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Anakin dominates, Tekken looks stronger than ever, and Combo Breaker raises the bar

Combo Breaker 2016 took place May 27-29 and was so off-the-chain! Where do we start? First off, great job to Rick ‘The Hadou’ Thiher! You’ve set the bar very high, friend. Very high. It challenges other FGC tournaments to strive for excellence and professionalism, and this is good for all of us.

The first thing you notice about Combo Breaker is how great the venue looked. It’s tookg place at The Mega Center in St. Charles, IL and it has one big room. The tournament organizers separated this large room into sections by game, and they also have the vendors, artists and exhibits all in the same room. So everyone really gets to see one another and vibe off of one another. It’s perfect. And the main stage is so beautiful that you almost want to shed a tear. Just look at this.

Update (6/8/16): Bandai Namco has released their official recap of the Tekken Tour at Combo Breaker. Check it out


Combo Breaker 2016 took place May 27-29 and was so off-the-chain! Where do we start? First off, great job to Rick ‘The Hadou’ Thiher! You’ve set the bar very high, friend. Very high. It challenges other FGC tournaments to strive for excellence and professionalism, and this is good for all of us.

The first thing you notice about Combo Breaker is how great the venue looked. It’s tookg place at The Mega Center in St. Charles, IL and it has one big room. The tournament organizers separated this large room into sections by game, and they also have the vendors, artists and exhibits all in the same room. So everyone really gets to see one another and vibe off of one another. It’s perfect. And the main stage is so beautiful that you almost want to shed a tear. Just look at this.

You should see it with the lights off.

And here’s what it looks like as everyone starts to roll into the venue.

They even had custom designed sticks and pads.

Tekken 7 Pool Action

Okay, let’s talk about the tournament. Once the pools began to run you really saw how well-oiled Combo Breaker was. Everything ran efficiently. Everything was well-organized and planned out to perfection. Because of that the pools ran smoothly at the venue and the streams as well. The commentators were also all in place, so there was never much down time or dead air.

There were 252 participants in Tekken 7, but for most of the tournament all eyes were upon Circa|Anakin who relinquished his spot in the King of the Iron Fist Tournament to compete at Combo Breaker. Reepal ‘Rip’ Parbhoo, who has made several top 3 appearances at Tekken Tour events, was looking very sharp with his Law play, and even sent Anakin to loser’s. Rip slid right into grand finals.

Anakin initially looked like had was about to blow it when facing RenoFace, because he was down 2-0 and facing elimination. But he gathered himself and won three matches straight, where he faced Rip. The rest is history, as Anakin won six straight matches against Rip to win the championship.

Now that Anakin is signed to Circa eSports, he may be on a mission to prove that he is once again the #1 North American Tekken player. Having just won Combo Breaker, he has already declared that he is relinquishing his spot yet again to compete in CEO later this month (June 24-26). Speedkicks has registered for that too, so this should be interesting.

Here are the results, and you can check out the grand finals below.

Tekken 7 Top 8

1 Circa|Anakin
2 Rip
3 Reno Face
4 ITS MakNificent
5 Mateo
5 Shadow20z
7 Gameworks|Jackie Tran
7 Blacklist|Grand Kitaro

Tekken Auction Tournament

The biggest highlight of Day 1 was the Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Tournament Auction. Never heard of such a thing? Don’t worry – many others hadn’t either. According to the Combo Breaker website it’s an “Illinois thing.” This is how it worked… The auctioneer would name a T7FR character for auction (16 in total), and then people would bid on that character to play them in the tournament. Bids started at $1 and increased by dollar increments. Once it hit $40, the increments became $5. The winning bidder for each character also received a Crying Heihachi Snapback. The winning bids went into a pot and was shared among the top 3 (we’re not sure of the percentage). 4th place was guaranteed their bid money back though.

Here are the winning bids:

  1. Law – $50
  2. Steve – $55
  3. Claudio – $24
  4. Brian – $27
  5. Fang – $39
  6. Lili – $20
  7. Dragunov – $85
  8. Jin – $24
  9. Gigas – $37
  10. Xiayou – $31
  11. Leo – $27
  12. Jack 7 – $75
  13. Kazumi – $36
  14. King – $45
  15. Josie – $31
  16. Akuma – $70

Aris of Avoiding the Puddle was the champion, with Circa|Anakin placing 2nd, and Mateo and a guy named Kenny were tied for 3rd. Aris may have been playing a lot of “Dank Souls” lately, but he’s still got it when it comes to Tekken. Well, played Lord Aris.

You can check out the Tekken Auction here. Nearly 3,500 people were watching the Tekken Auction at one time too.

FGC Reactions

The attention to detail is evident at Combo Breaker, and also for the Tekken team. They’ve done the FGC proud.

Aziz Peregrino-Brimah aka Zee the CEO | Founder / Editor-in-chief of TekkenGamer | Gaming has been a passion of Zee’s since the early days of Atari and ColecoVision. His first experience with Tekken was in the early 90’s, and it was Tekken 3 that sealed the deal. True story… As a teenager Zee once received his Winn-Dixie paycheck and spent it all at the arcade the same day. Needless to say, his mother wasn’t pleased.

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