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

CCH- December 17 and 2017 dates!

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Hi guys, it’s the last CCH of the year. I will not be there so Spoony will run it in my absence- big thanks to Daniel Finegan aka Spoony.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/237606793334637/

I’ve updated the dates with the full 2017 year, we will no longer operate on a fortnightly schedule, but instead be on the 2nd and 4th week of every month. This is to avoid clashes with the CouchWarriors ranbat which is on the 3rd week of every month and Chris Ho’s tournaments which will be on the 1st week of every month.

I know this year we’ve had much more inconsistency than usual with different venues and startup times and clashes with ranbats and I’m sorry about all that- but this year thanks to the Library ironing out its booking system, we’re rock solid twice a month at 3PM at the Collingwood Library. Here’s to a good 2017 and happy holidays to all the FGC.


Date: Saturday, December 17
Time: 3pm till late
Location: 11 Stanton St, Abbotsford. (Collingwood Library, right next to the Collingwood train station)
Entry Fee: $4 venue fee; anybody that brings either a monitor/console/laptop gets in for free.
Facebook Event Page here.
BYO: screens, consoles and sticks are all appreciated, even if they go unused. The more the merrier.


2017 Schedule

Jan 14, 28
Feb 11, 25
March 11, 25
April 08, 22
May 13, 27
June 10, 24
July 08, 22
August 12, 26
September 09, 23
October 14, 28
November 11, 25


Pyro’s CCH KOFXIV league: The Prologue

-Swiss format FT3
-Starts at 4PM
-Two tiers T1 and T2

T1 Signup: http://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/o4iW8QmbtG
T2 Signup: http://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/QafTTU4XIA

Tier 1 is your competitively driven players or veteran players, expect to be playing people that know what they’re doing and are looking to improve even more so. Tier 2 is your new to King of Fighters or I’ve only played it a handful of times. Expect that these players would be looking to get into the game and maybe one day make it to Tier 1. You may choose your own tier, if you think you’re a Tier 1 player, then enter T1 otherwise enter T2. If you’re stomping T2, you may be moved to T1.

Scoring: If you win your set 3-2, you’ll be awarded 3 points. If you’re the loser in this situtation, you’ll only earn 2 points. Effectively you accumulate score over how many games you win regardless of the overall set victory, so consistent attendance will help you here.

End of Season: There will be a prize for the highest number of points for each division, but there may be other prizes to be won should you show vast improvement or community spirit so don’t be discouraged from playing KOFXIV. Pyro will update you on exactly what we’re going to do as soon as he has a good idea.


 

[Melb] CCH Fighting Game Casuals – October 22

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The next CCH (Chris’ Club House) will be held at the RICHMOND Library at 3PM this Saturday for more casuals n’ chill.

Pyro’s KOFXIV League will be on hiatus this week because he is away.

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 3:00pm till late
Location: 415 Church St. Richmond (Richmond Library, right next to the East Richmond train station or take tram 70 down Swan St)
Entry Fee: $4 venue fee; anybody that brings either a monitor/console/laptop gets in for free.
Facebook Event Page here.
BYO: screens, consoles and sticks are all appreciated, even if they go unused. The more the merrier.


Pyro’s CCH KOFXIV league: The Prologue

-Swiss format FT3
-Starts at 4PM
-Two tiers T1 and T2

T1 Signup: http://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/o4iW8QmbtG
T2 Signup: http://challonge.com/tournaments/signup/QafTTU4XIA

Tier 1 is your competitively driven players or veteran players, expect to be playing people that know what they’re doing and are looking to improve even more so. Tier 2 is your new to King of Fighters or I’ve only played it a handful of times. Expect that these players would be looking to get into the game and maybe one day make it to Tier 1. You may choose your own tier, if you think you’re a Tier 1 player, then enter T1 otherwise enter T2. If you’re stomping T2, you may be moved to T1.

Scoring: If you win your set 3-2, you’ll be awarded 3 points. If you’re the loser in this situtation, you’ll only earn 2 points. Effectively you accumulate score over how many games you win regardless of the overall set victory, so consistent attendance will help you here.

End of Season: There will be a prize for the highest number of points for each division, but there may be other prizes to be won should you show vast improvement or community spirit so don’t be discouraged from playing KOFXIV. Pyro will update you on exactly what we’re going to do as soon as he has a good idea.


