Combo Breaker 2022 was a great success!
Combo Breaker 2022 is finished, and we witnessed a glorious return of the offline fighting games! DashFight covered the entirety of the event, and you can find the results for Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, SSBU, Brawlhalla, SoulCalibur VI, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Guilty Gear -STRIVE- and Brawlhalla in our Combo Breaker Hub.
For the rest of the games at the event though, you can see the results here!
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
In what feels like a revival year for platform fighters that bring together exciting IPs on iconic stages, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl still features a strong community that showed up at Combo Breaker 2022.
This tournament is pretty important for the game. NASB should prove itself as a well-established esports title, so the players would feel secure investing their time and energy in it.
The fighting style is decently unique as the general tempo is much faster, and the situations are somewhat more spontaneous than in the whole sub-genre. Still, the developers should obviously continue their work. We all are waiting for cross-play, alright. But the current meta is far from being perfect. At Combo Breaker 2022, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl looked like the game of April and Zim. However exciting the other characters are, none of them can compete with the damage and combos of those two. The moments when April pushes a relatively healthy opponent into the abyss and then safely returns to the platform — they are frustrating. And when Zim destroys an opponent in just a couple of touches — this also doesn’t feel right.
There were other characters in Top 8: Lucy, Patrick, and Garfield by Tessy; Spongebob by Kaktus Guy; Michelangelo by Androoovii. And still, Zim and April felt overpowered in these matchups. Top 4 are all Zims and Aprils.
Of course, this doesn’t make the achievement of every player less impressive. The competition was super tough! Seggo had a very good run. And even after losing the first Grand Final match, the guy returned in full power and demonstrated great mastery in this new game.
This was the Top 8 at the end of the event:
- Kactus Guy
Released over half a decade ago, BlazBlue Centralfiction continues to be an excellent title from the fine developers at ArcSystems, with over 250 players in the CB2022 bracket.
Such long-running games have one unique feature — their active player base becomes smaller, but the skills of those who remain crystalize and evolve to a mind-blowing level. This tournament was a good example of this phenomenon.
Every match in Top 8 was remarkable! Monarch had a pretty good plan written down to that notebook, as he won most of the matches. DLZ managed to reset the Grand Final, but still, the tournament victory slipped away from him. Those rounds with one-pixel health and miraculous comebacks — they are just wow!
Here are the top 8 players:
- Kizzie Kay
A beloved title, Killer Instinct holds a special place in many FG fans that grew up with an original Xbox 360. As ever the remake continues to be a spotlight event thanks to its tight community, like here in CB2022.
- Daa Chronicle
King of Fighters XV
KOF XV is one of the latest FGs out there and it got quite a good reception at CB2022. Below we have the top 8 for the tournament
- Arslan Ash
- Wero Asamiya
MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA
Melty Blood was very much a sleeper hit of the second half of 2021, and it continues to draw big FG crowds with its exciting gameplay. Especially at venues like Combo Breaker 2022. With over 200 players present, this is how the Top 8 panned out:
- George W Burst
Granblue Fantasy Versus
Granblue Fantasy: Versus is a blend of RPG and head-to-head fighting into a delightedly, well-executed, fast-paced combat game with a considerable following in the FGC. With almost 200 entrants present in the GBVS tournament of Combo Breaker 2022, this is the result of the Top 8 players:
- Buscar Luz
- Guard User
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 brought its fun-filled, captivating comic-book-inspired visual aesthetics and wild gameplay to Combo Breaker 2022. With top tier contestants squaring off with an impressive roster of Marvel and Capcom characters, here is the result for the Top 8 players of the UMVC3 tournament:
- DEAD X PRIDE
- Ronan Healy
UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe: Late [cl-r]
The Under Night series has carved out a nice little niche for itself in a short amount of time after EVO 2019. Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r] brought its nuanced gameplay and a genuinely diverse roster to Combo Breaker 2022, with the pros providing a pure spectacle of flash and awe. Here are the Top 8 players for the UNICLR tournament:
A Classic that was often relegated as a Street Fighter with monsters fighter. Vampire Savior brought fast-paced battles with blazing combos, iconic fighters (Red riding hood with a machine gun), and a cult following to Combo Breaker 2022. Here are the top 8 results for the Vampire Savior tournament:
- Mini Maww
Super Street Fighter II Turbo
It was good to see some retro games represented at Combo Breaker 2022. For Super Street Fighter II Turbo, it was an exhilarating time, and below is the list of the top 8
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike is a classic game and was the last mainline Street Fighter game before a long hiatus that had many wondering if there would ever be another Street Fighter game. Below we have the top 8 from Combo Breaker 2022
- Crime Alley
TMNT x Justice League
A fan-made mash-up of two retro fighting games, TMNT: Tournament Fighters and Justice League: Taskforce, completely free to play, showed up in Combo Breaker 2022. Here are the gaming enthusiasts that made the Top 8 for TMNT x Justice League:
Bloody Roar Extreme
The Zoanthrope fighter appears in Combo Breaker 2022! The quest to earn the title of "Strongest Zoanthrope" was fierce among the Top 8 contenders of the Bloody Roar Extreme tournament with the following results:
- PND Mustard
- PND Ketchup
- T.K. Breaker
Them's Fightin' Herds
Indie 2D fighting game featuring a cast of cute and cuddly adorable animals on the surface, but a serious fighter underneath, Them's Fightin' Herds' showed its unique take on fighting game in Combo Breaker 2022, with the Top 8 players consisting of: