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About TytoVortex

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  1. Welcome once again to our Player Interview series, where we follow up on some of Pokkén's most talented gamers! This week, I had the chance to speak with Blaziken extraordinaire Omari "BadIntent" Travis about topics such as player improvement, true neutral, as well as an inspirational fighting game journey! Read more about community answered questions as well in the following interview below! And don't forget; if you missed it, be sure to check out BadIntent's Player Profile before reading the interview! TytoVortex: Good evening, BadIntent! Welcome to your interview! How are you doing tonight? BadIntent: Excellent and ready! TytoVortex: That's awesome to hear! We've got a pretty great handful of community questions, and lots of cool stuff to talk about! To start, you've been playing Blaziken for about two and a half years now, correct? What sort of drew you to that character? BadIntent: Yeah, though I don't think it's accurate to just say Blaziken. I started with Blaziken in tournaments, but I've branched out to play Shadow Mewtwo and Darkrai in events as well. I originally picked up the character because I wanted to deal with Pokkén's armor system. Blaziken has 2 counter pierces, and EX Heat Wave which outlasts almost every standard counterattack. It also is one of the few characters that can stay at frame advantage for long periods of time, so I liked that a lot as well. TytoVortex: Ahh, so lots of advantages to playing that character! He's earned a reputation for being slightly low tier, despite his great tools. Why do you think that is? BadIntent: Players base their opinions of characters largely on tournament placements at majors. There aren't really any strong Blaziken players doing anything at big events, so it makes sense that people would see it as a weaker character. This happens in all fighting games - once someone starts doing well with a supposedly low tier character, suddenly they're great. But until then, people think the character is bad without ever thinking critically for themselves. Blaziken has great tools, including one of the most damaging and fastest whiff punishers in the game, and it has excellent pressure. Blaziken is strong. TytoVortex: I fully agree with that! I know that Shadow Mewtwo receives his own criticisms for those reasons as well. I believe any character can be viable when all of their tools are explored! That being said, I suppose we should hop into some community questions! I love how many we've gotten this time around! we've got a bunch of questions coming in from Burnside! He wants to know: Why Pokkén in the first place? Did you ever think you’d be as invested in the game as you are? You have a long career of competing in many games, what drives you? What are your goals for Pokkén? Where do you think Pokkén will be in 5 years? What character would you add to Pokkén? BadIntent: Why Pokkén in the first place?: Right before Pokkén came out, I took a break from competing in games because my main game - Street Fighter X Tekken - died, and Pokémon VGC 2015 was a nightmare of a ruleset for me. I was ready to stop competing, but then a Pokémon fighting game was revealed and the World Championships were announced in San Francisco, which is only an hour away from me by drive. I've always loved competing at the highest levels; I played in Pokémon Worlds in 2010 and 2014 before Pokkén was released. Pokkén was the perfect opportunity to get a fresh start with a game that I knew would be huge that I could compete on the World Championships stage at again. Did you ever think you'd be as invested in the game as you are?: Absolutely. When Pokkén came out, I planned my entire year around getting into the World Championships for the game. I was working two jobs when the game launched, but I still was able to get in between 500-750 games every week. The only person I knew that was able to play more than me for sure was Ouroboro. Pokkén was my life and I'm so glad that after losing so many hundreds of games early on with a 20% win rate, that my skill level finally improved enough to get 2nd at my first major, Seattle Regionals. After that, I've only gotten better. You have a long career of competing in many games, what drives you?: I collect trophies! Medals too. My collection is too small, and I need more. Something about how my brain works biologically just makes me want to compete and win. This quote from Seto Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh perfectly describes how I feel on the main stage of a major tournament: "This is the duel I've been waiting for. It's the ultimate battle of intellect and power. Every time I duel against Yugi, I'm pushed to my limits and challenged in every possible