Dragon Ball FighterZ is a fighting game released by Bandai Namco. It is based on the global franchise, Dragon Ball Z. it has its own original story but rose to prominence for its amazing art style and slick gameplay. They started an eSports tournament last year that attracted some of the biggest fighting game players on the planet. Season 2 started at the end of June and will end at the start of 2020 at the Grand Finals in France. This article is going to give an introduction and a few predictions of what’s to come in the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Season 2
In 2018, Dragon Ball FighterZ burst onto the eSports scene and quickly became a global phenomenon. In the same year that the game was released, it also established a worldwide tournament called the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour. With this tournament, the game quickly shot to the top of the eSports scene putting it on a par with the likes of CS:GO, Overwatch and League of Legends.
It is now 2019 and the Dragon Ball train is making the rounds again with the recent release of the new film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” and the first gameplay for “Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot”. Bandai Namco is capitalising on this renewed interest with the start of Season 2 of the FighterZ World Tour. The tour kicked off at the end of June at the CEO fighting game festival in Daytona Beach, Florida.
CEO 2019 was the first TENKAICHI tournament of the tour which means that the results we saw here may set a precedent for the rest of the tour. We saw some shocks and some things that you may have come to expect. In this article, we will have a look at 5 FighterZ who I believe have the best chance of going on to the grand finals and winning the entire thing. These predictions will mainly be based on the performances at CEO and my opinion.
#5. Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue
Hot off the heels of his dominant run and subsequent win at last year’s World Tour, many expected the world’s #1 fighter to have an easy run through the competition at the first event of the new tour. Sadly, Kazunoko didn’t show the signs of brilliance that led to his triumphant win over Fenritti last year. He made it to the final 64 with his usual ease but in round 2 of the top 64, he was bested. He did manage to get to the top 8 with no issues after that initial stumble but luck did not seem to be on Kazu’s side as he lost in the first round of the top 8 losers bracket to the man who he beat to win the grand finale last year. Hopefully, he can get back on form otherwise his run this year will be as dead as his main fighter Yamcha.
#4. Dominique “Sonic Fox” Mclean
For a lot of people, Sonic Fox will be the most recognisable person on this list. In 2019 The Game Awards gave him the award for “Best eSports player of the year”. Sonic Fox is the youngest person on this list however he is reportedly the highest paid esports athlete in the fighting game world. In this first leg of the tour, Sonic Fox made it to the Top 8 semifinals where he was defeated by the eventual winner of the tournament, GO1. He did make it to the semi-finals of the loser’s bracket after that but was defeated by Fenritti who went on to come 2nd in the event. Sonic Fox is known to be able to very quickly learn new characters and strategies so it will be interesting to see if he can change his approach and come out on top. He plays android 16 in nearly every match so let’s see if he’s as resilient in the tournament as the hulking robot is in the series.
#3. Jon “dekillsage” Coello
dekillsage has a unique distinction from the other members of this list. It’s a minor distinction but I believe its somewhat interesting and may gave him the edge. Everyone else on this list plays 5 or more games at a professional level whereas dekillsage only plays 3. Some may say this gives him a disadvantage as he does not play on such a stage and at such a level as often. I, however, beg to differ. It means that he can spend more time honing his abilities and getting to know his fighters for FighterZ. He and Sonic Fox are signed to the same team so you’ve gotta think that they know each other’s tips and tricks. It looked like dekillsage may have been able to go all the way, but he was knocked out by the eventual winner GO1 and failed to beat Fenritti in the final of the losers bracket. Maybe he can channel his main fighter Goku and overcome the odds.
#2. Shoji “Fenritti” Sho
Fenritti is a near man. He seems like he should win but can never get the job done. Last year he got to the final match and lost. At CEO he got to the final match and lost. He’s like the Houston Rockets. He has James Harden, he has CP3 and he’s got Capela but he can’t get the vital win. When the lights are on him and the crowd is cheering his name, he chokes. He faced every other man on this list and won, apart from when he faced the champ. He came from behind making it to the final through the loser’s bracket and him winning feels like a fairy-tale ending but sadly fairy tales aren’t real. He had an amazing run through the tournament but came up short. He reminds of his main fighter Perfect Cell, as much as he seems like the best, there’s always a bigger fish. Silver isn’t bad but I think that next time, Fenritti is hungry for gold.
#1. Goichi “GO1” Kishida
Here we are. The Champ. The big dog. The king. Right now, he is at the top of his game. He went undefeated throughout the whole tournament which surely means that he should have some momentum going through to the next event, which is yet to be announced. However, he has 4 fighters snapping at his heels just waiting for their next chance to pick up some valuable points. Right now, he is the top of the leader board but in a competition like this anything can happen. I believe that just like his FighterZ main Bardock, he will fight to the end.
There is a lot more to come from the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour. We don’t yet know when the next TENKAICHI event is, but the first SAGA event is just under a month away and at those events, everything can change so make sure you stay tuned.