The 5th Toshin Gekitotsu online qualifier just finished this weekend, and since it was the last one ASW made it extra special by having both FAB and Nage on commentary! In addition, the EVO 2015 representative was chosen by having the Top8 players battle it out. Only Dogura and Rion were able to make it though. And finally, the qualifier closed with a quick exhibition set between FAB and Nage. The archives are available to watch on the official ASW Youtube channel. You might notice that Saki Yoshida is wearing a Ramlethal hoodie, which is one of the goods that will be available to purchase at ASW’s Comiket 88 booth!

2015/8/9 Toshin Gekitotsu 5th online qualifier with FAB and Nage commentary
Progamer Allied Forces
19:22 ROH(Ky) vs Dogura(Sin)
22:34 Kana(Ramlethal) vs Ain(Ky)
25:33 Konsome(Potemkin) vs Terakoma(Millia)
28:17 Momiage(Sol) vs Gazou(Faust)
31:33 Dogura(Sin) vs Ain(Ky)
38:07 Konsome(Potemkin) vs Gazou(Faust)
44:59 Konsome(Potemkin) vs Ain(Ky)

Guilty Gear Kings Army
1:05:21 saryu(Ramlethal) vs Hamburger(Elphelt)
1:07:54 Endou(Chipp) vs Zadi(Sin)
1:12:24 Samitto(Chipp) vs Tights(Zato)
1:15:35 Hamburger(Elphelt) vs Endou(Chipp)
1:23:25 Samitto(Chipp) vs Endou(Chipp)
1:27:36 Samitto(Chipp) vs Hamburger(Elphelt)

EVO 2015 representative
1:40:53 Rion(Ky) vs Dogura(Sin)

2:14:57 Nage(Faust) vs FAB(Potemkin)

The lineups for each team are now
Guilty Gear Kings Army: FAB(Potemkin), Nage(Faust), Susumu(Chipp), Ogawa(Zato), Takehara(Ramlethal), Taka(Slayer), Koichi(I-No), Kiisha(Faust), Hamburger(Elphelt)
Progamer Allied Forces: Daigo Umehara(Sol), Machaboo(Ky), Kazunoko(Sol), sako(Zato), Dogura(Sin), Nakamura(Millia), LOX(Bedman), Roi(Sol), Mugen(Sol), Ain(Ky)

Daigo’s team is now finalized, but the Guilty Gear Kings Army team still has one more spot which will go to an Arc Revo 2015 representative.

Daigo Umehara has been going through some Guilty Gear training sessions with Machaboo the past few weeks. These have been streamed on his Beast channel Nico community, and recently the Playstation Japan Youtube channel has started to mirror the archives! Machaboo ends up playing Sol, Ky, and Zato throughout the episodes, and you can see Daigo play a long netplay set against sako at around 1hr 35min in Episode 4 to prepare himself for his upcoming match against Ogawa.
Beast Channel Toshin Gekitotsu Episode 3
Beast Channel Toshin Gekitotsu Episode 4

The Japanese Playstation blog has finally revealed the main players who will be participating in Toshin Gekitotsu! First up, be sure to watch the very funny promotional video that contains interviews with most of the participating players. The lineups are now
Guilty Gear Kings Army: FAB(Potemkin), Nage(Faust), Susumu(Chipp), Ogawa(Zato), Takehara(Ramlethal), Taka(Slayer), Koichi(I-No), Kiisha(Faust)
Progamer Allied Forces: Daigo Umehara(Sol), Machaboo(Ky), Kazunoko(Sol), sako(Zato), Nakamura(Millia), LOX(Bedman), Roi(Sol), Mugen(Sol)

As this is a 10on10, there are still four more spots left to fill. Guilty Gear Kings Army will have an ArcRevo 2015 representative, and Progamer Allied Forces will have an EVO 2015 representative. Since Ogawa and Nage are already set in place, there is a good chance that Woshige will be chosen as the EVO player. There is also one more online qualifier that will be happening on August 9th.

In addition, the site has revealed that this 10on10 exhibition will not be played Pokemon style, as the main players already have their matches set! They are
Battle 0: Arc Revo 2015 representative vs EVO 2015 representative
Battle 1: Susumu vs Machaboo
Battle 2: Nage vs Kazunoko
Battle 3: FAB vs sako
Battle 4: Ogawa vs Daigo Umehara

No announcement has been made about the format for the online qualified players, though. It is interesting to see Machaboo pick Ky for this event, and I have a feeling it is for the purpose of adding diversity because his team already has 4 Sol players. The finals will be dual streamed on Nico and Youtube on August 22nd.

