@EVO 2017 @TEKKEN Finalist @holyknee signs with ROX Gaming
Last night, ROX Gaming, an organization based primarily in Korea, announced the signing of Jae Min “Knee” Bae, a Korean legend from the world of Tekken esports.
— ROX Tigers (Eng) (@tigerslol_eng) August 7, 2017
Fresh off his third place finish at Evolution 2017 in July, Knee’s future as a Tekken competitor has never looked brighter. One of very few players able to stand alongside Echo Fox’s JDCR (the EVO champion) and Saint in terms of skill, Knee is currently ranked in 2nd for the Asia-Pacific regional leaderboards in the Tekken World Tour.
Since his days of elementary school, Knee has been a longtime player of the entire Tekken franchise, starting with Tekken 1. He is considered one of the gods of competitive Tekken, and his domination in the 2010 era for Major League Gaming justifies his reputation. Additionally, Knee was the first player to achieve the online rank of “Tekken God” in Tekken 7 last year, before the game officially arrived to consoles.
In EVO 2016, he placed second in Tekken 7. His placing this year is close to a replication of that result, but still extremely commendable given that, out of over a thousand players, JDCR and Saint both placed in the Top 2 and are considered the best Tekken 7 players today.
As quoted by Eliot Namgung, eSports director for ROX Gaming:
“We were impressed with Knee’s consistent level of play and his ability to perform at the highest level for over a decade now. With the Tekken World Tour being announced this year, it was a no-brainer to pick him up to represent our organization. His personality, skill level, and class all align with the ideals that ROX instills in its players and teams.
“We look forward to having Knee in our organization as he will be an influential player for us but also in the future of our organization. We are looking to start an academy where young players will be able to hone their skills in their respective game but also learn other skills in physical therapy, English fluency, and social skills where they can prepare for a professional eSport career. Knee’s massive experience as a professional eSports player will be a huge asset for our organization moving forward.”
A huge asset, indeed! Since Tekken 7 entered the competitive scene by means of arcade cabinets, Knee has been a force to be reckoned with. In fact, he took second place at 2015’s King of Iron Fist Tournament, winning over $10,000 as a result. He hadn’t been sighted in another tournament since then, up until EVO 2016 took place at Las Vegas’s Convention Center and Mandalay Bay.
The signing of ROX Knee also marks ROX Gaming’s official entrance into the FGC’s corner of esports. Originally the crew became recognized for its MOBA divisions, each of which has its own name: the ROX Tigers (League of Legends), the ROX Orcas (Overwatch) and the ROX Armada (Vainglory). Knee’s entrance into the team is sure to inspire ROX to make similar moves in other fighting games.
Want to catch up on Knee’s performance at EVO 2017? See the YouTube page for the Bandai Namco Official Fight Channel!
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