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Tekken World Tour 2018 includes 40 events, a simpler leaderboard, point structure and much more

Everything you need to know about TEKKEN World Tour 2018!

TEKKEN World Tour 2018 was announced last night with a reveal trailer during ELEAGUE Tekken Team Takedown, and with Red Bull Conquest also scheduled for this year, Tekken 7 has several opportunities for players to prove themselves as “King of the Iron Fist.” There are quite a few changes to this year’s TEKKEN World Tour, so here’s an overview of what you can expect.

A Simpler Leaderboard and Point Structure

Last year’s TEKKEN World Tour was effectively three tours rolled into one. Events were divided into three regions, and while players could enter events in any of the three regions, they could only earn points in their home region. This led to situations at many events where the biggest chunks of points went unawarded.

That won’t be the case this year. The 2018 TEKKEN World Tour will feature one global leaderboard. Players can earn points at every single Tour event in the world. If a European player performs well at an event in the Americas or in the Asia/Pacific region, they will be rewarded for it on the leaderboard.

The point structure is also changing for 2018. Events will be divided into just two categories: Challenger events and Master events. Players will earn points for finishing in the Top 16 of a Challenger event or the Top 32 of a Master event.

Additionally, every single offline event on this year’s Tour will receive a pot bonus. The top four finishers at each Challenger even will share an additional $1,000, and players who finish among the top four at a Master event will share a $5,000 pot bonus.

You can see a full breakdown of the points and prizing awarded at this year’s events below:

PLACEMENTTOURNAMENT CATEGORY
MasterPrizingChallengerPrizing  (Offline only)
1st300$2,500150$500
2nd220$1,250100$250
3rd150$75070$150
4th100$50045$100
5th7025
7th4510
9th255
13th101
17th5
25th1

A Full-Length Season with Fewer Overlapping Events

This year’s TEKKEN World Tour will feature plenty of action. The Tour will include approximately 40 events held across 24 countries on five continents. The events will include a mix of both offline and online tournaments, so just about anyone will have an opportunity to compete.

The 2018 Tour begins on March 16-18 at Final Round 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Final Round has a long and storied history within the TEKKEN scene, with a list of former champions including JDCR, Anakin, Saint, and more. We can’t think of a better event to serve as the kick-off for the 2018 season,

The earlier start to this year’s Tour means that many events that take place earlier in the calendar year can now be included. Final Round, NorCal Regionals, Kuwait Battle Royale, Battle Arena Melbourne, and Combo Breaker are just some of the great early-season events that will take part in this year’s tour.

You can also expect far fewer events to overlap this year. Although tournament dates are subject to change, there is currently just one weekend where multiple TEKKEN World Tour events are scheduled to take place.

You can find the full list of offline events below. Locations and dates are subject to change:

DateEventLocationCategory
3/16-18Final RoundGeorgia, USAMaster
3/24-25Thaiger UppercutBangkok, ThailandChallenger
3/30-4/1Norcal RegionalsCalifornia, USAChallenger
4/7-8BEast Arena: Hong KongHong KongChallenger
4/12-14Kuwait Battle RoyaleMishref, KuwaitChallenger
4/28-29Korea MastersSeoul, KoreaMaster
5/4-6Texas ShowdownTexas, USAChallenger
5/11-13The ColosseumRome, ItalyChallenger
5/18-20Battle Arena MelbourneMelbourne, AustraliaMaster
5/25-27COMBO BREAKERIllinois, USAMaster
6/9-10Fighting Games ChallengeLodz, PolandMaster
6/16-17TW FighterTaipei, TaiwanChallenger
6/23-24ADFT IXBarcelona, SpainChallenger
6/28-7/1CEOFlorida, USAMaster
7/7-8Abuget CupJakarta, IndonesiaChallenger
7/14-15FV x SEA MajorKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaChallenger
7/21-22VS FightingBirmingham, UKMaster
7/28-29HeadstomperCopenhagen, DenmarkChallenger
8/11-12Moscow Fighting ArenaMoscow, RussiaChallenger
8/18-19Tokyo MastersTokyo, JapanMaster
8/25-26Celtic ThrowdownDublin, IrelandChallenger
8/31-9/2Summer JamPennsylvania, USAMaster
9/7-9The MIXUPLyon, FranceMaster
9/14-16SCRCalifornia, USAChallenger
9/15-16Rev MajorMakati, PhilippinesChallenger
10/6TXTBogotá, ColombiaMaster
10/13-14South East Asia MajorSingaporeMaster
10/20-21Berlin ClashBerlin, GermanyChallenger
10/26-28Canada CupToronto, ON, CanadaChallenger
11/TBDTWT FinalsAmsterdam, NetherlandsFinals

Dates and details for the Tour’s online events will come at a later date.

An Expanded Tekken World Tour Finals

If you enjoyed last year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finals, you’ll have even more action to love at the end of this season. The 2018 TEKKEN World Tour Finals will expand to a field of 20 players. It will be held on a to-be-determined weekend in November in Amsterdam, Netherlands. And yes, we said weekend, as this year’s Finals will be held over the course of two days.

Day 1 will consist of a last chance qualifier tournament that will be open to all players. The winner of that tournament will join the top 19 points earners on the TEKKEN World Tour leaderboard in Day 2’s Finals field. Those finalists will compete for a share of the $25,000 prize pool and the title of TEKKEN World Tour champion.

The Finals format will be similar to the one used last year, but with a twist. The top four players from the TEKKEN World Tour leaderboard will be divided into four separate groups, but exactly which top seed will be in which group will be hidden. The remaining players will, in order of their leaderboard placement, choose which group they wish to compete in. Once that’s done, the top seeds’ will be revealed.

Just like last year, all of the players in a group will square off against each other in a round robin format. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the Top 8, with the player who wins the group advancing into the winners’ bracket and the runner-up advancing into the losers’ bracket. From there it’s a standard Top 8 finals, with the last player standing taking home the title of TEKKEN World Tour champion.

The road to Amsterdam begins in just a few weeks. Be sure to follow @TEKKEN on Twitter and to check the relaunched TEKKENWorldTour.com for updates.

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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