Tekken 7 at Combo Breaker 2017 in St. Charles, IL concluded yesterday and it was every bit as hype as we expected. Many Tekken greats were in the house this Memorial Day weekend, including Echo Fox’s JDCR and Saint (KOR), In The Skies’ P. Ling and Cuddle Core, HZRD|Speedkicks, Poongko (KOR), BxA|Kodee, CO|Tanukana (JPN), LUYG|Rip, ATP|Aris, Mateo, Echo Gaming’s Brawlpro and Jody tha Great, and many more.
Stacked with 180 entrants ready to battle, pools kicked of on Friday. There were 8 pools in total and the top three of each pool made it into the top 24. That was the whole goal for the day.
One of the biggest upsets of the weekend was Speedkicks not making it out of his pool. He was considered one of the main contenders. Ironically, he was first beaten by ITS|Weapon X (Claudio), and then by ITS|Kenji (Lili). Unfortunately, that sealed his fate.
Another surprising occurrence was the losers semi-final match betweenCyclops Otaka’s Tanukana and In The Skies’P. Ling, whom both play Ling Xiaoyu. Tanukana is Japan’s bet Ling player and P. Ling is USA’s best Ling. Yet, the skill gap appeared to be evident, as Tanukana would defeat P. Ling 3-1.
While all of the competition was great, it would be JDCR and Saint who stood heads and shoulders above all the rest. They did not lose a single match in pool play, and their first losses would not come until they faced one another in Winners Finals. Saint would prevail over JDCR 3-1.
As you would expect, JDCR would wait in losers finals to see whom he would play, and it would be Tanukana. Respectfully, JDCR just steam rolled right through her 3-0 and stepped into grand finals like it wasn’t nothing.
Boy oh boy was the grand finals “must see TV.” JDCR and Saint put on a show for ages! It was a display of Tekken mastery like none other. Everyone was in awe of the level of play both players exhibited. It was like watching Michaelangelo and Davinci at work on stage. It was art through Tekken 7.
JDCR was climbing uphill from the loser’s bracket, so he would have to reset things if he were to have a fight chance. Saint is no slouch, so he had his work cut out for him. JDCR would go with Heihachi in the first match, but Saint made “barbecue chicken” out of him (shoutout to Shaq!). JDCR thought long and hard about how he should move forward, and he eventually went with his pocket Dragunov. It proved to be the right decision, because he would go on to win the next three matches and reset the bracket.
In the second set of the grand finals the masterful play would only continue. The crowd and the stream were really into it (speaking of which, numbers reached over 17,000 viewers). The final score would end as 3-2 in JDCR’s favor.
1st Place: FOX | JDCR (Heihachi / Dragunov)
2nd Place: FOX | Saint (Jack-7)
3rd Place: CO | Tanukana (Ling)
4th Place: ITS | PLing (Ling)
5th Place: Echo | Brawlpro (King)
5th Place: BxA | Kodee (Kazuya)
7th Place: ITS | Weapon X (Claudio)
7th Place: ITS | CuddleCore (Alisa)
Tekken 7 Exhibition
Things didn’t stop there though. After the awards ceremony there was a very entertaining exhibition where the commentators would formulate teams and compete against one another. You could tell that everyone was enjoying themselves, and just excited that Tekken 7 was finally coming out.
It was a great weekend.
It’s a good time to be a Tekken fan!