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

2018 was a huge year for the game culminating in the Dragon Ball FighterZ Saga event at CouchWarriors Crossup. Before the World Finals at the end of January, lets take a look at what the game is all about, then learn about the top players, and how to get into the local scene.

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 him, led by rushdown king and Adult Gohan master GGP|Kazunoko and the popular CAG|GO1 (go-ichi), famous for his impenetrable defense.

 

TOP PLAYERS IN AUSTRALIA

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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Baxter holding aloft the BAM10 trophy for DBFZ

 

AUSTRALIAN RESULTS

Results from AU/NZ Majors

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/QLD)twitch.tv/couchwarriors

NewGamePlusTV (VIC) twitch.tv/newgameplustv  

York Street Battles (NSW)twitch.tv/ozhadou

DBFZ World Tour Events – twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz

 

COMMUNITIES

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

Aus Anime FGC Discord – discord.gg/ZUA8Ww5

CouchWarriors Crossup – Results, Photos

Over 500 attendees participated in the inaugural CouchWarriors Crossup esports event, combining our traditional end of year community ranking battle across a wide range of fighting games, and special events. For the first time, we were pleased to host a Saga event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour with international pro talent, and a surge of new players for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, alongside free events for Splatoon 2 and preview of Dead or Alive 6.

Results

Dragon Ball FighterZ (78 entrants): Japanese Champion Kazunoko takes his 4th Saga event title. Top Australian results – Falco (Adelaide) 9th, Baxter (Brisbane) 13th, Dailo (Sydney) 13th, and MajinBeng (Melbourne) 13th.

The final match was a heartbreaker for 2nd place Tachikawa (JP) who came so close, and the anguish of the loss is evident in the series of shots shown here.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate (154 entrants): Long running Smash 4 champion DS Extra has on of the closest grand finals he’s faced, with Melbourne regular Ignis making his first grand final and pushing hard with a bracket reset and just going down 3-2.

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Full results as reported internationally on Shoryuken and detailed on our Smash.gg listing

Video Recap

Photography

Facebook gallery Saturday 15th December

Facebook gallery Sunday 16th December

High quality archive

Event Live Stream Archives

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/oceaninksquids – Splatoon 2

Topline stats

 

Attendees 557
Unique Competitors 349
Spectators 208
International players 18
Social and video reach 1,933,897
Max Concurrent views 13,963
Hours Watched 77,104
Media reach 50,064,000 (50 million)

Media Highlights

Red Bull Esports

Kotaku

Dot Esports

PowerUp Gaming

The AU Review

Slasher (Twitter)

Shoryuken / Two

Shacknews

Event Hubs / Two / Three

Thank you to our event partners:

Bandai Namco AU | GG EZ Bar | LG Australia

Madman and Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly

Thanks everyone for coming!

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Melbourne Esports Open 2018 Results

With the help of Melbourne Esports Open we were able to bring some of our fiercest fighting game competition to #MEO2018! With the weekend over and our players from five separate events still celebrating their wins, we give you the top 3 for each event.

View the full brackets on Smash GG for each of our events here.

Link through to the announcement post for stream archive links

Tekken 7

  1. Daniel
  2. Kanga | Chand NY
  3. Rame

Street Fighter V

  1. ORDER | ROF
  2. VS.DS | ZG
  3. ORDER | Travis Styles

Dragon Ball FighterZ

  1. Zed
  2. VS.DS | Baxter
  3. Agent17805

Smash 4

  1. Saber
  2. Justice | Joe
  3. Kanga | Jdizzle

Melee

  1. VS.DS | Spud
  2. ORDER | Sora
  3. LGC | DonB

Congratulations to all of our top 3 placing players!

You can find information about Melbourne Esports Open at their website: https://www.melbourneesportsopen.com.au/

CouchWarriors July 2018 Ranking Battle Results

The end of July sees the return of our monthly Ranking Battle events, with one slight change to the schedule. All of our Smash games are now being held under one roof, taking place on the 4th Saturday of each month alongside Rivals of Aether and Pokken!

