2019.07.04 19:33 SaltyEmosianMy Persona 6 Concept Ideas
Figured I might as well let this idea out into the open, considering I’ve been working on it for a while. Hopefully this discussion can spark some creative ideas and bring us together on this special day of independence, or you know I get blasted with comments on how this is a stupid idea. Anyways, I’ve given credit to the users to which I used or based of my ideas from in the brackets. Now then, allow me to discuss my concept ideas regarding Persona 6.
Persona 6 Ideas
Main Color Black and White [u/theultracarl] or gray * Insanity, fear, vengeance (black) hope, wisdom, rebirth (white) Virtue/vice (Both) * Theme: Showing and accepting your flaws, moving on from a traumatic past/biggest fears Other color themes and ideas if not black/white * Green: Life, nature, sickness. The acceptance of passing on, losing your sanity from lack of contact (Into the Wild) * Purple: Royalty, extravaganza, society’s advancement in technology, mystery * Pink: Sexuality, adventure, youthfulness (having fun while you still can) Location Prestigious International Private college in US [International school idea from u/kimjongtim]. Location let in college is open to the theme of corruption/injustice. Although I do realize that having many people of different cultures might not sit well with some of the audience Music British pop rock, Japanese rock, Indie hip hop (Rock might be unfitting in the Persona genre, so this is open to ideas) Velvet room Inside a futuristic train, fit with tv screen as walls that show dreamlike scenery (media shows you what it wants). Igor’s assistants represent video game addiction and are obsessed with terms like a second life, restarting, and leveling up. Train represent a stop approaching, but you don’t know if you’ll ever get off. Shadow World The Sinister Night (monotone version of your city, red sky, propaganda posters, bright and vividly colored people) - Arrive there through taking a dosage of a drug called V1be5 (Advertised as making you feel happier and to “take you to a different world, away from your problems”)(Kinda like in Brave New World). Taking different amount of doses could lead to different side effects (however this is very deadly) Summon Persona Method Cutting/stabbing yourself open(represents you wanting your insanity/wild side to burst out) [stabbing yourself idea is by chrom123 on gamefaqs] First time awakening is letting such insanity kill you/take over, in which you will be reborn stronger Enemy persona team Les Rêveurs (The Dreamers). Misfits who dream big for a utopian world in the real world * Their base in Sinister Night is a floating fortress dome above a sea of clouds * They also have their own mascot character, a cartoonish giraffe named Hiro Game Mechanics * Can choose either female/male protagonist. Both mcs are more vocal in their lines and reads out their lines in the dialogue options * Can romance both male and female confidants (Two very unlikely things to be implemented but I’d figured I might as well add it)
To “purify” shadows: To tear the shadow open, causes them to expose their exposed selves. Ambush methods: Leg sweep trip, dropkick then throwing knife, slide knock down then stab. Front facing ambush (New skill unlocked through confidant): judo flip, tackle, counter stab
Reaper Vision: Third eye mechanic.
Text message relationship idea (available for confidants that you romanced). Access to more dates/special events, they’ll text you lovey dovey stuff and misc messages (good morning/night)
Go to school via local bus (Able to text your friends)
Can spot your confidants interacting with each other at school. More opportunities to gain affection from confidants
More group events: Prom, Halloween, birthdays,Thanksgiving, field trips, camping, amusement park, shopping
Able to Customize Mc/Femc casual Clothes. Purely Ascetic
Persona 6 : Dancing Past Midnight
Social Stats Maxed out Abilities * Moxie- Resistance against fear and chance of reviving with 1 hp * Wits-Changes nulls to elements from enemies to neutral and breaks resistance shields * Seduction- Guarantees max affection after a successful date/hang out with confidant * Decency- Increase chances of receiving random gift from confidant (when not in the Sinister Night) * Talent- Chance of landing critical hits and earning more money from side jobs Main Confidants(These characters are purely concept ideas and are open to change) Annabelle/Vixen: * Weapon:Umbrella+spear * Mascot animal of the game * Can turn into a fox in the Sinister night, French female human in real world. Sly and flirty but also mysterious Rin Akiyama/Bleak (MC) * weapon: sniper+scythe * Major: Theatre * An overdramatic student on stage/during shows, while more level headed and calculating in battle/in school. Has a twisted sense of humor and is depressed, but is also very polite and caring to those close to him Emi Akiyama/Grim (FEMC) * weapon: sword+sniper rifle * Major: Medical Science * A big risk taker that wants to be a good role model to others. Sense of justice usually leads her to attacking the problem head on in order to save the victims. Cares deeply for family/friends Sou Takenaka /Blitz * Weapon:long barrel revolver+knife * Major: Auto Body * Club/Sport: Football * A extroverted and bubbly personality combined with a passion for extreme, hardworking hobbies. Likes to fool around and be sarcastic but deep down is very empathetic and willing to listen to others emotions. Being social allows him to have lots of friends and fans. Ryu Oshiro /Chief * weapon: gauntlet +flamethrower * Major: Culinary * Club/Sport: Fire Science * Towering and scary, but in actuality is very humble and valiant. Enjoys trying new techniques and wanting to improve through tournaments. Some say he is very tense towards other because of an incident in the past, while others spread rumors that his victories were rigged by his “family’s organization”. Regardless, he is one of the top chefs at the school Haku Kirosawa/Warden * weapon: sword+shield * Major: Law Enforcement * Club/Sport: Swordsmanship * Eerily calm to others, yet also hides a confidant and skillful potential in battle. Overprotective and caring towards his younger sister, who is in kindergarten. Changes personality to merciful towards criminals, and occupies the highest position in his major. Kei Hamasaki/Specter * weapon: double swords+bow * Major: Alchemy * Club/Sport: Tinkering * Sleepy and blunt to strangers, but shifts personality when working. Changes to a demanding perfectionist with who can adapt to situations. Helps create the highest quality armo weapons for the swordplay classes. Jun Sasaki/ Legion * weapon: m1 Gerand+ sword * Major: Music Studies * Club/Sport: Film * One of the top students in the film club, and known for being a great leader. Enjoys working with his fellow peers, and is disciplined in his work. Known to be a bit of a narcissist sometimes and likes being praised. Would bring up politics into his discussions and use it to justify his actions Sho Ueda /Ace weapon:double shotguns+sword * Major: Aviation * Club/Sport: Track and field * A smooth talker and a charmer to many, earning him a high reputation. Likes to impress others, but is quick to become despaired when failing. Enjoys danger and pushing himself to the limit Aiko Yukimura/Siren * weapon: rapier+gun * Major: Choral and Opera * Club/Sport: Marine Biology * Job: Hot pot attendent * One of the prettiest students in the school, with vicious jealous accusations made towards her romantic life. As a result she has become delicate to harassment and can be a bit obsessive to others. Willing to protect her love with her life, and is very romantic and genuine in her feelings Tora Kimura/Neo * weapon: Tommy gun+axe * Major: Multimedia Art * Club/Sport: Costume Design * Top quality costumes designed for plays as well as having a well known profile for art online. A tomboyish attitude might drive strangers away, but is loyal and playful to close friends Sou will have personalities of Ann/Chie/Yukari and Tora will be Ryuji/Yousuke/Junpei, breaking the tradition of the “duo first friends” [u/yumiiro], [u/skeletoncircus] Endings * Bad ending: Betray everyone of your team, watches as they all get slaughtered OR slaughter Les Rêveurs (screen will start to shake and have more static, pleas of mercy is amplified in volume and more hectic as you wait longer. To kill them you walk towards them but to back away you walk away) * Normal ending: Both Haku and Emi/Rin dies, given only one choice of taking a job for a famous company and leaving everyone * Good ending: Haku and Emi/Rin lives, given choice of tearing up letter for job request from famous company in exchange of staying with everyone Nightmares(If anyone has a better name for this, it’ll be greatly appreciated) Dungeons of all party members. Twisted manifestation of their dreams, fears, and their life. Each person suffers with a problem in their life that can be resolved through facing it head on * Rin: Depression * Emi: Anger issues * Sou: ADHD * Ryu: Hemophilia * Haku: Drinking addiction * Kei: Bipolar * Jun: Dissociative Identity * Sho: PTSD * Aiko: Domestic violence * Tora: Anxiety Confidant Max Abilities * Sou: Shadow Tackle (knocks down shadow for 5 seconds, allowing for ambush or running past.) * Kazuya: Flash Fire (Produces a ring of fire around shadows in combat, rendering them unable to attack for 1 turn. Occurs when at low health, can self activate) * Koya: Morale Cut (debuffs all enemies during a successful ambush for the entire battle) * Sho: Dive Bomb (Chance to knock all enemies down on a successful ambush) * Kioshi: Call of Honor (Guarantees shadows joining you in interrogations, regardless of level) * Aiko: Evasive Maneuvers (When being pursued a dodge will occur before the shadow hits you, leaving the shadow slipping and knocked down) * Annebelle: Leaping Pursuit (Press L2 while dashing to do a jump lunge, closing distance to shadows. Consecutive jumps increases your speed) * Kei: Plague’s Wrath (Gives random aliments to enemies, and applies an additional paralyzed effect onto them) * Tora: Deficiency Engulf (Gives one shadow weakness to all elements/guaranteed ailment apply during a power transfer) And that wraps up what I have so far, hopefully it wasn’t too unbearable to read. If you want to provide ideas of your own to counter or add onto mines, I’d be more than happy to read what you all have to say. Until then, wish you all the best and for the success of the actual Persona 6 development.