way". I live for that feeling. Even if it's not Pokémon or a fighting game, I would be competing in something else like maybe chess or Starcraft. But I only have 24 hours in a day, so Pokkén, Pokémon and fighting games it is. What are your goals for Pokkén?: As much as I love training for and competing in tournaments, I realized that building your skills is only half the battle. The players that you see winning events aren't just good, they have the funds to attend said events. So right now I'm going all out in content creation to provide valuable guides, high level sets, matchup videos, and anything players would find useful to ultimately make enough side income to start competing again. It's a win-win situation - new players get resources, strong players have an opponent always on deck to play, and everyone in between has exciting matches to watch on my channel. Where do you think Pokkén will be in 5 years?: 5 years is way too big of a chunk of time to predict for me. For context, 5 years ago I was playing VGC exclusively (since SFxT bit the dust), and if you told me there'd be a Pokémon fighting game out that sold millions of copies I would have laughed. Type Wild is all there was. But what I can say is as long as the game is still at majors, I'll probably still compete. I don't know if the game will ever get the same type of mainstream exposure as Street Fighter, Tekken, or Smash, but the game is solid and it's had excellent support. People just need to show up to events! What character would you add to Pokkén?: Tapu Lele. And it would have Psychic Surge which makes all armored attacks completely pass through the other character and whiff. Bless up. TytoVortex: Those are all amazing answers, BadIntent. Everything you've spoken about has been so informational, much like many of the guides you've put out to help the Pokkén community grow and improve over the years! I'm sure newer players can look over these answers and apply them to their own play styles! NIKKEN asks: "As of now you main 3 characters. Have you considered learning a fourth at any time?" BadIntent: Yes, I've never liked the idea of solo maining a character so I'm always trying to expand my arsenal. Lately I've been messing with Decidueye. I'm not sold on some of its meaty pressure options, but its movement is insanely good and the buff to 4Y looks promising. TytoVortex: Ooh, Decidueye is a great character! That'll be lots of fun to watch once you've got him mastered! skysmaug384 asks: "Favorite Support Pokémon to use with your characters (all 3 of them) & why?" BadIntent: I like this one. With Blaziken I like Togekiss/Rotom the most. Togekiss helps whiff punishing a ton, even in Field Phase because Blaziken's standard walk back speed isn't that great. Blaziken's anti-air is also non existent so Rotom helps versus characters like Decidueye. For Darkrai, Magikarp is just plain cheap. It prevents immediate lunges in Duel Phase from ending Bad Dreams Rising. For Shadow Mewtwo, I've switched between using Eevee, Sylveon, Rotom, and Togekiss. I'm not sold on any of them or a default. Bring back OG Cress. Eevee restores Shadow Mewtwo's recoverable HP and makes 6Y Pillar do hitstun again which helps in several matchups. TytoVortex: Those are some pretty solid choices, that's awesome! It's always a good idea to cover most weaknesses in the MU you're playing. Our very own Jetsplit wants to know: "You're one of the most consistent Pokkén content creators. Do you have any advice for someone looking to start producing Pokkén content?" BadIntent: Yes, I have three main tips, of which the first two I've mentioned on my channel before: Focus on building up your skill first. Develop your charisma. When you're good, people will naturally want to watch your stuff to get better. But it also makes you more confident on stream and during your videos which leads to you having better charisma and more important things to say. The easiest way to make content is to focus on your own enjoyment of the game. So many people get discouraged when they don't get lots of viewers on Twitch or YouTube and that's understandable. But what really helped me is to pretend like I'm not streaming or recording for anyone but myself. You're going to be playing sets anyway, so turn on OBS. You're going to have thoughts about the game or you might get excited or tilted while playing. Put on a webcam, and talk about it during the game. My YouTube channel lately has been overwhelmingly just me playing sets and talking trash or giving out tips that I have in my head whenever I'm playing anyway. So yeah, just broadcast you being you! And lastly, if you have a Twitch you NEED a YouTube. YouTube will grow your Twitch way faster than just streaming every day on Twitch itself. TytoVortex: That's great advice. Pokkén continues to be considered a "small" community, so any exposure gets our game out there! Plus, your content is always enjoyable to watch. Keep up the awesome work! ReyDelEmpire wants to know: "What do you think is holding back Blaziken from winning majors?" BadIntent: Look at the Blaziken players attending events and you have your answer. Next caller. TytoVortex: He could definitely use some more knowledgeable players! Every character deserves solid representation! Mewtater asks: "You get two Shadow Mewtwo buffs, can't be pillar related. What are they and why?" BadIntent: Increase Shadow Mewtwo's HP and decrease its recoil damage. I don't think that 6X, 4A, 2YY 6A should be doing more damage to you than the opponent when they are in Burst + Rage. If those two buffs go too much against the character's design, then make 5Y a true mid. This would make its option selects extremely safe versus the entire cast. TytoVortex: I know I've always wanted my favorite character to have more health as well, those would make great buffs! Munster is wondering: "What is the biggest key to rapid improvement in a player?" BadIntent: Yeah, I know even when we play it only takes one or two combos from Blaziken to KO after winning a single Field Phase. The number one thing holding intermediate players back is justifying their bad habits. You can watch all the guides in the world, and play top players consistently, but it won't matter if you're not applying changes to your game. Excess jumping, always waking up with buttons, not learning frame data, not considering the importance spacing and positioning... these are all mistakes that I see people making over and over again. The easiest way to fix this is to fight a strong player and watch back the set in replays or whatever you have to record with. Pinpoint 2 or 3 bad habits and try to eliminate or decrease your reliance on them during your very next set. There are World Championship level players that have flaws in their game just like everyone else. But don't be satisfied with leaving those as flaws in your game too. You'll never catch up like that. Pick one habit to eliminate and work your way up from there. Don't worry about losing games online when doing this; as long as you clean up your gameplay each time you'll be better in the long run. TytoVortex: I always like to say that adaptation is your greatest tool during a match! Great advice! Bad habits can be so tedious to break, but once you've got your neutral mastered, everything else will come naturally! DualDeathLucario asks: "If you could only give Shadow Mewtwo one more buff and then he gets nothing else ever again what would change would you like to see him get?" BadIntent: Yep, gotta be the 6Y pillar getting its hitstun back! TytoVortex: I really miss that about him too! Wii U hitstun was amazing! Alright, as far as community-submitted questions go, we're all finished for the evening! Thank you very much for your time! Is there anything else you'd like to add before we conclude this interview? BadIntent: Right on, and thank you for the Player Profile. I hope everyone takes a minute out of their day to reflect on themselves and push for whatever really matters to you in life and go all out for it. Don't settle for mediocrity in Pokkén or in life. TytoVortex: Perfect! Then that concludes our interview! Have an excellent night, and keep pushing for those results! You deserve them!
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    Player Profile: BadIntent

    Welcome to Pokkén Arena's third Player Profile! This series of posts aims to introduce readers to top Pokkén Tournament DX players. This installment will be sharing information regarding Omari "BadIntent" Travis, one of North America's best Blaziken players, and an avid user of a traditional arcade fight stick! Following this post, we'll be posting an interview with BadIntent this Sunday. During the interview, we'll be asking BadIntent questions from the community over the next 24 hours. To ask a question, you can either leave a comment on this post or ask on Twitter by tagging @PokkenArena and including the hashtag #AskBadIntent. Then, check back this Sunday to get BadIntent's answer! BadIntent deep in thought. Mitchell Davies Player Information Gamertag: BadIntent Name: Omari Travis Location: Antioch, California ?? Main Character: Other Characters: Sponsor: None DX Season 1 Ranking: N/A Other Competitive Titles: Tekken 7, Street Fighter X Tekken, Pokémon VGC Tournament Placings table, th, td { border: 1px solid white; border-collapse: collapse; } Tournament Date Placement Characters Used VODs 2016 Seattle Pokkén Tournament Regional Championships May 15, 2016 2nd Absolute Battle 7 August 27, 2016 2nd NEC 17 December 16-18, 2016 4th DreamHack Austin 2017 April 29, 2017 5th NorCal Regionals 2018 March 30, 2018 5th Gameplay WNF Oakland, BadIntent vs. Zyflair Pokkén Tier List and Most Important Tech FT5 BadIntent vs. OrlandoFox 3v3s BadIntent vs. Mewtater BadIntent: Why I Play Pokkén Links Twitter account Twitch channel YouTube channel Remember, you can ask BadIntent questions either by leaving a comment on this post or by tagging @PokkenArena on Twitter and including the hashtag #AskBadIntent. BadIntent will be answering your questions in his Player Interview, which will be published this Sunday, October 21! table, th, td { border: 1px solid white; border-collapse: collapse; }
