BAM11 – Battle Arena Melbourne 11 2019 Announcement

CouchWarriors presents: Battle Arena Melbourne 10 – #BAM10
May 17-19, 2019

Australia’s major fighting game event brings together players across the nation for fun and competition. It’s the largest open entry esports event in the region and an international destination.

The final stage of BAM PATH TO EVO, sending the top ANZ players in three games to EVO World Championships
http://www.bampathtoevo.com

REGISTRATION: To be announced

WHERE:
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Bays 1-2 (Opposite Crown Casino)

More info to come! Join the Facebook event for updates.

CWC Sponsors and PRIZES!

Thanks to our sponsors we have a great set of prizes to give away at CouchWarriors Crossup!

Sponsors and Partners

This year’s event supporters are:

Bandai Namco AU | GG EZ BarLG Australia

Madman and Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly

Prizes

Ordered by game, here are the prizes you can win by playing at or in some cases watching on stream, the action at CouchWarriors Crossup!

Each of the 10 Tournaments below will have an Unlucky Lucky winner, if you play and go out 0-2, you could win a Dragon Ball Super Movie Buy One Get One Free Pass!

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Aside from the $5,000 prize pool, 7th Dragon Ball as a trophy and trip to World Finals? Ok – sure, here are some more!Dragon Ball Super - Part 5

1st to 8th: Special Dragon Ball Australia gift package

Top 2 from ANZ will receive a Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admit 2 Ticket

  1. Dragon Ball Super Pt 5 Blu-Ray (Madman)
  2. Dragon Ball Z Broly Movie Collection Blu-Ray (Madman)
  3. Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admin 2 Pass
  4. Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admin 2 Pass

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

  1. LG 24″ HD Gaming Monitor 24MP59G-P

1st to 4th: Warriors Orochi 4 Switch (Koei Tecmo)

 

Tekken 7

1st: Jump Force (Digital Code ready for release, Bandai Namco),

AND Terra Formars S1 Blu-Ray (Madman)

Soul Calibur VI

1st: Jump Force (Digital Code ready for release, Bandai Namco),

AND  Granblue Fantasy V1 Blu-Ray (Madman)

Street Fighter V

1st to 8th: Street Fighter Plushies!

1st to 4th Megaman 11 (PS4, Capcom)

Guilty Gear Xrd

  1. No Game No Life Bluray (Madman)

UNIST

  1. Ghost in the Shell Bluray (Madman)

Blaz Blue CT

  1. Altelier Lydie & Suelle (PS4, Koei Tecmo)Image result for atelier lydie & suelle ps4

Splatoon 2

Winning team (x4) – AnimeLab 3mth Premium Subscription

Dead or Alive 6

Saturday and Sunday 1st-2nd: Altelier Lydie & Suelle (PS4, Koei Tecmo)

 

PLUS MORE PRIZES FOR LUCKY DRAW AND LIVE STREAM INCLUDING ANIMELAB PREMIUM

CouchWarriors AUSFGC Primer #1: Dragon Ball FighterZ

Ever get so emotional in a match you felt like powering up? Hype is the sign of a great fighting game, and few games can get players on their feet – and screaming – like Dragon Ball FighterZ.

 

 

Building on the winning gameplay formula of “VS” games, Dragon Ball FighterZ (DBFZ) features lengthy juggle combos, high-speed aerial combat and frequently-used, powerful super moves. This combination makes matches feel like the clashes between godlike beings you would expect from the Dragon Ball anime. Getting to pick your dream-team of 3 Z Fighters or assorted alien menaces adds to the feeling that each match is some new, crazy episode of the beloved saga.

The natural combination of Dragon Ball and fighting games has produced other titles over the years, although none of them play similarly to DBFZ. Starting with the popular Budokai series in the early 2000’s, most of them feature 3D combat with a focus on movement and scale rather than traditional fighter mechanics.

