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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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Down to his last character with no sparking versus a full team, HookGangGod didn't need Piccolo for this epic Dragon Ball FighterZ comeback

Frosty Faustings XI is currently underway with its second and last day, but the finals for Dragon Ball FighterZ and other titles went down last night to give us some excitement before Red Bull Final Summoning next weekend where Jiren is likely coming to crash the party.

Most of the strongest Dragon Ball players in North America were in attendance for one of the first majors of 2019 including NRG|HookGangGod and PG|Nakkiel, who ended up having a great winners finals set with one of the clutchest of combebacks we've seen in the game going into its second year.

Nakkiel came out strong in the first game landing a touch of death on his opponent with some great set up by Adult Gohan and Yamcha though the first two games of the set would end in in HGG's favor. HookGangGod is most well-known for sticking with Piccolo as his main fighter through thick and thin, but it would actually be Vegeta who would save the player's tail in his and Nakkiel's third and final game.

Game three appeared to be a turning point, however, as Nakkiel quickly disposed of Bardock and Piccolo leaving HookGangGod with only Vegeta at half health remaining and no sparking. Backed into a corner HookGangGod sprang back to life to take down Gohan and Gotenks with impeccable punishes and reads.

This left just Vegeta and Yamcha on screen, and though HGG's defense was on point with Vegeta, he ended up getting opened up with a combo. Nakkiel didn't have enough meter to finish the prince off, so he survived with the smallest sliver of health.

HGG's heavy launches were also completely on point during the last game including a dash up attack to punish the neutral jump at the last second to seal the game with a final Final Flash while only nine seconds remained on the clock.

HookGangGod would take the set 3-0 though he would — tournament spoilers — ultimately defeat EG|NYChrisG in grand finals to take it all after he too defeated Nakkiel. You can check out Nakkiel's tournament touch of death in the first clip below courtesy of HiFight followed by HookGangGod's epic comeback, but be warned there is NSFW language featured in the videos.


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Jiren vs. Goku shown in Dragon Ball FighterZ via new magazine scan

We recently got a tease for Jiren as an upcoming DLC character in Dragon Ball FighterZ, and now we have even more to go off of thanks to a V-Jump magazine scan.

Spy_0taku posted said scan on their Twitter page early Friday morning, which shows the Pride Troopers from Universe 11 about to trade blows with Goku.

The translation, courtesy of Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, reads, "Goku and Jiren clash... !? This is the latest illustration for the highly popular Dragon Ball FighterZ game!! For the full details, tune in to the world championship! Please look forward to it!!"

Given the wording, we don't have actual or official confirmation that Jiren will indeed be a part of the Season 2 DLC, but chances are extremely high based on what we've seen at this point.

Jiren is one of Dragon Ball Super's biggest and baddest figures, and also ranked as the most popular character in our community poll, which asks which new characters fans would most like to see join DBFZ.

You can view the page by clicking the thumbnail below. Thank you to Captain_Fire_Feet for sending this our way.

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Jiren teased as DLC for Dragon Ball FighterZ

A second season of content for Dragon Ball FighterZ was previously teased by Bandai Namco earlier this week, but we were told to wait until the World Tour Finals at the end of the month to find out about what's coming to the massive fighter in 2019. Apparently we only needed to wait two days to learn more.

Bandai Namco and popular Japanese magazine V-Jump teased that Jiren will be coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC along with a brand new Dragon Ball RPG title.

The publisher's translation of V-Jump's Tweet says "the warrior from Universe 11 is joining the fight" which refers to the current final anime arc of the Dragon Ball Super containing the strongest fighters from every universe in the Tournament of Power.

Jiren is one of the Pride Troopers from Universe 11 which proved to be among the strongest teams of the arc with other characters like Toppo giving the Z Fighters a run for their money — Goku and his friends are from Universe 7. Though he looks like a beefed up stereotypical grey alien, Jiren's raw power allowed him to deal with other fighters like Hit and even Super Saiyan Blue Goku with relative ease.

Due to his popularity and status as the 'final boss' of the Tournament of Power, Jiren appeared to be an easy pick for a spot on the roster of FighterZ though he did not make it into the first set of DLC characters in 2018. He also ranked the highest on our community poll about the Dragon Ball Super characters we'd most like to see added to the game.

