Dragon Ball Z stories

The number one online Dragon Ball FighterZ player isn't a household tournament name (yet), but looks to be well on his way

As was expected, there's been a massive rush from all corners of the fighting game community to play the new Dragon Ball FighterZ.

TSM|Leffen has been making waves from the Smash Bros. end of the pool, while NRS champion FOX|SonicFox is considered by some to be the strongest DBFZ player around right now.

EG|ChrisG, FOX|Justin Wong and many, many others have found common ground blasting away at each other with Kamehameha waves and Final Flash beams. If you look up the number one ranked online player, you likely won't recognize the name, but with over one million BP already, Psyken has become the player to beat.

An aspiring streamer, (according to his Twitter) Psyken's team of Android 16, Vegeta and Android 21 has been punching, kicking and dunking opponents all the way to the top of the leaderboards.

This caught the attention of XusesGB, who has put together a compilation of some of the Virginian player's more impressive bouts in an attempt to highlight his play for the world.

"Psyken is currently ranked #3. The top two ranked players are apparently rage quitters so that makes Psyken the legit number one ranked player," clarifies Xuses in his video description. Check out the compilation below and let us know what you think of Psyken.

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Winter Brawl 12 early results, streams ft. SonicFox, Punk, NuckleDu, Theo, SKD, Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, Grover, Coach Steve, Dieminion, Mynus and more

Update: This story has been updated with multiple day two results.

A lot of tournament action is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

That's because it's time once again for Winter Brawl, in its 12th installment, and there are going to be a ton of players and games being played at the event.

The games set for tournament play are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Windjammers, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament DX, Soul Calibur 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], ARMS, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend are plentiful, but some of the ones you can expect to see include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, NuckleDu, FOX|Theo, PG|SKD, Circa|Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, PAG|Grover, PG|Coach Steve, SB|Dieminion, TSB|Mynus, cR|Dekillsage, Nephew, Method|Flux, TSB|Blaze, NS|Ludovic, HB|Punisher, Kreymore and more.

With 275 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this looks to be the first major event featuring the game, and it's last on the schedule as well, so look forward to some proper action from our favorite Z Warriors.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Team Spooky and Atari FGC.

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Top Street Fighter 5 player GO1 calls out top NRS player SonicFox in Dragon Ball FighterZ after winning Japanese tournament

CO|GO1 is widely considered to be one of the greatest Street Fighter 5 players in the world right now. His tournament results are extremely impressive.

Meanwhile, FOX|SonicFox is an outstanding fighting game player that is most often known for his feats in NetherRealm Studios games. In fact, he could be considered to be the best at Injustice, Mortal Kombat X, and Injustice 2.

The game that's been on everyone's minds lately, however, is Dragon Ball FighterZ. Recently, GO1 won a Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament in Osaka Japan during the Mixupnight Twitch stream.

To everyone's surprise, GO1 had a call out to make at the conclusion. According to HiFight, he stated on the mic that "next is you, SonicFox" (essentially saying that "you're next, SonicFox").

Evidently, SonicFox has been making a number of waves within the Dragon Ball FighterZ meta. His performance in online matches has been phenomenal.

It's clear that GO1 wanted SonicFox to know that he was gunning for him in this game. This title is creating new rivalries that would otherwise have never happened.

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Leffen releases his Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list

Dragon Ball FighterZ was released on January 26, 2018. It's been nearly a month, so the game is currently evolving thanks to the efforts of many top players that originated from different fighting game communities.

Not too long ago, FOX|SonicFox released an early tier list that ranked all of the game's characters. He would later update this list to reflect some changes in the ripe meta.

Jtails is another player that has already constructed a tier list that showcases his opinions. A video was released that had him talking about why each fighter was position the way that they were.

Professional Melee player TSM|Leffen has only just recently released his tier list. Like Jtails, this is in the form of a video that has him talking about the strengths and weaknesses for all the combatants. Leffen is a player that has reached rank #1 on the PC of DBFZ and #5 on the PlayStation 4 (possibly higher).

You'll probably notice a number of similarities between these character rankings. In fact, it is pretty unanimous that Android 16 is the current best in the game.

Leffen even goes on a bit of a rant about Android 16. He mentions that Android 16 is "one of the worst character designs [he] has ever seen." It should be noted that Leffen's y-axis determines how high tier a character is while the x-axis demonstrates how easy or "braindead" the fighter is -- Android 16 is, of course, at the upper right corner.

