Combo Breaker 2018 Recap

Combo Breaker

This past weekend in St. Charles, Illinois was one of the biggest tournaments of the year, Combo Breaker. With over 16 games headlining the event, each with over 100 entrants, and two exceeding 500, this was a HUGE event for fighting games and fighting game fans of all types.

Not only that, Combo Breaker was also a Premier Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, and a Master Event for the Tekken World Tour, with top players gaining qualifier points for the Championship Circuit of their respective games. Combo Breaker also hosted the Last Chance Qualifier for the Summit of Power Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament, where top-ranked will be facing off against each other, along with other players voted in by the public.

The games played, in order of largest number of entrants to smallest, are as follows:

Dragon Ball FighterZ
Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition
Tekken 7
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2
Injustice 2
Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st]
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
Killer Instinct
Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
Mortal Kombat XL
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
The Mystery Game Tournament
Super Smash Bros. 4
King of Fighters 14
Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo
Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers
Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Mortal Kombat 9

The tournament was so massive it had to be handled by NINE streams! It would take forever to list the rankings of every game played, so we will only list the Top 8 of all the major games played.

Combo Breaker

Dragon Ball FighterZ

1. FOX|SonicFox (Cell, Kid Buu, Gotenks)
2. CO|Go1 (Bardock, Cell, Vegeta)
3. CO|Dogura (Kid Buu, Cell, Vegeta | Kid Buu, Cell, Android #16)
4. EG|NYChrisG (Bardock, Trunks, Vegeta)
5. NRG|HookGangGod (Cell, Piccolo, Vegeta)
5. GGP|Kazunoko (Adult Gohan, Kid Buu, Yamcha)
7. Crescent|Doza (Blue Goku, Goku Black, Goku)
7. CO|Fenrich (Cell, Bardock, Vegeta)

Fenrich also qualifies for the Summit of Power after winning the Last Chance Qualifier.

Combo Breaker

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

1. UYU|NL (Cammy)
2. RZR|Xian (Ibuki)
3. PG|Infiltration (Menat, Juri)
4. Liquid|Nemo (Urien)
5. RB|Bonchan (Nash, Karin)
5. Fursan|Verloren (Cammy)
7. UYU|OilKing (Rashid)
7. CO|Dogura (Urien)

Combo Breaker

Tekken 7

1. ROX|Knee (Jin, Paul, Kazuya, King)
2. UYU|Jeondding (Eddy, Lucky Chloe)
3. Fursan|LowHigh (Shaheen, JACK-7)
4. FOX|Saint (JACK-7)
5. GoAttack (Kazumi, Asuka, Master Raven)
5. ROX|Chanel (Alisa, Eliza)
7. VS|Trungy (Geese)
7. RB|Anakin (JACK-7)

Combo Breaker

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2

1. FGC|Daru (I-No)
2. Teresa (Jam)
3. Hamad (Ky)
4. GGP|Kazunoko (Raven)
5. BjornSonOfBear (Chipp)
5. 1UP|PepperySplash (Johnny)
7. TSB|Blaze (Raven)
7. KidViper (Johnny)

Combo Breaker

Injustice 2

1. Noble|Tweedy (Starfire, Doctor Fate, Superman)
2. F3|DR Gross (Black Adam, Green Lantern)
3. FOX|SonicFox (Captain Cold, Red Hood, Firestorm, Michelangelo, Black Adam, Others)
4. Gunshow (Firestorm)
5. Method|SylverRye (Hellboy, Batman)
5. BC|Biohazard (Bane, Starfire)
7. FOX|Scar (Red Hood, Supergirl, Brainiac)
7. Noble|Rewind (Black Adam, Blue Beetle, Firestorm)

Combo Breaker

Killer Instinct

1. Amenty (Eagle, Shin Hisako, Maya, Gargos)
2. F3|Sleep (Aria)
3. UA|Bass (Cinder, Spinal)
4. MnT|Thompxson (Jago, Shadow Jago)
5. Storm179 (Hisako)
5. SD117|SonicDolphin117 (Kim Wu)
7. UA|DevilMayCare (TJ Combo)
7. Circa|Nicky (Fulgore, Mira)

Combo Breaker

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

1. NB|DualKevin (Hawkeye, Dante)
2. FOX|Dekillsage (Jedah, Dante)
3. UA|Banehollow3789 (Winter Soldier, Chun-Li)
4. EG|NYChrisG (Morrigan, Monster Hunter | Winter Soldier, Monster Hunter)
5. TPC|Abbock (Haggar, Dante)
5. LariatGod (Haggar, Sigma)
7. Emorawr79 (Nemesis, Dormammu)
7. NoelBHungry (Gamora, Rocket Raccoon)

Combo Breaker

BlazBlue: Central Fiction

1. CO|Fenrich (Jin)
2. PG|SKD (Izayoi)
3. Ponos|Garireo (Litchi)
4. BrkrDave (Arakune)
5. PAG|Grover (Carl)
5. Genosade (Nine)
7. Uri (Litchi)
7. Clim (Azrael)

Not only was Combo Breaker host to all these awesome tournaments, it also showcased a Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection exhibition featuring Daigo Umehara, Ricki Ortiz, Alex Valle, and Justin Wong, a showcase for ARIKA’s Fighting EX Layer, and an auction tournament for the upcoming titles BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and SoulCalibur VI.

Also, during Top 8 of Street Fighter V spectators were treated to the debut trailer for Cody, which we broke down with the reveal trailer.

Kevin has been a fan of fighting games since he first walked up to a Marvel vs. Capcom cabinet at the tender age of 8 at the local arcade. (Kids ask your parents what an “arcade” is) He may not be very good, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying them.