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  1. You can now register for the Pokkén Tournament qualifier event at the North American International Championships. Entry costs $60 for Masters Division players and $40 for Senior Division players. Spectators can also buy a spectator pass for $10. The Pokkén event will be on Saturday and conclude on Sunday. Streamed at https://www.twitch.tv/pokkentournament. The rules on badges and check-in are as follows from the Pokémon website: The direct signup link is here and the rest of the information and more can be found in the original release on the Pokemon website. Remember to have your Play! Pokémon ID handy as it's an important feature for being able to receive rewards. Good luck to all competitors!
  2. You can now register for the European Pokkén Tournament DX qualifier held in Berlin next month. Registration costs €30 for the seniors division and €45 for the Master division. Event rules on check in are as follows: The signup link is here with the rest of the available information on the information page provided by Pokémon. Remember to have your Play! Pokémon ID handy as it's an important feature for being able to receive rewards and good luck to all!
  3. 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.
  4. Here are the tournament results for every Pokkén bracket from December 27, 2018 to January 2, 2019! Who started off the new year with a bang? Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly. Saturday, December 29, 2018 Holiday Heist 4: Ultimate Edition Raddison Hotel Of Farmington Hills | 31525 Twelve Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, USA Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/holiday-heist-4-powered-by-monster-energy-ultimate-edition-2/events/Pokkén-singles/brackets/271978/592941/ Saturday, December 29, 2018 Midwest Mayhem Ultimate Midwest Conference Center | 401 W Lake St, Melrose Park, IL 60164, USA Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/midwest-mayhem-ultimate/events/Pokkén/brackets/451035/804911 Saturday, December 29, 2018 Guard Break X Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/guard-break-x/events/Pokkén-tournament-dx/brackets/486615/848416/ VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/356091512 Sunday, December 30, 2018 Grand Capital Smash #13 TailGators | 1642 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G, Canada Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/grand-capital-smash-13-1/events/Pokkén-dx/brackets/477153/836850 VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/356448507 Congratulations to all of this week's competitors!
  5. 2019 is approaching fast and with it comes new tournaments and another year to grow as players. For those of you that feel stuck or simply wish to take their play to the next level - perhaps BadIntent's new website is for you. The site, pokkenbasics.com, is packed with tutorials and guides aimed to teach and elevate one's game knowledge past that of even BadIntent himself. It comes currently with 3 courses: Pokkén Basics, Shadow Mewtwo 101 and Pokkén Basics Plus (which has a $5 fee, unlike the previous two). The courses feature contributions from other well known high-level competitors like Euclase, slippingbug and Wingtide. So if you think you can benefit from this fountain of knowledge, give it a shot and support one of the most active content creators of the scene!
  6. Here's your weekly What To Watch post for December 27, 2018 to January 2, 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. Did we miss a tournament? Let us know and it will be added to the list shortly. Saturday, December 29, 2018 Holiday Heist 4: Ultimate Edition Raddison Hotel Of Farmington Hills | 31525 Twelve Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, USA Saturday, December 29, 2018 Midwest Mayhem Ultimate Midwest Conference Center | 401 W Lake St, Melrose Park, IL 60164, USA Saturday, December 29, 2018 Guard Break X Oakview Mall | 3001 S 144th St, Omaha, NE 68144, USA Saturday, December 29, 2018 Fair Fights! 42 McHenry Bowl | 3600 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95356, USA Sunday, December 30, 2018 Grand Capital Smash #13 TailGators | 1642 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G, Canada Here's to a great week for Pokkén!
  7. ESL Australia have confirmed that Pokkén Tournament DX is returning alongside TCG and VGC for the Pokémon Oceania International Championships in February. Part of this confirmation includes a line that specifically mentions the Pokkén Tournament Championship Series, all but confirming the circuit's 4th year running and making this the first piece of information on it we've received. This should go a long way to ease usual winter time anxieties over the game's place within The Pokémon Company International's circuit until the odd random day we're deemed worthy to get the rest of the information we need. Players looking to visit Australia and the Oceania event can find everything they need (except info on Pokkén prizes as that will likely appear on the same random day the rest of our circuit info spawns) on ESL AUS's website. Edit 28/12/18: Signups have now opened for the qualifier, pre-registration can be found here: https://internationals.eslpkm.com.au/entry/ Check in times for Pokkén players at the event are as follows: Friday 15th February 5:00pm – 8:00pm Saturday 16th February 7:30am – 8:30am (late check in only via prior contact) Registration costs $70 AUD for players born in 2003 or earlier, and $40 AUD for players born in 2004 and later. It's advised to know or acquire your PlayPokemon! ID from the Pokemon website as it is a usual requirement in order to receive prizes from the circuit. Good luck everyone!
  8. 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
  9. It's been a long year of hard fought battles since the release of Pokkén Tournament DX, but through all of North America's events, who has come out on top? If you're curious to see where you or your favorite players have placed this year, the unveiling of the Pokkén Arena DX Season 1 Rankings will be hosted live today on McDareth's Twitch channel - the same destination for the Ferrum Heights Podcast! Watch live: http://twitch.tv/mcdareth Times: 5:30 PM PDT, 8:30 PM EDT Be sure not to miss out on the rankings and their post-reveal discussion!
  10. The masterminds behind the German scene and the growing Calyptus Cup series, Team Calyptus, have just announced a new grassroots major scheduled for March 2019. The event, yet to be named, will be the first of it's kind in EU as a fully Pokkén exclusive major event. The official announcement invites players from all across the world to come and share in what will surely be a momentous occasion for both Europe and for the Pokkén scene as a whole. For more information on the upcoming event, stay tuned to Pokkén Arena as well as the accounts of Team Calyptus and Gintrax.