The new RPG title from Bandai Namco is code-named Dragon Ball Game Project Z and will receive its reveal in the March issue of V-Jump coming January 21. We'll likely need to wait until Red Bull Final Summoning though on January 26–27 to learn more about Jiren and Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2, however.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ developers are looking specifically at boosting comeback mechanics; Producer Tomoko Hiroki hints at upcoming changes

We certainly had our gripes with yesterday's Bandai Namco live stream wherein we expected to get "BIG NEWS" about Dragon Ball FighterZ, (spoilers, we didn't) but upon revisiting the interview with Producer Tomoko Hiroki we did find something to tide us over while we wait for the World Tour Finals.

First and foremost, Hiroki was not shy about the fact that developers are still supporting FighterZ and have obvious plans to continue to support the title right now. This comes as little surprise (the community was expecting Season 2 reveals) but it does, at least, serve as a confirmation that things are still chugging along.

More specifically, Hiroki stated that the team is balancing the game. "Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently being balanced while (the dev team is) looking at users' gameplay," she noted before going on to say that unspecified adjustments to the game's battle system would be implemented after the World Tour Finals.

After asked about seeing the turnout and hype that came from the DBFZ action at EVO 2018, Hiroki took the time to say how impressed she and the team was. While happy with FighterZ's performance thus far, Bandai does feel the game lacks enough comeback factor.

Indeed the instances we see of players bringing games back from a two character deficit are fairly few and far between, but those days may be ending soon.

Check out these two clips from Hiroki's interview on yesterday's live stream as she discusses the aforementioned topics. Let us know what you think the particulars of these changes might be in the comments when you're done.


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A fresh, fun and visually-stunning take on the iconic anime villain that will impact the franchise to come - Dragon Ball Super: Broly review roundup

Of course, we need to preface this article by saying that Dragon Ball Super: Broly is not a fighting game, but it is something close to ours and the larger community's hearts. The film will also impact Dragon Ball games going forward including FighterZ.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is the latest film in the franchise's long history to hit the theaters and the first since 'Resurrection F' back in 2015 that started around the same time as the latest anime series that Broly is built around, and it's also the first officially canon Dragon Ball movie with the previous two having been remade in the DBS show / manga.

The film originally hit theaters across Japan last month in December, but now it's North America's chance to see the Super Saiyans on the big screen yet again beginning tomorrow, January 16. In anticipation of its release, we've collected a number of the biggest reviews for Dragon Ball Super: Broly here in one roundup.

Critics and fans have been largely kind to Broly's new incarnation with many expressing joy that they've expanded the title character's personality beyond insane villain to the point where he can easily be seen as a sympathetic figure as he's essentially a slave fighter forced to fight for his father's revenge.

Speaking of fathers, DBS: Broly delves deeper into the Dragon Ball and Saiyan lore expanding upon — and redoing some of it — with a focus around the start on the backstory of Vegeta, Goku and Broly's fathers before the fall of Planet Vegeta with the king, Paragus and a different take on Bardock. Reviewers generally praised the added context, but felt it was a little too short to have much of a meaningful impact.

While the movie is not currently on Metacritic, Dragon Ball Super: Broly has a 79 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a much higher amount of positive ratings than negative ones present.

Visuals have been a sticking point for the film since its first trailers debuted with a real 80's / 90's style anime aesthetic that feels perfectly at home in the Dragon Ball franchise in contrast to the glossier appearance of Super's anime. Goku, Vegeta, Broly and everyone else look great in stills and in the movie's extended fight scenes that take up the brunt of run-time.

With the attention and scores DBS: Broly is receiving, the new version of Broly and Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta may be a lock for Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 though we'll need to wait until at least the World Tour Finals to find out. You can check out the full review roundup after the jump.

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Today's 'BIG' Dragon Ball FighterZ news: wait for World Tour Finals for 'BIG' Dragon Ball FighterZ news

Bandai Namco has been at the top of their game in recent times, knocking it out of the park with big reveals for titles like Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6 and Jump Force, but really dropped the (Dragon) ball with today's live stream.

Many expected "BIG reveals, BIG news and BIG interviews with the producers of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2," (as presented in Thursday's tweet) to mean some kind of Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 announcement, but after 30 minutes of talk about Xenoverse and the newly revealed Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission card game, we got nothing of the sort on the DBFZ front.

FighterZ Producer Tomoko Hiroki started her game's portion of the stream with a "wait until the World Tour Finals for an announcement" announcement.

