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Random Roy - EVO 2014 Summary

Posted by Royzoga, 14 July 2014 · 2,419 views

EVO 2014 Fighting Games Ultra Street Fighter IV Super Smash Bros Melee Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 Killer Instinct BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma King of Fighters XIII Injustice Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Random Roy - EVO 2014 Summary I didn't think it would be possible to follow last years hype, last years upsets, and last years incredible matches. Well, I was wrong. I bring you again, the summary of Evolution Championship Series. Now if you're unfamiliar with what EVO is, basically the Olympics of fighting games. There's a medley of fighting games to be played ranging from Street Fighter to Super Smash Bros Melee. However, the roster is ever changing. Almost each year, the main 8 games played change up, allowing newer and fresher games to be showcased. And this year was definitely a crazy ride. Without much more intro, let's dive right in.

 

Ultra Street Fighter IV The series 6th year at EVO
1st. MD │ Louffy, who played as Rose, from France.
2nd. Bonchan, who played Sagat, from Japan.
3rd. RZR │ Fuudo (Winner of EVO 2011,) who played Fei Long, from Japan.

In quite possibly one of the biggest upsets of an entire generation, a huge portion of the favorites to win the tournament were eliminated before even the Semi-finals. It just goes to show you that even the changes they made for Ultra can really impact the level of competition.



Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 The series 4th year at EVO
1st. EG │ Justin Wong, who played using the team Wolverine/Storm/Akuma, from the USA.
2nd. GG │ NYChrisG, who played using the teams Morrigan/Doctor Doom/Vergil, Magneto/Morrigan/Doctor Doom, from the USA.
3rd. RG │ Fillipino Champ, who played using the teams Magneto/Dormammu/Doctor Doom, Magneto/Doctor Doom/Phoenix, Morrigan/Magneto/Doctor Doom, from the USA.

Finally, it happened again. Justin Wong returned as the Marvel champion. It's been too long since we've heard the crowds of viewers cheering his name and he definitely deserved this.



Super Smash Bros Melee The series 2nd year at EVO
1st. C9 │ Mang0 (Won EVO 2013), who played as Falco, Fox, from the USA.
2nd. CRS │ Hungrybox, who played as Jigglypuff, from the USA.
3rd. P4K.EMP │ Armada who played as Peach, Young Link, from Sweden.

Quite possibly one of the coolest things to see this year, not only because of the competition, but because of Nintendo's support. Before the finals began, it was nice to see Reggie on screen thank the players and such. At least after last years almost nightmare, it's nice to see the turn around. Smash is not done.



Killer Instinct The series 1st year at EVO
1st. KN.RM │ CDjr who played as Sadira, Jago, from the USA.
2nd. RG │ Rico Suave who played as Thunder, Fulgore, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, from the USA.
3rd. EG │ Justin Wong who played as Sabrewulf, from the USA.

Straight up, I'm not a KI fan in the least bit. But watching the grand finals was pretty intense. Higher level play of most games can still almost always give you that tight feeling in your chest of, 'oh, that was freaking cool.'



Blazblue Chrono Phantasma The series 1st year at EVO.
1st. Garireo, who played as Litchi Faye-Ling, from Japan.
2nd. Dogura, who played as Azrael, from Japan.
3rd. BE.TSB │ Dora_Bang, whoa played as Bang, from Japan.

Quite possibly the most hype matches I've ever seen for this game. The commentators were fantastic, the players were outstanding and my heart was racing every single second.



King of Fighters XIII The series 3rd year at EVO
1st. Qanba │ Xiao Hai, who played as EX Iori/Mr Karate/Kim, from China.
2nd MCZ │ Tokido, who played as EX Iori/Mr Karate/Chin, from Japan.
3rd. LDA │ ET, who played as Clark/Mr. Karate/EX Iori, EX Iori/Mr. Karate/Kim, from Taiwan.


It's sad to see the hype for King of Fighters XIII dying off so early. It feels like it could still have a lot of life left in it, but with the past EVO champion, Reynald, unable to participate as well, some are skeptical to the future. Even the commentators felt weaker compared to last year. KoF XIV might be in the near future, but these players show case a series of beautifully executed combos and game knowledge.




Injustice: Gods Among Us The series 2nd year at EVO
1st. RG │ SonicFox, who played as Batgirl, from the USA.
2nd. AK │ Pig of the Hut, who played as Zod, from the USA.
3rd. IC │ Mit 88, who played as Deathstroke, Aquaman, from the USA.

Having the second fewest signups this year tells a great deal for the future of the game. I'm fairly certain that most people are getting excited for Mortal Kombat X at this point, but still. It's fun to see Batgirl deliver some butt whooping.



Tekken Tag Tournament 2 The series 2nd year at EVO
1st. Twitch │ JDCR, who played as Heihachi/Armour King, from South Korea.
2nd. Twitch.MCP │ Gen, who played as Bob/Leo, from Japan.
3rd. BE │ Ao, who played as Alisa/Miguel, from Japan.

