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Tekkenomics Vault: Tekken 5 Regional Qualifier

  • Originally written: January 25, 2005
  • Revised: June 09, 2006
  • My Comments: Back in January 2005, I participated in a Regional Qualifier tournament for a chance to move on to the next round of the Tekken 5 National tournament that was being held.  I ended up winning my first match, but lost to the two people that battle in the final round of this Qualifier tournament (one of them being SAB of Tekken Zaibatsu).

Wild Man X

Tekken 5 – Regional Qualifier

In this article, I will talk about my experience at a Tekken 5 Regional Qualifier.


On January 22, 2005, I went down to “Pharaoh’s Lost Kingdom” in Redlands, where Namco was holding Regional Qualifier for the Tekken 5 Regional Tournament that will be held in Florida.  I started The Tekken series with Tekken 3 back in 2000, but then I was only playing for fun.  My first competitive play was at Evolution 2003, and this was only my second competition.  It was a great experience.

Event Mode

For the tournament, there was a special setting on the machine known as “Event Mode” that was set.  The differences that “Event Mode” has from the normal playing mode is listed below:

  • Versus mode is the only available mode.
  • The price of a single player game gives credit for a versus match.
  • There is a “Game Over” after the match is over, so both players will have to get off the machine.
  • Your stats will not be affected.  You will not earn any money, and the match will not count towards your wins or loses.  However, the “play count” will still have its normal deductions.
  • Your IC Card will be ejected from the card reader after each match, whether you win or lose.

The Tournament

For the tournament, I decided to use my Lei Wulong (“Get Leid”).  I won my first match against an Asuka player, but then lost two consecutive matches against a Hwoarang player and a Bryan Fury player.  I don’t feel bad at all about my loses because the people that I lost to placed second and third respectively in the tournament.  Just incase you were wondering, the winner of the tournament used Baek Doo San.

The top 3 finishers in the tournament received the following items:

3rd: Tekken 5 10th Anniversary T-Shirt
2nd: Tekken 5 10th Anniversary T-Shirt, Tekken 5 poster
1st: Tekken 5 10th Anniversary T-Shirt, Tekken 5 poster, (and something else, but I forgot what it was)

Also, the winner of the tournament gets a reserved spot for the Tekken 5 Regionals, which will be held at the following location on February 5th, 2005:

USA: South West Regional
Cal Poly Pomona Student Union

For more info on the Regionals, visit: http://www.tekken.vg/nationals.php


Below are the pictures that I took on my visit
I wanted to take more pictures, but I forgot to recharge my camera.
(Click on image to view the picture gallery)

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