Jam Kuradoberi by sowel

Jam Kuradoberi by sowel

Arc Revolution Cup 2015 concluded this weekend! This year’s Arc Revo was a big departure from previous years for several reasons, one in that the game lineup expanded to 4 titles. Guilty Gear Xrd and Blazblue CP Extend were featured as the main games, but there were also side tournaments for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]. By popular demand they also changed the format from singles to 3on3 teams, and expanded the brackets to allow 64 teams each to participate! As a result, this was the biggest Arc Revo in its history, and it definitely showed on the stream as the production quality was much lower than previous years. Pre top 8 for BB and GGXrd was kind of a mess, with only around 30% of the time dedicated to showing matches. There was a lot of dead air and footage of the commentators talking about brackets. They also did away with the concert that was a mainstay from the previous years.

In any case, top 4 did not have any problems! You may have already seen the hilarious .gif of Team Unusual’s botched entrance in grand finals. Very unexpected result this year because Ogawa’s team was definitely the favorite to win. It is also special because traditionally Machaboo’s team has always lost to Ogawa’s every time they had to fight each other in a big tournament, so this is his revenge after all these years. If you would like to watch the archives, Arc Revo always uploads the full tournament to Youtube eventually so it is just a matter of time. For the stream version, Youtube user Fahadouken has already put up everything on his channel.

Arc Revo Cup 2015 Guilty Gear Xrd Preliminaries
Arc Revo Cup 2015 Guilty Gear Xrd Top 4
1st – Dogura(Sin), Machaboo(Ky), Kazunoko(Sol)
2nd – Ogawa(Zato), Karinchu(Millia), Koichi(I-No)
4th – Sharon(Elphelt), Hasegawa(I-No), Zadi(Sin)
4th – Day(Elphelt), eki-chan(Millia), Sabamiso(Bedman)

At Arc Revo, they also unveiled the arcade opening for Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, which you can see on the ASW Youtube channel. The game will be coming to arcades a little more than a week from now on August 25th. Be sure to watch the entire video because Jam Kuradoberi makes her official entrance at the end! Unfortunately her original voice actress Manami Komori could not reprise her role. But her new voice actress Rei Matsuzari has spoken up on Twitter stating that she has been a longtime GG fan, and apparently went into voice acting because of a chance meeting with Komori. So I think she will do a fine job. Since she was not present in location tests, Jam will not be immediately playable in Revelator. She will likely be a time release like Ramlethal was in the original Xrd.

In other news, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator was briefly featured on the Sega AP channel during a Dengeki broadcast, and they demoed Jack-O’s stylish mode! The guy playing is just mashing buttons, but you can get a brief glimpse of the new graphics and you can also hear Jack-O’s voice. She kind of sounds like Millia with that big sister type voice. You can watch the clip on Dailymotion and Youtube.

Episode 5 of Daigo Umehara’s training with Machaboo for Toshin Gekitotsu is out! This time, sako dropped by so it’s definitely worth a watch to see all 3 of them go at it.

Because of Evolution, GG has gotten quite a popularity boost outside of the fighting game circle so many of the Japanese players have been writing informational pieces about the game! Tenma0105 and greatfernman on Twitter have been translating them into English, and I have listed them below.
Traps in GG that beginners fall for easily by Konsome
Philosophy of analyzing losses by Nage
Blue bursts by Nage
Limiting nervousness by Nage
Advantageous positions and Dash FD by Nage
GGXrd tier list by Nage

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.