Watch world-class King of Fighters XIV in these replays from FightClub Cup 2017

By on April 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Fight Club Cup 2017 KOFXIV

FightClub Cup 2017 brought some the world’s best King of Fighters XIV competition to China, including the top four finishers from this year’s KOFXIV World Cup. Japanese Champion Sanwa|M’ attempted to defend his title against the likes of  Xiaohai, GXBridget and Panda|Dakou.

The tournament was one of the first major showings for the game’s new balance patch, which arrived alongside four new DLC characters earlier this month. A total of 17 characters were used over the course of the finals, but Rock, Vanessa, Yamazaki, and Whip were not among them. Despite nerfs K’, Benimaru, and Mai continue to be popular at the highest level of play, and Iori continues to be a powerful anchor character for both Xiaohai and M’.

ET’s unconventional team of Billy/Clark/Benimaru is pushed to the brink in an intense grand finals set that goes to the last possible round. More footage from the earlier rounds of the tournament is also available on GatoRay’s Youtube Channel.

Results & Match Log
  1. Xiaohai
  2. ET
  3. Panda|Kdit Ren
  4. Zeng jia zhen (GX Bridget)
  5. Xiaohu
  6. Panda|Dakou
  7. Sanwa|’M
  8. Shuiyu
Grand Final

ET (Billy/Clark/Benimaru) vs. Xiaohai (Kula/Mai/Iori) – 1-3 Reset
ET (Billy/Clark/Benimaru) vs. Xiaohai (Kula/Mai/Iori) – 2-3

Losers Final

Xiaohai (Kula/Mai/Iori) vs Panda| Kdit Ren (Nakaruru, Benimaru, Mai) – 3-0

Winners Final

ET (Billy/Clark/Benimaru) vs. Panda| Kdit Ren (Nakaruru, Benimaru, Mai) – 3-1

Losers Semi-final

Xiaohai (Kula/Mai/Iori) vs. Zeng jia zhen (Yuri/Meitenkun/Mai) – 2-0

Top 8 Winners

Xiaohai (Kula/Mai/Iori) vs. ET (Billy/Clark/Benimaru) – 1-2
Panda | Dakou (Kyo/K’/Iori) vs Panda | Kdit Ren (Nakaruru, Benimaru, Mai) – 0-2

Top 8 Losers

Panda|Dakou (Kyo/K’/Iori) vs. Zeng jia zehn (Yuri/Meitenkun/Mai) – 1-2
Xiaohai (Kula/Mai/Iori)vs Xiaohu (Love Heart/Luong/Mai) – 0-2

Xiaohu (Love Heart/Luong/Mai) vs. Sanwa|M’ (Kula/K’/Iori) – 2-1
Shuiyu (Mature/Yuri/Leona) vs Zeng jia zhen (Yuri/Meitenkun/Mai) 1-2

Source: GatoRay

Kevin Webb is a player, writer and tournament organizer based in New York. When’s he’s not working on his set play or out at an event, you can catch him streaming on Twitch, tweeting about comics or throwing games of Dota 2.