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  • Jetsplit
    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from January 30 to February 5!
     
    This past weekend featured Victory Road 3, the return of the legendary tournament series by Burnside. The online tournament was a great display of skill from some of NA and EU's best, so be sure to check out the various VODs for the event (and the week's other tournaments) linked below.
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 3v3 #2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/IHave70AlternativeAccounts
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Victory Road 3: The Team Battle Frontier
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/victory-road-3-the-team-battle-frontier/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/516034/883342
    VODs:
    PuppyHavoc Ouroboro Jolts ChinoKyou  
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Marine Smash Chronicles 2
    Midcoast Pizza & More | 737 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/maine-smash-chronicles-2/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/530607/901679
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Smash Storm Saturdays #14
    GoodGame Bogotá | Cra. 8 #41-39, Bogotá, Colombia
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/smash-storm-saturdays-14/events/pokk-n-tournament/brackets/526922/896957/
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2018
    Tempest Circuit v.4
    143 Serangoon North Ave 1, 07 Block 143, Singapore 550143
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/tempest-circuit-v-4/events/tempest-circuit-v-4/brackets/530066/901005
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/373828710
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Warrior's Path 4.3
    Worlds Collide Gaming Esports Lounge | 18110 Nordhoff St c, Northridge, CA 91325, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/WP43PDX
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2018
    Spartan Smackdown Gaiden
    College of Communication Arts and Sciences | 404 Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/spartan-smackdown-gaiden/events/pokken-singles/brackets/520658/889299
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 #4
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/MustardFloatAway
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/374455323
     
    January 28 - February 3, 2019
    Synergy Blast DX January 2019
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Latin America
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexSBjan2019
     
    Monday, February 4, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #47
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-47/events/pokk-n-dx-team-battle-mode-round-robin/brackets/531427/902904
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/375328031
     
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Hollywood Action Tuesdays 52
    TCL Chinese 6 Theatres | 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/hollywood-action-tuesdays-52/events/3v3/brackets/530608/901680
     
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Phase Shift #35
    FX Game Exchange | 3000 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75075, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/phase-shift-35/events/phase-shift-35/brackets/531050/902325
     
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!

    IcySoapy
    Last season, the Pokkén Arena: North America Rankings got a lot of questions and feedback during the season. This whole post will be dedicated to answering feedback and addressing concerns that weren’t answered in the PA: NA Season 2 Overview. As a disclaimer, a part of these answers are from my personal point of view so take that as you will.
     
    Transparency & Communication:
    This was brought up in the feedback thread for good reason: Communication was very dry over the season and there were few public posts addressing questions. Feedback does get shared in the backroom but we’d never publicly say anything often, and that is our fault. However, we are watching and looking at feedback.
    I’ll skip the “people are busy” reasonings as I’m sure everyone understands personal life/financial stability takes priority. Honestly, there is no excuse for the lack of communication. Fumu did by far the best job answering questions on social media and directing messages. Raikel would answer feedback in direct messages but was much less active on social media. Then specifically for myself, I only answered whoever either directly messages me or specifically mentions me on social media. I could have made more of an effort to make posts about feedback I answered since some people may have the same question(s).
    This season we’ll be stepping up our communication with the community. We’ve already taken some steps like with talking about feedback on the Ferrum Heights podcast, the season overview, and now this post once it does get published. We’re overall just trying to provide more clarity. The backroom team will still answer feedback sent to us in messages and/or posted publicly, and we’ll be posting more information like we did with the tournament averages. I can’t promise that everything will be answered immediately but we will get to it as soon as possible.
     
    Renaming Pokkén Arena Rankings to Pokkén Arena: North American Rankings:
    There were a lot of mixed feelings about the rankings being called “Pokkén Arena Rankings” as people weren’t sure if it was a North American or Global ranking. Confusion was added when community members and myself called them the North America rankings while others just refer to them as Pokkén Arena Rankings. For me, referring to PA rankings as global doesn’t make sense because the PA rankings only considered tournaments from North American tournaments. In order to clear up any confusion we are adding North America to “Pokkén Arena Rankings” to help make it clear that this a North America Power Ranking. This means only Tournaments from the United States and Canada are in consideration for these rankings. 

