[GC] USF4 @ Good Games Gold Coast – January 23rd

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The Gold Coast FGC is back at Good Games on the Gold Coast this Saturday with some Ultra Street Fighter 4 action. A healthy $500 prize pool has been advertised for this tournament* so if you’re in the area make sure you don’t miss out!

*The advertised prize pool for this tournament is an estimate based on an expected size of 25 players.

Date: Saturday January 23rd
Time: 12:00pm sharp – arrive early to secure your spot
Location: Good Games Gold Coast, 8/130 Scarborough St, Southport, QLD 4215
Entry Fee: $20

For those unable to make it, GC FGC will be live streaming these sessions via their Twitch channel GCfighters.

Visit the Facebook event page to find out more about this tournament, and check out the Gold Coast FGC page to learn more about their regular “Throwdown” events throughout the year.

[AU/NZ] GooGie’s Online MKX Tournament #4, PS4 – February 7th

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The next monthly online PS4 tournament for Mortal Kombat X is coming in early February. GooGie’s online tournaments are proving very popular and it’s not hard to see why: plenty of top players from all around the country competing in a free-entry bracket with $50 and other prizes up for grabs.

Entry is restricted to Australian and New Zealand players with proven stable wired connections. Instructions and live updates will be provided via this Facebook page so be sure to have it open during the tournament.

Date: Sunday, February 7th
Time: 6:00pm AEST
Location: Australian and New Zealand players only
Entry Fee: Free

Full details including tournament rules can be found at the official event page, and you can find GooGie’s live stream after the jump.

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Kotaku Article – How To Get Better At Fighting Games

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There’s no shortage of tournament match videos available for fighting game fans to digest. While online promotion of the competitive fighting game scene attracts plenty of attention, tournament matches only highlight the end of a competitive player’s journey, leaving new players uncertain about where to start when trying to improve themselves.

With new titles like SF5 and Tekken 7 expected to bring new players into the community this year, Kotaku Australia has taken the opportunity to publish a player’s guide to improving your play. The article is written by Adam Rorke, a prominent member of the Stick Addiction group in Canberra.

Below is an extract from Adam’s article. You can read the rest over at Kotaku Australia

So you like fighting games. They’re great to muck around with amongst friends and can provide many hours of excitement and smack talk. But when you watch the Daigo’s and Momochi’s of the world, you might wonder just how the heck does one get that good?

It’s a question I see quite often get thrown around by new comers to my local fighting game club (FGC). And with so many buzzwords thrown around, it can often feel overwhelming and off-putting and many usually give up before they can even get started.

But don’t give up — if you have a love for a specific fighter, that’s all you really need to get started. The following are some general tips to sharpen those skills and get you cranking out some solid wins before you know it!

[Aus] Virtua Fighter 5 Ranbat series Victory Road announced

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Australian Virtua Fighter is alive and well in 2016 and things are only going to get bigger, thanks to a newly announced ranbat series, Victory Road. The idea is that all participating states will award points for high placers, the end goal being some high level state vs state action before the year ends. One of the driving forces behind the series, Sydney’s MadeMan, explains how it will all go down:

VICTORY ROAD is a Virtua Fighter RanBat running in Sydney, Melbourne and any other scene that wishes to get in on the action. The goal is to try and run a tournament series that will be open to any new beginners, and let them track their improvement and ranking as they play each tournament! Leaderboards will be featured on VirtuaFighter.com.

The way it’ll work (in Sydney at least) is each month a tournament will be run for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown. Placings in the tournament will be assigned points, and the names will be listed on the leader boards for each state. Points will be used for seeding future tournaments, especially at majors where Virtua Fighter is present. We’ll also be able to see who’s leading each state, and if travel permits hold ‘State vs State’ rival matches! 

If you’re interested in joining VICTORY ROAD, please let me know in the comments or come speak to me (Luke/MadeMan) at the next YSB! If you’re in Melbourne or elsewhere, please speak to your local organiser to get involved!

It’s a really exciting time to jump into Virtua Fighter, so if you’re involved with either the NSW and VIC scene keep your eyes peeled. If you’re a VF enthusiast in another state and would like to participate in the ranbat, get in touch with the Australian VF community here.

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[SYD] York Street Battles #38 – January 30th

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Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be a huge year for the FGC, so come join us for the first Sydney monthly of the year. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, January 30th
Time: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Location: Bass Suite, Level 2, 99 York St Sydney NSW 2000
Entry Fee: $15 (venue entry)

Centralised registration will cease at 2pm so if you arrive after that, please find one of the tournament organisers floating around and sign up via one of us.

