The Tekken World Tour Finals in California concluded this past weekend, putting an end to several months of grueling practice and tournament bouts that hundreds of prospective champions put themselves through to be named the best in the world. Featuring sixteen elite participants representing several countries, the TWT Finals boasted a seemingly unending supply of hype and some shocking upsets and pleasant surprises across a long, but entertaining 9-hour broadcast.
The event has two phases: first is round robin groups, where players are separated into fours and begin to play each other. The two best performers in each group get to go on top 8, with first place starting in winners, and second place starting in losers, transitioning into the traditional double-elimination format.
Streaming was handled by the official Tekken channel on Twitch.
- 1. Echo Fox | JDCR [Dragunov]: 3-0
- 2. Circa | Joey Fury [Jack-7]: 2-1
- 3. TDG | Fergus [Asuka, Xiaoyu]: 1-2
- 4. UYU | P.Ling [Xiaoyu]: 0-3
- 1. Qudans [Devil Jin]: 3-0
- 2. PG | Speedkicks [Hwoarang]: 2-1
- 3. CKT | Blackbeard [Josie]: 1-2
- 4. Crazy | Super Akouma [Akuma]: 0-3
- 1. CGG | Tissuemon [Master Raven]: 3-0
- 2. COOASGAMES | Noroma [Jack-7]: 2-1
- 3. Anakin [Jack-7, Paul]: 1-2
- 4. DG | KaneAndTrench [Yoshimitsu]: 0-3
- 1. Echo Fox | Saint [Jack-7]: 3-0
- 2. NCSS | Jimmy J Tran [Bryan]: 2-1
- 3. Yamasa | Nobi [Dragunov]: 1-2
- 4. ROX | Knee [Dragunov, Steve]: 0-3
- 1. Qudans [Devil Jin]
- 2. Echo Fox | Saint [Jack-7]
- 3. Echo Fox | JDCR [Dragunov, Heihachi]
- 4. CGG | Tissuemon [Master Raven]
- 5. Circa | Joey Fury [Jack-7, Paul]
- 5. COOASGAMES | Noroma [Jack-7]
- 7. PG | Speedkicks [Hwoarang]
- 7. NCSS | Jimmy J Tran [Bryan]
JDCR comes in third after a dramatic fight with Qudans that saw him pleasantly surprising everyone with a Heihachi pick, but his efforts still came up short. Finally, Saint and Qudans squared off in grand finals, with Qudans managing an awe-strikingly consistent domination over the Echo Fox member, forcing a reset from losers bracket after being sent there by Saint in the first place. His momentum continued until he took home the win and tearfully accepted his trophy.
It was truly an event to witness; one which showed that the world of Tekken was one where dreams came true. Many expected another all-Echo Fox grand finals, but ended up with a champion who has been an elite player for over a decade, but almost never had the opportunity to travel. We all look forward to next year's Tekken World Tour, and hope to see both known names and new faces competing throughout the year.