The 2018 Tekken World Tour kicked off at Final Round 2018 over the weekend. The first Tekken 7 tournament victory of the new season goes to Korean Tekken legend Bae "Knee" Jae Min.
The Grand Finals was a rematch of an earlier match, with Knee facing Hyunjin "JDCR" Kim. While Knee dominated the first bout between the two, JDCR made things closer this time around. It wasn't by much, though, as Knee quickly settled down and was able to claim victory with Devil Jin.
Knee cruised to the Grand Finals by making short work of the killer Echo Fox duo of JDCR (2-0) and Jinwoo "Saint" Choi (3-0). While Saint and JDCR are normally jockeying for position along the top of the standings, there were absolutely no answers for Knee today. Knee capped off the Echo Fox sweep with some unparalleled Paul play.
That soon led to these same two Echo Fox powerhouses going at it for the right to face Knee again in Grand Finals. This has been a long-running rivalry, with this latest round going to JDCR. Saint showed spirit in fighting back to tie the series, but JDCR was never in any real trouble in the final game and won it easily.
Knee will begin this season at the top of the Tekken World Tour standings. He takes home the lion's share of the prize pool, which includes a $5,000 bonus.