Anakin is back today to play more TEKKEN 7! Want to take on one of the best Jack-7’s in the world? Drop by the stream!
Radiance had a relatively quiet month as we entered the new decade. Nonetheless, the organization still had key moments and so here is our January Radiance Rewind!
Hoa “Anakin” Luu returned for EVO Japan 2020 last weekend, hoping to take the title. Even though Anakin made it out of the first pool and advanced to the second day, he was eliminated in round 2.
He’ll be looking to bounce back once the TEKKEN World Tour returns!
Even though Capcom Cup tournaments will not resume for a couple months, Commander Jesse has participated in multiple local tournaments such as “Wednesday Night Fights” and the “Worlds Collide SFV Tournament.”
Earlier this week, he placed 1st in the first “Wednesday Night Fights” tournament of 2020.
David Lei “JustSaiyan” Shan and Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam are currently in Arlington, Texas! For this weekend, they’re competing in the first Masters Tour tournament against over 200 competitors.
The tournament will be hosted on the Hearthstone YouTube channel.
We are still finalizing some details and are hoping to have a more concrete announcement in February! Keep an eye on our News page!
We returned with “Let’s Play with Radiance” earlier this month with Commander Jesse starting it off. That week, he and Anakin got back into the groove of things and played against viewers in their respective games.
In the following week, we had Emily “Emiru” Schunk, Wes “RTO” Guarnera, and their communities compete against each other. Unfortunately, there was only time to play two matches. This left both streamers and their community with one win apiece but we’ll be back in February with more matches between them! Whose side will you be on?
While Muzzy played with the community in Hearthstone: Battlegrounds, JustSaiyan started off the stream playing the new adventure: Galakrond’s Awakening.
To conclude January’s “Let’s Play with Radiance,” John “Wanted” Lin streamed for almost 6 hours, playing with his community in Overwatch Quick Play for the first two hours. He then shifted over to custom games, such as The Floor is Lava, before wrapping it up.
Our Events page will be updated soon with February’s “Let’s Play with Radiance” schedule!
Radiance Rivalry returned last night with Hai and LemonNation changing things up, playing TEKKEN 7 for this month. The tournament structure had the pair compete in a best-of-3 first to 10 series.
While Lemon took a couple games throughout the match, Hai’s experience with the game gave him the edge to get his revenge. When the dust settled, Hai won in a clean 2-0.
As a conclusion, the duo queued up for a quick game of ARURF with some community members to end the night.
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Look forward to next month’s edition of “Radiance Rewind!” We have some amazing announcements coming up soon… 🐔🍳
Are you ready for the next battle versus our TEKKEN 7 master, Hoa “Anakin” Luu?
It’s time to wrap up 2019! A lot has happened this month and so, without further ado, here’s our first Radiance Rewind!
The TEKKEN World Tour concluded earlier this month on December 8th with their Finals, held in Bangkok, Thailand. Hoa “Anakin” Luu and over two hundred TEKKEN 7 players flew out to Thailand all with the same goal: to claim the title of the TEKKEN 7 Champion. Nineteen competitors, including Anakin, had already qualified through points they amassed over the season.
The remaining 256 players would have to compete through the Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) in which only one person would be granted the twentieth spot in the TWT Finals. By the end, FATE Esports’s Bilal “Bilal” Ilyas emerged the victor and set his sights on the TWT Finals the next day.
And so, the stage was officially set with the twenty participants that were vying for the title. Anakin himself was coming off a hometown win where he took down Mu-jong “Kkokkoma” Kim at Dreamhack Atlanta and looked to carry this momentum into the TWT Finals.
At the start of the tournament, the twenty participants chose one of four groups to place themselves in. Due to his seeding, Anakin was one of the last participants to choose a group and decided on Group B. His opponents were Kkokkoma, Vincent “Super Akouma” Homan, Shoji “Double” Takakubo, and Abel “Abel Del Maestro” Segovia.
After roughly two hours of battling it out in Group B, Anakin and his trusty Jack-7 emerged from the group stages as the second seed. Per the structure of the TWT Finals, Anakin competed in the Losers Bracket.
In his first match, he went up against his good friend and rival, Hyunjin “JDCR” Kim, who plays Dragunov. Anakin won the first set in a close 3-2 bout but JDCR did not go down without a fight. He took the second set in 3 rounds, taking this first Losers Round to a third set. But Anakin held his ground and swept JDCR in the final set, winning 2-1 overall.
Advancing onto the Losers Quarter-Finals, he took on Daichi “Nobi” Nakayama, another Dragunov player. Nobi won 3-2 in the first set and did not let up the pressure. With Nobi up 2-0 in the second set and Anakin at roughly 25% HP left, things seemed dire for Anakin. But he successfully recovered and relentlessly pushed forward, winning the next six rounds that he needed to advance to the Losers Semi-Final.
In his next match, Anakin faced Soo-hoon “Ulsan” Lim who played Kazumi versus Anakin’s Jack-7. During the match, Ulsan put up a dominating performance and only dropped one round to Anakin.
Overall, Anakin placed 4th out of the twenty players, solidifying the fact that he is one of the strongest TEKKEN 7 players in the world.
