OCE FGC Bushfire Relief Charity Tournament Summary

With the tragedy of the ongoing bushfire affecting large parts of Australia, the Oceanic Fighting Game Community banded together in support of those who are affected by the bushfires. On the 18th and 19th of January, the community ran a two day online tournament event covering a multitude of games across the community. Partnering with Gamer Aid Australia, a charity drive was hosted for all affected. All money raised, including tournament entry fees, will be transferred to Gamer Aid Australia’s donation fund for NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES. These funds will be split evenly before being donated to the two organisations.

We’re absolutely floored with the reception this event has had. With an initial estimate of $2,000, we easily achieved that within a few hours of the event, closing off the first day with a bit over $4,000! With one more day to go, we managed to double that to raise just over $8,000!

From the larger games like Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V, to the smaller or lesser known games like Killer Instinct and Touhou Hisoutensoku, it’s wonderful to see people from all corners of our FGC come together. From participating in the chats of eachother’s communities, to the many enjoyable quips and shoutouts that were made over the weekend. We hope you all had as much of a good time as we did with this event.

From all of us who organised this, we’d like to extend a heartfelt gratitude for all of you who helped make this the success it was, from viewers, donators to competitors. It was an absolute pleasure to see the community come together for such a cause.

Here are some quick facts about the weekend

Total Unique Entrants: 166 players across 16 games!

Total Stream Time: Over 40 hours of games!

Total Money Raised: $8264.35AUD

Total Money earned from Entrants:  $1195.70AUD

Total Money earned from Donations: $7068.65AUD

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For those wanting to catch up to the event we have a quick list of results and a link to the brackets and VODs (where applicable) just below.

Interested in a game that you may have saw this weekend? Be sure to check out some of the various community discords linked below to get started!

Tekken 7
1st) Kanga | Wowzer
2nd) Mia
3rd) twygs
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]
1st) Silent
2nd) Rusecruise
3rd) 394_
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Street Fighter V
1st) Schenkan
2nd) Damosk
3rd) freeser
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Mortal Kombat 11
1st) gilbagz
2nd) GilbagzSlayer
3rd) Wizard_of_Aus
Bracket | VOD (Soon) | Discord
Guilty Gear Xrd REV2
1st) Toneblerone
2nd) Blackwind
3rd) Mercy
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
1st) Julian
2nd) Dr. Kimble
3rd) raiyouden
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Soul Calibur VI
1st) Atheroll
2nd) Dylan
3rd) Goat
Bracket | VOD (Soon) | Discord
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
1st) Morpher
2nd) Life’s  Mental Scars
3rd) 394_
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
1st) Helixodron
2nd) Genxa
3rd) gov
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Dragon Ball FighterZ
1st) Agent17805
2nd) SweetLeaves
3rd) CugeltheClever1
Bracket | VOD | Discord
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
1st) Rusecruise
2nd) ArtyBlazy
3rd) RaodenNZ
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Samurai Shodown
1st) Genxa
2nd) Somniac
3rd) TAJGarou
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Skullgirls 2nd Encore
No Tournament Exhibition Matches
VOD | Discord
Touhou Hisoutensoku
1st) Cirno Man
2nd) xyzcv5
3rd) Helixidron
Bracket | VOD | Discord
Killer Instinct
No Tournament Exhibition Matches
VOD | Discord
Dark Souls
1st) MOLBY199
2nd) Ippo
3rd) It is the end | Cestial
Bracket | VOD | Discord

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Gamer Aid Australia is a not for profit charity focusing on assisting and supporting charity drives amongst gamers. Our fighting game community is proud to work with them to support such an important cause

Check out some of their previous collaborations on their twitter

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Charities donated to

WIRES – A wildlife life focused charity. Helping rescue and support many of our native animals during this crisis.

