Tournaments August 30th, 2018

SUMMER JAM 12 Preview

Pools: Saturday, 1pm ET / 10am PT
Top 32: Saturday, 9pm ET / 6pm PT
Top 8: Sunday, 7pm ET / 4pm PT All action streamed on twitch.tv/tekken

Brackets can be found here.

America’s best players have some catching up to do.

Cherry Hill, New Jersey is the site of Summer Jam 12, this weekend’s stop on the TEKKEN World Tour. Players will be extra hungry to pick up valuable points this weekend; not only is Summer Jam a Master event, but it is the first Tour event in the United States since CEO in late June. It’s also the final Master event on US soil this season, so this weekend is do-or-die for several players hoping to reach the TEKKEN World Tour Finals without leaving US soil.

Nearly 200 players will be in action this weekend, including several international stars. Korea, Japan, Thailand, France, and the United Kingdom will all be represented in this weekend’s field. They’ll square off against the best players that the United States has to offer, including all five American representatives in last year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finalists.

Here are just a few of the storylines to follow at Summer Jam:

Can Lil Majin build off of his amazing Evo run?

LowHigh and Qudans were the top two finishers at Evo 2018, but Lil Majin could be considered the event’s MVP. Majin was the lone American to reach Championship Sunday, and he did so in style. The King player was a kingslayer in Las Vegas, taking down Shadow, Pekos, JeonDDing, Noroma, and JDCR on his way to a third-place finish.

Summer Jam will mark Lil Majin’s first TEKKEN World Tour event since his Evo run. Depending on how other players fare, he may be able to move into position to qualify for the Tour Finals if he can reach Sunday’s top eight session. The good news: Lil Majin did just that at both of the Master events he has entered this year (Final Round and CEO). The bad news: Of those players he toppled at Evo, all but Noroma will be in this weekend’s field, and all of them will be hungry for revenge.

Can Dimeback find some breathing room?

Momentum can be a fickle beast. For proof of this, look no further than Dimeback. The Korean star scored top-eight finishes at Battle Arena Melbourne and CEO to put himself in position to

qualify for the Tour Finals. But his place in the season championship is very tenuous, as he has failed to finish among the top 16 at any Tour event since CEO. He enters the weekend in 19th place on the Tour leaderboard, making him the last man in the field… for now.

Not only does Dimeback have to worry about his own performance, but he’ll likely be keeping an eye on the players ahead and behind him in the standings. Joey Fury, who just joined Dimeback on the Equinox roster this week, begins the weekend in 18th place. Joey is 40 points ahead of Dimeback heading into Summer Jam, and a deep run for the American star could increase that gap. But perhaps more importantly, Kaneandtrench stands just 15 points behind Dimeback. If Kane finishes in the top 12 this weekend, Dimeback could be pushed out of qualifying position.

Can last year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finalists get back into contention?

Under last year’s TEKKEN World Tour format, the top five players from each region qualified for the Tour Finals. The five players who represented the Americas in 2017 were Anakin, Joey Fury, JimmyJTran, Speedkicks, and (after Peruvian star Crespo had to withdraw) P.Ling. This time around, only Anakin and Joey Fury are on pace to make a return trip to the season championship. For the other three, Summer Jam could be a make-or-break moment for their qualifying chances.

Responsibilities beyond gaming have limited JimmyJTran to just one event this year: CEO, where he made the top eight. He has a lot of work to do to reach his fourth straight global TEKKEN 7 final, and a deep run this weekend would be a major boost. Speedkicks and P.Ling, meanwhile, have had similar seasons: Both performed well at Texas Showdown, but neither has finished higher than seventh at any other Tour event. Both will need big weekends to get themselves back in the hunt.