Tissuemon has done just about everything there is to do at TEKKEN World Tour Challenger events… except slay his demon.
Super Akouma fought through the losers’ bracket to take top honors at Celtic Throwdown 2018 in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday. He secured the victory with a pair of 3-1 wins over Tissuemon in the grand final, ending Tissuemon’s perfect record in TEKKEN World Tour Challenger events.
The French star’s path to the final was a long one. He was knocked to the losers’ bracket after his second match of the tournament thanks to a 2-1 loss to The Phantom. Super Akouma responded by winning 11 do-or-die sets to take the title.
After his loss, Super Akouma scored victories over TekkenEnthusiast, Rikimaru, and KaiserSWE to reach Sunday’s semis. From there, he beat Shanks and Gosain to reach the Top 8 of the tournament.
Once he reached the Top 8, Super Akouma found a new level. He avenged his loss to The Phantom with a 2-0 victory, then knocked off American star Spero Gin by the same margin. He beat defending Celtic Throwdown champion The Truth in another 2-0 match, then rode an incredible Game 1 comeback to a 3-0 victory over Japan’s Nisshin to reach the grand final.
That result gave Tissuemon an opportunity to get some revenge. The two faced off twice at Ultimate Ranking, a French tournament which awarded the winner a trip to Evo. The Frenchman won both encounters at that event, including a 3-0 victory in the grand final.
Tissuemon got off to a hot start this time around, as he and his signature Master Raven dominated Super Akouma’s Akuma in Game 1. But the dominance did not last long. Super Akouma roared back to take the next three games and reset the bracket, then won the first two games of the reset. Tissuemon pulled out a clutch win in Game 3, but he could not get any closer. A second 3-1 victory gave Super Akouma the title.
The win was a much-needed one for Super Akouma. The Frenchman opened his 2018 campaign with a victory at the Kuwait Battle Royale in April, but he had not finished higher than fifth place at any Tour event since then. He slipped farther and farther down the standings as the season progressed and was in serious danger of falling below the TEKKEN World Tour Finals qualification line.
“I’ve been on a losing streak for a while, so it feels really good to be back,” said Super Akouma in a post-tournament interview. He later revealed that the improvement in results came down to a change in mentality. “I remembered how to cool down and play in tournament, which is something I forgot,” he said.
Super Akouma moved into 10th place on the TEKKEN World Tour leaderboard with the win, while runner-up Tissuemon remained in seventh place. Nisshin and The Truth earned their first points of the season with their respective third- and fourth-place finishes.
Japan’s Makoryu tied for fifth place alongside Spero Gin of the United States, while The Phantom of the United Kingdom and DevilKazuya of Italy tied for seventh place.
The race for the final places in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals remains relatively unchanged after Celtic Throwdown. Kaneandtrench finished just outside of the Top 16 and picked up no points, while fellow UK star Asim claimed just five points for his ninth-place finish. Both players remain in 20th and 21st place respectively, just behind current last-man-in Dimeback.
The TEKKEN World Tour continues this coming weekend with a stop at Summer Jam 12 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.