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  1. Hey there! The idea of creating a tournament came to my mind very late since many tournaments were ran at a decent pace. I got the idea of bringing something special to my tournament because I like variety, so why not hosting one for once? Requirements North American copy of Dissidia Duodecim Final Fantasy (code ULUS10566 displayed on the savedata folder) PPSSPP version 1.1.1-222 32-bit (provided with the tournament package here: http://tinyurl.com/hmltue2) ZeroTier One: http://dissidia.community/topic/62-how-to-substitute-hamachi/ Discord: https://discord.gg/2D5D8Wf DC Ranked savefile: https://puu.sh/xuT0T/0b9ce188ff.rar Dissidence V4 savefile: https://puu.sh/xuj7t/945f4b59ae.rar Note: it is illegal to share a copy of the DDFF ISO here or on Discord so you have to find it by yourselves for those who do not possess it. General Rules Feral Chaos banned Counter Summons only (Scarmiglione, Cagnazzo, Barbariccia, Rubicante) 1-hit Chase rule* Breakables banned Hacked items banned (http://dissidia.community/topic/17-ddff-ai-only-accesories-hacked/) The Rift & Phantom Train banned Omega Stages banned *1-hit Chase rule: "If you chase after a chase BRV, it must be an empty chase, meaning you don't perform any additional chase attacks." However, you can perform as many chases as you want as long as you hit only once each time. Tournament Format This is a Major tournament, so you are not restricted to play on a specific day. However, once it starts I expect it to last for about one month and two weeks. I will see how it goes and extend it if necessary. I will give more details about this later on this topic. More details on this format: Round-Robin for non-veteran players as a first step. The goal is to have an accurate seeding of all participants in order to make fair brackets. Double Elimination once the seedings are made Best of 3 until Semi-Finals Winner's/Loser's Semi-Finals and Finals are Best of 5 Grand Finals is Best of 7 Tournament Rules Save ALL of your matches and send the replays to me via PMs on Discord Any rage-quitting behavior, be it "softly" (pressing Start > giving up the match) or "hardly" (closing the PPSSPP, etc.) will result in a disqualification from the tournament. Coin flip is mandatory to determine who begins to pick a stage and who begins to pick a ruleset Blindpicks on both sides Specific Rules Match 1 starts with a coin flip. The winner of the coin flip picks a ruleset. Loser of the coin flip picks a stage. Both players then send a private message with their character pick to a Tournament Organizer The TO announces the characters chosen by the players Match 2: the loser of the previous match chooses the ruleset. The winner chooses the stage. After that both players send their character picks to the TO (blindpicks still applies). Match 3: same process as match 2 List of allowed stages: Old Chaos Shrine Pandemonium World of Darkness Lunar Subterrane Kefka's Tower Planet's Core Ultimecia's Castle Crystal World Dream's End Order's Sanctuary Edge of Madness Empyreal Paradox Sky Fortress Bahamut Orphan's Cradle Pandemonium - Top Floor Crystal Tower Prima Vista List of available rulesets: Official DC Ranked: http://dissidia.community/topic/115-dc-ranked-ruleset-overview/ Dissidence V4: http://dissidia.community/topic/109-dissidence-ruleset-version-4-2306/ Keep in mind that you do not need to use your main savefile to play on DC Ranked or Dissidence V4, everything is set up on these savefiles provided above. Match Scheduling Round-Robin phase must be done within a day. Double Elimination phase: once you know who you are facing on your next match, make sure to contact your opponent publicly or via private messages to schedule a match and come to an agreement. Round 1 must be completed within a week. Nevertheless, players on the Winner's Bracket shall get more time to schedule their matches since this path is shorter than the Loser's Bracket. Consider this as a favor for accessing and staying in Winner's. Extensions can be granted only if you give a valuable reason. Recommendation If you can play your matches early, please do not hesitate to do so. This would make the management of the tournament easier. Also, make sure to have ready builds before doing your matches to avoid any waste of time. Although you have ready builds on the DC Ranked & Dissidence V4 savefiles, you still can customize each character's skills to your liking as skill builds are personal. However be careful to pay attention to the rules of these rulesets linked above. Sign Up Format Discord Name: IG Name: Timezone: (please use GMT) Schedule I want to know who are interested in participating in my tournament beforehand. This tournament will take place according to the number of participants I would have managed to gather. I also want to know what are everyone's availabilities in order to set up the start date. Once my expectations are met, I will let you know about the start date on Discord. Tournament Organizers Those who are not interested in participating in my tournament but wants to be a Tournament Organizer are welcomed. Be it staff members or simple members of the community, anyone is appreciated. Thank you. Rewards I offer 20 US Dollars to the winner via PayPal. He will also earn the Legacy Champion tag. All participants will earn the Legacy Player tag at the end of the tournament. Deadline & Start date The sign ups will be closed on Friday, the 6th of October at 8AM GMT (London time). Depending on the number of participants on D-Day I may or not delay the deadline. As for the start date, it will begin on October, 7th at 8PM GMT onwards. Be sure to make all preparations (builds, connection, etc) and please be on time, at least one hour before the tournament begins. It will prevent any unnecessary delay. Thank you.
  2. Muggshotter is the current excellent Jecht player.
  3. Rise and Fall - Discussion

