Saturday the 6th of April will mark the beginning of a brand new, and hopefully long, scene of FGC Tournaments in the island of Malta from where yours truly hails.
In partnership with Visionary Iron Team and Gamers.com.mt, Red Bull will inaugurate the first RedBull event in Malta, consisting of a trio of tournaments happening at the same time. These tournaments will feature Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI and Mortal Kombat X. Unfortunately, the latter two do not feature as much of a scene as Tekken, and the relative lack of participants is further proof of this. On the other hand, Tekken’s scene is blossoming as of late, thanks to the ever increasing number, and quality, of competitions being held in the Maltese islands. The Malta Tekken National Cup held in mid-November is a prime example of how big the scene is becoming in Ma
The RedBull Strijders Fight Club event will feature 32 local players fighting for the honor of “Malta’s Best”, as the tournament is strictly Maltese-only. The initial phase of the tournament will consist of a group stage, splitting the players into four groups of eight members each, from which four players will make it into the Top16. From there, a double elimination format will take place, placing all players emerging from the groups on the winners’ side and proceeding normally until the end. We shall go briefly over each of the groups, highlighting favourites and potential dark horses of the event, to draw out a clearer picture, especially for those who are not as familiar with the Maltese scene.
Group A, consisting of Joker, NELL, CarldMalta, Jaguar,
Group B is probably the toughest of the lot, as it features tons of potential as well as ascertained talent. Dy_Lee is not
DevilSean is the definitive favourite to win Group C, having been at the top of the Maltese scene for the last ten or so years. His trusted army of Mishimas are ready to roll when the action begins, so I’d keep my eye on this guy. Another very strong and still very young player is Kaneo, who was DevilSean’s partner in crime in December’s aforementioned Sensei-Student tournament, placing at an impressive 2nd place.
Phoenix Breaker starts off the roster for Group D in impressive fashion. Having been one of Malta’s best for quite some years, it is probably time for him to prove himself on a bigger stage. His trusted Bryan will come to rip anyone to shreds, so a tough matchup is assured. Coming off of a Top32 finish in November’s National Cup, Phoenix Breaker will be coming with a vengeance to prove himself as one of the nation’s elite, and is one of my picks for the final four of the day. Wenzu is one of the earlier players of the scene, and will no doubt come to make an impact. He brings an impressive Nina to the games, and for someone to enter a tournament with the blonde vixen given her toughness to master, is a statement of intent from the veteran. Now that his old main Julia has been released, he may ditch the assassin in favour of the nature activist, who is quite an amazing character in her latest version. Xiled2131 is a bit of a blind pick. He is known to pick Noctis to both
If I were to draw off a hypotetical Top 8 with my picks, it would probably be the following:
Dy_Lee, Lyonidas, Kaneo, Phoenix Breaker, Kawki, DevilSean, Jaguar and Frenchy, with massive favourite Dy_Lee winning the whole thing. Heck, I’d be amazed if someone managed to send him to the loser’s bracket, let alone not win the tournament!
Unfortunately, most of the remaining players are relatively unknown in the scene, so there is no practical way of gauging their abilities. Until Saturday that
The whole competition will be