    Will there be a global power rankings for Pokkén Arena?:
    As of right now, no. There are a multitude of reasons for this:
    1. We use entrants to help rank tournaments. Looking specifically at NA, EU, JP these regions have very different entrant counts.  2. There are also different standards for what counts as a regional, major, and super major between all the regions so it becomes this mess of a balancing act.  3. Some regions have significantly more tournaments than another region. For example, North America had 21 major tournaments while Europe had 5 major tournaments. It then becomes how do we weigh NA’s 21 tournaments fairly in comparison to EU’s 5 tournaments.  4. There aren’t a lot of tournaments where players from different countries overlap so there is drastic lack of reference points for these three regions and other scenes as well. A global power ranking would end up being hypothetical guessing with a lack of evidence to make any strong arguments. There just isn’t a strong and reliable way to rank all the regions so major regions have made their own separate power rankings.   
    The Hit List (Step 3 of the PA Rankings):
    I have been very outspoken about how much I dislike the hit list. It was supposed to be a catch up tool for players who couldn’t travel as much but found big wins. However, it was made so that anyone could get hit list bonus points. It became less of catch up tool and much more of a farming tool. For example Twixxie could farm extra points off of top 10 players as a top player himself and it gave him this unsurpassable safety net with how much he travelled. Someone like ThankSwalot had no chance of passing him even though he never placed outside of Top 8 the entire season and still had a high amount of attendance. The hit list was bad and I’m glad it was removed. The fact it was even made and included drives me insane.
     
    Did Season 1 put too much value on travelling?:
    I would say yes because of the hit list and how much value it gave for just going to tournaments and just upsetting or beating top players repeatedly. Like you could go to a bunch of tournaments and get upsets without placing well and the hit list would carry you because you travelled and kept finding upset wins so bonus points would just stack up.
     
    Last Season Ranking Tournaments, What happened?:
    This was before my time and there isn’t a simple answer. The system that was being used before I came in had multiple issues: Over-reliance on Top 20 to the point that if a tournament didn’t have any top 20 the chances of it ranking were very poor; an outdated power ranking list for back half of the season; the weight which international players were valued, which was questionable. The jump in requirements between each tournament tier got questionable for B and A ranks. All these issues played into each other.
     
    Making C rank valuable:
    While reviewing Season One, I felt C rank wasn’t in a healthy tournament spot. I surveyed players on their opinion on C rank tournaments, and the feedback spoke for itself. To quote one of the players on C rank tournaments, 
    This was a repeat feeling among many. We don’t want players to have this negative stigma towards lower ranked tournaments. This is why you saw the shift of points to awarding only Top 4 in C rank, because we wanted to make C rank valuable without just turning them into B rank. C rank have very few ranked players and getting good head to head against unranked players won't help much. However, moving points to top 4 still allowed us to award players for doing well and being consistent.
     
    Were S ranks worth too much in PA:NA DX Season 1?:
    Yes. I gave out the numbers in Ferrum Heights: In placings alone you’d need 8 C rank tournament 1st places to compete with 1 S rank tournament 1st Place. There were 5 C rank tournaments in season one and 4 S rank tournaments. So the amount of C ranks needed became 32 and this is before head to head came into account. Obviously, that is a ridiculous amount of C rank tournaments needed. To give you the idea of the scale for season one, 8 C rank = 4 B rank = 2 A rank = 1 S rank. The tournament spread of season one was
    5 C rank  9 B rank  3 A rank  4 S rank  One good S rank performance would sky rocket you to the top of the standing and it wouldn’t matter if you busted at a C rank or even a B rank tournament. It ended up promoting doing well at S rank tournaments over doing consistently well.

