Tournaments November 29th, 2018

TEKKEN WORLD TOUR FINALS 2018 PREVIEW

Last Chance Qualifier: Saturday, 12:00 CET / 6am ET / 3am PT
Finals: Sunday, 10:00 CET / 4am ET / 1am PT

All action streamed on twitch.tv/TEKKEN

Brackets: smash.gg/tournament/tekken-world-tour-finals-2018

Over the last few days, we have taken a look at the players who have secured their places in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. We looked at the top four seeds, the players ranked fifth through 12th, and the players ranked 13th through 19th. But who will get the 20th and final spot in the championship event?

That’s what we will find out during Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier. The LCQ features a field of 256 entrants, including several top players from Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. It includes a mix of players who barely missed qualifying for the Tour Finals through the leaderboard and talented players who could not attend many events. The winner - and only the winner - earns a spot in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals on Sunday.

There are numerous players who have a chance to play their way into the Finals field - far too many to list here. So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the notable names who will compete in Saturday’s Last Chance Qualifier:

It took a crowdfunding effort to get him to Amsterdam, but Abel del Maestro will have a shot at playing in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. The four-time TXT champion will have Peru and the rest of South America on his back, but his third-place finish at Canada Cup showed that he is more than capable of carrying the weight.

Despite missing a pair of critical events due to forces outside of his control, Asim remained in contention to qualify for the Tour Finals until very late in the season. The UK’s top finisher on the 2018 Tour has been a threat whenever he has gotten to compete, as he showed at The Colosseum when he finished in second place.

Blackbeard did not have the season he would have liked to have in 2018. The only way he can reach the TEKKEN World Tour Finals is by winning the final tournament before the championship this weekend. Lucky for him, he has experience in doing just that. He won the European Regional event at Paris Games Week to reach last year’s Finals. Can Danish lightning strike twice?

Winning ELEAGUE TEKKEN Team Takedown captain Cuddle_Core is set to compete in her second Tour event since getting signed to Equinox Gaming in late October. At her first event under the team’s banner she scored a top-four finish at a talent-filled Canada Cup. What does she have in store for an encore?

Dimeback travelled the globe in pursuit of a place in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals field - only JeonDDing attended more events - but he ended the year one spot below the qualification line. He has one last chance to reach the championship field. Can he make the most of his final opportunity?

Double is certainly no stranger to season championships, as he finished in the top four in TEKKEN 7’s first-ever season championship in 2015. He’s had his share of success in 2018 as well, finishing among the top eight at Tokyo TEKKEN Masters and earning a second-place result at the most recent TEKKEN Pro Championship event.

Kalak’s lack of points on this year’s Tour certainly doesn’t equate to a lack of skill. The Frenchman made waves at The Mixup when he picked up wins over Pekos, Asim, and Evo champion LowHigh on his way to a fifth-place finish. Can he make another big splash this weekend?

Mitrust-Storm ended his season with a strong second-place finish at Berlin TEKKEN Clash, and he will hope to make another deep run in Amsterdam. He leads a strong Italian contingent that includes DevilKazuya, DanielMado, Rikimaru, and Ghirlanda, all of whom finished in the top 100 of the Tour Leaderboard, and all of whom hope to join fellow countryman Tissuemon in the Tour Finals.

Pekos has split his attention between TEKKEN 7 and DRAGON BALL FighterZ as of late, and he was been able to make deep runs in both games at Evo, VSFighting, and Summer Jam. He is still incredibly dangerous when his focus is solely on TEKKEN, as he showed with his top-three finish at the recent TEKKEN Pro Championship event.

P.Ling is no stranger to the spotlight at this time of the year, as he competed in the season championships in both 2016 and 2017. He’ll need a big weekend to reach a third Finals event in a row, but that could be within reach. His two biggest points hauls - second place at the NA West online event and fifth place at TXT - came at the last two Tour events he entered.

Shadow_20z might not have the multi-year resume of fellow American stars JimmyJTran or Anakin just yet, but he’s got plenty to hang his hat on already. After a tremendous performance at the ELEAGUE TEKKEN Team Takedown, he finished among the top four at both Texas Showdown and SoCal Regionals. Can he - or his brother, Joonya_20z - cap 2018 off with a place in the Tour Finals?

If you believe in history repeating itself, Speedkicks may be your pick to win the Last Chance Qualifier. Saturday’s tournament will be full of European talent, and that will suit the Texas Showdown runner-up just fine. Speedkicks beat both European players he faced at last year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finals on his way to a seventh-place finish.