2018.12.24 07:30 BlancheFromageDid Nichiren Shoshu MODIFY the Dai-Gohonzon to add "reward/punishment" passages?
This is so bizarre that it sounds like a bad Twilight Zone knock-off, but it appears that, between when the Dai-Gohonzon was photographed with the permission of Taiseki-ji over 100 years ago (this image, from 1910) and when the Dai-Gohonzon was refurbished for the Sho-Hondo Grand Opening Ceremonies in 1972, a couple of lines were added to the mandala! Here is an enhanced image for those who can read the kanji. THESE lines:
On all the Gohonzons issued by Taisekiji and SGI, we find:
1) Facing it, on the upper right-hand side, a phrase “Jiyaku-Nou-ran-sha, Zu-ha-shichi-bu”, [which] means that to those slander will have their head broken in seven places. 2) Facing it, on the upper left-hand side, a phrase “Yuu-ku-you-sha fuku-ka-juugo”, [which] means that to those who worship, 100% benefit. None of the known gohonzons inscribed by Nichiren has those phrases. Even the five gohonzons inscribed by Nikko at Hon-mon-ji do not have these phrases.
These phrases only appear in Gosho’s p.869 “Haku-roko-sho” (Kechimyaku-sho) which means that this part of the Gosho is also a fake.
Note that the copies of the Gosho used by Nichiren Shoshu (Taiseki-ji) and the Soka Gakkai/SGI are considered so sectarian and unreliable that scholars will not use them. Part of the serious problem with the Taiseki-ji collection is that it treats ALL the texts as authentic, while other sources identify between authentic originals, copies, forgeries, and those texts of questionable authenticity. I'd say those are pretty important concerns, frankly!
Insofar as can be ascertained from the one circulated photograph of the so-called “dai- gohonzon” (taken in 1910, with permission of Taisekiji), phrases has been added to the body of the honzon. Such phrases never appeared in any other Nichiren gohonzon, and are incongruous with the nature of the gohonzon. (These are the phrases referring to “gain” and “loss”, on either side of the SGI/NST honzons). And according to Reginald Carpenter: “those two (2) so called “Blessing/ Curse inscriptions” are really NOT present on the so called “Yashiro Memorial Daimandara”, aka. Taiseki-ji Dai-Gohonzon, aka. Ita Mandala,” which is commonly & correctly called the Dai-Gohonzon!” He adds, “Nichiren Daishonin … gave & left the instructions for putting/ transcribing those two (2) terms on the Gohonzon in a passage from “Seven Articles on Transmission of the Gohonzon” that was published in the “Nichiren Shoshu Seiten” (page #379) by the 65th High Priest of Nichiren Shoshu in 1952! ”
Because of course he did. Yuh huh. How conweenient! I think we've identified WHEN the changes were inscribed onto the Dai-Gohonzon! Or at least when it was decided that these changes were going to be added to the Dai-Gohonzon, a process that could be expected to take some time to complete. Why does this matter? It was MAKIGUCHI who had such an unseemly punishment jones. He was all over the punishment! There had to be punishment, according to Makiguchi! But Makiguchi was out of the picture ca. 1944. WWII ends, Japan is occupied, starts rebuilding a brand new foreign democratic government system under the American Occupation. And then along comes Toda, Makiguchi's most ardent supporter, who is bringing in desperately needed revenues to struggling Taiseki-ji (if we can believe anything about the Soka Gakkai account of Taiseki-ji's post-war situation). What to do? What to do? On the one hand, the "punishment" passages do exist in the Lotus Sutra (we've identified some of these here):
"If, again, one sees a person receiving and holding this scripture, then utters his faults and his evils, be they fact or not fact, that person in the present age shall get white leprosy. If anyone makes light of it or laughs at it, from age to age his teeth shall be far apart and decayed, he shall have ugly lips and a flat nose, his arms and legs shall be crooked, his eyes shall be pointed and the pupils out of symmetry, his body shall stink, he shall have sores running pus and blood, his belly shall be watery and his breath short: in brief, he shall have all manner of evil and grave ailments." Lotus Sutra, Chapter 28
Anybody seen any cases of white leprosy lately? Me neither.
From the Dharani chapter  of The Lotus Sutra:
If there are those who fail to heed our spells and trouble and disrupt the preachers of the Law, their heads will split into seven pieces like the branches of the arjaka.
Note that if one touches the Arjaka or Basil shrub, the blossom falls off with its branch and breaks apart.
So why not, eh?
These are definitely on transcriptions of Great Mandalas from Taisekiji, such as the SGI Nichikan, the Nittatsu, and the Nikken.
Notice that these are the gohonzons that post-date that 1952 pronouncement that such inscriptions should be inscribed on the gohonzons! Except for the Nichikan one, and who knows if THAT one has been modified by SGI. SGI bought it, paid for it - that makes it theirs to change if they wish.
The inscriptions are located in the top row, on either side of the Daimoku, outside of, or flanking, the two Buddhas and four Bodhisattvas: Left side, facing: “U kuyo sha fuku ka jugo” or “ukuyosha fukuka jugo”.
Pronounced "O Fuck you, you caca juggalo".
“Those who make offerings will gain good fortune surpassing the ten honorable titles.” or “Those who make offerings [to the Lotus Sutra] will reap fortune exceeding the ten honorable titles.” Right side facing: “Nyaku noran sha zu ha shichibun” or “nyaku noransha zuha shichibun”. “Those who vex and trouble [the practitioners of the Law] will have their heads split into seven pieces.” or: “If there are those who cause trouble and disruption, their heads will be split into seven pieces.” The phrases themselves are indirectly from the Lotus Sutra and are based on the Curse of Kishimonjin and the Jurasetsunyo, from the Dharani Chaper. According to “Stoney” the direct source is the Hokke Mongu Ki”, Or “Annotations on the Hokke Mongu” by Tiantai Patriarch Mialo. Source
There's more detail at that source for anyone feeling particularly nit-picky, but I think this is enough for us to discuss the ramifications of this change to the Supreme Object. Or, at least, what was considered the Supreme Object before SGI decided to issue a policy that SGI no longer considered the Dai-Gohonzon the Supreme Object, despite all the decades of insisting it was. And what does it mean if someone changes the Supreme Object? Does (or should) that affect its Supreme status? What does that say about its connection (already questionable) to Nichiren the founder? Since we're following the Person, not the Law in SGI. When the very legitimacy of the object rests in the belief that it was inscribed by Nichiren, in his very own hand, and that's the entire rationale for its legitimacy (because of its connection to Nichiren), how can any changes, however laudable from a religious perspective, be permitted? There's a similar situation within the Christian Gospels, one which many of us might be more familiar. There is a pericope (a story, a passage of text) surrounding an "adultress", who had, according to the narrative, been "caught in the very act". This woman is brought before Jesus for judgment. Remember, Jesus is the one who said that any man who looked at a woman and thought, "Nice!" should be subject to the same punishment as a flagrant adulterer, capital punishment (stoning to death), thereby introducing "thought crimes". Thanks a lot, Jesus. But the pronouncement of Jesus: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is one of Christians' favorite quotes, and this is one of their favorite Jesus stories (even though it's loaded with internal inconsistencies, flagrant inaccuracies, and downright looniness). Now, this passage is not to be found in some of the oldest manuscript copies, and where it does exist, it isn't always found in the same place, leading scholars to conclude it was a later addition by editors/scribes unknown. The fact that it is popular doesn't change the fact that it is a forgery and a fraud. Someone put words into Jesus's mouth that were not originally in the texts describing his exploits. The effect of accepting such later additions as "Gospel" means that it reduces the reliability of the entire thing to the reliability of these later additions. Just because something is considered to be illustrating virtuous principles or to be something that would be good for Christians to keep in mind (:ahem:) or is thought to have an edifying moral to it doesn't make it holy writ! Otherwise, what's to stop us from inserting the story about that time Jesus was challenged to a foot race by an arrogant little rabbit?