  3. Welcome once again to our Player Profile series, where we follow up on some of Pokkén's most talented gamers! This week, I had the chance to speak with Darkrai enthusiast Zhane "Kamon" Cox about things such as fighter choice, match techniques, playstyle, and various inspirations! Read more about community answered questions as well in the following interview below! TytoVortex: Hey there, Kamon! Welcome to our second Player Interview! It's a pleasure to have you. How have you been? Kamon: I've been good! Thanks for having me! TytoVortex: Not a problem at all! So Kamon, it seems that our community has entered its golden age, with lots of software support and tons of awesome majors going on! That being said, what are your plans for the near future? What goals do you wish to accomplish for this upcoming season? Kamon: The main goal I have for myself is to become better than I was yesterday and be the number one Darkrai player in the world with better results! TytoVortex: You're definitely well on your way to accomplishing those goals! The results you've made at your prior tournaments this year with Darkrai have been impressive, with a solid 7th place at Summer Jam and a startling 5th at Battle For Castelia! While on this topic, we've also got a question coming in from a fellow Darkrai player, Jin! He asks, "what do you think is better about your Darkrai than the others?" Kamon: Jin trying to get intel I see! *laughs* Just kidding, nah but I think because I play Darkrai and ONLY Darkrai on a competitive level, I do feel like I have one of the better decision making processes and a good read on certain situations that involve Darkrai doing certain things. So far I feel I'm the only Darkrai player to use his low jY in field to catch someone walking, or to trap them. I feel like it's a VERY good tool to control the battlefield and kind of tell your opponent, "no! You HAVE to stay where I tell you to stay." To add onto that I feel like I have some crazy set ups with Darkrai, like I kind of think ahead, if that makes sense? I'll put you into a situation on purpose so you can either try and punish me or get away and you'll get punished most of the time for doing either or. TytoVortex: Ahh, so very set-up oriented! That's awesome. A match can always feel really controlled when you have your opponent in a certain situation that you had planned out beforehand. That's definitely a really nice quality of Darkrai that tends to draw players in! Ona similar note, we've got a question coming in from our last successful Player Interview, ThankSwalot! He wants to know, "what's the trickiest thing that you always have to keep in mind when playing Darkrai? For example, is it keeping track of Phase Shift Points, setting up traps in the right places, managing your orbs whenever you make a rift, etc?" Kamon: Oh, good question. Managing orbs is easy because you can get them so fast with every trap you set up and Darkrai is a master of stalling. With your combos you can cut them short to get a hard knockdown and stay in Bad Dreams Rising, so I'd say the trickiest thing about him is literally predicting what your opponent will do next. To go into more detail with that, Darkrai doesn't play like the rest of the cast. He has his good moments but he has SO many bad ones and it's up to YOU as a player to control what he does, where he stands, what trap to set up next, etc. He plays completely different from the ENTIRE cast and that makes him unique but at the same time it's a big flaw. In Field Phase, if Garchomp does an unsafe jX and you block it the appropriate punish is normally to grab him BUT with darkrai you do NOT want to do that. Yeah sure you'll grab him and get some damage in BUT you'll also shift into Duel Phase without Bad Dreams Rising, and you never want to be there. So I guess to answer the question I'd say the trickiest thing about him is your decision making because he relies so much on you to make a good one! TytoVortex: Oh, absolutely! Darkrai definitely earns his "Technique" title within the game! It takes a dedicated player to really master all his tools, which I think can push your knowledge of other fighters as well. Another user (and one of Pokkén Arena's writers), SkySmaug384, asks, "What was your reasoning behind picking Darkrai and what is your favorite thing to do with him (favorite combo, mindgame, etc.)