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If you have ever approached the king of fighters series as a new player, there is something that you most likely will have heard or stumbled upon: “KOF is hard”
I am wondering though, how many people will have encountered an exact explanation of what might make the game hard to approach if that is a hard truth at all…
In this article, I will try and do just that by breaking down not only the aspects that supposedly make the game hard, but I will also do it in order of importance (in my opinion).
While Friday was centered on side tournaments and exhibitions, Saturday was focused on the main tournaments. 9 games split between two streams provided by Lunar Phase themselves, and Min from 2Old2Furious, combined with 61 different players fighting for the gold, made an amazing weekend that was fun for everyone. Including the numerous spectators who came out to see what SNK games are all about.
After the event, I took a moment to sit down with Lunar Phase co-founder, LP | Monta and conduct a brief interview about how this event came to be. I also gained some insight into the operations behind the scenes.
Deezee: First off, I want to thank you for hosting such an awesome event last weekend. I had a great time and it looks like everyone else did too! Just to give everyone a background on how this event came about, tell us a little about Lunar Phase and what they do.
Monta: Lunar Phase is an event hosting and broadcasting group that mainly focuses on the FGC. While we mainly focus on French Bread titles such as Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late(st) and Melty Blood; we’ve also been very interested in doing other events that may have never been done before or are rarely seen within the FGC. We focus on the community first and E-Sports second.
Deezee: I definitely felt like I was hanging out with everyone rather than competing in a serious environment. It’s a good way to help battle nerves while playing. So, what brought up the idea to do an SNK-focused event?
Monta: Well 2 things: One of them was seeing the SNK guys come out every other week or so just hang out and play their game (usually KoF02UM and KoFXIV).
Second was inspiration from an event called Makai Cup. Which is a Vampire Savior specific event and thinking that it’d be cool to try implement something similar for the SNK community.
Deezee: Ah, very cool! We had a lot of notable players come out last weekend. I was very surprised to see some of the Louisiana and Texas crew on top of players from all over the Northeast. Were you expecting so many people to come out?
Monta: I was very optimistic on the potential for people to come out but it was definitely a bit more for certain games then I expected there to be. My biggest surprises were definitely the Louisiana group, El Rosa and the guys from Brooklyn Video Games. Did not expect Garou to reach 20 entrants like it did either or even the 30 people for KoFXIII.
Deezee: If you give people a place to play their games, they’ll find a way to show up. How did it feel when SNK opted to sponsor the event? I even saw some Japanese tweets mentioning Lunar Eclipse as well!
Monta: Felt pretty good to be more “official”. Glad to see SNK supporting events the way they do with things to give out to people who play their games and other support programs. I actually didn’t even know that some Japanese were talking about the event. In the future I would like to bring some and see more international players from different parts of the world.
Deezee: Yeah. It was very kind of you to raise money to fly out Luis Cha to participate. What made you want to bring a player to New York to compete?
Monta: I wanted to increase the hype for the event and bring more of the SNK community together. The added competition is always fun to watch as you see our local players trying to take him down in the games that he’s so well known in. I’ve also done this for Super TSB last year where I flew two Under Night players from different regions to come compete with us, and overall it definitely improved the quality and enjoyment of that event. In the future I would like to keep doing this.
Deezee: That’s good to know. From all the feedback I’ve read on Facebook and Twitter, it seems like this past weekend was a success. How often would these SNK-focused events come up if you continued to host them? Would you do anything differently for next time?
Monta: An SNK Event at this scale will continue to be an annual thing. Although as an effect of the event other community members such as DaiAndOh, Tamashii Eater, and Animonk are trying to run events and groups for Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Garou and The Last Blade 2. I would also like to keep seeing KoFXIII ran here in NYC; I feel that it is a game that is deeply loved and overall it’s always fun to watch.
