Australia’s largest fighting game major, Battle Arena Melbourne, hosted its 13th installment on June 9 - 11, 2023. With GS| RB Arslan Ash — the COMBO BREAKER 2023 winner and current TEKKEN World Tour 2023 point leader — absent from the TEKKEN 7 bracket, the stage was set for a new champion to emerge at Melbourne’s Master tier event.
DRX KNEE claimed first in the bracket after dropping early to GoBack Chand NY’s Leo in the first round of the top 8. He came alive in the losers bracket, using five different characters on his path to his first TWT 2023 tournament win and eliminating his teammates DRX Infested and DRX CHANEL in the process.
VARREL Rangchu took second place, picking up wins on Infested, CHANEL, and Chand NY to make the grand finals from the winners side. Chand NY represented Australia as the sole local player in the top 8, defeating KNEE in the winners bracket before falling to Rangchu in the winners finals and KNEE’s Negan in the losers finals for third.
Final Standings for Battle Arena Melbourne 13:
1. DRX KNEE
4. DRX CHANEL
5. DRX Infested
7. VARREL PINYA
Arslan Ash maintains first on the TWT global leaderboard with 900 points. KNEE’s victory at BAM 13 propelled him to second place with 700 points, and Rangchu’s second-place finish bumped up his point total to 615 to solidify third on the leaderboard. Falcon JoKa and Kiba Esports kkokkoma picked up points at Headstomper 2023, a Challenger tier event in Sweden the same weekend, to take the fourth and fifth spots with 595 points and 590 points, respectively.
CEO 2023 in Daytona Beach, Florida, on June 23 - 25, is the next Master tier event on the TEKKEN World Tour 2023. It is followed by Fighters Showdown 2023 in Delhi, India, in July. Bandai Namco Entertainment announced two final Master tier events: REV MAJOR 2023 in Manila, Philippines, from September 30th to October 1st, and TGU 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 3 - 5, 2023. Six new Challenger events were added to complete the rest of the season.
If you’re looking to rack up a ton of points, Evo 2023 is a great opportunity as the only Master+ event of the season with 800 points up for grabs for first place. Learn more about the TWT and register for the upcoming events here! You can also follow Bandai Namco Esports on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest TWT news. Also, make sure to follow Evo and register for TEKKEN 7 at Evo 2023 for your shot at the TWT leaderboard!