But since DBFZ was developed by Guilty Gear & BlazBlue creators ArcSys, they chose to depart from that formula in favour of their usual movement-focused 2D gameplay. Now more accessible to fans of other fighters, and with mainstream appeal from the Dragon Ball cast and setting, DBFZ has fast become one of the world’s most played fighting games.

That global popularity has also translated into strong local scenes all around AU/NZ. High level DBFZ competition is available at regular tournaments anywhere those events are held! Our region has its own official online tournaments as well – like the 2018 Dragon Radar qualifier won by top Melbourne player Zed.

 

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The popularity of the Dragon Ball franchise is bringing in a lot of fresh fighting game players to try this new game. Fortunately, behind fast pace and dizzying combo potential DBFZ has a number of thoughtful touches to help you train up.

Firstly, the idea of “auto-combo” attacks have been developed to be more of a complete playstyle. As with some other fighters, mashing light attack will dial up a full combo which would normally take complicated inputs to perform, getting you some good damage. But DBFZ also lets you perform auto-combos with the other attack buttons, each of which has different tactical advantages.

 

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There are a few other essential options, each performed with one or two buttons. Every character can do an anti-air move as their opponent flies/falls towards them with down+heavy. If your opponent is just blocking everything, you can catch them with an overhead (forward+medium) or a Dragon Rush (light+medium attack). If you can’t get close – maybe they’re throwing Ki Blasts – try a Super Dash (special+heavy) or Vanish behind them (medium+heavy).

The final step in gameplay is to work out Assists. The characters you aren’t currently controlling can jump in from the sidelines to add a specific attack to your combo, give your opponent something extra to block or zone them out while you power up for meter (light+special). Different characters have their own Assist moves, so you have to work out what each of yours is good for – or build a team that has the ones you want.

While learning harder combos and setups will let you kill opponents in fewer hits, understanding how to land hits and defend yourself in the first place should be the priority. In high level play, pressure strings can be oppressive and many combos will be lethal. But the default mixup options of Vanish and Super Dash can be punished, and having the read on these attacks will reward you across every game of DBFZ.

 

 

For experienced FGC members the most significant mechanic of DBFZ is the Tag system. Like the VS. series, Skullgirls and other similar games, you need to understand the potential of your character’s assists and maintain a gameplan throughout each match. It’s essential both to have your team order worked out AND to know what each of your characters can do with meter and Sparking should they end up as your anchor.

While there are definitely top tier standouts among the cast, very few are considered unplayable. The examples set by top players show that it’s usually better to find a team that suits your playstyle – whether that’s big-bodied grapplers, those with high-damage combos, the best rushdown game, or anything else. If you have one character who is the apple of your eye, just fill out the team with consistent high-tiers who provide good assists, like Gotenks or Vegeta. Compared to some other tag-based games, the metagame here is still wide open.

If you’re looking for top players to follow, a good place to start is the game’s first EVO champion and multi-game superstar SonicFox, of team EchoFox. Moving over from dominating Netherrealm Studios games, he displays the same incredible knack for reading his opponents in DBFZ. A host of Japanese players are constantly challenging it, led by rushdown king and Adult Gohan master GGP|Kazunoko and the popular CAG|GO1 (go-ichi), famous for his impenetrable defense.

 

 

In Australia, there are standout players from around the country: the aforementioned Zed, BAM10 champion Baxter, Kanga|DAILOU and our top finisher at EVO, Perth player SaltyParis. In addition to monthly tournaments like Sydney’s York Street Battles and CouchWarriors ranbats in VIC/QLD, DBFZ has been a feature game at every recent major tournament. You can safely assume that if an event isn’t specifically for a different game, you’ll find Dragon Ball there.

The premiere international competition is the official DBFZ WORLD TOUR, where champions of each tournament stop are awarded one of the seven Dragon Balls! Not only are these some of the coolest trophies in the FGC, they qualify their owners to the eventual World Finals.


