Jonio has announced the next Mikado Masters event, and it is actually coming up soon! It will be happening on the weekend of November 22, and will be a 3 day event. I have a feeling that the quick announcement was due to the previous Mikado Masters having such a poor turnout. It was on the weekend of October 11, which conflicted with a-cho’s Guilty Gear 12 anniversary special event. So, many of the top Kanto players ended up going to a-cho instead. Anyway, the schedule so far is:
11/22: GGXrd singles, 3on3 tournament
11/23: GGXrd Newcomers tourney, Ladies only tourney, and East vs West team event
11/24: GGXX AC+R 3on3, GGXrd random team tourney

Recently, 4gamer unveiled their wiki for Guilty Gear Xrd. It has a TON of useful information, like frame data for every character, move images, and move property descriptions. There are even basic combo videos for every character! Along with Ruu and Kedako’s research, these are the closest we have to an official mook at the moment. For English speakers, the frame data is being translated and put up on the Dustloop wiki.

Aksys has officially announced the release date for the US version of Guilty Gear Xrd to be December 16! This is great news and quite a surprise considering their release date history with Blazblue. You can see all the details on the official US site.

All of the videos from the 2014 Arc Revolution Cup are finally starting to get uploaded on their official Youtube channel! Every video is in delicious 720p quality, and since they were just uploaded today they should be in 60fps if you’re watching on Chrome. Shoutouts for Youtube for finally giving us more framerate options. I have went ahead and translated all of the player names in each video below. Unfortunately, these videos have no commentary and the Top 8 videos don’t even have the stage footage. Luckily the stream archive for that is still on Nico which you can find here.

1st round
A Block
Day(Ramlethal) vs Endou(Chipp)
Nage(Faust) vs Mortal(Venom)
Rozu(Ky) vs 012(Sol)
FAB(Potemkin) vs Fino(Venom)

B Block
Uki(Sol) vs Raigou(Chipp)
LOX(Bedman) vs Hase(Slayer)
Haaken(Sol) vs Tejinashi(Faust)
Woshige(Millia) vs Saryu(Ramlethal)

C Block
Karinchu(Ramlethal) vs Kanata(Millia)
Toruso(Millia) vs U-Zen(I-No)
Samitto(Chipp) vs Gazou(Faust)
Defure(Faust) vs Ain(Ky)

D Block
Konsome(Potemkin) vs Daiji(Ramlethal)
Tsubu(Bedman) vs Nakamura(Millia)
Taka(Slayer) vs Hasegawa(I-No)
Isamu(Venom) vs OsakaB(Faust)

2nd round
A Block
Nage(Faust) vs Endou(Chipp)
FAB(Potemkin) vs Rozu(Ky)

B Block
Uki(Sol) vs LOX(Bedman)
Saryu(Ramlethal) vs Tejinashi(Faust)

C Block
Karinchu(Ramlethal) vs Toruso(Millia)
Defure(Faust) vs Gazou(Faust)

D Block
Daiji(Ramlethal) vs Tsubu(Bedman)
Hasegawa(I-No) vs OsakaB(Faust)

Top 8
FAB(Potemkin) vs Nage(Faust)
Uki(Sol) vs Tejinashi(Faust)
Toruso(Millia) vs Gazou(Faust)
Hasegawa(I-No) vs Daiji(Ramlethal)

Top 4
Uki(Sol) vs Nage(Faust)
Hasegawa(I-No) vs Gazou(Faust)

Grand finals
Gazou(Faust) vs Nage(Faust)

There are two big Guilty Gear Xrd events happening this weekend! First up, a-cho is holding the Guilty Gear 12th anniversary event, which lasts for 3 days starting from 10/11. The schedule so far is:
10/11: GGXrd Same character 3on3
10/12: GGXrd 3on3
10/13: GGXX AC+R, GGXX #R, and GGX singles tourney

The entire event should be streamed on a-cho’s ustream channel. You can also expect the videos to eventually be uploaded on their zero3japan and GAMEacho Youtube accounts as well.

On the Eastern side of Japan, Mikado will be holding their next Mikado Masters event, which is going to last 2 days. The schedule so far is:
10/11: GGXrd 3on3, Beginner’s only tournament
10/12: GGXX AC+R 3on3, GGXrd random team tournament

As usual, you can expect everything to be streamed on Jonio’s twitch channel and Nico community.

It is great to see Accent Core Plus R get some love again!

Like I mentioned in a previous post, Guilty Gear Xrd is featured in this year’s Tokyo Game Show! Console exclusive characters Sin and Elphelt are going to be playable throughout the expo, and a fair number of videos have surfaced. First up is a TGS trailer for the console port of the game which also shows both new characters in action.

