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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.

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Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Jonathan Deleon Rico Suave Shadow Jago, Omen, Glacius
2nd Lenin Castillo UA|MyGod Sabrewulf
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
7th Joshua Vargas Waterhorses Glacius
9th Blake Whitworth YOMI|JagoBlake Jago
9th Nicky Iovene NS|Nicky Vengenz Fulgore
9th Christina Freeland PAG|PinkDiamond Maya
9th Paulo Duarte AKG|ShinPaulo Thunder
13th Larry Dent III LCD Orchid, Maya
13th Paul Ramos Paul B Sabrewulf, Hisako, Riptor
13th Deion Thompson Thompxson Jago
13th Chase Graves UL|ZergKiller Aganos, Spinal

2017 Season

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.

Killer Instinct
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Darnell Waller F3|Sleep ARIA, Kilgore
2nd Calvin Phelps Storm179 Hisako
3rd Deion Thompson BH|Thompxson Jago
4th Nicholas Iovene Circa|Nicky Fulgore, Mira
5th Joshua Vargas BH|Waterhorses Glacius
5th UA|Wheels Sabrewulf, Tusk, Orchid, Gargos
7th Jonathan Deleon Rico Suave Gargos
7th Demandre Pressley MT|LetalisVenator Aganos, General RAAM, Omen
9th Kenneth Armas UA|Bass Spinal, Mira, Cinder
9th Rob Doherty HW|Valoraxe Cinder
9th Samuel Mora TBS|Sickle Glacius
9th Larry Dent III LCD Maya, Orchid, Gargos
13th BH|Amenty Mira, Maya, Gargos
13th Damien Walton Selfless|Fiyah Liger Riptor
13th Damian Gonzalez Raven is Raw Spinal
13th Matt Rebelo STDx|Rebelo TJ Combo



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