This Dragon Ball FighterZ match is somewhat intense


Think fast. No, faster than that. Sorry, you’re still not thinking with the required rapidity. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a good fighting game that requires quick wits and quick mitts, which is why you’ll never be the best. But this fight between two players at a weekend tournament has some folks in the fighting game community squealing. From an outsider’s perspective, it sure looks like a lot of kicks and punches and firey blasts of focused energy. But to Dragon Ballers, it’s a tour de fisticuffs, a relentless slugfest featuring a tense and impressive comeback from one of the game’s best pugilists.

The fight took place in Daytona, Florida, where punchpros were competing in the CEO Championships, the opening event of a World Tour competition for Dragon Ball Fighter Z. For professionals of cartoon biffing, this was the first big tournament of a 7-month-long competition.

One of the fights was between Swedish player Peter “Leffen” Hjelte, and Japanese player Goichi “Go1” Kishida. This was how it ended:

Now, I don’t know what’s going on here. But years of feigning interest in The Football whenever a taxi driver talks about it has prepared me for this moment. I know something amazing has occurred, judging by the screams of the commentator and crowd. If that doesn’t convince you, some fans are breaking down the match, in particular the final set, which sees Goichi blocking so many hits he may as well replace Donnie Yen for the next Ip Man. At one point he dashes forward and blocks a hit with such ridiculous speed, the commentator can barely believe it happened.

If you want to watch the whole fight, it’s here. Goichi would go on to play in the grand final of the tournament, but in the end was beaten by Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue, who took the Dragon Ball this weekend (for fans of the anime, the World Tour has a fun twist that only occurs if one player wins all seven tourneys, symbolically collecting all seven “Dragon Balls”. If that happens, they become the final boss of the World Tour).

Anime boxing wasn’t the only sport at the Daytona event. A Tekken 7 tournament was also underway, the best moment of which was probably when a Chinese student ducked under a nasty blow from a Brazilian rich kid.


  1. comic knight says:

    I could barely watch this with that one guy screaming the whole time.

  2. DatonKallandor says:

    It’s a pretty standard defensive play. The commentator screaming about it is incredibly annoying. Well executed, but hardly legendary – it’s no Evo moment 37.

    • Eery Petrol says:

      Your comparing this to the most prolific moment in fighting game history – even negatively – speaks volumes.

    • Ansob says:

      Watch the actual video, not the Twitch clip.

      Go1 gets knocked down to a single character on low health vs. Leffen’s full team (who are all at about half health, but it’s important not to underestimate just how important assists are in DBFZ for mixups and maintaining pressure), then proceeds to hold Leffen off for a full two minutes and take the match, which is some pretty impressive defensive play.

      • Ansob says:

        Since I’m past the edit deadline, I’ll add that out of those two minutes, Go1 spends 90 seconds literally one touch away from death, perfectly blocking an insane string of mixups.

        • QSpec says:

          But they aren’t hard to block which is why it isn’t that interesting to me…

          Nearly everything in DBFZ is completely reactable (include the “throw”), and defense is incredibly easy.

          That’s not to impune Goichi, he is one of the greats, but he’s had infinitely better plays in other (better) fighters.

          • Ringwraith says:

            Things being reactable in theory are very different in practice, when you’re thinking of multiple things at once (like not least what’s your plan for offence when you get a window, and if that window is even safe to take and it’s not a frame trap placed by your opponent), and also at the end of a set where you’ve doing this whole mentally taxing task for solid minutes already.
            And even some things may look like they can be reactable on paper but in practice not really, as sometimes the visual indicators are not clear immediately, (it may start on frame 1, but not really obvious what’s happening until like frame 10 or whatever). It’s why a lot of the time it’s usually anticipating what your opponent will do a lot of the time. Especially as you’re both trying to look for things you can react to while trying to consider what you can’t react to and thus trying to second-guess them.
            Things are a lot easier to react to when you’re looking for that thing specifically, and not something else.

            It’s harder than it looks, basically.

          • QSpec says:

            I play a ton of fighters (on PC my favorites are UNIEL, Xrd, and hopefully SC6!).

            I know what you’re saying and you’re not wrong, but even relative to the rest of the genre, DBFZ stuff is entirely reactable (and done so by design to ease the burden on new players). That’s one of the reasons that defense is so strong in it. A player of Goichi’s caliber is not going to fuck up except by hitting an odd button trying to snatch the round. By playing patient, he was virtually 100% safe that entire clip with the one possible exception being the point blank dragon rush (17 frames). DBFZ does a great job of looking hype while not being all that hype.

          • Ringwraith says:

            If it were as easy as you imply, everyone would be pulling this off all the time, surely?

      • Fishmans says:

        You’re trying to reason with a guy who has already made his agenda clear. He ‘hates’ the fact DBFZ is getting accolades because he himself considers it an average game. If that sounds irrational and emotionally immature, it’s because it is.

        Whether you like DBFZ or not, anyone that has watched this set in its entirety understands how great it was. They understand how difficult and clutch it was for Go1 to make the 1 vs 3 comeback in the decider. There is no way to play it down. A handful of people on the planet would have pulled that off. In fact, maybe just Go1.

        As FG enthusiasts we should be championing such a demonstration of skill and mental toughness, regardless of how you feel about the game.

  3. April March says:

    Yeah, that just made me feel like the random dudes during the Cell battle that were screaming for Mister Satan to come back.

  4. SomeDuderr says:

    Who… are these characters? This IS about Dragonball, right? I mean, I think that’s a Goku, but the dude with the tail?

    im too old for this cartoon crap

    • Apologised says:

      One is Bardock, Goku’s dad. The other is the Original Character Donut Steel final boss for this games Story Mode that you unlock when you finish that.
      As others have said this twitch sample is not a good way to try and get it across. From the sounds of it what we were seeing there is just the punchline for a 9 minute long shaggy dog story feat. Vegeta.
      Commentated by people who’s voices have reached a high pitch noise that can, ironically given the above statement, only be heard by dogs.

      DBFZ is still probably the best overall fighting game made in a good long while, definitely my favorite of all Arc-Sys’s ones.

      • QSpec says:

        DBFZ really?

        More than Xrd, BB:CF, UNIE[st], Skullgirls, TFH, or T7? Because that’s a bold statement. I mark it as one of the great FG disappointments if I am being honest. The game is so… same-ish. Every character plays similarly. Combos feel similar. Damage is similar, etc. There are of course some outliers, but relative to literally every fighting game since SFI, it just feels generically the same. On the plus side, it is stupidly easy to get into.

  5. QSpec says:

    I hate that it is DBFZ that is getting the accolades.

    It is an average fighter at best that would have died on arrival if it didn’t have Dragon Ball attached to it.

  6. Chillicothe says:

    Some people are not worthy of the Yipes/Matrix Hype Factory.

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