The remaining 15 minutes of the 45 minute stream were used as something of a promo for said World Tour Finals as Hiroki stated that she was excited to see how things will play out, noted a few of the strongest competitive players and recapped some of the previous Tour happenings.

More than 30,000 viewers tuned in expecting Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse news, and while both titles were mentioned and new content was shown for the latter, it's fairly clear the main attraction for today's stream was the aforementioned card game reveal.

We'll be tuning in for the World Tour Finals later this month and expecting actual reveals and actual news for Dragon Ball FighterZ at that time. If you'd like to watch the archive of today's stream, you can do so by heading over to Bandai Namco's Twitch page.

Dragon Ball FighterZ news inbound via Bandai Namco's live stream, starting at 4 p.m. PST

The wait is just about over as Dragon Ball FighterZ fans prepare for today's news drop. Bandai Namco announced a few days ago that they'd soon be privy to "BIG reveals, BIG news and BIG interviews with the producers of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2."

While we did receive a balance patch back in November of last year, the last time DBFZ saw new content was with the introduction of both Cooler and Android 17 in September.

While we're unsure of exactly what to expect during today's live stream, we have a hunch that the stage will be set for an all new season of content including new characters, new game adjustments and perhaps even more.

The recent release of the most recent Broly film (which officially brings the Legendary Super Saiyan into canon) as well as the continued development of Dragon Ball Super have fans speculating as to which characters would be the best additions to the DBFZ roster.

There has also been a good deal of talk about the need for the tidying up of FighterZ's online experience, and perhaps a few tweaks to some of its mechanics.

We have included the live stream embed below so that you can watch right along with us. Chime into the comments with your predictions and reactions, and check back on EventHubs for further coverage of any big announcements that come our way.

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'Android 17 is now pound-for-pound the worst character in the game' — Rooflemonger releases his final Dragon Ball FighterZ season 1 tier list

Bandai Namco is gearing up to share big announcements today for Dragon Ball Fighter Z and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. When it comes to Dragon Ball FighterZ, the fighting game community is anticipating a reveal of the next big thing for the game — season 2.

We recently speculated on what could come included in Dragon Ball FighterZ season 2, if it does indeed come to fruition. Naturally, we predict up to eight new DLC characters, balance changes, and more.

In anticipation of a potential season 2, content creator Rooflemonger recently put together a final Dragon Ball FighterZ season 1 tier list. Using his old tier list as a starting point, Rooflemonger gives detailed descriptions of why each character places where they do as he places them in their new spots.

The character who was notorious for being low tier in the game previously, Beerus, has since seemed to move up in the eyes of the community. Rooflemonger shares that view of the fighter, moving him away from bottom of the barrel to closer to mid tier with faults.

Unfortunately for Android 17, the DLC character has be demoted to last place. "Android 17 is definitely, pound-for-pound now the worst character in the game," Rooflemonger says.

Other characters, like Bardock and Android 16, saw significant nerfs after the recent changes, and Rooflemonger crowned a new top contender to join Adult Gohan.

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'Big' Dragon Ball FighterZ announcements are coming very soon, but what could they actually entail? New characters, mechanics or something else?

Dragon Ball FighterZ will go down as the best launch of a brand new fighting game series / sub-series in years, and we're now only one day away from likely learning about what 2019 will have in store for it.

Bandai Namco announced lasts week that a special live stream will be going down January 14 for both Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2 where the publisher promises "BIG" reveals, news and interviews for the titles though we don't yet have a clear idea about what's coming.

Many signs are pointing towards a second season of content popping up just around the corner, but what should we expect given the track records of the developer and publisher?

Season passes and yearly content updates has essentially become the norm this console generation with titles like Street Fighter 5 and Killer Instinct leading the way with support spanning a multitude of years though one prominent developer has largely avoided that avenue.

Arc System Works developed DBFZ, but their main areas of experience in the past decade have been with the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series. Both of these franchises largely relied on expansions and sequels to update their content like Guilty Gear Xrd evolving to Revelator as a separate game like Super Street Fighter 4 was, but they have been experimenting with add-on based expansions in titles like Revelator 2.

Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, on the other hand, featured a more standard approach to current season passes including a set amount of characters released in packs over a period of time including multiple balance adjustments, but we haven't seen how they'll go about supporting another season in the same vein.

