Who would’ve known? Who would’ve though that a young man from the smallest country in the Middle East would make such an impact in the Mortal Kombat community? We knew he had the potential to be great, after proving himself two years in a row, becoming two times MKX Cup Middle East Champion, presented by PLG as well as ending second in the 2015 and 2016 Mortal Kombat Cup International Finals (France and Sweden). But did we imagine him reach the top 8 of EVO 2016? Maybe. Did we ever picture seeing him in the Grand Finals for EVO 2016 against defending champion Dominique “SonicFox” Mclean? That is something that shocked everyone in the world
The World Championship for Mortal Kombat XL were held at EVO 2016, one of the oldest and most prestigious fighting game championship in the world, in Las Vegas, USA. From the 15th to the 17th of July, PLG | Sayed “Tekken Master” Hashem battled his way through numerous pools of players, passing through an estimated 700 registered players for the tournament, with international names and professional Mortal Kombat players such as 2 times International Champion Denom “PXP | A F0xy Grampa” Jones, last year’s EVO 2016 and 3 Times MKX Pro League Champion Dominique “SonicFox” Mclean, Panda Global’s Brad “Scar” Vaughn, Yomi Gaming’s Frank “Slayer” Perales, Yomi’s Christian “ForeverKing” Quiles, and even Brant “Pig of the Hut” McCaskill to name a few. One thing is for sure, all of these players – alongside Sayed – were aiming to prove they are the best, and take away the Championship Title from SonicFox.
After defeating a series of international known players including EVB Vendetta, Noble Raptor, Sayid Hashim reached the top 8 final rounds of the Tournament, making him the first ever Bahraini and Middle East players to have reach that far on the international Mortal Kombat competitive scene. Tekken Masters was pitted in the winner brackets alongside the likes of legendary players cR_WoundCowboy, SonicFox and Orbit|MTL Hayatei. After defeating cR_WoundCowboy, Sayed Hashem ended up against SonicFox which sadly kicked him down to the loser brackets in a Bo3 series, but that didn’t stop the underdog story there.
Awaiting his opponent in the loser brackets, Sayed Hashem eventually played against PG| Scar in the loser finals, for one last chance to reach the grand finals and hopefully make history. After a stressful 2 win tie for both players, it all came down to the final match between Tekken Master’s Swarm Queen D’Vorah and PG| Scar Demolition Sonya Blade, as Sayed made use of the stage corner to harass his american opponent and take the win to advance to the Mortal Kombal XL EVO 2016 Grand Finals.
Coming down from the loser brackets, PLG | Sayed “Tekken Master” Hashem had not only the challenging task of going against defending EVO 2015 champion, but also needing to win a first B03 to reset the bracket and continue in the Grand Finals. After an amazing performance, Sayed defeated SonicFox 3-1 and went to reset the brackets, something that never happened in the history of Mortal Kombat at EVO, and got himself another shot at the championship title. SonicFox removing his signature hat, focused and picked Alien, and sadly managed to deafeat Sayed 3-2.
Although Sayed Hashem only finished as runner-up of the tournament, Sayed has proved to the world that one player from the island of Bahrain can make it on the global scale… With a little help from his friends and partners. Congratulations Sayed for making history and for becoming the people’s champion! You can follow him on twitter via his official account @Tekken_MasterBH
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