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  1. New player!

    I agree with everything Ricky said, but I thought it might be helpful to add a little flavor to the character question. You might be interested in browsing Burnside's results graphics to see what characters consistently place. You probably want to start at the bottom and scroll up a bit, since those are the latest results and reflect the current meta. Note that all the characters introduced in DX (Croagunk, Darkrai, Decidueye, Empoleon, and Scizor) are all new enough that we're still shaking out their meta. Lucario and Mewtwo are generally considered to be good all-rounders with lots of good tools and few weaknesses. If you're feeling really unsure where to start, you almost can't go wrong with one of these two. Decidueye might join this group too. Other characters that consistently place are Garchomp, Pikachu Libre, Sceptile, and Suicune. These characters are strong, but have a more dedicated playstyle, maybe more obvious weaknesses and a tough matchup or two. You might consider one of these if their playstyle appeals to you. I have to note here that Twixxie almost always top 8s with Chandelure at every tournament he attends (which is a lot), and he thinks the character has no bad matchups. So this is a little less conventional wisdom, but he definitely puts up the results to back it up.
  2. DX tech thread

    Zard's 9Y opens one new combo route, after connecting with just the 2nd hit of 5X. 5X_1 9Y jY j8A can do 226 damage with perfect spacing. — Brett 🔜 MAGFest 🏳️‍🌈 (@2A03VRC6) December 2, 2017 This is both optimal and way easier to do than the 1.3 optimal. Of course, it's still pretty impractical. When are you going to 5X in neutral?
  3. Character Discords

    I'm not aware of another one right now.
  4. Kara Cancels

    Just dropping a quick note here that the patch notes for mid-November DX update say that canceling into burst declare/attack will be gone. No more giving counter frames/iframes to your burst attacks. Hopefully the rest of the kara cancels will still be with us.
  5. Studying new links into … jY_1 j8A

    One of my bread and butter combos is Scatz’s j6YY 8Y 4R ~ jY_1 j8A, because it has a lot of slack built into it. If you misjudged and go into 8Y from a too-high j6YY, you can still end with jY and set up a favorable neutral. If you don’t glide long enough (my usual mistake), you might lose 24 damage, but you won’t drop the combo. However, that 4R is always a little fussy, especially in lag. With Charizard gaining 7Y and 9Y in DX, I wanted to try them out in this combo and see what happened. Here’s what I learned: Linking with 8Y 4R is still always optimal. Against about half the cast, linking with 7Y is nearly or equally optimal, losing at most 6 damage. With the exception of Chandelure, linking with 7Y loses at most 14 damage. With one weird 2-damage exception for Weavile, 7Y link damage ≥ 8Y link damage ≥ 9Y link damage. This is a little inexact, but I think the best way I can summarize the results is: for each character, the more their hurtbox is tall than wide, the more damage you’ll get after a 7Y link. As they get wider, there’s less space between them and Charizard after 7Y, meaning they take more hits from j8A and less total damage. Characters that have basically human proportions will take 190+ damage. Characters that are more “square” will take 182. Chandelure takes 174. You might expect Suicune to take less damage because they’re also more horizontally-shaped, but 7Y launches them from their hind legs, making the hurtbox a lot more vertical when it counts. Here are my full results. This table shows the damage output of j6YY [link] jY_1 j8A started at point blank (Up+ZR in training mode) with a perfect j6YY and immediate links between moves—i.e., what you would get if you were mashing through lag. I expect you’ll see similar results for any combo that ends with some variation of … jY_1 j8A. 7Y 8Y 9Y Blaziken 196 190 190 Braixen 190 172 172 Chandelure 174 174 174 Charizard 196 196 196 Croagunk 190 174 174 Darkrai 190 174 174 Decidueye 190 182 172 Empoleon 190 172 172 Garchomp 182 182 182 Gardevoir 190 182 182 Gengar 182 174 174 Lucario 196 172 172 Machamp 182 172 172 Mewtwo 190 182 172 Pikachu 182 174 174 Pikachu Libre 182 174 174 Sceptile 190 182 182 Scizor 190 182 182 Shadow Mewtwo 190 182 172 Suicune 190 182 182 Weavile 190 172 174
  6. birbo combos

    This thread has all the details, but for short: W! means there's a wallsplat at that point in the combo, and yes, 6 means forward/toward your opponent.
  7. New England

    As of this writing, the scene is centered in Boston. Balance Patch near BU hosts a weekly tournament every Friday night, and a monthly-ish tournament on Saturdays, approximately every six weeks. A bunch of us also go down to Connecticut for the Inferno monthly at Underworld Games. We throw down with the tristate scene, it's great. Check the events calendar for details, and follow the New England Pokkén Twitter for updates.
  8. Balance Patch