    Custom DLCs are not allowed since equipping them will automatically provoke a disconnection to both players. As for your request I cannot guarantee that I will wait until November since I, too, have projects in the future. I was thinking about the start date not a long time ago and I will most likely follow my plan. However I shall see how things will unfold, so nothing is confirmed yet as long as the tournament has not started.
  4. Rise and Fall - Discussion

    Please feel free to ask any questions or make any suggestions regarding the tournament rules.
  5. Rise and Fall - Discussion

    Yeah I understand, but what if I don't manage to reach the sufficient number of participants once the deadline is passed? I'm all hears to find an alternative. Edit: After taking your message into consideration I will most likely announce the start date at the end of the week.
  6. Rise and Fall - Discussion

    Yeah it will be long, but the hype will be there for sure! I will announce the start date as soon as I gather enough participants
  7. The purpose of this topic is to know if I have not missed anything regarding the issues this beta had. I have already sent my feedback to the Square Enix Support Team. You will find it below if you are interested to see its content. Do not hesitate to add things I may have forgotten to the Square Enix Support Team : http://sqex.to/MWF. This way this game will be better than ever! P.S. : Hyne talked about a way of getting matches frenquently : "like if peer to peer hosting stays, it may be good for it mm to search within region for a minute before it goes outside". I found it to be interesting and gave my thoughts about it to the Support Team in the 5th paragraph.
  8. Cycle 003: Bottom Tier (EU)

    LB Finals : LXD92 vs JoyRaines M1 : LXD (Bartz) vs Joy (Terra) - OS - LXD M2 : LXD (Bartz) vs Joy (Cecil) - TF - LXD M3 : LXD (Bartz) vs Joy (Terra) - TF - Joy M4 : LXD (Bartz) vs Joy (Terra) - OS - Joy M5 : LXD (Cecil) vs Joy (Terra) - OS - Joy Winner : JoyRaines (2-3)
  9. Cycle 003: Bottom Tier (EU)

    LB R3 : Slaycrol vs JoyRaines M1 : Slay (Laguna) vs Joy (Terra) - OS - Joy M2 : Slay (Laguna) vs Joy (Terra) - OS - Joy M3 : Slay (Laguna) vs Joy (Cecil) - TF - Joy Winner : JoyRaines (0-3)
  10. Cycle 003: Bottom Tier (EU)

    LB R2 : JoyRaines vs WiiFitJayner M1 : JoyRaines (Terra) vs Jayner (Cecil) - WoD - JoyRaines M2 : JoyRaines (Terra) vs Jayner (Cecil) - TF - JoyRaines M3 : JoyRaines (Terra) vs Jayner (Cecil) - TF - JoyRaines Winner : JoyRaines (3-0)
  11. Cycle 003: Bottom Tier (EU) signups

    Discord name : JoyRaines | Pride In-game name : JoyRaines
  12. Cycle 001: Phantom Train (EU)

