Is that it? 2nd Anniversary of #KOFXV

Players who pre-ordered got to start playing on February 14, but today, 17th February, is the day that the game was officially released worldwide.  So, SNK posted a little message:

 

Right now, about 17 hours from being posted at 9am in Japan, there are 75 replies, 2k likes, 56k views, 538 retweets.  It’s not really indicative of the whole fanbase, let alone the playerbase, but from what I can see, every third reply is asking for season 3.

Well of course they asked, that’s what we want, that is, the people who actually play the game, but is that amount of people going to be enough to pay for SNK’s development costs? Or is SNK fully focused on COTW? Or… are we going to get an announcement at the SNK World Championships or the EVOs?

We talk in depth about it on the podcast

Tldr: anything could happen but if there are no announcements at EVO US 2024, that’s a wrap for KOFXV and it’s time to get ready for COTW.

It is curious, and it makes you think, if you were SNK, would you always have a dlc on sale every month, competing with Tekken8, or focus all your dev team on COTW? Would you take a risk on a season 3, remembering that some players want a very specific character and won’t pay for anyone else.  Season 2 got a mixed reaction, but we don’t know the exact sales.  What we do know, however, is the usage of players in the top 500 ranked.

 

So, what does this mean exactly? Well, you need to remember these are the immortals, they usually play to win, and somehow the arguably low tier DuoLon is getting played while the buffed and arguably more dangerous Najd is getting left on the shelf. Might be a topic for a podcast… Feel free to leave a comment and stay tuned for the next podcast!

Morocco SNKWC Qualifiers in Casablanca #kofxv #cwf

Casablanca World Fighters is this weekend! Refresh this page until this message disappears, as we will keep adding info.

With over 100 participants, watch out for KOFXV & over 40 players for KOFXIII, these tournaments are going to be siiiick!

Date: Sat 27 – Sun 28 Jan

Location: Atlas Gaming

267, Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni, Casablanca 20100

Telephone +212 520 02 96 59

Watsapp +212 627 45 75 17

contact@atlasgaming.ma
Website
Facebook

Brackets

Schedule

– times are in CET/UTC +1 GMT+1

There are going to be 4 waves on Saturday : 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4pm
– KOFXIII will start at 12 pm Saturday
– Top 24 will be played at 6 pm to the top 8
– Both KOFXV and KOFXIII top 8 are played on Sunday

Stream : twitch.tv/frionel26

French stream via MrQuarate

Hinako, pls! SNK Qualifiers: East Asia, Saudi, Morocco

Updated with stream link for the tournament in Saudi!

Dunno what happened but Thursday night was kicking off, and I can still hang fairly well with the Immortals, kek.  The sad part is that it’s down to players like me who take the time to host and then can’t do much else because of course the lobbies are not up to KOF14 standard.  Still today, KOFXV gets reviews about bad matchmaking, even though the matchmaking is now fixed.  The irony is that there are a good amount of rooms but the system isn’t listing them all and of course everyone’s default setting is their own region.  Some players don’t even know how to change their settings and sit in a practically private room wondering why nobody will join them.  The invite button on steam still doesn’t do anything for me.  I have a good feeling these issues will be cleared up for COTW but at such a huge cost to KOF.  Anyway, Gunsmith is still here and still supporting, along with the other heads in the community and the myriad of nonsensical Discord rooms! And let’s not forget that kofxv has overall good reviews (82%) today. Play it! (Oh wait I’m talking to the choir again)

Now let’s talk about Hinako, like she’s actually a good design, but wow, the difficulty curve. I’m getting better but throw priority kills a lot of her setups (of course).   She’s really a ground based character and they drove that home with her terrible jump speed and short range attacks.  Unlike Kyo, a lot of her moves are punishable so you really have to be precise with her.  And why is her down-forward C not mash friendly after sumo stomp?  If she’s the last dlc of KOFXV she’s a good deep character that will take a long time to master but at the same time what a pain in the ass!

Then this Saturday morning, from 5am CET, Frelissimo will be leading the English language restream of the SNK East Asia Winter Tournament, which is an online qualifier for the SNKWC2023.  With a few famous players already qualified, there’s another chance for Leshar and ZJZ to get back in, not to mention others. The Japanese language stream will be available on SNK’s official channels.

On the same day you will be able to see White-AshX, Frezzer, Bustahwolf, DepthofGnosis, FlameofNova fight it out in Saudi Fighting League!  here’s the stream link.

and perhaps the hottest EMEA tournament is coming up in January. I’ll be there on the mic… More details to come but if you want to join, grab that ticket to Casablanca NOW

Last but not least, there’s another Hessen Crash in March!

 

Absolute pools of DEATH at #UFA2023 #SWC Qualifier

So it’s time. And SNK have been pushing the SNK World Championship 2024 to be a real one, with qualifiers all over the globe.

We now prepare for Paris! 25th and 26th November!!! The brackets have been stacked (with my help) with killers from across the globe!

Streams:

Saturday: 12:00 – 3pm on ifcyipes  at then 7pm to 9pm on teamsp00ky

Sunday: 4-7pm on teamsp00ky.

Your commentators will be two very recognisable voices ahem.

Brackets

More info – DON’T YOU MISS IT!

The Draft 5 Tournament #kofxv

Ok, he said, when he really should have taken the opportunity to stay in bed instead, let’s do another draft mode tournament. But this time, we’re going to keep things smoothly running with no coin toss, no position switching, we’re just going to go with the default settings as SNK intended. Register here Continue reading “The Draft 5 Tournament #kofxv”