Korean pro Bae “Knee” Jaemin is considered to be one of the greatest Tekken players of all time, for he has mastered the entire roster ever since the first iteration of the fighting game franchise.
Even though the Tekken god grabbed eight championships including Evo Japan in 2018, Knee faced a new challenger in Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique, a Pakistani prodigy who swept him in the 2018 OUG Tournament Grand Final.
Despite no real clout surrounding his name, Arslan Ash continued to best Knee in their match-ups in prominent tournaments like TGU x SEA Major Thailand 2019, Evo Japan 2019, and Evo 2019, cementing his status as a Tekken superstar and Knee’s newfound rival.
Aside from Arslan, Knee started to notice more rising Pakistani players after the Tekken World Tour featured more accessible stops for the community. In ROXnRoll Dubai 2019, Knee took another hard loss against Arslan and witnessed an all-Pakistani Grand Final, featuring Awais “Awais Honey” Iftikhar and Heera Malik.
His interest in Pakistan’s untapped community was piqued, and Knee asked his team org ROX Dragons if he could travel to Arslan’s home country to further improve his gameplay for the Tekken World Tour Finals.
After a tiresome 16-hour trip, the Korean player met up with Pakistani player Bilal Ilyas. They made their way to Maniax Gaming Hub, Lahore’s hot spot for Tekken enthusiasts. Upon arrival, the living legend was greeted by a horde of fans.
“You play well because of this guy,” announced FGC host Bawaqar “Soul Dragger” Haider. “He has done tons of service for the game and we have the legend in house with us right now.”
To sum up Knee’s three-day expedition in Pakistan, the Korean pro played 42 matches of first-to-fives and first-to-tens along with an exclusive first-to-fifteen with his rival Arslan. Knee amassed a win rate of 92.85% (39 wins), and lost to Heera Malik, Adeel “The Jon” Sheikh, and Mereum.
Knee had nothing but praise for the underrated FGC. “Everyone is so good that I can’t help practicing,” said Knee. “I’ve had a lot of growth and I think Pakistan is a very good training country because everyone’s so strong.”
Weeks later at the 2019 TWT Finals, Knee went head-to-head with Arslan in Group A and managed to reverse-sweep the Pakistani prodigy to secure the last Group A playoffs slot.
Even though Knee lost to Yuta “Chikurin” Take in the playoffs bracket, the ROX Dragons player acknowledged that his main goal throughout the culminating tournament was to finally beat his rival.
“Arslan Ash has been on my mind because I kept losing to him on the TWT and Evo,” expressed the Korean pro. “I want to make sure I win in the finals.”
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