Pools: Saturday, 10:30am-2pm ET (7:30am-11am PT)
Top 32: Saturday, 2pm-5pm ET (11am-2pm PT)
Top 8: Sunday, 8am ET (5am PT)
Brackets can be found here.
The TEKKEN World Tour heads back to Europe this weekend for TEKKEN Grand Battle. The event, part of The Mixup in Lyon, France, has quickly become one of Europe’s biggest tournaments. Its status as a Master event means that there will be plenty of heavy hitters in attendance. Over 175 players from across Europe and Asia are scheduled to compete this weekend.
TEKKEN Grand Battle is a significant milestone on the tour. Not only is it the year’s final European Master event and second-to-last offline European event overall, but it’s the final Tour event to use the ‘Season 1’ version of the game. The Season 2 balance changes will be live by the time the event starts, so this will be the last chance to see this version of the game in action.
Here are a few more storylines to follow at TEKKEN Grand Battle:
Can JDCR successfully defend his title?
JDCR had one heck of a European vacation last year. TEKKEN Grand Battle was the third of three European Master events that JDCR attended in 2017, all of which he won. The Korean star attended three Master events in Europe on last year’s Tour and won all three. His 2018 campaign has not been quite as dominant, as he finished fourth at his only European appearance this year (VSFighting) and has just one win over the entirety of the 2018 Tour.
JDCR would love to get back to dominant ways this weekend, but so would several other Korean players. Last weekend’s Summer Jam marked the first time on this year’s Tour that a Master event was won by someone outside of Korea, and JDCR’s countrymen do not want to make that a trend. Knee, Saint, JeonDDing, Kkokkoma, LowHigh, Chanel, Qudans, and Dimeback are all scheduled to compete in Lyon as of press time, and all of them will be looking to end the weekend on top of the podium.
Can Super Akouma make another magical run?
With two victories under his belt, Super Akouma has already created some great moments on this year’s TEKKEN World Tour. His most memorable moment, however, may still be what he did at last year’s TEKKEN Grand Battle. After falling behind 2-0 to Caiper in the losers’ final, Super Akouma rode the support of the French crowd to an epic comeback. He took the next three games to win the set, and the front two rows of fans stormed the stage in celebration.
The French star returns to Lyon this weekend in hopes of recapturing some of that magic. He may be in the form to do just that thanks to his recent victory at Celtic Throwdown. There are plenty of players in attendance who could prevent that from happening though, including Tissuemon. The Italian star fell to Super Akouma in the Celtic Throwdown grand final, and he would love to get a bit of revenge this weekend.
Can Dimeback or Kaneandtrench get back into qualifying position?
TEKKEN Grand Battle is the final European Master event of 2018. For many European players who can’t travel intercontinentally, this is the last best chance to move up the rankings and potentially earn a place in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. Players like Esports World Championship qualifier Danielmado, or top VSFighting finishers Sephiblack and DevilKazuya, can leap into qualifying positions with deep runs. Yet, as things stand now, the players to watch this weekend will be Dimeback and Kaneandtrench.
Neither Korea’s Dimeback nor the U.K.’s Kaneandtrench had great weekends at Summer Jam, at least in terms of the qualification race. Both players finished outside the Top 16 at that event, and both were surpassed in the standings by JimmyJTran and Speedkicks. Each player trails Fergus, the man who currently holds the 19th and final qualification spot, by significant amounts in the standings. Dimeback must place at least fifth this weekend to get back into qualifying position, while Kaneandtrench must make it to the last four of the tournament to do the same. There will still be opportunities to earn points after this weekend, but a bad result here for either player will make the road to the Finals much more difficult.