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.

Ramlethal Valentine by Sengoku AKY

Ramlethal Valentine by Sengoku AKY

The official Japanese Playstation blog has announced a special Guilty Gear Xrd event called Toshin Gekitotsu. It is a 10v10 exhibition between two teams: “Guilty Gear Kings Army” led by FAB Potemkin and Nage Faust, and “Progamer Allied Forces” led by Daigo Umehara! Daigo has not been active in Guilty Gear since the early days of XX Slash, so this will be his return after an almost 10 year absence. For both teams, 5 of the spots will be filled out through online qualifiers that are happening from July to August. In addition, one of the players of the winning team for this year’s Arc Revolution Cup will be on the Kings Army, and the winner of EVO 2015’s GG tourney will be on Progamer Allied Forces! The remaining spots have yet to be revealed. Two of the online qualifiers have already concluded, and you can watch them below:
2015/7/3 Toshin Gekitotsu 1st online qualifier with FAB commentary
2015/7/11 Toshin Gekitotsu 2nd online qualifier with Nage commentary

If you are worried that Daigo might be completely outclassed in this event, Machaboo has been teaching him the game on his Beast Channel nico community. Videos of these coaching sessions should be available if you poke around Nico.

Currently, the team lineups are
Guilty Gear Kings Army: FAB(Potemkin), Nage(Faust), Takehara(Ramlethal), Taka(Slayer)
Progamer Allied Forces: Daigo Umehara(Sol), Nakamura(Millia), LOX(Bedman)

You may remember Takehara as the pad Ram player who got 2nd place at KSB!

Godsgarden 10 concluded a while ago, and I have put together a playlist of the archives on Youtube. The top 8 qualifiers starts on Part 5. Fantastic tournament, nothing much to say here.
Godsgarden 10 GGXrd tourney
1st – Samitto(Chipp)
2nd – Ain(Ky)
3rd – Ogawa(Zato)

You can read some articles that various gaming publications ran on Godsgarden below. The 4gamer article has a quick interview with Samitto after his victory. The winner also got the extra prize of having a guaranteed spot on the Arc Revolution Cup bracket, and Samitto revealed that he will be teaming with FAB Potemkin and Nakasu(aka LOX) Bedman.
4gamer GGXrd
4gamer BBCPEX
Famitsu GGXrd
Famitsu BBCPEX

If the I-No cosplayer looks familiar to you, it is because she has shown up in an ASW event in the past: Summit of Blazblue a few years ago, for BBCS Extend! She is Maya Tekumaku, and you can follow her at @kuma_maya

Jack-O' by Shingo

Jack-O’ by Shingo

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator’s second location test is happening this weekend! It looks like there are only minor changes for both Johnny and Jack-O’, but for system mechanics, Blitz Shield has been changed yet again. You might remember in the 1st location test, the option to hold down the HS Button to get a different Blitz followup was added. This is still true, but now the followup and properties change depend on how long the HS button is held down. If the HS button is just held down for a bit, then the followup just knocks the opponent away. However, if you hold down the button for even longer, your character flashes red, and the followup induces huge hitstun on the opponent, allowing for guaranteed combos. In addition, while your character is flashing red, you will autoguard both high and low attacks. However, the followup attack is quite slow, so the opponent can actually recover from Blitz Rejection fast enough to guard it. You can read more details of the second location test changes on greatfernman’s Evernote here.

Many game publications have been running articles on the location tests with cam videos! Since they definitely got permission to film these, you don’t have to worry about them getting taken down in the future. Famitsu has some short gameplay clips with Johnny and Jack-O’s intros and winposes, Dengeki actually shows off both character’s movesets, and 4gamer has Akira giving a live demonstration of the new characters and system mechanics.

The Godsgarden 10 voting poll has officially ended! Full results are below:

  1. FAB(Potemkin)*
  2. Efute(May)*
  3. Dogura(Sin)
  4. Ogawa(Zato)
  5. Koichi(I-No)
  6. LOX(Bedman)
  7. Nage(Faust)
  8. Kuni(Ramlethal)
  9. Daibakushou Kora(Millia)
  10. Nakamura(Millia)
  11. Kedako(May)
  12. Fino(Venom)
  13. Gazou(Faust)
  14. Mugen(Sol)
  15. Taka(Slayer)
  16. Samitto(Chipp)

FAB and Efute will now be guaranteed spots on the final top 8 bracket.

I will update this post throughout the weekend as more information from the second Revelator location test becomes available.

