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Duane Halstead “DH415” takes 7th seed in Tekken 7 Tournament Qualifier Series

LAST Friday eSports Micronesia hosted its Seventh Tekken 7 Championship Tournament Qualifier Series at Joe’s Bar and Steakhouse located along Beach Road, Garapan.

The organizers would like to express a big thank you to the sponsors, Sinahi Nation, Joe’s Bar and Steakhouse and The Game Athletics.

In this qualifier, a total of 10 participants competed against each other in a 1 vs. 1, best of 5 single elimination format.

In this tournament newcomer Duane Halstead aka: DH415 surprised everyone utilizing ‘Alisas’ quick attacks catching his opponents off guard and punishing them with textbook aerial juggles and combos. He defeated Federick Delos Santos aka: “FeddyWap” in the first round with a 3 to 1 win advancing to the quarter-finals where he went up against Simon Necesito aka: “K-Smile”. Duane once again displayed a solid performance in both offense and defense taking advantage of every opening from his opponent to maximize the damage output for every aerial juggle and combo. Their match ended with Duane taking the win with a 3 to 0 score advancing to the semi-finals.

Also advancing is Ronnel Ringor aka: ”Pippapeg” who defeated John Peter aka: ”Kaizoku”. Their match was a constant back and forth struggle with both players showcasing their aggressive playstyle bringing the match to a 2 to 2 for the final round and Ronnel “Pippapeg” taking the win with 3 to 2 score advancing to the semi-finals where he went head to head with James Sablan aka: “diMpz”.

In the Semi-Finals we have Duane “DH415” vs. Lester“ C.O.W”, both players were on equal grounds in both offensive and defensive strategic play. It was a constant game of pokes and fakes trying to lure the other into an opening for a powercrush combo and aerial launch juggle.

It was a very close match with a 2 to 2 for the final round where Duane came out on top with 3 to 2 for the final score thus advancing to the finals. In the second semi-finals match we have James “diMpz” vs. Ronnel “Pippapeg”. James “diMpz” came out strong from the beginning of the match showcasing ‘Claudio’s unique set of combos and aerial launchers constantly pressuring his opponent however Ronnel fought back taking advantage of ‘Dragonov’s low parry-grappling combinations to halt James assault. Their match also ended in a 2 to 2 for the final round with Ronnel taking the win for 3 to 2 for the final score.

For our third-place match we have James “diMpz” vs. Lester “C.O.W”. James once again began the match strong however it wasn’t enough to defeat Lester who carefully observed his opponent with “Xiaoyu” then switched back to main character “Lucky Chloe” and adjusted his timing and play style accordingly to end the match with 3 to 1 for the final score.

In the Final match we have Duane “DH415” vs. Ronnel “Pippapeg” both displaying excellent timing for aerial launchers followed up by combo juggles. Duane once again showed that he was no stranger to the franchise continuously pressuring his opponent with a mix of high and low attacks taking advantage of every opening or mistake his opponent makes. In the end match was concluded with Duane taking the win with a 3 to 0 for the final score.

Coming out on top, 1st Place went to Duane Halstead aka: “DH415”. 2nd Place went to Ronnel Ringor aka: “Pippapeg” and at 3rd Place, Lester Garcia “C.O.W.”. Duane will now be granted a slot in the Grand Championship Tournament to be held in October on a grand stage venue, yet to be determined. A total of 10 qualifier tournaments will be held (three to go).

eSports Micronesia’s Greg Borja poses with Tekken 7 Qualifier Seven winner Duane Halstead, second place winner Ronnel Ringor and third place winner Lester Garcia during last Friday’s event at Joe’s Bar.  Contributed photoeSports Micronesia’s Greg Borja poses with Tekken 7 Qualifier Seven winner Duane Halstead, second place winner Ronnel Ringor and third place winner Lester Garcia during last Friday’s event at Joe’s Bar. Contributed photo

Registration fee is $15.00 for competitors, $5.00 for spectators and no charge for children ages 10 and under. Registration can be done on site the day of or you can head on over to our Smash GG site https://smash.gg/m19d1 to pre-register online and make payment at the door on game day. For more qualifier dates and Grand Championship Tournament updates, call (670) 287-9293 or check the eSports Micronesia Facebook page at www.facebook.com/5paddles.