  11. The Q1 Power Rankings for various regions have now been competed. A big congrats to all the hard working players who have shown up in their local scenes and battled their way to graphical prominence! The targets have now been set. Will the rankings change come the end of Q2? Now's the time to make a name for yourself, so get to your locals and make some waves! Without further ado, here are the currently available Pokkén local PRs. Nebraska Texas Chile South Florida Utah North Carolina Michigan Mexico Neos City Brawl A reminder that any scene is able to have their locals to date made into a PR with help from Fumu if they so desire, and that all local events hosted on Smash.gg are still eligible to be a part of the Pokkén Arena Circuit!
  12. The content kings of NorCal are back with some more fresh videos to help take your game to the next level. BadIntent, one of the most well known Blaziken players and a regular content creator for the community, has released an advanced How-to-win guide on the character and what you need to do to be the best with him. Even if you're not an aspiring hot wing player, the video could either inspire you or at the very least give you crucial match-up knowledge against the chickens that know their stuff. In addition to this, Zyflair and FangShaymin at 21Hits (with help from Pentao - a very helpful veteran community member) have added another video to their already extensive list of informative Pokkén content, this time covering one of the most buffed supports from the Wii U era - Magikarp. Learn how to use it, abuse it and how not to lose it in just over one minute. Stay up to date with 21Hits' entire library of helpful learning content here As well as BadIntent's guides and gameplay here
  13. It's that time again, time for more hype action and time for another Weekend Watchlist! Pokkén fans from all over the world will have something to watch and someone to root for this weekend as Burnside Brawl takes off alongside 2GG's Switchfest, with both events seeing competitors from across North America and abroad! XAbsoluted from EU and CROSS-Igarashi from Japan will compete at Switchfest thanks to the community helping reach their compendium goals, and Gintrax from EU will take on the Burnside Brawl with his challenge to the attendees in full effect. Who will claim the large cash prize in California? And who will come out on top at the most premier house-party known to man? All these questions answered and a load of high quality gameplay coming your way this weekend. 2GG Switchfest April 21-22, 2018 Long Beach, CA _____________________________________ Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/2ggaming Schedule: https://imgur.com/CU8EJlp Notable entrants include: BadIntent Son_Dula XAbsoluted V3 CROSS-Igarashi StDx ALLISTER Couch Cat Fight NRG Nairo Abadango MSF Larry Lurr Significant rivalries/matches to watch out for: XAbsoluted vs CROSS-Igarashi (The battle of the two hype Lucario masters from overseas) ALLISTER vs Nairo (Remember E3?) Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/switchfest-1/events/Pokkén-tournament-dx/overview More Info: https://smash.gg/tournament/switchfest-1/details Burnside Brawl April 21 2018 New Haven, CT _____________________________________ Stream: http://twitch.tv/BurnsideBH Schedule: (Times in EDT) 11:00 AM - Check-in and setup 12:00 PM - Wave A Pools (1+2) begins 02:30 PM - Pool Wave B (3+4) begins 05:00 PM - Top 12 07:30 PM - Tourney end Notable entrants include: Everyone! Significant rivalries/matches to watch out for: Gintrax vs Rokso (The instigator of the flight challenge vs the man who took up the challenge) Pursuit vs Burnside (The Grandfather of Suicunes vs the Father of Suicunes) ThankSwalot vs slippingbug (Rematch of NCR 18 grands, two favorites to win the event) Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/burnside-brawl/events/Pokkén-tournament-1v1/overview More Details: https://smash.gg/tournament/burnside-brawl/details CAPGA Pokkén Monthly April 21 2018 Orlando, FL _____________________________________ Schedule: (Times in EDT) 12:00 PM - Registration 02:00 PM - Tourney start More Details: https://twitter.com/CapgaSouthEast Pokkén Arena #2 April 21 2018 Hilliard, OH _____________________________________ Schedule: (Times in EDT) 03:00 PM - Registration 03:35 PM - Tourney start Notable entrants include: Thulius A_Wild_Gallade Drakonzeta WhiteChocolate AlolanDurgs More Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/197929164324986/
  14. With tons of help coming from all directions, CrossIgarashi has completed his compendium spirit bomb and will be making an appearance at the shortly upcoming 2GG Switchfest! He now joins XAbsoluted, Cat Fight, Smash pros like Nairo, Larry Lurr and currently over 70 more entrants in a battle for a steadily growing cash prize ($830 as of present) With Cross's attendance, the event will now see a rep from all 3 of the major regions, the last time this happened was October's Final Boss. Be sure to support the event this coming weekend alongside Burnside Brawl, which will also run on Saturday. For more background information on Cross, try reading his interview with Midori!
  15. 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 Sacramento, CA _____________________________________ Streams: https://www.twitch.tv/fangshaymin Schedule: 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: TA Slippingbug ThankSwalot StDx ALLISTER H2 Suicune Master BadIntent Mitchel ABYSS Nightshade Kino 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) Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/norcal-regionals-2018/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/202642 More Info: http://www.norcalregionals.com/ Respawn #6 March 31, 2018 Mainz, Germany _____________________________________ Streams: Pools: https://www.twitch.tv/teamcalyptus Top 8: https://www.twitch.tv/geekygoonsquad Schedule: Entire bracket from 14:00 CEST (13:00 BST, 08:00 ET, 05:00, PT) Notable entrants include: TCL Gintrax SFz Fabilous XAbsoluted TCL ToSaix teapS Wingtide Boolerex 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) Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/respawn-6/events/pokk-n-tournament-dx/brackets/165964 More info: https://smash.gg/tournament/respawn-6/details