NSW Rural Fire Service – New South Wale’s volunteer fire brigade

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OCE FGC Bushfire Relief Online Events

With the tragedy of the ongoing bushfire affecting large parts of Australia, the Oceanic Fighting Game Community will be banding together in support of those who are affected by the bushfires. On the 18th and 19th of January, the community will be running a two day online tournament event covering a multitude of games across the community. Partnering with Gamer Aid Australia, we will be hosting a charity drive for all affected. All money raised, including tournament entry fees, will be transferred to Gamer Aid Australia’s donation fund for NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES. These funds will be split evenly before being donated to the two organisations.

If you’d like to make a donation to the event, you  can donate through Gamer Aid

The games will be streamed across a number of community channels but you can catch the action on our designated stream channels for the weekend (GamerAidAus/OzHadou), where we will be hosting the tournaments consecutively for a full day’s worth of games.

  • All tournaments will have a sign-up fee of $3.5USD (~$5AUD), this money will go to Gamer Aid Australia as a donation to the fund
  • Various artistic community members will also be offering up art commissions as a raffle prizes throughout the event
  • Courtesy of Gamer Aid Australia, the winners of teach tournament will receive Paladins branded Sennheiser GSP 305 headsets
  • Tournaments can be found at https://challonge.com/events/OceFGCBushfire, with registrations closing an hour before the tournament begins
  • Upon signing up to the tournament, be sure to be in the respective community’s discord during the tournament time to report for matches. Links will be below
  • Closer to the event, we will be providing a donation link to donate directly to our fund in collaboration with Gamer Aid Australia. Funds raised will be towards the NSW RFS and WIRES
  • All games will be played on PC with the following exceptions. Mortal Kombat 11 (PS4), Samurai Shodown (PS4), Super Smash Brothers Ultimate (Switch). Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Street Fighter III: Third Strike will be played on 30th anniversary (or Fightcade if not possible. See their related discord for more)

All times below are in AEDT (GMT+11)

STREAM A: https://www.twitch.tv/gameraidaus

Saturday

Smash Bros. Ultimate – 12PM – Cancelled – https://discord.gg/h47pspf
Soul Calibur 6 (Top OCE Player Invitational) – 4:30PM – https://discord.gg/QrAcg7p
Street Fighter V – 8:00PM – https://discord.gg/rDe8Vzn
UNIST – 12:30AM – https://discord.gg/JaCqGjS

Sunday

Mortal Kombat 11 -12PM – https://discord.gg/BWfKt82
Tekken 7 – 4:30PM – https://discord.gg/Tw6Mgyf
Dragon Ball FighterZ – 9:00PM – https://discord.gg/kbPWTZQ

Stream B: https://www.twitch.tv/ozhadou

Saturday

Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle – 4:00PM – https://discord.gg/JaCqGjS
Skullgirls: 2nd Encore – 6:30PM – https://discord.gg/WKG373f
Killer Instinct – 9:00PM – https://discord.gg/8rYxtv5
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike – 10:30PM – https://discord.gg/rDe8Vzn
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo – 1:00AM – https://discord.gg/rDe8Vzn

Sunday

Samurai Shodown – 4:00PM – https://samsho.co/
Blazblue: Central Fiction – 6:30PM – https://discord.gg/JaCqGjS
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 – 9:00PM – https://discord.gg/JaCqGjS
Touhou 12.3 – 12:00AM – https://discord.gg/JaCqGjS
Dark souls – 2:00AM – https://discord.gg/vnrQHZ2

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Gamer Aid Australia is a not for profit charity focusing on assisting and supporting charity drives amongst gamers. Our fighting game community is proud to work with them to support such an important cause

Check out some of their previous collaborations on their twitter

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If you would like to donate outside of our campaign to some charities directly or support indirectly, see some of the following organizations doing amazing work.

WIRES – A wildlife life focused charity. Helping rescue and support many of our native animals during this crisis.

