below:
The Top 4 for Masters Division and the Top 2 for Seniors Division will get invites, flights and hotel rooms to the Pokémon World Championships that will happen in Nashville, Tennessee on August. Aside from that, many more prizes awaits those who perform well at this event:
1st place: $1,250 and Worlds invitation
2nd place: $1,000 and Worlds invitation
3rd place: $750 and Worlds invitation
4th place: $600 and Worlds invitation
5th place tie: $450 each
7th place tie: $250 each
1st place: Nintendo Switch console, 72 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation
2nd place: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation
3rd place: 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs
For more information about the qualifier check out the official website of the event:
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The special online Victory Road 2 tournament has concluded! With over 100 entrants - and many of those entrants being very high level competitors - there was some fantastic competition throughout yesterday's event. There were over 10 Twitch streamers broadcasting their tournament matches, so be sure to catch up on the VODs if you missed anything!
Of course, a big thank you goes out to Burnside for hosting this event in support of Doghouse Esports, as well as everyone else who helped with running the tournament. And of course, thank you to all of the competitors who participated in the event, reported their matches, and supported the streams to help make this event what it was! It's thanks to everyone's support that there will be a professional Pokkén stream at DreamHack Austin next month.
Below are the full results for Victory Road 2.
Victory Road 2: Full Results
The second Victory Road tournament will be taking place today, Saturday, May 12!
For those who aren't caught up on Victory Road 2, the tournament is the sequel to the incredibly successful online Victory Road tournament that took place during the #PokkenEvo campaign. When Pokkén was announced as one of the titles in running for the final Evo 2017 slot, the Pokkén community worked together to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the donation drive. While Pokkén did not secure the final slot, the campaign was a massive success that showed the perseverance and passion of our community, and Victory Road was one (of many) reasons for the campaign's success!
Like its predecessor, Victory Road 2 was announced as part of a campaign to raise funds for a worthy cause. The sequel event was created to help raise funds to get Doghouse Esports to Dreamhack Austin 2018, and it was a success! Now, any future donations for Victory Road 2 will be going towards making the Pokkén event at Dreamhack Austin even better, including getting talented players and casters such as Burnside to the event!
Also like with the first Victory Road, the tournament is free to enter, but donations are strongly encouraged in place of a bracket entry fee. Please consider supporting the event and the campaign it's supporting however you can!
Victory Road 2 May 12, 2018
Not all of these players are guaranteed to stream their matches during Victory Road 2, but there is a good chance that at least some of them will be. Alternatively, check out Pokkén's Twitch game directory to see all of the streamers broadcasting the event!
Donate your desired entry donation here (minimum $0, suggested $10).
Click on this link to register for the event.
Read the information on the event page to prepare yourself for today's competition.
A reminder that donating is strongly encouraged, as one of the main purposes of this event is to raise funds. Donating will also get your name entered into the raffle for the event!
All entrants who also make a donation will be entered into a raffle to win a Pokkén Tournament HORI Pad signed by the Top 8 of the Dreamhack Austin 2018 Pokkén bracket*!
*Prize to be shipped in early June.
Notable Entrants Include:
PG Coach Steve
Please understand that even with the above list being as long as it is, it barely scratches the surface when it comes to how many high level players are competing in Victory Road 2. Don't stop at the list above - go look at the full attendees list on smash.gg!
Bracket and More Information:
It's official - Doghouse Esports will be attending Dreamhack Austin and providing the stream for Pokkén Tournament DX!
The team announced yesterday that their $969.00 goal was surpassed thanks to everyone who donated in the short time since they announced the goal. These funds will allow the team to travel to the event with all of the necessary equipment to run a professional stream for Pokkén. As seen in the tweet below, Doghouse Esports also promises an exciting announcement for Pokkén in return for the community's generosity.
Furthermore, because the original donation goal was passed, enough funds have been raised for Fumu to also attend the event! As all donations for Victory Road 2 were previously going towards getting Doghouse Esports to Dreamhack, future donations will now be going towards getting Burnside to the event as (potentially) both a commentator and a player. Victory Road 2 takes place this Saturday, May 12, so make sure to register! The event is free to enter, but donations are strongly encouraged as the event was created as part of the fundraising campaign.
More information regarding the Pokkén event at Dreamhack has also been announced. First, Pokkén is confirmed to have a $1000 prize pool and medals for the top placing competitors! The bracket is free to enter for anyone with a Dreamhack Austin pass. Next, now that Doghouse Esports is locked in for the event, they are accepting applications for Pokkén commentary at the event. If you are interested in being one of the voices behind this special event, you can apply here. Sign-ups will be open until 11:59PM on May 23.
You will be able to enjoy the Doghouse Esports Pokkén broadcast when Dreamhack Austin begins on June 1.