...it seems clear to me that the story does not belong in the Bible. If despite its absence from the early manuscripts this passage is thought to be so edifying that it is worthy of being treated as Holy Scripture, we might with equal justice add any number of edifying ancient stories to the Bible. Source
Or to the Gosho, or to the Dai-Gohonzon. Notice that until some time in the 1950s, it was not considered wrong to photograph the gohonzon or the Dai-Gohonzon - here are a couple of examples: Exhibit A Exhibit B But at some point in the 1950s, it became forbidden to photograph the Dai-Gohonzon. Notice that this proscription came online around the same time as that "new" “Haku-roko-sho” (Kechimyaku-sho) Gosho became available (1952). Smoking gun much?? We now have the explanation for WHY it is forbidden to photograph the gohonzon. Because it would document the fact that the Dai-Gohonzon has been CHANGED. Now, let's take a look at Makiguchi's rationale:
A set of rules, no matter how meticulous, that lacks the power to punish exists in name only and has no substance. Source
Makiguchi clearly gets it that intolerant religions cannot spread or even exist without coercion. In the wake of the Pacific War, with the advent of the American Occupation, Makiguchi's "prescient" understanding became a matter of religious survival. No doubt Toda presented this to the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood (sometime after the Ogasawara Incident, naturally - once that was smoothed over), and the priests of Taiseki-ji, being no dummies, realized the potential for power and control these two passages about rewards and punishment could bestow upon them. The nationalist sentiments that urged Taiseki-ji to take aim at establishing itself as Japan's national religion certainly had their roots in Nichiren's own megalomania; earlier, Tanaka Chigaku (1861–1939) championed Nichiren religion's right to become the national religion - and Makiguchi was connected:
Toda described the honmon no kaidan in terms of a "national ordination platform", or kokuritsu kaidan, an idea that he adopted from the teachings of Tanaka Chigaku, founder of Kokuchukai, the ultranationalist Nichirenist group with which Toda's mentor Makiguchi had briefly associated. Source
Rewatch index Remember to tag spoiler for future events. Some trivia:
The flexible light thing that jumps around and leads to the house is a reference to Pixar's mascot. Miyazaki is a big fan of Pixar and wanted to show his admiration.
Yasuko Sawaguchi, the voice actress for Chihiro's mother, actually spoke while chewing chicken for her scene where she had to talk while eating. Dub actress Lauren Holly did the same thing but used an apple instead.
Chihiro was created based on a ten-year old girl, a Miyazaki friend's daughter. This girl also made Miyazaki continue working after promising to retire from filmmaking after Mononoke Hime.
In the scene during which Chihiro squashes the small wormlike thing that inhabited Haku with her foot that, Kamaji tells Chihiro to "Cut the line!". "Cutting the line" is a Japanese good-luck charm performed by making a chopping gesture through another person's connected index fingers. This is done whenever someone is affected by some impurity. During footage of the dubbing process in the Spirited Away Nippon-TV Special, the young Japanese seiyū playing Chihiro was not aware of this concept and had it explained to her by Miyazaki. One of the sound engineers commented saying "The young don't know it these days".
This is the first film to earn US$200 million in grosses before opening in the U.S.
The song over the closing credits ("Itsumo Nando Demo"/"Always With Me") was intended for a Hayao Miyazaki film that was never made. Miyazaki played it relentlessly while making this film and decided to include it in the end credits.
The cleansing of the river spirit is based on a real-life incident in Hayao Miyazaki's life in which he participated in the cleaning of a river, removing, among other things, a bicycle.
First anime film to be nominated for (and win) an Academy Award (2003). It also has the longest runtime of any other film nominated or winning in that category.
The star-shaped treats the Susuwatari were carrying are called kompeitô, a type of traditional Japanese candy.
Chihiro's father drives a first-generation Audi A4 sedan.
This was the first film directed by Hayao Miyazaki in which a child character was actually voiced by a child.
The movie was also named the second "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by the New York Times.
This video, again I don't think that everything here is interesting but it's wort watching.
Taiko no Tatsujin: 15 Shuunenkinen Short Animation + Choujuu Giga
When Marnie Was There
I couldn't find online ant thus I removed: Kujiratori, Koro no Dai Sanpo, Kuusou no Sora Tobu Kikaitachi, Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short (most of them at least), Yadosagashi, Hoshi wo Katta Hi, Piece, Yomiuri Shimbun, Chuuzumou, Takara-sagashi, Tonari no Onigiri-kun, Kemushi no Boro
2016.06.10 16:32 PartTimeSoldierRLCS Qualifier 2: What to expect from NA
Let me start this off by saying you can read a marginally prettier version of this article here!
The second RLCS qualifier is approaching fast, and the shuffles on both sides of the Atlantic are quickly losing steam as new lineups are settling in alongside the several unchanged ones. With this in mind, I thought that it was an ideal time to not only recap the roster changes of prominent teams but also shoot out some brief predictions and ideas as to what will happen in Saturday's North American qualifiers.
Mock-It NA's small change for big results
Both of the Mock rosters have actually had some shake-ups since qualifying for split 1, and both are roughly equally big talking points. On the NA side of things, Low5ive announced his stepping down from the starting lineup to be replaced by ZaneJackey, formerly of Orbit. While this switch would have normally been a bit controversial, it was announced right after Mock-It had won week nine's Rocket Royale with exactly this new roster. It seemed undeniable that the team as it stood now was a strong contender for best in NA, beating WDG twice and Flipsid3 once, two teams that are surely considered by some as the two best in the world. On paper, it also makes sense that this is a clever switch: What Insolences and Rizzo don't do too often in going up for strong high aerial hits is exactly what was most notable about Zane during his time in Orbit, and he can be relied upon to consistently reach high balls and either win cleanly with an accurate pass or at least strongly contest them. Rizzo and Zane made a brutal combo in the Royale, with one-two plays coming out all over the place, while Insolences often sat farther back, being good last line defense, something he excels at as is attested by his stellar 1v1 career.
I certainly expect the new Mock to reach the group stages of split two, but perhaps not show up as strong as they did in Rocket Royale. A top four finish seems likely however, and I would call Mock to finish at an overall third or fourth place, but making the LAN with that result would be tough if the top four teams from split one continue to perform well.
Retrospect's roster is mostly gone
Intense news from ex-Onslaught Aka Retrospect as Espeon decides to leave in favour of Genesis, Fl0w moves to Kings' sub spot and Huskih becomes LFT before finding ex-VexX to sub for in split 2. With this, Klassux and Kyle Masc were the only remaining members of the Onslaught team that took 5th place in split one. While things looked grim for the team in terms of finding a last-minute pickup, the duo pulled out some magic, recruiting two great players in Chrome and Genocop. Chrome, formerly of No Clue is a consistent all-round player who has managed to gel well with each team I've seen him play on, while Geno is of course the well-known star Orbit player, who bowed out of split one for personal reasons. He is very strong with his ground and low-air game and has a considerable field presence, which is what made him best in NA outside of the iBP roster according to some.
It's a bit of a mystery as to how well these three will manage together, but I imagine that with Klassux' strong offense and Geno's sensible rotations in particular, they'll be able to make the group stage but perhaps not the online finals due to how top-heavy NA Rocket League is today.
Genesis loses Moses, gains Espeon
As I mentioned above, Espeon has moved on to things other than Retrospect, but Moses has also moved on from Genesis, which is what enabled this change to occur. Unless I've missed something, there has been no official announcement of who is subbing for the squad, but if my assumption of it being Kovanel is correct, there is a chance that the styles of the starting three will clash a bit. Pluto and Espeon are both incredibly clever and mechanically able offensive players, while Quinn is a good "enabler" for this, and I'd describe him as the unsung playmaker of the team, but without Moses they lack a real stable defender, kind of how SK was after losing Yemen in my opinion.
While these are four remarkably good players, and I think they're just too talented to be overcome by lower-tier NA teams, I think they will struggle a bit in the group stages with the new roster, perhaps taking 5th or 6th place. With this said, I haven't seen them play together yet, so it's best to lay off speculating too much until they've shown the world what they can do.
Orbit have separated
As should probably be evident at this point in the article, Orbit's Rocket League team has disbanded. After losing Genocop weeks ago, they've been in a downward spiral, taking the bottom spot of the group stages in RLCS split one, and subsequently losing ZaneJackey to Mock-It, then HWSid going LFT and Stev claiming to "done with Rocket League until a team has a spot open and needs [him] to play". Their brief stint with Haku quickly ended and the team that was long on a downturn officially disbanded. While it is sad to see them go, most if not all of the players are still involved with the community in some way, so we can be excited about seeing them around for a while to come at least.
Ex-VexX parts ways with Jayyyrah, acquires Moses
The team formerly known as VexX (then briefly Eanix) are actually without a name at time of writing, so I'll just keep referring to them as "ex-VexX". Ex-VexX were a solid team in qualifier one, which should be painfully obvious considering they took home third place and 740 points, but they always looked a bit slow on the field compared to other top teams, even the ones they were beating. Perhaps some stiff rotations were to blame, because GarrettG and Turtle's sizeable offensive skills certainly weren't. While it is sad to see Jayyyrah parting ways with his team, the newcomer Moses is, at least in my mind, going to be beneficial for this squad once they get used to each other. He's a rock-solid defender and can be relied upon to sit back in the field while Garrett and Turtle pull their offensive shenanigans, and when the ball gets cleared to ex-VexX's side, Moses is consistent and clever enough to send it right back.
I expect ex-VexX to take a top four spot in the group stages of split two with this new roster, perhaps even a top two spot depending on how Kings and Mock-It are performing on the day. Again, however, this is largely speculation on my part from past experience of watching these players, so there shouldn't be too much expectation put into the team until we see them play the open qualifiers.
Honorable mentions for split 2
While there were other changes since the first split with Cosmic and Kings both bringing on subs, and some lower-level teams shuffling about, nothing was quite momentous enough to warrant a mention in this piece. However, it is worth taking a look at some other competitors besides the teams mentioned, as many of them have been pushing up the power rankings, past some veteran teams, and even past teams who have been in the group stages of split one.
