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  1. Grab your HORI Pokkén Pads, trainers! Registration is open for the Pokkén Tournament DX World Championships 2019, including the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). The event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA from August 15 through August 18. The registration fee is $30 for Pokkén DX LCQ players and $10 for spectators. Event details, such as registration for all events (including registration for spectators), can be found on the official Pokémon website. Important information for the Pokkén DX LCQ competitors - including the registration, format, and player meeting - can be found Here. Player information for World Championships competitors can be found Here.
  2. Following his 1st place victory at Final Round 2019, it was announced this afternoon that Jacob "ThankSwalot" Waller has been signed by ZoneBreakers eSports. ZoneBreakers is an eSports team, stream, and event organizer located in Fayetteville, Georgia founded by Emgee. ThankSwalot is a Pokkén DX Sceptile & Smash Ultimate Dark Samus player from Illinois. He is perhaps most notable for his victory at the Grand Finals of the 2018 Pokkén Tournament DX World Championships, which can be viewed here: You can follow ThankSwalot on Twitter and ZoneBreakers on Twitter, Facebook, & Twitch.
  3. Bullet Storm: Bullet Seed + Leaf Storm Bullet Seed (5AA), one of Sceptile's many traps, sends the opponent off the ground. Leaf Storm (8A) is Sceptile's anti-air grab that deals high damage at the cost of being highly punishable when it misses or applying an attack debuff when it lands. Comboing Bullet Seed into Leaf Storm is nothing new. However, what if I told you that (with precise timing) the Leaf Storm could be a critical hit, dealing even more damage? This is the basis of the tech I call Bullet Storm. The discovery occurred May 29, 2018 when this happened during a battle with the CPU: From there, I was pushed to delve deeper by Techless' engagement and my own curiosity & tried to replicate what happened in Free Training. I'm not 100% sure why this works but the best explanation I can give would be that the Bullet Seed is outlasting the Counter Armor and pushing the opponent upward to be caught by Leaf Storm as usual. However, Bullet Storm occurs during a precise timing when the game seems to still read the opponent as having Counter Armor, applying a critical hit to Leaf Storm - a grab. With help from Antwerp and Jamesibell, I managed to get Bullet Storm to work against almost every member of the Pokkén DX cast. The only two I couldn't get are Pikachu and Pikachu Libre. However, Jamesibell managed to land Bullet Storm against Weavile so I assume it can also work against the Pikachus, just that it's significantly harder on these smaller characters. In-game footage of Bullet Storm working against every character in Pokkén DX (excluding the Pikachus) can be found in my Bullet Storm Data Log on Twitter. Bulletquaza: Bullet Seed + Mega Rayquaza Mega Rayquaza is my favorite Pokemon of all time. As such, you can probably imagine my immense excitement for its Pokkén DX DLC reveal and my disappointment when it was discovered to not be as good as I would have liked - even being outshined in the meta by Magikarp. Rayquaza's biggest weaknesses were that it couldn't be comboed, it was could be jumped over on reaction, and it used up Synergy. Using it almost strictly as a whiff-punish tool can quell the second weakness and the third can be made up by playing to get Synergy (Phase Shifts, Synergy Orbs, Giga Drain (2A), etc.). However, it still forces a hard knockdown at the end of its attack. But what if I told you that you COULD pick up a combo from Rayquaza? This is the basis of the tech I call Bulletquaza. Not only does Rayquaza deal a large amount of damage on impact, but it pushes the opponent away. And as stated before, Sceptile's Bullet Seed (5AA) sends opponents into the air. By combining these together, we can create a scenario where Rayquaza hits the opponent