Battle for the Ages: JDCR Triumphs at REV Major Philippines
Last week, the biggest Tekken 7 tournament in the Philippines was held at Circuit Makati and the best players of the country banded together in an attempt to “defend the land” against visitors from other countries. These visitors were representatives from Aruba, Finland, Hong Kong, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Japan, Korea, and each one of them were aiming for the TEKKEN World Tour ranking points that they could earn at REV Major Philippines.
The Philippines went full force in their defense at REV Major Philippines. Our best players were present during the tournament, including Maru, AK, Doujin, and Naturelover of team PlayBook Esports which is arguably the best Tekken team in our country at the moment. Their long time rivals Legion was also present with players Prime, Noelittle, GRouNDerZ, Coffee_Prinz, and the rest of their teammates in the mix. Local top teams Elite and B1G was also well represented in the tournament, and even players from Visayas and Mindanao flew in for the competition. Unifiltekken joined the tournament as well with our Northern Luzon players UFTC.Ian and UFTC.AlyasPOGI and of course Cebu’s very own UFTC.Gogoy. This powerful lineup, along with the rest of the Tekken community fought hard to make a stand against the top players from the rest of the world.
And our efforts proved effective to some degree. Japan’s top Xiaoyu player Cyclops|Tanukana was defeated by our own top Xiaoyu player UFTC.Gogoy and Legion.Noelittle. Another high ranking player from Japan GetNews.pekos fell against PBE|Maru. Malaysia’s Arenz was defeated by PBE|Naturelover and Legion.Prime. Meat from Indonesia was taken down by Elite.Jules. Many of our players fell to the foreign representatives, but four managed to survive the carnage until Top 16. PBE|Doujin, PBE|Maru, Legion.Noelittle, Legion.Prime, did their best to continue our struggle for the top, but unfortunately their run was ended before reaching Top 8.
Top 8 was stacked with players whose names regularly appear at the top of tournaments around the world. For Japan, Tsubumi, Yamsa|Take, and Yamasa|Nobi managed to survive. Kkokkoma, Knee, Dimeback, Echo Fox|JDCR and Echo Fox|Saint were the survivors from Korea. These players showed the Philippines a series of battles to remember, each at the highest level of Tekken. Japan managed to hold their ground until the losers finals where Knee defeated Yamasa|Take, landing him in third place. In the Grand Finals, Knee being known as a legend in the Tekken community, pushed hard for a reset against Echo Fox|JDCR who defeated him earlier. Despite Knee’s best efforts though, victory eluded him once more and Echo Fox|JDCR was able to win his second TEKKEN World Tour event.
Even though the Philippines fell short of the championship at REV Major Philippines, it was a valuable experience for the community as a whole. With every defeat, our players gained more perspective on how much more they can improve themselves and how much longer the path ahead of them is. At the same time, the skills we displayed at REV Major Philippines has been recognized by the entire international community, and not far in the future we’ll be bringing the fight to them. REV Major Philippines marks the start of many future events that will continue to push the growth of not just the Tekken community, but the entire fighting game community in the Philippines.