    Losers Round 2 Akuda vs JoyRaines Match 1 : Akuda (Cloud) vs JoyRaines (Sephiroth) - JoyRaines (0-1) Match 2 : Akuda (Cloud) vs JoyRaines (Sephiroth) - JoyRaines (0-2) Match 3 : Akuda (Cloud) vs JoyRaines (Sephiroth) - JoyRaines (0-3) Match 4 : Akuda (Cloud) vs JoyRaines (Sephiroth) - Akuda (1-3) Match 5 : Akuda (Cloud) vs JoyRaines (Sephiroth) - Akuda (2-3) Match 6 : Akuda (Cloud) vs JoyRaines (Sephiroth) - Akuda (3-3) Match 7 : Akuda (Cloud) vs JoyRaines (Sephiroth) - JoyRaines (3-4) Losers Round 3 Djqubi vs JoyRaines Match 1 : Djqubi (Bartz) vs JoyRaines (Squall) - JoyRaines (0-1) Match 2 : Djqubi (Bartz) vs JoyRaines (Squall) - JoyRaines (0-2) Match 3 : Djqubi (Bartz) vs JoyRaines (Squall) - JoyRaines (0-3) Match 4 : Djqubi (Jecht) vs JoyRaines (Squall) - Djqubi (1-3) Match 5 : Djqubi (Firion) vs JoyRaines (Squall) - Djqubi (2-3) Match 6 : Djqubi (Firion) vs JoyRaines (Squall) - JoyRaines (2-4)
  13. Cycle 1: EU Phantom Train signups

    Discord name : JoyRaines | Pride IG name : JoyRaines
  14. The Cycle series announcement & discussion

    Irae you are totally right about the weak number of participants in the last major and as you said the different themes are made so that it would be unlikely to have the same winner in several of these tournaments. However even if I think there are not many active people around here, the community should be big enough to welcome more participants. Let us not forget that we managed to get 33 participants in Genesis (I know it is not that many but still), and we do not know how many more players we can gather because we are obviously more than that. There are some people who are just waiting for Arcade to come out, and others who do not play for other reasons, but maybe there will be more people who will show up if they are aware of this kind of event. Let us also not forget that seasons matter too since we are in the month of may. It means that students have probably finished their exams (there are not only students in our community, I am aware of this) and thus can have some free time (let us hope so). HYNE I think your idea would interest many people in the community, so I think you should let everyone know about this in Discord today in order to have a quick feedback and have a general idea of the potential number of participants. The earlier it is done, the better. As for the fifth tournament I would go for DC Ranked. It is always good to test something new and also... overdose of Official ruleset
  15. The Cycle series announcement & discussion

    I am most interested in Low Tiers only and Off.Skill themes. Since you are thinking of a way to do signups, then it would be logic for the players to participate in only one of the first four tournaments since the goal of the last one is to pick four winners from the previous tournaments. So it implies that these four winners are all different players. For instance if someone participates in several tournaments and wins at least two of them then there can't be four winners who can compete for the fifth tournament. However the issue would be the lack of participants if this logic is applied since it's region only. And there are not many EU players, few AS players as well, and so on. Only NA players might not have this issue.
  16. Niflheim - Sign Ups (Custom Ruleset Tournament)

    JoyRaines Timezone : GMT +2 (summer time)
  17. Duck Dynasty Bracket & Results

    Round 2 (Loser's Bracket)Match 1: JoyRaines (The Emperor) vs. Vince (Squall) - Sky Fortress Bahamut - JoyRainesMatch 2: JoyRaines (Kuja) vs. Vince (WoL) - Top Floor - JoyRaines Winner ~ JoyRaines (2-0) against Vince
  18. Duck Dynasty Bracket & Results

    Round #1Match 1: JoyRaines (Kuja) vs. Most (Garland) - Lunar Subterrane - JoyRainesMatch 2: JoyRaines (Zidane) vs. Most (Ultimecia) - Sky Fortress Bahamut - JoyRaines Winner ~ JoyRaines (2-0) against Most
  19. Final Fantasy XV

    Well I can't agree more to the fact that the game alone should have been enough to fill the holes if I may say. I would be curious to know what they had in mind by releasing parts of the story through the movie along with the anime. I find the idea nice (as I watched the movie at first, then played the game and watched the anime), but as you said not all people are willing to check the other sources or are aware of that so yeah you're right. Just knowing that the game is still unfinished and that new contents release regularly make me happy because there is so much more to discover and to explore.
  20. Final Fantasy XV

