Tasty Steve's Tasty 10

Saturday, March 3, 2018
ELEAGUE Arena, Atlanta, GA

By: Steve Scott

Date: Mar 1, 2018

The TEKKEN community’s competition has seen an amazing spike in competitors since the release of TEKKEN 7. However, TEKKEN has players old and new that compete at a very high level. Plus, Atlanta is one of the most prominent TEKKEN locations, with some of the country’s strongest players coming from the area. That’s not to mention some of them are considered not only local, but also global threats. So, here’s the lay of the land when it comes to TEKKEN. Here’s the Tasty Top 10!!

Jimmy J. Tran



Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Bryan Fury, Sergei Dragunov, Steve Fox


Jimmy is considered the best American TEKKEN player by many and a global TEKKEN threat. His Bryan Fury play is considered to be legendary due to some of the plays he’s made in down-to-the-wire situations. This, alongside his awareness and combos for even the trickiest situations, has made him one of the, if not the, #1 competitor at any TEKKEN tournament.



Name: Hoa Luu

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Jack-7, Paul Phoenix


Hoa Luu is, without a doubt, one of the premier players in the country. His Jack-7 play is dangerous to any player he faces. This attracted the attention of, and formed friendships with, EchoFox Saint and JDCR, both of whom are world champions! This has brought him face-to-face with some of the deadliest TEKKEN players in the world. He hasn’t backed down yet, and he represents the ATL here at ELEAGUE!



Name: Shaun Swain

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Bob, Miguel Caballero , Steve Fox


A long-time TEKKEN competitor from New York and a multiple TEKKEN game champion, Swain recently made his return to the traveling tourney world after becoming a family man. However, this hasn’t stopped him from quickly becoming a threat to any tournament, using Feng Wei, Bob & Miguel to blow away the competition. His ability for picking apart an opponent, and having multiple options to do so, has made him feared and deadly in the world of TEKKEN.



Name: Stephen Stafford

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Hwoarang, Steve Fox, Ling Xiaoyu


Stephen is one of the brightest next-generation TEKKEN players. Hwaorang is easily one of the most complicated characters in the roster of TEKKEN 7, not only to play, but to master in a tournament setting. That should show you how intelligent a player you’re dealing with here. Don’t let him get started or it may be too late for his competition.



Name: Rontray Sherman

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Ling Xiaoyu, Kazumi Mishima, Eddy Gordo


Tray was considered one of the best players in the country after his 2016 showing as the highest ranked American player at the TEKKEN world tour. A really strong showing just recently at Strongstyle 6, which housed some the best players in the world, added to his resume. His active gameplay keeps you on your toes and catches a lot of players off guard. I hope people are paying attention because, if not, they could be next.



Name:Richard Uehara

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Akuma, Kazumi Mishima


Ricky is a long-time training partner and TEKKEN tutorial creator alongside Rip. However, he’s a major threat to any tourney he enters with the new-to-TEKKEN character Akuma. With some amazing execution for ridiculous combos and damage to back it up, coupled with his experience from all the time spent playing, Ricky is a threat to players old and new.



Name: Anthony Tran

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Jack-7, Paul Phoenix, Bryan Fury


Jackie is a TEKKEN 4 Evolution 2004 champion, which shows you just how deadly this guy is. His control of Jack-7 shows just how far seasoned play and fundamentals can take you in the fighting game world. Even in the 7th version of TEKKEN, you have to be on another level to make a player of this caliber nervous.

Joey Fury


Name: Joseph Bennett

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Jack-7, Paul Phoenix, Gigas


Joey has taken his Jack-7 play to the top 8 of many a tournament, and even beaten one of the best in past-Evolution champion EchoFox Saint. That’s no easy feat FYI. His calm play shows how confident he is in his ability. Did I mention I didn’t even hear about this guy until the last TEKKEN game? That just goes to show no one is safe from the fury! ...I’ve always wanted to say that.

Spero Jin


Name: Spero Gineros

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Eddy Gordo, Paul Phoenix, King


Spero the Hero! He has dedicated a large portion of his life to traveling and becoming a better TEKKEN player. His Paul Phoenix play has taken him to some of the greatest finishes we’ve seen in the TEKKEN tournaments he's competed in. Even having an Eddy Gordo on back up, Spero’s thirst is a sight to see and a fright to fight!



Name: Jeannail Carter

Country: United States

Favorite Character(s): Ling Xiaoyu, Alisa Bosconovitch, Asuka Kazama


Please don’t be fooled by the name folks. Jeannail has been making her presence known on the TEKKEN tourney tours. She is a passionate player that makes even the most seasoned players second guess themselves. Although a younger player to TEKKEN, using characters like Ling Xiaoyu & Alisa, she’s turned a few heads with how well she can control the pace of matches.

Others receiving votes: Mateo, Pokchop, Kodee