The Sharon vs Ogawa first to 10 exhibition was streamed by H.H on his Nico community and Twitch channel yesterday, and he has already uploaded it to Youtube for those who missed it! You can watch it below:

Sharon(Elphelt) vs Ogawa(Zato)

In addition, H.H interviewed both players before their exhibition, and asked them their opinion of the Xrd 1.10 character rankings. I have transcribed their lists below, and you can read more details on specific character comments on greatfernman’s Twitter translated to English!

Ogawa’s tier list, more comments
S Sol Millia Zato Axl Faust Sin Elphelt
A Ky May Chipp I-No Bedman Leo
B Venom Slayer Ramlethal
C Potemkin

Sharon’s tier list, more comments
S Sol Millia Zato Axl Faust I-No Sin Elphelt
A Ky May Chipp Venom Slayer Bedman Leo
B Ramlethal
C Potemkin

Minor updates

Ramlethal Valentine by Taro

Ramlethal Valentine by Taro

I know that updates have been scarce here since Version 1.10 of Xrd dropped for arcades, as I’ve been busy. But today I have brought the 2015 Videos page up to date with the most current footage! The page has also been divided in two segments for Version 1.04 and 1.10 to make it easy to distinguish. Finally, I have also updated the Notable Players page and added Sin, Elphelt, and Leo.

In other news, H.H is going to be streaming a first to 10 exhibition match set between Ogawa Zato and Sharon Elphelt on the 22nd! If you are living in the US, that is going to be happening very late on Thursday night. It should be dual streamed on his Nico community and Twitch channel.

Elphelt Valentine by Fumio

Elphelt Valentine by Fumio

Much to everyone’s surprise, ArcSys announced that Guilty Gear Xrd’s Version 1.10 will be available on the Japanese console versions on 5/8, with the US version following the day after! This is probably the shortest we’ve ever had to wait for a new ASW patch. So we are no longer a version behind Japan.

Last weekend a special international tournament called KSB happened over Japan’s national Golden Week holiday. For those who don’t know, KSB is a collaboration between KVO and the USA’s Team St1ckBuG. KVO started out as Japan’s only national Marvel vs Capcom 3 tournament and has been steadily getting bigger every year. This year, St1ckBuG teamed up with them to greatly expand the event and add all of the ASW games to its lineup! Unfortunately at the time of the tournament, console Guilty Gear Xrd was not updated to Version 1.10. But there were still a lot of great matches! I have put up all the footage on Youtube in a four part playlist. If you’re wondering why the video quality is 360p/480p when previous KVOs have been 720p 60fps, it is because KSB had multiple streams running simultaneously from one wifi hotspot. So there was simply not enough bandwidth for an HD stream.

Also, the first two parts are taken from H.H’s Twitch channel, which has English commentary from James Xie, St1ckBuG, jiyuna, Brice, and several others. The last two parts are taken from the Godsgarden Nico community, which has Japanese commentary from Koichi, Kamichan, N-O, and Dogura. Most importantly, it also has stage commentary from the legendary Kakyuu, who has been absent from all a-cho footage since he got married! I would have used the Twitch version for the whole archive normally, but H.H’s stream was having a lot of technical problems(like audio cutting in and out) for the second half of the event which is why I split it up. That, and also because it’s so great to hear Kakyuu on the mic again.
KVO x TSB: KSB 2015 GGXrd tournament
1st – Woshige(Millia)
2nd – Takehara(Ramlethal)
3rd – Nage(Faust)

In addition, most of the KSB registered GG players went to a-cho the day before for a 3on3 tournament! There are a ton of players from several regions here, so this is basically Japan’s first big GGXrd 1.10 tournament. Lots of great matches, so I highly recommend watching.

