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In just a few short days the DOA Festival will be streamed live via Tokyo, Japan. Team NINJA has just now recently added the event trailer to their Youtube channel, and this is probably the most exciting thing we have seen from Team NINJA all year long... if not since Last Round or Dead or Alive Xtreme 3's announcement last festival.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of DOA, the trailer highlights the past games and may even create a desire in your heart for a remastered DOA collection fully optimized for online play. Of course this is wishful thinking, but what could be in store for us DOA5 players? Hayashi hinted big things in store for DOA and DOA Festival seems like the perfect platform to inform the community on these things.

Regardless of what happens, we are getting an exciting event that will appeal to anyone remotely interested in Dead or Alive. Keep coming to FreeStepDodge this week for stream information, news and join the ninjas for the 20th Celebration of our favorite franchise. It can not get much better than this. Thank you Team NINJA for providing us with this entertaining spectacle!
The Dead or Alive Festival 2016 is almost approaching soon, and we are looking forward to see the next qualifying player that will be going to NEC17 in December. Best part about it is that this year is the 20th Anniversary of the DOA series, so there has to be something special planned for DOA5 Last Round as well as DOA Xtreme 3. But first, let’s take a look back at last year’s DOA Festival.

Team Ninja presented the first ever DOA Festival last year on August 1, 2015 at the Osaki Core Bright Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event introduced the World Exhibition, where more than 128 players competed for a chance to win a trip to NEC16 as part of the Battle Royal 2015 series. Along with the main tournament, there was also a 5v5 team exhibition, Cosplay Contest, Photo contest, and the Designers Challenge contest. We also witnessed the announcement of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which is currently out now for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Ai Nonaka (VA for Honoka), Mai Aizawa (VA for Marie-Rose), Yuriko Tiger, and Neneko were also in attendance along with Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayashi, Yohei Shimbori, and Peter Garza.

In the Dead or Alive World Exhibition, the tournament started out with over 128+ players competing for the Top 16 spot (with the exception of the players qualified for the event) using the single match single-elimination ruleset. The 16 players that made it to the main stage are Veronica, Yukkii, Souma, Touko (from Australia), Siologica, Satoyasu, mitti, Furechin, TEST (from Korea), AKA, TeruRock, UprisingJC (from Taiwan), Gehaktbal (from The Netherlands), FSD|Matt Ponton (from USA), UGS|XCalibur BladeZ (from USA), and RIG|Kwiggle (from USA). The top two players of the tournament earned a chance to qualify for the Grand Finals at NEC16.

UGS|XCalibur BladeZ and RIG|Kwiggle both entered the Dead or Alive Festival based on the majority of the votes in the DOA community in terms of the Top 8 players who were placed high during the Battle Royal 2015 series....
Independence Bash (ps4)
I'm remaking this (from king of ring event) due to lack of interest and changing it into a standard double elimination tournament.

When - 7/1 @ 6pm eastern

Sign up - just post your gamertag here, message me here, or hit me up on psn (GetLucky84). You must also add me to your friends list (I will not contact you about anything other than the event) for smoother running of the tourney. Feel free to delete me after the tourney I will not take offense :D

Deadline - must sign up by 6/30 (thursday) @ 6pm est. Must also add me to your friends list by this date.

double elimination
Normal health
60 sec time limit
Random stage select (tatami banned)
Danger zones on
Winner has char lock
Best 2 out of 3
Finals (winners, losers, grand)best 3 out of 5)

How it works - this will be run like a standard double elimination tournament (2 losses and you're out). At 6est I will start contacting participants and sending them to do there match either by message or inviting to my room (please be patient). I suggest screen shotting or recording ur matches in case evidence of results is needed ( I don't expect much trouble but you never know. Every online tourney I've been in ran like this it never came up. But in case of differing results from participants you will both be called into my room to resolve the matter) and on the ps4 it is very simple to do so. Upon completion of your match simply message me the results weather you win or lose (ex. I win 2-0 / I lost 1-2). The top 16 will be streamed on my channel (twitch -getlucky84) with commentary.

Cheating - any form of altering the results of the match or lying about them and you will be disqualified and permanently banned from participating in any future events I host.


DOA Festival was an amazing event last year not just because of the incredible offline tournament -- but because it was an event that had serious appeal to every last person remotely interested in Dead or Alive. This year Team NINJA is doing it again with the same mindset they had in 2015.

Team NINJA announced Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 at the event last year; a game that people had waited nearly ten years to play. With an announcement like that last year, do you think we could see another special DOA related announcement next month? My opinion is, yes... we will see something new; especially since Hayashi has indicated big news for DOA more recently.