?" Kamon: My reason for playing him is I always thought he was a cool Pokémon, and when I saw he was in DX and I saw what he could do I kind of thought "wow, how on earth could someone NOT get confused from his moves!? They're so wacky looking and I don't know how to put them into good use!" So I was more fascinated by him and I didn't expect to be one of the top Darkrai players in the world but the more I played him the more I understood he has SO much freedom to him and he literally lets you play the way YOU want to play him. My FAVORITE thing about him - well, two favorite things about him - is: 1. When literally anything hits someone and they go "YO THAT HIT ME!?" *laughs* 2. Nah but seriously he is one of the BEST knowledge check characters in this game and even if he has a losing MU he can STILL win, depends on how creative you can get! Like with Braixen, yes that matchup is TERRIBLE, but you have tools to combat her tools and thats BIG in that matchup. He has his side dash, Nasty Plot, rift, Dream Eater and more! My favorite move is Dream Eater if you haven't heard the "what do you wanna be when you grow up!?" meme that I made then oh boy! *laughs* My FAVORITE mindgame is when they think I'm going to Dream Eater them. If I put the fear of taking a base 180 damage SLOW grab into you then that means you don't remember what you want to be when you grow up. TytoVortex: Oh goodness, I'd be lying if I said that wasn't a hilarious take on playing Darkrai! You seem to really know your ins and outs of the character and I hope this interview can help other players utilize him in a more calculated manor! It's always fun to "meme" your experiences, so to speak. I know I do that plenty with Shadow Mewtwo as well! It makes the game more exciting! We've got another question here from a user named xzx, and they want to know, "what is your opinion about Synergy Mode/Synergy Burst from a competitive standpoint?" Kamon: All I gotta say is his Burst Attack (IN BAD DREAMS RISING) is frame 1 invincible so it's like having an active Magikarp on board because your opponent can't just push buttons or pressure you, so if they fear the Burst Attack you can grab them or just chip them to zero because if they try to combat the chip just Burst on them! *laughs* P.S. His Burst Attack does more in Bad Dreams Rising, I think it does about 220 damage? TytoVortex: Oh, so in Bad Dreams Rising, it's a bit more threatening too! Plus all of Darkrai's neat tools to cross up opponents and punishing certain options. It's always a lot of fun to watch! Another question coming in from someone named Zang, and they were wondering; "If you could pick any one extra Pokémon to put in Pokkén which would you pick? Why? How would it play?" Kamon: Yooo Zang! You already know I'm trying to rock out with Hydreigon! Draco Meteor, Outrage, Hyper Voice, Tri Attack, Dragonbreath, Roar, Dragon Pulse, Scary Face, Dragon Rush, Earth Power. He can get all those moves and more like you can make him a zoner-ish character like Darkrai but with just stronger moves and a bit more tanky. Plus we need more dragons! TytoVortex: Oh, I fully agree! Hydreigon would be an awesome addition to Pokkén, and that sort of playstyle seems to fit it just about perfectly! Alright, we've got one more coming in, although it's not so much a question, rather a playful poke! I think this player is well known for his sarcasm! slippingbug says; "You know Nasty Plot's busted, bro". Kamon: Stop mashing 5Y, bro! TytoVortex: I feel this is an appropriate time to say... big oof. I'm sure we're all anticipating the epic showdown between Nasty Plot and 5Y in the near future! Alright Kamon, that's all the questions we have for today! You've been a wonderful player to interview, and your answers were informational and humorous! Is there anything else you'd like to add before we call it a day? Kamon: Just follow my Twitch! Nah but real talk I'd like to thank a few players! PuppyHavoc! The dude who literally helped me with my playstyle and made me into the player I am today without his help I'd still be a scrub! Oreo! He kicked my butt for months on end and forced me to get better and learn a brand new playstyle that I use now. slippingbug because he gave me a shot and started telling people how good I am when I was an up-and-coming player with no name! My son Maverick for always beating me with jank and the better character but also always respecting me as a player and friend, knowing I was always trying to get better with Darkrai and he sees the improvement! Rokso for legit always believing in me and understanding the way I think with Darkrai and supporting me without question! Euclase for always supporting me at majors and events and for realizing I'm like the only