a-cho Eve of KSB 2015 GGXrd 3on3
Part 1
Gazou(Faust), Yuuri(Ramlethal), Tights(Zato) vs Kyobashi(May), Soemuncho(Sol)
4:24 Hama(Millia), Charisma(Faust), Iroha(Zato) vs Dogura(Sin), Efute(May), Tabun(Zato)
11:30 Efute(May), Tabun(Zato), Dogura(Sin) vs Yuuri(Ramlethal), Tights(Zato), Gazou(Faust)
23:02 Hama(Millia), Charisma(Faust), Iroha(Zato) vs Toganocho(Slayer), Kyobashi(May), Soemuncho(Sol)
33:10 Tabun(Zato), Efute(May), Dogura(Sin) vs Soemuncho(Sol), Toganocho(Slayer), Kyobashi(May)
40:41 Day(Elphelt), Rozu(Ky), Woshige(Millia) vs Riiba(Sol), Sasaki(Sin), Ruu(May)
55:07 Makki(Elphelt), Kitamura(Zato), Matsuura(Sol) vs Taka(Slayer), Nage(Faust), Nakamura(Millia)
1:03:42 Rokka(I-No), MGA(Potemkin), Eternal(Slayer) vs NOB(Sol), Sharon(Elphelt), Hasegawa(I-No)
1:14:06 Fumo(Elphelt), eki-chan(Millia), Kimuchan(Ky) vs Eternal(Slayer), MGA(Potemkin), Rokka(I-No)
1:24:06 Naziko(Ky), Mawori(Leo), Kabocha(Zato) vs Guro(Elphelt), Maeken(Slayer), Kazunyan(Ramlethal)
1:37:22 Anu(May), Meimei(Elphelt), Bitamin(Venom) vs Ain(Ky), Susumu(Chipp), Defure(Faust)
1:44:02 Maeken(Slayer), Guro(Elphelt), Kazunyan(Ramlethal) vs Susumu(Chipp), Ain(Ky), Defure(Faust)
1:50:11 Anu(May), Meimei(Elphelt), Bitamin(Venom) vs Naziko(Ky), Mawori(Leo), Kabocha(Zato)

Part 2
Guro(Elphelt), Kazunyan(Ramlethal), Maeken(Slayer) vs Anu(May), Meimei(Elphelt), Bitamin(Venom)
9:35 NOB(Sol), Sharon(Elphelt), Hasegawa(I-No) vs Gothloli(Leo), Doruji(May), Enamel(Axl)
18:14 Seri(Faust), Kuni(Ramlethal), Kanegon(Elphelt) vs Riiba(Sol), Ruu(May), Sasaki(Sin)
30:05 Seri(Faust), Kanegon(Elphelt), Kuni(Ramlethal) vs Woshige(Millia), Rozu(Ky), Day(Elphelt)
43:07 Upa(Slayer), Reiichi(Venom), Shimajirou(Sol) vs Sosomin(Leo), Messhi(Chipp), Katsuyama(Sin)
55:22 U-Zen(I-No), Kedako(May), Sabamiso(Bedman) vs Ayaya(May), Ke-chan(Elphelt), Hishou(Bedman)
1:09:00 Upa(Slayer), Shimajirou(Sol), Reiichi(Venom) vs Kedako(May), U-Zen(I-No), Sabamiso(Bedman)
1:18:20 Messhi(Chipp), Sosomin(Leo), Katsuyama(Sin) vs Ayaya(May), Ke-chan(Elphelt), Hishou(Bedman)
1:35:45 eki-chan(Millia), Kimuchan(Ky), Fumo(Elphelt) vs Rokka(I-No), MGA(Potemkin), Eternal(Slayer)
1:48:03 Yukian(Axl), Kaperin(Bedman), Satoban(Axl) vs Makki(Elphelt), Kitamura(Zato), Matsuura(Sol)

Part 3
Svampen(May), Gerran(Venom), Baszoo(I-No) vs Kimuchan(Ky), Fumo(Elphelt), eki-chan(Millia)
11:34 Makki(Elphelt), Matsuura(Sol), Kitamura(Zato) vs Nakamura(Millia), Taka(Slayer), Nage(Faust)
19:19 Dogura(Sol), Efute(May), Tabun(Zato) vs Hasegawa(I-No), NOB(Sol), Sharon(Elphelt)
26:00 Woshige(Millia), Rozu(Ky), Day(Elphelt) vs Taka(Slayer), Nage(Faust), Nakamura(Millia)
36:35 Kedako(May), Sabamiso(Bedman), U-Zen(I-No) vs NOB(Sol), Hasegawa(I-No), Sharon(Elphelt)
47:05 Fumo(Elphelt), Kimuchan(Ky), eki-chan(Millia) vs Taka(Slayer), Nakamura(Millia), Nage(Faust)
58:00 Hasegawa(I-No), NOB(Sol), Sharon(Elphelt) vs Ain(Ky), Defure(Faust), Susumu(Chipp)
1:05:17 NOB(Sol), Hasegawa(I-No), Sharon(Elphelt) vs Taka(Slayer), Nage(Faust), Nakamura(Millia)

