The world’s biggest fighting game tournament kicked off July 12, with more than 3,000 players battling for thousands in cash prizes. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was the first game to crown its champion this weekend, and familiar names ruled the day.
The crowd in Las Vegas was solidly behind California’s own Bronson Tran, but Bae Jae Min, also known as “CafeId Knee,” took the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 title. Tran was on fire with Ogre and Jinpachi,battling out of the loser’s bracket, but Knee’s team of Bruce and Devil Jin was too much to overcome.
Knee took Game 1 in three rounds, putting the pressure on Tran. He had to take some chances and the majority didn’t pay off. Once establishing the advantage, Knee was too strong and had everything Tran wanted to do well scouted. Bae Jae Min adds this accolade to a lengthy list of accomplishments. Other victories for him include WCG 2010 and Tekken Busters Season 1.
He entered the army in his home of South Korea for two years as Tekken 5’s competitive era came to a close. This victory proves it’s like he never left the competitive scene. CafeId placed two players in the tourney’s Top 8, and they matched up. Knee defeated CafeId Nin in a battle of familiar foes, Nin using Marduk and Steve. These matchups are always fun to watch because each knows exactly what the other player wants to do, and the punishes are brutal.
Tran is a certified Tekken legend, but Evo has often been heartbreaking for him. He finished second in Tekken 5 at Evo 2006, third in 2007 and now second in 2013.
Still to come this weekend are tournaments for Persona 4 Arena, Super Street Fighter IV, Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters XIII, Injustice and Street Fighter X Tekken. We’ll see presentations for Injustice, Skullgirls and Microsoft’s much anticipated reboot of classic fighter Killer Instinct.