Everything to know about Combo Breaker 2022
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Everything to know about Combo Breaker 2022

Guilty Gear Strive headlines a 50-game tournament line-up

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.

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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.

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.

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:

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.

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Dylan Tate
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.