Red Cross – A chairty focused on disaster relief for those afflicted by the bushfires

NSW Rural Fire Service – New South Wale’s volunteer fire brigade

VIC Country Fire Authority – Victoria’s volunteer fire brigade

and many more (Reddit link to a compiled post of a number of charities)

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For further information, there will be a number of organisers across the various game channels that will be happy to address your inquiries.
Special thanks to all the communities involved in our event

Changes to OzHadou Website

For all those who visit the OzHadou website, you may have noticed a recent amount of articles that cover general fighting game news

As we come into the new year, we’ll be making some significant changes over time to both our events and our media. We’re aiming to cover a lot more community content and we’ll be making some radical changes to our website. Be sure to follow as we enter the new year with some exciting ideas!

Soul Calibur 6 2.00 Released

Today marks the release of a new season for Soul Calibur 6 with a radical number of changes to really shake up the game.

Here’s the important things

  • Balance Update 2.0 will be free to all players, just update the game today and you’ll have it!
  • New character Hilde will be part of the Season 2 character pass and will be released tomorrow (26th)
  • Two new system mechanics in Soul Attack and Resist Impact

Be sure to brush up on the rest of the patch notes here. For all the specific balance changes, check the patch notes

For all competitors attending York Street Battles #73 this weekend, We’ll be running on the 2.0 patch for the final event of the year so be ready

Looking to get into the game? There’s no better way than to join the OCE Soul Calibur Community. Between the wealth of helpful players and fortnightly tournaments, there is no better way to be ready on the stage of history

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle 2.0 Has Arrived!

Today is the release of the long awaited BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle 2.0 on PC, with the release of 2.0 on PS4 being followed up tomorrow on the 21st.

Here’s what you need to know

  • Official 2.0 Patch Notes from ArcSytemWorks
  • The update will be released as a free balance patch. This means all existing owners of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle will be automatically upgraded
  • An additional 2.0 DLC pack will be available for $25USD. This adds 9 new characters to the roster. Celica and Susanoo from Blazblue, Elizabeth and Adachi from Persona 4 Arena, Hilda from Under Night In-Birth, Akatsuki and Blitztank from Akatsuki Blitzkampf, Yumi from Senran Kagura and Neo Politan from RWBY, making for a total of over 50 characters!
  • The Deluxe Edition (With DLC Packs 1-7) will be replaced with the Special Edition (Deluxe Edition + 2.0 DLC Pack) when the patch drops. If you don’t have the game yet, be sure to hold out on purchasing to ensure you get all the content!

With plenty of changes to both characters and system and a leading pace on the ArcRevo2020 tour, There’s no better time to get into this zany mash-up of a versus game.

Due to being released over a week from York Street Battles #73 and a non-entry fee tournament, it will be run on the 2.0 patch. Be sure to spend the week beforehand to brush up on all the character and mechanic changes before then!

Samurai Shodown – Kazama Kazuki released!

Yesterday was the release of the third of Samurai Shodown’s DLC characters in the first season pass, Kazama Kazuki

If you have the season pass, be sure to hit up the playstation store to download this character for free, otherwise he is available for $8.95AUD

As he is releasing over a week before York Street Battles #73, he will be legal for the tournament on the day. Be sure to brush up on the matchup before hand or be turned to ash!

 

Street Fighter V Championship Edition – New characters, New package

Over the weekend, the North American Regional Finals for the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter V occured. With two major tournaments, an open tournament for all entrants and a regional tournament for those from the NA region, this was the last chance to snatch up any points to qualify for the Capcom Pro Tour

For a summary of the event, check out Capcom’s recap blog post

To catch up on any of these exciting matches you might’ve missed, be sure to check out their youtube channel

Concluding this event, Capcom  announced some very exciting news

Street Fighter V Championship Edition has been announced with a slew of enticing new features. Here’s some of them

  • A compiled package of all currently released content including new upcoming content until the conclusion of the season
  • New character: Gill from Street Fighter 3
  • V-Skill 2 for all characters

All of this coming at a discounted price of $30(USD) on February 14, 2020. There’s no such better time to jump into this series

Curious to see these changes in action? Check out the trailer

And be sure to follow Capcom Fighters for more news related to the Capcom Pro Tour!

 

Arc Revo Announcements – GG2020 named, Arc Revo Tour 2020!