    Presenting Top25 vs Top50:
    This is a tough one because this wasn’t a issue as much as the faults within the ranking system. It was more collateral damage. At this point in time we’ll be sticking with Top 25 unless we see more player growth and activity to warrant a Top 50. Basically, It’s still subject to change given the right conditions and there is no clear cut answer currently.
     
    X Factor:
    We were asked about the possible inclusion of a x factor. For those who don't know what a x factor is, it is basically a variable saying a player is considered potentially better or worse compared to where they currently rank, This is usually handled by a group of panelists who are analysts that look at how all players did throughout the season. The chances of adding a x factor to the rankings is low for a few reasons. Right now I am the only person who goes through vods and compiles data for North America and for Europe. If we did a X factor for last season it would have been solely my opinion.

    Jetsplit
    This weekend's FSBC Cup is a rerun of the official Group Match featuring Aegislash!
     
    The rerun of the FSBC Underworld Ruler Cup will give players a second chance at the Underworld Ruler 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 Underworld Ruler Cup, you will receive PokéGold for participating in this official Group Match.
     
    You can find the full details for the second FSBC Underworld Ruler Cup below.


     
    Ranking Times
    NA: Start: 2/8/19 8AM PDT End: 2/10/19 10PM PDT EU: Start: 2/8/19 10AM BST End: 2/11/19 12AM BST JP: Start: 2/8/19 10AM JST End: 2/11/19 12AM 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
    Participants will receive the special "Underworld Ruler" title.

    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
    Here's your weekly What To Watch post for January 31 to February 6, 2019!
     
    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. Note that the information shared here pertains specifically to Pokkén, so be sure to check out the Links to learn more about the event as a whole.
     
    We have quite a solid number of tournaments happening on Saturday, February 2 - including the long-awaited Victory Road 3, hosted by Burnside! For those unfamiliar with the Victory Road series of tournaments, the series is 100% online, and free to enter. Be sure to check it out!
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2018
    Victory Road 3: The Team Battle Frontier
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    Smash Storm Saturdays #14
    GoodGame Bogotá | Cra. 8 #41-39, Bogotá, Colombia
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2018
    Tempest Circuit v.4
    143 Serangoon North Ave 1, 07 Block 143, Singapore 550143
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2018
    Spartan Smackdown Gaiden
    College of Communication Arts and Sciences | 404 Wilson Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA
     
    Saturday, February 2, 2018
    Switch Versus @ The Forge
    The Forge | 8026 W Broad St c, Henrico, VA 23294, USA
     
    Sunday, February 3, 2019
    King of Ferrum Fist
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
     
    Monday, February 4, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #47
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
     
    Monday, February 4, 2019
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
     
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Nebraska Pokkén at Alpha Esports Lounge
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
     
    Here's to a great week for Pokkén!

    Jetsplit
    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from January 23 to January 29!
     
    This week's events included Frostfire 2019 - a massive Canadian tournament with a $600 pot bonus for Pokkén - among Nebraska's Guard Break and others. Be sure to check out the brackets and VODs for any tournaments you may have missed this week!
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Ferrum Punch DX #3 Winter 2019
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Latin America
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexFPDX3winter2019TT
     
    Wednesday, January 23, 2018
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 #3
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/lmoiStillSickSmileyFace
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/369490314
     
    Friday, January 25, 2018
    Friday Salty Pokkén 56
    1446 E 6710 S, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121, USA
    Bracket: https://saltygamingshow.challonge.com/2u6yp5o6
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/369936956
     
