Hyeon-ho “Rangchu” Jeong is the new Tekken 7 champion after winning the Tekken World Tour finals over the weekend at an event in Amsterdam. His victory was the culmination of a year’s worth of competition, but at times it felt like he was fighting against history and even his own character en route to earning his crown.
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After 12 hours of intense play, MASTERCUP 10’s Tekken 7 team competition ended with the previous tournament’s runners-up finally claiming the title that they had almost managed to win a year ago. But what should have been a joyous occasion was tainted by controversy due to a slight technical malfunction during the championship match.
Sun-woong “LowHigh” Youn has been riding high since becoming Evo 2018’s Tekken 7 champion over the summer, and he entered last weekend’s tournament at The Mixup in Lyon, France as one of the favourites to win. As the event came to a close, however, he got eliminated handily by a local player.
While it’s typical for Tekken 7 competition to be dominated by South Korean players, the Evo 2018 finals featured a collection of amazing players from across the world. The eventual champion would have to contend with competitors not only from that Asian peninsula, but also the United States, Japan, and Thailand. Sun-woong “LowHigh” Youn proved he was up to the challenge, even when facing off against one of the longtime legends of the Tekken community.
Fighters in games like Tekken 7 can have a wide arsenal of attacks, with different angles, weights, and recovery time. But when you get the chance to mash that good button, ol' reliable, you make the most of it. At least, that's what Mr. Whooppee did when he trapped Rickstah's Akuma in a barrage of boots to the face in today's Combo Breaker pools.
Ten years ago, Byeong-mun "Qudans" Son was one of the strongest Tekken Tag Tournament and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection players on the planet. But professional esports was different then, and in 2007, Qudans largely stepped away from competition as he pursued an education and satisfied South Korea's requirement of mandatory military service. It wasn't until his father's death that he considered a return to competitive play.
The Japanese tournament Mastercup has few equals when it comes to Tekken competition, and the ninth instalment of this annual event certainly lived up to its pedigree last weekend. The stunning conclusion saw one competitor singlehandedly defeat five straight opponents to earn his team a grand finals victory.
In a surprising announcement, Final Fantasy 15's Noctis is joining Tekken 7. But fans have their own ideas regarding which characters they'd like to see in the King of Iron Fist Tournament.
First Injustice 2 gets the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now Tekken 7 is getting Final Fantasy XV's Prince Charming. Noctis Lucis Caelum joins the King of Iron Fist Tournament this autumn.
The end of a Tekken 7 tournament has sparked some wild speculation about what, exactly, a trophy plaque says. When the winners got on stage at South East Asia Major last Sunday, the tournament organisers handed the first-place cup to Byeong "Qudans" Mun Son. Then, they told him to turn it around so the plaque couldn't be seen. Meanwhile, third-place winner Kim "JDCR" Hyun Jin kept reaching for the trophy, perhaps to turn it around ... or to claim it for himself.
For the first time in its short history, Bandai Namco Entertainment's official Tekken 7 world championship is set to be held outside of Japan. The Tekken World Finals, scheduled for November 12, will invite 16 of the world's fiercest competitors to San Francisco to compete for a $US50,000 ($63,600) prize pool.
There are a lot of great Tekken 7 players, but the masters of the game still hail mostly from South Korea. In a grand finals that pitted countrymen and fellow Echo Fox players Jin Woo "Saint" Choi and Hyun Jin "JDCR" Kim against one another, it was the latter who managed their first Evo championship win.
When Tekken Tag Tournament came out in 2000, the game included a bowling mini-game called Tekken Bowl that became a cult favourite among Tekken players. Unlike Tekken, the bowling mini-game isn't deep or complicated. You just choose a Tekken character and aim your bowling ball down the lane. But it's still a competitive game ... albeit an obscure one buried in a fighting game menu.