Sadly, Tekken seems to be dying off a tad at EVO this year, seeing the fewest entries compared to the other games. However, in contrast to this, series director Katsushiro Harada displayed a new teaser trailer for Tekken 7. The Devil is returning, we just have to be patient. In the mean time, we can enjoy and get hype over one of the best Tekken games since the original Tekken Tag.



That concludes this years Evolution Championship Series main events. While this does not cover every single tournament that was played at EVO 2014, it does cover the top 8 most signed up for. Something else worth note, I felt that EVO seemed a lot more main stream this year. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. On the upside, sites like IGN and Kotaku posted coverage on it the entire weekend. it made following the events I missed a lot more convenient, not to mention archives of the grand finals matches. It was a tad sad however, to see so much advertising for things like Mountain Dew. I can understand them being a sponsor, but this is the sort of thing gamers made fun of Microsoft and Activision for with the whole Doritos and Mountain Dew giveaways. I just hope it doesn't evolve into something out of control for the future. Regardless, it was definitely one of the most hype years yet and I can't wait for next year. With games like Persona 4 Ultimax, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, and possibly a new patch for Ultra Street Fighter 4 to be out in time for EVO, there's gonna be a ton of new stuff to watch.

Hope you guys enjoyed my quick coverage of the event! If you enjoyed a particular video or game, leave a comment below. Same goes for disliking. Let's spread the love of the Fighting Game Community~♥




Woo! EVO was great to watch this year. I know Roy saw it, but for those who did not, skip to 6:30 in the video below and watch until the end of the fight to see one of my favorite moments. I still have no idea what in the world happened... nor do I think anyone else does...

 

I would have posted that, but there's a video limit on posts, haha. And yeah, freaking so many great moments in general this year. Dora_Bang had crazy times in BBCP, Louffy is a freaking god as Rose in USF4, uff.

Yeah, Blazblue: CP at EVO was super surprising, because usually we don't see a super impressive tournament presence for Blazblue at EVO (well, in comparison to the high-level matches that happen in Japan. Not to dismiss earlier years, but...). And watching the back and forth of that final match was ridiculous, there were so many times where I just thought Dogura was going to win. I think it probably replaced the expectation we had for KOFXIII recently at EVO in raw hype.

 

The only things I watched other than that were the end of Street Fighter IV and Marvel 3, but they were cool. Surprising to see someone win with a PS1 controller at Street Fighter (and a Rose player win). Justin Wong returning to form in Marvel 3 was also neat (especially considering how last year went). 

 

I wanted to watch some of the Skullgirls side event but missed it...since it was airing when Blazblue's semi-finals were, which were really good. 

I wanted to watch some of the Skullgirls side event but missed it...since it was airing when Blazblue's semi-finals were, which were really good. 

 

There ya go Barrel, and yeah I was pretty much the same. This year was so cool. I really really really wish the commentators for KoF were as hype as BB or Smash Bros.

Thanks, Roy! I wanted to watch that yesterday as well. I demand another EVO post with non main stage games.

Thanks, Roy! I wanted to watch that yesterday as well. I demand another EVO post with non main stage games.

Ugh, so much work though,

There ya go Barrel, and yeah I was pretty much the same. This year was so cool. I really really really wish the commentators for KoF were as hype as BB or Smash Bros.

I think it's because Hellpockets(?) didn't commentate like he did the last two years for KOFXIII that probably lead to way less hype commentators (I know the other guy who commentated with him did the last two years as well, but... I don't remember his title). And yeah, really good EVO in general.... well, from what I've seen (I admit, I intentionally skipped.some stuff like Injustice and Killer Instinct).

I think it's because Hellpockets(?) didn't commentate like he did the last two years for KOFXIII that probably lead to way less hype commentators (I know the other guy who commentated with him did the last two years as well, but... I don't remember his title). And yeah, really good EVO in general.... well, from what I've seen (I admit, I intentionally skipped.some stuff like Injustice and Killer Instinct).

I skipped both of those as well. I went back and watched Injustice cuz Batgirl just kinda poo'd on everyone, which was kinda cool. Like, I may not enjoy the game that much, but seeing high level play still looks pretty damn cool regardless. 

I think it's because Hellpockets(?) didn't commentate like he did the last two years for KOFXIII that probably lead to way less hype commentators (I know the other guy who commentated with him did the last two years as well, but... I don't remember his title). And yeah, really good EVO in general.... well, from what I've seen (I admit, I intentionally skipped.some stuff like Injustice and Killer Instinct).

 

The KOF commentators put me to sleep. And yeah, I likewise skipped most of the KI and Injustice stuff.

I could never get into commentary from video game tourneys. There's something about the instant movements of the video game against the commentary to explain what just happened that throws me off. It's different from sports.

There's that, and the fact that I tend to watch videos of games I understand, so there's no need for the commentary.

High level play is great to watch, regardless of the game.

This is now featured, woo!

This is now featured, woo!

Oh, uh. Cool? Thanks.


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