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Nearly 3,000 fighting game players in more than 50 games will congregate at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Illinois for Combo Breaker 2022 this weekend. With more than 1,000 entrants, the Guilty Gear Strive bracket will be this event’s main attraction.
Even so, the event will feature more than 20 other main games, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, Tekken 7 and more. On top of that, there will be another 30 community-run side brackets. Here’s everything to know about the massive fighting game celebration that is Combo Breaker.
It's the week of COMBO BREAKER 2022!
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— COMBO BREAKER (@ComboBreaker) May 23, 2022
Players to watch
Moist Esports’ Julian “Hotashi” Harris has been a dominant threat in Guilty Gear Strive since the game launched in June of 2021. He boasts many tournament victories and has yet to place lower than ninth at any major event. As a result, Hotashi will aim to defend his status as the No. 1 seed at Combo Breaker.
Assuming he makes the trip from Sweden, William “Leffen” Hjelte could be a serious threat in the Guilty Gear Strive bracket. He was undefeated in European tournaments while he actively competed last year. However, Combo Breaker 2022 could mark his offline major debut and his first time competing against top-level American talent in Guilty Gear Strive.
Gonna think about it a little bit, right now my head is full of melee salt
— TSM FTX Leffen (@TSM_Leffen) May 17, 2022
In Smash Ultimate, No. 4 seed Ikan is poised for a potential win. In winners quarters, the Ryu main is projected to face Chris “WaDi” Boston, who he has never played. If he can win that set, Ikan’s path to first place would likely require beating Eric “ESAM” Lew and Jestise “MVD” Negron, both of whom he is undefeated against.
How to watch Combo Breaker 2022
Since the event will feature so many different games, tournament coverage will naturally take place across numerous different channels. Fans can catch all the action on the following Twitch streams:
- 10/0 Media
- Callisto Media
- Team Spooky
- Tampa Never Sleeps
- Low Kick Esports
- Vampire Arcadia
- Mad City
In addition, many of the side brackets will be streamed on the aforementioned channels, NetBattles or UnrivaledTournaments. Viewers can find the full broadcast schedule for every main game on the Combo Breaker 2022 website.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.