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Confused as to why Bardock is a Super Saiyan in Dragon Ball FighterZ? Let's break down the history of Goku's father

By now, anyone that has visited this site or the internet in the past week in general probably knows that Broly and Bardock are coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC. Why should they not? They are both fairly popular characters that have been in many Dragon Ball games before.

One thing about the announcement that got some extra attention though was the fact that Bardock turns into a Super Saiyan for his level 3 Super in DBFZ. For those that had only seen the show, read the manga, and possibly seen Bardock's first special, it would be confusing to see a character turn Super Saiyan before Goku had.

This poses the questions of who was Bardock? Why is he important? Where did he appear? Also, is he canon?

To start off with that first question, we must use Trunks' convoluted time machine to go back to 1990 (or about 10 years later if you want the dub) when the TV special Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku was first released.

So as that title suggests, Goku is Bardock's son. That also makes Bardock Raditz's father as well. Simply put, Bardock was a lower class Saiyan warrior that died with the rest of his race at the destruction of Planet Vegeta by Frieza.

Bardock may be one of the most important characters to the overall story though because he pulls a Jor-EL and sends Goku to Earth before their planet's demise.

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Top Melee player Leffen has been among the top ranked players in Dragon Ball FighterZ for both the PC and PlayStation 4

"Smash is not a fighting game." These words often come up in online forums and posts when the topic of Smash Bros. is talked about in fighting game related scenarios.

Most people that make this claim tend not to realize that many Smashers, including myself, don't really care if others take on this opinion. There's never been much of a desire to prove that Smash Bros., at a high level, require many of the same fundamentals of traditional fighting games to those that did not believe as much.

While there are those that would try to discredit the scene behind the games, the players are spending their time improving and simply having fun with the game. The idea that a Smash player couldn't be successful in other fighters has already been disproven.

Christopher Gonzalez, better known as EG|NYChrisG, was often regarded as one of the greatest Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players. His team of Morrigan, Doctor Doom, and Vergil is infamous. It's likely that not many people know about Chris's origins in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community.

William "TSM|Leffen" Hjelte is also a player that has made a name for himself in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community as a result of his desire to perfect his own gameplay. It is clear that he has the potential to be one of the top level competitors for Dragon Ball FighterZ, if he should choose that route.

He's been playing on both the PC and the PlayStation 4 versions of the game. At different times, he was ranked #1 on the PC and #5 on the PlayStation 4 (he may have even gone as high as #3, but this isn't shown in the below images).

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Fixes for Dragon Ball FighterZ's online issues inbound, producer Tomoko Hiroki shares the road map for patches

Fixes for Dragon Ball FighterZ's online issues are on the way, Bandai Namco announced this morning.

In a new video featuring producer Tomoko Hiroki, the company unveiled their road map for the upcoming patches. There will be two updates: one in late February and the next in mid to late March.

Hiroki notes that not all issues may be resolved with the implementation of the first patch, so the company aims to gradually make the fixes over the course of the two updates.

"Rest assured that we will not stop until the fix has been completed," Hiroki said.

Since launch, players have been reporting matchmaking struggles in Ring Match. There have also been consistent disconnects from lobbies.

Dragon Ball FighterZ has been very well received by the community and by critics. However, the major complaint about the 3v3 fighting title has definitely been its online experience.

There are eight DLC characters headed to DBFz, and we recently learned that Broly and Bardock are the first two being released. If you missed the first in-game look at them, be sure to check it out here.

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Sonic Fox updates his Dragon Ball FighterZ tier chart

History tells us that if Dominic "FOX|SonicFox" McLean plays a fighting game seriously, he's probably the best at it. McLean is now playing the new Dragon Ball FighterZ seriously, and he's probably the best at it.

The young champ released an early tier list about a month after the game dropped, depicting the entire roster on a "well rounded vs. has faults" and "top tier vs. low tier" X and Y axis.

That particular list, which is actually more of a chart, is so last week, and SonicFox has posted an updated version that sees a few characters jump around a bit.

While Fox is known for changing his mind quite a bit on matters like this, DBFZ is still in its infancy and is therefore quite volatile when it comes to nailing down tiers and such.

We expect we probably have a general idea of where most characters land on the chart, but things could continue to change further with little to no surprise to anyone.

