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Most fighting game tournaments do very little to curate tournament matchups. Sure, the biggest events will do some seeding to ensure that big names and regional rivals don’t play against each other right out of the gate, but for the most part, competitors need to be ready for whoever is thrown at them.

Tsuyoshi, a 9-year-old Dragon Ball FighterZ player, crashed head first into this unique challenge when he had to face his own father in a recent tournament.

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The fighting game community has expanded over the last decade, to the point where its competitive calendar provides a constant stream of tournaments to attend and watch online. While this can be overwhelming at times, it also lets players gauge their growth on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. A Dragon Ball FighterZ competitor came face to face with his own improvement after becoming champion at last weekend’s South Louisiana Major (SLAM), an event he just barely lost the year before.

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There is only one Son Goku in Dragon Ball, yet throughout the series' history, he has embodied many different forms. Video games have attempted to keep up with the canon by including different versions of Goku, each with varying levels of "Goku-ness." Hence the debate: how many Gokus are there, really?

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Four months ago, Eduardo "HookGangGod" Hook had never entered a tournament in person. He had been shooting up the leaderboards in Persona 4 Arena and Guilty Gear for years while preferring to risk frame delays and shaky network connections. But Dragon Ball FighterZ got the self-described "online monster" to see if tournament play was worth it.

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A month ago at Wednesday Night Fights, a local weekly tournament in southern California, Dawn "Yohosie" Hosie was matched against a player who goes by RazorX. His Adult Gohan lineup was a familiar sight, but Hosie's lead-off fighter was Gotenks, who used to be one of Dragon Ball FighterZ's more obscure characters. It's a fighter that Hosie has touted from day one and together the two have shot to the forefront of the Dragon Ball scene.

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The titular Dragon Balls don't see a lot of actual use in competitive Dragon Ball FighterZ, as the conditions to gather them all and summon the wish-granting dragon aren't always conducive to a player's game plan. So when the opportunity to bring out Shenron in a match presents itself, you can bet a player like Goichi "Go1" Kishida will think about taking it.

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Goichi "Go1" Kishida has been dominating the Dragon Ball FighterZ scene since the game came out with a devastating lineup of Adult Gohan, Cell, and Vegeta. His success isn't really in dealing punches and kicks, though: it's that it's almost impossible to land blows on him.

The rhythm of a Versus style game like Dragon Ball FighterZ is easy enough to pick up. Players typically dance around each other in a neutral standoff, throwing out different moves and variations while avoiding or blocking the other's. Once an opening is found, a player goes in and they're on offence, executing long combo strings that will either damage the opponent or force them into full-on defence.

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Two new fighters, Broly and Bardock, hit Dragon Ball FighterZ this week. Bardock comes from an appropriately named TV special, Dragon Ball Z: Bardock — The Father of Goku. Broly also hails from his own special movie named after himself, Dragon Ball Z: Broly — The Legendary Super Saiyan, as well as a few other properties.

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It was only fitting that Dominique "SonicFox" McLean and Goichi "Go1" Kishida meet again in this weekend's Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament. Avoiding each other all the way until the grand finals, it was the anime legend Goichi who managed to edge out the young prodigy and cement his status at the top of the FighterZ scene.