    Boston's weekly FGC event featuring Pokkén Tournament DX, every Friday night. Friendlies start at 6PM; tournament starts at 8PM. Venue web site
  9. Let me start by saying that, as my first major, Final Boss was an A+ experience and I'd happily do it again. Major kudos to all the event organizers and volunteers for a job very well done, especially the whole HBA crew and Fumu. We got all the right people together to both run and play the tournament, and that's far and away the biggest thing that matters. All this stuff is just small polish stuff for next time. I agree with PaperSak the audio system was a hair too loud on Sunday. On the Internet: I think everyone did a great job of adapting to the situation that arose. For what it's worth, I work in tech, I've attended a handful of conferences in my career, and the conventional wisdom among event organizers is that hotels and convention centers always overstate their practical Internet capacity. So I was zero surprised that the hotel Internet couldn't carry two streams. They assume your attendees are just going to be doing light web browsing and e-mail checking. They're not prepared for any kind of actually demanding application. It's best to test before the event, and potentially plan to bring your own Internet connectivity if it's that important—it's not cheap but it can be done. It would be nice to have a venue closer to more food options. It was a plus that this hotel was so easy to get to from the airport, but you only worry about airport transportation when you first arrive and when you last leave. You worry about meals two or three times a day, and it was tough to get people together, organize carpools, and so on, but that was basically the only practical option here. If a venue had at least a fast food place and a sit-down place in walking distance, that seems like it would be ideal. Maybe these are unrealistic big city slicker expectations though.
  10. In the games I played, I just volunteered to be the far end. I figured that would be fairer, since Charizard is more likely to obscure a far opponent than the other way around. Agreed those would all be helpful changes too, but sadly they're also outside our control.
  11. I'm a little hesitant to reply because the way you write makes me wonder if you want to start a fight. I don't—I agree with at least 90% of what you wrote. So here goes nothing. You're right about how much hassle it is to set up LAN mode. Tournament organizers can tell you horror stories. I bet you most of the community would love it if it were easier to use: if it were accessible from the main menu, if it played nicer with your network settings, and so on. Those would all be great improvements to the game. Unfortunately, they're out of our control as players to make happen. Despite all those flaws, I think LAN mode will remain the gold standard for competitive Pokkén, for the simple reason that the game was designed with the expectation that each player has their own screen, either in the arcade or on the Wii U gamepad. Because of that, any single-screen mode is necessarily going to be a compromise, and top players don't want to play with compromises. Like you, I prefer the near-vs-far mode for single-screen, and I had no problems adapting my inputs. I've played plenty of games as the far player. It was very good, but it's still not perfect. I had problems getting the timing and spacing right on some of my FP moves, like the Fire Punch follow-up to Fireball. That's a relatively small handicap—but any handicap is unacceptable in top-level play. But just because LAN mode is the gold standard doesn't mean it's the only thing you should do. Personally, I have no problem with smaller tournaments saying "Sorry, we only have the resources to run single-screen," and I'd still be happy to attend them. That's what we did at the launch day Boston local. This included a bunch of folks who are used to LAN play, and even we all agreed that playing single screen was way better than not playing. So personally I'd encourage you to keep doing what you're doing. My only real suggestion would be that you set expectations up front in the rules. Different players have different split screen preferences. This is something we had to hash out for each game at our local, and that was probably the most frustrating part of the whole thing. Cut out room for debate. Establish how you pick the far player. Also, a tip: in single-screen mode, you can use the Y and X buttons to choose a support without your opponent knowing what you picked. Just press the button shown under the support you want.
  12. Charizard Beginner Guide

    5[X] does not counter pierce, no.
  13. DX tech thread

    Some followups to the above: This tweet is wrong! Depends on character size. 9Y best against huge opponents. 7Y better against smaller ones. #PokkenTournamentDX pic.twitter.com/ztyHJEoHBj — Brett?️??️‍? (@2A03VRC6) September 23, 2017 This tweet is wrong! Only true at distance. If you're closer, 5[X] does 40+14+14+70, scales 60%. #PokkenTournamentDX pic.twitter.com/ZSUU1siA0X — Brett?️??️‍? (@2A03VRC6) September 23, 2017
  14. Terms Glossary & Shorthand

    Yeah, Antwerp has it. Tiger Knee (TK for short) has apparently become common slang for any move that's done in the air, but as low as possible. That was the rationale behind Garchomp's TK >X<, and it's presumably the same for others.
  15. Terms Glossary & Shorthand

    Not sure what the TK stands for but from this Garchomp post: “TK>X< = Releasing charge X while you're in the air, but close enough to the ground to cancel the second drill animation.”