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ANIME ASCENSION 2019

Anime Ascension returns to Irvine for its fourth year. The west coast’s largest anime-focused fighting game tournament runs from February 15 through February 17 at the Atrium Hotel!

Featured games include Guilty Gear Xrd REV2, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], DRAGON BALL FighterZ, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

This year’s side tournaments will include Melty Blood Actress Again, Guilty Gear XX Accent Plus R, and Sailor Moon S! Stay tuned as we’ll most likely be adding a few more!

For 2019 Aksys Games is once again adding $6,000 in additional prize money to the prize pool, $2,000 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV2, BlazBlue Central Fiction, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] so start putting in that lab time!

Registration is open now and runs through February 1st. The venue fee is currently $45, and will increase to $55 on December 15th. Registration fee is $10 for each of the main games in addition to the venue fee. And since Anime Ascension is being held at the Atrium Hotel this year, of course there will be discounted rooms available for tournament participants. Rooms start at $99 per night (double occupancy) for bookings reserved by December 15th. Call the Hotel at 1-800-854-3012 and mention Anime Ascension. Rate is good Thursday night through Sunday night!

Games and Payouts

Main Tournament Games
• BlazBlue Central Fiction
• Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2
• Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]
• DRAGON BALL FighterZ
• BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Side Tournament Games
• Melty Blood Actress Again
• Guilty Gear XX Accent Plus R
• Sailor Moon S

More to be announced! We’ll also be posting the rules as soon as we get them.

Schedule

Check back later for the complete tournament schedule, including stream times and channels!

Game Rules

BlazBlue: CENTRAL FICTION
Version: North American Release (Including all recent patches)
Console: PS4
Pools: Best 2 out of 3, with 99 second rounds
Losers Final, Winners Final, Grand Final: Best 3 out of 5
Loser: Can change character
Pot Bonus: $2000
NOTE: Unlimited Characters are banned. Both players must agree on a stage


Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2
Version: North American Release (Including all recent patches)
Console: PS4
Pools: Best 2 out of 3, with 99 second rounds
Losers Final, Winners Final, Grand Final: Best 3 out of 5
Loser: Can change character
Pot Bonus: $2000
NOTE: Both players must agree on a stage


Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]
Version: North American Release
Console: PS4
Pools: Best 2 out of 3, with 99 second rounds
Losers Final, Winners Final, Grand Final: Best 3 out of 5
Loser: Can change character
Pot Bonus: $2000
NOTE: Both players must agree on a stage.


Dragon Ball Fighterz
Version: North American Release
Console: PS4
Pools: Best 2 out of 3, with 99 second rounds
Losers Final, Winners Final, Grand Final: Best 3 out of 5.
Winner: Must choose the same team and can change team order after winning, but not characters
Loser: May counter pick
NOTE: Both players must agree on a stage


BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Version: North American Release
Console: PS4
Pools: Best 3 out of 5 games for the entire tournament, with 180 seconds rounds
Winner: Must keep the same characters
Loser: Can switch characters
NOTE: Both players must agree on a stage

General Rules

Tournament Format
• All games will use default settings.
• Pool matches (outside of Cross Tag; see game rules above) will be best 2/3.
• Losers Final, Winners Final, Grand Finals will all be best 3 out of 5.

All Games are double elimination. Games with larger turnouts will be split up into Pool Play up until top 16 and are then played until the Top 8 players are determined for Finals. Winners must keep same characters. If you choose Random Select to pick a character and win the match, you must Random Select your character again.


Check In/Roll Call
• You are solely responsible for checking into your pool before the start time. If you are not present when your name is called, you will be either sent to the Losers Bracket OR disqualified at the discretion of the judge.
• If you are playing in more than one game, please notify the pool judges ASAP so you don’t get inadvertently disqualified.

While we will try to do announcements/etc., it is UP TO YOU to keep track of time and know where you’re supposed to be, and when. Plan your lunches, money matches, nap times accordingly.


Basic Tournament Rules:
• If players cannot agree on which side to start on or which stage to use, they will play rock, paper, scissors, with the winner getting to choose.
• If you pause a game in the middle of a match, you will forfeit the round. Should this happen, inform a judge immediately.

Should you pause a game more than once, you will be automatically disqualified from all tournaments you’ve entered at the event. Once can be chalked up to nerves/honest mistake; twice is being deliberately immature.

All controllers MUST BE wired. Wireless controllers are not allowed unless they are plugged in to the console. Cronus and CronusMax Wireless converters are also banned. All tournament participants are responsible for bring their own sticks/hitboxes/controllers. Also, all participants are responsible for making sure their equipment is in working order.

Another thing, for those using DualShock 4s, MAKE SURE YOUR CONTROLLERS ARE DESYNC’D AFTER YOUR MATCH! It takes a whole 10 seconds, so you have no excuses.

Disrupting other tournament matches with a wireless controller will result in being disqualified and being removed from the event.

Turbo functions on all controllers are banned.

Collusion of any kind with your competitors is considered cheating and will result in the collaborating players being immediately disqualified. This determination is to be made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. Anyone disqualified in this manner forfeits all rights to any titles or prizes they might have otherwise earned for that tournament.


Coaching
Coaching is allowed during pool play, but not really encouraged as it causes delays in getting through the brackets in a timely manner. Coaching of any kind will NOT be allowed during any game’s final 8. Also, if it is determined that you are unfairly delaying the match through excessive coaching, you will be disqualified. If you haven’t figured out a match-up by the time you’re to play, it’s probably too late for you.


Payout Structure
Each of the official tournament games requires $10 to enter from each player. The entry fee money is all pooled together into what is known as the prize pot. In addition, some games will have pot bonuses provided.

The payout for each game is as follows:

For games with 51+ Entrants:
• 1st Place: 50%
• 2nd Place: 25%
• 3rd Place: 10%
• 4th Place: 5%
• 5th-6th Place: 3%
• 7th-8th Place:2%

For games with less than 50 entrants:
• 1st Place: 50%
• 2nd Place: 30%
• 3rd Place: 20%

*Rules are subject to change without notice.

Venue

Atrium Hotel
18700 Macarthur Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92612

Hotel

The official hotel for Anime Ascension is the Atrium Hotel. We have a room block set aside with rooms prices at $99 a night (plus taxes and whatnot). Call 1-800-854-3012 and use the code “Anime Ascension” to get the AA discount. The discount is good from Thursday night to Sunday night!

News

Coming soon!