Another benefit of being the current top game, those searching for
DBFZ content and communities are spoilt for choice right now. Many fantastic players both locally and internationally are streaming their gameplay, in addition to the availability of full tournament VODs.

For those looking to join a broader community for discussion, check out the Facebook pages run by local TOs, and the “Australian Anime FGC” Discord server. There’s plenty of people out there at all levels of experience to help you find practice partners and improve your game.

 

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TOP STREAMERS

Nakkiel (USA)twitch.tv/nakkiel_pnw  

Tatsunical (USA)  – twitch.tv/tatsunical  

HookgangGod (USA)twitch.tv/eduardo_hook

CAG|GO1 [and others] (JAP) twitch.tv/cyclops_osaka  

SaltyParis (WA)twitch.tv/saltyparis  

Athletico|Raptr (QLD)twitch.tv/raptr_au

DS|Baxter (QLD)twitch.tv/ham_baxter  

 

TOURNAMENT STREAMS

CouchWarriors Ranbat (VIC)twitch.tv/couchwarriors  

York Street Battles (NSW)twitch.tv/ozhadou  

 

COMMUNITIES

Australian FGC FB – facebook.com/groups/1498441930379893/
New Zealand FGC FB – facebook.com/groups/standingfierce/

Aus Anime FGC Discord – discord.gg/ZUA8Ww5

Play it early: DEAD OR ALIVE 6 at CWC this Weekend

Thanks to Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja, at CouchWarriors Crossup this weekend, you will be able to play the latest preview build of Dead or Alive 6 direct from Japan’s Dead or Alive Festival. This version of the game is close to finished and has not been shown outside of Japan. More characters are available for play, including Bass, Tina and Mila. Team Muscle!

As the game evolves it’s looking better and better.

Due for release on February 15, 2019, Dead or Alive 6 will be available for casual play and there will be two fun tournaments, 2pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday 

Full schedule here. The DOA events will be streamed on twitch.tv/newgameplustv

All you need to join in is a venue Spectator pass and all Dead or Alive 6 events are FREE to enter.

Register here: www.smash.gg/cwc2018

Try the exciting new fighter before its release, and there will even be prizes! Thanks to Koei Tecmo, the JRPG Atelier Lydie and Suelle will be given away during the tournament. A range of Koei Tecmo titles will also be given away across other games, including Warriors Orochi for Switch, sharing the love with the Smash Bros Ultimate tournament, along with some door prizes too.

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COUCHWARRIORS HOSTING FIGHTING GAMES AT PAXAUS! OCT 26-28

Another year at PAXAus for another year of fighting games! We have some exciting stuff in store this year, with early access to the Tokyo Game Show demo of Dead or Alive 6 thanks to the folks at Koei Tecmo Games.

Also a first for us this PAXAus, we’ll be hosting a panel on Saturday to showcase the Console Tournament finals for Dragonball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros 4! Plus, a DOA6 exhibition and some cool surprises and announcements!

Now you can marvel in the comfort of a theatre while the best players at PAX go at it live on stage. Read below for more details.

 

Panels:

CouchWarriors Fighting Game Community Tournament Finals

Featuring the Saturday finals for Smash Bros 4 and DragonBall FighterZ live on stage with commentary! 6:30pm Saturday, Fruitbat Theatre

http://aus.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/couchwarriors-fighting-game-community-tournament-finals

 

Console Tournament Area:

CouchWarriors have been called upon once again to host the fighting game section of the Console Tournament area at PaxAus, running through all three days and hosting a wide variety of games to suit any gamer, new or old.

As usual, between tournament sets we are open for learn to play sessions and casual matches. So feel free to take a break between all those panels, cosplaying and indie games to come join in for some competitive fun!

Winners for each tournament will receive a limited edition PAXAus medal!

Direct link to our schedule with tournament rules can be found here.

Games Available:

AGM Officer Roles!

With the Annual General Meeting now wrapped up, we are happy to announce our elected officer roles for 2019!

