One of the biggest fighting game tournaments in the state took place in Dallas last weekend, Absolute Battle 6. Players from all across the region came together to battle some top players from around the country. Notable out of state competition included TS NerdJosh, Noel Brown, IFC Yipes, Liquid KnuckleDu, EG KBrad, CD Jr, F3 Alucard, Neo, CTRL Flux,Fighting GM and more. Tournaments featured included Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct Season 2, Mortal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend, Super Smash Bros Melee, and Smash Bros for WiiU.
Out of state players proved to be very strong with grand finalists in almost every game. In USF4, KnuckleDu would take home the crown over Cast Blanka, and K-Brad ended up 3rd. BOTB Vagabond, formerly known as Hunted Chimera, was the highest placing Texan finishing in 4th place. BrolyLegs and Magneto1080p finished tied for 5th. In UMvC3, Noel Brown took the title over Yipes in the finals. GDLK Abe from Dallas finished in 3rd, followed by K-Brad, and then OmgItzAndre tied with Houston’s Terry Bogard for 5th. Houston’s JChantra came so close in Tekken Tag 2, but would ultimately fall short to F3 GM in the grand finals to finish in 2nd place. Likewise, Houston’s Faulty Defense was able to end the out of state threat in GGXrd by eliminating NerdJosh, but then fell to fellow Texas TDG Oso in the finals to also place 2nd. NerdJosh ended up 3rd, Sunfish at 4th, Houston’s Sylint and Stone Nguyen tied for 5th, and Raph Stryker tied for 7th with Nashfan.
Finally, Houston was able to break through in MKX. With 3 Houstonians in the top 8, UA Showtime, UA Royale, and UA Scar, it looked good for at least one of them to make it through. Along with fellow Texans KoreyTheDragon, and Pnut, they tried to hold off Alucard, CD Jr, and ATAi from taking the title. Royale and CD Jr would end up bowing out early tying for 7th, followed by ATai and Pnut in 5th. Showtime would lose next to Alucard to finish in 4th. Meanwhile, Alucard got his revenge on Korey who had knocked him into the losers bracket. This left Scar as the last line of defense for Texas. The defense held as Scar was able to take the first set and end the tournament. Congratulations to Scar and all the winners from AB6, as well as the staff and streamers, PandaXGaming, for putting on a great show. There are still some big events around the country to be held, including the Capcom Cup finals in Decemeber. As for Texas events, look for Texas Showdown 2016 news coming soon.