Tekken 7 producer hits back at trolls over Leroy balance concerns - Dexerto

Tekken 7 producer hits back at trolls over Leroy balance concerns

Published: 28/Jan/2020 1:56

by Dustin Steiner


After EVO Japan’s Tekken 7 top 8 was dominated by Leroy players, angry players began harassing one of the game’s key ambassadors to the English speaking world, Michael Murray. 

To say that fans were displeased with an Evo Japan 2019 top 8 with seven Leroy Smith players would be an understatement. The character, one that many are calling overtuned and easily abused, has dominated the Tekken scene since his debut.

While the character was patched earlier today, that didn’t stop the community from launching insults towards Bandai Namco and one of its lead Tekken producers.

This led to the point where Murray had enough, stating the trolls would just be blocked, and apologizing to “real fans” who wanted a dialogue with Bandai Namco.

The patch that was released today did nerf a majority of Leroy’s moveset, but these changes were scheduled before Evo Japan was even set to take place.

Some of the nerfs include a greater distance between Leroy and his opponent when hit, and the third hit of his down + 2 + 3 launcher has gone from +8 on block to -7, leaving him incredibly vulnerable if this string is blocked.

Other changes include various damage reductions on some of his attacks and strings. Further changes to Leroy are expected as part of what Murray referred to as a “more thorough patch.”

Evo Japan 2020 was taken home by Talon Esports player Book, who managed to defeat Julia player Mikio in two straight sets, 3-2.

Leroy Smith debuted on December 10, 2019, and was the first character in Tekken 7 to not appear in a previous Tekken game as DLC, aside from guest characters. The American martial artist was part of the season 3 patch and specializes in the Wing Chun fighting style.

The release timing of this future patch for Fahkumram’s release has yet to be announced.


EVO 2020 game lineup revealed: Smash Ultimate, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, more

Published: 5/Feb/2020 4:15

by Andrew Amos


Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is making a surprise return to the fighting game mecca, Evolution Championship Series (EVO), in 2020, with Smash Ultimate, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V headlining the major event.

Fighting game fans rejoice, fan favorite franchise Marvel vs. Capcom will be making a return to EVO alongside a host of usual mainstays in 2020.

The popular franchise was announced as a major event at EVO 2020 during the game lineup presentation on February 4, alongside eight other titles.

Smash Ultimate will once again be appearing at EVO, as well as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. While these tournaments shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, players can now stop holding their breath in case something completely crazy was on the cards.

The 22nd rendition of the major fighting game event will also see the return of Soulcalibur VI, Samurai Shodown, and Under Night In-Birth from 2019’s event.

Marvel vs. Capcom’s inclusion after a three-year absence comes as a surprise to the game’s most dedicated players, including Justin Wong. “Wait MVC2,” he said on Twitter. “They didn’t tell me I’m in this tourney until just now.”

The franchise will be making a return as a special eight-player invite-only tournament, Wong included, and it will be the Marvel vs. Capcom 2’s first appearance at EVO since 2010.

Its inclusion does mean that one other major franchise was snubbed from EVO 2020 — Mortal Kombat 11. After the series made a return to EVO in 2019, it will be gone just as quickly as it came, with the game not included in the final list of nine.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has also been removed from the games list, with the franchise not featuring at EVO 2020. It’s the first time a BlazBlue game won’t be at EVO since 2016. Instead, it will be replaced by the yet-to-be-released Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

The latest game in the Granblue Fantasy franchise will be released in North America on March 3, giving players around five months to prep for the big event.

While not listed on the official event line-up, EVO will also play host to the opening tournament of Guilty Gear Strive. The latest release in the franchise is expected to hit shelves later in the year, but fans can get their first taste of the title at EVO 2020 in a preview tournament.

EVO 2020 will kick off in Las Vegas on July 31 and will run until August 2.

EVO 2020 game line-up

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Guilty Gear Strive (Preview)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Tekken 7
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r]