With the high and euphoria from the previous day’s MLG event lingering, many of the top players seemed to be missing early in the team event. But eventually all the major players made it in time. There were 16 teams, including Singles Champion ATL Anakin teaming up with 2 time National Tekken champ Bronson Tran, and Trungy. 2nd GMMA Kor teams up with Complexity teammates Crow and Emphy Naps. Also in the mix are 3rd place NYC Fab’s team with Addung and JDCR, the Koreans Nin, Knee and Holeman, and AO from Japan teamed with Just Frame James and MYK from Cali.
From Houston, besides Kor and Crow’s team, there was the team of Rochellie, KJ(13th place in the open tournament) and Mr. GMMA Cox. Their team nearly pulled off an upset of Suiken’s team, featuring 2 players from the Tekken singles championship bracket last night. After Rochellie defeated the first member of Suiken’s squad, she nearly beat Eddyboy Mang, going to the last round. After EDM beat Mr. Cox, KJ beat him to setup the final match against Suiken. It would go down to the last round before Suiken pulled out the victory.
Big match early in the bracket was ATL Anakin’s team vs NYC Fab’s team. Combined, there were 4 players who were in the championship bracket. Trungy went up first against Addung’s Asuka. Addung would win convincingly despite the crazy encouragement from his team. Next up was Bronson, after taking a 2 round lead, Addung stormed back to even the game, but Bronson was too solid in the last round bringing up Fab. Fab proved his 3rd place wasn’t just for show and defeated Bronson. This would bring up MLG champ Anakin. Even though they were among the top 3 players in the tournament, they never faced each other, so this was an anticipated match up. But Anakin would be simply too good for Fab and swept 3 straight rounds. The final match was Anakin vs JDCR from Korea. Once again Anakin would prove his pedigree and swept 3 straight rounds again with his Jack-6.
Suiken would later reverse OCV the team of Just Frame James, MYK and AO. Anakin’s team faced off against Kor’s. First match was a repeat of the grand finals. Kor still had no answers as Anakin romped to a straight sets victory. Next up was Emphy Naps. Naps put up a strong fight, but he too would fall to the MLG champ. Now it was up to Crow to prevent the OCV. But Anakin proved too strong sending the one time MLG team champs to the losers.
As the bracket whittled down, the final 4 teams came down to Pokchop’s team, Anakin’s team, Nin’s team and Suiken’s team. Team ATL Pokchop upset Kor’s team to reach the losers final. In the winner’s final it was Team Tekken Strikes vs Team Vietnam. Pokchop would go up first, and sweep the proceedings to advance to the losers final. First was Trungy vs Holeman. After taking a early 2 round lead, Holeman fought back to try and even the match, but Trungy pulled it off to take the match. Next up was Knee, in almost a reverse scenario, it was the Korean who took the early round lead, only to have Trungy fight back and almost even the game before double knees by Knee took it. Now came Bronson, Knee would take the early advantage and hold on to beat him. Next up was Anakin. Anakin pounded Knee’s Bryan and took the game. Now it was up to the rematch between the two anchors. Nin vs Anakin. Anakin started fast, taking the first 2 rounds, but Nin fought back to steal the 3rd. In the 4th round Anakin stopped Nin’s momentum cold sending Team Korea to the loser’s bracket.
Team NWA, ATL Pokchop, Shin Blade, and Lil Majin faced off against Team Korea, Nin, Holeman, and Knee, for a shot at the Grand Finals. Pokchop went first again, facing Holeman. Holeman tried to be aggressive, but Pokchop waited and punished for the victory. Holeman would make a comeback and took the win. Next up was Shin Blade, in the match he traded blow for blow with Holeman, but made one too many mistakes and lost. Now it was up to Lil Majin. But with Holeman now on a roll, it was too late for anything Majin could do.
This would setup a continuation rematch between Team Korea and Team Vietnam. Anakin defeated the last member of their squad so he went first. Holeman went up first for Korea. But the outcome looked like the winner’s final with Anakin still dominating. Knee went up next trying to turn the tide. Anakin would simply brush him aside, so now Team Vietnam was one win away from winning the event. Former SBO Tekken champion Nin was all that stood in the way. He would have to get past Anakin, and then sweep their entire team in order to take the tournament. Round 1 Nin goes fast and takes it easy. But round 2, Anakin made one quick adjustment and turned the momentum. Round 3, Anakin takes it with a perfect. With his back to the wall, Nin simply couldn’t get past Anakin’s Jack-6. Congratulations to ATL Anakin, Bronson, and Trungy, especially to Anakin for sweeping both events at the MLG National Championships! And so wraps up another succesful season of MLG, here’s to hoping to see them bring back Tekken 6 for next season!