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NEC is not only an event, but it's a celebration to how long we've been around; and for how long we have been dedicated to Team NINJA's steep learning curves and incredible universe. To commemorate this event, at NEC 17 -- the most hype competitive tournament you will see, Team NINJA is giving away gifts including:
  • I'm a Fighter PS4 DLC for Kasumi and Marie Rose (for entering the NEC DOA5LR tournament)
  • Gold 20th Anniversary Pin (for entering the NEC DOA5LR tournament)
  • Black 20th Anniversary Pin (TOP 32)
NEC 17 starts next Friday, and if you are not ready... are you ready now? The higher-ups of Team NINJA will be at this event to celebrate. Now it is time to show them what we can do... you want DOA6 so bad? Show them how much you care and compete. This could be the last Battle Royal, and we are unclear of the future... maybe at NEC we can get an update as to how Team NINJA views the future of our offline tournament circuit.

Happy 20 years guys, but let's keep fighting to make it another 20.
As the final stop in the 2016 Battle Royal, NEC has been on the mind of the competitive community since early this year. As the most consistently well-represented major in the Dead or Alive tournament scene, there is always a great interest in the event, and not just because of the tournament itself. There have been announcements, giveaways, and, most relevant to this article, some really fun exhibition matches. This year will be no different! Today we are announcing an international exhibition match pitting the finest the US has to offer against our friends and community members from other parts of the world.

Being that exhibition matches do not need a whole lot of explanation, I'll just get right to the roster.

Representing the United States of America:
Crazy Steady (California)
SYN Static Shock (Texas)
Kwiggle (Delaware)
XCalibur BladeZ (New York)
Master (Texas)
Rikuto (New York)
H00dless (Illinois)

Representing the Global Community:
Soy (Korea)
Ebabil Guney (Australia)
Gehaktbal (Netherlands)
Tanii (Japan)
JC Akira (Japan)
Siologica (Japan)
Teru Rock (Japan)

This 7 vs. 7 USA vs. The World [The World vs. USA?] Exhibition Match will take place before the Team Tournament Friday, the 16th of December. What an impressive way to kick off our final major of the year, no? Let us know who you think will take out who!
For all of our members, both those slowly coming out of a tryptophan-induced food coma and everyone else, we are here today to announce something that many of you have asked about:


Starting tomorrow, the 25th of November (specific time will vary timezone to timezone) a coupon code will go live on the Free Step Dodge Store. This code will apply throughout the entirety of the store and is good for 15% off of your entire purchase. The coupon code that you will be using is FSDTHANKYOU and will apply for the duration of the sale period ending the 28th of November. Grab yourself that 'We are Fighters' shirt you've been eyeing (conveniently pictured here) or check out some of the newer designs that have launched since the shop opened. Buying the 'I'm a Fraud' shirt so that you could give it to someone you beat in a tournament as a gift would also be a cool idea. Just a thought.

If you have any questions, feel free to fire away below. Just remember to use the coupon! If you use it verbatim and it says it's not valid, you're probably trying it a bit too early. Enjoy the new duds!

|Big E's Pre-Registration Site -- Do not waste time! The event starts Dec. 12/17-12/19|

Team NINJA will certainly be watching the community at NEC 17 which will be the grand finale to our 2016 Battle Royal. Last year history was made within our community when JC Akira flew from Japan to destroy everyone with his vicious Akira. It was a bloody massacre.

JC Akira Dominates Pro Player E-Mann

Though it has been a year, and people have had time to study -- NEC 17 provides you with the proving grounds to see how much you have improved. This tournament has everything from the prize, to the prized fighter and will probably be the most competitive event the Community and Team NINJA has ever seen.

This tournament will also probably be one of the most entertaining; not just because of the main event but because of the 3v3 Tournament... and one of the teams happens to be three Akiras (@DestructionBomb @Sly Bass and Champion JC Akira). Who is going to win against these three very different Akiras consecutively? Good luck!

It's very important that everyone that can pre-register. We've been building this community up for years and at something as big as a Grand Finale for a tournament circuit Team NINJA has put on... this should mean everything to the community. Let's make a great turn-out for Team NINJA to see at NEC17!
GUTS has been doing a great job of representing DOA offline for a while now, and Last Round returns to the event this year. Expect to see some talented members of the community you don't normally get to see plus tournament regulars such as @LordXav1er.

Winners Final GUTS 2012

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Dead or Alive 5 Event Streamed by Kombat Network
(DOA starts at 5:11:40)

Live streams provided by:
Team Sp00ky Sabin (Art Sanchez) https://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky
Bifuteki https://www.twitch.tv/bifuteki
Punch-Kick-Block https://www.twitch.tv/kpblive
Game Underground https://www.twitch.tv/gameunderground
Kombat Network https://www.twitch.tv/kombatnetwork
Ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of the year again where you should start thinking about who should be on your team for the 3v3 team tournament at NEC. Last year was a success, so let's do it again!

