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  1. This last weekend, the city of Melbourne in Australia was the stage of one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of Oceania. With almost 900 competitors in 22 different games, Battle Arena Melbourne brought an immense amount of hype for the FGC of that region, and the Pokkén community was part of all of this, with 19 competitors in total competing to see who's the best! Midori from Japan was the champion of the event, with Antwerp and Jamesibell getting second and third place, respectively. You can check the full results and the brackets below: Battle Arena Melbourne 10: Full Results Bracket: https://smash.gg/tournament/battle-arena-melbourne-10/events/pokken-tournament-dx/overview 1. Midori 2. Antwerp 3. Jamesibell 4. DanDandy 5. Boozer 5. Sir Banana 7. FGA Aurachi 7. DaBeast 9. Juicy Penguin 9. AwakenedBeing 9. Malicious_Maverick 9. Villyness 13. Lucia 13. SebPro101 13. nanoda 13. Midonnay 17. EXKenCel 17. ShockWavee 17. Cod
  2. The registration for the North American Pokkén Tournament World Championship qualifier has opened today! The event will take place at the city of Columbus in Ohio on July 6th through 8th. The entry fee is $60 for the Masters Division (competitors born in 2002 or earlier), $40 for the Seniors Division (competitors born in 2003 or later) and can be done on the link below: https://pokemon.rk9labs.com/register/18-07-000000 The Top 4 for Masters Division and the Top 2 for Seniors Division will get invites, flights and hotel rooms to the Pokémon World Championships that will happen in Nashville, Tennessee on August. Aside from that, many more prizes awaits those who perform well at this event: Masters Division 1st place: $1,250 and Worlds invitation 2nd place: $1,000 and Worlds invitation 3rd place: $750 and Worlds invitation 4th place: $600 and Worlds invitation 5th place tie: $450 each 7th place tie: $250 each Senior Division 1st place: Nintendo Switch console, 72 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation 2nd place: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs, and Worlds invitation 3rd place: 36 Pokémon Trading Card Game booster packs For more information about the qualifier check out the official website of the event: https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/internationals/2018/north-america/about/
  3. Nintendo has announced more details today about Nintendo Switch Online, the paid online service for the Nintendo Switch platform. The service will launch in September, and once released online play will no longer be free, since it is one of the exclusive features of the paid membership. All the features can be seen on the image below: Subscription can be purchased with four different pricing plans, with the cheapest one costing $19.99 per year. Since a family membership is available, that probably means that close friends can purchase a plan together and divide the costs between them: For more details about the service check out the Nintendo Switch Online website.
  4. Pokkén Arena will be hosting a Pokkén Tournament bracket this year at EVO 2018, and we even have been granted permission to do the Top 4 on the Side Tournament Stage! The tournament will happen on Friday, August 3rd (schedule still to be announced) and registrations are now open. The Entry fee is $10.00 and must be paid on-site (cash only). At the moment there is no confirmation whether it is going to have an on-site registration or not, so if you are sure that you will be able to attend don't take any chances and register online! The registration can be done through the event's smash.gg page: https://smash.gg/tournament/Pokkén-dx-at-evo-2018 Keep in mind, however, that you also need to purchase the Venue Fee and BYOC fee to be able to participate on any side events at EVO 2018, which cost $60.05 in total and can be done on the official EVO 2018 smash.gg page: https://smash.gg/tournament/evo-2018 Since this is a community ran event, any help will be greatly appreciated. If you can bring setups (dock, Switch, Ethernet adapters & cables, and monitors) please do so, even if you cannot bring the full setup and only part of it we will still appreciate it and will be of great help for the community!
  5. Earlier this year the organizers behind the Evolution Championship Series (the biggest fighting game tournament in the world) announced that unfortunately Pokkén Tournament DX wouldn't be featured as a main game for the event in 2018. However, they also announced that due to the gigantic amount of fighting games available nowadays EVO this year is going to have a side tournament stage, where tournaments organized by the community will have an opportunity to shine and be feature on stream and on a big stage. And today, community leader StDxALLISTER came to Twitter to announce that Pokkén Tournament DX will have a side tournament ran by the community that will be featured on the side stage! More details about the event will be posted as soon as they are revealed. Keep in mind, however, that even though Pokkén is not a main game you still need to pay for the Venue Fee and register to the BYOC Tournaments through EVO's Smash.gg page.
  6. The SwitchFest is an e-Sports event entirely dedicated to games from Nintendo consoles, going all the way from Super Smash Bros. Melee on the GameCube to Pokkén Tournament DX on the Switch. Given the name of the event, however, it is obvious that the main goal is to promote the Nintendo Switch competitive community, and one of the ways that is being done is by promoting a donation drive on their own smash.gg page to bring top players from all around the world for the games ARMS, Pokkén Tournament DX and Super Smash Bros. Thanks to the amazing support of the community, Cat Fight and XAbsoluted already have their travel funded and will be competing at SwitchFest, with RoksoTheSavage deserving a huge shoutouts here, since he singlehandedly donated 826 € through Gintrax's stream! But there are still more Pokkén players participating on the drive that could use our help! Sketchy S., slippingbug, Fabilous and CROSS-Igarashi are all still trying to be funded, with the community pushing for Cross as his attendance would mean Switchfest has representation from 3 major regions (North America, Europe and Asia). If you wish to help by donating or spreading the world, the link for the donation drive page can be found below: https://smash.gg/tournament/switchfest-1/shop/2ggift-shop-20#shop-levels
  7. 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: http://wiki.shoryuken.com/Pokken_Tournament_DX/Projectile_Priority The second one is dedicated to Support Pokémon, where you can learn what each support is capable of, going from properties like frame advantage all the way to special effects. The link is down below: http://wiki.shoryuken.com/Pokken_Tournament_DX/Support_Pokemon You can help spreading the word about those pages by tweeting the tweet below from Mitchel:
  8. The Texas Pokkén Community will come together on March 3rd to host a Charity Tournament in memory of ONBS, a beloved Pokkén player who died of suicide this week. There is no Entry Fee, instead there is an Open Donation with all proceeds going towards Garland Pawsibilities. http://www.garlandpawsibilities.org/Garland_Paws_Donations.html The Venue Fee is covered but it will be of great help for the event if you can bring a setup. More info can be found on the Smash.gg page of the event: https://smash.gg/tournament/alamo-battleground-charity-tournament The tournament will have a live stream, which will also be taking donations: https://www.twitch.tv/alamobattleground
  9. DreamHack has been a very important event for the past couple of years, not only for Pokkén Tournament, but for the FGC as a whole, and their next event is no different. DreamHack Austin 2018 will take place on June 1st through 3rd at the Austin Convention Center, and Pokkén is featured as one of the events, with a prize pool of $1000. The registration is now open and can be done on the link below: https://smash.gg/tournament/dreamhack-austin-2018 Registering for the tournament is free of charge, but you need to buy a ticket for the event. Pokkén will be run on Saturday, and tickets for this day go for $30, but there's also an option to buy a pass for all three days for $69 as well: https://www.tixr.com/groups/dreamhack/events/dreamhack-austin-2018-7161 For more information about DreamHack Austin 2018, check out their official website: https://dreamhack.com/austin
  10. We are only at the first Saturday of the year, but the community is already going in, with no less than five tournaments happening today! Weather you are just looking for something exciting to watch, or is wanting to keep up with the events of the community, today is looking to be a great day to relax, grab your popcorn and watch some Pokkén on Twitch! Without further ado, here are the events: --------- Japan has Kanto (9p EST) https://www.twitch.tv/shi_gaming https://twitter.com/BurnsideBH/status/949433905085632512 --------- NorCal has Burst Attack (1p PST) https://www.twitch.tv/zyflair https://twitter.com/ZyflairGriffa…/status/949708026063147008 --------- Tristate has Hidden Boss 14 (4p EST for singles) https://www.twitch.tv/hitboxarena https://www.facebook.com/events/226505464558284/?ti=cl --------- Texas (San Antonio) has Alamo Battlegrounds! (6:30p CST) https://www.twitch.tv/alamobattleground https://smash.gg/…/alamo-battleground-monthly-tourn…/details --------- Nebraska has Guard Break VI (4:30p CST) https://www.twitch.tv/NebraskaPokken https://www.facebook.com/events/101262564006721/?ti=cl --------- If you are near any of those events and wish to participate, you can follow the link below the Twitch channels for more details about it.
  11. Blue Link