At time of writing, the latest power rankings have Lucky Bounce sitting at 7th place, behind Orbit (who have disbanded, as mentioned). This is a team I have long believed to have a load of potential, particularly with DarkFire's great mechanics and low-aerial work, but also with the recent pick-up of Torment after the blow that was losing Matt to Selfless, and I would actually expect them to make the RLCS group stages, though I don't think they will have much of a shot at the top 4.
Vision have been a consistent fringe team of the power rankings, and have made an upset or two in the last few weeks, including beating Retrospect in Rocket Royale. Though I don't expect Vision to make group stages, I'd say that if they're having a good day on the field they could steal a spot from Selfless or Lucky Bounce, both of whom I would normally predict to make groups.
With all these roster changes, and despite the evident top-heaviness of the NA scene that we see post-shuffle, I still don't imagine the top two teams from qualifier two will be anyone but Kings of Urban and iBP Cosmic, the two long-time rulers of North American Rocket League. Though ex-VexX and Mock in particular have stronger rosters to challenge this duo, I still see top three places of the online finals being the same as split 1, but Mock-It probably taking fourth place over Genesis who took it last time around. After all this waffling, why don't I just give you a neat table of who I expect to be where for second split instead:
Kings of Urban
A fair bit of this is speculatory since the roster changes have been coming thick and fast and it's been hard to keep up with who's performing how, but please leave your thoughts in the comments as to who you think will succeed or fail in the upcoming second qualifier!
Whatever happens, without a doubt there will be a lot to watch in the upcoming open qualifier, and I'm sure there are plenty of you with me who will agree it will be the biggest NA tournament to date.
EDIT: Fixed information about Huskih's current status thanks to CjLink
The NA Community Power Rankings have been a resounding success!
With over 130 submissions from Friday to Sunday, it goes without saying that the Power Rankings Committee is shocked and excited at the same time! There were a few outliers, but for the most part you guys did a great job of using the Event Results doc to your advantage and with that you supplied great results.
Last Week's Community Results
TEAMS IN PREV RANK
AVG W/O OUTLIERS
RANK W/O OUTLIERS
1. iBP Cosmic
2. Kings of Urban
5. Mock-It eSports NA
6. Onslaught Gaming
8. Selfless Gaming
10. Phoenix Infinity
9. Lucky Bounce
12. FakeOut Nation
14. Xylophone Zebras
18. Razzle Dazzle
19. Goomba Squad
20. Air Superiority
This Week’s Community Power Rankings Info:
These rankings will take the shape of a Google Form whereas you will be selecting the position you believe that each team deserves. We will be providing a sheet that consists of each tournament that we take into account and their results so that you can make educated decisions :)
And that's all there is to it! In the following week we will be comparing your results along with our own to see where they match up in according to how the teams played. As this is new, it is completely open to change (for instance, you don't have to sign up but that doesn't limit the amount of submissions, or we can rank in tandem). However, we believe that this is a great way to include the community in on the results and can potentially be something that we develop more in the future!
These rankings were provided by a committee of people that offer different views in the Rocket League Community. We use a system similar to the Associated Press power rankings for College Football or Basketball - a panel of writers vote on who they think should be listed and an average is produced from these rankings. The members of this committee consider several factors when determining their rankings and the competitive results data that is referenced comes from the past few weeks. Each member of the committee has their own method for how they rank the teams, though they are consistent and similar.
Power Ranking Committee
Dirkened - Fan Ambassador (Psyonix) for the Rocket League community
SoftGoat - Former competitive player and avid supporter of the scene.
dpants - RLC Ambassador / Stats guy / Handsome bowler
#1 iBUYPOWER Cosmic: Kronovi / Lachinio / Gambit / 0ver Zer0* / Gibbs* -- Like a proud father watching his children graduate, I watched iBP play as a completely reborn team this weekend. Well, I'm not papa Gibbs so it's not like Cosmic is my team but after last week's write up I'm sure there's a few of you who might be interested in what I had to say about the performance. Some might think that I was proven wrong last week, however the complete intent of the write up was so fire up iBP from the dull team before us into the spectactle that we saw on Saturday. Like the transformation that we saw from Turbulence (previously VexX) whom went from a 7-8 team to 3rd, Cosmic rose from the ashes like a phoenix and played brilliantly so. From individual skills to impresssive teamwork, there was almost nothing to complain about from what my perceptive eye could see, not to say there weren't mistakes but nearly every game they played could have become its own montage. I mean c'mon, they showed a level of team fluidity that usually only lasts in spurts but it was just constant domination. Now, I don't want to harbor the assumption that we only care about the RLCS, because even though it is the largest stage that these players have been on (which allows us to see how the players are able to handle pressure), there are more tournaments in consideration... but well Cosmic didn't show up for Rocket Royale knockout stages and they pretty much cruised through the group stages. I hope we get to see them take on some more teams this week so we can verify if they can keep up with the bar that they set for themselves - Dirk
#2 Kings of Urban: Fireburner / Jacob / Sadjunior -- Another solid week for Kings of Urban on the books starting with yet another extremely good Rocket Royale performance. They took their Group with a 4-1 win over XyZ, a disappointing 2-3 loss to Lucky Bounce, and a 4-1 win over Orbit. Knockouts went just as smoothly with a 3-0 win over Vision and a 3-1 win over VexX (now Turbulence again). The international finals is where things got really interesting where Kings beat Mockit EU 3-1 twice and lost to We Dem Girlz 2-3 twice. Looking at the last three weeks of Rocket Royal International Finals results, there’s enough here to say that Kings of Urban can compete with the top EU teams which make me very excited for the RLCS LAN assuming Kings of Urban make it. Speaking of RLCS, Kings took 2nd this past weekend in the Qualifier 1 NA Online Finals beating Genesis in a 4-3 butt-clencher and falling to iBP Cosmic 2-4. Congrats to Kings of Urban for such a stellar performance. I know you wanted #1, but do not be at all let down with #2. You guys are a fantastic team. - dpants
#3 VexX Gaming: Jayyyrah / Garrett / Turtle / Kuniv* -- These are exciting times for Turbulence (formerly VexX Gaming)! Back to their original name they go as they break through the upper crust of the competitive scene. They have played strong all the way through the first RLCS qualifier and finished in third place. Knowing Turbulence as long as I have, my greatest concern has been their consistency. After a shaky performance in the second week of RLCS group stages, they came back in the finals proving that they aren’t going anywhere. Fired up, they very nearly took their series with iBP to game seven and take a 2-4 loss to put them in the third place match where they bounced back well and won 4-2 over Genesis. Turbulence also handled Rocket Royale groups with relative ease this week. Dropping only two games out of 15 against Onslaught, FakeOut Nation, and Comrade Gaming is a good supplementary showing to prove their worth as a next level team. I believe that the final spicy ingredient needed to make a top level team is consistency, and boy am I excited to watch Turbulence bake their next batch of spicy games. -Cole
#4 Genesis: Pluto / Quinn Lobdell / Moses / Kovanel* -- Just one goal away... just one goal... A truly heart breaking story this weekend for the guys at Genesis this weekend. If you didn't see it (well first shame on you) then you missed out on the best performance to date that I have seen from Genesis. They nearly got away with a guaranteed spot in RLCS Q2 after they were poised to defeat KoU, yet KoU rallied back and took away game 7. It came as no surprise that this was a heavy hit to their moral as they just didn't look the same in their 2-4 loss to Turbulence. It shows too that Genesis is just inches behind Turbulence and KoU with results from RLCS and RR, but I really hope that in the future their ability to continue unaltered after a loss doesn't become an issue. And how do they do that? You've always got to look at the bright side, for instance: Genesis may have lost to KoU but they have proven to us just how far along they have come since their initial creation. Playing with a ferocity not too different to Cosmic's, Genesis has set a huge precedence for other teams to follow, and that's something to be proud of. -Dirk
#5 Mock-it eSports NA: Insolences / Low5ive / Rizzo / Chad* -- Mockit NA started this week with Chad subbing in for Rizzo for Rocket Royal Group Stage. They dropped all their series with a 0-5 loss to Genesis, a 1-4 loss to Cobalt, and a 2-3 loss to Kindergarten. Owing to the lost chemistry of utilizing a sub and not a knock against Chad in any way, these results really aren’t counting for much at all, but that isn’t to say Mockit didn’t put up some impressive results this week. Mockit won the 3v3 Mockit League tournament with two very notable wins over Orbit 2-0 and 3-0. Mockit NA are doing just fine. They are amid a cluster of teams who on any given day can beat any of NA’s best. Expect them to continue to perform well and no doubt they’ll be qualifying for RLCS Q2. -dpants
#6 Orbit: Zanejackey / HotWheelsSid / Stev / Haku Up1 Orbit have taken this week to establish some solid results, with a 2-0 over Retrospect, a 4-1 over Lucky Bounce (formerly Savage Gaming), and a solid 2-3 to Genesis. Unfortunately, their two losses to Mock-it keep them from climbing further up. In more notable news, they have picked up Haku as their replacement for Genocop, which should prove interesting to the dynamic of the team. Haku made his name in 1v1s, and Orbit look to be depending on those kind of playmaking skills to link up the play between Zanejackey and HotWheelSid. Stev seems to be relegated back to the bench, though in these past few weeks he has performed admirably for the team, and I'm sure there won't be much hesitation to call on him in the future. Hopefully we can see this new lineup pan out well for the squad, and I expect Haku to bring some interesting new strategies to the team. -Goat
