The characters may have been rebalanced for TEKKEN 7’s Season 2, but Knee remains as top tier as ever.
Knee held off his Rox Dragons teammate Chanel to win the TEKKEN Grand Battle at The Mixup in Lyon, France on Sunday. His latest victory came in the final Tour event to use the ‘Season 1’ version of the game.
The victory, Knee’s fifth Master event win of his 2018 campaign and sixth victory overall, wasn’t a cakewalk. Chanel and his Alisa was able to take a set off of Knee in the grand final. Chanel, who entered the grand final from the losers’ side of the bracket, scored a 3-2 win over Knee’s Bryan in the first grand final set. Knee responded by switching to Steve for the second set and scoring a 3-0 victory to claim the title.
With the win, Knee clinched one of the top four seeds at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. The top four players at the end of the season will all be drawn into separate groups for the pool play stage of the season championship.
Knee’s win was part of a dominant performance for the Korean contingent in Lyon. Knee and Chanel took the top two spots, while Rangchu finished third and Kkokkoma finished fourth.
Even with the late withdrawals of Saint and JDCR due to a cancelled flight, Korean fans had plenty to cheer for. Eight Korean players were part of the field, and seven of them reached Sunday’s Top 8 finals. The one Korean player who did not reach the finals, Dimeback, finished tied for ninth place after losses to fellow countrymen Kkokkoma and JeonDDing.
All told, The Korean players combined to go 38-1 against non-Korean opposition. That one loss came at the hands of France’s Kalak, who gave his home country something to cheer for.
Kalak, the sole European player to make Sunday’s finals, squared off against Evo champion LowHigh in the losers’ bracket. The Frenchman took advantage of a mistake from LowHigh to win Game 1, then clutched out the second game to score a win that sent the French fans into a frenzy.
Kalak went on to lose to Kkokkoma in the next round and finish tied for fifth place alongside JeonDDing. LowHigh finished the weekend tied for seventh alongside Qudans.
JeonDDing was a busy man in Lyon. In addition to his TEKKEN duties, the Korean star competed in the event’s Street Fighter V tournament. He reached the Sunday finals of that game and finished tied for seventh, becoming the first player this year to earn points on both the TEKKEN World Tour and the Capcom Pro Tour at the same event.
Knee extended his lead atop the Tour leaderboard to nearly 700 points over second-ranked JeonDDing. Qudans moved up to third place and broke the 1,000-point barrier. Rangchu, Kkokkoma, LowHigh, and Chanel all sit in the top 11 of the standings and are well placed to reach the TEKKEN World Tour Finals.
The race for the final places in that finale tightened up as several players missed opportunities to make big moves. Fergus entered the weekend as the 19th and final player in qualifying position, and his tied-for-17th finish this weekend ensured that he would not move up the leaderboard.
Fortunately for Fergus, none of his closest rivals could take advantage. Dimeback and Asim, the two players in the Mixup field closest to the qualifying line, both finished tied for ninth place and picked up 25 points apiece. Both players reached the Round of 16 on the winners’ side, but could go no further. Dimeback remains 42 points behind Fergus for the final qualification spot, and Asim is a further 25 points off the pace.
The TEKKEN World Tour has two stops this coming weekend: Rev Major in Makati, Philippines and SoCal Regionals in Ontario, California. Both events will utilize the new Season 2 version of the game, as will all other future Tour events.