Character level is just a state of mind.
During the first week of September, Thailand hosted the recently concluded first fighting game event, Thaiger Uppercut 2022, where a battle between two rival Tekken countries, South Korea and Pakistan, took place.
In addition to Thailand’s own Nopparut “Book” Hempamorn, international Tekken players such as Soo-hoon “Ulsan” Lim from Korea and Ruslan “Lan” Rahman from Singapore were also present.
The tournament, which is also part of the Tekken World Tour, saw a number of intense matches, but the most notable was between Pakistan’s Dawood Sikandar and Korean Tekken legend Bae “Knee” Jae-min of DRX.
Dawood is part of Ashes Gaming, the team led by the first and only Unified EVO Tekken Champion, Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique, while Knee is the current reigning EVO Champion, who also happens to be the rival of Arslan.
A known Alisa player, Dawood agrees that his primary is B-tier at best, and expressed agreement with Knee’s character tier list released in July.
Months later, after that tweet, Dawood got the chance to take on the recently crowned EVO Champion at Thailand’s biggest fighting game event. As expected, he pitted his supposed low-level persona against Steve and Feng from Knee in the tournament’s Top 8, which yielded unexpected results.
Dawood Sikandar dominates Knee with Alisa’s prowess
In the first round of the Top 8, Dawood won the opener against Steve Fox of Knee with a no-turn brown in under 2 minutes.
However, the second game was a completely different story. The EVO champion won the first two rounds, but the Pakistani player managed to catch up. In the dying moments of the final round, Dawood dodged a classic Steve combo.
After being hit by a Foot Stomp Right Hook (d/b+3.2), Dawood avoided being hit by the Cyclone Knee Clip (3+4,d+2), and followed up using Alisa’s Reboot ( 1+2), cutting his opponent with a generic low kick. As a result, he toppled his rival to win the set 2-0, sending Knee into the losing group.
The DRX drive was not completed, however. He fought his way through the losers bracket, knocking out Ulsan and Book to advance to the Grand Finals for a comeback against Dawood.
In their last match, the Korean pro decided to go with Feng Wei, the same character he used to win the EVO Championship.
Going for a bracket reset, the Korean professional player was able to take a 2-1 lead in the best of five sets. Dawood, on the other hand, responded with another brown no-turn win to tie the series 2-2.
Game 5 came down to another final round. At 37 seconds, Dawood was able to connect a wall rebound combo taking away nearly half of Feng’s life bar, giving him a massive life advantage.
Attempting to end the set with a combo, Knee attempted to sneak in a Sweep Kick (SS+4), but Dawood anticipated the low and was able to parry it, resulting in his own combo to end the match and become the Thaiger. Uppercut Champion 2022 Tekken 7.
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