    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: http://twitch.tv/KombatNetwork Sunday at Kick Punch Block: http://twitch.tv/kbplive The pools can be found on Smash.gg: https://smash.gg/tournament/nec-18-1/events/Pokkén-tournament-dx/brackets/155574
  12. 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: https://twitch.tv/BurnsideBH
  13. Blue Link

    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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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: http://pokemon.gamespress.com/releases/2434/new-pokmon-games-announced-via-pokmon-direct We will keep you updated on more news about Pokkén Tournament DX as soon as they start showing up!
  20. 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: http://dreamhack.se/dhs17/2017/05/16/Pokkén-tournament-championship-series-back-at-dreamhack/ We wish the best of luck to all PokkénArena members attending this event!
  21. 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: http://challonge.com/PokkenWeeklyReturn41 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: https://discord.gg/0TQ9ljNl7rqE0cR0
  22. 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCniqc9Kndtjv0iMnkIkrlzA/videos 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: https://twitter.com/pokken_info Special Thanks to Double and Midori for all the information on this article! Source of the article picture: Princess Aura https://twitter.com/Froslass/status/846027233663758336/photo/1
  23. 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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5o9myBU9U_T8DsQC6BbHpA
  24. Blue Link

    Evo Announces $1000 Pot Bonuses for 10 Tournaments

    All the tournaments are in USA? No love for Canada, Europe and Japan man!
  25. 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: http://www.pokkentournament.com/en-us/championship-series/
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