Not only does our Smash scene benefit from joining together, this means our FGC RanBat will be packing in even more of your favourite games and events, with our TO’s hosting a free Tekken 3v3 tourney this month to start things off. If you are interested in running a bracket for any game for future events, please feel free to let us know and volunteer!

View the full brackets on Smash GG for FGC here and Smash Bros. + ROA here.

See below for the current year rankings to date. Read on after the break for this month’s winners.
(Smash + RoA results and RanBat points will be added after the event takes place)

SF5 Points Tekken 7 Points DOA5LR Points GGXrd Points
Somniac 38 Chand NY 40 Berzerk 32 Ashzu 48
Rupps 24 Lee Min Ho 32 AlexMD 32 Javi 36
syo 22 Aken 24 Ebabil 20 Feri 20
Burnoutfighter & Cadzow_ 18 Bboy Phoenix 20 ROBDAWGG619 14 Rindows & popo 12
DBFZ Points Sm4sh Points Melee Points Project M Points
DaBeast 20 Extra 58 Dekar 46 Tyler 52
Zed 16 Duon 28 Fess 34 Microsoft J 32
MajinBeng 14 Ignis 21 DonB 22 Dekar 23
TANA93 14 Ghost 20 Sora 16 Bubby 23
UNIST Points Injustice 2 Points ROA Points Pokken DX Points
Haiku 54 Zprime 28 OSU 32 AntWerp 48
Tomo009 36 Hazzles 25 SNC 26 Dan Dandy 28
Spoony 28 95leo 20 MAST 18 Sir Banana 24
Julian 19 GooGie 18 Neeson & Stutter 14 Techless 24

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CouchWarriors June 2018 Ranking Battle Results

CouchWarriors returned for more RanBat action in June, with players coming back refreshed after last months huge turnout at BAM10. Now halfway through the year, it’s time to look at the current points for each of our games.

View the full brackets on Smash GG for FGC + Melee here and Smash4 + ROA here.

See below for the current year rankings to date.  Read on after the break for this month’s winners.
 

SF5 Points Tekken7 Points DOA5LR Points GGXrd Points
Somniac 28 Chand NY 40 Berserk 32 Ashzu 42
Rupps 24 Lee Min Ho 24 AlexMD 32 Javi 34
syo 22 Brownman 17 Ebabil 20 Rindows 12
Burnoutfighter 18 DaBeast & Bboy Phoenix 16 ROBDAWGG619 14 popo 12
Melee Points Sm4sh Points Dragon Ball FighterZ Points UNIST Points
Dekar 36 Extra 50 DaBeast 20 Haiku 44
Fess 30 Duon 24 Zed 16 Tomo009 28
DonB 14 Ghost 20 Tomo009 12 Spoony 24
Microsoft J 14 Ignis 15 King & Issei & MajinBeng & Sketch 10 Julian 18
ROA Points Injustice2 Points Pokken DX Points ProjectM Points
OSU 24 Zprime 28 Antwerp 38 Tyler 44
SNC 16 Hazzles 19 DanDandy 28 Microsoft J 22
Neeson 14 GooGie 18 Sir Banana 24 Dekar 19
MAST & Stutter 12 Ctay 16 Techless 16 Bubby 17

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Gfinity Elite Series SFV Players at Battle Arena Melbourne 10.

The upcoming GFINITY Elite Series will feature a large selection of Street Fighter V players from the community. With BAM10 as the major fighting game event in the calendar year just finished, it’s a great opportunity to look at how these players finished up. How will this latest ranking of the top SFV players in the country play out when the teams face off at Elite Series in the coming weeks?  Their placement at BAM10 will be a good gauge!

The Chiefs main Squad

At the moment, it looks like Chiefs are in the box seat, with the only two Australian players to make top 8 against fierce local and international competition both in that team. In fact, Somniac, as top placer via tiebreak with Bksama, won a trip to Vegas as our EVO representative.

