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 – 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
 

BAM10 Cash Prize Bonuses Announced!

CouchWarriors and its partners are pleased to announce ALL Platinum and Gold level tournaments will receive a Pot Bonus!
As a Baseline, we are providing:
  • $1,000 cash to every Platinum tournament
  • $250 cash to every Gold tournament
And with sponsor or partner contributions, these can go up, and of course, general tournament entry goes into the prize pool! Remember the Platinum tournaments registration cuts off Sunday May 13th at midnight!
Register now at www.smash.gg/bam10
Here’s the full pot bonus list:

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BAM10 REGO CUTOFF! DON’T MISS OUT

Remember to Register early for BAM10! Platinum level tournaments rego will cut off strictly on May 13. The clock is ticking and you don’t want to miss what’s in store.

www.smash.gg/bam10

This includes SFV, Tekken, DBFZ and ALL Smash tournaments. This allows us to provide a better tournament experience, particularly as these games all start Saturday morning.  Make sure you have your registration in and don’t let your friends let it slide!

Capcom Pro Tour, Tekken World Tour, the first major Dragon Ball FighterZ event in Australia, plus Armada for Melee and the biggest Smash4 event yet, it’s all on the line.

Venue registration is still only $50 but goes up to $60 on May 6, and $70 on May 18 (day of BAM10). However, you will NOT be able to register for the above games.  All other games (Gold and Silver) will allow registration up to an hour before.

Full event info https://www.couchwarriors.org/bam10/

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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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Welcome to Dragon Ball FighterZ! A Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to Dragon Ball FighterZ

It’s a very exciting time in 2018. Arc Systemworks, the developers behind Guilty Gear and Blazblue, have graced us with their presence in developing a fighting game for one of the most popular anime shows in the world. As an avid fighting game competitor, I’ll try to explain as clearly and as simply as I can of what kind of a game Dragonball Fighter Z is, and touch on the do’s and don’ts I have found so far with my limited time on the game. As both a Guilty Gear and Tekken player, it was very interesting to find the similarities and differences it had with Guilty Gear.

First off, at its core DBFZ borrows elements of air-dasher fighters (games with strong aerial movement seen in Guilty Gear and Blazblue) and elements of “team” mechanics seen in Marvel vs Capcom. Interestingly it has simplified both systems and has introduced some things of its own in reference to the actual show. For those that are scared to delve into the Fighting game genre, DBFZ looks to make the transition into understanding the competitive nature of fighting games much easier with its simplified mechanics. Read more