#7 Retrospect: Klassux / Huskih / Flow / Espeon / KyleMasc* Down1 Retrospect recently dropped their sponsor to return to their former name, and to be honest, I was always a fan of it over Onslaught anyway. Like their ranking neighbors Orbit, Retrospect performed well during the week, but just found themselves losing to the teams right above them, with 1-4 loss to Turbulence, formerly VexX Gaming, and a 2-3 loss to Genesis. The only thing keeping Retro just below Orbit however, is their 0-2 loss to them during Mock-it, and it should come as no surprise that the two are obviously quite close. Not much else has been changing aside from their name, and a fairly neutral week means that Retrospect could gain some more ground again, especially if they can close out the close series to Genesis. I expect to see the NA start shifting again in the coming weeks, and wouldn't be surprised at all to see Retrospect coming out on top of the fray. -Goat
#8 Lucky Bounce: Timbathy / Darkfire / September / Torment Up1 Lucky Bounce (recently departed from their sponsor Savage Gaming) find themselves up a seed from last week. While not totally prepared for the teams that lie before them, some dedicated practice and continued participation in these larger tournaments may lend them enough advantage to soon put themselves in striking range of the second and top tier teams. Their ranking has been all over the place recently, but they're not a team to laugh at. They dominated XyZ with a 4-1 victory, and were able to catch KoU with their pants down and took their Royale series 3-2 while their opposition laughed away the set. They won't find themselves moving up as much as they hoped, however, as they dropped a series 1-4 against what seems to be a somewhat revitalized Orbit. They've done well for themselves minus the aforementioned Orbit games and a series loss against FakeOut Nation (mind you FON were subbing in Kronovi that day) and are in a good position to start throwing punches against the well known and very solid teams that stand in their way. They've had their issues, but with some dedication and making time to take a serious look at their playstyle, they could soon see themselves following in the footsteps of the currently third seeded Turbulence. They've got a lot of work ahead of them, but this team has potential, and for the spectators, diversity in the top level of competition is always welcome. -Badger
#9 Selfless: Amoney_tv / Sizz / Matt Down1 I have to admit, I don't really know what has happened to Selfless. Is it the sponsor curse that so many teams have fallen into, where they start to falter after sporting the new name? Either way, there's a sharp contrast from the Selfless that jumped into the scene as Chemistry and the present version. Let's drop some stats: During RR last week Selfless fell hard against Vision at 1-4, there was a predictable 1-4 loss to Cosmic, but a less characteristic 3-2 win against Dragonfly (I feel like a 4-1 would be more appropriate). The first stage of NA Groups wasn't too pretty either: 1-4 against Orbit, Genesis, & KoU. Now KoU and Genesis are 2 and 4 respectively, but the Orbit loss showed that they couldn't capitalize on the deflated Orbit moral. Sefless has a lot of talent going for them; I'd love to see Amoney, Matt, & Sizz get back into shape and give the upper teams a run for their money. -Dirk
#10 Vision : Bell / Fireworks / ODJoey / Ampel* / Unrivaled* Up3 Vision is an interesting team. They are difficult to rate because their results vary drastically. The main issue with the team’s performance seems to be consistency. Vision has demonstrated that they can handle some high level teams ever since upsetting Retrospect 4-1 about a month ago. This week in Rocket Royale, they qualified again with a 4-1 against Selfless, and a 3-2 against the upcoming team Dragonfly. However, Vision was unable to scrape any games off of iBP or KoU (0-5 and 0-3 respectively), something that they will need to do in order to break through to that next level of teams in the rankings. In talking with ODJoey, he sites the team’s difficulties in their preparation. When they practice throughout the week, they get results. When they hop on 10 minutes before an event, they don’t. Now that Vision recognizes this axis for improvement, I expect them to come out strong in Rocket Royale this Sunday and take some games off of a top 6 team. -Cole
Teams To Watch * Dirkened: The Muffin Stuffers * SoftGoat: Dragonfly * Badger: Dragonfly * dpants_: Why Not * ColemanA: The Muffin Stuffers
2016.01.19 01:59 GermanoMuricano117[Part 1] 2001 Timeline: Pro Wrestling’s Year that Wasn’t. A tour through the great moments of an utterly unforgettable year. PWTorch [Jan 04, 2002]
The year 2001 was the year that saw another professional wrestling revolution. From the halls of Titan Tower to the shores of Terry Bollea’s beach house, this was the year the business transformed from a boring oligarchy of competitive North American wrestling promotions to an exciting monopoly. It might be difficult to remember all of the great moments that made sports entertainment in 2001 so very unforgettable, but doggone it, we’re going to give it a try. This is your Pro Wrestling Torch Timeline for the Year 2001, A Wrasslin’ Odyssey… January 2- Former WWF and WCW superstar Scott Hall rings in the new year by successfully negotiating his release from jail. 7- Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling, the most cutting-edge wrestling promotion in America, opens its year by boldly ripping off the Hulk Hogan main event angle from WrestleMania IX. 10- The XFL blimp crashes from 1600 feet up into a restaurant in Oakland, California. No one is seriously injured. 11- Fusient Media announces that they have reached a deal to acquire World Championship Wrestling. 12- In his weekly online column, WWF head of talent relations Jim Ross puts over the XFL blimp as “the toughest dirigible I have ever seen in this environment.” 13- Jeff Hardy applies to become the new XFL blimp pilot. 14- For the first time in years, WCW features a genuinely shocking moment in a pay-per-view main event, as Sid Vicious attempts a routine move from the second rope and breaks his leg. 15- In another brilliant promotional move, WCW decides to leave its Hardcore Title on Meng, a wrestler not currently under contract. 16- In a Florida courtroom, accused teenage murderer Lionel Tate pleads not guilty, claiming he was imitating moves he learned from watching a professional wrestler. 21- Meng returns (as Haku) at the WWF Royal Rumble, almost overshadowing the World Wrestling Federation in-ring debut of Drew Carey. 23- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner is arrested for assaulting an EMT at the January 22nd Nitro taping in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 25- When asked under cross-examination which pro wrestler he was imitating, accused murderer Lionel Tate replies “Scott Steiner.” 28- Despite the fact that the promotion has no money or upcoming dates scheduled, Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman assures members of the wrestling media that the promotion is “just fine,” and that he is not about to fold ECW and join the WWF booking committee. 30- Meng disappears from the face of the earth. February 1- WCW scraps its April pay-per-view event after realizing that they have accidentally scheduled the show for April 15th, Easter Sunday. 2- Fusient Media spokesman Eric Bischoff promises reporters that a screw-up of that magnitude will not happen again, and that the company has WCW’s schedule worked out all the way through its big Starrcade show on December 25th. 4- David McLane’s WOW promotion makes its pay-per-view debut, promising the very best that North American ladies’ wrestling has to offer. Bambi and Peggy Lee Leather (under new names) work the main event. 5- After the ratings come in for the WWF’s new XFL football league, new T ORCH columnist Pat McNeill declares confidently that “the XFL will be around for years to come.” 6- Former WWF Champion Shawn Michaels signs a new contract and declares that he’s ready to return to the ring soon. 12- For the first time, key Fusient Media executives decide to watch an episode of WCW Monday Nitro, tuning in just in time to catch the opening angle between Dustin Rhodes and Rick Steiner. 13- Key sources tell the T ORCH that the WCW sale is in jeopardy. 14- Negotiations to sell ECW to Rainbow Sports fall apart when ECW owner Paul Heyman refuses to accept pay cuts for the talent. (Well, that’s how Heyman spun it to the T ORCH .) 15- ECW wrestlers consult with top mathematics professors to figure out exactly how it would be mathematically possible for them to earn less money than “zero.” 16- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross states that roster cuts are imminent. 18- In a screwy finish, Kevin Nash loses a retirement match to Scott Steiner at WCW SuperBrawl Revenge. To Nash’s credit, his workrate does not noticeably decrease after his retirement. 23- Despite the fact that the promotion has no money and no upcoming dates scheduled, no location booked for its next pay-per-view, no television, no television deal on the horizon, no matches announced for its next pay-per-view, its World Champion has just signed with the WWF, half its wrestlers are negotiating with the WWF and/or World Championship Wrestling, and angry creditors are lined up throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman assures members of the wrestling media that the company is “hunky dory,” and that he is not about to fold ECW and join the WWF booking committee. 25- At WWF No Way Out, management sets aside a 36 minute match so that the guy who’s winning the title at WrestleMania can do a clean job for the guy who’s banging the owner’s daughter. 27- The WWF announces that the following wrestlers are being released as part of their roster cuts: Stacy “The Kat” Carter. 27- Jerry Lawler quits the WWF in a show of solidarity with his wife, Stacy. March 1- Problems continue with Fusient’s purchase of WCW, as Fusient finally gets to look at WCW’s books 5- Paul Heyman shows up on WWF Raw as the new heel commentator for the promotion. Reports surface that Heyman will be on the WWF booking committee. 7- Despite the fact that no arena has been booked, no wrestlers have been booked, no matches have been announced for its next pay-per-view, its World Champion has just signed with the WWF, the rest of its wrestlers are negotiating with the WWF and/or World Championship Wrestling, nobody’s been paid in two months, the company has no money, no television, no new investors, there are no wrestling dates on the horizon, the owner has signed with the World Wrestling Federation in part to work off the unpaid loan that the WWF made to his company years ago, said owner is trying to get some of his creditors/wrestlers under WWF contract so that they will quit badgering him for money and no signs that any of the above conditions are going to change anytime soon, ECW has yet to cancel its March 11 “Living Dangerously” PPV. 11- Diehard Extreme Championship Wrestling fans notice that the March ECW pay-per-view looks a whole lot like the January ECW pay-per- view. 14- On Home Box Office, Vince McMahon sits down with Bob Costas in an intense head-to-head interview where Costas accuses McMahon of adding to the “incivility and coarseness” in society. After McMahon leaves, Costas sits down for a friendly chat with his next guest, “colorful” college basketball coach and student choker Bobby Knight. 16- Turner Broadcasting CEO Jamie Kellner cancels all WCW programming on his network. 17- In a shocking development, the value of World Championship Wrestling drops as a result. 