One week after being victorious at Mastercup, Nobi and Take were the last two standing at Canada Cup. And because of that, they now have the chance to do the same at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals.
Nobi defeated his Yamasa teammate Take to win Canada Cup 2018, the final ‘regular season’ TEKKEN World Tour event of the year. The victory capped a weekend which saw both Japanese players punch their tickets to the TEKKEN World Tour Finals in Amsterdam in December.
Nobi fell early during Sunday’s finals to Peruvian star Abel del Maestro, but he bounced back in a big way. He scored 2-0 wins over Joonya_20z and Cuddle_Core, then pulled out a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Abel del Maestro to reach the grand final.
Steve Fox was the character of the hour. It was the one Nobi had most of his success with throughout the tournament, and it was the one he used to beat Take’s Geese Howard 3-1 in the first set of the grand final. Take decided to fight fire with fire and switched to Steve for the second grand final set, but Nobi won that one 3-1 as well to take the win.
But by that point, both players already had reason to celebrate.
Four places in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals were still up for grabs when Canada Cup began. Nobi secured his place in the season championship by reaching Sunday’s top eight finals, and the rest of Saturday’s results ensured a place for fellow Japanese player Noroma, who did not compete this weekend. Take joined his countrymen by winning his opening match on Sunday.
That left one Finals berth to be decided, and that spot came down to JimmyJTran and RunItBlack. Tran, who did not compete at Canada Cup, held the final qualification place, but RunItBlack had a chance to surpass him by finishing either first or second on the weekend.
RunItBlack was sent to the losers bracket by eventual champion Nobi during Saturday’s Round of 16. He rebounded to reach Sunday’s finals and scored a win over Joey Fury, but he fell to Cuddle_Core 2-1 in the losers’ quarterfinal. His fifth-place finish was not enough to deny JimmyJTran a fourth consecutive trip to the TEKKEN 7 world championship.
Abel del Maestro’s third-place finish was not enough to reach the TEKKEN World Tour Finals, but he still had a strong showing. The TXT champion represented Peru well with tournament wins over Trungy, Joey Fury, and the eventual champion. That momentum could serve him well at the Last Chance Qualifier, which he is slated to attend after a successful crowdfunding campaign.
Cuddle_Core finished fourth, picking up her best-ever finish at a TEKKEN World Tour event. Joonya_20z and RunItBlack tied for fifth place while Joey Fury and Trungy tied for seventh.
Canada Cup was the final stop on the road to the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. We now know 19 of the players who will compete in Amsterdam on December 1st and 2nd for the title of TEKKEN World Tour champion. The first day of that event will include the Last Chance Qualifier tournament, which will determine the 20th and final competitor to make the championship field.