The electric Xcalibur Blades, the frantic and visceral style of @BBoyDragon and the risky but graceful Air Gear will all be representing North America as they battle for a chance to win a paid trip to the Final Showdown at NEC. Kwiggle represented the United States last year and he won but said the Japanese players were unlike anyone he's fought before and that we should all practice for their defensive style. So to all attending: don't slack off on your tech and be ready for a competitive tournament.

If you are looking for Dead or Alive merch, you can probably find it at the booths. If you are cosplaying you get a 20th Anniversary of DOA button, and just for attending the event you get: 20th Anniversary Gold Button, a folding fan, a lanyard and an exclusive DLC code. There is truly something for every DOA player.

More information such as pools, brackets and stream information will come as we get it.

Give Back to the Offline Scene | Summer Jam is Coming
With Summer Jam 10 coming in the next few months, I just wanted to share these experiences again for the new people to the community, and to some of the more seasoned people that may have missed it. These documentary style videos were created by me to simply shed light on our community and the fun that is had at some of these events. Hopefully these videos encourage some of you skeptical people to come out and have a great time and get to meet the people that you play online with everyday! It's truly a great experience.. So let me show you what you're missing!

Summer Jam 9 experience video.

Northeast Championship 16 experience video.

Be sure to leave a thumbs up and even share these videos with anyone that you might think will enjoy them! Hope to see you guys in August!

Livestream Pools: https://www.twitch.tv/roftv
Livestream Top 8: https://www.twitch.tv/gaminglive_event

A quick rehash from the event page posted by @Gehaktbal for all those streaming this very early morning... or night I guess:

June 11th:
12pm - 2pm : Pool 1 + Pool 2
2pm - 4pm: Pool 3 + Pool 4
4pm - 5pm: ---Break---
5pm - 7pm: Top 16 to Top 8
7pm - 8:30pm: Top 8
(DOA all day)

Be sure to tune into this tournament -- there are always quite a few memorable matches at this event, and to my knowledge Gehaktbal has won it nearly every year, but lost maybe just once against Sweet Revenge when he was on his big win streak in the DOA5U days. These players are ready for blood I think -- hoping to see something new and refreshing myself. RoF sounds like the place.
Today Spooky's Channel was updated with DOA clips from an event that happened in Taiwan. I knew nothing about this tournament; which is strange, but this shows how far along the offline scene for DOA has come. We have tournaments going on all over the world... check out TWFM site if you want more information about the event.

Speaking of the world -- Republic of Fighters is happening tomorrow in Paris. Check the story below for all the good details including streaming information. These videos should satisfy your cravings until then:

MartianBoy... hmm name sounds familiar. This guy plays as Bass and takes on a Hitomi that tries using pressure to get to Bass. It doesn't work in the beginning, but he begins to block more and the Bass chokes a bit but still gets the win. Good tech, and good environmental damage in the early going.

For more videos hit the jump.
With the success of the Winter edition, Republic of Fighters is proud to announce the second event of their 2016 season: the ROF Summer 2016 will take place next 11th & 12th of June!

As many people seems to have enjoyed the place, it will once again take place at the school 42 in Paris. As usual, the tournaments will be streamed on several chanels and many freeplay slots will be available.

Saturday :
SoulCalibur V – 1vs1
Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round – 1vs1
Killer Instinct – 1vs1
Super Smash Bros. Melee – 1vs1

Registrations are available on:

Schedule (DoA) Local Paris Time:
11th June:
12pm - 2pm : Pool 1 + Pool 2
2pm - 4pm: Pool 3 + Pool 4
4pm - 5pm: ---Break---
5pm - 7pm: Top 16 to Top 8
7pm - 8:30pm: Top 8

Livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/roftv
On April 28-30, "Kuwait Battle Royale 2016" took place. As some of you may or may not know, it is one of the biggest events in the region running alongside GX2016 (an annual comic, anime expo).

The games featured this year were SFV, MKX, Pokken, Smash Brothers, UMVC3, GGXrdR, BBCP, and thanks to the Kuwait DOA community's extra hard efforts, DOA5LR.

It's a big deal since this is the first time DOA5LR gets a major tournament in the region.

Numbers were also extremely promising, over 30 players were in attendance with varying skill levels. I can also confirm that apart from myself and 3 other guys, all of these players are different from the ones that showed up in the KOFGCC tournament in Dubai, which also had a really good showing for DOA5LR despite it being a side tournament then.

Although DOA was not officially sponsored, also in attendance was Koei Tecmo EU's community manager Chin Soon Sun, who was updating the twitter feed firsthand.
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...