Killer Instinct World Cup is an annual fighting game tournament held in Texas, specifically focusing on the 2013 Killer Instinct reboot. The event's first incarnation was in January 2016 which featured Killer Instinct with a total of 32 qualifiers. The finals uses a double-elimination format and includes various tournaments as qualifiers such as EVO and Combo Breaker.
2016 Season The 2016 Killer Instinct World Cup Finals was announced by Ultra Arcade's Brandon Alexander in December 2014, which initially had a $10,000 prize pool with 16 qualifiers, but was eventually increased to a $30,000 prize pool with 32 qualifiers. Four last chance qualifying spots were held as well. The tournament was won by EVO 2015 Champion Jonathan "Rico Suave" Deleon, who primarily used Shadow Jago in the tournament, however used Omen against Matt Rebelo in Winner's Finals due to the lack of TJ Combo matchup experience and Glacius in Grand Finals as a hard counter to Lenin "MyGod" Castillo's Sabrewulf. The EVO 2014 Champion, Emmanuel "CD Jr." Brito has notably tied for last, despite being seeded 3rd in the bracket. The #1 player in points rankings Kenneth "Bass" Armas was notably upset in the first round of the tournament to one of the Last Chance qualfiers Joshua "Waterhorses" Vargas, while managing to blast through Loser's Bracket, while bowing out to FlipSid3 Tactics' Darnell "Sleep" Waller. However, one of the most unexpected placings was Canadian player Rebelo ending in 3rd place while being sent to Loser's by Rico Suave in Winner's Finals, followed by being eliminated by MyGod in a Loser's Finals runback from an early Winner's Bracket upset.
Killer Instinct World Cup took place at the Fountain Bleu in San Antonio, Texas on January 30–31, 2016.
|1st||Jonathan Deleon||Rico Suave||Shadow Jago, Omen, Glacius|
|3rd||Matt Rebelo||UL|Rebelo||TJ Combo, Shadow Jago|
|4th||Darnell Waller||F3|Sleep||Kan-Ra, ARIA, Glacius|
|5th||Kenneth Armas||UA|Bass||Spinal, Cinder|
|5th||Josue Herrera||BH|Grief||Sadira, Orchid|
|7th||Keyshawn Johnson||cR|Cupcake||Sabrewulf, Maya|
|9th||Nicky Iovene||NS|Nicky Vengenz||Fulgore|
|13th||Larry Dent III||LCD||Orchid, Maya|
|13th||Paul Ramos||Paul B||Sabrewulf, Hisako, Riptor|
|13th||Chase Graves||UL|ZergKiller||Aganos, Spinal|
The 2017 Killer Instinct World Cup was announced on April 5, 2016. The season would include more offline qualifiers than the previous season, as well as once again being a 32-man finals. In 2017, the KI World Cup issued a ban towards taunting and teabagging, following its frequent practice by NuckleDu in Street Fighter V. This would spark controversy from the fighting game community with members such as Echo Fox pro SonicFox and Iron Galaxy Studios dev Adam "Keits" Heart speaking about their disdain regarding the ban. Lab monster Javits used Daigo Umehara's playstyle from EVO Moment #37 as a reference to mention that enforcing such rule would be impossible.