President – Jack “Pudge” Gorman.
Vice President – Cailan “CK” Kingsbury.
Secretary – Dean “DeanSG” Eddy.
Treasurer – Michael “Javi” Thai.

Brisbane Treasurer – Ellis Johnson

Congratulations and thank you to the whole team for another massive year!

With more exciting events and initiatives to come, the CouchWarriors team in both Melbourne and Brisbane are looking forward to continuing to build these plans for the community.

Thank you to all the players, supporters, volunteers and viewers.

October RanBat – SoulCalibur VI Launch Event

CouchWarriors has some good things in-store for all of our SoulCalibur fans attending this month’s RanBat! To celebrate the launch of SoulCalibur VI we’ll be giving away a whole assortment of goodies, with door prizes being given away at random and a chance to walk away with full collector packs, with one going to this month’s SCVI champion.

All of this is up for grabs:Winners and door prize:

  • Collector Edition ‘Sophitia’ Figurine

General giveaways to everyone while stocks last!

  • T-Shirts
  • SoulCalibur Playing Cards
  • Metal Plates
  • Free copies of the game for the PlayStation 4!

You can sign up now at https://smash.gg/CWRanbatOCT2018. This month’s RanBat is being held at a new location for CouchWarriors, with Bayview by the Park being host to the big launch event. With all of our monthly events under one roof, be sure to check out the updated schedule before Saturday. You can find more details on the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1705796982846057/.

Doors will open at 10am this Saturday (the 20th of October). Hope to see you all there!

You can find more details about SoulCalibur VI ahead of this week’s release at https://en.bandainamcoent.eu/soulcalibur/soulcalibur-vi.

CouchWarriors Crossup – Australia’s Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Saga Event

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Baxter at BAM, the first ANZ Champion in Dragon Ball FighterZ

The biggest fighting game release this year has been Dragon Ball FighterZ! Taking the community by storm, DBFZ has been an immediate hit as a tournament title. The debut major for DBFZ in Australia, BAM10, saw 122 entrants, as VSDS Baxter took home the first championship in a thrilling final.

Now, CouchWarriors is excited to announce we will be hosting a Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Saga Event – one of only seven in the world.  Find out more about Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour here https://dbfzworldtour.com/

This major global fighting game event will take place at our Ranking Battle Season finals, and because it’s a special occasion, we are creating a new event.  CouchWarriors Crossup.

CouchWarriors Crossup will take place over two days, December 15-16, 2018. We will have more announcements around this new major event in the fighting game and esports calendar in the weeks to come.

This event is sure to attract the greatest players from around the world – expect to see top players from across Japan and South East Asia and perhaps even further afield, to battle against our local champions to claim the seventh Dragon Ball and a direct qualification into the World Finals in January.

That’s right, the winner of the event gets a free trip to the DBFZWT Finals! Alongside the incredible opportunity to go to World Finals, there is a $5,000 Prize Pool for Dragon Ball FighterZ

 

Register now!

What – CouchWarriors Crossup – A Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga Event Down Under

When – December 15-16, 2018

Where – Batman Royale: Lieutenant Room. 14 Gaffney St, Coburg North VIC 3058, Australia.

Register Smash.gg/CWC2018

Live Stream – www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

Venue Fee – $30

DBFZ Tournament Fee – $10

DBFZ Prize Pot Bonus – $5,000

DBFZ Grand Prize – Dragon Ball, Invitation to Dragon Ball FighterZ World Finals

Facebook Event Click Here

 

That’s Not All

 

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Launch Tournament
This will be the first tournament for the major Switch title – Claim the title of inaugural champion! Stay tuned for more announcements.

 

More TournamentsFighting game tournaments and casuals.