Watch the winning moment: https://clips.twitch.tv/BlazingSmoothLapwingPJSalt

However, a few close calls in pools and previous tournaments suggests some upsets from the likes of ROF and TravisStyles are certainly possible.

Check out all of the players and their teams that came to BAM 10.

See the full BAM10 results list here (Photos and videos linked)

7th Somniac Sydney Chiefs
7th Bksama Sydney Chiefs
9th Travis Styles Melbourne Order
9th ROF Melbourne Order
13th RumoursOfGhosts Melb Avant Gaming
13th ZG Sydney Chiefs
17th GhostChips Brisbane Deceptors
17th Zed Melbourne Order
17th Bug Melbourne Order
17th FREEZA Sydney Roar
25th Camzace Brisbane Deceptors
25th Rupps Perth Ground Zero
25th Caesura Perth Ground Zero
25th BurnoutFighter Melbourne Order
25th Cadzow_ Sydney Roar
25th Dale Sydney Roar
25th Pahnda Sydney Chiefs
33rd RobbieSla. Brisbane Deceptors
33rd SpaceGhost Melb Avant Gaming
33rd Syo Perth Ground Zero
33rd Falco Sydney Chiefs
49th AwildLLAMA Melb Avant Gaming
49th MiM Melbourne Order
65th Staticz Perth Ground Zero
65th Schenkhan Perth Ground Zero
97th AcrylicSaint Sydney Roar
97th Bao Special Brisbane Deceptors

 

BAM10 – Results

What a huge weekend it was at the Melbourne Convention Centre for Battle Arena Melbourne 10!  The CouchWarriors team is incredibly proud of the event and pleased to see so many people had a great time.  With over 2,000 attendees including tons of international star players and commentators, Tekken World Tour, Capcom Pro Tour, the biggest Smash tournaments in the southern hemisphere and the first Dragon Ball FighterZ major in the region among many Spectator friendly activities and preview games, it was an awesome event.

Not to mention, the special prize for three players who now are heading to EVO! From the community buzz and smiling faces at the afterparty, it looks like everyone had a great time, which is the number one thing for us.

Photography, replays and more are to come, but for now, here are the top results across each tournament as found in Smash.GG/BAM10

Hit up the Twitch replays for each game by following the guide in this post

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Videos:

Full tournament results list below

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CouchWarriors February 2018 Ranking Battle Results

February’s ranbats are in the books. 183 fighters competed across a variety of games who all competed to see who could be the best. The main event for this month was our first tournament for Bandai Namco and Arc System Works’ much hyped new title “Dragon Ball FighterZ”.

View the full brackets on Smash GG for FGC + Melee here and Smash4/ROA here.

See below for the current year rankings to date.  Read on after the break for this month’s winners.

 

SF5 Points Tekken7 Points DOA5LR Points GGXrd Points
Syo  14  GoBack Brownman  16  CWBerzerk 18  Javi  20
Burnout 10  DaBeast  12  AlexMD  14  Ashxu  16
Rupps  10  Chandny  10  Ebabil  10  Tomo009  10
 Zed  10  Bboy Phoenix  8 Robdawg & Borgieman  6  Julian  6
Melee Points Sm4sh Points Dragon Ball FighterZ Points UNIST Points
 LGCDonB  12  VS.DS Extra  20  Tomo 10  Tomo9  16
 Dekar  10  MASH Duon  8  Burnout 8  Julian  10
 Skeleduck  10  EBS DD  8  DaBeast 6  Haiku  10
 Wibbless  8  Ignis  8  Tana93  4  Spoony  10
Injustice2 Points ProjectM Points
 Razaprime  10  Tyler  18
 Tana93  8  Dekar  12
 Kdeee-10  6  Bubby  10
 TungSucc  4  Fess & Microsoft J  10

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