Tissuemon and European Challenger events. Name a more iconic duo.
Tissuemon cruised to victory in the TEKKEN 7 event at Headstomper in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday. The Italian star dropped just one game all weekend on his way to his third victory of the 2018 TEKKEN World Tour.
The win reaffirmed Tissuemon as Europe’s top player. Of the last six Challenger events to take place on European soil, five of them ended with Tissuemon lifting the trophy. The only tournament in that stretch that he did not win - Warsaw Games Week 2017 - took place at the same time as another tournament he did enter and win.
Tissuemon and his Master Raven sealed the win with a 3-0 performance over Ireland’s Fergus in the grand final. The match allowed the Italian star to avenge his sole blemish on the weekend. The two had previously faced off on Sunday night in the Round of 16, and while Tissuemon won the set, Fergus was able to take a game off of the eventual champion.
Fergus finished in second place on the weekend, but he may have been the weekend’s biggest winner in the the race to qualify for the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. Fergus began the weekend in 21st place, two places out out of the final qualification spot. The 100 points he earned at Headstomper gives his qualification hopes a major boost.
The biggest moment of Fergus’ weekend came in the losers’ semifinal against Joey Fury, the tournament’s lone American entrant and one of Fergus’ closest rivals in the qualification race. Joey and his Paul took the opening game, but Fergus and his Katarina answered back with a dominant Game 2. Joey switched to JACK-7 for the final game and took the first two rounds, but Fergus turned on the clutch and won three straight rounds to take the set.
Fergus carried the momentum into the losers’ final, where he had to face Finland’s Jopelix. Their last meeting at a major tournament came at the European qualifier for NorCal StrongStyle in January. Jopelix handily won their meeting 2-0 on his way to winning the tournament, but history did not repeat itself. This time it was Fergus who found a way to beat Jopelix’s Claudio to score a 3-2 win.
Jopelix finished in third place, while Joey Fury finished fourth. Norway’s iWaR2 tied for fifth place alongside Ireland’s Signor Farfalle, while Ghirlanda of Italy and Super Akouma of France tied for seventh.
The weekend’s results shuffled the TEKKEN World Tour leaderboard, especially around the final qualification places for the Tour Finals. Fergus made the leap from 21st place to 16th place and would now be in the Finals if the season ended today. SuperAkouma dropped to 17th place, and Joey Fury remains in 18th. Korean star Dimeback, who was not in this weekend’s field, dropped to 19th and is now the last man in.
Fergus and Joey Fury received a boost to their chances through unfortunate circumstances. UK players Kaneandtrench and Asim were scheduled to compete at Headstomper, but severe weather in England forced the cancellation of their trip to Denmark. The duo are now the first two out of the Finals field as they sit in 20th and 21st places respectively.