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Hi Everyone! I have been working with the community and my little fighting game media outlet, Arcade Sensei, to create a knowledge bank for everyone who enjoys DOA5LR. We have compiled a full character guide and frame data list. The guides aren't built to give you big damage combos. They're designed to help you get a better understanding of the mechanics and thought process you should have when playing your character at a high level.

Full Character Guide & Frame Data - Created By Arcade Sensei

These guides are going to be live files. This means that if we find new information or are provided new information, we will update the document. If you find new tech and want to let us know, email us at arcadesensei@gmail.com. Title the email with "New Tech For (Character Name)". If it is valid, we'll add it to the guide and list you as a contributor.

All of this information is free for you to view. If you would like to support us in maintaining the information and tackle other projects to benefit the FGC, please consider dropping us a donation at our pay pal.

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I made an updated blog of Why Should you go to Tournaments? This blog was for a grade. So I highlighted some key points that new competitors should know or at least that I feel that they should know. I hope you all enjoy the blog entry and will post my older one here as well with the Tournament Newbie Thread.

http://justinearvin.blogspot.com/2017/03/so-you-want-to-compete-huh-well-heres.html

Older Blog: http://www.freestepdodge.com/threads/why-should-i-go-to-tournaments.4519/

@CyberEvil's Tournament Newbie Help Thread: http://www.freestepdodge.com/threads/tournament-newbie-help-thread.2545/

Blog Entry Reads as followed:

So you want to start traveling and competing? First off, congratulations to you! You have taken the first step in becoming a competitor. Now, you must follow the concepts of becoming a solid player. Competing in fighting games are fun, yet challenging. There are some things that you must know when preparing for battle. You must start from scratch.

  • Changing your outlook on fighting games and how long will it take you to learn them
This is the most important one because most players fall under this category. At first, they're all excited to get into a game with very high expectations, but the moment that they run into a match with someone who's at a higher skill level (and lose in such a demoralizing matter), they go to doubting themselves. This is a part of the process. You must play someone either on the same skill level or higher in order to get stronger because they are the ones who can provide solid feedback in your gameplay. This in return will help you go into the training lab and perfect your technique. Fighting games will take you some time. This is something that you must remember. Most...

Hayate pro @Rojikku explains the matchup in his informative tutorial series. He gives a shout out to @Force_of_Nature for inspiration.


This is a new monthly video series I will be doing for DOA5LR, where I will be helping players to understand how to deal with certain match-ups using specific characters in the cast. I hope you guys enjoy it! PLEASE leave a like, a comment, and a SUB if you enjoyed this content!

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Rojikku is always up to answering questions, and streams regularly on his Twitch.

This video is provided by @DestructionBomb, and with the description he also provides a great Q&A:

1) What are the attack inputs when you jump over the environments?

The command moves are:​

:P:
:K:
-While Landing- :P:
-While Landing- :K:
T (Throw/:H+P:)​

There are 5 moves in total and they are not listed within your move commands.

*While landing* means to hit the attack command when you are about to touch the ground after vaulting in the air, or as you are descending.

2) Will this work after jumping over the sandbags in Hot Zone? and how many stages have this?

Yes. What you see here will work the same way in Hot Zone, just without the open cliff behind that makes them fall off and there is only two stages currently for that environment. (Hot Zone and The Ends of the Earth).

3) I see attacks that looks like it has follow ups after it, do they have follow ups after these certain X/Y moves?

Yes, provided the actual move on the actual command list has string attacks after it. Eliot for example, has his 2H+K converted to -while landing- K here, but the string follow up also returns in this case so the follow up attack would be -while landing- KP. Phase is another example with K and the moment you splat them into the environment. I provided an example on her portion.

If there's anything missing, let me know right away when possible within the comments.

4) What's the purpose of this? what's the point when only two stages has this?

The purpose of this is to provide knowledge on one of the important elements to DOA. The environment. What you see here can be the climax to doing unpredictable damage or to win a close round/match. It's not very often that these environments will trigger, but it's useful to know this as well as showing overlooked/underrated mechanic or attacks that people may not be aware of when placed in this situation....
Here we go again. Officially opened

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Halloween Designer Challenge 2017

*Note that Mai Shiranui has been excluded from the challenge.​
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A short while ago, we let you know about some changes behind the scenes at the FSD Shop. We are happy to announce that those changes have now been implemented and we are ready to go at full speed again! So, what changed?
  • Shirts are now CHEAPER! In short, shirts now start at $26.
  • The shirts themselves are now unisex, so you no longer need to worry about design and color differences for a different shirt.
  • There are some subtle differences to some of the designs but many are now available in additional colors.
  • There are additional sizes! Sizes are now available up to a 4X.
Those of you that follow us on Facebook most likely have seen this, but we also have a new design that is pretty excellent. Check it out below and order yourself some new shirts!


