It was a day that lived up to its namesake. D2R left spectators at Esports Arena Oakland in awe with a showcase of world-class dance game talent and skill that won’t soon be forgotten. It was a high point for the Bay Area freestyle scene and an exciting step forward for the DDR community at large as we showcased the best the community had to offer in a brand new environment.
Photos by Dalton Runberg
Garnering 5 of the 6 judges’ first place votes, Applefrog became a 3-time Freestyle Takeover champion – having previously won MAGWest and Cyber Cypher 3 – and took home the coveted D2R championship belt. His “Remember You” routine combined impeccable choreography with a compelling narrative: a tongue-in-cheek yet heart-wrenching retelling of the dissolved relationship between Konami and game designer Hideo Kojima.
Throughout the night, Applefrog would face stiff competition from 16 other freestyle talents including (but definitely not limited to):
Bruce Leroy, whose “In Love Wit You” routine fused smooth R&B dancing with a wild plot twist at the end to take 2nd place
The Juice, whose “Dancing All Alone” had more energy than a cooler full of Monster Zero Ultra and scored him a 3rd place spot
001, whose sharply-choreographed “Broken My Heart” routine proved why he’s a two-time Freestyle Takeover champion
DaKree, who lead off the night with “Heatstroke” and left many in attendance hot under the collar 🔥
TeamKhris, who visited all the way from Miami with his eyes on the title belt
Hypnotikz and Delo, both visiting from Japan and making their return to the DDR stage after a decade-plus hiatus!
Earlier in the day, the co-main event 8v8 Squad Tech Battle was an absolute barnburner as well! Team 🌽 (captained by iamchris4life) bested Team 🍄 (anchored by fungah) by a decisive score of 11.5 to 5.5. Both teams competed on three different mixes (5th, Extreme Pro and X2) in a variety of formats, facing off in some tightly contested matches to the delight of the crowd. Captains decided which players to send out for every set of songs, adding an extra layer of strategy to each round.
No moment may have caused a louder crowd pop than iamchris4life vs. Dimo on The Legend of Max, where both competitors achieved identical EX scores, both only 1 Great away from a AAA grade.
You can check out the full Twitch archive of the squad battle here.
This event was a true community effort and could not have been possible without the help of players from all across the Bay Area. Our sincere thanks to:
Esports Arena Oakland for not only their hospitality, but their shared enthusiasm for this event and the amazing support they provided the night before and the day of the event. A first-class venue with first-class staff.
Mark (aka BillyJr82) for being an absolute godsend. His technical know-how and guidance was priceless behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to D2R.
Chris4life and fungah for collaborating with us on the tech battle event. You both did a stellar job assembling two elite squads that deserved the spotlight and we wish you both the best of luck at KAC!
We’re still coming down from the high of D2R. This has been the cherry on the sundae of our first year as Freestyle Takeover and an incredible way to have celebrated 20 years of Dance Dance Revolution. The community’s outpour of support and positive feedback is nothing short of encouraging for things to come in 2019. Thank you all again!
As you may have heard, our Cyber Cypher 3 results are in! DaKree got things soapy and we loved Melvin’s theme + technical ability but the fusion dance between Apples and Hideo Kojima was just TOO STRONG. This turned out to be a hugely entertaining remote event and we want to thank you guys for being a part of it and coming through with those themes!
We’re ecstatic to announce we’ll be hosting December 2 Remember, a Dance Dance Revolution tournament at Esports Arena Oakland on Saturday, December 29! With this event, we want to commemorate the 20th anniversary of DDR with a prestigious double main event tournament to showcase its best players.
We’ll be meeting up this week for our next Freestyle Friday (10/19) at one of the best barcades in the Bay, Coin-Op SF! They have an ITG3 machine loaded up with every mix and then some, so mark your calendars, prep a song or two and get ready for some DDR freestyle action starting at 8pm!
It may be autumn but at Freestyle Takeover, we’re all about stepping up and never falling back. Cyber Cypher #3 is underway and this time you get to decide which song you’d like to perform to!
That’s right, every song on any official DDR Mix is fair game. So what’s the catch?
Since we’re coming up on Halloween, we want you to show us your spirit! By that, we mean dress up in your choice of costume whilst performing your routine. Whether you want to be spooky, sparkly, or savage, go big with it. There are no requirements or restrictions on your costume so long as it fits within guidelines of general decency. See the rules posted below for more details.
We, the Freestyle Takeover staff, will be your judges for this round. We’ll still grade your routine based on common factors such as creativity, musicality, showmanship, and charisma, but we’ll be giving more more emphasis on visual presentation, specifically your costume and its synergy with the routine.
Entries may be submitted between 10/8/2018 and 11/11/2018, 12:01am PDT. Full rules available under the jump.
Fresno Frenzy 2 was a spectacle, a success and a step forward for the DDR community. Competitors came out from Ohio, Arizona, Seattle, Detroit, and even Canada for this! TOs Alecksaur, Zeo and Ninjafar were somehow able to pack 4 events into one weekend, each of which offered something unique and exciting to watch.