When two of Japan’s strongest Dragon Ball FighterZ players met in the finals bracket of the annual SoCal Regionals fighting game tournament last weekend, fans expected a close match. Instead, the eventual winner shocked audiences by scoring a rare perfect victory in the hectic anime game.
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After Dominique “SonicFox” McLean placed third instead of his usual first in the Injustice 2 finals earlier this weekend at Evo 2018, his fans wondered if the multi-game phenom was slipping. His Injustice 2 skills had only wavered because he was focusing on Dragon Ball FighterZ, right?
But then, during a DBFZ exhibition match against his rival Goichi “GO1" Kishida, SonicFox kept dropping combos and lost several matches in a row. It didn’t seem like the blue fox could turn it around and win it all at Evo 2018 this year.
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?
Beyond the Summit held its first traditional fighting game event this last weekend, inviting 16 Dragon Ball FighterZ players to Southern California for a four-day tournament. But even with competitors such as Dominique "SonicFox" McLean, Goichi "GO1" Kishida and Sho "Fenritti" Shoji in attendance, one surprising figure stood alone as champion when all was said and done: Eduardo "HookGangGod" Deno.
Yamcha has not had the best luck in Dragon Ball. He was once a lord and a threat, but by Super his lagging power level became a gag. You wouldn't know it watching Ryota "Kazunoko" Inoue play him in Dragon Ball FighterZ, though.
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.
The biggest news in the Dragon Ball FighterZ world this weekend was Dominique "SonicFox" McLean finally defeating rival Goichi "GO1" Kishida, but the rest of Combo Breaker was pretty thrilling too. One tense standoff in particular served as a perfect example of a confusing fighting game concept known as 'neutral.'
Dominique "SonicFox" McLean has won titles in a number of games, but in Dragon Ball FighterZ, he found his challenge in Goichi "Go1" Kishida. After losing to Goichi in several tournament and exhibition sets, McLean finally got his tournament win yesterday in a heated grand finals at Combo Breaker 2018.
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.
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.
Dragon Ball FighterZ has been a smash hit, with players from all corners of fighting games converging on the title to duke it out with iconic characters like Goku, Piccolo, Frieza, and more.
But as Dragon Ball FighterZ strategy developed, it quickly became clear that Super Saiyan Vegeta had the best assist in the game.
After a few weeks away, Dominique "SonicFox" McLean returned to New York City's weekly Next Level Battle Circuit tournament series this week for a bit of Dragon Ball FighterZ competition. The king of fighting games had taken a few recent losses to rival Goichi "GO1" Kishida, and was ready to throw down with a new team - and perhaps block access to a tournament slot along the way.
Goichi "Go1" Kishida and William Peter "Leffen" Hjelte matched up today in Dragon Ball FighterZ at the Brussels Challenge in Belgium. During the match, a quick exchange of blows reminded everyone just how good Go1 is at this game, especially on defence.
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.