The TEKKEN World Tour is entering the home stretch.
Celtic Throwdown, this weekend’s Challenger-level tournament, is one of the final ten offline events of the 2018 Tour. It is also one of Europe’s final three offline events, so the pressure to perform well is building.
Over 100 players from all over Europe (and two from the United States) will fight for valuable TEKKEN World Tour points this weekend. The field includes Fergus and Super Akouma, who enter the weekend as two of the final players in position to qualify for the Tour Finals. Kaneandtrench and Asim, who begin the weekend as the first two out of the Tour Finals field, are also slated to compete in Dublin.
But there’s more to this weekend’s event than just the race to reach the Tour Finals. Here are three storylines to watch at Celtic Throwdown:
Can Fergus score a win for the host country?
Fergus has been the Ireland’s top representative on the TEKKEN World Tour. He qualified for last year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finals and, thanks to a second-place finish at Headstomper, is in position to do so again this year. He has earned second place at each of his last two Tour events, finished second at this event last year, and won the non-Tour ESL Tekken Summer Skirmish earlier this week. He enters the weekend as one of the clear favorites, if not the favorite.
But Fergus is not the only Irish player who could make noise in Dublin. Signor Farfalla is looking to build off of his fifth-place finish at Headstomper, his best result of the season. While TheTruth has yet to make a mark on the 2018 Tour, he is the defending Celtic Throwdown champion and won’t relinquish his crown easily.
Will Asim be a factor?
Asim is in the thick of the fight for the last leaderboard places leading into the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. He will enter the weekend in 21st place, just 25 points outside of qualifying position. Thankfully for Asim, the pair of second-place finishes he has under his belt have proven he can make a deep run at Celtic Throwdown.
Asim’s problem as of late has been actually getting into the field though. He was slated to participate in each of the last two European tour events, but fate conspired against him both times. Severe weather grounded all of his possible flights to Denmark for Headstomper, and postal delays kept him from receiving the visa he needed to travel to Moscow Fighting Arena. He is scheduled to compete in Dublin this weekend and will be among the favorites… as long as he’s actually among the favorites.
Can the Italian contingent replicate Tissuemon’s success in his absence?
Tissuemon, having just traveled to Japan for Tokyo TEKKEN Masters, will not compete at Celtic Throwdown. The Italian star has been the dominant force at European Challenger events, having won the last six he has entered dating back to last season. But his absence doesn’t necessarily mean that Italy won’t be represented in this weekend’s finals, as several strong Italian players will be in the field.
DevilKazuya might be the Italian player to watch, as he tied with Sephiblack for best European finisher at VSFighting. His fifth-place result in the UK was his best of the 2018 campaign, and he’ll hope to improve upon it here. He will be joined by Ghirlanda, who already has three top-eight finishes to his name at Tour events this year. HarryPotter and DanielMado could also play major roles in this weekend’s tournament.