Knee Wins Tekken 7 at Combo Breaker 2018

Tekken 7 rocked the house at Chicago's biggest fighting game tournament, but Knee stood above the rest and now sits alone atop the Tekken World Tour standings.

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Tekken 7 has wrapped up at Combo Breaker 2018 and the top of the field looked a little different this time around. But standing atop the field is a familiar face. It's Jae Min "Knee" Bae, winning over Sang-hyun "JeonDDing" Jeon in a tense 3-1 Grand Finals.

This was a rematch of the earlier Winners Finals, where Knee dominated 3-1. JeonDDing kept Knee on his toes throughout the Finals, constantly catching his opponent off guard with Eddy's unorthodox movements. Knee was able to rebound by catching Eddy against the wall and using the wall to his advantage. While JeonDDing kept his movements frantic, Knee stayed composed and was able to patiently wait for any openings.

The Grand Finals were preceded by an incredible Losers Finals set between JeonDDing and Sun "LowHigh" Woong Youn. Both players took each other to the limit, but it ultimately came down to one last set where LowHigh gambled with a Jack-7 pick. It was still a game of inches, but JeonDDing took a commanding lead in the set-deciding round and was able to advance to Grand Finals.

The Top 8 for this Tekken tournament looked noticeably different. The usual suspects started falling noticeably early, as defending world champion Byung-moon "Qudans" Son just priot to Top 8, losing to Trung "Trungy" Mai. Meanwhile, the Echo Fox brothers of Choi "SAINT" Jinwoo and Hyunjin "JDCR" Kim actually met in that same Losers Top 12 round, with SAINT coming out on top. But SAINT would go on to lose to LowHigh and finish in fourth place.

JDCR's 9th place finish also ensures that Knee will leapfrog him in the Tekken World Tour standings and sit alone at the top. The two entered the weekend separated by just five points.

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