This past Saturday marked the first of two weekends full of online action on the TEKKEN World Tour. Players in Australia, North America, and Latin America squared off to earn valuable Tour points for a chance to reach the TEKKEN World Tour Finals in Amsterdam in December.
If you missed the action, here’s what went down this past weekend:
Dee-On Grey picked up an Australian online TEKKEN World Tour event win for the second year in a row. Grey, who won the country’s Xbox One online event in 2017, outlasted Ravenboy in the grand final to take the 2018 crown. Yiggs finished third, while Sydney Really Sucks finished fourth.
The win moved Dee-On Grey into the top 30 of the standings, but he still remains below the qualification line for the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. He will need to go to South East Asia Major and make a deep run to play his way into the championship field.
LATIN AMERICA NORTH
Saturday was another big day for the Dominican Republic scene as Loan led a Dominican sweep of the top three spots in the Latin America North online event. Loan fell 3-2 to Roy_Tekken in the winners’ final, but bounced back to score a pair of 3-2 wins in their grand final rematch. Fellow Dominican player Bryan Baez placed third, while Costa Rica’s Cochory finished fourth.
Loan and Roy_Tekken squared off in three close matches, and they may not have to wait long for another crack at each other. The two are both slated to compete at next week’s Fighting Fest, a non-Tour event in the Dominican Republic.
LATIN AMERICA SOUTH
Colombia’s RHades picked up what could become a vital win in the Latin America South online event. He held off Peru’s TekkenEmperor to win the tournament, beating him 3-1 in the winners’ final and 3-2 in the grand final.
With both players earning their first points of the season, neither player was able to move into qualifying position. However, both RHades and TekkenEmperor are slated to compete at TXT in two weeks. Should either player make the grand final of that event, they’ll find themselves right in the thick of the qualification race.
NORTH AMERICA EAST
Joey Fury claimed a second straight online crown in the North America East region. Joey, last year’s Xbox One champion, held off Anakin in a tournament full of established TEKKEN World Tour veterans. Speedkicks finished in third, while Shadow_20z racked up his second straight top-four finish after a deep run at SoCal Regionals.
The win gave Joey Fury some much-needed breathing room in the qualification race, having spent most of the past couple months dancing close to the 19th-place cutoff. Anakin is all but assured a place in the global finals, while Speedkicks sits just one point behind Nobi for the final qualification spot.
NORTH AMERICA WEST
RunItBlack turned back a strong challenge from P.Ling to win the North America West online event. P.Ling stormed through the losers’ bracket to reach the grand final and scored a 3-0 win over RunItBlack in the first set, but RunItBlack recovered to win the second set 3-2 and take the tournament. WayGamble finished in third, while JimmyJTran took fourth place.
Both RunItBlack and P.Ling have work to do to make it into the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. Both players will need a strong run at Canada Cup to get into qualifying position. JimmyJTran, meanwhile, remains on track for his fourth straight trip to the TEKKEN 7 world championship event.