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Free Step Dodge

A Dead or Alive community forum for players who enjoy the series of Dead or Alive.

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Now that the Battle Royal 2016 series has officially started since Final Round 19 back in March, I’d thought it would be a good time to talk about the joy of competing and watching DOA tournaments. Luckily for me, I’ve been involved in several DOA tournaments since 2013 when I first competed in The Fall Classic for Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.

I first got into DOA back when I was nine years old. It was at the time while I rented DOA2 for the Dreamcast at Blockbusters. I remember how much this game reminded me a lot of Virtua Fighter mostly because I’ve spent most of my time playing Virtua Fighter 3tb. The game felt similar in some aspects, mostly in terms of controls because it uses three buttons like Virtua Fighter. The gameplay, on the other hand, is insane. Normally, some 3D fighters like Virtua Fighter and SoulCalibur usually end their rounds via ring out. However in DOA, if you knock your opponent off the ledge, he/she will take damage, but the match still continues. That mechanic originated from Samurai Shodown 64. I thought that was pretty interesting in a fighter and it really keeps the flow of the match going.

From 2001 to 2011, I’ve played and owned DOA2 Hardcore, DOA3, DOA Ultimate (which introduced me to the Saturn version of DOA1), DOA4 (didn’t play much of it), DOA1 for PS1, DOA++, and DOA Dimensions.

I think the first time I’ve watched the competitive DOA scene was when Dead or Alive Dimensions was coming out. In Japan, there was a 5v5 USA vs. Japan Exhibition for DOAD featuring MASTER, Vanessa, Chosen1, Swoozie (who is now a YouTube personality), and Japanese player Mochi-A. USA defeated Japan 5-0 that day. Man, I thought that was hype.



A year later after the release of DOA Dimensions, Dead or Alive 5 was released. Of course, if you read the first blog I’ve done on Destructoid, you already know how I ended up getting involved with the community from joining FreeStepDodge, to meeting Matt Ponton, to entering my...
Players from all around the world are wondering... where can I compete in a Dead or Alive major that is not in the states? Thanks to the Team NINJA Battle Royal sets the community has been given a bigger platform to compete. Providing everything you could possibly want, it's time for Australians to take advantage of this opportunity and show the world what they have got at BAM8.

With the 1,000 USD Prize Pool, free entry to the tournament and a chance to win a trip to the final showdown -- what have you go to lose? You've been playing DOA5 since 2012; you have been keeping up with it every step of the way and now is the time to step up and put your skills to the test in this incredible Australian major.

Join the Facebook group and get yourself ready for Melbourne!
Have you been keeping up with The 2016 Battle Royal? If you haven't; it's important to note again that BAM8 will be happening May 13th. So as you train and plan for this event and future events be sure to scope out the competition by watching the previous tournament.



We see some intense matches here from @Berzerk! @ebabil @Tones @PerfectLegend and more. This was a highly overlooked Last Round tournament and if you haven't seen it already -- be sure to give it a proper viewing by watching all three videos included.
That Game Store Presents
The Common Wealth (TCW)

DATE: Sept 17th-18th

First and formost. NO TICKETMASTER FEES THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!

Location:
http://tgsgaming.com/tcw/tcw-venue/
Once again we are returning to the great Norfolk Scope Arena! Exhibition Hall D
The Scope is located at
201 E Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510.
This location is in the heart of Norfolk, and very close to several amazing things.

Hotels:
Residence Inn Downtown Norfolk is walking distance from The Scope.
Phone- 757-842-6216 or 866-941-3724
Use "The Common Wealth" as a key word for siging up
Studio Suite-King Bed=109 a night
1 bdrm suite-2 Queens=119 a night

Featured Games ($10 entry)
Street Fighter V (PS4)
Mortal KombatXL (PS4)

Additional Games ($10 entry)
Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round (PS4)
Guilty Gear (Newest Version) (Either PS4/PS3 depending on version)
Blazblue Chronophantasma (newest version) (PS3)
Skull Girls (PS3)
Killer Instinct (Xbox One)
Super Smash Bros Melee (GameCube)
Super Smash Bros PM (Wii)
Part of the Project M Under Ground Mind Over Meta
10% of tournament entry will go twards the Circuit Finale
Championship Circuit
Super Smash Bros 4 (Wii U)
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Xbox 360)

Spectators:
$25 for entire weekend. Register at door.

Streams:
http://tgsgaming.com/tcw/tcw-stream/

Rules:
http://tgsgaming.com/tcw/tcw-rules/

POOL ASSIGNMENTS & BRACKETS:
When posted, you'll find them here:http://tcwq.challonge.com/

More info coming later

Feel free to contact That Game Store with any questions or comments. thatgamestore13@gmail.com

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 is planned for next month and will be the next part of Team NINJA's 2016 Battle Royal. What's so unique about this tournament is that it will take place in Australia (if you didn't know already :P). To my knowledge it is the only Australian major for DOA5. The winner will walk away with the experience of a lifetime; and will be flown out for free to the showdown at NEC. Worth it? I think so! There is also a 1,000 USD prize pot bonus.

What do you think about heading out to this tournament? Questions probably would seem fair for a big trip like this... so check out the Facebook Event page and ask away. You can register for the event at Couch Warriors -- and remember that registration for the DOA5 event is free!

Go to Australia | Give back to the offline scene!
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Hello everyone!

Six years ago today, I set out with @virtuaPAI and @The HuBBs to create a Dead or Alive forum that could help spread the word about the depth of Dead or Alive. I'm happy to be sitting here six years later reflecting on how far we have come as a community. We took this series from average tournament entrant numbers of fourteen (high of thirty) to an average entrant number of sixty (high of ninety-eight). It would be a severe understatement to say we have had little growth since the days of Dead or Alive 4 and the Championship Gaming Series. Of course, we couldn't have grown so much without the help from everyone at Team NINJA and tournament organizers such as Eric "Big E" Smalls and Larry "Shin Blanka" Dixon.

In addition to the growth of our own local scene, the global community has grown even more. In the year of 2015 alone, we had two tournament events that featured players from across the oceans meeting together to compete. The Dead or Alive FESTIVAL in Japan drew over 300 attendees for it's first event, showing the growing community in Japan as the Top 16 was split up between competitive players from Taiwan, Korea, Japan, America, Australia, and the Netherlands. At the Battle Royal 2016 finals North East Championships 16, I was given the opportunity to discuss with Teru Rock and JC Akira about the DOA Japan Community. Here in the United States, it was widely believed that the two communities are very different. However, from my discussions it appears that the communities are actually very much the same. Working with Teru Rock and @EMPEROR_COW, Free Step Dodge has gone international. I have set up a permanent site for Japanese and Asian players to be given the chance to grow their communities like we have. I look forward to seeing their growth now that they have their own Free Step Dodge to enjoy.

Lastly, I have...