Here are the rules:

1. Permanent character lock. This means when you register for the tournament, you will write down your character. If you play any round NOT as that registered character, you will be DQed.
2. Same characters can be on the same team. If you want 3 Akiras, then you can have 3 Akiras.
3. You will go head to head against another team of 3. You stay on until you lose. If you win the first match up, you stay seated and the next member of the opposing team steps up. You will play 1 match, best of 5 rounds to determine the winner between the head to head. This means your team has to win at least 3 matches to defeat the opposing team. Once a team has had every member of their team defeated, they lose the match up.
4. You may switch the order in which your team performs after each team match. This means if I start lead off against a team, I can be the anchor against the next team.
5. Double elimination.
6. $10 a person, or $30 a team for entry into the tournament. Registration will be at the venue, Friday night. Tournament starts Friday night, 8pm. Registration closes 7:30pm.
7. Winners and Losers finals will be best of 3. Aka, first team to win twice.

I will update the OP with teams if you guys want to post them in this thread. Just let me know the following per team:
1. Team Name
2. Event Registration Tag & Character (Note, I won't hold you to your character choice until you register at the venue.)

Free Agents
:hitomi:Lord Xavier


1. The A Team

:akira:JC Akira :akira:Destructionbomb :akira:UGS Sly Bass

2. Whoopin Dat Azz
The DOA community has lost another member this morning.

Christopher Harris, known to the FGC world as NinjaCW, has passed away this morning. He was one of the old-school DOA players that got along with everyone in the community. For those that don't know, NinjaCW was part of the "I'm a Fighter" campaign during the release of Dead or Alive 5, where you can still read his comment about why he felt he was a fighter. He is also most known for his participation with the Championship Gaming Series, a television show aired on DirectTV that featured Dead or Alive 4.

Here's a quote from the I'm A Fighter campaign:

"I have always played games for fun but it wasn’t until DoA 4 came out that I got fully into competing in a game. After traveling to my first tournament and being able to play with so many people that I had only met a few hours prior was an amazing experience. At that point I was hooked and I just wanted to test myself to see how far I could get. I would lose to stronger players and I would get even more excited to play. After I would beat that player it made me hungrier to compete, just to see if there was someone stronger. Life put many obstacles in front of me, but wanting to know what it means to be strong keeps pushing me forward."

Outside of competing in DOA, he has competed in other games as well in the world of eSports such as Street Fighter IV (Makoto), Street Fighter V (Mika), Overwatch, and League of Legends.

While Flipsid3 Tactics have yet to make the announcement, let us remember NinjaCW the same way we remember DOA-Knee.


If you have any cool or funny stories about NinjaCW that you'd like to share, please feel free....
Congrats Kwiggle at winning your third TFC!

The Fall Classic seems to get our competitive community all wound up as we have come to expect a serious level of competition from this event, and it has delivered year after year with exciting gameplay, artistic flow and explosive matches. Starting off in the pools we see character diversity, great competition and sportsmanship, new players and great offline growth. Tomorrow the hype continues with Top 8 streaming via Funky P @1:30 EST.

Quick Thoughts: Shockwave's Pai was awesome! We rarely see the character used at offline events and we got to see some great tech from a veteran Pai player. @coldpieceaj made a great comeback against @shazzmatazzles; great change to Sarah and great matches. Jennings was the first player to use Mai at a tournament to my knowledge, and it was nice to see he had some success. @BBoyDragon also went hard with Mai and showed some great charisma and energy on both screens.

Current Bracket | Bifuteki Pool Replays | Complete Event Schedule
It's with a heavy heart that Roger Tung, known to the West Coast DOA community as DOA-Knee (Middle, green/yellow jacket), has recently passed away. DOA-Knee was a character loyalist to Marie Rose, and he was one of the most well-respected players in the community.

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of DOA-Knee. In the words of Electrified Mann, "Learn to use all that energy you have to be more positive and supportive towards one another as you never know it could be your last time speaking to them."


If you have any stories with DOA-Knee, please feel free to share with the community.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and in honor of this month I have decided that 20% of the price for the White & Pink Hoodies in the Free Step Dodge Shop will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the end of the month. That's about $12 for every White & Pink hoodie sold. There are two options currently available for hoodies: Zipped and Pull Over.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization which has raised $569.4 million to support clinical and translational research at medical institutions worldwide. BCRF currently funds over 200 researchers in 6 continents and 13 countries. As of 2014, BCRF directs more than 91 cents of every dollar raised to breast cancer research and breast cancer awareness programs. BCRF has received exceptional recognition from several organizations that monitor and provide comprehensive, unbiased information on charities. CharityWatch, formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy, continues to award BCRF an "A+" rating.