    Friday, January 25, 2018
    SpadeFox Pokkén #2
    SpadeFox Gaming Arena | 547 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/eqqz57hw
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Gwinnett Brawl: January 2019
    The Wasteland Gaming | 3700 Satellite Blvd #7b, Duluth, GA 30096, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/gwinnett-brawl-january-2019-fgc-side/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/485513/847188
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370294948
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Catch Me Inside 16
    The Gamer's Edge | 580 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/catch-me-inside-16/events/pokken-singles/brackets/500181/864618
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Switch Versus @ The Lab #14
    The Laboratory | 3 S York Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/switch-versus-the-lab-14/events/pokken-1v1/standings
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Burst Attack! DX 16
    Palo Alto Plaza | 541 Del Medio Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/burst-attack-dx-16/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/517404/885110
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370365689
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Phase Shift #34
    FX Game Exchange | 3000 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75075, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/phase-shift-34/events/phase-shift-34/brackets/524241/893740
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Guard Break XI
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/guard-break-xi/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/521380/890221
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370383566
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
    Warrior's Path 4.2
    Worlds Collide Gaming Esports Lounge | 18110 Nordhoff St c, Northridge, CA 91325, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/WP42PDX
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2018
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 3v3 #1
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/BigNameKnai
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/370612135
     
    Saturday, January 26, 2018
    CouchWarriors January Ranking Battle
    Brunswick Masonic Hall | 6 Davies St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/kdjz9eyl
     
    January 26-27, 2019
    Frostfire 2019
    Palais des Congrès de Gatineau | 50 Boulevard Maisonneuve, Gatineau, QC J8X, Canada
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/frostfire-2019/events/pokken-singles/brackets
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/iconoclastgaming/videos
     
    Sunday, January 27, 2018
    Crepes & Controllers 13
    Crepes and Games | 751 S Latson Rd, Howell, MI 48843, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/crepes-13-pokken-solo/events/pokken-dx-singles/brackets/525495/895285
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/michiganpokken/videos
     
    Monday, January 28, 2018
    Neos City Brawl #46
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-46/events/pokk-n-dx-singles/brackets/527877/898147
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/371527754
     
    Monday, January 28, 2018
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-01-28-19/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/522080/891278
     
    Tuesday, January 29, 2018
    Nekyucards Pokkén #15
    Nekocards | Level 1, 311 Elizabeth Street, Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/nekyucards-pokken-15/events/pokken-singles/brackets/528087/898465
     
    Tuesday, January 29, 2018
    Nebraska Pokkén at Legendary Wolf Games
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/NEPokken012919
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/372105545
     
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!

    Jetsplit
    Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from January 16 to January 22!
     
    This week's events included Frosty Faustings, Mystery Carnival, multiple Japanese netplay tournaments, and more! Be sure to check out the events you missed for some high quality Pokkén from around the globe.
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Ferrum Punch DX #2 Winter 2019
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Latin America
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/PokemexFPDX2winter2019
     
    Thursday, January 17, 2018
    Battle Manager Online Pre-Release Tournament
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Japan
    Bracket: https://pokken.battle-manager.games/event/tournament/detail/XOMKSN000000002420190116202246
     
    Friday, January 18, 2018
    Master Carnival 3
    Red Bull Gaming Sphere Tokyo | Japan, 〒164-0001 Tokyo, Nakano, 3 Chome−33−18 フェルテ中野 B1F
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/aunongno
    VODs: https://www.twitch.tv/pokken_info
     
    Friday, January 18, 2018
    Tempest Circuit v.3
    Informatics Academy | 100 Victoria Street, #13-01/02 National Library Building, Singapore 188064
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/tempest-circuit-v-3-informatics-academy/events/tempest-circuit-v-3/brackets/514379/881349/
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/366255249
     
    January 18-19, 2019
    Frosty Faustings XI
    Clarion Inn & Suites Elmhurt | 933 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA
    Mode: Basic Battle
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/frosty-faustings-xi/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets
     
    Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Battle Manager Online Test Tournament
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Japan
    Bracket: https://pokken.battle-manager.games/event/tournament/detail/wvW5nh000000002220190120184251
    VODs: https://www.twitch.tv/mitsuru_oa
     
