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  1. Pokkén Watch List - NEC XVIII

    This weekend, Pennsylvania will receive the 18th edition of North East Championships (or NEC, for short), which is not only one of longest running fighting game events of the USA, but also one of the most eclectic, with a huge line-up featuring both new and old fighting games. As such, Pokkén Tournament DX is one of the games of its line-up for this year, with a pot bonus of $1000 and more than 50 competitors, including strong players like Twixxie and CatFight. And what's even better is the fact that all pools, the semi finals and the Top 8 are going to have a stream! Schedule: Pools C - Saturday, 4PM EST Pools D - Saturday, 6PM EST Semi Finals - Saturday, 8PM EST Top 8 - Sunday, 4PM EST Stream links: Saturday at KombatNetwork: Sunday at Kick Punch Block: The pools can be found onén-tournament-dx/brackets/155574
  2. How did you end up with your Gamertag?

    I'm a simple man, I like The Legend of Zelda and I like the color blue.
  3. Pokkén Tournament has been around for a really long time now, the Wii U version was released more than an year and a half ago (the Arcade Version is even older than that), which means there is a lot of background to the game. BurnsideBH, one of the most influential members of the community, will be starting a Restrospective Series about Pokkén Tournament talking about the competitive history of the game, going through how the meta developed and how the game has been so far overall. The first episode premieres on November 14th and will be focused on Mewtwo. The hosts are going to be Slippingbug, H2 and Burnside himelf, and you can watch it live on Burnside's Twitch channel:
  4. Morning Discussion: Synergy Burst

    Today, we will be starting a new type of thread here in Pokkén Arena called "Morning Discussion". Once in a while, our front page team will pick a relevant topic about the game and invite people in the community to discuss about it. Let's begin with a subject that a lot of people are discussing lately, Synergy Burst Meter. As you all may know, every character has a different size for their Synergy Burst Meter, meaning each character takes a different amount of points to fill that Meter. Additionally, every Synergy Burst has a different duration time, with some ending quicker than others. BurnsideBH (one of the most active players of the community) did two amazing charts that illustrates how that work: What are your thoughts about it? Do you think the developers did a good job balancing this unique and important mechanic? Or maybe some adjustments are necessary? Let's discuss on the comments section below!
  5. Being one of the best characters in the game, Braixen is always on the spotlight when it comes to people wondering how the metagame will be affected by the balance patch of the next iteration of the game, and it was no different now with the release of a completely new version for Nintendo Switch. Taking that into consideration, the PokkénArena's Braixen moderator Double made a video about all the balance changes for Braixen moving forward from Wii U 1.3 to DX, and although it includes a lot of nerfs, there are a few buffs here and there as well!
  6. I did a YouTube playlist with the Moveset of all available characters, that way it will be easier to memorize or look for the input of an specific movement at any time you want, even when you can't play the game.
  7. When Pokkén Tournament first arrived for the Wii U last year Hori released an Console version of the Pad Controller used in arcades, which could only be used with Pokkén Tournament (well... at least on Wii U, since it is plug and play on PC). Although the Nintendo Switch received an update making it compatible with the Pro Pad Controller (and this time around it can be used on any game for the console as long you don't mind the lack of analog sticks and home button), the Controller itself is getting kinda old and more difficult to find in stores recently, but that might not be an issue anymore because Hori has just announced that it is going to be re-released on the Nintendo Switch! Apparently the only significant change here is the Switch logo on the center of the Controller, but other than that it will work just like the ones released for the original Wii U game. Hori announced that it will be released on September 22nd in Japan for the price of 3,480 yen, and although there were no statements about an western release, one might expect for it to be released pretty soon here as well.
