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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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ__PbvsI4g 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow87gGl5jOg Alrighty, that's all! Hope everyone enjoyed EVO this year. Can't wait to see it again~
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 â”‚ Louffy, who played as Rose, from France. 2nd. Bonchan, who played Sagat, from Japan. 3rd. RZR â”‚ 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 â”‚ Justin Wong, who played using the team Wolverine/Storm/Akuma, from the USA. 2nd. GG â”‚ NYChrisG, who played using the teams Morrigan/Doctor Doom/Vergil, Magneto/Morrigan/Doctor Doom, from the USA. 3rd. RG â”‚ 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 â”‚ Mang0 (Won EVO 2013), who played as Falco, Fox, from the USA. 2nd. CRS â”‚ Hungrybox, who played as Jigglypuff, from the USA. 3rd. P4K.EMP â”‚ 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 â”‚ CDjr who played as Sadira, Jago, from the USA. 2nd. RG â”‚ Rico Suave who played as Thunder, Fulgore, Glacius, Jago, Sabrewulf, from the USA. 3rd. EG â”‚ 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 â”‚ 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 â”‚ Xiao Hai, who played as EX Iori/Mr Karate/Kim, from China. 2nd MCZ â”‚ Tokido, who played as EX Iori/Mr Karate/Chin, from Japan. 3rd. LDA â”‚ 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 â”‚ SonicFox, who played as Batgirl, from the USA. 2nd. AK â”‚ Pig of the Hut, who played as Zod, from the USA. 3rd. IC â”‚ 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 â”‚ JDCR, who played as Heihachi/Armour King, from South Korea. 2nd. Twitch.MCP â”‚ Gen, who played as Bob/Leo, from Japan. 3rd. BE â”‚ 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. 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