Over the past weekend (Nov 17-18), Arc System Work’s tournament series ARCREVO concluded with a major tournament in Irvine, CA,  USA.

With a number of competitors from across the globe, qualifying from various events such as Revolution in UK, EVO in US and JP, Toushinsai in JP, SEAM in Singapore and many more, they battled it out to determine the final champion between Arc System Work’s three headlining titles: Blazblue Central Fiction, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2

With two days of intense, hard fought matches all throughout the event, be sure to catch any missed matches on their youtube channel!

Blazblue Central Fiction Results

Blazblue Cross Tag Battle Results

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev2 Results

Such a major tournament doesn’t come without some major news and Arc System Works doesn’t disappoint!

First by announcing a working title for the new Guilty Gear, now known as Guilty Gear -STRIVE- (with the IV in STRIVE noting it as the 4th title in the series after GG2 and Xrd)

Check out their new trailer featuring the currently announced cast with a certain new spooky returning character

Closing with with news on another ARCREVO tour for 2020!

Notable points include

  • Starting in Spring 2020, Ending Fall 2020 with a finals later in the year
  • Featuring Blazblue Cross Tag Battle and Granblue Fantasy Versus as headlining titles
  • 15 qualifying entrants and a guaranteed last entrant through an LCQ (Last Chance Qualifier) Tournament
  • Points earned through qualifying events throughout the tour

With a fresh game in Granblue Fantasy and a new update on the horizon for Blazblue Cross Tag, Could it be a chance for an Australian player to show up?

Be sure to follow their twitter for more ArcSystemWorks news!

I Don’t Even (Listen to This) Podcast E46 – We Are Family (feat. PoppaHam and KezDog)

In an IDEP first, we’re joined this week by two gaming parents! Joining us is PoppaHam, father of NZ Tekken superstar Wowzer and KezDog, mother of OHN16 Smash Ultimate champion DefectiveDagger to get their perspective on being a parent in the competitive gaming space. After that we cover Tekken’s $4 frame data, the announcement of Chipp (and Potemkin) in the new Guilty Gear and lament the death of chip kills.

Recorded November 4th , 2019 live @ Twitch.tv/Gamrah

Video and show notes after the jump as always (more…)

[SYD] York Street Battles #72 Results

YSB #71 has wrapped up over the weekend. Many thanks to everyone for your support. See everyone at YSB #72 on November 30th!

Results:

Tekken 7
1st) GG | Dee-on Grey
2nd) Mystic Journey | McCheese
3rd) BoX
Bracket
Street Fighter V
1st) Charlie D
2nd) Ayjay
3rd) Kanga | Dailou
Bracket
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]
1st) OH | Kyokugen
2nd) Cheedabee
3rd) Dr. Kimble
Bracket
Guilty Gear Xrd REV2
1st) Risky / CrazyDiamond
2nd) JJ
3rd) Render
Bracket
Mortal Kombat 11
1st) DS | Waz
2nd) TFA | SpruceMoose
3rd) FRE | A Cup Kevin
Bracket
Skullgirls 2nd Encore
1st) SeaJay
2nd) Risky / CrazyDiamond
3rd) Eterpay (Project_Munt)
Bracket
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
1st) Genxa
2nd) Dr. Kimble
3rd) magoolachub
Bracket
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
1st) What is | Life
2nd) FoE | Runaes
3rd) Retired | AwakenedBeing
Bracket
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
1st) Rusecruise
2nd) What is | Life
3rd) Numero_Uno_Loser
Bracket
Dragon Ball FighterZ
1st) Kanga | Dailou
2nd) TxC | Sendo
3rd) Esto
Bracket
Samurai Shodown
1st) Genxa
2nd) KKO | SirSlush
3rd) AlexK
Bracket
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
1st) spikey
2nd) neillyo
3rd) Genxa
Bracket
Soul Calibur VI
1st) FoE | Runaes
2nd) TCZ | Goat
3rd) TCZ | Alto
Bracket