The long awaited Nyotengu combo video for many from NoctTengu is finally here. This is the most complete Nyotengu combo video you will ever see. Some know I've been working on this for a very long time and I'm happy to see it finally finished.

Since the day the Tengu Princess came to DOA5U Arcades, I've been studying and taking note of all info I find on her. Including combos. A little over a year ago, I just thought why not put part of that work into a video. I planned to include and had footage for uphill combos and pretty much the entire list redone for the Dangerzone stage, but I think we can all agree it wouldn't be very enjoyable to watch repeats of previous combos. This video shows every type of combo she can do (along with good options downhill) without repeating too many, too many times if it's not necessary.

All combos done by yours truly. Hope you enjoy.

Special thanks to YinCresent for helping out with the intro footage, my friends and followers for the support, and Team Ninja for creating the Tengu Princess.

Attack on Titan combos were also originally planned to be in this, but if you want to see those, check out my other video here:


The Dead or Alive tournament season has just begun, and we've had some insane tournaments including the conclusion to the first Battle Royal event of the year: Final Round XX, a tournament so juicy that all of its content can't possibly be covered in a single results story. We follow up to the Battle Royal smash by continuing to promote the tournament scene outside of The Magnificent 5 -- now we have The Establishment; an event put on by the dedicated Haven Shine gaming crew.

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@LordXav1er is heading this event

For quite a while LordXav1er has been doing a great job of promoting the offline scene in Rhode Island, and Havenshine Gaming features regular DOA offline tournaments streaming on Tuesdays via their Twitch. They want to expand on DOA to the best of their ability, and making new majors and ways for players to communicate should be of our top priority. The show doesn't start until May 20th, but now would be the most optimal time to plan for the event especially if you are in the area or want to help grow the scene!


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Top 8 Stream Replay | Pools 1+2 | Pools 3+4 | Standings
1st Killy :tina:2nd BladeZ :eliot::rachel::alpha152:3rd Kwiggle:rachel::christie:

What a hype event. Not only were there great matches, but an intense atmosphere to follow up with the heated Winter Brawl tournament that took place last month. The pools were also very well diversified seeing the likes of Raidou in Top 8 and Killy's Tina taking the show. This was an unbelievable event, and Killy has successfully obtained his golden ticket to NEC XVIII and is now one of the biggest threats in the community.

Sonic Fox (Christie) vs XcaliberBladeZ (Eliot)

Bladez starts this match off with counters and parries, knowing exactly what to do in the Christie matchup. Sonic fights back after Bladez gets a 75% advantage using combos and the wall via Zack Island. He's able to keep Christie pinned up against the wall with incredibly timed tech ups and stun launches getting a great in the second round. This just doesn't happen against Sonic Fox.

The third round Bladez continued to assert his dominance with mix ups to take the game. There is not one person who has figured out the Christie game better than XcaliburBladeZ, so Sonic makes the switch to Marie Rose for the second fight. Sonic Fox started making good reads towards the end, but Eliot kept hitting him with that 9 frame high and got his damage to secure a quick win.

Eviljutzu (Raidou) vs Khaliah Delorean (Helena, Tina)

The speed game really helped Killy with this selection, but I think Eviljutzu did a great job of spacing out Helena with Raidou to the best...
Battle Royal Final Round XX Live
The Dead or Alive community is about to perform and entertain the FGC again this time at Final Round XX in Atlanta which could be the perfect follow-up event to the incredible Winter Brawl and KIT tournaments. This competitive show will be the first of five in Team NINJA's 2017 Battle Royal featuring 60 offline players.

There is a $1,000 pot bonus, and the money is nice, but I think the big catch for a lot of people here is that 1st place sponsorship to NEC. Team NINJA will pay your flight, hotel, venue and entry to NEC XVIII. That is a very enticing prize to any of the hungry players out there that want to travel, and if you have your ticket to the main show punched early it helps tremendously with planning your agenda for the rest of the year. Since @Rikuto has already qualified for NEC XVIII second place will take the sponsorship prize if he wins this major. The player that successfully captures the prize has earned it, because it's not coming easy here.

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Kwiggle is the current Final Round Champion

It's almost impossible to determine a winner because of all the talent. You have @Rikuto, @XcaliburBladeZ and @Hoodless whom are very concerned about each other because of recent...