19- Eric Bischoff announces that next week’s Nitro, the final one on TNT, will be a “Night of Champions,” and that all former WCW World Champions are invited back to wrestle on this show. 23- The World Wrestling Federation buys WCW. Uh-oh. 26- On the final edition of WCW Monday Nitro, the WWF hijacks the last fifteen minutes of the broadcast and goes to a simulcast of WWF Raw, ruining WCW’s plans to use the final fifteen minutes for a main event between former WCW World Champions David Arquette and Vince Russo 27- Former WWF champion Shawn Michaels celebrates his new WWF contract extension by showing up at WWF television tapings “in no condition to perform.” April 1- Booking Hypothetical: At WrestleMania XVII, the main event features the biggest WWF star of the past five years, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, challenging for the World Title against charismatic WWF champion and mainstream celebrity “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. Who does Vince McMahon put over? Answer: Vince McMahon, of course. 2- The Rock is written off of WWF television so that he can go star in a movie. 6- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross announces that the start date for the WWF’s operation of WCW as a separate promotion will begin in June. 8- A number of former top WCW wrestlers learn that they will continue making guaranteed money from AOL Time Warner while sitting at home for the duration of their contracts. 11- Former WWF wrestler “Road Dogg” Jesse James auctions off two hours of his time on eBay. 19- Former WCW head honcho Eric Bischoff announces his involvement with a new wrestling promotion, Matrats.com. 21- Jerry Lawler announces his involvement with a new wrestling promotion, Ringrats.com. 23- Pictures of Missy Hyatt and Tammy Sytch mysteriously appear on The King’s website. 25- Former WCW boss Vince Russo shocks the wrestling world by announcing... ah, who gives a crap? 29- At WWF Backlash, Steve Austin and Triple H capture the WWF Tag Team Titles, Triple H retains his WWF Intercontinental Title, Light Heavyweight Title, and Hardcore Title, while Austin retains his WWF World Title, European Title and Women’s Title. 30- Internet wrestling fans begin speculating that maybe Austin and Triple H have too much influence on WWF booking. May 4- Florida radio host Bubba the Love Sponge welcomes a special guest, Hulk Hogan the Money Sponge. 7- Bill Goldberg takes a midmorning nap, earning himself $1,021 from AOL Time Warner in the process. 10- The XFL takes a giant step forward into oblivion. 11- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross states that despite half the WCW workers being sent down to the developmental territories, the WWF plans to relaunch the WCW promotion “within two months,” and that the company is not planning to “bury” WCW like the Crocketts did to the UWF. 15- Turnbuckle Wrestling promoter Dusty Rhodes announces his plans for a Thanksgiving pay-per-view. 21- At the Judgment Day pay-per-view WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lynn cuts a stellar promo putting over the Light Heavyweight Title and the Light Heavyweight Division. 22- WWF officials punish Noreen “Molly Holly” Greenwald for having a realistic figure and a generous rear end. “She’s stealing Stephanie’s gimmick,” explains a frustrated member of the creative team. 26- “Road Dogg” Brian James is arrested for disorderly conduct and being “in no condition to perform” on an indy show in South Carolina. 27- Road Dogg tries to raise bail money on eBay, but that doesn’t work so well. 29- The WWF fires Brian “Grandmaster Sexay” Lawler after he is arrested for smuggling three different illegal drugs over the Canadian border. When asked for a comment, Lawler mutters “That’s the last time I do any favors for Mariah Carey.” June 5- The WWF sends “Latino Heat” Eddie Guerrero into drug rehabilitation for painkiller addiction. 7- Jerry Lynn loses his WWF Light Heavyweight Title to Jeff Hardy and is sucked into a black hole, never to be seen nor heard from again. 15- Former WWF wrestler Jake Roberts is arrested in Ohio after hitting another car in a parking lot, speeding off, acting belligerent to police officers, and blowing 0.18 into the breathalyzer. He is charged with “showing up in no condition to perform.” 16- In his weekly internet column, Jim Ross stresses that the WWF will launch a second promotion “sometime this summer.” 18- Former WCW World Champion Diamond Dallas Page makes his WWF debut, and is quickly accepted by his new coworkers, who are pleased to be working with such a selfless individual. 24- At the WWF King of the Ring pay- per- view, all three main event wrestlers work through serious injuries, Shane McMahon gets dropped on his head twice and thrown through plate glass, and Kurt Angle gets his bell rung (again). 25- WWF sources declare the pay- per- view “a huge success.” 28- As a tribute to new WWF wrestler and former WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page, WWF Champion Steve Austin begins modeling his heel character after Page’s real-life personality. 30- Tommy “Dreamer” Laughlin is the successful guinea pig for a new surgical procedure, as he has his black ECW t-shirt permanently attached to his torso
2015.05.28 22:32 Judinous[Guide] Alt. Coin Dungeons and you: A complete guide to the best thing you should be doing.
Edit: This guide is becoming rather outdated, so please check out the Alt Coin Guide on the wiki for an up-to-date resource. I receive a steady stream of questions from players on my friends list and this subreddit asking me how I progress so quickly in this game without spending stones. The short answer is: Alt. Coin Dungeons. What are Alt. Coin Dungeons, and what do they do for me? The Alt. Coin Dungeons are the dungeons that you find on this page whose names start with "Alt." and cost 1M coins to run for an hour. You can purchase them for an hour via the shop menu in-game once you reach rank 80, and they'll show up under the "Special" tab once purchased. These dungeons rotate every 2 weeks, and there are 5 Alt. Coin Dungeons per rotation. Generally there will be a dungeon that leans towards each element in terms of enemies/drops, although often you will find 2-4 different elements in them. These dungeons are basically "hardmode" versions of the earlier Normal and Technical dungeons you've probably already cleared. The Alt Normals have a no-dupe restriction, while the Alt Technicals have no restrictions. The rewards from these dungeons are straight-up insane. They have the best rank xp/stam ratios in the game; all but one rotation features dungeons that are higher xp/stam rates than KoG. The fodder drops at an extremely high level (25-35), so it remains coin-efficient to feed all the way to 99. The amount of fodder you receive depends heavily on the rotation and which dungeon you are running, but as a general average you can expect to get ~1M fodder xp per hour from here (if fed on-color). The +egg rate is also crazy - In Alt. normal dungeons you can expect ~5-10 +eggs per hour, and in Alt technicals you can expect ~3-6. It's worth noting that these dungeons are not affected by x5/x3 +egg events. You can also get a lot of the standard evo mats in here - Mythlits, Dublits, Divine Masks, and Mystic Masks will all show up in certain dungeons. As the final icing on the cake, you can rarely get piis from them. Don't come in expecting to farm for piis explicitly - the general consensus is you will only get one pii drop on average for every ~1500 stamina you spend in coin dungeons. Just go in looking for the other rewards and treat any pii drops as a nice bonus whenever they happen. To give you an idea of what you can expect if you run these regularly, you will be getting 2-3 ranks per hour all the way up to rank ~300 or so. You can still get 2-3 ranks per day with normal stamina regen all the way to rank ~450ish. If you run coin dungeons twice a day, you can expect about 4-5 max level cards per week, and a +297 every 3-4 weeks. How are these dungeons structured? Since these dungeons are simply hardmode versions of the original normal/technical dungeons with the same name, they have the same enemy types and bosses. The first 4 levels of each dungeon will have 7 floors, with bosses on floor 7 for technicals and floor 6 and 7 for normals. The final level will have 10 floors, with bosses on floors 9 and 10. The final level is always going to be the best for drops/stam due to having more trash floors, but it is not always the best for xp/stam, so be sure to take a look at every floor if rank xp is an important factor in your decisions. The trash in these dungeons hits hard. Like, really freaking hard. Most of the trash enemies hit for 10-15k, with stuff like Ogres hitting for ~35k. Some of the evo mats such as Masks and Dublits hit for essentially infinity damage. However, the HP values of the trash enemies is relatively low; generally in the 40-60k range, with ogres having ~150k. One of the most important things to look out for are the metal dragons and evo mats; they have def values ranging from 100k-600k, and they will murder you if you don't break through them quickly. Dublits are particularly scary, as they can potentially show up on floor 1 with a 2-turn attack timer and 600k defense. Piis can also be rather threatening, as they have 6M def and hit for a fair amount themselves. The bosses also hit similarly hard, but they have relatively low HP. The vast majority of the bosses only have 1-1.5M HP, although there are a few exceptions that have more. This means that you generally don't require a burst active to 1-shot them, just a good board. So, with all that in mind, that leads us to... What kind of teams should I be taking to these dungeons? The best kind of team for dealing with Alt Coin Dungeons is going to have an unconditional leader, with a team stacked with fast orb changers. You'll also want 1-2 board changes for dealing with the bosses. It is imperative that you are able to activate 100% and sweep every floor, as there is little margin for error since everything hits so hard. TPA teams are far better than row teams here, primarily because they require less orbs to deal "real" damage to sweep floors and break through high def enemies. Additionally, having a HP/RCV multiplier is really nice as it provides extra safety from the occasional unavoidable hit. You'll also want to remember that you need to use a compatible leader for the no-dupe dungeons. So, with those conditions in mind, let's talk tier lists. I'm not going to go over every possible leader in the game, obviously, but I'll hit the most popular leads and try to give you a good idea about what you should be shooting for. Keep in mind that you'll have to deal with the no-dupe restriction a lot of the time, so you'll need to have something that is compatible to pair up with the primary leader. This tier list is primarily meant to apply to the current dungeons found in the NA region; newer JP Alt dungeons have additional restrictions such as all attributes or no awakenings, which change things significantly. This list still applies to the vast majority of dungeon rotations, however. If there's something missing here that you'd like info on, let me know in the comments and I'll try to add it (but this guide is getting pretty close to the character limit, unfortunately) This list is, of course, my personal opinion. I'm bound to take flak for where I rank Ronia. Even if you disagree with some of my rankings, this should help to point players in the right direction who are trying to decide what teams to focus on. S Tier These leaders meet every requirement you want in a coin dungeon leader, and have no major flaws.
