The next FSBC Cup for 2018 is this weekend! The Charizard themed FSBC Searing Blaze Cup will begin tomorrow (April 6) and conclude on Sunday (April 8). 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. We're looking forward to seeing who will "make waves" with the new fighter!
You can find the full details for the FSBC Searing Blaze Cup below.
Start: 4/6/18 8AM PT
End: 4/8/18 10PM PT
Note: Battles will only be ranked between 8AM and 10PM PT each day.
VS Mode: Basic Battle
Skill Level: Off
Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena
Participants will receive a special "Searing Blaze" title based on Charizard.
Note: To earn the Participation Prize, players must play one match to completion during the ranking times listed above.
Important Update: This article originally only stated that INSERGENCY had signed Fabilous. The editor missed INSERGENCY's earlier announcement stating that they had signed Wingtide, so this article has now been updated to highlight both players.
Germany-based eSports organization INSERGENCY has just announced their acquisition of Wingtide and Fabilous, two of Germany's best Pokkén Tournament players. Hot off their performances at Respawn VI this past weekend, it's no surprise seeing such stellar players joining a new team.
Wingtide and Fabilous join xImDragon (INSERGENCY's founder) on the team's Pokkén roster. The next event fans will likely be able to see Fabilous compete at is SwitchFest, assuming his Compendium goal is met. Meanwhile, those hoping to see Wingtide's play can catch his streams on Twitch.
To learn more about INSERGENCY, check out their website. You can also follow Wingtide and Fabilous on Twitter, and Wingtide on Twitch.
I'm entering a rather busy period in my life and to be honest, there's a lot of turbulence here and there so apologies for the wait.
I'd just like to take a moment to tell the dedicated readers out there, who still appreciate this series that I can't have done all of this without you. You guys are what's keeping this series alive and you guys know who you are.
Thank you for the support and the continuous appreciation!
Next guest, we have our third electric rat player in the series....
The face and mastermind of the revered and respected Toratawa tournaments....
SPY-SAN! (for all the TOs out there especially!)
A little bit of background information:
- The mastermind of one of the highest level locals in the world, Toratawa! Words don't do this man justice for assembling such stacked lineups weekly!
- Often organizes other events such as game bar gatherings for players especially when there are guests from other regions, or countries.
- Master of upsets, and have been in grand finals of a handful of Toratawa tournaments. (Unfortunately I don't recall him ever clutching out the first place...)
- Follow him at @spy_nakamura on twitter!
-Glossary for noobs-
Toratawa: "Eternal Tower", a game center in Akihabara, Japan which in this case also means the name of the old arcade weekly locals that were run primarily by SPY. One of, if not the most stacked local tournaments in the history of Pokkén.
M: So why are you a Libre main?
S: I played even since the start of the games arcade release and at the time I was using Gengar and couldn’t win at all... So I didn’t play for about two weeks but when I came back I decided to pick up and play Libre as she was a new character at the time. As I played her I realised I was suddenly winning and that Libre was more fun than Gengar, so I switched then!
M: What other fighting games do you play and do you think it influenced your play?
S: I play Tekken 7 a little. I say this as I don’t have a PS4 so I play Tekken purely in the arcades. I think however other games don’t really have a big influence on Pokkén as it has a unique system and way to play.
(Editor’s Note: I think I have to disagree a little with SPY as other fighters definitely influenced my play somewhat... I also think duel phase in Pokkén is very heavily influenced by SF4 but this is purely the way SPY sees it!)
M: What are your top 3 and worst 3 pokemon for this game?
S: Best are Mewtwo, Garchomp and Braixen. Worst are Gengar, Croagunk and Aegislash.
I think Pokkén as is, is a well balanced game so I don’t think there’s a significant gap between strong and weak characters. Rather, it’s simply characters with larger health pools that have advantage and lower health pools are a bit disadvantageous. I think characters with hard combos and require difficult judgement that takes a lot of your attention can be said are the worst.
M: So if you can add to the game, what would you want added to the game?
S: Hmm... I think it would be nice to have a means of communication while you are playing the game. I don’t really like the way you need to go on Twitter to communicate.
M: If there was anything you could change about the game what would you change?
S: I’d like the option to be able to specifically filter what character you want to play against and choose their rank range.
M: Are there any players you wish to spotlight for any reason?
S: I feel like I don’t need to introduce any players who attend and leave results in tournaments, as they probably will already know of such players.
For someone who does not really attend tournaments it would be Alta Machamp. He’s probably the player that the overseas crowd would want to see the most among those they’ve never met. Another one would be Shiori Braixen. It would be good if she could gain a little more fame I guess. *SPY laughs*
M: What are your hobbies besides Pokkén and fighting games?
S: I like to watch TV, especially comedy shows and sports!
