The online stretch of this year’s TEKKEN World Tour concluded on Saturday. Five more events took place, with players throwing down all across New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. With just four offline events remaining this season, this was a prime opportunity for players to get themselves into position to reach the TEKKEN World Tour Finals.
Here’s what went down in the second week of online action:
DanBanter returned to the TEKKEN World Tour standings with a bang by breezing his way to victory in the New Zealand online event. Dan scored a 3-1 victory over Cornwallace in the grand final, and that one game loss was the only one he suffered in the entire tournament. Ncea finished in third place, while Childish placed fourth.
DanBanter, who earned just one point on last year’s tour, picked up 150 points for his victory on Saturday. He would still need to enter the South East Asia Major and make the grand final to have a chance of reaching the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. Dan will have a chance to represent New Zealand on the world stage even if he doesn’t pull that off, as earlier this year he won the country’s qualifier for the International eSports Federation World Championship.
SOUTH EAST ASIA
Book moved closer to locking up a spot in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals by winning the South East Asia online event on Saturday. The Thai star earned the win by twice defeating Meat, a man who has reached the global finals before. Book won their winners’ final encounter 3-1 and their grand final rematch 3-2. Gourzaemon of The Philippines finished in third place, while Singapore’s Zap finished fourth.
Book moved up to 13th place on the Tour leaderboard with his win. He has not clinched a place in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals just yet, but he is more than 200 points clear of the qualification cutoff with just four events to play.
Nobi picked up a critical victory on Saturday by winning the East Asia online event. He led a Japanese sweep of the top four positions, with Tanukana finishing second, Nisshin placing third, and Yuu taking fourth place.
Nobi began the weekend just one point ahead of Speedkicks for the final TEKKEN World Tour Finals place. He now sits in 15th place, while fifth-place finisher Take is now tied with Super Akouma for the last two Finals berths. Dimeback, who did not compete in this weekend’s event, is now in 20th, 90 points out of a Finals berth.
Russian star Toko survived a strong challenge from Turkey’s A-Lee to win his second TEKKEN World Tour victory of the season. Toko entered the grand final of the Europe East online event with the winners’ side advantage, but Turkey’s A-Lee erased that head start with a 3-2 win in the first set. Toko fought back to score a 3-2 win of his own and take the tournament.
Finland’s Ketae finished third, while Greek player Ale finished fourth.
Toko’s win moved him up to 300 points, but he remains outside of qualifying position. thanks to strong performances from several other players on the bubble. He sits in 21st place after this weekend’s action, 105 points below the current cut line.
Ireland’s Fergus picked a great time to pick up his first TEKKEN World Tour win of the year. He twice defeated Shirdel of the United Kingdom - 3-2 in the winners’ final and 3-0 in the grand final - to claim the win. Tissuemon of Italy finished in third place, one spot ahead of The Phantom of the UK.
Fergus moved back into TEKKEN World Tour Finals qualifying position with the win. He now sits in 17th place, and can improve his position with a strong run at next weekend’s TXT. Super Akouma, who placed ninth this weekend, is now tied for 18th on the leaderboard.
The TEKKEN World Tour enters the home stretch this coming weekend, as there are just four events remaining before the Tour Finals. TXT 2018, a Master event in Bogota, Colombia, will kick off the stretch run this coming Saturday.