Darkrai who can beat him so he ALWAYS shows me the utmost respect when we play and talk! My Discord Pokkén homies! I literally wouldn't be here if it wasn't for those guys in there so thanks! All my Twitch followers, mods and subscribers! And all the people who lurk, you guys really helped me with the streaming thing that I love! And if it wasn't for most of you then I probably wouldn't be able to eat and go to events! And shoutout to all the people who generally enjoy talking to me or watching me play it means a lot that a scrub like me can make you guys enjoy my presence in this community! TytoVortex: Those are lovely shoutouts, and I'm sure everyone is going to appreciate the recognition! Keep striving to grow and improve, your Darkrai is getting up there and people are taking notice! Thank you so much for participating in our second Player Interview, it's always a pleasure to speak with you! Have an excellent night, Kamon! Keep making those results, we're all anticipating big things from you and your Darkrai in the future! Kamon: Sure thing, thanks for having me! TytoVortex: No problem, it was my pleasure! We also had a couple of questions come in following the official interview that we decided to squeeze in as well! TytoVortex: A fellow Darkrai player, Shadowcat asks, "what's your opinion on Darkrai's current state in the meta?" Kamon: I feel like Darkrai is an okay character but he needs help and lots of it. He isn't like a bad character by any means but not the greatest at the same time. I just feel like if they stopped nerfing him every single patch most of us could grow at a faster rate with him because I know there are tons of people who want to learn Darkrai but they get upset when they lose with him because he is different from the rest of the cast and they always nerf him in some way, shape or form. So for now I think he is mid tier because his losing matchups really weight him down but that's because of how he plays as a whole. Like, Decidueye and Braxien just have BETTER tools against him so it makes it hard to even play with him at a skilled level against those characters and others! So yeah, mid tier. TytoVortex: Another Pokkén enthusiast, Euclase, wants to know, "you keep saying that Darkrai sucks, in your opinion what changes does the character need?" Kamon: I always say he sucks because he doesn't get rewarded enough for certain things... like take Aegislash for example. If you punish someone with a 4Y combo you get a ton of damage and shift them into Field Phase and you get to reset yourself and you get all of that just from one move. If I do Nasty Plot I only get Bad Dreams Rising and that's it. I dont get tons of damage or anything so most of the cast is rewarded more than Darkrai in that sense. I think he gets nerfed because people see me or Jin doing stuff they dont understand and go, "oh wow that's broken and unfair!" but in reality we have to work for SO MUCH just to get so little in return. Bad Dreams Rising is nice and that's how we win but even so it's sometimes not enough because one mistake and we're out of it yet again. What they should give him is less endlag on some things and buff up some moves, like, okay his counter attack is trash so you should never use it and you get rewarded for Nasty Plot but it's frame five and that's super slow, it only becomes good in Bad Dreams Rising when it's frame one and plus ten on block. So they should buff normal Nasty Plot like make it frame three if anything and give him less endlag on most of his moves. I'm not saying make him broken but like make him more fair so I dont have to work 10 times harder than the rest of the cast. TytoVortex: Thank you, Kamon! Your opinions on the current meta are well appreciated! See you all next time!
  4. It's that time again, folks! The FSBC Cup featuring the lovely Pokémon Gardevoir is on its way! Like with all of the official FSBC Cups, there will be a special title given to all participants. Remember that to receive your special title, you must play at least one match to completion. The "League Master" titles will once again be awarded to the top 100 competitors. You can find the full details for the FSBC Fairy Tempest Cup below. Ranking Times NA: Start: 9/21/2018 8AM PDT End: 9/23/2018 10PM PDT EU: Start: 9/21/2018 10AM BST End: 9/24/2018 12AM BST JP: Start: 9/21/2018 10AM JST End: 9/24/2018 12AM JST Format VS Mode: Team Battle Skill Level: Off Rematch: No Battle Stage: Fixed Battle Arena Participation Prize Participants will receive a special "Fairy Tempest" title based on Gardevoir. Note: To earn the Participation Prize, players must play one match to completion during the Ranking Times listed above. Ranking Prizes Places 1 - 10: Places 11 - 30: Places 31 - 60: Places 61 - 100: Good luck to all of the players competing in the FSBC Fairy Tempest Cup!