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New assists, better user interface and more; here are five wishlist changes Rooflemonger has for Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2

We're still prepping and bracing for the action of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals later this month, but the DBFZ community has already begun speculating about what they'd like to see in a second season for the game.

Rooflemonger has come forward with a list of five specific wish list changes he thinks would make for an even better FighterZ experience, none of which have to do the specifics of individual characters.

We won't spoil too much here, but will say that one of these changes is a request for additional assists for the cast.

We've seen options like this in Versus games from years past, and such a development would surely lead to a growth in personal expression for players. One of the first and most apparent problems here is that there are a few assists that seem so strong that it's hard to imagine giving the characters who perform them something else worth choosing.

Take Vegeta or Gotenks, for example, and it seems Bandai could either create a second assist that would never be used or something that's ultimately game breaking because of its utility.

Give Rooflemonger's video a watch and let us know what you think of his proposed changes. Chime in with your personal thoughts on what you'd like to see in a second season of DBFZ and let's keep the conversation going.

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BIG reveals coming for Dragon Ball FighterZ in just four days according to Bandai Namco

Exciting news for Dragon Ball FighterZ fans as Bandai Namco announced on Twitter early Thursday that Monday, January 14th is going to bring with it a good deal of new information concerning Dragon Ball FighterZ.

"You have 4 DAYS to prepare! If you're a fan of #DRAGONBALL games tune into our #twitch live stream on Jan. 14 from 4-5PM PST! There will be BIG reveals, BIG news and BIG interviews with the producers of Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2," they wrote.

This all comes after a few hints about Season 2 announcements were collectively pointed out in recent days. These included new developments on the Steam DLC content page as well as direct quotes from Bandai on social media.

Though there's been a good bit of speculation that the powers that be may not want DBFZ to continue as a competitive title, much of said speculation has been laid to rest since Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada's direct commentary on the matter.

You can see the announcement tweet along with the graphics included by clicking the thumbnail below. Speculate away in the comments as to who and what you think we'll see on Monday.

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Jump Force open beta leaps into action on January 18 featuring 17 playable characters

We're now only just over a month away from the launch of one of the bigger crossovers in recent times with Jump Force though we'll get our chance to get our hands on the game next week.

Bandai Namco announced that an open beta will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for Jump Force that is scheduled to run for three days from January 18–20 to test online functionality and server loads.

17 characters and five stages will be playable during the available sessions with staple heroes and villains from series like Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter, Bleach and Fist of the North Star among others — though it won't include the recently announced Midoriya or Asta.

There are currently four beta test periods scheduled to run between those three days, and if the times are the same for every region in the world, we in North America will need to stay up late or get up very early to jump on when severs go live.

The first open beta period is scheduled to last for three hours — as are the rest of them — starting January 18 at 4 a.m. and ending at 7 a.m. PST while the final period will last from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST on January 20.

Jump Force is set to release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 15. You can check out the beta characters and details in the gallery below or find the information listed after the jump.

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'Everyone is Here', SonicFox and Go1's rivalry, Tokido's emotional bout with Daigo and more: Here are the best fighting game moments from 2018

2018 will likely go down as one of the best years for fighting games as a genre since its renaissance a decade ago beginning with the launch of Street Fighter 4, and that momentum appears to be carrying through into 2019 as well.

We're here today to go over the best announcements, the hypest matches and the strongest games to release last year with Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez, Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey, Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor and myself each giving our thoughts of our favorite moments from 2018.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was a great way to start off the year with a title that would essentially unite the entire fighting game community in a way that no other fighter had essentially managed to do before leading to some of the best EVO numbers ever and a great rivalry between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1.

The other monster reveal / release for the community came by way of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's announcement and lead up that gave fans almost every thing they've been asking for for almost 20 years — besides Waluigi.

Outside of those two behemoths, we saw an enormous amount of other titles come out during the calendar year including Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[St], Fighting EX Layer and smaller games like Blade Strangers plus many more.

Continued developer support was also a major theme of 2018 where Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition launched along with Tekken 7, The King of Fighters 14, Injustice 2 and more all receiving new DLC and pro circuit support to keep games and scenes alive. You can check out our full (semi-ranked) list after the jump, and let us know your favorite moments of the past year in the comments.

