Red Bull Kumite has begun in Las Vegas, with some of the best fighting game players in the world facing off in the ring. The first day of competition was packed with action and memorable moments, so let’s dive in.
Guilty Gear Strive
The day kicked off with the Guilty Gear Strive Top 8 tournament. Held in a round-robin format, we watched as the players went through a gauntlet of matches, building their records and looking to avoid elimination. The competitors were randomly sorted into two pools.
Diaphone was the breakout star of the group stage, dominating the competition with his I-No. Going 6-0, he didn’t lose a single game. He met with Daru in a mirror match and pulled off an upset against one of the favorites going into the tournament.
SonicFox had a rough go at it, going 0-3 in their matches and eventually being eliminated from the tournament. Gobou had an excellent performance in the A Pool, only dropping a single match on the road to a 3-0 finish.
FROM LCQ TO GRAND FINALS! @Diaphone_ secures his spot against @smerinthinae.— Red Bull Gaming @ Red Bull Kumite in Las Vegas (@redbullgaming) November 14, 2021
One of these great fighters will be crowned the first ever RED BULL KUMITE GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- CHAMPION! 🏆🥊
WATCH THE FINAL @ https://t.co/1R1obzLn49 pic.twitter.com/1iYn5aNiZD
Gobou and Diaphone met in the Grand Finals to determine the first ever Red Bull Kumite Guilty Gear Strive. Gobou shook things up and went with Goldlewis, while Diaphone stuck with I-No. After a strong showing, Gobou emerged victorious and was crowned the first-ever Red Bull Kumite Guilty Gear Strive Champion.
The Tekken 7 Top 8 was the second tournament event of the day and followed the same round-robin style as the previous one. Once again, the players were randomly sorted into two pools.
The matches were exciting and competitive, with one of the standouts being when longtime rivals Anakin and Knee met during the Group Stage. Knee dominated in the opening round of the final four, sweeping JDCR 4-0 on his way to securing a spot in the Grand Finals.
@holyknee pulls out the win, and by doing so in a 2-0 fashion, locked up the #1 seed in the TOP 4 of the @TEKKEN tournament. We’re nearing the Grand Finals 👉 https://t.co/1R1obzLn49 pic.twitter.com/VKwnX0vwSG— Red Bull Gaming @ Red Bull Kumite in Las Vegas (@redbullgaming) November 14, 2021
In the Grand Finals, Knee faced off against Gen in what was an epic conclusion to the day’s action. In the end, Gen ended up winning with a final score of 5-2, taking home the title of Red Bull Kumite Tekken 7 Champion.
It was a wild day one of Red Bull Kumite, with both the Guilty Gear Strive and Tekken 7 tournaments bringing the heat. The action is going to continue soon with Day Two, which features the Street Fighter 5 main event tournament.