Tournaments October 26th, 2018

CANADA CUP 2018 Preview

Pools: Saturday, 3pm ET (12pm PT)
Top 16: Saturday, 9pm ET (6pm PT)
Top 8: Sunday, Time TBA

Brackets can be found here.

It all comes down to this.

The TEKKEN World Tour’s ‘regular season’ comes to a close this weekend at Canada Cup 2018. The Toronto tournament will be the last chance for players to earn points and potentially play their way into the TEKKEN World Tour Finals in Amsterdam in December.

Over 180 players are slated to compete this weekend, including most of the players in contention for the final spots in the Tour Finals. Nobi and Take will hope to hang on to their spots in that championship field, while Dimeback, RunItBlack, and others will hope to leapfrog them. And of course, there are players like Shadow, Pekos, Cuddle_Core, and Binchang who all have hopes of ending the season with a victory.

Here’s how Canada Cup can impact the TEKKEN World Tour Finals qualification race:

Race for the Top 4

Knee, JeonDDing, and Qudans are all guaranteed to be among the top four places on the leaderboard at season’s end, so all three will be in separate groups at the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. Saint currently holds the fourth spot, and it appears that he will keep that spot since none of the players who can catch him are slated to compete at Canada Cup as of press time. But Kkokkoma, JDCR, or Tissuemon all have a chance to snatch that fourth spot away.

Kkokkoma would need to finish fifth or better to move into the top four, while JDCR would need to finish at least fourth this weekend. Tissuemon would only jump into the top four seeds with a victory in Toronto.

The Rest of the Qualified Players

Eight other players have locked up their spots in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. LowHigh, Anakin, Book, Fergus, Rangchu, Super Akouma, Joey Fury, and Chanel are all Amsterdam-bound regardless of what happens in Toronto.

There is still the matter of seeding, which determines the order that the players will pick their groups at the Tour Finals. The race is a tight one, as seeds 11 through 15 are separated by a mere 33 points. Fergus (currently 11th) and Joey Fury (currently 14th) are the only ones in this

group registered for Canada Cup as of press time, and both have the chance to move into the top ten this weekend.

The Final Four Spots

Now we get to the heart of the matter. Four places in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals are still up for grabs, and nine players are in contention for them. Those who fail to get into one of those final qualifying positions can still reach the Tour Finals, but they’ll have to do so through the winner-take-all last chance qualifier the day before the season championship.

Noroma, Nobi, JimmyJTran, and Take hold those four valuable places for now, but Dimeback, RunItBlack, Speedkicks, Abel del Maestro, and Toko all have a chance to leapfrog their way into the season championship. Here’s what each player will need to do to get there.

(Note: Because Canada Cup offers on-site emergency registration, players who have not indicated they are attending can still change their mind and compete. All calculations are made assuming all of the players in contention compete.)

Noroma is not locked in to the TEKKEN World Tour Finals field just yet, but it would take some very exact results at Canada Cup to keep him out. That’s good news for the Japanese star as he will likely be watching proceedings from home. The nightmare scenario would be either Dimeback or RunItBlack winning, with Take, JimmyJTran, and Nobi finishing in spots two through four respectively.

  • Noroma qualifies if he finishes 5th or better, OR
  • Finishes 7th or 9th AND at least two of the following happen:
    • Nobi finishes 5th or worse
    • JimmyJTran finishes 4th or worse
    • Take finishes 3rd or worse
    • Dimeback doesn’t win
    • RunItBlack doesn’t win, OR
  • At least two of the following happen:
    • Nobi finishes 7th or worse
    • JimmyJTran finishes 4th or worse
    • Take finishes 3rd or worse
    • Dimeback doesn’t win
    • RunItBlack doesn’t win

Nobi has one TEKKEN 7 world championship under his belt, and he’s tantalizingly close to earning a shot at a second title. The 2015 King of the Iron Fist champion can lock up a spot in the Tour Finals with a finish of fifth or better at Canada Cup. If Nobi doesn’t reach those heights, he can still get in if his closest rivals fail to make deep runs this weekend.

  • Nobi qualifies if he finishes 5th or better, OR
  • At least two of the following happen:
    • JimmyJTran finishes 5th or worse
    • Take finishes 4th or worse
    • Dimeback finishes 3rd or worse
    • RunItBlack doesn’t win

There have been three TEKKEN 7 world championship events, and JimmyJTran has qualified for all three. A spot in a fourth will depend on how things shake out this weekend. Should he not attend this weekend’s tournament - and he has stated that he won’t - he will need most of his closest rivals to fall outside of the top four.

