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NEC 2021 Recap

NEC 2021 happened this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA from November 5-7. The Big E Gaming event featured numerous brackets for different fighting games, including the recently released Melty Blood: Type Lumina.


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NEC at Localhost Philadelphia. Source: @BigEgaming

NEC hosted a total of 394 attendees at the Localhost Philadelphia venue. Hosted by Nerd Street Gamers, the Localhost event venue saw team tournament action on Friday as well as casual setups for players to prepare for brackets beginning on Saturday.

Like Summer Jam 2021, Guilty Gear Strive had the most entrants of any game this year. The bracket of 92 players included big names like Punk, LordKnight and Shine. Just behind Strive, Melty Blood: Type Lumina had a 70-player bracket to showcase the game’s early competition.


With a larger variety of games than Summer Jam, the Northeast Championship had 14 different singles brackets. Like Kumite In Tennessee, this event also had a heavy 3D game presence. Jukem won the Pokken bracket, while Omen took first place in Dead or Alive 6 and Chief Flash came out victorious in Virtua Fighter 5.

After winning Summer Jam, Linkorz continued to dominate as he defeated Outlaw in Soul Calibur VI grand finals, which had a $1000 pot bonus provided by Nerd Street Gamers. Shin Paulo took down Mr. Whooppee in Tekken 7 grand finals to claim first place in the 55-player bracket. Following the event, Big E Gaming announced the return of Winter Brawl 3D in February 2022 with a heavy focus on even more 3D fighting games.


Medals awarded to the top three competitors in each bracket. Source: @BigEgaming

The event had a variety of tournaments for old and new fighting games. Classics such as Capcom vs SNK 2 and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike were in the official game lineup alongside new-school fighters like Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat 11.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 continued to live on in the FGC as 215Jesse emerged victorious this weekend. Meanwhile DrSteelHammer won the 3rd Strike bracket and Attila came in first for Capcom vs SNK 2, which featured a $1000 pot bonus.

Smug continued to prove himself as one of the United States’ best Street Fighter V players with his victory this weekend. After winning Mortal Kombat 11 at KIT, Grr won back-to-back offline tournaments with a win at NEC.



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The Localhost venue featured monitors for attendees to catch all the top 8 action. Source: @BigEgaming

Anime fighting games made up four of the main lineup brackets for the event. The Guilty Gear Strive bracket not only saw the most entrants of any game, but also had a $1000 pot bonus contributed by Sector X.

Dragon Ball FighterZ had 29 entrants, remaining a game of interest for East Coast fighting game players. LegendaryyPred defeated measy in a grand finals bracket reset following a rematch of winners finals. Teiga claimed victory in Granblue Fantasy Versus with a swift 3-0 sweep of Alex Smith in grand finals.

Ludovic had a commanding performance in Melty Blood: Type Lumina, refusing to drop a single set as he fought his way to first place. The grand finals match saw him take down RED in a decisive 3-1 win.

As the main event of NEC, Guilty Gear Strive provided plenty of hype while competitors fought for the Sector X pot bonus. Though K7 Showoff looked to defend his Summer Jam title, it was Shine who finished on top with a 3-1 bracket reset in grand finals, leading to a 3-0 sweep in the final set.


Though NEC may not have had the international presence it previously saw for games like Soul Calibur VI, Big E Gaming’s goal to bring back their grassroots offline tournaments in late 2021 proved successful. Summer Jam and Northeast Championship gave new and returning players events to train for, all while bringing the fighting game community back together on the East Coast.


Featured image courtesy of @BigEgaming

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