ShackStream: Tekken it to the Lab Episode 1: Dragunov

In our first Tekken 8 character tutorial, we'll be breaking down Dragunov, exploring his movelist, and assembling combos and strategies.

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Tekken 8 has been out for a minute now, and no doubt if you’ve been playing, you may have found your character and figured them out, but if you’re still searching for the right character with the right capabilities, we’re hear to help. Learning characters in Tekken 8 can be very daunting, but with some time and patience, you can learn to combo, punish, and optimize. We’re going to prove it by going through the Tekken character rosters and breaking them down one by one!

Tekken it to the Lab Episode 1: Dragunov

 You might be wondering, why Dragunov to start? Why not a main character like Jin or a new character like Reina or Victor? The simple answer is because Dragunov is popular! With his Russian-style CQC and multitude of oppressive strikes and throws, he’s a nasty combatant with a cold demeanor to match.

Tune in as we go live on the Shacknews Twitch channel around 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET for Tekken it to the Lab with Dragunov as our first subject! You can also watch just below:

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Is Dragunov as top-tier as everyone thinks he is? Find out when we go live with the character on Tekken it to the Lab’s first episode! Got a character you want us to breakdown? Let us know in the Chatty section below!

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TJ Denzer is a player and writer with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. He found his way to the Shacknews roster in late 2019 and has worked his way to Senior News Editor since. Between news coverage, he also aides notably in livestream projects like the indie game-focused Indie-licious, the Shacknews Stimulus Games, and the Shacknews Dump. You can reach him at and also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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