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So I actually just recently got into the DOA scene and honestly, I think it's absolutely amazing. I have always liked DOA in general but never really knew how to get into it competitively. That is, until I found KiT. I actually entered KiT for Smash4 but ended up getting way more invested into DOA due to the people I met, the matches I watched, and just the atmosphere I felt while I was there. First off, people are super helpful when trying to learn about the game. I actually sat down with another player for like 30 minutes before pools and he taught me so much about how tournaments are run and how to use mechanics and environments for combos. Stuff I never would have noticed as quickly on my own. I also joined a DOA discord and members there know quite a few things and they have a channel all about helping players get better which is fantastic. The mechanics of the game and the matches that are born out of these mechanics are some of the best things, in my opinion, that can happen in a fighting game. I strongly believe DOA has the best mechanics to promote adaptation and strong fundamentals. The adaptation I watched throughout the games at KiT just proved that even more so to me and the hype had me on the edge of my seat for some sets. The atmosphere was also one of the most chill things I have ever felt. Coming from the smash scene, which can be a bit uninviting at times, the environment here was super chill and welcoming. I also learned about the competitive Facebook page and this website through players there so shout out to everyone who was super chill and I'm looking forward to my time in this community.

TL;DR: This community is straight balller and I know I'm gonna have a fun time.:cool:

And a Happy New Year of training for Team NINJA's 2017 Battle Royal! There is a new DOA5 Champion, and he goes by the name of @Rikuto. The best Bayman player not only took the title from JC Akira but the mid-boss also completely eviscerated one of his most challenging opponents. Last year we studied Akira, but 2017 looks to be the year of Bayman.

The forum is a great place to study and contribute to the community, but my favorite place happens to be the tournament category in the media section, which now has over 800 videos for your viewing pleasure.

Not only did Rikuto take out Bladez for title, but the reads were just unstoppable and Rikuto was on fire the entire time. He has successfully defeated the thorn in his side. After his epic tournament win the 2017 BR was officially announced.

1. Rikuto :bayman:
2. XcaliburBladeZ :helena::eliot:
3. Master:hayabusa:

The Top 16 Bracket
Day 1 Pools Replay

Tanii (Hitomi) and Kahliah (Tina) start off Top 8 and set the pace for the rest of this tournament. The first match went in Tanii's favor though both characters utilized their strengths. Kahliah was able to slow the second match down in the wrestling ring winning in the end using great patience and great holds. This is an example of how players adapt to others. The delay is really what may have helped most in the end.

Siologica (Genfu) and Master are next on the bracket and Siologica goes right in with Genfu using a lot of pressure to win the first game. Master wins the next game at Ninja Hideout in a last round, and wins the third in a last round after most people on stream thought he was about to lose. Both players did a good job of reading each other while getting their respective electric wall damage. You can tell by some dropped moves, and the crazy exchanges that both of these players were nervous. Great BT damage shown from Master to close this competitive set.

XcaliburBladeZ (Eliot) vs. Static Shock (Kokoro) Static does really well with Kokoro and pulled out a lot of offensive damage and mix-ups that most could never read, but XcaliburBladeZ was able pull it off and follow up with insane damage. He won both games, but there were plenty of times I thought Static was going to get the win on the Attack on Titan stage...
In honor of the Battle Royal 2016 finale we are running a 20% off promo this weekend! Enter the code 'DOAISBAE' and you will have your entire purchase discounted. The code will be live through the end of the day.

NEC is always a competitive tournament and has been a community event staple since 2012 for the offline DOA community. This year we are going to get things started with an amazing exhibition that could possibly lay some ground for what will happen tomorrow in pools.

If you take a quick look at the pools, you will see why @LordXav1er said they are "stacked." Pool 1 has an interesting setup that almost replicates pools from last year. Most players would probably see @E-Mann or @Kwiggle as the pool veterans as E-Mann was second place at this event last year, and Kwiggle has cleaned up at both Battle Royals. @shazzmatazzles is also showing up in pool 1 and she did some major damage to Emann last year in a very good match, so I'm hoping to see an interesting follow up to that.

@ebabil Guney will also be competing in pool 1. He is one of the several International killers, and he won at BAM8; a major in Australia to advance to NEC 17. As proven in his defensive and calculated matches with Pro @Berzerk! he will not go down easy in the pools.

@hollow (Kasumi/P4/Alpha), @Black Moon Rising (Lei Fang), @Rambro (Mila), @Ozone (Hayabusa) all bring a certain level of diversity and ferociousness to the table. Most all of them have caused upsets, but they all have unique styles so it's hard to predict who will come out on...
Would you like to write your own prediction post on who you think will win NEC 17? Be sure to comment as I plan to follow up this post with other opinions. This is obviously for fun and to hype the upcoming event. Any rude or suggestive comments to other players will not be tolerated.

If you have been watching the offline scene since 2012, you have got to be impressed with BladeZ on some level. Not because of his win streaks but because of his care and studious nature. He also has the ability to take up many surprise characters: such as Alpha at NEC 13, or beating Master with Momiji at TFC -- and how about the Eliot victories at Summer Jam? A character people thought would never have a chance at offline events taking out Kwiggle? No way!

Sweet Revenge stepped his game up after this match, big time.

Bladez is also someone that's known for his shenanigans and tricks as displayed in Sweet Revenge vs. Bladez at TFC 13. He goes beyond just knowing the frame data, and the guarantees which is evident from a character like Alpha. BladeZ also brings the best out of people because he studies them. After this match Sweet Revenge brought on the longest tournament win streak the community has seen -- and I think part of that reason is because this match inspired Sweet to improve.

He also does have some experience fighting Akira, but you can see from this match with Sly Bass that he does indeed struggle with the matchup a little. Personally, I do believe he can defeat JC Akira with Alpha... he just needs to be able to sustain his pressure game against JC Akira no matter what character he picks.

If you look at the Battle Royal standings, Kwiggle and XcaliburBladeZ have cleaned up this year -- but Bladez took DOA Festival which I believe could be the most important victory of the year...
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!