CEO 2016 – Day 3: Tekken 7 tournament results – Lil Majin and Speedkicks not enough to stop Circa’s Anakin
After an eventful Day 2 that ended with mind-blowing Akuma action in the Tekken 7: Fated Retribution character auction tournament, Tekken 7 Top 8 pools kicked things off for Community Effort Orlando (CEO) on Day 3 – Finals Day.
The first competitors to enter the ring with their intro music were Speedkicks (Hwoarang) and KoDee (Heihachi). Speed won the set 2-0 very convincingly. We were a bit puzzled by the Heihachi character selection by KoDee though, because his main is Kazuya – whom he is quite good with. KoDee is hailed by many to be the best Mishima player in America, and mainly because of his ‘Kaz.’ As well, Heihachi is considered one of the weaker characters in Tekken 7. So, again, puzzling. Had he chosen Kazuya the outcome may have been different, or at least more competitive.
The next match was an instant classic that will go down as such for years to come. It’s what Tekken fans live for – high level Tekken. This was brought to us by Circa|Anakin (Jack-7) vs. KIT|Lil Majin (King), two seasoned veterans with much experience competing in 1v1 format. These two are respectively the best with their main characters. Anakin is the best Jack player in the world, while Lil Majin is the best King player in America. No strangers to each other, this match presented some of the highest level of Tekken we have seen in a long while. Everything was present: tight defense, top tier offensive execution, instinctive reads, fundamental soundness and more. Anakin had a lot riding in this tournament, because for the second time he had relinquished his secure spot in the King of the Iron Fist Tournament that takes place later this year.
Lil Majin looked sharper than ever, and not only against Anakin, but also against Speedkicks. He escaped death several times against these two opponents, which really shows how experienced he is performing under pressure. Many lose their cool at such times, but not so with Lil Majin. At one point we even saw Anakin say a quick prayer during the grand finals, because Lil Majin was a fierce opponent.
No Moral Victory Here
Without telling you every detail, and allowing you to watch the matches, we want to quickly touch on something. Tekken 7 is still very much new in the United States, and not everyone has access to the game. This really showed during the grand finals when Anakin selected Shaheen, one of the new characters in Tekken 7, and arguably one of the best, if not the best. This posed a challenge for Lil Majin early on, because you could tell he wasn’t familiar with the match-up. But like any good pro player would do, he began to quickly adapt. Anakin took note of that as well, and switched back to Jack-7 after Lil Majin finally beat his Shaheen. Some may argue that had Anakin not selected Shaheen that Lil Majin may have won. But we’ll never know. What we do know is that Anakin did switch back to Jack-7, so there are really no excuses to be had. Plus, Lil Majin knew that Shaheen was in the game, as well as Claudio, Lucky Chloe and others. So he should be prepared for whatever may have come his way.
Here are the CEO 2016 Tekken 7 Top 8 results.
1. Circa|Anakin (Jack-7, Paul, Shaheen)
2. KIT|Lil Majin (King)
3. Speedkicks (Hwoarang)
4. KoDee (Heihachi, Kazuya)
5. NG|Obscure (Alisa)
5. ITS|MakNificent (Dragunov, Feng)
7. Limit47 (Heihachi, Paul)
7. NG|Reflex (Law)
Here’s the grand finals. Check the media section to see all of the top 8 matches from CEO 2016. Enjoy.
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