Jack-O' by Sumi

Jack-O’ by Sumi

The Godsgarden homepage updated today so we now have more details of the upcoming Guilty Gear Xrd tournament! Since it is an invitational tournament, players can vote for who they want to see play. Whether it means the winning player will be guaranteed to be at the tournament or a guaranteed spot on the Top8 bracket remains to be seen. In any case, you can vote for your favorite players on the Godsgarden page. It is an open poll, so players are free to add themselves to the list. The poll will run all the way to June 19, and everyone can cast 5 different upvotes and 1 downvote every day.

I have translated the current lineup of players on the poll below, as well as their favorite anime listed! A somewhat random question to ask, but I guess Godsgarden is aware of their core audience. I will be updating this post constantly throughout the week as more players add themselves to the lineup.

Player Character Favorite anime
Efute May Mahoujin Guru Guru
Gedou Meroko I-No Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
310 Venom Ghost in the Shell
2rio I-No Yowamushi Pedal
Koichi I-No Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Chappu Chipp Boku dake ga Inaimachi
Taka Slayer Log Horizon
LOX Bedman Love Live
Ogawa Zato White Album
Sharon Elphelt Ninja Slayer
Isa Elphelt Dragonball
Hohiko Ramlethal Chargeman Ken!
Kedako May s-CRY-ed
Satou Millia Psycho Pass
Fino Venom Komasan
Gazou Faust Cowboy Bebop
Dogura Sin Cowboy Bebop
NOB Sol Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Uta no Prince-sama
Tanabata Slayer Witchblade
Mugen Sol Bonobono
Daibakushou Kora Millia Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Rion Ky
Samitto Chipp
J.T Sin White Album 2
Hasegawa I-No Victory Gundam
Kuni Ramlethal Shirobako
Ain Ky Welcome to the NHK!
Minami Chipp Infinite Stratos
FAB Potemkin G Gundam
Nage Faust Baccano!
Nakamura Millia Baccano!
Day Elphelt .hack//SIGN


Ramlethal Valentine by tetsu

Ramlethal Valentine by tetsu

The next installment of Guilty Gear Xrd, Revelator, has been announced! Location tests will be happening all throughout this weekend. 2 new characters have been announced: the first is fan favorite and series staple Johnny! He has unfortunately lost a lot of his signature moves from the XX series including Ensenga, Killer Joker, and Jackhound. But many of his normals have been changed, and he now has air Mist Finers(and air mist cancels), a new special called Zweihander(which is kind of like Divine Blade and Ensenga in one move), and a new super called Treasure Hunt. Like the name suggests, Treasure Hunt replenishes his coins.

The second character is a newcomer named Jack-O’. Like her name suggests, she has a pumpkin attached to her like a ball and chain, and wears a mask that makes her face look like a pumpkin carving. She is apparently That Man’s mysterious 3rd servant in the story. She appears to be a defensive, zoning character. Daisuke Ishiwatari has stated in a Famitsu interview that her playstyle has RTS elements in it, specifically the ones used in Guilty Gear 2 Overture. So it will be interesting to see how she develops.

The latest Famitsu has some information about the two new characters, and Kurushii has provided high resolution scans that you can view here and here. There is also additional information and images available in Famitsu’s online articles.
Famitsu 1
Famitsu 2

Other than new characters, no new balance changes will be made(for the location tests at least), but there are some system additions. You can see the details in the Revelator playing manual posted on the official GGXrd homepage.

  • Graphics have been revamped, with additional effects like rim lights and upgrades to the character shaders
  • Characters now take visible battle damage, like dirt and clothes ripping
  • Throw breaks have been added to the game once again! No information is available on how big the break window is, though.
  • Blitz Shield can now be charged by holding down the HS button, which increases its duration. Releasing HS after a successful blitz triggers an attack that staggers on hit and regenerates a significant amount of the Burst meter.
  • Cinematic overdrives can be powered up by inputting the exact same command, but with the D button instead. This uses up a burst and increases the damage dealt from the super.
  • The 5d horizontal followup now has a cinematic, which changes some corner combos and also makes new midscreen combos possible
  • The Technical/Stylish system from BlazBlue has been added. Stylish characters have simplified inputs for specials and autocombos but access to less system mechanics and options. In addition, keeping the joystick at neutral will make your character automatically block everything.

Godsgarden has announced the game lineup of their 10th major event, and it is Guilty Gear Xrd and Blazblue CP Extend! Xrd will be happening on June 27th. You can expect everything to be streamed on the Godsgarden Twitch channel and Nico community, so mark your calendars!

Here are a list of sites that are running articles on the Xrd Revelator location tests. Definitely check this out if you want to see more images of the new characters in action.
Inside Games
Famitsu 1
Famitsu 2
Dengeki 1
Dengeki 2

Blade has also posted a rough translation of the Daisuke interview in the 4gamer article right here, which has a lot of information about Jack-O’, Johnny, and the system changes!

I will update this post throughout the week with more article links as information from the location tests come through.