 

OFFICIAL STREET FIGHTER V LAUNCH TOURNAMENT – February 20

COUCHWARRIORS Proudly Presents
OFFICIAL STREET FIGHTER V LAUNCH TOURNAMENT
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Supported by Capcom and Playstation 4

Celebrating the launch of Street Fighter V, join us at our major events venue for casual matches, and the first tournament. Who will set the pace for the new era of SFV?

Major prizes for Winners, Runners up, and a range of Participation prizes.

Update – Preregister for the event here

Sponsors:

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Prizes detailed in this post

COUCHWARRIORS RANBATS:

FEBRUARY PREMIUM RANKING BATTLE 2016


– Fighting game tournaments and casuals – ALL Games!
Special event Ranbat at CQ (BAM VENUE) IN THE MELBOURNE CBD!

Note as a premium event there will be a $15 Entry

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles (Ranbat) are a day long fighters festival!
At each Ranbat players can earn ranking points from participating in tournaments, with Prizes and Medals earned at the end of the year!

Event Info

When: SATURDAY February 20th

Where: CQ Functions, 123 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

Cost: $15 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/213701462314018/

Current Schedule

10am – Doors, Casual play
11am – PM Singles
12pm- Smash 4 doubles
1.30pm- melee doubles
1:30[pm – Guilty Gear Xrd

2:30pm STREET FIGHTER V

3:30pm – MORTAL KOMBAT X
4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
3.30pm- smash 4 singles double elimination
4.30pm- melee singles double elimination
6pm – Rivals of Aether
6:00pm Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

Casuals for more games available!

LIVE STREAM

www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv

www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee

Additional Streams TBC

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
There is a BYOC / Sticks policy for the event. Our friendly players will often loan a controller, but we ask you to please bring your own!  Also, while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.

HOW TO GET THERE

CQ Functions is on Queen St, a short walk up from Melbourne Central train Station, or Flinders St Station.

Upcoming Event Dates

Regular Ranbats will take place at the regular venue Monthly on the 3rd and 4th SATURDAY of every month.

(Except BAM in May and TBC Premium end of year Dec)
Mason Hall, 6 Davies St Brunswick. Subscribe to our Facebook events list and look for updates at www.couchwarriors.org

CCH local casuals January 30

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Chris’ Club House (CCH) is back on this Saturday at the Collingwood Library, for another friendly night of FGC casuals and chillout. For 2016 dates and more details check out the CCH page. If you want a quick video primer of the event check out Burnout’s video of it:

When: January 30 at 3PM till late

Where: Collingwood library, 11 Stanton St, Abbotsford (Next to Collingwood train station)

RANKING BATTLE FEBRUARY 21, 2015. DOA5LR Launch and More

Tournaments, casual games, tips and training – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles are a day long fighters festival! Newcomers are welcome as well as tournament veterans.  This is the traditional CouchWarriors event since formation in 2006!

Each “Ranbat” monthly is a chance to play long sets of casual games for practice, but also earn Ranking Points for the tournament games listed below.  Look for regular updates on the ranking points here on the site.  You can view last year’s Ranking Tally here

Come play or BYO your setup. Enjoy some casuals or get in your tournament practice going with our structured events.

Launch Tournament – Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round

Thanks to Team Ninja and Mindscape Games we are hosting a launch tournament for DOA5LR, with prize support to be announced shortly

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Event Info

When: SATURDAY February 21 11am-10pm

Where: Brunswick Masonic Hall 6 Davies St, Brunswick North

Cost: $10 Entry + Tournaments (Expected pot fee is $5 per tournament)

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/346626142212881/?source=1

Current Schedule

11am – Doors, Casual play

11:30am – Smash Melee Doubles
12pm – Smash Wii U Doubles
12:30PM – Smash Project M Singles
2pm – 4pm – Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (stream NGP)
2pm – 4pm – Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
3pm – 4pm – Guilty Gear Xrd (stream NGP)
3:30pm – 6pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV (Stream NGP)
3:30pm – Smash WiiU Singles
4pm – 7pm – SkullGirls
4:30pm – Smash Melee Singles
6pm – 8pm – Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Also available for play on request or if community BYO added setups:

Killer Instinct
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Injustice
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
King of Fighters XIIII
Persona 4A Ultimax

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLER
There is a BYOC / Sticks policy for the event. Our friendly players will often loan a controller, but we ask you to please bring your run!  Also, while we should have enough equipment to run the tournaments, everyone will appreciate anybody who can bring setups for casuals and DIYs.