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    Player Profile: ThankSwalot

    For the first time in Pokkén Tournament history, the 2018 Pokémon World Championships saw a non-Japanese player crowned as the Pokkén Tournament DX champion. Despite the other three Top 4 spots being taken up by Japanese pros TARUTARO, haruyuki and subutan, 17 year old Jacob "ThankSwalot" Waller was able to become the first ever North American World Champion for Pokkén Tournament. Defeating the likes of Twixxie, Wingtide, Mikukey_HIKARI and more, ThankSwalot showed everyone that he is quite possibly the best Pokkén Tournament DX player in the world. ThankSwalot is a fan favorite for his exciting character and playstyle. Thanks to the intense battle that he and TARUTARO put up, the Pokkén Grand Finals has gained over 650,000 views on the official Pokémon YouTube channel. With all of this in mind, it only seems right that the first Player Profile on Pokkén Arena is featuring your 2018 Pokkén Tournament DX World Champion, ThankSwalot! This series of posts aims to introduce readers to top Pokkén Tournament DX players, Following this post, we'll be posting an interview with ThankSwalot this Sunday! During the interview, we'll be asking ThankSwalot questions asked by the community over the next 24 hours. To ask a question, you can either leave a comment on this post or ask on Twitter by tagging @PokkenArena and including the hashtag #AskSwalot. Then, check back this Sunday to get ThankSwalot's answer! (I'd also like to give a huge thanks to Jetsplit for helping me out with this idea, along with the cooperation of the community in future projects like this one!) ThankSwalot defeats Japanese legend TARUTARO to become the 2018 Pokkén Tournament World Champion! The Pokémon Company Player Information Gamertag: ThankSwalot Name: Jacob Waller Birth Date: December 4, 2000 (age 17) Location: Oak Forest, Illinois ?? Main Character: Other Characters: Sponsor: None DX Mid-Season 1 Ranking: 5th Other Competitive Titles: Pokémon VGC Tournament Placings table, th, td { border: 1px solid white; border-collapse: collapse; } Tournament Date Placement Characters Used VODs 2018 Pokkén Tournament World Championships August 25, 2018 1st 2018 Pokémon North America International Championships July 7-8, 2018 1st DreamHack Austin 2018 June 2, 2018 7th Combo Breaker 2018 May 26, 2018 1st NorCal Regionals 2018 April 1, 2018 1st Final Round 2018 March 18, 2018 2nd Winter Brawl XII February 18-19, 2018 2nd Frosty Faustings X January 20, 2018 5th NEC 18 December 17, 2017 2nd Final Boss October 28-29, 2017 7th Gameplay 2018 Pokémon World Championships: Pokkén Tournament DX Grand Finals 2018 Pokémon North America International Championships: Pokkén Tournament DX Grand Finals NCR 2018 Grand Finals: ThankSwalot (Sceptile) Vs slippingbug (Pikachu Libre) Pokkén Tournament DX Top 4 Finals - Combo Breaker 2018 2018 NA Masters Champ | FT5 vs ThankSwalot Shadow Mewtwo vs Empoleon Links Pokkén Arena profile Twitter account DeviantArt profile YouTube channel DiscordTag: ThankSwalot#4470 Remember, you can ask ThankSwalot questions either by leaving a comment on this post or by tagging @PokkenArena on Twitter and including the hashtag #AskSwalot. ThankSwalot will be answering your questions in his Player Interview, which will be published this Sunday, September 9!
  6. Just a friendly reminder that the Last Chance Qualifier at the 2018 Pokémon World Championships in Nashville begins tomorrow morning! This highly anticipated Pokkén Tournament event will feature veteran players, as well as a few new hopeful faces looking to participate in a 230+ person tournament! You can watch the Pokkén event, along with other Pokémon-related tournaments on the following Twitch channels: Pokemon PokemonVGC PokemonTCG PokkenTournament Pokkén Tournament begins at 9:30 AM CDT tomorrow morning! Don't miss out on watching your favorite players duke it out for the title of Pokémon World Champion! More in-depth look at events here:
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    How did you end up with your Gamertag?

    I actually picked up my tag in 2012 after watching Legend of the Guardians, the Owls of Ga'hoole for the first time. "Tyto" is a species of owl, mainly tying in with barn owls, masked owls, and others of the sort. When I was younger, I was always fascinated with tornadoes and weather, which is where the suffix "Vortex" comes from. Funnily enough, SM2 has a move called Vortex which coincidentally ties in quite nicely with my name! The reason I get so heated when people pronounce Tyto (tie-toe) wrong is because of my passion for owls, which are my favorite animals. "Tito" absolutely will not fly! All jokes aside though, I've always liked my tag for its originality. I've never met anyone else with an IGN like mine.