The final bout of the Tekken World Tour tournament is coming soon this weekend. With 16 players all around the world racking up enough tournament seeding points to participate and a chance to earn bragging rights, it’s going to be a match to remember.
In a nutshell, the top 5 from each region will be participating: North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The 16th slot is reserved for the EVO Champion of Tekken this year; in this case it’s JDCR. The event itself is on November 12 Pacific Time (5am Monday GMT+8) and will be streamed on the Tekken Twitch channel.
With that said, here is the player rundown.
The EVO Champ
Currently one of the “Tekken gods” of Korea, Hyunjin “FOX|JDCR” Kim’s Dragunov is second to none. With great footsies and knowledge on when to abuse Dragunov’s famous moves, JDCR excels at mind games and 3D spacing. Sure, he can use other characters on the roster, but Dragunov’s his go-to dream-wrecker.
As of right now, his total prize money earnings are 42,781 from 14 different tournaments, with the lion’s share being his win from this year’s EVO. He’s a dominant force in Tekken for the past few years. If you want a stable horse to bet on, you can’t go wrong with this Korean.
From The East
Arguably the best Jack-7 player on the planet, Jinwoo “Saint” Choi has won his fair share of tournaments, especially last year’s EVO 2016 Tekken 7 tournament. Wherever JDCR and Knee are, Saint isn’t too far behind, or even ahead depending on who gets a lucky break.
If you want a tournament-level multi-character player, look no further than Jae Min Bae aka “Knee”. Technically he’s a Bryan and Kazuya player, but he’s known to use more than 10 different characters in any Tekken tournament. If anything, he’ll be one of the few who will make this first-ever world tour tournament a memorable one.
Byung-moon “Qudans” Son is the man who won Southeast Asia Majors’ Tekken World Tour tournament. Veteran Tekken players recognize him as a Tekken god during the Tekken 5 DR era, way before the above South Korean players took centre-stage during Tekken 6:BR and beyond.
He hasn’t been around during the start of Tekken 7 in arcades, until his win at South East Asia Major 2017 where he once again has the spotlight. He defeated JDCR in winners and losers’ bracket and beat Noroma twice to be placed among the top 5 in this TWT.
Takumi “Noroma” Hamasaki is the man who deserves the “Most Upsets Caused” title. He turned the tide against JDCR and Saint during the Tekken World Tour Korean Master Event, arguably the largest TWT tournament that features over 220 entrants.
Maining Jack-7 and using Feng as his secondary character, he made his mark in the tournament with his knowledge of the two characters.
Daichi “Nobi” Nakayama is the top Japan guy who just kills it with Dragunov, an already top-tier character with all the right moves. He obviously was outmatched against Qudans since the latter is the only top guy in the tournament to use Dragunov’s kryptonite: Devil Jin.
His highlights this year include his grand finals match with JDCR during Thaiger Uppercut 2017 and his Dragunov dominance during EVO 2017 all the way to top 16.
He’s even got a beginner’s guide video too.
From The West
Stephen Stafford loves his Hwoarang (you think he’s a Tekken 3 fan then?), so much so that he’s the only one among the 15 eligible players to use this advanced character. Heck, he’s currently the world’s best Hwoarang user. He may not be as popular as the top three Korean players, but he’s known to be the best contender in the US Tekken circuit.
You may not know Jimmy Tran, but you may recognize him by his other name: “Mr. Naps”. He’s another Tekken veteran since 2007 and is known to be at top 8 in most Tekken tournaments especially around the 2015 period.
Hoa Luu’s JACK-7 is nothing to sneeze at. As one of the commonly-seen players in the professional Tekken circuit, he’s known to bust out the damage with JACK-7; he may even bring out his secondary character Paul if there’s a match-up issue that the giant robot cannot fix.
Another top 8 player in the US Tekken circuit, and also another JACK-7 user, Joseph Bennett is also known for using heavy-hitter Gigas in recent tournaments. It remains to be seen if Gigas has some advantages over JACK-7, or if Joey Fury is using him just to throw off the 15 players in this final tournament.
Diego Enrique Coronado Salvatierra may not have had exposure like the players on this list, but he made headlines by curb-stomping the competition during the Tekken Masters TXT Chile 2017 event. His Akuma is definitely one for the ages.
Little is known about Vincent “Super Akouma” Homan apart from the fact that (a) he came in second in major Tekken 7 tournaments and losing only to JDCR and (b) his Akuma play is nothing to scoff at.
Shimon “Tissuemon” Kawai has a potent Master Raven that is dominating the European Tekken 7 scene. His recent tournament showing at Paris Games Week 2017 prove that he may be the dark horse in the Asian-dominated Tekken 7 tournament scene. This match below proves that not all walls in Tekken 7 are a game-ender for the victim if you play your cards right.
Adnan “Blackbeard” Zaman went from 51st place on the Tekken 7 leaderboards all the way to the top 3 thanks to the Tekken World Tour EU Regionals event last weekend. His energetic disposition on-stage match well with his character of choice: Josie. He managed to contest Kawai in the grand finals to secure his top three placement. He’s probably going to be this upcoming tournament’s underdog.
Anyone who wins by using an unorthodox character like Yoshimitsu in a meta dominated by JACK-7s and Dragunovs deserves recognition. Kane “KaneAndTrench” Hearthfield had an amazing run at the Tekken majors at Paris Games Week, showcasing clutch plays with the octopus ninja thing.
You may remember Fergus McGee as the author of that awesome Tekken 7 FR beginner’s guide. Unsurprisingly, he’s really good at Tekken 7 and uses Asuka as his main. He managed to snag a 5th place spot in time for the final TWT tournament this weekend during last weekend’s Paris Games Week.
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