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Tekken 7 at CEO 2017: Saint & JDCR continue their dominance; Recap, results, Top 8 video

CEO 2017 was filled with hype, surprising upsets and more of the same.

CEO came to a close this past Sunday, taking place June 16-18, but shoddy internet at the venue prevented us from making any updates or consistent posting to social media. Aside from that major blow, this event was everything you could hope for in a fighting game tournament. Here’s quick rundown of what transpired.

There were 250 registrants for Tekken 7, with notable players being FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, StreamMe|Anakin, HZRD|Speedkicks, NYC Fab, Rip, Fuko, ITS|PLing, ITS|SperoGin, ITS|Joey Fury, ITS|Lil Majin, ITS|Kenji, Ace Unlimited, BxA|Kodee, BxA|Reflex, Pokchop, Nimbus|ATL Tiger Mask, ZTS, Mateo, Mystic Bill, NG-Obscure, Trungy, Shinblade, Rick Tha Rular, LtrainLocomotive, Glaze 20z, RenoFace, TS|Sabin, and many more.

Top 8 included the following:

Winners
Saint vs Anakin
JDCR vs Speedkicks

Losers
Rip vs NYC Fab
Pokchop vs Fuko

In the winner’s bracket, Saint (Shaheen) defeated Anakin (Jack-7) 2-0, moving onto winner’s finals, but Speeckicks (Hwoarang) did manage to snag a game from JDCR (Dragunov), which caused him to switch to Heihachi and close the deal. JDCR would fall to Saint in a grueling battle that ended in a 3-2 score, landing himself in loser’s finals.

In the loser’s bracket, Rip (Law) would fall to the newly returned NYC Fab (Feng), and Fab (Feng, Bob) would go onto face Anakin (Jack-7), falling 2-0.

Venezuela’s Fuko would face Speedkicks, prevailing over him 2-1. And this is quite interesting since Fuko had only gotten his hands on Tekken 7 ten days prior. This is a huge showing that knowing the fundamentals of Tekken are more important than knowing mechanics. Things may have gone differently, though, had Speed used one of the new characters, someone Fuko wasn’t too familiar with. But Hwoarang has been in the game for quite some time. That worked in Fuko’s favor.

In the end it would be JDCR (L) facing his teammate Saint (W) in grand finals, which has been a continued trend this year since Final Round earlier this year (except at BAM 9 in Australia). Saint would close it out 3-2.

Final Results

1st Place – FOX|Saint (Shaheen, Jack-7)
2nd Place – FOX|JDCR (Dragunov, Heihachi)
3rd Place – StreamMe|Anakin (Jack-7)
4th Place – Fuko La Muerte (Jack-7, Bob)
5th Place – NYC Fab (Feng, Bob)
5th Place – HZRD|Speedkicks (Howarang)
7th Place – Pockshop (Josie)
7th Place – Rip (Law)

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Slide photo by Robert Paul / @tempusrob

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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