    I agree with the fact that there's little information about the plot as a whole, even watching the movie isn't enough to have all the pieces of the puzzle assembled. The game in itself is great, nothing to complain about on that part. I hope that the DLCs they add throughout the months will somehow answer our questions in the future. I'm counting on them, no doubt. And if DLCs are here I think it's probably because this project cost so much money that some of them are not free for this reason perhaps, but I know that other ones are free. Take a look at this, it looks promising as far as content goes : http://eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/announcing-free-updates-final-fantasy-xv
  21. DDFF Kuja Guide by JoyRaines

    Hi, this guide is for those who are interested in the competitive scene of DDFF so I will focus on PvP (Player vs Player) builds and specific match ups. Content : Brief explanation on how Kuja works Assists Set A : EX Depletion, Damage, EX Force build Set B : EX Core build Set C : Assist Depletion, Damage, EX Force build Set D : Bravery Boost on Dodge build Match Ups & Tips I - The Graceful Glider Kuja has different ways to trigger his bravery attacks' follow-ups depending on how distant you and your opponent are. This means that you can use the directional buttons (up and down) to decide which follow-up you want to do. For example if you are using Strike Energy and want to use the melee follow-up first press the directional button (up) and press "O" just after while pressing "up". If on the contrary you want the range follow-up press down and press "O" just after while pressing "down". This pattern works for several of his attacks as Snatch Shot, Snatch Blow and Burst Energy. As for his glide abilities remember that if you decide to use them you will not be able to perform Descent Speed Boost even if you equip it. But I will talk about match ups about whether you have to equip any glide abilities or not in the "Match Ups" part. II - Assists - Sephiroth : He's very reliable, you can use him in small stages as in larger ones because you will always get a chase option from him, be it from a ground bravery attack or from an aerial one. - Aerith : If you prefer to gain EX Force easily then she is your best choice and she cannot be locked by an assist change Lv1 or 2 when she performs an attack with one assist bar so it's a safe option as well as an efficient way to gain EX Force. - Zidane : Wall rushes are usually guaranteed if you use him in small stages however it is not always the case in larger ones so in the end it depends on your playstyle. He's a reliable assist if used correctly and you can trick opponents with his Lv2 assist HP in midair for punishes. - Kefka : I personally didn't try this assist but the comboes you can do with him are very interesting (props to Mericus for that). Look for "ShadowFlareSpam" YouTube channel to see how this assist can work with Kuja. III - Set A : EX Depletion, Damage, EX Force build Use the CP glitch to be able to equip Lufenian Dirk and Lufenian Vest (see this thread to know how to http://dissidia.community/topic/19-ddffguide-equip-anything-without-using-cp-like-bartz-labyrinth-bug/) Seal of Lufenia set effect : EX Depletion +5% This set can help you against fast EX-builders characters and provides you decent damage with Lufenian Dirk which gives you +1 ATK. Battle Hammer is mandatory for Assist Depletion with a few boosters for decent depletion. Your goal as a player is to make sure your opponent doesn't have any assist available so you can pressure him and keep that advantage throughout the match if possible. It is a hybrid build which merges damage and EX Force so if you prefer to run a better EX build replace Hyper RIng and Earring with Glutton and White Gem for example (that is if you want to keep depletion as well). Pros : Decent Assist Depletion Good EX Depletion Good EX Force generated Good bravery damage Con : Low bravery base IV - Set B : EX Core build Use the CP glitch as mentioned above (III) for the appropriate equipment. Soul of Yamato set effect : LUK+3 / Regen+20% / HP to BRV (you gain BRV if your HP is full) / EX Core Appearance Boost This can cause Exdeath players a lot of trouble because the character has a very slow dash speed so you would normally always have the advantage at gathering EX Cores. You can enter in EX Mode several times during a fight with that build but use your EX Mode wisely as you are not in safety if you have not a full EX bar. As you can see this set has no EX Depletion nor Assist Depletion since Exdeath's probability of having a full EX bar is low if you manage to do your job and on top of that he doesn't care about Assist Depletion for he can simply build assist meter safely and whenever he wants. You can also run this build against any campy-style players who don't necessarily use Exdeath but it is pretty risky against other characters since you do not have any depletion. Pros : Excellent EX Core absorption Very good EX Core appearance boost Cons : No EX Depletion No Assist Depletion V - Set C : Assist Depletion, Damage, EX Force build Use the CP glitch as mentioned above (III) for the appropriate equipment. Judgement of Lufenia set effect : Assist Depletion +15% If you think your opponent run a Side By Side build with a specific character then use this build to force him to be on the defensive if you happen to confirm any HP attack because he can end a match quickly because of that build at the cost of gaining no EX whatsoever. Dismay Shock is here in case your opponent does not have Side By Side so you can still decrease your enemy's EX bar to prevent any EX Mode/Revenge. It is mandatory to have it because our community's meta game is highly focused on Depletion (both EX and Assist). Pros : Good Assist Depletion Good EX Force generated Con : Lower EX Depletion VI - Set D : Bravery Boost on Dodge build Use the CP glitch as mentioned above (III) for the appropriate equipment. Adamant Chains set effect : BRV Boost on Dodge +8% / Slight Midair Evasion Boost effect It is recommended to use it with Midair Evasion Boost, Evasion Boost and Precision Evasion against fast characters as Onion Knight, Zidane, Squall and Prishe. Simply because you need to have a high evasion boost to be able to keep up with their fast bravery attacks so as a result you increase your movement distance as well as your invincibility duration and thus slightly lower your chances of being hit. Be careful : you will probably not see much difference but this may save you from dodge punishes from your opponent and this can be crucial in a match. Pros : High Evasion Boost Bravery Boost on Dodge + 10% in total Very good EX Force generated thanks to Aerith assist, TA and Glutton Cons : Low EX Depletion Low Assist Depletion VII - Match Ups & Tips 1. I recommend you to use Snatch Shot and not equip Snatch Blow with it against most melee characters because they can easily block Snatch Blow on reaction. However I recommend you to use Snatch Blow against the following mage characters : - Ultimecia : It can pass through her Charged Lance if she doesn't release it when Snatch Blow is about to hit her otherwise you will get staggered. - The Emperor : It bypasses all of his traps so this makes the match up entirely in Kuja's favor. 2. Use your glide abilities against the following characters : - Firion : In order to avoid Straightarrow, it's crucial against spammers. - Kain : Always keep some distance by floating around to avoid his Jumps and thus negate his pressure game. - Golbez : Stay in midair and try to lure him in aerial combat which is his weakness. However beware of his Glare Hand ; it's a fast ground bravery attack and has a decent range so be as high as possible. 3. Burst Energy is useful against nearly all characters (if not all) because it's a fast bravery attack so you can build assist safely. Besides you avoid the risk of being block punished for it is a magical attack. It has a short range so always keep an eye on the distance between you and your opponent. 4. Strike Energy should always be used in any match up, it works a bit like Burst Energy except that it can be blocked. However it is Kuja's most efficient bravery attack when it comes to punish enemies. On top of that it deals the best damage comparing to his other moves. 5. Flare Star is a must if you have to retaliate after a successful block on your part or if you expect a block from your opponent. You can also use it after using one of the assists as mentioned in the beginning of this guide. 6. Ultima can punish bad dodges from your enemy if you have analyzed his fighting pattern but it isn't mandatory as Flare Star. It depends on which attack you prefer to use. However I'd recommend it against ground campy characters such as Golbez or Firion for instance. 7. Seraphic Star can be used in any stage so if you have a good approach with it go ahead since it's a good punishing move as long as you take its range into account. 8. Force Symphony can put a lot of pressure vs Golbez if he's on the ground. Hence it's a good tactic if you want to lure him in aerial combat. Use it also against Exdeath just because it's a "one-hit HP move" meaning that it deals directly HP damage instead of a few bravery blows before the HP damage is dealt. As a result, it will be very hard for Exdeath to "Omniblock" it. 9. Here is a short list of what you should equip in your Extra Abilities : - Precision Evasion - Counterattack - Sneak Attack - Riposte - Disable Sneak Attack (your opponent cannot use his SA critical bonus against you) - EXP to Assist / HP 10. You don't need to equip any ground abilities with Kuja as you will always fight in midair. It can save you a lot of CPs. Alright this concludes my guide on Kuja. Feel free to adapt these builds to your liking depending on your match up approaches and I hope I could enlighten you somehow.
  22. DDFF The Emperor Guide by JoyRaines