Check out SonicFox's updated tier list by clicking the thumbnail here, and let us know how much you agree or disagree (and why) in the comments after.

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Official Broly and Bardock character pages are up for Dragon Ball FighterZ with stats and bios

It has been known for a handful of days now that Broly and Bardock would be the first DLC characters making their way to Dragon Ball FighterZ, and now Bandai Namco has given us the first official look the characters with teaser trailers.

The official character pages for the legendary Super Saiyan and Goku's father are now up as well on DBFZ's Japanese website with new images and short character bios.

The translations from the Japanese site come courtesy of our own MajinTenshinhan where Broly's bio seems to suggest that the character will indeed have armored moves to make him akin to other "big body" fighting game characters like the Hulk or Juggernaut from Capcom's Vs. series.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Bardock seems to be geared towards a rushdown style with fast moves and being most atune to attacking the opponent at point-blank range.

The images shown off seem to be a look at some of the new characters' Supers including Bardock's Super Saiyan form and what looks to be Broly's Gigantic Meteor attack.

Check out the gallery below and the full information breakdown after the jump.

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A quick in-game glimpse at Broly and Bardock in Dragon Ball FighterZ released

Today we have our first in-game look at Dragon Ball FighterZ's first two DLC characters.

As we know, Broly and Bardock are joining the fight. Earlier today, Bandai Namco shared a quick glimpse of both characters.

The teasers come in the form of each character's intro, however, the short clips do not have audio.

Bandai Namco Europe tweeted, "Broly and Bardock are announced as extra characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ! Discover Bardock's introduction now. Do you want to see his moves?" This is telling that the quick clips are indeed simply teasers and that the audio was intentionally omitted.

At this time, a release date for these characters has not yet been divulged.

You can check out both intros after the jump.

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Jtails puts together early Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list

If you've taken the plunge into learning how to play Dragon Ball FighterZ competitively, then you've probably come across Jtails before.

The content creator has been actively diving deep into the intricacies of the game, putting together numerous tutorials in the process. Though his portfolio includes a lot of Smash Bros. and some Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, lately Jtails has been known for his great DBFz videos.

From full character tutorials to tips that can help players improve their game overall, Jtails' knowledge of this 3v3 fighter is plentiful. On top of this, he has also spent time among the top 10 highest ranked players on the PC leaderboards with over 60,000 BP.

Jtails recently created an early Dragon Ball FighterZ tier list. We see the full cast ranked from SS (top tier) to C (low tier).

The list was put together with the characters running solo in mind, with some consideration of how they function as assists. There are some much expected choices for top tier, such as Adult Gohan and Cell, but some other placements may come off as a bit surprising.

Fortunately, Jtails shared a video in which he makes the tier list and explains why he ranked each character the way he did. You can check it out after the jump.

Do you agree with this tier list? If not, what would you change? Let us know in the comments below.

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In Dragon Ball FighterZ it's possible to instantly go from zero bars of meter to seven with Android 17's and 18's barriers

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a game that is often compared to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in terms of its mechanics. They are both 3v3 fighters with the capabilities of calling assists.

One thing that is a little bit different between the two fighting games are the meter systems. While UMvC3 at most allows players to store up five bars, DBFZ can have a maximum of seven bars.

It actually isn't too difficult to fill up your meter in this game. Still, you rarely see someone go from zero bars to seven in the matter of seconds.

GMcustom00 on Twitter has posted a way that players can go about this. Since Android 18 and Android 17 (incorporated into the former's moveset) both have access to a barrier move that can absorb attacks, meter can be gained at an insane rate.

By activating both barriers while the opponent and their assist character attacks, you'll instantly fill up your meter. Having this much meter will definitely open up options for your team.

This scenario isn't exactly impractical. Attacking at the same time with your assist is actually a pretty common strategy. I imagine it'd be totally possible to pull this off in a real match.

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Will Broly be the Juggernaut of Dragon Ball FighterZ? - Maximilian breaks down the new DBFZ DLC info in new video

Dragon Ball FighterZ has been building bridges across the different corners of the fighting game community lately, but the DLC has been a point of contention for players and hardcore fans of the anime.

Yesterday, we got our first taste of said DLC with the legendary Super Saiyan, Broly, and Goku's father, Bardock, informally announced by way of magazine scans.

Resident fighting game connoisseur Maximilian broke down the information released about the characters and speculated about their moves in a new video that you can see after the jump.