Here is a list of gaming publications that are running articles on this event:

Leo Whitefang by Shimasakon

Leo Whitefang by Shimasakon

In some sad news, Tomo AKA T5M7 the #1 ranked Leo player will be moving to Kansai so we will no longer be seeing him in Mikado Guilty Gear footage. To send him off, the arcade has dedicated this week to him with some special events! Titled “Sayonara Lion”, they have been recording some 7 match sets of him vs some of the Mikado regulars. There was also a Leo only tournament right before their usual 3on3 on Saturday. It’s a really cool thing to do, and Jonio has been directly uploading the footage to his Youtube channel. Be sure to support Jonio and subscribe, since he is the one recording and streaming all this footage! The Leo only tournament is not uploaded yet, so I will update this post with it when it appears.

Tomo(Leo) vs Zadi(Sin)
Tomo(Leo) vs Yosuke(Axl)
Tomo(Leo) vs Roi(Sol)
Tomo(Leo) vs Ain(Ky)
Tomo(Leo) vs Ogawa(Zato)
Tomo(Leo) vs Karinchu(Millia) 1 2

Now that Tomo is in Kansai, maybe we will see him in a-cho videos if he’s ever in the Kyoto area.

Jack-O' by UN

Jack-O’ by UN

In a surprise announcement by ASW, the final Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator location test will be happening this weekend! While there aren’t that many balance changes this time around, there are quite a few cosmetic ones. If you look at the new Player’s Guild database, you will notice that every character’s mugshot has been revamped. It is mostly a combination of different shaders and facial expressions, but Elphelt’s is dramatically different. In fact, her entire portrait and sprite have been altered to reflect the events of Xrd’s story mode. It is slightly spoilerific, so I won’t post it here and will just link it instead. Some players have humorously pointed out how similar she looks to Kantai Collection’s Abyssal Fleet vessels. There have also been a number of voice changes. Jack-O’ and Johnny finally have voices, and because Slayer’s previous voice actor Iemasa Kayumi passed away recently, he is now voiced by Takaya Hashi. Many people will remember him for his role as Toki in Hokuto no Ken. You can read more details on the location test changes translated into English on greatfernman’s Evernote here.

Kurushii has done some rips from the new Revelator Player’s Guild website, and you can see them below.
Johnny shop palettes 1-11
Jack-O’ shop palettes 1-11
Ramlethal shop palettes 1-11
Elphelt shop palettes 1-11

Media coverage of Xrd’s final location test has been surprisingly light. I have not seen any articles and videos whatsoever, and only a few pictures and tweets. Regardless, if there are articles published I will post them here throughout the week.

Toshin Gekitotsu’s 4th online qualifier has concluded! Like the last time it was dual streamed on Nico and Youtube, and after a bit of a delay the archives are finally available on ASW’s official Youtube channel. You can watch the videos below:

2015/7/31 Toshin Gekitotsu 4th online qualifier with FAB commentary
Progamer Allied Forces
13:28 Yuusukechin(Chipp) vs Gazou(Faust)
16:14 Dogura(Sin) vs Gagakigo(Millia)
19:31 Kabegiwa no DC(Sin) vs Mugen(Sol)
24:43 Dogura(Sin) vs Gazou(Faust)
30:22 Dogura(Sin) vs Mugen(Sol)
35:44 Gazou(Faust) vs Mugen(Sol)

Guilty Gear Kings Army
56:04 OGYUI(Sol) vs Kiisha(Faust)
1:00:02 GAKU(Sin) vs Kaze no Biri(Sol)
1:02:32 Samitto(Chipp) vs Konsome(Potemkin)
1:06:02 NOB(Sol) vs JUN(Millia)
1:10:11 GAKU(Sin) vs Kiisha(Faust)
1:15:00 Samitto(Chipp) vs NOB(Sol)
1:23:11 Samitto(Chipp) vs Kiisha(Faust)

There will be one more online qualifier happening on 8/9. The current lineups are now:
Guilty Gear Kings Army: FAB(Potemkin), Nage(Faust), Takehara(Ramlethal), Taka(Slayer), Koichi(I-No), Kiisha(Faust)
Progamer Allied Forces: Daigo Umehara(Sol), Nakamura(Millia), LOX(Bedman), Roi(Sol), Mugen(Sol)

You might notice that I removed Ogawa from Daigo’s team. The Toshin Gekitotsu website states that the EVO winner should have a spot on Daigo’s team, but he is still not listed on there so it is possible that they meant one of the top8 finalists instead. Anyway, I will update the lineups when the official announcement is made.