    Hello everyone, this guide is written by me even if some players (RDF, LXD92, Muggshotter) gave me some advices to improve my gameplay as an Emperor player (and I thank them for that). This guide will focus on PvP (Player vs Player) builds and only that. So as I proceed in my guideline I'll give you explanations about why I choose this build or another in particular. Let's get started for those who are interested in playing Mateus (The Emperor). Here is a summary of what I'll talk about : Movesets Assists Set A : EX Depletion and SBS (Side By Side) build Set B : Assist Depletion and EX build Set C : EX Core build (optional) Tips I - Movesets Basic Abilities (Actions) - Supposing that the first abilities that appear in this list are equipped I'll tell you which ones you should have : Reverse Air Dash Free Air Dash (against another Emperor player to prevent him to fully cast Starfall or against Exdeath to prevent him to use Aerith's ground HP assist which is Planet Protector + Exdeath's Maelstrom) otherwise you can use Omni Air Dash or Reverse Air Dash Omni Ground Dash + Assist Gauge Up Dash (if you are using Free Air Dash) Ground Evasion Boost Midair Evasion Boost Evasion Boost Basic Abilities (Extra) - I'll only mention the most useful ones, the rest is up to you : Precision Evasion Counterattack Sneak Attack EX Critical Boost (EX build only even if it's obvious) EXP to Assist II - Assists - Yuna : She's the most useful assist for him in most cases because she can punish your enemies quickly and safely with a rare chance of being locked by your opponent. And on top of that she can't be locked by a LV2 assist change so you can still build your assist meter. She should be used in small stages such as Pandemonium - Top Floor for example because you have the time to place yourself and hit your opponent with Thunder Crest when he falls on the ground. Be careful : only use her when your opponent is in midair, not on the ground. Otherwise it will result in the wrong move (Ifrit) which cannot punish him at all. - Tidus : I think he's as quick as Yuna except that you should use him in larger stages such as Order Sanctuary for instance because Yuna Assist's air bravery attack will be too weak for the opponent to fall on the ground if he's close enough to the ceiling whereas Tidus Assist's air bravery attack will end up in a chase so you can perform a combo anyway. - Aerith : In my opinion she should only be used against Exdeath to prevent being hit by his famous combo " PP + Maelstrom " but it's only a short-term solution against him because a good Exdeath player will build assist meter way faster than you so he can do this again without you having your full assist meter to counter it unless you manage somehow to not let him have the time to do it. Other than that you can also use her against other characters if you want to bait them using Aerith's Holy (midair HP assist) but you don't really need that to succeed. - Jecht : If you are looking for extra bravery damage then this assist is for you. When your enemy is directly hit by Thunder Crest you can either land 2 Landmines before calling the assist and extend the combo by using another Thunder Crest ; or land 1 Landmine before calling your assist and throw 3 Landmines + another Thunder Crest if your opponent is beside a 2-corner wall or a 2-corner edge of a stage (see the video provided by Mericus below to have an idea). - Sephiroth : Sephy assist is also good for Emperor if you want damage, if you're getting air Flare hits -> floor-rush, you can throw in Mines during his ground assist and still get the chase; it's not as devastating as throwing 2-3x mines during Jecht, but he's harder to lock after a change = useful for someone like Emp who sux at protecting assist. Only thing is, comboing Flare off his ast chase is harder than with Tidus due to Flare's bad tracking; you have to be facing him before you initiate it else Flare will go totally wrong way - dash in or block before initiating the chase will solve this problem. (explanations & recommendation on Seph assist by Irae, an Emperor player) III - Set A : EX Depletion and SBS (Side By Side) build Use the CP glitch to be able to equip Piggy's Stick (see this thread to know how to http://dissidia.community/topic/19-ddffguide-equip-anything-without-using-cp-like-bartz-labyrinth-bug/) Seal of Lufenia set effect : EX Depletion +5% This build is used against anyone who can build EX Force and grab EX Cores because as I use SBS on this build my opponent will get any EX Force and have a full EX bar quickly as a result so I better have a good EX Depletion to prevent any EX Mode(s) or EX Revenge(s). The high bravery base is good to end matches quickier and the Bravery Orb with a sufficient amount of Boosters can negate the -80% Bravery Recovery from Piggy's Stick. Besides Battle Hammer is a must for reducing one's assist meter and since you expect your opponent to get hit by traps you can continue to use them without being dodge punished by his assist. The more Boosters, the more depletion you get, and that works for any Basic accessory