into an active Bullet Seed. If the opponent is on low enough HP, the Bullet Seed may be enough to simply KO after the large damage from Rayquaza. With precise spacing (such as seen below), the Bullet Seed will actually pick up the opponent over Rayquaza, allowing Sceptile to combo as usual after Rayquaza's initial high damage attack. It is also worth noting that Rayquaza breaks Counter Armor so even if your opponent is countering, Rayquaza will still land its strike. And, if your opponent shields, they take chip damage from both Rayquaza and Bullet Seed. Since the Bullet Seed is placed behind the opponent, it will catch them if they try to jump backwards. If they jump forwards, however, they can punish if they avoid Rayquaza's hitboxes entirely. This is where mind games can be played. If you suspect your opponent will jump forward to get a punish, you can catch them by going for anti-air attacks such as Leaf Storm (8A) or Toxic (8Y). As a side note, I have also tried this idea with other attacks (Suicune's Hail (2A), Shadow Mewtwo's pillar (6Y+2A), Darkrai's rifts (#X+2A) & 8[Y]) but none were able to pick up the opponent for a combo after they were hit by Rayquaza. The only other attack I've managed to combo with Rayquaza was with Garchomp in Field Phase via j[Y]. However, it's A LOT harder to pull off than Sceptile's Bulletquaza since it requires precise spacing in Field Phase (where the opponent has much more room to avoid the attack) and requires Garchomp to charge j[Y] in the air (which leaves Garchomp wide open to be punished). As a final note, since these techs are quite old now, I took a quick step into Free Training and confirmed that both Bullet Storm and Bulletquaza still work and have NOT been patched out as of the early morning of February 27, 2019 (and happy Pokemon Day for anyone reading this post the day I typed it).
  4. The results are now available for the second FSBC Cup featuring Machamp. This event took place from January 4, 2019 to January 6, 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 Dynamic Fury 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 Dynamic Fury Cup - NA Top 100 (Rerun) FSBC Dynamic Fury Cup - EU Top 100 Did you enjoy the rerun of the FSBC Dynamic Fury Cup? Let us know in the comments below!
  5. The results are now available for the third FSBC Cup featuring Pikachu. This event took place from December 21, 2018 to January 3, 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 third FSBC Volt Shock Fist 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 Volt Shock Fist Cup - NA Top 100 (Rerun) FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup - EU Top 100 Did you enjoy the rerun of the FSBC Volt Shock Fist Cup? Let us know in the comments below!
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    Player Profile: BadIntent

    Favorite Support Pokémon to use with your characters (all 3 of them) & why?
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    Player Profile: Kamon

    #AskKamon What was your reasoning behind picking Darkrai & what is your favorite thing to do with him (ex. favorite combo, mindgame, etc.)?
  8. Tri-state Garchomp player KandiSAI has recently created the new YouTube channel PokkénDX Assault. The channel will showcase clips that capture memorable moments from Pokkén Tournament DX. The channel's upload frequency is directly influenced by the community sending in clips to feature. These clips can be from anywhere - be it from a solo stream or the big stage at the Pokémon World Championships - and can highlight a multitude of categories, some of which are listed below: Close Calls Comebacks Double K.O.s Funny moments Fails High damage combos/wall combos Perfects Rage Quits Support Combos Thermodynamics ...and more Clips can be sent via Direct Messages on Twitter (@KandiSAI_Music) or Discord ([ICN] KandiSAI#6903), and you can already get a taste of PokkénDX Assault from the first two videos posted: Top 10 Amazing/Crazy Gameplays #1 and Top 10 Leaf Storm Plays. You can check out PokkénDX Assault here.
