SEA Games Tekken 7 Thai Champion Wins First EVO With Controversial Pick

Work and fight hard, and you’ll eventually be the world’s best. That’s what Nopparut Book Hempamorn, one of Southeast Asia’s top Tekken 7 players, did time and again, proving himself to the world.

Just recently, the Thailand Iron Fist warrior placed first in a gruelling top 8 in EVO Japan 2020’s Tekken 7 tournament. Granted, this bout isn’t part of the Bandai Namco-sanctioned Tekken World Tour, but it was still a landmark victory for the Thai fighter.

As strong as his grand finals opponent Mikio is with his punishes and defense via his main Julia, he still came out short.

We do need to point out the Asian elephant in the room: the reason it’s a tense top 8 is because 7 of the players (including Book) were using Season 3’s latest top tier addition to the roster: Wing Chun user Leroy Smith.


For those not well-versed with Tekken 7 lately, Leroy Smith has a number of great moves to put him in the top spot. He has counters, he has long-ranged attacks, and he can get huge damage off of easy and light confirms in a game where jabs are paramount to winning matches & footsie games.

Suffice to say, he’s a handful to deal with even with the world’s finest.

It’s still a little early and people don’t know fully know the matchup against the new guy just yet. And I’m not saying Book’s victory isn’t well-earned, far from it. He deserves it since his big win in last year’s SEA Games Esports Tekken 7 bout; the pro has been training hard for a long while since Tekken 7’s arcade debut.

But when you have the world’s best Tekken 7 players & commentators voicing this out on the public space…

…perhaps Bandai Namco may need to start doing some tweaks to its meal ticket post-EVO Japan 2020.

Here is the full top 8 for EVO Japan 2020’s Tekken 7 tournament.

1. Talon|Book (Leroy)
2. ITO|Mikio (Julia)
3. COOASGAMES|Noroma (Leroy, Steve)
4. EQNX|Ulsan (Kazumi, Bob, Leroy)
5. Liquid|Gen (Leroy, Shaheen)
5. THY|Chikurin (Leroy)
7. Masa (Leroy)
7. Zeugal (Leroy)

Author: Mr Toffee

Jonathan "Mr Toffee" Leo is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion.

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