Tournaments October 4th, 2018

TXT 2018 Preview

Pools: Saturday 9:30am ET (6:30am PT)
Top 32: Saturday, 3pm ET (12pm PT)
Top 8: Saturday, 5:30pm ET (2:30pm PT)

All action can be seen on twitch.tv/tekken

Brackets can be found here.

After two weeks of online action, the TEKKEN World Tour returns to an offline setting this week with a stop at this year’s TEKKEN Extreme Tournament, or TXT. Hosting duties for TXT rotate annually throughout South America, and this year’s edition will take place in Bogota, Colombia. TXT serves as a Master event on the Tour for the second straight year, so there will be a lot to play for this weekend.

Players from all over South America will throw down in the year’s event. Ireland’s Fergus, Korea’s Dimeback, and several players from the United States are slated to join them in the Bogota field. With just four events left before this year’s TEKKEN World Tour Finals, every point on this line will be crucial.

Here are just a few of the storylines to follow at TXT 2018:

Can RHades play his way into the TEKKEN World Tour Finals field?

South America’s best chance to see one of its own reach the TEKKEN World Tour Finals is Bogota’s own RHades. The Colombian star will have plenty of support in his own city, and he will be less than two weeks removed from a victory in the Latin America South online event. RHades could move into qualifying position if – and only if – he can win this weekend’s tournament.

But a Colombian flag at the top of the podium is far from a guaranteed outcome, especially if Peru has something to say about it. TekkenEmperor, who finished runner-up to RHades in the LatAm South online event, will be in the TXT field. He will be joined by fellow Peruvians Misterio and RoyNichi, both of whom made the top eight of last year’s TXT in Chile.

Can Dimeback get back above the qualification line?

Several players near the qualification bubble moved up the leaderboard thanks to their performances in the recent online events, and nearly all of those moves came at the expense of Dimeback. While Dimeback was idle, Fergus and Nobi picked up wins to push the Korean star

below the qualification line. To make things worse, Joey Fury and Book each picked up wins to shrink the size of the proverbial bubble.

This weekend is a big opportunity for Dimeback to get back into the Top 19. A top-four finish this weekend could get him back above the qualification line, and a first- or second-place finish will definitely do it. Dimeback has just one top-four finish on this year’s Tour, but it came at his most recent event, SoCal Regionals. Now would be a great time for another deep run.

Will the bubble burst for two of last year’s Tour Finalists?

For the second straight year, there will be a strong United States presence at TXT. Four US players are slated to be among the field in Bogota, and three of them will enter the weekend just below the TEKKEN World Tour Finals qualification line.

2017 TEKKEN World Tour finalist Speedkicks is the closesr contender of the two. He enters the weekend in 22nd place thanks to his third-place finish in the North America East online event, and he could move into the Top 19 should he equal that result this weekend. Likewise, P.Ling is searching for a third straight trip to the Tour Finals. The North America West online runner-up can only move into qualifying position with a first- or second-place finish this weekend.