  8. Nintendo hosted today at E3 the 2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational, a 2-vs-2 single elimination event with 8 different celebrities. Stephanie Patrick (YouTuber for The Game Theorists) teamed up with Ken Hoang (Smash Pro Player) to fight against MatPat (YouTuber for The Game Theorists) and Allister Singh (Pokkén Pro Player, and Pokkén Arena Moderator) on their first match, while JD WitherSpoon (YouTuber) teamed up with Nairo (Smash Pro Player) against Black Nerd Comedy (Actor) and Justin Wong (FGC Pro Player). Some of you might not want to have the results spoiled, so you can check out the entire tournament below. Then after you are done watching (or if you don't care about spoilers) keep on reading: The Grand Finals were between Allister/MatPat and Nairo/JD WitherSpoon, and the results can be found below: 1- Allister Singh/MatPat 2- Nairo/JD WitherSpoon 4- Black Nerd Comedy/Justin Wong 4- Stephanie Patrick/Ken Hoang After the Award Ceremony, the champions were challenged by the developers of the game, Mr. Suzaki and Mr. Hoshino, to a "Final Boss" challenge. Congratulations for the winning team, and thank you Nintendo for hosting such an awesome tournament for Pokkén during the world's most important gaming event!
  9. It's here! Nintendo has just announced during a Nintendo Direct that Pokkén Tournament DX will be coming on September 22nd for the Nintendo Switch! The game will include all the new characters from the arcade version of the game (Darkrai, Scizor, Empoleon and Croagunk), as new as a new contender coming directly from Pokémon Sun and Moon: Decidueye! The game will also have a 3-vs-3 battle mode (that will apparently works just like in The King of Fighters) and two players can play on the same Nintendo Switch using a single set of Joy-Cons. Check out the trailer: The game will also be available during this year's E3, and a special on-stage event will be held on their Nintendo Treehouse live streaming event, and according to the Pokémon Official Press Site those are all the new stuff that will be included on this new version: "Play Pokkén anytime, anywhere on Nintendo Switch – Play Pokkén Tournament DX in TV mode, handheld mode, or share a Joy-Con controller with another Trainer to battle one-on-one in tabletop mode anywhere! A brand-new fighter — Decidueye enters the battle, alongside all previous Pokémon from the Wii U and arcade versions. New Support Pokémon – Litten and Popplio make their debut to lend their support in battle. Team Battle mode – Pick three Pokémon and battle it out to be the first to defeat all your opponent’s Pokémon to win in the new Team Battle mode. Group Match mode – Find similar skilled players in battle rooms for intense and fun battles online. Daily Challenges – Complete a variety of different daily challenges. Watch battle replays – Hone your skills by watching other players’ replays and share your best matches online with the new replay feature. Jump straight into battle - All characters and Support Pokémon will be available right from the start of the game." Source: We will keep you updated on more news about Pokkén Tournament DX as soon as they start showing up!
  10. More details about the European qualifier for Pokkén Tournament World Championships has finally been revealed today! DreamHack announced on their official website that DreamHack Summer 2017 is going to host the Qualifier. The tournament will take place on June 17th through 20th (one month from now) at Sweden, and the Top 4 players will earn a trip to compete at the World Finals. Check out the details: More details and the registration form can be found on the official website which can be accessed on the link below:én-tournament-championship-series-back-at-dreamhack/ We wish the best of luck to all PokkénArena members attending this event!
  11. Once every week the Discord Server "Pokkén Community" hosts an online tournament titled Pokkén Weekly Return, where people come together to play and have some fun. This weekend was no different and the 41th edition of the ongoing season happened on Sunday, April 9th. 24 players competed on it, and the top 3 received the following prizes: 1st place: NieR:Automata (PC, Steam), or a $25 Amazon or Steam Gift Card, or $25 sent through Paypal. 2nd and 3rd places: $10, either sent through Paypal, as a $10 Steam card, or a $10 Amazon Card. In the end, the Chandelure player FakeOut | Twixxie (who recently won Final Round XX) turned out to be the champion, with TLE | IDontEvenKnow taking the second place. Check out the full results below: 1st - Twixxie 2nd - TLE_IDEK 3rd - Fabilous 4th - Nightdazer 5th - Elltiana 5th - Kamaal 7th - BlueLink 7th - CrispyBaconIsGood 9th - PuppyHavoc 9th - PaperSak 9th - : ) 9th - That0neGuy 13th - WoomyGun 13th - ToSaix 13th - SKDale 13th - HatsuneLuka 17th - TheJrJam 17th - Serpen_Triss 17th - NotAntony 17th - TLE | RickyThe3rd 17th - thebluerabbit Brackets: Regarding the videos, so far I only have the ones I recorded myself from my own matches. If you know about any other matches that were either recorded or streamed please let me know in the comments below, so then I can add to this article: So... feel like participating next time (there are no entry fees to do so)? Then join the Discord server and keep an eye open for the announcement of the next event:
