GTG Semiij wins Kombat Cup Week 4!

Week 4 of the Kombat Cup unfolds with a surprising twist: cR SonicFox would not be present to defend his throne which meant that the crown was up for grabs! With yet another combination of veterans and uprising beacons of talent lined up for this Top 8, predicting what would happen was out of the question!

vlcsnap-2016-11-16-23h04m54s863EC Lion makes his Top 8 debut tonight with his trademark Ninjutsu Scorpion going against EXILE Tweedy’s Possessed Kenshi. Lion immediately presses his offense with repeated F2 checks in an effort to prevent Tweedy from playing the neutral, but Tweedy responded with checks of his own via Kenshi’s B1 and crouch normals to recreate space. The match eventually became a battle of teleports with both kombatants sweating to their last pixel of blood, until the lion’s roar was swiftly silenced. Tweedy would advance to semifinals with a 3-0 win over his opponent!

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The next match would feature another pair of newcomers to the Kombat Cup Top 8: StD 2eZ and KHTC Bd0gg. Known to be a machine that promises swift death to any player with a mistimed button press, Bdogg’s Ferra/Torr paralyzes 2eZ with such fear that the set quickly becomes a 2-0 lead in favor of Bdogg. However, 2eZ pulls it together and erects a wall that not even Bdogg can break down. With the set now tied at two wins apiece, Bdogg makes a panic switch to Displacer Raiden in an effort to stop this reverse 3-0, but the decision to cross up his opponent in the corner leads to the completion of 2eZ’s comeback. 2eZ advances 3-2 over Bdogg!

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The newcomers are given a moment to breathe as we progress to a match-up between two players who have established themselves as legends from the Kombat Cup and Konquest matches for the numerous times they’ve fought each other: PG Scar vs. GTG Semiij. Fresh off a 3-0 win against his opponent from the previous Top 8, Scar is looking to repeat history, but his dropped combos alert Semiij to his lacking execution and he capitalizes upon this with Ethereal Mileena’s mobility and staggering damage output. Scar quickly finds himself down two games, and so he introduces his Cyrax, much to everybody’s shock. A character known more for set-ups than damage through combos, Scar attempts to trap his opponent but once again finds himself dropping damage in spite of the openings he uncovers. Semiij successfully dismantles his opponent with a 3-0 sweep as a strong answer to the outcome of their last encounter!

vlcsnap-2016-11-16-23h06m24s365Circa Destroyer, champion of the league’s third Konquest bracket, confidently strides into our Top 8 to face off against Dragon. With his rival SonicFox missing, Dragon looks set to take the crown, but his Mournful Kitana comes under fire from Destroyer’s armada of homing discs and lasers. Unable to win the zoning war, Dragon instead moves to get into that sweet range where his EX Glaives are at their most effective, especially considering Predator’s weakness with armor, but Destroyer’s wake-up EX Lasers continue to prove frustrating for the young prodigy. Down to his last pixel, Dragon tries for a final time to create cross-up pressure only to get clipped from behind by the wake-up EX Lasers, leading to a huge upset in everybody’s predictions as Destroyer emerges victorious with a 3-0 win!

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As we progress to the semifinals, StD’s 2Ez crosses into the warpath of EXILE Tweedy. The first game is a clean sweep for Tweedy’s first win. Evidently angered, 2Ez displays heavy adaptation by constantly checking Tweedy’s wake-ups and just opting to eat the enhanced version just to force Kenshi off his meter. This tactic shows its benefits, but Tweedy continues to come out on top with very well-placed teleports leading into suffocating pressure. 2Ez eventually tries to punish the teleports with his uppercut only to get stuffed, and Tweedy comes out on top with another 3-0 victory, his spot swiftly secured for tonight’s Grand Finals!

