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Siologica's Main Costume

One of the strongest, if not the strongest Genfu in DOA5, will be coming back to the US for NEC this coming year. Siologica is an established name in the Japanese DOA community. He is very known for his countless high profile major wins in his respective country for a character that is considered as "boring." His stoic personality bodes well for a character such like Genfu. As a player who is very patient and consistently maximizes his character's potential, Siologica will be a huge threat in this year's NEC.

What does Siologica mean? Siologica の意味は?

Originally the name was Sio. But there were many people with the same name playing the game. So I went to Siologica with the name of my favorite grocery store (Logica) behind me. There is no deep meaning [behind it].

What are fun things to do in Japan? 何か面白いことや楽しいことってなんですか?

It is fun to play against [other players in] the game center. I have been playing DOA for a long time. Before playing DOA 5 at the game center, I played it at home. However, I had a longing to play at the game center. I love the unique space where the game center is dim, loud and cigarette smoke drifts everywhere.

What is your favorite Ramen shop? 好きな料理のお店とかはなんですか?

I like the Hakata ramen based restaurants. Hakata is Japan's Kyushu region so Hakata's noodles are Tonkotsu Ramen. Speaking of "ramen" in Tokyo, it is [typically] soy sauce ramen. If you say "ramen" at a Hakata ramen shop, it will be Tonkotsu Ramen. The noodles are thin and hard. The noodles often get entangled in [the] soup and it is the best. "Ichiran" and "Ippudo" are popular Hakata ramen shops. I go to Hakata ramen store three times a week for lunch.

What are good recommendations if you planning on going to Japan? What do you like about it? 日本に来たら、いいおすすめは何ですか?好きなれすとらんは?

Hakata ramen store is recommended, On the...
For three years in a row, Team NINJA has given players the chance to contribute their art to Dead or Alive 5. 2017 might be the best year yet favorites including Tina in 80s workout gear or even Bass dressed up as a chicken. A Halloween event really does give the community a chance to get creative.

What are your favorite designs this year? You can download these outfits via: PSN, STEAM and XBL. Happy Halloween! Congratulations to all the contest winners and participants.


Team NINJA's Youtube Tutorial series for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round continues this time detailing the art of Critical Statuses. When I first started playing fighting games, understanding this element was one of the more challenging aspects for me, and this element can also expose how well a player knows their character. When a single move can have many different options, it can be difficult to anticipate what's coming next. That's why legends like Sweet Revenge, Kwiggle, Sonic Fox, Emann and Bladez are able to paint such a beautiful picture when they compete as they are maximizing their damage on multiple factors.

This system, while complex can also be proven by the caliber of our incredible offline talent. The lasting fighters have truly applied what they have explored to their playstyles, and one would think that alone would question anyone who still thinks DOA is a "shallow" fighting experience. @DestructionBomb also provides us with tips that while situational are good strategies to add to our environment game.


TeruRock @ Red Bull G

The wait has finally ended. I've always wanted to interview someone this special for a vast period of time. TeruRock is a name players all around the world have heard before. He is famous for his immensely strong and exceptional Lei Fang. He has opened players eyes even more than so they thought. His fundamentally sound blend of defense and offense have made him a level above his peers. With his consistently pristine top results in all the tournaments he attends, he is one the players people will need to keep on their sights.

What is your gamertag? Where did you get the name TeruRock (輝Rock)? What was the inspiration for that name?

I made a part of my real name in English. As my name changed since I got married, I changed the handle name accordingly.

You're one of the most famous Japanese players to ever compete in DOA. What's your history with the game? What do you love about DOA compared to the other fighting games?

I began playing fighting games seriously all the way from DOA 2. The attraction of DOA is that I think the point where players need to hone both levels of attack and defense.

I don't know what Soy is doing

Not many westerners have traveled to Japan to play DOA. They are very curious about the Japanese DOA scene. Can you explain to us your scene on how it came to be? History of it? Did it start in the arcades?

In Japan, DOA is considered to be a low level game as a fighting game. It was all the way from DOA 1 to DOA 4. It is even so after DOA 5 was released....
After a spectacular event filled with thrilling upsets and intense nail biters, Chicago's own GXR | SRM Hoodless takes the top spot and is your eventual TFC 17 DOA5 Champion. With his patient and methodical style, Hoodless overcame many strong players and is now one of the players people will need to keep their eyes on when this year's NEC pops in this mid December. After watching the top 8 matches and witnessing his stellar performance, I had to go interview the man himself. Here's what came out of it.

A1R-GEAR: Congratulations on your spectacular win at TFC 2017. This tournament had many upsets and hype matches that many of us had our eyes glued on the matches itself whether it be there live or in our homes. How was your experience with the tournament?

Hoodless: Thank you. It was a lot nail-biters and hype matches at TFC. My experience at this tournament was terrific. Got to see my friends haven't talk to or seen for awhile. Met new faces in the community. I tried out some food their known for lol.

A1R-GEAR: It's always great to see new faces in the community. It makes each tournament more refreshing. I'm curious. What kinds of food did you try out there? Recommend anything?