The Guilty Gear Xrd 1.10 patch is out in arcades, and as usual Mikado has provided the best footage with a slew of special events they held on its release weekend! A lot of players who have absent from Mikado for a long time came out for these events, like Isa, Fumo, Sharon, and Fino.
2015/3/19 Mikado Day 1 3on3
2015/3/21 Mikado 5on5
2015/3/22 Mikado Same Character Team tourney

In addition, I have also made a new playlist for Mikado stream casual highlights for Version 1.10.

Speaking of Mikado, anybody who has been following GG knows that it is the arcade that has provided everyone with the best Guilty Gear footage for the past several years. It is also known as the “Mecca of Arcades”, with scenes for a lot of lesser known and obscure arcade games. If you have ever wondered what the arcade looked like, jiyuna released some footage made with his GoPro. Definitely worth a look!

So Guilty Gear Xrd Version 1.10 comes out tomorrow, and I felt inspired to write this after seeing some random tier discussions on my timeline. I have posted many of the notable character rankings made for this game before, and there should also be a compilation topic on Dustloop. Anyway, the most recent is Woshige’s tier list for the console version, which is the only one that has Leo somewhere. As usual, there is no difference in ranking going horizontally.
S Zato Millia Faust Ramlethal Elphelt
A Sol Ky Chipp I-No
B May Venom Bedman Sin Axl Leo Potemkin Slayer

Most other lists are fairly similar. I’ve noticed for a while now that the accepted rankings are quite different from the raw matchup data. Just like Accent Core Plus R and many other arcade games, Xrd has a player card system that tracks every player’s wins and losses. These win/loss statistics are then compiled and displayed as a national matchup diagram every time an Xrd cab is idle. The official Player’s Guild Website also has the data, but unfortunately it doesn’t have the actual chart. You only get to see the overall data. You might be able to see the actual chart if you catch a recent arcade GGXrd stream and just wait for the cab to go into Attract Mode. As I’m writing this, it is currently:
Venom 71.9
Faust 70.7
Zato 70.1
Ky 65.4
Sol 65.1
I-No 65
May 64.6
Slayer 64.1
Axl 64.1
Potemkin 63.6
Ramlethal 63.5
Bedman 61.4
Chipp 60.5
Millia 60

Yeah, lots of differences. The biggest discrepancy is probably Millia. Xrd is the only arcade game I’ve seen where a supposed top tier character has the worst global win/loss statistics. It’s not even like the +R Baiken situation, where there was only one high ranked player with the character. Millia is quite popular in Xrd as the usage statistics show, and she is the character who has the most representation in the top 20 PSR players list.

The obvious first explanation is that despite her strength, her extremely low defense modifier makes it very difficult for people to be consistent with her. This also explains why Chipp is right behind her in the stats.

You could also argue that it is because the global stats include data from EVERY player. Like I mentioned earlier, Millia is one of the most frequently played characters in arcade Xrd, much more than in previous games as her Xrd visual redesign is quite popular and her learning curve has been decreased significantly. So a lot of random players and beginners would play her and bring down her win/loss statistics. Of course, this doesn’t explain why Sol and Ky are still so high up…

Then there is Venom, who is generally considered to be an ok character in Xrd. He is at the top of the raw matchup chart, and I would say that the main reason for this is because he is a complex character. Venom is a charge character, which is already a turnoff for many players, and he is one of the more difficult characters in the game. So, in the arcade environment where you have to pay money to play, most of the people who pick Venom are people who are serious with the game. A beginner or someone who is playing GG for the first time is more likely to pick someone like Sol, Ky, or Slayer instead of Venom. You might recall a similar thing happened in the tier post that I wrote for AC+R. In that game, Justice, who is widely regarded as one of the weakest characters, was at the top of the matchup chart for much of the same reasons. She is not a character who gets picked frequently by beginners: most of her players are people who actually know how to play the game.

Anyway, that was just some food for thought. I am pretty interested to see how Version 1.10 will change things.