Tournaments October 14th, 2018

SOUTH EAST ASIA MAJOR 2018 Preview

Pools: Friday, 10pm ET (7pm PT)
Top 16 to Top 8: Saturday, 4pm ET (1am PT)
Top 8: Saturday, 9pm ET (6pm PT)

All action can be seen on twitch.tv/tekken

Brackets can be found here.

The finish line is in sight.

The TEKKEN World Tour takes a trip to Singapore for South East Asia Major 2018. The biggest fighting game tournament in South East Asia serves as both the final Asian event and the final Master event on this year’s Tour.

Previous South East Asia Majors featured brackets loaded with talent, and this year’s edition will be no exception. Players from Europe,the United States, Japan, Korea, and all over Asia will throw down in Singapore. For many in this weekend’s field, it will be their last chance to compete and earn points for the chance to reach this year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finals.

With just three events left before the Tour Finals, the paths to Amsterdam are becoming more and more clear. With that in mind, here are just some of the players to watch this weekend at South East Asia Major, and how they can impact the Tour leaderboard:

JeonDDing has been the workhorse of this year’s TEKKEN World Tour. This weekend’s event will be his 16th Tour appearance of the year, which is more than anyone else on the circuit. He could clinch one of the top four seeds this weekend, which would mean that he would be guaranteed to avoid Knee during the group stage of the Tour Finals. The exact permutations to clinch that top-four spot will depend on how his opponents do, but he’s guaranteed to make that top four if he finished third or better in Singapore.

Kkokkoma enters this weekend in sixth place on the global leaderboard, but he’s just 41 points outside of a place in the top four. He could make the leap into the top four seeds by reaching the last eight of this weekend’s tournament, but he may need to do more depending on how others perform.

Fergus needed a tiebreaker to reach last year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finals. Final day drama does not appear to be needed this year as he is tantalizingly close to a return trip to the championship event. A top-eight finish should be enough to punch his ticket to Amsterdam, but he could finish as low as 17th and still clinch if all things break his way.

South East Asia Major is likely Book’s last chance to earn Tour points. While he is in strong position to reach the Tour Finals, he would love a bit more breathing room. A third-place finish this weekend will be enough to guarantee a place in the Finals no matter what else happens, but every point will help.

Three Japanese players currently sit in qualifying position, but none of them can rest easy. Nobi (16th), Noroma (17th), and Take (tied-18th) are all in danger of falling below the qualification line if other contenders do well down the stretch. South East Asia Major will likely be the final regular season event for all three players, so they will need every point they can get. The good news: all three finished ninth or better at South East Asia Major 2017, including a second-place finish for Noroma.

Just outside of qualifying position sits RunItBlack, who has been on a tear as of late. Over the past few weeks he won the North America West online event and finished second at TXT. Those performances have him in 20th place, 23 points behind Take and Super Akouma for the final TEKKEN World Tour Finals berths. He could move above the cut line this weekend, but to do so he will need to place at least ninth – and possibly better.

Dimeback has practically lived along the qualification cut line for the past few months. He stands on the wrong side of that line right now, as he is in 21st place heading into the weekend. He will need at least a top-eight finish this weekend to move above the red line, something he has only been able to do once in his last five Master events.