Hoodless: Every time I go to a tournament it's refreshing. The food places I tried out was Bojangles, Smithfield's Chicken n BBQ and Pe changs. Bojangles is famous for there Chicken and biscuit. Smithfield's make there on BBQ sauce. It was good. The last is PE Changs it's a fancy Chinese restaurant. It was delicious. Recommend to go to those places when you come out to Raleigh, NC.

A1R-GEAR:That sounds delicious and mouth savoring! I really want to try that! Nevertheless, were there any players that were giving you a very hard match? Any players that impressed you? What was your toughest match and why?...
As people may know, TFC was the first tournament I played in. I originally never thought about playing offline in a tournament. I played Dead or Alive casually and I was just gonna stick to casual play. However, the first person that talked to me about playing offline was FeiiKu. Now even though I thought of playing in tournaments growing up (for Halo and shooters for the time being) I never allowed myself to. Plus I never thought I'd go far in a tournament, which I thought was the main point of a tournament. But after speaking with SlyBass also during one of his "ArcadeSensei" streams, I considered it for real. I was shocked to find that TFC was in NC as that wasn't far from me and I figured, this was the perfect opportunity for me to play.

DOA Frustrations
Now during this wait, I grew angry with DOA online as it was very frustrating for me to play online at times. I tried to come up with new cool ways for me to keep the game fun on my end with "Character of the Day" and a couple other series. But eventually I got so frustrated I almost dropped the game fully. I took much time off to play Tekken and learn some characters there and I figured I'd play competitively there. After two months of no DOA, I played here and there in DOA but Tekken I took the most serious.

The revival of DOA for me
When I was registering for Tekken, I saw that DOA's tournament was free and I remembered saying to Sly, FeiiKu and a few others that I would at least give it a try offline and in the end I said, "If I'm going do one more thing with DOA, I'll at least try out an offline tournament in DOA and see what's so great about DOA offline" and I registered for DOA as well. During this wait for TFC, I had some good sets with DBomb, Hoodless, Rojikku, Awesmic, & a couple others, but I was still mulling "retirement" from DOA until DOA 6. Online was still frustrating and I went back into the headspace of I might not even show up for DOA. I grinded Tekken and improved in that as I...
Top 8 Bracket | Top 8 Complete Stream
1st Hoodless | 2nd Kwiggle | 3rd Hollow | 4th XcaliburBladeZ

The Bifuteki Top 8 Stream at TFC has been nothing short of spectacular with the players trading their tournament nerves from pools for intensity and focus. Like all of the Battle Royal fights from Team NINJA, this event DOES NOT disappoint. If you missed pools, be sure to give those a viewing as well to see some surprising and satisfying outcomes to your favorite matchups.

To start these fights off we have a 5-star match with Hoodless and NEC Champion Rikuto. These are some very close fights, and we see all of the moves you would expect out of a great Bayman v. Zack matchup. Hoodless takes the set 2-1 in what could be the best opening match we've seen in our tournament history and I highly recommend a viewing of this match.

Gruff goes with Lisa in his fight against Black Moon. He has a successful match with Lisa using similar strategies we saw him use yesterday in pools with grabs, breaks, and wall-splats. Black Moon just knows how to make the right reads, adapting to Gruff for the next two games with environmental damage topped off with great combo enders.

XcaliburBladeZ takes on KP Savage in Top 8, and both players seek to overcome each other after a plethora of obstacles hit them yesterday in the pools. KP Savage is hungry, but Bladez looks to regain his footing with Alpha-152. Despite a great performance from Savage and a great switch to Bass, he loses both games to BladeZ as the RNG chose Danger Zone for the last match... one of Bladez' best-studied levels in Last Round.

Kwiggle takes Phase 4 to his next fight against Black Moon's Leifang, and Moon puts the pressure on to get an early round, with the stun game coming to play coupled with parries and BT stuns give him the first game. Going into the second fight Kwiggle switches to Christie, and with his legendary reads and combos, he wins the second fight. They take their last fight to Danger Zone that leads to another Last Round going in Kwiggle's favor despite Moon's incredible defense, force techs, and damage.

A familiar fight since the beginning of DOA5's tournament life: Bladez vs Rikuto. Bladez chooses Rachel to fight Rikuto's Leon. Rikuto plays a great stun game to win the first round, but Rachel is able to escape Leon's tech to win the second. Rachel puts on some pressure that makes it hard for Leon to hold to finish off the first game.

Rikuto stays with Leon in the second game, and Bladez takes the first round on Lorelei right away and keeps the steady pressure going into the second round. Speed seems to be the key ingredient in this heavy fight, and Rikuto starts getting damage in the second round before Bladez' Rachel gets a surprise bounce off the wall for the last juggle.

Hollow looks to take out another DOA Icon in his next fight with Hoodless, but Zack has Alpha where he wants her -- the electric rope wrestling ring where wall damage easily wins him the first and second rounds. Hollow retorts with throw damage and wall splats of his own to score a round before Hoodless wins the first game by whiffing Alpha's OH.

Hollow looks to make the proper adjustments in the second game on the lower level of Scramble, but Hoodles starts the game strong easily winning the first round and establishing pressure and mix-ups. A desperate Alpha attempts every trick in the book but is largely unsuccessful giving Hoodless more momentum for the next round. This match was quick and Hollow needs to switch things up fast.