Guilty Gear returns to Evolution 2015 by Kannuki

Guilty Gear returns to Evolution 2015 by Kannuki

Another Evolution Championships has come and gone, but this year was very special because Guilty Gear was on the main lineup! The last time GG was a main EVO game was 2009, so this is a momentous return after 6 years and two different iterations. I don’t really have much to say here since I could not make it, but it was a fantastic tournament and definitely worth watching. You can watch the archives of pools on srkevo3 and srkevo6. Unfortunately archives were not enabled on Friday, so only pools footage from Saturday is available. I will update this post with the Youtube links if they ever get put up. There is a chance that they may not though, so if there is something that you really liked, be sure to save it before Twitch removes the archives. For the top 8 matches on stage, you can watch these on srkevo1 or the official EVO Youtube channel.

EVO 2015 Guilty Gear Xrd Top 8
1st – Ogawa(Zato)
2nd – Nage(Faust)
3rd – Woshige(Millia)
4th – Nakamura(Millia)
5th – Dogura(Sin)
5th – Rion(Ky)
7th – Shuuto(Axl)
7th – Zidane(Leo)

There was also a Guilty Gear Xrd 3on3 side tournament that became something much bigger when ASW announced it would be an Arc Revo Cup qualifier! Unfortunately a lot of people could not enter due to a last minute announcement that passports would be required. It was streamed on the Madcatz Twitch channel and is available on Youtube on Offcast’s channel.
EVO 2015 Arc Revolution Cup Guilty Gear Xrd Qualifiers Top 4

Since I’m so late in writing about this you have probably seen it everywhere by now, but if not, a hilarious moment happened during EVO Guilty Gear Top 8 that became an instant highlight. During Woshige and Ogawa’s 3rd match in top 8, Woshige won a round and mistakenly thought that he had won the entire match and celebrated early, only to come back too late and lose the 3rd round in a flash. It’s been affectionately dubbed the “Woshige Drop” by the Japanese community and has actually been featured on ESPN and USA Today! Definitely a first for Guilty Gear, and for fighting games in general.

For many of the Japanese GG players, EVO was their first time coming to America so they have written up some fairly lengthy impressions. They have been translated into English by various people, and I have listed them below.
Ogawa 4gamer interview

The third online qualifier for Toshin Gekitotsu happened today! It is possible that because of EVO, Arc System Works is paying more attention to their overseas audience, because this qualifier was dual streamed on Nico and Youtube! The archives are now available to watch on ASW’s official Youtube channel.
2015/7/25 Toshin Gekitotsu 3rd online qualifier with Nage commentary
Progamer Allied Forces
20:55 Ain(Ky) vs Gazou(Faust)
25:36 Dogura(Sin) vs Roi(Sol)
29:13 Kabegiwa no DC(Sin) vs Mugen(Sol)
33:37 Ain(Ky) vs Roi(Sol)
40:49 Ain(Ky) vs Kabegiwa no DC(Sin)
51:00 Kabegiwa no DC(Sin) vs Roi(Sol)

Guilty Gear Kings Army
1:05:40 Gonzaburou(Faust) vs Samitto(Chipp)
1:10:30 Riiba(Sol) vs Kiisha(Faust)
1:14:05 Koichi(I-No) vs OGYUI(Sol)
1:17:32 Yume no Ki(Leo) vs Hamburger(Elphelt)
1:20:51 Samitto(Chipp) vs Kiisha(Faust)
1:30:19 Koichi(I-No) vs Hamburger(Elphelt)
1:38:48 Kiisha(Faust) vs Koichi(I-No)

Now that the third qualifier is out of the way and with the EVO winner granted a spot on Umehara’s team, the current lineups are now:
Guilty Gear Kings Army: FAB(Potemkin), Nage(Faust), Takehara(Ramlethal), Taka(Slayer), Koichi(I-No)
Progamer Allied Forces: Daigo Umehara(Sol), Ogawa(Zato), Nakamura(Millia), LOX(Bedman), Roi(Sol)

It’s looking like Progamer Allied Forces might win this exhibition, with Ogawa providing some serious muscle to their team.