  9. I finally got around to reading this one and WOW this is my favorite interview yet! I'm also really starstruck that we both were inspired to take our Pokkén play to a higher level by the same thing (Bim?'s Sceptile @ CEO 2016 Grands)! As an aside, have you ever played or seen Haruyuki's Darkrai? If so, what was the experience like & how would you compare it to Krai today? If not, you can find VODs on Double_FGC's YT. Anyway, what I wanted to say was these interviews are amazing - just like you! <=^w^=>
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    Alamo Battleground Charity Results

    In memory of Daniel "ONBS" Jimenez, a beloved TX Braixen/Scizor player who passed away due to suicide last month, the Texas Pokkén Community held a charity event at their monthly (Alamo Battleground) on March 3 at 6PM CST. In the end, a grand total of $646 was raised and donated to Garland Pawsibilities, where ONBS volunteered as a dog-walker. The rankings below are in the order they appear on Smash.gg: 1. Toasty 2. slippingbug 3. RadarBlip 4. Lord Nacho 5. Just Jared 5. UDL 7. Bebop 7. breeZy 9. NEO SINANJU 9. Actias 9. RoaraG 9. NewbieTX 13. PYRATE 13. Jolts 13. JWiing 17. [SRK] Crow Spaceboy 17. Wazurau 17. ReluctantTO 17. Ventus If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please seek help and call the National Suicide Prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Rest In Peace Daniel "ONBS" Jimenez
  11. In light of Allister's recent birthday on March 2nd, the limited edition Allister competitive Pokkén Tournament DX jersey from EGL is now available on the SetToDestroyX online store: Shop.SetToDestroyX.com Features: - Ferrum Logo - "Pokkén" in Japanese - Allister's favorite color of Red Price: $69.95 (Use discount code "STDX" to save $6.99 for a lower price of $62.96) Allister has stated all proceeds will towards "something cool" and it has not been specified how long these will be up for sale so be sure to get one before they're gone and support one of the strongest members of the Pokkén community!
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    Winter Brawl 12 Results

    The final weekend of February 2018 held a major Pokkén tournament: Winter Brawl 12! It is worth noting that this was the first major to allow Aegislash as a playable fighter and we also saw the return of some familiar faces like Bim?, Cat Fight, and PKSparkxx. It is also worth noting that this was BigEgaming's final Winter Brawl, which will be revived as April Annihilation in April 2019. Streams: Day 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/232382442?t=04h17m25s Day 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/232738674?t=03h28m35s Featuring commentary by Whitey, McDareth, Uchi, PKSparkxx, and Shippo. Results (Top 8*): 1. Twixxie 2. ThankSwalot 3. SoulGuitarist 4. Maverick 5. Kino 5. Bolimar 7. EveryDamnDay 7. Bim? * All attendees can be found here: Smash.gg WB12 Pokkén DX Attendees and each player's standing can be found by clicking on whose standing you would like to see. However, going through all attendees looking for each placing was deemed too inconvenient so it was decided to only include Top 8 in this article. If you would like to see how a certain player did at Winter Brawl 12, you may go to the link above and find them there. If you have any feedback about Winter Brawl 12, please feel free to post it here: http://www.pokkenarena.com/forums/topic/1396-winter-brawl-12-2018-feedback-thread/
  13. This weekend saw the first tournament of the 2018 Pokkén Tournament DX Championship Series: the Oceania International Championships in Sydney, Australia. The Bracket of this 58-player double-elimination tournament featured players coming in from far and wide, including some who attended as their first major Pokkén tournament. The full event was streamed on Twitch over the course of two days (VODS for Day 1: Pools & Day 2: Top 8) with commentary by Burnside, D1, and H2. 1. Elm 2. Midori 3. Sui Master 4. Antwerp 5. DanDandy 5. Komachi 7. Santa 7. SHOELACE 9. DTubeDaily 9. Grimoire 9. ItsMe;D 9. Kev 13. Chris G 13. jumboj1m 13. phoxfiyah 13. Scandinator 17. Bayleaf 17. Breezy 17. Clo 17. Cruizer 17. EZ$Jax 17. Iceburgy 17. Matthew H 17. MrJellyLeggs 25. 4Par 25. BrokenPiG 25. Im_Nub 25. Jason 25. Jessie 25. RevanofLight 25. Rick Rowl 25. Tecq 33. Alex J 33. David H 33. Dazzle 33. Derek P 33. Emma 33. Ezza 33. JNKS 33. Matty 33. McDuckie 33. Ninja Kid 33. Peter N 33. RINZ?! 33. ShadowGuardian 33. Turtle 33. Z 33. Zoe L 49. Eric V 49. Farout656 49. JaddiRoo 49. Jensen C 49. Jish 49. Lawyered86 49. Psyga 49. PVercetti 49. Tori 49. Zac C
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    Mega Sceptile OKHOs