Alpha gets an opening with the Helipad and we begin to see a shift in defensive power, Hollow getting a much-needed round win against the pressure king, but Hoodless is able to adapt with massive damaging combos, mind games and reads. Hollow is able to get two rounds, but Hoodless cooked him when other pros couldn't to get to grand finals.

Kwiggle and Bladez... our classic matchup that we are all well acquainted with at this point: Eliot vs Christie. Kwiggle now feels comfortable enough to throw in this tournament, and he starts reading the hell out of Bladez getting a quick win in the basic wrestling ring. Going into game two there are no character changes and the fight starts on the streets.

Bladez starts off more offensive in the first round before his defense is blasted through on the second and third with massive critical burst, wall and combo damage. Bladez is finished off quickly this time around to put Bladez in 4th place. Kwiggle advances to fight Hollow once more.

In their first INSANE fight, Hollow was able to overcome Kwiggle's Lisa and Rachel to move on, but will he able to handle Kwiggle's Christie? Hollow starts things off with a RUSH to put a mind game in place, he mid-parries Christie to get off the wall, but Kwiggle adapts and takes the first round. The lows help on the ancient temple because of the water, and Kwiggle being an expert knows how to get this environment damage regularly, but Hollow is STILL able to get the match into Last Round before losing a clutch match to the wall.

Next, they are fighting on the Warzone and Christie should be more steady on this level, and gets into it quick getting 2 great wins against Hollow bringing them to Scramble which also is in Kwiggle's favor. The download seems complete and Kwiggle eliminates Hollow, who pulled off some of the craziest upsets in event history.

Hoodless and Kwiggles both deserve to be in the grand finals and here they are with Hoodless in the Winner's seat. Kwiggle has been known to reset brackets for years now and he shows no fear going into this fight. Hoodless chooses Zack to combat that Christie at the War Zone.

The match heats up fast and they both get close rounds on each other with Kwiggle finishing the second with a power blow. Hoodless comes back in the third and pokes him to the ground. Kwiggle is having issues getting past his defensive so he looks for grabs and gets them before losing the first game to some great delayed strings from Hoodless.

They take the next fight to the lower level of the Jungle and things start slowing down, and Kwiggle gets backed into a wall to lose the first game. Christie uses her range combined with defense to find an opening in this fight and takes an impressive second round with 24T. Hoodless goes low to finish the round off.

Kwiggle starts to get on one, but Hoodless is just coming off way too strong even in low health. Kwiggle puts it into last round with another throw. All of the risks come into play for last round and the delayed low strings are not working for Hoodless as well and he loses another round to a throw against the wall. 1-1.

We now go to the ends of the Earth, and both are surprisingly well dressed for the occasion. Hoodless gets a needed round and starts to dissect Kwiggle who is putting up Mayweather defense. Kwiggle is downloaded this match and Hoodless quickly takes this game out of nowhere.

Kwiggle sticks with Christie in the third game, but continues to struggle with reading Hoodles at the circus, but surprisingly sidesteps the wall and gets a round on Hoodless. The experience of both fighters begins to shine brightly and the rounds are so close. Hoodless does whatever he has to do to get this next round with low punishes, sweeps and mix-ups, trying to keep Christie away from the wall.

This strategy works for Hoodless, and he is on fire and defeats Kwiggle in a great fight! Congrats, Hoodless for not only preventing a reset but for showing dominant fighting presence the entire tournament. Hoodless concludes the TFC 2017 Battle Royal.

Even if the audio is off in the beginning, and TFC is no longer our biggest draw -- we still have an intimate weekend of DOA with some of the best in a competitive field. Kick Punch Block has been streaming our community events for a number of years and we are grateful for the time. Big E Gaming's TFC 2017 Top 8 will conclude tomorrow at 1pm via Bifuteki, but for now, let's look at the matches in pools.

Kwiggle is no slouch, but he's always having fun and this remains true with the opener for the stream against Savage. You can tell Savage knows a lot about the game, but given Kwiggle's experience with Marie Rose... he seems to know what to expect for the entirety of the match. What will it take to put Kwiggle into a serious competitive mode? I'm not sure, but I dig his style!

In the next game, SYN Gruff shows the importance of the low throw punish with Lisa against Dr. Sexual's Ein and it just works for him. Though the first game goes into last round because the doctor has some smooth moves, using both defense and aggressive behavior to get rounds on the vet. The second game may not showcase environmental damage like it could have, but a lot of great combos from Gruff and more low throw punishes give him the win against the hungry doc.

NC Tempest and NC Mysterio Jackson are next on the bracket, and fight at the Crimson streets. Tempest quickly shows Mysterio the wall and keeps his Jann Lee there for most of the match, though he missed an opportunity after a wall crumple, he had more than enough control to take the game. Though the atmosphere is opened up in the next round, Mysterio is still backed against a wall despite some unblockable hits and a slip stun on Phase 4. Tempest takes the second game to move on to the next round with a good effort from Mysterio.

After a break,...