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles are a fighters festival! As the CouchWarriors 2018 Ranking Battle Finals, CouchWarriors Crossup will also feature all of the games played in tournaments over the year. More announcements on special events across the event for a range of fighting games to come

BAM Path To Evo Event: Tekken 7, Street Fighter V and Smash Ultimate players earn points on the path to BAM and EVO in 2019!
Event Streaming live on
www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz – Dragon Ball FighterZ
www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors  – Street Fighter V, Tekken 7
www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash – Super Smash Bros Ultimate
www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee – Super Smash Bros Melee
www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv – Soul Calibur VI, Dead or Alive 6
 

CouchWarriors and Twitch extend esports partnership with 2018-19 Fighting Game Ranking Season: BAM Path to EVO

CouchWarriors and Twitch extend esports partnership with 2018-19 Fighting Game Ranking Season: BAM Path to EVO

 

  • Inclusive Esports Ranking season and league ladder for events across ANZ every month.
  • Each event live stream will feature on Twitch TV’s front page.
  • Earn points to set ANZ FGC esports players on a path to Australian championships at BAM
  • Top ANZ BAM players awarded flights, accom for EVO World Championships in Las Vegas!

 

 

Thursday, 27th September – CouchWarriors and Twitch TV have announced BAM Path To EVO, a qualifying path for ANZ fighting game esports players across multiple local and upcoming online events.  The series, featured front page of #1 gaming streaming platform Twitch TV, starts as of this month. Points earned will be tallied on a combined league ladder, leading to the national championships at BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne). From there, champions in three games will go on to EVO World Championships in 2019.  

 

This new phase of the esports partnership will support ongoing events across the ANZ fighting game community. Players at monthly CouchWarriors, Ozhadou and Standing Fierce events around the region will be able to earn points to see who is performing best at local tournaments, while event streams feature on the front page of live streaming platform, Twitch.TV  

 

Players in Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros 4 WiiU will each earn points tallied on a shared leaderboard at BAMPathToEVO.com.au, and the top scorers will receive travel and a qualifier opportunity at BAM11 in May, 2019.  The top ANZ player at BAM in each game, will once again travel to Las Vegas, USA, to participate in the EVO World Championships!

 

The first phase of the partnership began in May at Australia’s largest Fighting game major, BAM. Three champions then played for Australia at EVO. Now, the pathway is now open to more players around Australia and New Zealand, starting this month.

 

National Ladder and Community Partners

The centralised ladder has launched on BAMPathToEVO.com.au and will grow in features as event results roll in. For more information on the ranking points system, visit https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-with-twitch/

 

The first three states to join the series with their regular events will be in Victoria and Queensland through CouchWarriors, Sydney through Ozhadou, and New Zealand through Standing Fierce.

 

Next events and where to watch

 

Each regional points champion will be provided travel and entry into BAM11!

 

Online tournaments each month

In addition to the local community events, further points are available for participants in one online tournament each month per game.  More details of each tournament and how to sign up will be shared on couchwarriors.org/bam-path-to-evo-with-twitch/  and BAMPathToEVO.com.au very soon.

 

Events for everyone

Players in other fighting games will still earn local ranking points. So if you love playing more than SFV, Tekken and Smash 4, players are always encouraged to build their local scenes by playing all games they would like to learn or compete in.

 

To find out more about each fighting game community in ANZ, visit:

 

CouchWarriors: www.couchwarriors.org

Ozhadou: www.ozhadou.net

Standing Fierce: www.standingfierce.com

 

How to join as a partner event or sponsor the series: [email protected]

 

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About CouchWarriors

CouchWarriors, established 2006, is an expert in gaming tournaments and esports events.  A community run not for profit with over 10 years experience, grown from the vibrant fighting game community.

Hosts of Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest open entry esports tournament event. CouchWarriors offer casual and grassroots events, scaling to tournaments at the national level.  Both beginner to expert players have room with our inclusive approach, from a professionally minded tournament team.

CouchWarriors also offers commercial events services from tournament organisation and administration, live streaming, event management and staffing. CouchWarriors have supported events including Melbourne Esports Open, Madman Anime Festival and PAX Australia.

For more information

www.couchwarriors.org

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Contact

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