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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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
This will be the first tournament for the major Switch title – Claim the title of inaugural champion! Stay tuned for more announcements.
More Tournaments – Fighting 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!
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.
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:
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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.