equipped. Pros : Decent Assist Depletion Good EX Depletion High BRV base High BRV recovery (after a HP hit confirm) Excellent Assist gain and duration with SBS and TAO Cons : Low defence Empty EX Gauge because of SBS IV - Set B : Assist Depletion and EX build Use the CP glitch as mentioned above (III) for the appropriate equipment. Judgement of Lufenia set effect : Assist Depletion +15% This build is used against characters who generate low EX Force or/and who have a slow dash speed, this way I can grab EX Cores easily if I'm near them. Mateus' Malice allows you to have EX Intake Range +3m meaning that you can collect EX Force in a 3m radius around your character and his exclusive weapon offers better raw stats. Moreover, I prefer to keep Gluton (more EX Force gathered when being hit) and reasonable booster multipliers so I can still have a pretty decent EX Depletion while keeping a decent BRV damage thanks to the Earring accessory. Pros : Good EX Force generated Excellent Assist Depletion Decent EX Depletion High defence Cons : Lower assist building Lower assist gain V - Set C : EX Core build (optional) Use CP glitch as mentioned above (III) for the appropriate equipment. Soul of Yamato set effect : LUK+3 / Regen+20% / HP to BRV (you gain BRV if your HP is full) / EX Core Appearance Boost I would say that this build should only be used against Exdeath players if ever you have to fight him because of blind picks in case you're playing against him in a tournament. Even if this build does not drastically help you to beat any good Exdeath players it should nonetheless help you a bit for gaining more EX along with all dash boosts in order to collect EX Cores as the battle progresses. EX Breaker is here in case you can't allow yourself to grab EX Cores and Exdeath does because you want to be careful about his Aerith assist so if you succeed at hitting him then you have a chance to decrease his EX bar to 0. The difficulty is that this matchup is basically an assist meter race. And as I've said previously, any good Exdeath players will always have an advantage at this. To be honest I hope for any Emperor players (including me) to avoid this matchup at all cost, especially if you have to fight in a large stage. The only thing I can wish for you (if you think this matchup is likely to happen) is to pick the smallest possible stage and do everything you can to prevent PP + Mael (grab EX Cores if possible and be constantly close to Exdeath). Note : if you have an idea of which character your opponent likes to use in tournaments I'd suggest you to avoid the following ranged-characters matchups : Exdeath, Kefka, Ultimecia, Kuja. VI - Tips - Flare (ground) is good at tracking down your opponent even if it's slow so you can put some distance between you and him and set traps unless a character has a HP attack that can reflect the blue Flare, meaning that you'll have to reflect it with Bombard (ground BRV) so use it with caution in that case. - You always have to be right in or slightly under the Red Flare (midair) and have at least one Dreary Cell set in order to be as safe as possible in midair combat as well as ground combat (Thunder Crest + Red Flare + Dreary Cell) against any melee characters. - Using Dreary Cell without paying attention to your opponent's assist bar can be bad for you : they can punish you with a quick assist (Tidus or Yuna) so make sure you'll not be punished while using it. - Use Starfall as much as you can to build assist quickly by doing dodge cancels (basically perform a dodge right after Starfall, that way you can repeat the process right away). You can also try to hit your opponent with it if you ever have an opportunity to do so. Very important detail when playing The Emperor : go to the option menu and set the Camera Angle Lock to : On (camera constantly has character in-frame). If you can't have a focus on your character it will be difficult to see your traps because the camera will only have a focus on your opponent, not you. And since battles are usually played in aerial you'll likely have a view where your opponent is above you and in that angle you can barely see your traps, which is more than problematic. Hence you must have a look at your traps and be surronded by them because if you're misplaced, then anyone can find an opening and exploit it. This concludes my guide on The Emperor. I hope this helped you in your approach with him and don't forget : the purpose of this guide is first and foremost to gain knowledge and be familiar with the character. My builds are surely not the best ones, these are only recommandations for those who have not any idea on that matter. In other words you can adapt these builds to your liking depending on your playstyle.
  23. DDFF The Emperor Guide by JoyRaines

    Alright, I'm looking forward to it ^_^
  24. DDFF The Emperor Guide by JoyRaines

    So Bombard is actually melee high instead of melee mid, that's why Lucky could stagger Exdeath's RP and make a combo with TC, nice ! P.S. : And very good fight in the second video =)
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