HOW TO GET THERE

The venue is a short walk from Moreland Train Station, Sydney Road Tram, and there is ample parking at the venue . It’s just off Sydney Rd, before Moreland Rd.

Upcoming Event Dates

Mar 21st

Apr 18th

May 22,23,24: BAM7 (Major Event, No Ranbat)

Jun 20th (Tentative)

December 2014 Final Ranking Battle Results and Points Tally

The December Ranking Battle results are in!  We had an amazing turnout of 115 attendees.  The Ranking results are added below.  We will update soon with the Smash Bros results.

Ranking season medals were awarded to the top points getters in Smash 4, Smash Melee, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

There were some great finals prizes given away thanks to Benq, Madman, Five Star Games and Mindscape Games. Plus thanks to Mindscape and Tecmo Koei we had a preview play of the new Dead or Alive 5 Last Round. What a packed event!

Enjoy this wrapup video from New Game Plus

See you all in 2014. Ranking battle season starts January 24th, 2015.

The ongoing Results Tally board has been updated below.

Points earned by players are based on the following system: Read more

November Ranking Battle Results and Tally

The November Ranking Battle results are in!  We had a great showing with 87 attendees.  The Ranking results from Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown are added below.  We also have a link back to the ongoing Smash Bros results.

The ongoing Results Tally board has been updated below.  The scene is set for a few possible upsets at the top of these lists at the Final Ranbat on December 14!

Points earned by players are based on the following system: Read more

CouchWarriors Upcoming Events and Activity

Ranking Battle this Sunday

Regular events

Weekly – MoeMall Meet n Mash! – Every Friday, Melbourne CBD

FortnightlyCCH Casual Play – Every second Saturday, Collingwood Town Hall Library

August dates: Saturday 2nd, 16th

MonthlyCouchWarriors Ranking Battles – Sunday Mid Month, Brunswick Mason’s Hall.

Next Monthly is Sunday, August 17th.

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Upcoming Conventions

CHAOz – Cosplayers, Hobbyists and Artists of Oz

August 23-24, 2014. Melbourne University.

CouchWarriors Hosts the Video Game Room

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PAX – Penny Arcade Expo

Oct 31-Nov 2, 2014. Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

CouchWarriors Will Host a Fighting Game Lounge in the Console Freeplay/Tournament Area

 

 PLUS – Make sure you support these Upcoming Fighting Game Majors!

Shadowloo Showdown V

Melbourne August 29-31

http://www.shadowlogic.com.au/

 

Ozhadou Nationals 12

Sydney October 11-12

http://ohn.ozhadou.net/

 

MoeMall Meet ‘N Mash : Fridays Weekly

Thanks to the guys at MoeMall , CouchWarriors hosts weekly Friday night fighting game meetups for all your FGC needs in the Melbourne CBD! With this we will be focusing on an awesome relaxed environment for casual play with various events running through the night. Here’s a few things you can expect from us:

All night long casual setups!
Now with 8 setups for all your playing needs and plenty of space for you to bring your own system and play whatever you want. Make sure to BYO sticks though guys! (Or beg / bribe people there) Even during events there will always be casual setups also free for use.


SF4 League!
Rank battles that will be stacked according to skill. Move up in the ladder and improve along side people around your level. Monthly resets means if you improve you will move up to a new tier! These will run from 7:30pm sharp.


Mystery fighting game tournament!
Every week will be a new game with a chance at salt and glory! We wont announce what it is until right before the event starts after signups! This will run after the SF4 league. I bet one will be Karnov’s Revenge. SF2 Anniversary Edtion? CE-Bipson best Bipson.


Live streamed venue!
A ‘main stage’ will be set up with a webcam overlooking it all that will be constantly streaming. Melbourne Fight Night Fridays Live!


Details, details!

Entry fee will be $10 for the whole night (and morning). We are also trialing a $5 for 3hrs or less. No sign up fees for any event, so feel free to join in to whatever you feel like.

Location: 422 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

Time & Date: Friday 11th July. Doors open 5:30pm. SF4 Ladder begins 7:30pm.

Link to the Facebook event page with further details and be found HERE.

Other Upcoming Events:

Couchwarriors Ranking Battle August

CHAOZ Video Game Room by CouchWarriors August 23-24 (More info TBC)

CCH casual events fortnightly

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