Pakistan’s greatest Tekken player, Arslan Ash, wins TWT 2023!
But this is also a first for the FGC community outside of Tekken.
Let’s take a look at the current king of the iron fist tournament’s latest achievement…
Arslan Ash Wins TWT 2023 After Evo Japan and Evo
Arslan Ash yesterday took home the golden fists of the Tekken World Tour Finals 2023!
This comes after his victories at Evo and Evo Japan as well. Also making him the first ever triple crown champion within Tekken and the fighting game community as a whole.
But on top of that, Arslan also never dropped a set during finals or group stages. This means he stayed on top throughout all the tournaments.
To put into perspective winning all three of these tournaments is like a golfer winning a grand slam, beating all the major championships in a year.
The way the Tekken World Tour Finals, or TWT, work is based on points earned throughout the season. Players can earn points by winning champion, major, challenger, and dojo tournaments. The top 20 players with the highest points are then invited to the TWT to compete against the very best.
Pakistani player Arslan Ash gave an amazing performance, beating out LowHigh, ULSAN, and CBM.
After losing the first round to LowHigh’s Bryan with his Noctis, he switched to Kunimitsu. This grabbed him two clean sets to victory. Next was ULSAN’s Bob, leading to a quick win. But after changing to Kazumi Arslan, he found himself in a tight spot, losing two straight sets. However, he managed to pull it back with a close two-set comeback and an even tighter final round, ending 3-2.
Switching up to Katarina to counter CBM’s Noctis, it was an evenly matched 1 set for both at first until Arslan grabbed two close sets to finish off the tournement.
Remaining in the winners bracket all through, he ended the final Tekken 7 tournament in style.
Many fans believe this is well deserved and a great way to kick off Tekken 7’s competitive run.
Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique is a Pakistani Fighting Games player currently representing Twisted Minds and Red Bull eSports.
He is a four-time EVO champion, having won Tekken 7 at EVO Japan 2019, EVO 2019, EVO Japan 2023, and EVO 2023, as well as a Tekken World Tour Champion.
Arslan is regarded as one of the greatest players in competitive Tekken history and has played a huge role in bringing the Pakistani fighting game community into the spotlight of mainstream recognition.