Next up, 4gamer has a video interview with Pachi, and he gives a deeper look into Sin and Elphelt with some actual gameplay footage.

Madcatz had a special FT10 exhibition set between FAB and Hasegawa on their Saturday stream! It is also uploaded on their Youtube channel.
FAB(Potemkin) vs Hasegawa(I-No)

GGXrd was also featured on the main stage with some exhibition matches with FAB(PO), Rion(KY), Hasegawa(IN), Ain(KY), Nage(FA), and Gazou(FA). Pachi also played some matches using Sin and Elphelt

It has been announced that a Guilty Gear Xrd demo will be available for Japanese Playstation Plus subscribers from October 15-28. No details are available on what is actually in the demo, but it is for PS4 only at the moment.

Inside Games has an interview with Daisuke Ishiwatari, and he confirms that the console ports will have the ability to save offline replays!

Dengeki has two camera videos of people using the new characters.
Sin vs Elphelt 1
Sin vs Elphelt 2

Famitsu also has two camera videos
Ky vs Sin
Sol vs Elphelt

Inside Games has two cam videos
Testing Elphelt
Testing Sin

Finally, here are some articles that various sites are running on Xrd at TGS.
Famitsu 2(includes story mode images)
Famitsu 3

I will update this post throughout the week as more information becomes available!

Slayers by Suzuki

Slayers by Suzuki

The finals for the Arc Revolution Cup concluded this weekend, and the GGXrd results are:
1. Gazou(Faust)
2. Nage(Faust)
4. Hasegawa(I-No)
4. Uki(Sol)
6. Daiji(Ramlethal)
6. Toruso(Millia)
8. Tejinashi(Faust)
8. FAB(Potemkin)

All of top 8 was streamed, and only a few of the preliminary matches were shown. But not to worry, because eventually the entire tournament will be uploaded on the official Arc Revo Youtube channel. There were several upsets in this tourney, like Woshige losing his first round match against saryu Ramlethal. saryu was also part of last year’s Arc Revo, and he was one of the few qualified Bridget players. But he was the lowest ranked player who qualified this year, and many people were expecting Woshige to take the whole tournament, or at least make top 8. But the biggest upset is Gazou! As you might remember, he won the Heisei last chance qualifier, which was intended to give new players a chance. I’m sure most people were banking on Nage to win out in the mirror, since he’s the #1 ranked Faust, but Gazou was able to clutch it out.

In Gazou’s winning speech, he did a good thing and tried to encourage the new players to continue playing the game. Apparently in Japan, Guilty Gear Xrd is not as popular as people were expecting it to be. Many predicted that it would blow up and become the biggest ASW game, bringing in tons of new players. It is certainly popular, but Blazblue is still bigger at the moment. One of the reasons is that there aren’t that many new players who are sticking with the game. Even though Xrd was simplified and slowed down to appeal to them, they still get destroyed by the veteran players. Which is to be expected in any game, but it is easy to see how the difference in experience can be discouraging. On the other side of the spectrum, a lot of veteran players were turned off by Xrd, either because 1)their character did not make it in or 2)the drastic change in the game’s direction. But back to Gazou, he mentioned something along the lines of him being living proof that it is possible for newer players to triumph against the veterans. But as I mentioned in the last post, Gazou is definitely not a new player, as he has been playing since at least Accent Core!

The top 8 videos are already uploaded on Nico, and I am not going to mirror them on Youtube because of the chance that they will get flagged. This happened last year to certain uploaders, so I’m just going to play it safe.
FAB(PO) vs Nage(FA)
Uki(SO) vs Tejinashi(FA)
Toruso(MI) vs Gazou(FA)
Hasegawa(IN) vs Daiji(RA)
Uki(SO) vs Nage(FA)
Hasegawa(IN) vs Gazou(FA)
Gazou(FA) vs Nage(FA)

People were expecting a new character or some other big announcement for Xrd at Arc Revo, and although it didn’t happen on that specific day, it did happen a few days later! Elphelt has been announced as the second console character, and she will actually be a pre-order bonus. She is the extremely pink girl with the Valentine style hat who was shown in the 4gamer article I wrote about in a previous post. She fights with 2 guns: a shotgun and a rifle, and can switch back and forth between them. She also appears to have some kind of reload mechanic, which is a 1st for the Guilty Gear series. Elphelt and Sin will also be available to play at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. You can see more images of her in the following magazine scans provided by Kurushii:

Ruu and Kedako have been tirelessly testing the system mechanics of Xrd since the game’s release. They now have the frame data for every character compiled for everyone to see on Ruu’s blog! There is also data on system mechanics, which I translated a little bit of in an earlier post. This is the closest thing we have right now to an Xrd mook, so it’s a great resource to save!