M: What’s your favourite sport to watch and why?
S: I like pro wrestling! I usually watch Japanese wrestling programs but I also do like wrestling groups from overseas as well. I do use Libre partially because I love pro wrestling.
Japanese Pro Wrestling!
M: So because you are an organizer, what do you think is the most difficult thing about being an organizer?
S: If the scale of the tournament is large, then I guess there is a lot of preparation and that can be considered the hardest thing? But if there are a lot of people willing to help, then I don’t think it’s actually that bad.
(Editor’s Note: Maybe we can take this as encouragement for people to step forward to help the community more!)
M: What made you choose to be an organizer and what motivates you to keep going?
S: At the start I didn’t even have friends, so making friends was my main motivation. I attended tournaments as well but couldn’t really talk to people who were A ranked and I found it difficult to just jump in the middle of the social circle within higher ranked players. At the time I was a D rank player but I was able to become good friends with the C and D ranks but I also thought that if I couldn’t win against these guys I would never win against the higher ranked players so I thought of making C ranked and below tournament, which was the start of Toratawa actually.
I also think that if there are no tournaments, the community size will start shrinking so I thought if I don’t continue then the community would lose its meaning, so I persevered.
M: How did you feel about losing Toratawa tournaments?
S: At first I was running it every Friday to make sure that it kept going, however I already knew in advance that it will one day be the last day so I was prepared, and wasn’t all that shocked about it. Even for titles outside of Pokkén, it is about time for the players and developers of the game to decide whether it’s better to have tournaments for the arcade version or the home version. I’m pretty sure that there are some people who were shocked when tournaments from arcades end up being discontinued, but as for myself I just thought that as long as there are tournaments elsewhere, that’s still a good thing right?
M: Pokkén has a relatively small community compared to mainstream fighters. Why do you think that is?
S: The fighting games which are mainstream and thriving at the moment usually have ten to even twenty years of history so I don’t really mind or think so much about the community's size. I think the main reason is because there aren’t many people who rock up to tournaments to try playing for fun as people can just buy a soft copy of the game. I think it’s really impressive that ARMS are having a lot of numbers in their tournaments even though the game came out later than Pokkén though.
M: Any advice for the community to help you make it grow?
S: Hmm.. I think all I want is for people who aren’t winning or are too busy with work to not give up and stop playing. The other thing I’d want is for people playing other games that know different circles of communities to maybe introduce them to Pokkén or try getting them in the Pokkén community maybe?
M: Any questions you’d like to be asked?
Q: Are you seriously going to play Blastoise?
A: I’ll show you what the pride of a 20 year long love for Blastoise is!
M: Oh so you like Blastoiste! Then please tell us what you like best about him so far?
S: I think his looks are both cute and cool at the same time! The first time I bought a Pokémon game was Pokémon Blue. That was 20 years ago and that is why I like Blastoise maybe. Because of Blastoise I only chose water starters for the next three generations.
Cute and Cool is how we roll!
M: I see! Last question! What’s your most important mission as a person who belongs in the Pokkén community?
S: I guess it’s to make Pokkén a recurring chosen title in the EVO line up.
I’d like Pokkén to also have longevity to continue in the forms of Pokkén 2 and Pokkén 3.
M: Last words for the fans and readers please!
S: Compared to others who have taken this interview, I don’t really have the results so I don’t know whether I have fans or not... But anyway, Japan Pokkén has a lot of extremely strong players so I would be really happy if others could come here even once to play together!
M: Thank you SPY-San!
End of Ep.10, Ft SPY!
Thank all of you guys for your patience and interest in this series! Stay tuned for more~
2GG has recently announced that the SwitchFest Compendium is now live! For those unfamiliar, the Compendium involves various rewards that are unlocked by fans either donating or purchasing items from the 2GG shop. These rewards include fan favorite players being flown to the event, increasing prize pools, and more!
Now that the Compendium is live, fans can now help some of their favorite Pokkén competitors (as well as ARMS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U) attend SwitchFest later this month. If a favorite player of your's is on this list, make sure to help them have a shot at competing!
The players featured in the compendium are as follows:
Sketchy S. (Pokkén)
Cat Fight (Pokkén / ARMS)
Gore Magala (ARMS)
You can support your favorite players by donating or purchasing an item from the shop here.
This past weekend featured a major event for both the North American and European Pokkén Tournament communities. Viewers were able to enjoy spectacular play from a variety of regions and players, so if you missed the streams, be sure to check out the VODs! A massive thank you goes out to Team Calyptus, Geeky Goon Squad, and FangShaymin for running this weekend's tournament streams.
Oh, and Happy Easter, everyone!
Check out the full results for North America's NCR 2018 and Europe's Respawn VI below.
