Everything to know about Red Bull Golden Letters
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Everything to know about Red Bull Golden Letters

Players can earn automatic wins with “Great” or “Perfect” scores

Red Bull and Lenovo Legion will put a unique twist on the competitive Tekken 7 format with Red Bull Golden Letters this weekend. Top players from the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world will converge at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London, England, for this event.

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From its high-profile side events to its new win conditions for the main bracket, this event will allow viewers to experience high-level Tekken in a way that departs from the traditional formula. Here’s everything to know about Red Bull’s upcoming Tekken tournament.

How to watch Red Bull Golden Letters

Hassan “Spag” Farooq will host Red Bull Golden Letters on the Red Bull Twitch channel. Additionally, Rasheed “Bubsy” Jenkins, Hussain “Gosain” Shah and Kobi “K-Wiss” Scarlett will provide commentary throughout the event.

The broadcast will kick off at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. Day one will feature all of pools, leading up to the top four of the open qualifier bracket. On Sunday, the stream will once again start at 7:30 a.m. ET and include a five-versus-five crew battle pitting Europe against the rest of the world

After the crew battle, quarterfinals of the final bracket will begin. In addition, players at the venue will be able to compete for prizes in the “Lenovo Legion: Beat the Pros” challenge throughout the weekend. Pro players slated to attend the event include Hoa “Anakin” Luu, Vincent “Super Akouma” Homan, Joseph “Joey Fury” Bennett and Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique.

Bracket format

Red Bull Golden Letters will feature a unique format wherein players have multiple paths to victory within a set. Players can earn a traditional victory by winning three games within each best-of-five set. However, players can also secure automatic wins by earning three “Perfect” or “Great” scores within a single set.

“Incentivizing high risk for high reward plays, Golden Letters switches up the traditional Tekken gameplay for unforgettable matches and moments,” a press release about the event said.

To earn a “Perfect” score, a player must win a round without taking any damage. Conversely, a player can earn a “Great” score by winning a round with only a sliver of health remaining. As a result, this format will reward precise defensive play at opportune moments.

Up to 96 players will be able to compete in the open qualifier bracket. The final four from this bracket will advance to the Championship Sunday bracket at Red Bull Golden Letters. There, they will be joined by the pro players who were invited to the event.

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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.