Pools: Saturday, 6am ET (3am PT)
Top 32: Saturday, 10am ET (7am PT)
Top 8: Sunday, 6am ET (3am PT)
All action can be seen on twitch.tv/BerlinTekkenClash
Brackets can be found here.
For many European players, this is the last chance to dance.
The TEKKEN World Tour makes its final European stop of the regular season with a trip to Berlin, Germany for Berlin TEKKEN Clash. Over 120 players from across the continent will take part in this weekend’s tournament. For most of the field, this is the last chance to earn points on this year’s Tour.
The TEKKEN World Tour Finals and its Last Chance Qualifier will both take place in Amsterdam in early December. Many of these players are planning to take part in that qualifier, and they’ll be looking to make a statement before that do-or-die event. But for some, a ticket to Amsterdam is within reach… should they turn in a strong performance here.
Here are a few of the storylines to follow at this weekend’s Berlin TEKKEN Clash:
THE QUALIFICATION RACE
In terms of the qualification race for the TEKKEN World Tour Finals, Korea’s Dimeback and France’s Super Akouma will be THE players to watch in Berlin. The two players will enter the penultimate weekend of the season tied for the 19th and final Tour Finals qualification spot.
For Dimeback, this weekend marks an opportunity to shoot up the standings. The Korean star has spent much of the second half of this season bouncing around the qualification line. His seventh-place finish at South East Asia Major was enough to get him back above the red line, but only just. Dimeback is slated to compete at Canada Cup, but a strong performance this weekend could keep him above the cutoff line for good.
For Super Akouma, this weekend could very well be do-or-die. The Frenchman is not registered for Canada Cup (although he is currently raising funds to attend) so his hopes of returning to the TEKKEN World Tour Finals could all come down to this weekend. He loses tiebreakers to both Take and Dimeback due to having earned fewer points at Master events, so he must pass one of those players outright in order to move into qualifying position. He can do the former by
finishing in the top four this weekend, and he can do the latter by bettering Dimeback’s performance in Berlin.
ABOVE THE QUALIFICATION LINE
Tissuemon’s place in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals is already secure, but the Italian star still has a bit to play for. Tissuemon begins the week in seventh place on the global leaderboard. A win would propel him up to fifth place, which would give him the first choice of groups at the Tour Finals. And with three European Challenger wins already under his belt, victory is well within reach.
Assuming there’s no last-minute wave of players withdrawing from MasterCup to enter the Berlin TEKKEN Clash, Fergus will officially clinch a spot in the Tour Finals once this weekend’s Tour event begins. He can move into the top ten of the global standings by finishing 5th or better, and a win can send him up to ninth place.
BELOW THE QUALIFICATION LINE
Asim is technically still alive in the race to reach the Tour Finals. He would need to win one of the last two events and finish second at the other to have a chance of earning a trip to the championship. But even if he falls short of that goal, a strong performance here could give him some momentum to carry into the Last Chance Qualifier. He’ll be joined by fellow UK stars RooKang and The Phantom, both of whom could make deep runs in Berlin.
The Italian scene as a whole have turned in strong performances all season in European events, and there’s no reason to believe this weekend will be much different. Along with Tissuemon, Italian hopes will ride with Ghirlanda, Rikimaru, and DevilKazuya.
Don’t forget about the host country either. Sephiblack is the German player with the most success on this year’s Tour and is the favorite among the host nation to do well, but watch out for Ice Beam as well.