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Destroyer seeks to add Semiij’s skull to his trophy room, but Semiij will not go down without a fight, certainly not with his use of the invincibility that comes with Mileena’s EX Fade. Despite Destroyer’s best efforts to trap his opponent, Semiij constantly escapes and takes his first game after barely snatching Destroyer’s pixel of life in the second round. Destroyer’s use of a Block Breaker calms the angry storm and allows him his momentum through zoning. As an answer to Destroyer’s wake-up EX Lasers, Semiij switches to Ravenous Mileena in order to abuse stronger mid-hitting attacks including her overhead pounce. They do their job in rapidly crippling Destroyer’s defense with each knockdown. Destroyer’s desperate switch to Thunder God Raiden does nothing to calm the brutality, and so Semiij wins 3-1 to make it to Grand Finals!

EXILE Tweedy versus GTG Semiij…a Grand Finals with none of the familiar faces anywhere in sight. Both had earned their share of convincing victories in order to have a shot at the crown!

The Grand Finals opens to a quick and decisive Round 1 for EXILE Tweedy. But before he can savor it, Semiij immediately navigates the obstacle of zoning specials to force Kenshi to guess from all directions. Tweedy cannot decode the offensive patterns which means a first win for Semiij. Second game, Tweedy takes the second round with a fascinating display of stylish D2 combos and a Brutality, which is basically a message to Semiij: “You’ve got swag D2 combos?! Well, so do I, buddy!”

Semiij immediately switches back to Ravenous Mileena. Tweedy tries valiantly to D1 out of the pressure but gets his back broken by numerous overhead pounces and teleport blockstrings. With Semiij on tournament point, Tweedy defects to the Shirai Ryu by breaking out his pocket Ninjutsu Scorpion. His reactive teleport punishes succeed in discouraging Semiij’s zoning, forcing both players to keep it up-close and personal. Semiij quickly spots Tweedy’s tendency to back up slightly before hammering away with his F2 and repels all of it with a solid defensive display. Despite’s Tweedy’s best efforts, Semiij’s control is unshaken and the tournament reaches its end!

Congratulations to GTG Semiij for becoming our Kombat Cup Week 4 champion with such a dominating display! A new chapter has begun!

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Tournament Results

1st Place: GTG Semiij
Tournament Prizes: $250 and 125 league points

2nd Place: EXiLE Tweedy
Tournament Prizes: $100 and 100 league points

3rd/4th Place: Circa Destroyer
Tournament Prizes: $50 and 75 league points

3rd/4th Place: STDx 2eZ
Tournament Prizes: $50 and 75 league points

5th Place: PG Scar
Tournament Prizes: 50 league points

5th Place: Dragon
Tournament Prizes: 50 league points

5th Place: KHTC Bdogg
Tournament Prizes: 50 league points

5th Place: Lord Lion
Tournament Prizes: 50 league points

Match Log

Quarterfinals

EXILE Tweedy (Possessed Kenshi): 3 vs. EC Lion (Ninjutsu Scorpion): 0

KHTC Bdogg (Ruthless Ferra/Torr and Displacer Raiden): 2 vs. STDx 2eZ (Mystic Ermac and Spectral Ermac): 3

PG Scar (Smoke and Cyrax): 0 vs. GTG Semiij (Ethereal Mileena): 3

Dragon (Mournful Kitana): 0 vs. Circa Destroyer (Hish-Qu-Ten Predator): 3

Semifinals

StD 2eZ (Mystic Ermac): 0 vs. EXiLE Tweedy (Possessed Kenshi): 3

Circa Destroyer (Hish-Qu-Ten Predator and Thunder God Raiden): 1 vs. GTG Semiij (Ethereal Mileena and Ravenous Mileena): 3

Grand Finals

EXiLE Tweedy (Possessed Kenshi and Ninjutsu Scorpion): 1 vs. GTG Semiij (Ethereal Mileena and Ravenous Mileena): 3

Do not forget that our next Konquest bracket is this Thursday evening at 8 P.M. EST! You can go here to sign up. Bear in mind that the players who made it into the Top 4 for the Kombat Cup cannot enter the Konquest bracket this week.

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