    January 19-20, 2019
    Pokémon Dallas Regional Championships
    Hyatt Regency DFW | 2334 N International Pkwy, DFW Airport, TX 75261, USA
    Brackets:
    Day 1 Day 2  
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    King of Ferrum Fist Tournament 2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Mode: Team Battle
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/cis00qku
    VODs:
    Gintrax Jin PuppyHavoc Sisune  
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    Australia Summer-Autumn 2019 #2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Australia
    Bracket: https://challonge.com/SorryItWasLate
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/366858238
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #45
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/neos-city-brawl-45/events/pokk-n-dx-singles/brackets/521246/889982
    VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/367766648
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/no-pause-weekly-10-21-19/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/514251/881160
     
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Hollywood Action Tuesdays 50
    TCL Chinese 6 Theatres | 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
    Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/hollywood-action-tuesdays-50/events/pokken-tournament-dx/brackets/521272/890056
     
    Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!

    Jetsplit
    The results are now available for the second FSBC Cup featuring Braixen. This event took place from January 18, 2019 to January 20, 2019.
     
    Those who placed in the top 100 have received rewards 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 Psyfirecracker 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 Psyfirecracker Cup - NA Top 100
     
    (Rerun) FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup - EU Top 100
     
    Did you enjoy the rerun of the FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup? Let us know in the comments below!

    Sabrewoif
    Disclaimer: This post, unlike usual Pokkén Arena content, is written more personally and contains bits of my personal opinion alongside the advice, take as you will. 
     
    Before I get into other details it's important to note first of all that Pokkén's 3v3 mode is unique in the sense that you don't pre-determine your order from before the match starts. While your first picks are blind, your second and third picks are chosen after their preceding pick has fainted. This opens up the door more for potential team building and compositions as it means you have flexibility to adapt to your current circumstance. Also, the active Pokémon that just won the last round recovers 10% of it's max HP. 

    When building your team for 3v3 there are a few key things you want to consider:

    Synergy

    It goes without saying that synergy and meter management was already a key part of the game, but is even more important in this format. You now have multiple Pokemon with multiple different charge rates and synergy benefits to consider instead of just that of your main. In addition, what's passed on between each Pokémon in terms of synergy meter is it's percentage ignoring character specific meter rates, meaning 90% off a Shadow Mewtwo would become 90% of a Mewtwo's bar upon switch in, this basically allows you to use faster charging characters as meter batteries for those who would otherwise struggle to fill their bar. This will likely become the main crux of everyone's team-building ideas as after all, having a full bar on the right Pokémon at the right time can quite literally win you a set right there and then. Imagine clutching out a game with Pikachu Libre, dealing a bit of damage to the second before falling and then passing over a fully charged synergy bar to a Charizard who can now run a complete pain-train from the get go. In a similar way, denial of synergy meter is now also very strong and can really turn the tide against a team that's looking to charge up. Weavile players rejoice, this is your time to shine! But i'll touch on that specific detail later on in Tailoring picks for what you're likely to see. There of course isn't an absolute need to rely on synergy, you shouldn't feel deterred from starting characters like Mewtwo who certainly won't build a bar in one turn if you feel like its the right way to kick off your game. But you need to be wary regardless that you're more than likely to be going up against characters looking to pass some form of a baton on so stay resolute!
     
    And if you're unaware of what the meter sizes of each character are, refer to this helpful graphic by Burnside! The lower the CC, the faster the Pokémon charges it's synergy bar.
     


