Now when most people think of professional gaming in Korea, or just in general, Starcraft would probably be the first thing to come to mind. and while i think starcraft is great and all, Tekken is a far more interesting game to me, whether it's watching or playing the game Similar to Starcraft, Korea is home to many of the world's best Tekken players. There is a Korean show called Tekken Crash, in which some of the best players form teams of 3 to compete in a huge tournament that is currently in its 7th season. One of the best teams in the tournament is called Resurrection. Their team is made up of Knee, Holeman, and Tongbal Love (who play as Bryan, Lars, and Devil Jin respectively) and they just won season 6. These three players are arguably each top 10 players in the world. So anyway, onto the topic of the blog.
The whole collection of videos that i will be talking about can be found here. It is, however, nearly 3 hours of content so unless you really like watching Tekken you probably don't want to watch all that, which is why i'm writing a blog about it.
Now i'm going to tell you how the tournament works. there are 4 groups and each group has 4 teams. In each group, two teams will advance to the next round. Inside one group, it starts off with two games team A goes up against team B, and team C goes up against team D. The winners of those two games go against each other in the Winner's Match while the losers fight each other in the Loser's Match. The winner of the Winner's Match moves onto the next round of the tournament and the loser of the Loser's Match is completely eliminated from the tournament. The other two teams (loser of the Winner's match and winner of the Loser's match) go up against each other in the Final Match and if you win you move on the next round of the tournament, but if you lose you are eliminated. This whole process is shown in the link above.
If you've read all this and you are disappointed because there seems to be nothing yet about comebacks or upsets, i apologize. but don't worry because i am about to get on that now.
So i told you about team Resurrection, and they are in this subject set of videos of Tekken Crash. Their first game was against a team called Infinity S, and Resurrection won it easy as Knee beat every guy on the other team with relative ease, just as expected. When Resurrection got to the winner's match, however, things didn't go as well as they would've liked there. Knee did win his first fight, but the opposing team (known as BOU Returns) had a very strong second player (named Magnetic, playing as Julia) swept through the whole team of Resurrection. This was a big upset by itself, but Resurrection wasn't out yet, and as it turned out after Infinity S won their loser's match, all Resurrection had to do was beat that team again who they were able to get past so easily before. In the final match, things were going as planned as Knee beat the first member of Inifinity S and the next once again. The third member, however, was able to beat Knee three rounds to one. This was a Wang player known as Lee3, and was actually projected to be the weakest member of the team before the tournament began. His teammates were extremely excited as they didn't expect Lee3 to play so well and even defeat Knee, one of the greatest players in the world. On the other side, Resurrection just had to shrug it off. They still had their other two players, Holeman and Tongbal Love, and they just had to take out this one guy. No big deal, they just gotta play the game like they always do. Holeman was up next. He went to the final round with Lee3, but had a rough start to the final round and lost it.
At this point, Tongbal Love was up and personally, I still thought Resurrection was going to come away from this with a scare but a victory in the end. The last guy up has been watching these matches and by now knows what he's in for. But as soon as the last match started, it was looking like Lee3 was really going to pull this off. In the first round he played to near perfection, ducking highs, parrying lows, and carrying Devil Jin all the way to the wall for massive damage. Tongbal could only get one hit in during that round. In round 2, Lee3 continued to play well, but Tongbal Love was playing a little better as well. Tongbal was taken down to rage when he started to come back, almost making it even again, but couldn't take advantage when Wang hit the wall, as his potential killing blow was blocked and he was hit with one right back. Lee3 was up 2 rounds to one, just one round win away from taking out the defending champs and moving onto the next round of this extremely competitive tournament. The crowd, his teammates, as well as the announcers were all excited as can be. Tongbal Love got it together a little more in round 3 though, winning without taking much damage at all. Then round 4 came. Lee3 could potentially lose all momentum if he lost this one, and Tongbal still had a lot of confidence. Lee3 was the first to take a big lead, but Tongbal Love was able to get the lead back with a juggle combo. A lot of time went by with each player taking little or no damage as any mistake from either player would be critical. Soon, though, the clock was ticking down and when there was less than 10 seconds left, Tongbal had to get something in because he was behind in health. But as he tried to get a hit in, everything was blocked and Wang was only hitting him back to make the lead even more insurmountable. Tongbal couldn't get a hit in until there was just one second left, but that was far too late and Infinity S's Lee3 defeated the team of Resurrection, ending on a Time Up. People in the crowd were amazed by what happened as Resurrection, a team expected to go to the finals, was taken out in the first round by a team no one expected to go anywhere.
On the right here is the hero of the team, Lee3, while in the middle is Poongho, who actually plays as the character Lee, and on the left is the very excitable Workboy, who got his team past the loser's match with Lars single handedly
Everything that Infinity S is feeling, these guys are feeling the exact opposite. They'd probably prefer me not to tell you who is who here, so let's just give them some space
A simple rating of the players. The bars from top to bottom are Attack, Defense, and Crisis Management (clutch?). Everyone on Resurrection is pretty damn good. But Lee3's bars aren't even as colorful as eveyone else's. Apparently someone needs to get on that, especially the Crisis Management bar for both Lee3 and Tongbal Love (Devil Jin). Also I've realized that these bars are kind of fucked up. We can see that the guys on the left have bars that go from left to right, as well as numbers 0, 50, and 100 that go from left to right so everything is right there. but for the guys on the right, their bars go from right to left, however their numbers go from left to right. so again, someone really needs to fix this shit