Urd - This is the leader that I personally use, as I consider her to be the best leader overall for coin dungeons. She ticks all of the boxes: unconditional leader skill, HP/RCV multiplier to tank hits and recover from unavoidable damage, 2/3x TPA subs and armor breaks available for dealing with high def enemies, etc. Awoken Hino and Awoken Minerva deserve special mentions as subs, since Hino can easily break armor given 4 red orbs, and Minerva can be up turn 1 to deal with those nasty dublit spawns.
Verdandi - Just as strong as her sister for these dungeons. Lack of RCV multiplier, but such a high HP multiplier that it doesn't matter. Liu Bei obviously does the heavy lifting for busting armor, but a max skilled GZL is important for dealing with the worst case scenario of a 2-turn dublit on floor 1. As long as you bring at least 7 skill boosts on the team, you should be able to deal with it, however.
A Tier These leaders are fantastic at clearing coin dungeons, but generally have one or two small weaknesses that must be compensated for in their sub pool.
Athena - Athena is probably the most common leader for coins, since she and most of her team is easily farmable. Athena herself is able to burst through armor without a problem, and the ready availability of LValk and Verche guarantee you'll have at least a couple of fast orb changers available turn 1. Be aware that LValk/Verche don't have any skill boosts themselves, so you'll need to pick some up elsewhere to guarantee they're immediately ready. You'll want to make sure to bring a board changer since Athena doesn't have one herself -- Apocalypse or G/L Meimei are ideal, but anything that makes L orbs is fine.
LMeta - Easy condition to meet for the leader skill, a HP bonus, and LValk makes no-dupes easy to handle. Falling below the HP threshold shouldn't be an issue with LMeta's active. The only real reason she doesn't make it up into S tier is because she doesn't bring an orb/board changer herself, so she can struggle with fitting enough of them on her team. You'll need to bring LKali, LZL, or Rei Sirius for breaking through armor.
Osiris/Nut - The combo egypt 2.0 gods come with HP/RCV bonuses and 100% activation rates given solid puzzling skills. The main reason that they don't make it into S tier is that it takes more time/brainpower to solve the board and activate them, and they don't have the option of making a full board of one color to one-shot bosses as quickly and easily as possible. Piercing through armor may be a bit of an issue for Nut, as well, given the sub options available in blue.
B Tier These leaders can handle coins effectively, but generally have a major flaw or several minor flaws that are hard to compensate for.
Nephthys/Set - The 3/4 color egypt 2.0 leads also have HP/RCV bonuses and 100% activation rates, but are ranked below Osiris/Nut because of the amount of brainpower required and more restrictive sub pools. These leaders are safe, but relatively slow compared to mono-color leaders. Nephthys is what I personally started with, and was able to use her to get my other coin teams (Urd and Athena) online.
Skuld - Her lack of HP bonus and the difficulty of dealing with high def enemies are her two major flaws. She ticks many other boxes such as having a board change and an unconditional multiplier, however, so she's still quite capable of clearing coin dungeons. Dublits will be your primary nemesis.
Ronia/Lu Bu/Beelzebub - Okay, god, I will bump her up a rank. She's basically the same as Skuld. The village bicycle is pretty miserable in coins compared to most other things she can handle, in my opinion. She thrives on dungeons with easy trash floors that she can stall on with her high RCV, and then blowing her load in one big burst on a high HP boss. This is basically the exact opposite of what you want to do in coin dungeons. Additionally, you're going to struggle to fit orb changers on the team compared to a color-based leader. If this is the only team you have, by all means use it, but you should seriously consider getting an Athena team online as quickly as possible instead. Early dublits will cause unavoidable failures, occasionally. She's pretty solid compared to almost all other type-based leads outside of Athena/LMeta, though. I'll add an additional note here that Ronia+Beelz is miles ahead of any other combination of devil leaders here, so you should definitely be using that pairing when taking them to coins.
C Tier These leaders can technically do coins, but will struggle and likely fail from time to time.
DQXQ/Horus/Isis/Bastet - These kind of leaders have 100%, or very close to 100% activation rates on their leader skill, but require serious puzzling to pull that rate of activation off. Additionally, they lack HP/RCV multipliers. These leaders are capable of coins, but you'll likely be pulling your hair out from time to time if you run into some bad RNG repeatedly.
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3/4/5 color rainbow leads - If you take something that doesn't have a 100% activation rate (or very close to it), you're gonna have a real bad time. Your LKali or Haku team or whatever is going to want to stay home in the box for these dungeons.
Type-based leads - While these have 100% activation rates, it's generally a lot harder to guarantee you'll have orbs available as you're trying to tick a lot of boxes at once with your subs - correct type, correct color, makes orbs, has TPAs is going to be really restrictive and not always possible with no-dupes. Ronia falls into this category, obviously, but I mentioned her earlier by name simply because I know I'll get a bunch of questions about her if I don't head them off. Seriously, though, don't take type-based teams.
100% HP conditional leads - piis are going to take a piss in your cheerios. It's gonna feel real bad when you die because of a pii spawn and have to decide whether it's worth it to stone and see if it's going to drop or not. These can certainly work, but use them at your own peril. These can be fantastic, but I'd reserve them for experts only.
Tips and Tricks
Try not to match more than 4 orbs of your main color each turn if possible. Saving extra orbs for later floors is really important for safely sweeping through.
Don't be afraid to use your sub-element TPAs to sweep floors. If you have 2/3x TPA subs, it's almost always enough damage to clear the floor. You'll have to learn your limits with this based on your team, but I probably end up clearing almost as many floors with sub-elements as I do with main element. This helps a lot with consistency and preventing orb trolling.
If possible, try designing a team that can create mono-color boards to erase bosses without puzzling. This saves both brainpower and time, and the boss HP is generally low enough that you don't need to stack row enhances to kill them. For example, I use something similar to this team paired with Urd friends for no-dupe dungeons. This gives me a lot of different ways to make a full red board - Ronia + Minerva, Urd + RValk + Hino, Urd + Hino + Minerva, Urd + RValk + Mamiya, yada yada. Even if some of my actives are down from previous floors, I'll basically always be able to push buttons and erase the boss.
If you don't have one of the optimal teams, stick to dungeons you have color advantage against if the rotation has dublits. Seriously, those things will ruin your day. 300k armor is a lot easier to break through than 600k, or god forbid 1.2M if you're at a color disadvantage.
Take advantage of the lower xp/stam dungeons to get further into the next rank. For example, if you're running the last floor of Alt. Castle of Satan and find yourself 20k xp from ranking, do a run of the third floor to get you as close as possible before running the last floor again to get you as far as possible into the next rank. This will make a big difference in how many times per day you can run coins.
PPV buys: 625,000 (Up from 500,000 buys last year).
First WWE PPV appearance for Zeus, Dusty Rhodes, The Genius.
Final WWE PPV appearance for Tully Blanchard.
First WWE PPV not to Feature Gorilla Monsoon at commentary. He was replaced with Tony Schiavone. Schiavone was actually going to replace Monsoon permanently but it fell through. Schiavone only commentated 2 PPVs, This event and Royal Rumble 1990 before returning to WCW.