  12. Although most people on the west don't follow the Japanese Fighting Game scene as closely as the North American one, it is a fact that the former has a bigger tradition going on for it, with players still going to arcades to play and compete on their favorite fighting games. Because of that, many tournaments with great players often go unnoticed, but a member of our community is trying to change that. Recently, Double's channel has been updated with a lot of videos from tournaments in Japan, and the most notable ones are from the Toratawa series of tournaments. Located in Akihabara (also known as the Electric Town of Tokyo), Toratawa is a Game Center that runs tournaments for Pokkén on a variety of formats, having 1-on-1, 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 events. They are mostly divided on two types of events, weeklies that often happens on Saturdays or Fridays, and monthlies on Sundays. Uho, Azazel and Tonosama are some of the top players that attend those events, and a lot of the best players of most of the cast are there as well. You can check out the footage for their most recent 3-on-3 tournament on the playlist below: The footage of their other tournaments are also available on Double's channel, which can be accessed on the link below: If those videos got you interested on following the events of Toratawa, then make sure to follow their Twitter account that constantly gets updated with brackets, schedules and stream links: Special Thanks to Double and Midori for all the information on this article! Source of the article picture: Princess Aura
  13. For most people, Braixen is a difficult character to deal with. Many agree that she has very few to none bad match-ups, and dealing with her neutral game requires not only strong fundamentals and good fighting game skills overall, but a lot of knowledge of the game itself. Wishing to help Blaziken players have a better time on this match-up, the top player BadIntent made a video with some pretty good tips about how to play the Blaziken vs Braixen Match-up, teaching what are the best tools against each option that Braixen has on her arsenal. Check it out below: This video is part of a series of Match-up videos called Matchup Mondays, where BadIntent explains how to play each Match-up in the game. The other entry on the series so far covers the Lucario Match-up, which although it's not as difficult as Braixen, it still requires a lot of fighting game fundamentals to win: Did you enjoy it? Then have a look on his channel, it has a lot of content that revolves around both Blaziken and Shadow Mewtwo and surely are useful for people wanting to learn more about those characters:
  14. Evo Announces $1000 Pot Bonuses for 10 Tournaments

    All the tournaments are in USA? No love for Canada, Europe and Japan man!
  15. Today, The Pokémon Company has finally announced more information regarding the 2017 Championship Series for Pokkén Tournament. There will be only two qualifying events this time, and the prize pool will be of at least $25,000. The first qualifying event announced is the CEO Fighting Game Championships, which is set to happen on June 16 through 18 in Orlando, Florida. The second event is going to be on Europe, but there are no information about it right now. The top 4 of each event will qualify for the Pokkén Tournament World Championships in August, which will have 16 players in total. The other spots are going to be awarded to players from Japan and via The Last Chance Qualifier (which will happen on the day before the World Championships). This year there will have no age restriction, so all players are going to compete on the same Championship Series. It has also been announced that the entire Series will be run on Double Elimination format. Check out the schedule so far: EVENT EVENT TYPE LOCATION DATE CEO Fighting Game Championships Qualifier Orlando, Florida June 16–18 TBA Qualifier Europe TBA Last Chance Qualifier Qualifier Anaheim, California August 18 World Championships Championship Anaheim, California August 19 And those are the prizes announced so far: North American Qualifier: CEO 2017 ($5,000) 1st place: $1,250 + travel and an invite to Worlds 2nd place: $1,000 + travel and an invite to Worlds 3rd place: $750 + travel and an invite to Worlds 4th place: $600 + travel and an invite to Worlds 5th place: $450 5th place: $450 7th place: $250 7th place: $250 European Qualifier: TBA Prizes: TBA World Championship prizes ($20,000 total prize pool) 1st place: $6,000 2nd place: $4,000 3rd place: $3,000 4th place: $2,000 5th place: $1,500 5th place: $1,500 7th place: $1,000 7th place: $1,000 Source: