The North America qualifier for The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 finally concludes after an extensive interstate tour, and five hours of top-tier Tekken action.

Photo by Carlos Dela Cruz (@ThePhantomnaut)
Photo by Carlos Dela Cruz (@ThePhantomnaut)

There were twenty players who managed to qualify for the North America finals. These players got in through the numerous events of the Tekken tour or through the Last Chance Qualifier which was held the day before.

The event started off with a four pool round robin which selected eight players for the main tournament including: Kane, ITS | Spero Gin, ITS | Princess Ling, Circa | Anakin, Circa | Speedkicks, JustFrameJames, Mr. Naps, and BXA Kodee. Out of these eight players, only the top three would be able to represent North America in the Japan Finals.

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The first player to get a representative slot was Circa | Anakin who went straight for the winners finals by defeating fellow competitors ITS | Princess Ling and Kane. Circa | Anakin is  one of the top players from the entire Tekken tour, and repeatedly forfeited his slot in the tournament in order to join the other Tekken tour events.

Next up to win a representative slot was Mr. Nap. He barely got out of pools, but went straight for the winners finals as well by defeating fellow competitors BXA Kodee and Circa | Speedkicks. Mr. Naps was the American representative in the 2013 Global Championship for TTT2, as well as in the King of Iron Fist Tournament in 2015. Both tournaments did not end well for Mr. Naps, but now he has a chance to return to the biggest Tekken stage.

Finally, the last to represent North America in the Japan finals was ITS | Princess Ling. He’s one of the youngest players in the tournament, and is well known in the competitive scene for being one of the best Xiaoyu players from North America. ITS | Princess Ling was sent to the losers bracket early by Circa | Anakin. However, he worked his way to the losers finals by defeating fellow competitors ITS | Spero Gin, Circa | Speedkicks, and Kane.

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The winners finals started of incredibly intense with Mr. Naps winning the first match against Circa | Anakin with an unbelievable slow-motion double K.O. He continued his impressive Bryan play and managed to send Circa | Anakin to the losers bracket, while moving on to the grand finals.

This result led to ITS | Princess Ling going against Circa | Anakin in the losers final. Even though Circa | Anakin took an early first match, ITS | Princess Ling managed to even out the sets and even getting another one over his opponent. Circa | Anakin’s experience over the young Tekken player however proved its persistence when he took two straight sets afterwards instead. With that, Circa | Anakin proceeded to the grand finals, and sat ITS | Princess Ling down in third place.

In the grand finals, Mr. Naps steamrolled over Circa | Anakin as if he was in a rush to finish the tournament. He took three straight sets over Circa | Anakin while losing barely any rounds at all. It was an impressive show from Mr. Naps as if he was declaring to the world that he is still the top Tekken player from North America.

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The results are as follows:

Champion: Mr. Naps
2nd: Circa | Anakin
3rd: ITS | Princess Ling
4th: Circa | Speedkicks
5th: Kane
5th: BXA | Kodee
7th: JustFrameJames
7th: ITS | Spero Gin

Big congratulations to these players, and we’ll be seeing Mr. Naps, Circa | Anakin, and ITS | Princess Ling at the King of Iron Fist Finals in Japan on December 10, 2016! Be sure not to miss the biggest Tekken tournament of the year!

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