This past weekend at Combo Breaker 2017 in Chicago, IL, Circa’s Killer Instinct player “Nicky” put on a great performance and finished the tournament at 5th place. He went 7–2 over 9 sets and made it all the way to the Loser’s Bracket Quarter-Final in the Top 24.
Nicky opened the tournament with exciting pool matches against players like “Dylandroid”, “GrandPappyChris”, “Darkshotgun” and Xcel Esports’ “Amenty”; going 3–1 and advancing to the Top 24, looking to fight his way to the top through the Loser’s Bracket.
Going into the Top 24, Nicky definitely had a long road ahead to the finals. He started his Loser’s Bracket run with a 3–1 win over Elevate’s Josue “Grief” Herrera. He followed that up with a 3–0 victory over “RicoSuave”, a close 3–2 win over Almighty Kingdom’s “Menzo”, and a 3–1 win over Leshaun “YungTate” Tate. Nicky’s win over YungTate would send him into the Loser’s Quarter-Final to face off against Wheels. This match was probably one of the most intense matches of the tournament. Nicky comes out strong in the beginning, going up 2–0; and Wheels pulls the reverse sweep to win the Quarter-Final 3–2. The match was hard fought all the way through, and that loss placed Nicky at 5th for the tournament.
Nicky had a great showing overall at Combo Breaker. I asked Nicky how he felt about the tournament, and he was quoted as saying:
“ I felt very confident going into Top 8 of the tournament. I had a lot of bad match-ups that I had to fight through with my character, Mira. I made a few crucial mistakes playing against Wheels that cost me the tournament. I’ll be studying my replays very closely to make sure that never happens again.”
He knows that he is going to go back to the grind, and hopefully by the time the next Combo Breaker comes around, you’ll see Nicky taking 1st.