The top players in Dragon Ball FighterZ are still discovering new tech and strategies, but last night’s tournament showed the potential the game has for competition. In a set between two players with two quite different backgrounds, Kizzie Kay and Chris G. put on an anime-as-hell bout.

Kizzie hails from the anime fighting game scene, competing in DBFZ developer Arc System Works’ previous games like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear. Christopher Gonzalez is a long-time player of Marvel Vs. Capcom, holding Evo titles in the three-on-three fighting game. When they met in the top side of the winner’s bracket at Dragon Brawl last night, it quickly became a set to remember.

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The two clashed back and forth, poking and prodding for openings to turn into longer combos. Since assist wait times are a bit longer in DBFZ than most Vs. games, the focus was often on the fighter in play rather than the team. But in some moments, like a round-ending finisher from Chris G., the whole lineup got to shine.

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The set was close, as both players tested each other’s mettle well. Kizzie eventually found the advantage and pushed for the win, using a two-on-one advantage (can we call it a power play?) to eliminate Chris G. from the winner’s bracket. Or so he thought.

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Dragon Brawl had a unique mechanic for winners of the “Path to Dragon Brawl” tournaments that led up to this weekend. Alongside some prize money, a Path winner would get a “wish” that would let them extend a set in the Dragon Brawl tournament. The best-of-3 became a best-of-5, and Chris G. had a two-game hole to climb out of.

While it’s a little odd, this tournament-specific gimmick allowed for Chris G. to come back and tie the set. At 2-2, with only a single fighter in for both players, it came down to slivers of health.

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An impressive display of mechanics and creativity, Dragon Ball FighterZ is already looking like a fantastic spectator game. As the road winds down towards larger events like Combo Breaker and eventually Evo, there’s no ceiling in sight yet for this game.