Stryker Wins First Major with MK 1 CEOtaku 2023

CEOTaku 2023 saw one of the first big events take place for Mortal Kombat 1, essentially on weekend release! How did the players fare in our first major test? There have been a few takeaways, particularly in the players that were heavily used in MK 1 at CEOTaku. In terms of who is getting an early lead in competitive standings though, there’s been a few big winners. This is what we’ve learnt from MK 1 at CEOTaku 2023.

Mortal Kombat 1 CEOtaku 2023

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Stryker Wins First Major at MK 1 CEOtaku

In the start of the final bracket, Stryker was entering from the winners’ side after his strong earlier performance. He had some resistance in his first match-up against ParasHP but managed to sweep through to the next round. Here he faced Punk, one of the stronger cross-fighting game players at the tournament as a whole. As a standout in multiple games like SF 6 at CEOTaku, Punk was a tough opponent.

In the initial winner’s final, Stryker got knocked back down. He lost the first match, having been beaten out by Punk. It wasn’t the end of his run though, he got pushed down to the losers bracket. Here he faced ParsaHP once again, with a shot at the actual title at stake from this. Just like their earlier meeting though, Stryker managed to win and move on to Grand Final for a second round against Punk.

In this second round up against Punk, things went differently. It was a close first round where Stryker just edged ahead 3-2. This meant we got a full bracket reset and an extension for the finale. We saw a second round play out here, where Stryker extended his lead and won 3-1.

Stryker’s performance up against Punk showed he had great skills at adapting. He came back from an initial loss to win with a decent lead. The results here definitely show Stryker as one of the key players to watch for Mortal Kombat 1 fighting game esports. Stryker primarily played Havik at the event, one of a few players to make the top 4 with the character. Alongside Havik, we also saw Ashrah represented a lot in the final bracket. These two characters are looking like standouts in the game so far.

Guilty Gear Strive CEOtaku 2023

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Mortal Kombat 1 at CEOtaku Preview

CEOTAku 2023 is going to be one of the biggest fighting game tournaments. What’s special about this event is the sheer number of tournaments being held, but there are a few titles which stand out. SF 6 is going to be fun to catch, but the most hype this time around might just be Mortal Kombat 1 at CEOTaku 2023.

The latest release in the Mortal Kombat series has only just dropped. We’ve already seen some early events like the MK 1 Launch Event, but CEOTaku 2023 will be our first big Major for the title. What can we expect from Mortal Kombat 1 at CEOTaku 2023? These are some of the top players to watch for at the tournament.

Top Players to Watch in Mortal Kombat 1 at CEOTaku 2023


MK 1 Launch Event - Vegas Inferno

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Considering that MK 1 is a brand-new game, 2eZ is coming into the event with a lot of buzz. He’s just grabbed an early win in the Vegas Inferno tournament on launch date. While day-one events aren’t everything, it’s a great start. He might be able to run through this tournament with the same momentum. Another win here would definitely establish 2eZ as the dominant force in the new game.


Punk - Street Fighter 6 EVO

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Punk is a fighting game player who has been mainly known for his strength in Street Fighter so far, as one of the best active SF players. However, he’ll also be taking part in Mortal Kombat 1 at CEOTaku. He’s played in tournaments for loads of fighters in the past and could apply his cross-game skills to the newest Mortal Kombat title.

Forever King

Forever King - Mortal Kombat 1 CEOTaku 2023

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Another major player for Mortal Kombat 1 at CEOTaku 2023 is Forever King. The American fighting game player is one of top MK competitors. In the Mortal Kombat 11, he got some great results over that game’s lifetime. While the games are quite different, he definitely has experience. His past performance definitely marks him as a payer to watch for Mortal Kombat 1.

Those are some of the top players to watch for Mortal Kombat 1 at CEOTaku 2023. As the opening tournament for the game, this is going to be a game with a lot of eyes on it over the weekend. We’ll have to see which players claim victory and sets the tone for MK 1 fighting game esports over the next few years.

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