The Tekken World Tour Finals are finally here! Since April 2020, skilled Tekken enthusiasts from around the world have been battling it out to prove they’re the best at the art of digital martial arts fighting. Many players have been left behind and now only the top 20 players of Tekken 7 remain!
These 20 world-class Tekken players will be battling it out for the title of Tekken Champion in a series of fights on December 20th in Bangkok, Thailand. What’s going to happen? And who is the favorite to win? If you are looking for game accounts like Tekken, visit Eldorado.gg to find any game account you are looking for.
What Happens In The Tekken World Tour Finals?
The top 19 qualified Tekken players from around the world will meet in Bangkok, Thailand to battle it out to become the champion. These 19 players will be joined by the winner of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) round that will be held on Saturday 7th December. Up to 256 competitors will be able to take part in the LCQ to try and win their place as the 20th player.
On Sunday, December 20, the real fighting will begin. The Top four ranked players will be assigned to separate groups and then the remaining 16 players will get to choose which group to join. The groups will battle it out with only the top 2 ranked players in each group progressing to the final.
There will be eight players in the final bracket who will compete until one talented player is crowned the champion. The first place player will net themselves a whopping $50,000, 2nd place is $35,000, 3rd is $25,000, and 4th is $20,0001.
The prize money might not be League of Legends levels but it’s a considerable amount for the Tekken eSports scene. The more generous prize money we’re seeing this year suggests that there’s a real buzz growing around Tekken in particular, but more generally around fighting games in eSports.
Akuma Has Been Nerfed
The Akuma character, also known as “Great Devil”, has been nerfed after complaints that he was way too overpowered. This nerf happened in the patch 3.03 release for Tekken 7 which was launched in early November. The nerf revolves around reducing the meter-gain of Akuma by 25% which has the effect of increasing the damage it takes to fill up the Super Combo gauge.
Akuma’s extreme power was brought to light by the Pakistani Tekken community where the top players in that region turned Akuma into a killing machine. Up until that point, the elite Korean players largely considered Akuma to be a mid-tier character.
Overall it seems the nerfed was a much-needed tweak to the game and it will be interesting to see how the top players handle it in the upcoming finals.
Who Are The Favorites?
Arslan Ash is a Pakistani fighting games eSports player who is relatively new to the Tekken scene. Arslan was originally known for fighting skills in the game The King of Fighters where he became known as the best KOF XIII and KOF XIV player from Pakistan.
Despite his knack for fighting games, he’s only recently become recognized as a top tier Tekken 7 player. He burst onto the elite international Tekken scene last year in the OUG Tournament when he beat Tekken legend Knee, without losing a single game! He beat Knee again at the EVO Japan 2020 championships. Arslan Ash is currently ranked at number 6 in the Tekken World Tour.
Anakin is an American Tekken player who has won numerous championships throughout his career. He won multiple Wizard World events, Combo Breaker, and CEO Tekken Tour tournaments and is considered one of the best players in North America. Anakin is currently ranked at number 2 in the Tekken World Tour.
Knee is a South Korean world-renowned Tekken player and two-time EVO champion. He’s been playing the game since he was in elementary school, all the way back to when the first Tekken game launched.
With a wealth of experience both in the game and in the high-pressure environment of competitive gaming, he’s a lot of people’s favorite to win. Knee is currently ranked at number 1 in the Tekken World Tour.
LowHigh is a South Korean Tekken player best known for being a previous EVO champion for Tekken 7. LowHigh is currently ranked at number 3 in the Tekken World Tour.