Max hopes to see Broly work similarly to a character like Juggernaut from the Capcom Vs. series in that he will have armored and long reaching moves to make up for his slower speed and weakness to rush down and mix-ups.

He points to the move sets found in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for the 3DS, which was also worked on by Arc System Works, for what to expect for future characters because of similarities between the games' moves or animations.

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Should we count Bardock as yet another Goku on the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster? The internet is a little torn

Editor's note: First thing's first, that's Natalie Imbruglia in the banner, most notably famous for making the song "Torn" famous (though she only covered it). I realize some of my audience here may not be familiar with 90's hits, and that explaining a joke is the quickest way to step on it, but this is my article and that song is great.

Yesterday we officially found out that both Broly and Bardock are on their way to Dragon Ball FighterZ as the first of eight DLC characters to be revealed. These two came as little surprise since the community has long been discussing them as hopefuls.

When it comes to Bardock, there's been a bit of a wave of hesitation as he looks almost exactly like Goku (Bardock is Goku's biological father) and the game already technically has three versions of DB's main protagonist as is.

From a game play perspective, there's really little issue here. It's not hard to vary up abilities and stats to make each version of Goku look and feel different enough from the others to make them viably unique. The main question seems to come more from a place that asks whether or not we want a roster filled with Gokus when we could be using spaces for other characters.

As it so happens, Lythero conducted a poll on Twitter to see if people counted Bardcok as yet another Goku in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

After a full day and nearly 5,000 votes, the outcome wasn't all that helpful:

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Brussels Challenge Round 2 results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Verdoyance, Kuja

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Even with EVO Japan passed, Brussels is still at it with Brussels Challenge.

While Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is the main event, there's also Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14 and Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT being played.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Verdoyance, Kuja, Frionel and WhiteBl4ck.

Sunday is dedicated entirely to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, while the other games were played on Saturday.

Streaming is being done at Brussels Challenge.

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Amazing neutral and some of the best auto-combos in the game; Jtails breaks down Hit and Goku Blue in Dragon Ball FighterZ

We're back with more Dragon Ball FighterZ action, this time in the form of character breakdowns for Hit and SSGSS Goku (Goku Blue) from tech expert Jtails.

Hit emerges as a fairly unique fighter in that he utilizes counters to bait foes into being too oppressive, and punishes them dearly for it. Though his ability to counter is usually the first thing you'll hear in discussion on Hit, the character has a plethora of further resources.

A very daunting neutral game paired with built in frame traps make Hit very scary on the horizontal plane, and sudden teleport zips out of his command stance make for a very technically chaotic experience fighting against him.

Goku Blue's major strength comes in his ability to open people up. He too boasts very strong neutral and teleport games, and also has built in high-low attacks to his auto combo.

Not only is Goku Blue a great point for his offensive ability, his incredibly damaging level 3 Super makes him a great pick as your team anchor as well.

If you're using Vegeta, Adult Gohan, Kid Buu or Goku Black, be sure to check out Jtails' other breakdowns to learn all about them after you check out the videos here after the jump.

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Broly and Bardock first two DLC characters coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

We've caught first wind of DLC content for Dragon Ball FighterZ thanks to Siliconera, as two names that have been tossed around quite a lot in recent weeks, Broly and Bardock, have been revealed.

This comes as news from Japanese site Ryokutya2089, though further information including pricing and time of release for the two Saiyans are still up in the air.

In the Dragon Ball series, Broly stands a head above most as a nine foot tall Legendary Saiyan. His personality tends to shift between docile and rage-filled at the drop of a hat.

A fan favorite powerhouse villain, Broly is extremely powerful and hates Goku because of protagonists incessant crying when the two of them were infants. Despite having a stature similar to fighting game characters like Zangief, Broly will be a "traditional powerhouse character with a large body and long reach," as opposed to a grappler.

Bardock is a lower ranking Saiyan and the father of Goku. His physical appearance is virtually identical to his son's, save for his usual Saiyan armor outfit.

Broly's level three Super is titled "Gigantic Meteor" while Bardock's, titled "Revenger Assault," sees him go Super Saiyan for a flurry of attacks on foes. Here's the V-Jump magazine scan from Shonengames confirming the two new fighters:

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Thank you to tobydanger, shinwar, Reiji and digos25 for the tip.