I’ve been to the TWT finals a few times now and this was definitely the best one. It’s so much different being just a spectator vs being a competitor. On top of that, Anakin was our team player this year and it was so nerve-wracking watching him play. I’m so proud of his performance and am super excited moving into 2020 to see if we can claim the 1st place trophy!Hai Lam, CEO
Only a couple days after the conclusion of the TWT Finals, Anakin flew to Seoul, Korea to participate in the International Esports Federation (AKA IeSF) Tournament. This final competition began on December 12th and concluded on December 14th. For this event, Anakin competed as the sole representative of the United States.
Like the TWT Finals, Anakin’s group was Group B and he faced the representatives of Tunisia, Jamaica, and Namibia. During the group stage, Anakin showed why he’s one of the best TEKKEN 7 players in the world as he swept his group, not dropping a single set.
When the playoffs began, Anakin faced off against Chinese Taipei. He won 4-0 overall giving up only a couple rounds throughout the match.
Moving onto the Quarterfinals, Anakin ran into a familiar face, ROX Dragons’ Jae-Min “Knee” Bae representing the Republic of Korea. Early in the match, Anakin held a 2-1 lead but Knee bounced back and swept Anakin in the next 3 sets. The final score was 4-2.
With the conclusion of the IeSF Tournament, Anakin was officially done for the year and flew home to get some well-deserved rest! He’ll be back in 2020, ready to take on the TEKKEN world by storm once more!
Capcom Cup 2019 was a day away and thirty-one players were already decided, including last year’s champion, Tsunehiro “gachikun” Kanamori. But the conclusion of the Capcom Pro Tour needed to find their thirty-second player. This was done through the Capcom Cup Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) on December 13th.
243 players gathered at The Novo to try and qualify for a prize pool worth just over $375,000 USD. One of these players was our very own Jesse “Commander Jesse” Espinoza.
Placed in Group B2, Commander Jesse competed against twenty-seven other hopefuls for a chance to move on. In this group, Commander Jesse faced close friends such as Frankie “Stupendous” Lee Jr. and even one of the Five Gods of fighting games, Tatsuya “Haitani” Haitani to emerge from the group in the Top 24 Winners side. Throughout the group stages, Commander Jesse played Dhalsim, his signature character.
Once all the groups concluded, Commander Jesse went up against Kensuke “Trashbox” Ishikawa and his Birdie. Commander Jesse defeated him 2-1 overall, advancing to the top 8.
I felt fairly confident going into the LCQ because I placed Top 3 at the prior Wednesday Night Fight and got good practice in. As the matches went on, I started to feel more and more at ease. My win over Haitani had to be the turning point for me. It gave me the belief that I can go all the way. The following wins over Xiao Hai and Trashbox really set it off and I knew there was a good chance of qualifying. The atmosphere honestly reminded me of my days back at Family Fun Arcade where everyone was huddled around the main cabinet watching the best players go at it. I loved it.Commander Jesse looks back on his road to top 8 at the LCQ
Entering the top 8, Commander Jesse received his first defeat against Naoki “Moke” Nakayama. Commander Jesse started with Kolin for the first time that day. Moke quickly gained a 2-0 lead with his Rashid, prompting Commander Jesse to swap back to his Dhalsim. Despite the swap, Moke finished the final set and sent him down to Losers Quarter-Final.
By this point, the crowd in the building had significantly dwindled. Only six players remained. Commander Jesse was the only American remaining.
His first opponent in the Losers Quarter-Final was Yuji “Yujix” Ishida, a Chun-Li main. Commander Jesse went back to Dhalsim for this matchup. Despite dropping one set, he moved on to Losers Semi-Final versus FAV Gaming’s Ryusei. He continued to show his mastery with Dhalsim as he defeated Ryusei’s Urien with a quick 3-0.
Over on the Winners Final, Moke eked out a 3-2 win against Mizuha, another Kolin player. Commander Jesse would face Mizuha for a chance at a rematch against Moke. His familiarity with Kolin gave him a slight advantage as he selected Dhalsim once again. With a 3-1 victory, Commander Jesse had one more hurdle: a rematch with Moke in the Grand Final.
In the end, Moke swept Commander Jesse 3-0 again and qualified for the Capcom Cup.
The funny thing with Moke is that we actually played against each other at the last WNF. Some of the Japanese players said that he wanted to practice against me specifically and we got to play. We both obviously had no idea that we’d end up in Grand Finals of the LCQ to qualify for Capcom Cup later that week. He did a good job shutting down my Dhalsim and his experience against some of the best Kolin players in the world made things very difficult but I tried my absolute best. In the end, he was just too strong and playing too well.
Going into 2020, I’m looking forward to the new patch and the content that we can push out!Commander Jesse’s thoughts on his matches against Moke and the future
Even though Commander Jesse was unable to qualify, his run was nothing but amazing and impressive.
Jesse went ham at the LCQ! He made it to the grand finals and almost made it through but got taken down by Moke. Jesse has grown a lot this year as a player and person; it’s awesome to be a part of his journey as he continues to grow his brand and become an even better player. 2020 will be a great year for us and I hope you’ll support him on his path!Hai Lam
They’ll be back next month for the Masters Tour in Arlington, Texas!
As we enter the new year, we will be announcing more information on our amateur team soon so stay tuned!
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