If I did this again, I’d try to make it a Saturday/Sunday Event so I could split more time between games. I would also have to have a cap for the amount of games someone can enter; People entering 8 games was definitely crazy. For sure I’d try to split the time between the KoF games a lot more and try to give people more room to run casual sets.
Deezee: Despite some games running overtime, the overall feel of the event was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you again for giving our community a fun weekend! Before we finish up, where can people watch and support Lunar Phase?
Monta: You can support Lunar Phase by following our Twitter. You can also tune in and watch our events from home via our Twitch Channel. If you are interested in hanging out with us, join the Northeast French Bread Discord. Even though it is French Bread, we play and talk about a wide variety of games and topics.
I can personally say that Lunar Eclipse: Phase SNK was one of the best regional events I’ve been to in a long time. Lunar Phase did a great job hosting our community, and I look forward to seeing their group grow in the future.
Doctor Butler even created a hype reel highlighting some exciting moments from the weekend!
Deezee Kujaku will also be providing extensive SNK Heroines content, as well as covering USA East Coast SNK community coverage when needed! He is a part of our community partners team Kick Punch Block.
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The month of December will be very eventful for King of Fighters XIV events both online and offline in the US! The “King of Winter” is a campaign to bring awareness to these stellar events with their rich talent! Spearheaded by the collaborative efforts of the US KOF community, Dreamcancel will be promoting these events!
Don’t miss out! If you can’t attend, be sure to watch!
We hope you enjoy this action-packed December as the “King of Winter” rages on! We’ll be adding more tournaments in to the list as they’re announced. Be sure to also check the Worldwide KOF Calender to keep aware!
After a few months of pooling through the data, Fatacon and I have finished our analysis of all the data collected during the #KOFSurvey. It took as a while. However, with the brand new changes just a few days away, we wanted to publish this asap. Special thanks to all the collaborators who helped with translating, sharing, and giving so much advice. A very special thanks to KPB|Zidiane who acted as the editor for the final product. Please note: This goes over the English survey data and uses figures from them. We may make a comparison analysis at a later date.
#KOFSurvey was a community initiative started on October 6th, 2016 and ended formally in January 2017. Users entered in information on their general experience with “The King of Fighters XIV” at that time as well as what they would need to watch, learn, and play more KOF. We successfully gathered more than 4,000 unique entries spanning over 7 different languages such as Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and even Turkish!
#KOFSurvey Analysis Article
For the tl;dr – Our whole community has to step up and work together. We have so many communities spanning over the entire globe; we can accomplish so much when we’re all on the same page. My next goal is to make that collaborative.
For our player spotlight, we are highlighting a man whose excitement for KOF is pure, exciting, and infectious.
A content producer that I’m excited to shine some light on is Ignant Rizzy. Rizzy is a fighting game enthusiast that has been producing KOF content since the initial announcement. His reaction videos, for this author, were entertaining and refreshing. Since launch, he’s been posting videos of his adventures online playing KOF and improving. Ignant Rizzy has a talent to treat his viewers like you’re one of the gang. As a listener, Rizzy treats his viewers like good friends and speaks his mind genuinely about every topic. There’s so much enjoyment to be had in watching someone have fun, and Rizzy has a LOT of fun playing KOF.
If you’d like to watch his reactions to the KOF trailers or if you’d like to see some of his latest play time, check the vid and the links below. Be sure to watch his vids, drop a like, follow him on Twitch, Youtube, and all the things. This is Reiki, and I’m out! Peace!
This data is being shared with the hope that responsible and eager members of the community can make a change. We also hope tournaments and events that cater to our community use this information to see further growth.
The survey is complete and we will do a follow up in mid 2017. The follow up will see how perceptions have changed.
The Spanish, Korean, and Japanese surveys will be up till December.
Fatacon and Reiki-Kito has set up a interest survey to further understand what players and viewers (like yourself) want out of KOFXIV events. This survey is intended to help understand and shape KOF communities around the world. Results will be shared with community leaders and organizers to create a growing and positive community!