  • JimmyJTran qualifies if he finishes 3rd or better, OR
  • Finishes 4th AND at least two of the following happen:
    • Nobi finishes 7th or worse
    • Take finishes 3rd or worse
    • Dimeback finishes 3rd or worse
    • RunItBlack doesn’t win, OR
  • Finishes 5th AND at least 2 of the following happen:
    • Take finishes 4th or worse
    • Dimeback finishes 3rd or worse
    • RunItBlack doesn’t win, OR
  • At least 3 of the following happen:
    • Take finishes 5th or worse
    • Dimeback finishes 4th or worse
    • RunItBlack finishes 3rd or worse
    • Speedkicks doesn’t win

Take spent last weekend alongside Nobi winning the prestigious Mastercup 5-on-5 team tournament. He would love that success to carry over into this weekend so that they can enter the TEKKEN World Tour Finals together. Take currently holds the last spot in the Finals field, so every point he can earn this weekend will matter. Anything less than a win puts him at risk of missing the cut.

  • Take qualifies if he wins, OR
  • Finishes 2nd AND Noroma doesn’t finish 5th AND Nobi doesn’t finish 4th AND JimmyJTran doesn’t finish 3rd AND Dimeback doesn’t win, OR
  • Finishes 3rd AND at least two of the following happen:
    • Nobi finishes 7th or worse
    • JimmyJTran finishes 5th or worse
    • Dimeback finishes 3rd or worse
    • RunItBlack doesn’t win, OR
  • Finishes 4th AND at least three of the following happen:
    • JimmyJTran finishes 7th or worse
    • Dimeback finishes 4th or worse
    • RunItBlack finishes 3rd or worse
    • Speedkicks doesn’t win, OR
  • Finishes 5th AND Dimeback finishes 4th or worse AND RunItBlack finishes 3rd or worse AND Speedkicks doesn’t win, OR
  • Finishes 7th, 9th, or 13th AND Dimeback finishes 5th or worse AND RunItBlack finishes 4th or worse AND Speedkicks doesn’t win AND Abel del Maestro doesn’t win AND Toko doesn’t win, OR
  • Dimeback finishes 7th or worse AND RunItBlack finishes 4th or worse AND Speedkicks doesn’t win AND Abel del Maestro doesn’t win AND Toko doesn’t win

Dimeback has spent much of the second half of the season either on or close to the qualification line. He entered Berlin TEKKEN Clash as the last man in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals field, but a 17th-place finish dropped him to the first man out entering Canada Cup. Still, he controls his own destiny: a win guarantees his place in Amsterdam. He could still qualify by finishing anywhere between second and fifth, but he’ll need more and more help the worse he finishes.

  • Dimeback qualifies if he wins, OR
  • Finishes 2nd AND at least one of the following happens:
    • RunItBlack doesn’t win
    • JimmyJTran finishes 4th or worse
    • Nobi finishes 7th or worse, OR
  • Finishes 3rd AND at least two of the following happen:
    • RunItBlack finishes 4th or worse
    • Take finishes 4th or worse
    • JimmyJTran finishes 5th or worse, OR
  • Finishes 4th AND Abel del Maestro doesn’t win AND RunItBlack finishes 3rd or worse AND Take finishes 7th or worse, OR
  • Finishes 5th AND Toko doesn’t win AND Abel del Maestro doesn’t win AND Speedkicks doesn’t win AND RunItBlack finishes 4th or worse AND Take finishes 17th or worse

RunItBlack has climbed up the Tour standings in the blink of an eye, but he still needs to make one more leap to reach the Tour Finals. A win sends him to Amsterdam no matter what else happens.

  • RunItBlack qualifies if he wins, OR
  • Finishes 2nd AND at least one of the following happens:
    • Take finishes 4th or worse
    • JimmyJTran finishes 7th or worse, OR
    • Finishes 3rd AND Speedkicks doesn’t win AND Dimeback finishes 4th or worse AND Take finishes 7th or worse

Speedkicks reached the TEKKEN World Tour Finals in 2017, but a return trip is far from guaranteed. If he wants make this year’s edition, he will need a win and some help.

  • Speedkicks qualifies if he wins AND RunItBlack finishes 3rd or worse AND Dimeback finishes 4th or worse AND Take finishes 5th or worse

Canada Cup did not appear in the cards for TXT 2018 champion Abel del Maestro, but a crowdfunding effort from the Peruvian fighting game community has him in this weekend’s field. Abel can punch his ticket to the TEKKEN World Tour Finals with a win… if other results go his way.

  • Abel del Maestro qualifies if he wins AND RunItBlack finishes 4th or worse AND Dimeback finishes 4th or worse AND Take finishes 7th or worse

Moscow Fighting Arena champion Toko is unlikely to attend Canada Cup, and thus will have to try his hand in the last chance qualifier. If he does miraculously make it to Toronto, his path to the Tour Finals is identical to that of Abel del Maestro

  • Toko qualifies if he wins, AND RunItBlack finishes 4th or worse, AND Dimeback finishes 4th or worse, AND Take finishes 7th or worse