Respawn VI - Full Results
VODs: Pools | Top 8
Recently, the community has been putting effort into creating an extensive and complete Wiki for the game on Shoryuken Wikis.
As a result from a collaborative effort from Mitchel and Shadowcat, the Wiki now has two new pages!
One is dedicated to projectiles, where you can learn the priority of each projectile, which moves erase them, the property of them and of moves that can be helpful against them, and much more. Check out the link below:
A handful of upcoming Pokkén events have had some important updates recently!
First, the schedule for NorCal Regionals has been announced by the North California Pokkén scene. A 2 on 2 bracket will be taking place tomorrow night, with the main bracket starting Saturday.
Friday, March 30
5:00 PM PDT: 2 on 2 Side Event
Saturday, March 31
12:00 PM PDT: Pools
Sunday, April 1
11:00 AM PDT: Top 8
Next, in true 2GG fashion, a compendium has been announced for SwitchFest. Fans will be able to purchase items from 2GG's shop or donate directly to unlock SwitchFest perks, including having players get flown out to the event! For the time being, 2GG is asking which Pokkén players fans would like to see added to the compendium. If one of the players below are a favorite of yours, make sure to vote for them!
Ranked #1 in North America
Top 8 at Worlds 2017
Plays many characters at a high level
Top player in Europe
Top 8 at Worlds 2017
9th at Evo 2016
Gardevoir, Scizor, and Machamp player
Member of InControl Gaming
Braixen and Weavile player
2GG also announced that everyone entering the Pokkén event at SwitchFest will receive a free Pokémon TCG Booster Pack as a registration bonus.
Update: More news from 2GG! The compendium has been updated, and two of the rewards are getting two other Pokkén players to SwitchFest! $600 will bring Cat Fight to SwitchFest, while $1000 will bring Fabilous!
Lastly, PAX East will be hosting a Pokkén Tournament DX event! Little is known about this event at the time, but we'll update you if we receive more information. Thanks to Bosshog for making us aware of this! The event page can be found here.
We have a huge weekend of Pokkén ahead of us, kicking off with the highly anticipated NorCal Regionals, shortly to be followed by the European Major: Respawn 6.
Will anyone make a big splash with the newly released Blastoise? How will the community voted players for NorCal Regionals fare in their respective brackets? Can XAbsoluted finally win a European event and break his 2nd place curse? (2nd place at 3/5 events total). All these questions answered and a load of high quality gameplay coming your way this weekend.
NorCal Regionals 2018
March 31 - April 1st, 2018
Pools start Saturday 31st - 12:00 PT (15:00 ET, 20:00 BST, 21:00 CEST)
Top 8 scheduled to begin Sunday 1st - 11:00 PT (14:00 ET, 19:00 BST, 20:00 CEST)
Notable entrants include:
Rivalry/Significant matches to watch out for:
Suicune Master vs ThankSwalot (The legend vs the rising star, throwback to the days of old SM v Artist-Sceptile Player)
Allister vs Slippingbug (Rematch from Final Boss Top 12 as well as NCR 17 and NEC, close together on the Pokkén Arena Circuit standings)
March 31, 2018
Top 8: https://www.twitch.tv/geekygoonsquad
Entire bracket from 14:00 CEST (13:00 BST, 08:00 ET, 05:00, PT)
Notable entrants include:
Rivalry/Significant matches to watch out for:
Gintrax vs teapS (Potential 100 euro money match)
XAbsoluted vs Fabilous (Fabi has beaten out Absoluted in the finals of 2 events)
Gintrax vs XAbsoluted (One of the longest rivalries in the region)
You can now give your Pokkén Arena profile some updates!
Starting today, Pokkén Arena users can now add Secondaries to their profile. Many players in this community use a variety of characters at a high level, and we want profiles to reflect that. To add Secondaries to your profile, click on "Edit Profile" and scroll down to "Battle Pokémon".
This is completely optional, so if you only have one character you play regularly, feel free to leave the Secondaries section unchanged.
On top of this, we've also enabled the About Me tab for profiles sitewide! If you click on "Edit Profile" and add text to the "About Me" section, other players will be able to see this tab on your profile. Like with Secondaries, this is completely optional, and the tab will remain hidden until you add text to this section.
We hope you enjoy the new profile options! If there is a feature you want, feel free to let us know in the comments.
With Blastoise's release yesterday came the next update to Pokkén Tournament DX: Version 1.3.0!
The Japanese version of the official Pokkén website was updated with patch notes for this new update, but the English version of the website only featured information regarding the new content we received. Luckily for us, the lovely Japanese player Mue has translated these patch notes for us!
This update mainly only featured bug fixes, so don't get too excited for major balance changes in Version 1.3.0. Enjoy!
Thanks again to Mue for translating these patch notes for us!