On this PPV Mean gene said “fuck it” after the SummerSlam sign fell down. This interview was actually pre-taped and the wrong tape was accidentally played during the live broadcast. Vince McMahon was on a headset instructing Jesse Ventura to cover for Okerlund. Ventura instead made fun accident on-air and jokingly referred to Gene as a troublemaker. This is cut out on the WWE network.
This is Jimmy Snuka's first WWE PPV match. He is rumored to have never gotten a WWE Championship or push because he is alleged to have killed his girlfriend while on a coke high. When the police came to talk to him, Snuka stayed quite while Vince McMahon did all the talking playing up that he was a dumb gentle giant. There wasn't much inquiry into her death but the coroner has kept it a homicide. Attorney Richard Cushing has claimed the Vince McMahon said “Look im in the garbage business, if you think im going to be hurt by the revelation that one of my wrestlers is a really violent individual, you’re mistaken”. The case is still open to this day.
’ 88,’89 and ’91 are the only SummerSlam events to never have a WWE championship match. In all 3 SummerSlam events the Champion competed in Tag matches.
PPV buys: 385,000 (Up from 310,000 Buys last year).
First WWE PPV appearance for Earthquake.
Final WWE PPV match for Arn Anderson.
This was Randy Savage's only Survivor Series match as a heel.
Tully Blanchard was replaced by Bobby Heenan. Tully Blanchard and Anderson were planning a return to the NWA. As a result, the WWF pushed a break up angle between Heenan and the Brain Busters on the November 25, 1989 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event (October 31, 1989). Around the same time, Blanchard failed a drug test, testing positive for cocaine and causing his premature departure from the WWF. Bobby Heenan himself replaced Blanchard as part of the Heenan Family team at the Survivor Series (1989)Blanchard and Anderson were supposed to return to the NWA to reform the Four Horsemen with Ric Flair and Ole Anderson. However, when the NWA learned of Blanchard's infraction, they declined to offer him a contract. A few months later he would again negotiate with the NWA to rejoin the Horsemen in early 1990, but ultimately declined what he considered to be a very low offer (reportedly half of a previous verbal agreement). Blanchard would go on to make a few appearances in the AWA in the spring of 1990 and headline independent cards throughout the country, but would soon retire from full-time wrestling to become a preacher.
Bad News Brown replaced Akeem, who had been advertised as being part of the Enforcers vs. Dream Team match. Akeem had suffered an injury prior to the event.
Earthquake replaced Barry Windham, who had been advertised as being part of the King's Court vs. 4X4s match. Barry had left the WWE prior to the event due to surgery. His brother (Kendall Windham) and father (Blackjack Mulligan) were arrested on counterfeiting charges. (edit)
The No Holds Barred PPV featured the No Holds barred movie followed by a tag steel cage match involving Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake Versing Randy Savage and Zeus.
Directed by Thomas J. Wright.
Box office: $16,093,651 (USA).
The movie was produced by Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon, only to be distributed by New Line Cinema after completion. When the first draft of the script was turned in, Hogan and McMahon disapproved of it, so they checked into a hotel in Redington Beach, Florida, and spent 3 days rewriting the script together. It’s rumored that they stayed up all 72 hours high on coke.
Rumors say had No Holds Barred been a success, the main event for WrestleMania VI would have been Hulk Hogan vs. Zeus.
During the filming Hulk accidentally broke Zeus’s nose. Another time Hogan cut open his hand on a shard of glass.
Hogan used a lariat during his matches in Japan, where it is known as the 'Axe Bomber'. In the Japanese Fire Pro series of wrestling games, many real wrestlers from different promotions are featured using fake names, and Hulk Hogan is known in that series as 'Axe Duggan'. (edited)
During the October 13, 1997 episode of Raw Vince McMahon Joked "Hogan promised me that if the movie lost money he was gonna return his salary. I guess the check is still in the mail." This was during the Monday Night Wars and was part of a number of digs at Hogan's then-new movie project Assault on Devil's Island. Raw commentator Jim Ross also joked during the late 90s; "No Holds Barred? More like No Profit Allowed."
Vince McMahon Put up the $8 million dollars for the movie but due to distribution he more or less broke even.
Date: WWE Wrestling Challenge - December 12, 1989 Aired - December 27, 1989.
Venue: Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
City: Nashville, Tennessee.
This is one of the few PPVs not yet available on the WWE Network.
The Hogan/Beefcake VS Savage/Zeus steel cage match was actually a pre-tapped match from a WWE Wrestling Challenge event.
The card also had 4 other untelevised matches Including Dusty Rhodes VS Big Boss Man, The Ultimate Warrior (c) VS Dino Bravo for the Intercontinental Championship, The Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) VS Demolition (Ax and Smash) (c) For the Tag Team Championship and Mr. Perfect VS Ron Garvin.
PPV buys: 260,000 (up from 165,000 buys last year).
Hulk Hogan is the only man to win the Royal Rumble as the reigning WWE Champion.
Mr. Perfect was originally booked to win the Royal Rumble match for weeks but on the day of the event (infact a few hours before the match) Hulk Hogan had told Vince McMahon to change the winner to himself.
Lanny Poffo (The Genius) had his first and only WWE PPV match in this event.
This is the final WWE PPV for Ron Garvin, and Raymond Rougeau and final appearance of Tony Schiavone.
Ronnie Garvin VS Greg Valentine was the first ever Submission match on WWE PPV.
Ted DiBiase held the record for the longest time spent in the rumble at 44:47.
Attendance: WWE says it’s 67,678 but other sources say it’s just over 64,000 (Up from 18,946 last year).
City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
PPV Buys: 550,000 (Down from 767,000 buys last year).
This is the only time Hulk Hogan wrestled for the Intercontinental title.
The Main Event had The Warrior (IC Champ) and Hulk Hogan (WWE Champ) in the first WWE title for title match.
This is the only Wrestlemania so far to have the Intercontinental title in the Main Event.
Hulk Hogan lost a match by pinfall for the first time ever on WWE PPV.
Andre the Giant wrestled his last WWE PPV match at this event. This would also be Jesse Ventura and Gorilla Monsoons’ last time commentating together. Soon after Jesse would leave the WWE. Jesse and Gorilla Commentated Every wrestlemania together (except Wrestlemania 2 where Monsoon commentated from Chicago and Ventura from Los Angeles). Jesse would be replaced By Monsoon’s Prime Time Wrestling co-host Bobby "The Brain" Heenan . The two also formed a close real-life friendship which Heenan often recalls fondly. In his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech in 2004, Heenan finished by saying that only one thing was missing - that he wished Monsoon was there.
This is also the event where Roddy Piper faced-off with Bad News Brown. Piper painted himself half black to mess with brown and make him care more about the match. Piper has since regretted it since it took him 3 weeks to get the paint off. In a rib someone had switched the paint remover with water.
This was the last Wrestlemania to be transmitted via CCTV
Future WWE Wrestlers Edge, Christian, Lance Storm and Renee Young Were in attendance.
Out of the 45 People that were on this card 13 of them have died. Andre (1993), Earthquake (2006), Hercules (2004), Curt Hennig (2003), Bad News Brown (2007), Sapphire (1996), Dino Bravo (1993), Big Boss Man (2004), Rick Rude (1999), Sherri Martel (2007), The Ultimate Warrior (2014), Miss Elizabeth (2003), and Randy Savage (2011). In comparison, only one of the 44 starters of Super Bowl XXIV (1990), Denver Broncos defensive end Ron Holmes, who died of diabetic and coronary issues.
This is the WWE PPV debut of The Orient Express. Both Sato and Tanaka came from the AWA. DDP was the Chauffeur for The Honky Tonk Man.
In a pre-taped interview with Rona Barrett (being interviewed by Monsoon and Ventura). Rona claimed that she saw a video had Ventura in it and that it was “little piece of film from sort of the adult variety” (sex tape) and they ended the interview almost straight away since WWE at the time was PG. Later on in the night while on commentary Monsoon said they looked in to it and there wasn’t any tape.
Zeus was originally meant to main event with Hogan for the WWE Championship but it fell through because the movie bombed. Although Tommy Lister (Zeus) says it was because Hogan refused to drop the belt to him so The Ultimate Warrior was placed in the Main Event instead.
Prior to this event Shawn Michaels had suffered a knee injury from a motorcycle accident. This was incorporated into the much by having Hercules attack Shawn’s knee before the match and having him stretchered out after Power and Glory attacked him again. On house shows Shawn Michaels was replaced with Shane Douglas in The Rockers.
The Texas Tornado won the Intercontinental Championship from Mr. Perfect but at the time Vince McMahon Thought that Kerry Von Erich would walk out on him at any time. Post SummerSlam McMahon recorded Mr. Perfect beating Texas Tornado in a non-title match (on a house show) as insurance.
Originally Tito Santana was booked to face Rick Martel in match to blow off their feud but Martel was injured prior to the event so Warlord was the replacement.
First SummerSlam to have a Steel Cage Match.
This is the first WWE PPV appearance for The Road Warriors, Kerry Von Erich, and Crush.
This is the final WWE PPV appearance for Bad News Brown.
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