Last June 3rd, Tekken 7 had a Launch Tournament in the Philippines, the biggest to date, hosted by Team Spooky and Playbook in partnership with SplitmediaLabs, called Rage art. The event was attended by more than 200 fighting game enthusiasts, pro players, and media. Which was also visited and joined by the world’s Top Tekken 7 players from Echo Fox.
The initial prize pool was ₱25,000 ($507.39 [FXR]) until Twitch joined and doubled it to ₱50,000 ($1,014.779 [FXR]). This caught the attention of the Top 2 Tekken 7 players from Echo Fox, JDCR and Saint. On the Tournament day itself, through Team Spooky‘s Twitch channel, the prize pool has increased to ₱100,000 ($2,029.558 [FXR]) donated by viewers via Matcherino, a crowdfunding service.
There were more than 160 players who competed; there were PBE‘s own Alexandre “AK” Laverez, the Timezone Philippines Tekken 7 Champion Andreij “Doujin” Albar, and the King of Iron Fist Asia Qualifier Maru. Of course, the world’s top from Echo Fox team, HyunJin “JDCR” Kim and the King of Iron Fist World Champion Jinwoo “Saint” Choi, all joined the competition.
Loser’s Semi-Finals: Echo Fox | Saint vs. PBE.Doujin
Or should we say, the King of Iron Fist World Champion vs. the Timezone Philippines Tekken 7 Champion. Though the match was on the loser’s bracket, this was a battle of the champions, and they did not disappoint the on-site and online crowds.
Both started with Jack-7, mirroring and sizing up each other. Saint won Game 1 and Doujin switched to Kazumi, which got the on-site crowd chanting “tiger”. It was a very good choice, as Doujin breezed through Game 2 bringing the score to a tie.
Saint switched to his other main, Dragunov, this was the only time he used it in the entire tournament but Doujin still won Game 3 with his Kazumi. In Game 4, Saint switched to Eddy, known worldwide as a character that is hard to defeat in the game’s history. However, here in the Philippines, Eddy is well used, virtually no Tekken fan has not used nor faced Eddy. Because of this, what would have been an advantage for Saint turned into a disadvantage. Doujin, once again, won this game and this match.
The crowd cheered and this was no doubt the best match in Rage Art Tekken 7 Launch Tournament. Of course, this also sent waves of shock to the International scene as the Philippines rarely make a name in worldwide video game competitions. This time, a champion from another local competition defeated a World Champion. The Tekken scene dramatically changed at this point. Similar to other game genres where a Filipino gamer or team showed out-of-nowhere, the undisputed video game champions, Koreans, should now take into consideration Filipino competitors.
Medals, plaques, and a trophy were given to the winners other than the cash prize. Echo Fox’s JDCR became the Rage Art Tekken 7 Tournament Champion after defeating PBE’s Doujin in the tournament finals, the latter getting the second place. The third went to PBE’s AK, while on the fourth place was Echo Fox’s Saint. Tied on the 5th place were Coffee_Prinz and Prime. Then on the 7th were Noelittle and IPT‘s eL.
Congratulations to all the winners, especially to JDCR, Doujin, AK, and Saint, for giving us all a great and memorable match. We hope to see JDCR and Saint to compete in tournaments here in the Philippines. While to Doujin and AK, keep raising the flag of the Philippines!
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gameshogun Yuki: This tournament showed what Filipinos are capable of if professional gaming is recognised on the national level. Look at countries like South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, the US, and many countries in the European region.
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