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Clues could indicate that Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 announcements are on the horizon with the Red Bull Final Summoning event on January 26-27th

It's been quite some time since Cooler and Android 17 were released as Dragon Ball FighterZ's final Season 1 DLC characters back in September. If you've been keeping yourself occupied in the Hyperbolic Timer Chamber while waiting for news about Season 2, it's surely been an excruciating wait for you...

Dragon Ball FighterZ's future at tournaments was beginning to look uncertain with the game mysteriously being prevented at some events. Luckily, Harada of Bandai Namco confirmed that Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, and Dragon Ball FighterZ will have a continued tournament presence as he has become the leader and supervisor of Bandai Namco's Fighting Game eSports Strategy team.

We still don't have any confirmation about future DLC content for Dragon Ball FighterZ. However, Rooflemonger has noted some very interesting trends that seem to be indicative that the next season will be announced very soon.

Firstly, it was pointed out that Dragon Ball FighterZ's Downloadable Content page on Steam has seven unknown entries that appeared about a month ago. Notably, there is also an eighth app that has been present for about four months now. It's highly probable that something is being worked on for the game.

Bandai Namco also released a World Tour Saga 1 Event Recap trailer to get everyone hype for the Red Bull Final Summoning event that will take place on January 26th and conclude on the 27th in Los Angeles. In the comments section, some fans have attempted to press Bandai Namco about potential details regarding a Season 2 — which Bandai Namco have been responding to.

Rooflemonger has collected some interesting responses from Bandai Namco where they outright state that there will be some surprises at the big finals. When someone stated that "if you get all seven Dragon Balls, you can wish [for the next] FighterZ character," they responded by stating that they "had this in mind too."

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Update: What was the best new fighting game of 2018? See the results of the poll to see where your favorites placed

Update: Check out the results of the poll after the jump to see what everyone voted for as their favorite new fighting game of 2018.

The fighting game community finds itself older, wiser and more storied as we've made it through yet another year of punching, kicking and blasting each other to oblivion.

We're taking a look back over 2018, specifically at the new titles we've been able to get our hands on. From Dragon Ball FighterZ back in January to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December, it seems there's been something for everyone regardless of fighting game taste.

Those that enjoy fighting with multiple characters got BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. Fighting EX Layer brought us a more modern take on the Street Fighter EX series, Soul Calibur 6 offered a fresh arena for 3D players and Omen of Sorrow and Blade Strangers appealed especially to the indie crowd.

We've also included the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition update, as it brought not only new characters, but new game mechanics, modes and a visual overhaul that made for a significantly different experience than vanilla Street Fighter 5.

We've included these nine titles in a poll below so you can vote for your favorite title of 2018. Feel free to share the details of your choice in the comments, and expand with any further reasoning you used to arrive at your conclusion.

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Frosty Faustings currently has more Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle entrants than EVO Japan

Frost Faustings is returning in 2019 for its eleventh run, and will take place on January 18th and 19th in Elmhurst, Illinois. Though on-site registration will be available, RaphTx shared the current numbers for the 20+ titles that will be featured at the event, three of which are outpacing one of the most anticipated fighting game events of the year.

As pointed out by Steve "AceKingOffsuit" Jurek "Frosty Faustings has larger fields for Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle than EVO Japan. This is wild."

We still have 24 days before registration ends for EVO Japan so there is a chance that later comers will boost up the number of overall participants, but the event has had a few rain clouds pass over it since the completion of the inaugural run in January of last year. Though entrant numbers in 2018 were strong, (over 2,000) the event lost more than a million dollars.

Speculation as to precisely why final reports ended up in the red blames a last minute change in venue paired with a free entry policy. Said free entry policy is likely a result of Japan's anti-gambling laws, which prohibit fighting game tournaments from operating with the traditional model wherein participants pay entry fees that go into a prize pot for top placers.

When the 2019 game line up for EVO Japan was released back in mid December, many FGC members were taken aback by the fact that neither Super Smash Bros. Ultimate nor Dragon Ball FighterZ was to be featured. Smash Ultimate is the currently the leading title for Frosty Faustings with over 250 entrants, and Dragon Ball FighterZ ranks 5th with just over 170.

This year's EVO Japan will be held in Fukuoa, which is over 670 miles (1080 km) from the event's 2018 home city of Tokyo. You can view the current numbers (as of the morning of January 7th) for both Frosty Faustings and EVO Japan (as shared by Anime FGC News) by clicking the thumbnail here:

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