Tournament times are as follows:

3:00pm – The King Of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition (MadeMan)
4:00pm – Ultra Street Fighter IV (Alexk/Goodpart)
4:30pm – Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Jarop/Kyokugen)
5:00pm – Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown 1 v 1 tournament followed by War Games* (MadeMan)
TBC – Mortal Kombat X (FaYd/Gillbagz)

Note: More tournaments will likely be confirmed closer to the event, check back here or make sure you’re following the Twitter/Facebook for updates.

*Like last YSB, a 2 team Virtua Fighter 5 exhibition will be run after the singles tournament. War Games is a more casual event aimed to pit new players against each other in order to better learn the game with some coaching from more experienced teammates. VF TO MadeMan explains how it will work in conjunction with the singles event:

If you’re interested in trying VF, please note the first tournament in the series is going to be FREE. No entry fee, but a prize will be put up for first place. Take this opportunity to have some fun and play with fellow new players. We’ll also be running the War Games elimination team battle like last YSB. You’ll be matched up against someone of similar skill and slowly move up to better players should you win! In case you missed the action last time, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM8rMVAPOFk

Tournament attendance is optional and will only run if there are sufficient numbers and interest on the day. Signups will be taken 30 minutes before scheduled start time. Please locate a YSB staff member to register.

Tournament fee for USFIV is $5, with the entry distributed for the top 3 players. Tournament fees for DIY games are dependent on the organiser of the respective DIY tournament.

See you all there!

The Friendly Alliance Podcast Ep. 3 Feat. ArnoldDesu

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In episode 3 of The Friendly Alliance Podcast, hosts Cabjoy and Gilbagz interview the OHN13 MKX champion ArnoldDesu. This interview provides insight into Arnold’s talent as a competitive fighting game player which has earned him multiple OHN trophies over the years.

Check out the YouTube embed below or go jump to the episode’s Youtube page which includes timestamps for the episode. Topics include comparing the AU Marvel scene with MK scene and a detailed look into how Arnold approaches tournament matches and the game of MKX in particular.

Listeners can also provide feedback on the episode by commenting on the YouTube page or by posting on the Australia/NZ MKX News Facebook page.

[Can] USF4 and KI at Three D6 – January 9th Results

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The first 2016 Canberra tournaments for Ultra Street Fighter IV and Killer Instinct took place at Three D6 last weekend. Vlad emerged victorious in the Open Bracket , defeating Matt Diep in the grand finals. In the USF4 B League Tan’s Vega put in the work to take top honours over Matt.

In KI Adam kept both Mikey and Vlad from the winner’s podium, however these top players are clearly coming to grips with the game having placed 3rd and 2nd respectively. It’s great to see KI getting more tournament attention in Australia. Being Xbox One exclusive has held the game back so the PC release might be able to add some interest.

Below we have the top 3 players in each bracket, along with links to the Challonge brackets and photos of some of the finalists courtesy of Stick Addiction.

USF4 Open Bracket
1st: Vlad
2nd: Matt
3rd: Johnny
Challonge bracket
USF4 B League
1st: Tan
2nd: Rourke
3rd: Isaac
Challonge bracket
Killer Instinct
1st: Adam
2nd: Vlad
3rd: Mikey
Challonge bracket
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Runner-up Matt (left) with champion Vlad, showing his elation – or possibly relief!
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Vlad (left) couldn’t make it 2-from-2, placing 2nd in KI behind champion Adam (right).

[Bris] Tekken 7 SNL with yiggs – January 30th

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The Brisbane scene is getting a dose of arcade tournament action with Tekken 7 tournaments starting at the end of January. T7SNL: Saturday Night Live with yiggs is backed by Queensland Tekken and will be held at IPlay Albert St.

Date: Saturday, January 30th
Time: 2:30pm
Location: IPlay Albert Street, 142 Albert St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000

The QLD Tekken team are currently looking to the community for feedback regarding the timing and frequency of meets for their ranbat season. Visit the Queensland Tekken Facebook page to have your say and see the official event page for full details regarding T7SNL.

SXC2k15 Match Videos

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It’s been a little over a month since the Southern Cross Championships went down in Adelaide. The tournament organisers, the South Australian Fighting Game Community, have been hard at work archiving match videos from the event.

Currently matches for MKX, Smash 4 and SSBM are available. Below we have the MKX grand finals. For other matches from SXC2k15 check out the SAFGC Youtube page.