    Support picks and cheers

    Support picks actually become a lot more interesting in this format because you're locked into only one for all 3 Pokemon meaning you'll almost certainly want to leverage as much out of your choice as possible. As per usual, picks like Eevee and Frogadier are very useful as the latter can provide backup and setup for almost anyone while the former giving a small recoverable hp boost and attack buff is almost always useful - especially if needed to nullify the light attack armour granted by burst mode. Mega Rayquaza also becomes a much more deadly weapon in the sense that one wrong move can spell the end of a vast amount of HP on a potentially crucial Pokemon to your team structure. I'm personally finding a lot of good use out of Sylveon and Croagunk right now as Sylveon provides me with crucial defence and recovery for pinches and Croagunk allows me to melt opponents down faster when I need to pull the trigger. As for cheers, while I suspect Support cheer will continue to see a lot of use alongside Standard and Special cheers, I think it's important not to sleep on Synergy cheer this time around since the initial boost to your meter in round 1 will almost certainly be a huge boost for players who want to build meter quickly. In fact, very meter hungry teams may benefit greatly from this cheer in particular. A team consisting of Lucario, Shadow Mewtwo and Weavile would have a field day in the right circumstances with all the meter they could amass, especially with a Jirachi behind them. 
     


    Adaptability vs Structure 

    Touching back to what I mentioned in the opening paragraph, this game gives you more control over the 3v3 structure than usual, you pick what comes next at any given time. With this in mind, do you build a team that has a very clear gameplan and picks that will always go first, second and third - or do you pick a team that is much more flexible in it's positions at cost of the ability to execute a perfectly conducted pain train? Or perhaps you plan for both, finding a gameplan that you can commit to if need be but adapt if things go south. My personal advice would definitely be to try and invest in a team that gives you options for multiple outcomes, this is why I expect to see a lot of Lucario in the upcoming format as he's one of the characters in the game that provides the most flexibility in what you can do with him - a one size fits all reliable rock who builds synergy easily, uses it like a champ but also simultaneously doesn't need to rely on synergy to be a threat either - making him a scary pick to throw out in any position on top of being one of the easier Pokémon to pick up and play with. But you may also find that a team built too much on bending to the situation may lack a clear identity and lose it's way against teams that are particularly bull-headed with executing their plans. Sometimes even if the strategy is easy to see, it doesn't at all mean it's easy to stop, the strongest structure won't fall easily. The choice is completely yours in this format and it's exciting to see what kind of things people will come up with. 
     


    Tailoring picks for what you're likely to see

    This is perhaps the most interesting part of 3v3 as utilising flexibility here can really spell the difference between a match that runs smoothly and one that can go south quite quickly. I've harped on a lot about the synergy battery characters who are likely to lead teams and its for good reason - the meta is young and a lot of people are likely to stick to the base format of charging meter early on and having leaving a suitable care package for the last character to sweep with. You're far more likely to see the likes of Pikachu Libre out first than Gengar for example, similarly I can see a lot more players opting for Mewtwo as their last picks over Shadow Mewtwo who is a much more volatile pick to have as your last line of defence. Using basic knowledge and prediction, you can bolster your team significantly by playing around what's strong and what's popular. Weavile is a big power pick in this meta because he has the benefit of not only building synergy and support meter quickly but also being a strong denier of synergy from the opponent. Throwing in Weavile at the right time can really prove to be a disruption, the same can be said for other characters who have meter denial properties like Gengar and Sceptile to a lesser degree. Perhaps even Yveltal can see a return to competitive prominence as denial of burst meter becomes so much more of an issue on a Pokemon that's relying on it to survive. But I digress, If you know what your opponent is playing or likely to play and you can make a countermeasure for it, you're only going to come out much stronger. 
     


    Your own personal comfort!

    Despite everything I've said so far, the most important thing is to be comfortable on what you're picking. You can spend however long it takes building a composition that you feel excels in this format but it doesn't matter if when it comes down to it and you need to pull through - you don't because you're uncomfortable on the picks. Because you get one HP bar and one only per Pokémon, you need to stretch every little bit of life you have to it's absolute limit. I personally don't think Suicune adds a lot to any fancy team composition in this format, but Legendary beast is my rock of comfort and stability, so that rock will certainly be grounding out all my team choices.
     