    This post is a more in-depth look at this: https://twitter.com/i/moments/958535226090774529 Quagsire This story begins on September 8, 2017 when Double_FGC uploaded the following video to his YouTube Channel: At first, I was interested in it, but I didn't really get into it until I found the video again sometime in the first week of January 2018 and decided to take it as far as I could. After testing it in Free Training, I have found 5 starters for this combo, which are as follows: 4X 2A 6A 6Y:Y 8X Notes on each: In all cases, Synergy Burst is needed for the second half (shield break) because of Dragon Breath & Burst Attack. If you aren't in Synergy Burst for the first half (wall), you can Burst before the Bullet Seed. However, do note that this could give the opponent a way out of the trap (we'll get to their escape options later). 4X is the same as the combo in Double_FGC's video. 2A requires specific spacing to where you are close enough to hit the opponent with the Aj8Y > 8Y string after the wallsplat but not too close to where the attack's hitbox will be behind the opponent. (Basically, it's actually best as 1A instead of 2A.) 6A requires specific spacing to where you hit the opponent with the tip of Leaf Blade, causing the wallsplat. You must also be close enough to hit with the Aj8Y > 8Y string afterwards. [The spacing can be significantly more difficult against specific characters, such as Garchomp.] 6Y:Y requires the just frame on the second hit in order to wallsplat. The first hit is optional, but watch your phase shift points if you opt for it. 8X does not wallsplat. Instead, you should immediately go for 8Y, which DOES wallsplat. This also means you can't use Aj8Y, since the opponent will just fall to the ground. Instead, just go for a second 8Y. Feedback from Momo & Gintrax: Momo: For the Giga Drain (2A) setup, 5X is a better Burst Confirm than 5Y. (This only works with Giga Drain because it has no PSP while all the other combo starters do, which means 5X would just phase shift). Gintrax: Offered many other ways this combo can go in this YouTube video: Mimikyu Mimikyu was released January 31, 2018 alongside Mega Rayquaza and Aegislash. New Information regarding these three new Pokemon was everywhere in the Pokkén Twitter Community. It is here that I came across a tweet showcasing Mimikyu's high shield damage. This caught my attention and I brought this combo back into Free Training, this time with Mimikyu. As you can see, Mimikyu functions similar to Quagsire in that they are called in at the same part of the setup. The main difference in their functions seeming to be that Mimikyu focused on the opponent's shield while Quagsire focused on their health. The most highly-damaging version of this combo I've found did 569 damage against Garchomp (who has the most HP in the game iirc) so it's not an OHKO against the whole cast but does do a lot of damage and can OHKO characters with lower health as well as finish off those with higher health if they've already taken enough damage. Holes: "Sometimes, being too safe will be your downfall." This isn't a perfectly clean kill. As stated in the previous paragraph, it doesn't OHKO everyone. On top of that, there are some holes that your opponent can use to escape death (or at least maximum damage). The only way for the full combo to work is if the opponent just keeps holding shield. Let's go over some scenarios of what they could do instead of holding shield after the setup on the wall: Nothing: If your opponent just doesn't do anything, they will be caught by the Bullet Seed. Here, you can go for a Aj8Y, which can lead into multiple attacks. Jump: If the opponent jumps, go for 8Y to put them back on the wall. Counter: If your opponent starts countering the Bullet Seed hits, break their counter with [5X]. If there's not enough time to charge [5X] or your Synergy is almost over, go for your Burst Attack. However, there are some options that do completely shut down this guardbreak. The easiest of which is Burst. If your opponent goes into Synergy Burst, the shockwaves will blow you back and free them. If they go for their Burst Attack, it may punish (you can avoid Gengar, Mewtwo, & Empoleon's Burst Attacks by jumping or with A (Bullet Seed: Preparation)). It is also worth noting that most support calls (ex. Umbreon) can interfere with the guardbreak by forcing you to stop your barrage of attacks. Meanwhile, other support calls (ex. Jirachi) won't help your opponent get out of the situation they're in.
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    Aegislash and DX Patch 1.2 now LIVE

    AAAAA!!! I'm so hyped!!!!!