Another year means another series of high level play and huge upsets. Damn, this year's EVO was really hype, boasting the biggest turn out they've ever had! Not to mention some of the most diverse top 8's I've seen in certain games in a long time in terms of player's nationality and character selection. Though, that stuff you can find out about later, let's get down to the nitty gritty with this year's summary of Evolution Championship Series.
Ultra Street Fighter IV The series 7th year at EVO
1st. EG I Momochi, who played as Elena, Evil Ryu, and Ken, from Japan.
2nd. AVM I GamerBee, who played as Adon and Elena, from Taiwan.
3rd. Infiltration, who played as Abel, Akuma, Chun-Li, Decapre, Elena, Evil Ryu, Juri, and Ryu, from South Korea.
Losers finals for me was the highlight of the entire tournament, spanning almost 40 minutes of pure chaos and top level play between two of my favorite players, Infiltration and GamerBee. And while I normally would only post a video of the Grand Finals, I'm just gonna go ahead an leave the entire top 8!
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 The series 5th year at EVO
1st. BE I KaneBlueRiver, who played as Hulk/Sentinel/Haggar, from Chile.
2nd. RayRay, who played as Magneto/Doctor Doom/Sentinel, from the USA.
3rd. ApologyMan, who played as Firebrand/Doctor Doom/Super-Skrull, from the USA.
Now, as some of you may already know, I'm not the biggest Mahvel fan out there. Though, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a spectacle to see someone win EVO with a big body team, and using Hulk on point as well! In a game I've expected to always be dominated by top tiers, it was so refreshing to not see a single Vergil or even Zero in the top 3's teams.
Super Smash Bros Melee The series 3rd year at EVO
1st. A I Armada, who played as Fox, and Peach, from Sweden.
2nd. TL I HungryBox, who played as Jigglypuff, from the USA.
3rd. EG I PPMD, who played as Falco, and Marth, from the USA.
Speaking of top tiers, I feel like this is one of the few games that will never be able to break away from its current mold. While fun to watch, Melee is still one of the most cruel and unforgiving games to play on a higher level for simple mess ups. With Smash Wii U surpassing entry numbers, could this be the last year we see Melee as a main stage event?
Mortal Kombat X The series 1st year at EVO
1st. cR I SonicFox, who played as Erron Black (Outlaw), and Kitana (Royal Storm), from the USA.
2nd. PND I A F0xy Grampa, who played as Kung Lao (Buzz Saw, and Tempest), from the UK.
3rd. cR I HoneyBee, who played as D'Vorah (Swarm Queen), from Canada.
While I initially thought MKX might be the game to finally dethrone Street Fighter for hype and entrants, it just didn't live up to the rest of the year. Not to say that these matches weren't hype, but, c'mon. It's SonicFox, this guy is freaking amazing. First he won the ESL Pro League and now he's won EVO.
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- The series 1st year at EVO.
1st. Ogawa, who used Zato-1, from Japan.
2nd. ODG I Nage, who used Faust, from Japan.
3rd. Woshige, who used Millia, from Japan.
Guilty Gear Xrd is a fun, pretty game to watch with incredibly hype and tense moments. Looking past a few...minor mistakes from the top 8, I'd say it went pretty successfully for the game's first year. Though, moving forward, it's kinda hard to imagine what will be around for next EVO. It seems like every year Arc System Works and Aksys put out a new fighter that takes over the main stage! Let's hope Guilty Gear is here to stay for a bit.
Killer Instinct The series 2nd year at EVO
1st. Rico Suave, who played as Fulgore, Glacius, Omen, Spinal, and Thunder, from the USA.
2nd. Gutter Magic, who played as Thunder, from the USA.
3rd. SleepNS, who played as Kan-Ra, from the USA.
Now, another year has passed and my knowledge of Killer Instinct has remained exactly the same, but that's okay. This years grand finals, and even top 8 in general was incredibly entertaining to watch, especially with the fantastic commentary that made me feel like I knew exactly what was happening at each and every moment.
Tekken 7 The series 1st year at EVO
1st. ORZ I Nobi, who played as Dragunov, from Japan.
2nd. BE I Ao, who played as Alisa, from Japan.
3rd. NJF I Saint, who played as Shaheen, from South Korea.
I'm the biggest Tekken expert around, I do love me some Tekken 3 though... However, when a game hasn't even had a retail release yet and you can pull together a massive tournament like this, I can't help but clap and watch in surprise to the level of play these competitors show. God this game is pretty...
Super Smash Bros Wii U The series 1st year at EVO
1st. ZeRo, who played as Diddy Kong, and Shiek, from Chile.
2nd. LLL I Mr. R, who played as Shiek, from the Netherlands.
3rd. Nairo, who played as Zero Suit Samus, from the USA.
I must say, looking over the top 8, I was quite surprised to see that only half of it contained players from the USA. Glad to see some other countries taking a liking to this game on a competitive level. Though, I'm a little sad to see Shiek and Diddy Kong in grand finals. Melee was already a tiers dominated game that it's kinda disappointing to see it's farther sequel follow in suit. Though, outside of grand finals, there was a good amount of variety.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax The series 1st year at EVO
1st. KSB I Superboy, who played as Ken Amada w/ Koromaru, from Japan.
2nd. NB I Tahichi, who played as Margaret, and Yukari Takeba, from Japan.
3rd. Hagiwara, who played as Teddie, from Japan.
Before EVO even started this year, I was pretty surprised that Ultimax even took a spot on main stage, and not to be rude, I still am. I figured the game scene was pretty lax and dead ever since Guilty Gear had come out, but watching the grand finals match of a Ken player destroying a Margaret-- Ooh! Man that was hype.
Well there we have it, another year of fighting games and another one to come. Street Fighter V is just on the horizon, a new BlazBlue already fresh with footage, Tekken 7's new retail release, and now a rumored new DLC pack for Mortal Kombat X! Phew, I wonder where we'll be next year, but it'll definitely be bigger than this year.
In case anyone is curious as just to how many people signed up for each tournament, well you can see that here!
- Ultra Street Fighter IV – 2227
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – 1926
- Super Smash Bros. Melee – 1869
- Mortal Kombat X – 1162
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- – 968
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – 816
- Tekken 7 – 458
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – 437
- Killer Instinct – 397
Now, the last thing I'd like to do would be show a video from Maximilian, one of the FGC's most active supporter and contributor. Every year for EVO, he puts together a top 5 moments video, and here is this year's!
Alrighty, that's all! Hope everyone enjoyed EVO this year. Can't wait to see it again~