     
    Closing thoughts and sample teams
     
    I hope you guys have enjoyed the format so far and are looking forward to your respective qualifiers where we'll see the fruits of your labour! 
    This was a new kind of piece by me but one I'm hoping can prove helpful to a budding player wanting to mess around on the format. If you're looking to play the format online, various community members have 3v3 group match lobbies, as do servers like Pokkén EU, you can also ping for 3v3 friendlies in the main Pokkén Discord. Burnside has also graciously brought back his online tournament: Victory Road for a 3rd time, this time with the 3v3 format as well so be sure to check it out! 
    I also made a tier chart not too long along depicting where I thought each Pokémon would be mainly seen in turn order, as well as their reliability in general. Let me know if you agree or not if you check it out! 
     
    Sample teams:
    Pikachu/Gengar/Lucario (Jirachi/Support cheer) - Build synergy for Gengar, be Mega Gengar, finish the job on Lucario. 
    Darkrai/Weavile/Sceptile (Umbreon/??? cheer) - Disruption to pace and flow, trap based field phases as well as denial of synergy through built in mechanics and shield pressure
    Shadow Mewtwo/Charizard/Blaziken (Mega Rayquaza/Synergy cheer) - Plus Ultra? 
    Pikachu Libre/Lucario/Decidueye (Frogadier/Standard cheer) - Ol' Reliable. Strong, flexible and stable picks into any situation. 
     

    Jetsplit
    This weekend's FSBC Cup is a rerun of the official Group Match featuring Braixen!
     
    The rerun of the FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup will give players a second chance at the Dynamic Fury 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 Psyfirecracker Cup, you will receive PokéGold for participating in this official Group Match.
     
    You can find the full details for the second FSBC Psyfirecracker Cup below.


     
    Ranking Times
    NA: Start: 1/18/19 8AM PDT End: 1/20/19 10PM PDT EU: Start: 1/18/19 10AM BST End: 1/21/19 12AM BST JP: Start: 1/18/19 10AM JST End: 1/21/19 12AM JST  
    Note: Battles will only be ranked during the Ranking Times each day.
     
    Format
    VS Mode: Team Battle
    Skill Level: Off
    Rematch: No
    Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
     
    Participation Prize
    Participants will receive the special "Psyfirecracker" title.

    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
    Here's your weekly What To Watch post for January 17 to 23, 2019!
     
    What To Watch is a weekly series that is published every Thursday (normally), 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 features major events in both North America and Japan!
     
    With the recent announcement that the 2019 Pokkén Tournament Championship Series will use the game's Team Battle mode, we've indicated whether each bracket will be using Basic Battle (1 on 1) or Team Battle (3 on 3).
     
    Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly.
     
     
    Friday, January 18, 2019
    Master Carnival 3
    Red Bull Gaming Sphere Tokyo | Japan, 〒164-0001 Tokyo, Nakano, 3 Chome−33−18 フェルテ中野 B1F
    Mode: Basic Battle
     
    January 18-19, 2019
    Frosty Faustings XI
    Clarion Inn & Suites Elmhurt | 933 S Riverside Dr, Elmhurst, IL 60126, USA
    Mode: Basic Battle
     
    Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Smash Storm Saturdays #13
    GoodGame Bogotá | Cra. 8 #41-39, Bogotá, Colombia
    Mode: TBA
     
    January 19-20, 2019
    Pokémon Dallas Regional Championships
    Hyatt Regency DFW | 2334 N International Pkwy, DFW Airport, TX 75261, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    King of Ferrum Fist Tournament 2
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Worldwide
    Mode: Team Battle
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    Neos City Brawl #45
    Truly Urban Hobby Shop | 2391 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Monday, January 21, 2019
    No Pause Weekly
    No Pause Gaming | 1700 N State St #16, Provo, UT 84604, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Nebraska Pokkén at Alpha Esports Lounge
    Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA
    Mode: TBA
     
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Ferrum Punch DX
    Pokkén Tournament DX Online | Latin America
    Mode: TBA
     
    Here's to a great week for Pokkén!

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