So if you saw my announcement on the site a few weeks ago then you already know that I love watching competitive gaming, especially fighting games. I don’t play them often enough (I am absolutely terrible and switching from game to game is incredibly difficult) but I would never miss watching the Evo World Championships.
Evo is the biggest Fighting Game Tournament in the world, so it’s no surprise that I sat down most of Sunday and watched the finals. I was unfortunately busy during most of the Marvel Vs. Capcom finals, but thank god (or our lord Spooky) that we live in an age where these events are almost immediately on youtube. After watching some of the qualifying rounds and all of the finals, I thought I would give you a recap of some of the finals that I watched on Sunday.
BlazBlue top 8
I’m sure you already know this, but I love anime and anime-styled things. So of course I have always loved the style of anything from Arc System works, the creators of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. However I have never thought that BlazBlue games were that exciting to watch. Evo this year proved me wrong. The top 8 of BlazBlue featured a run through the loser’s bracket by Garireo, a Litchi player from Japan that managed to rally from losses that would break any other player’s sprit. This was the best comeback I’ve ever seen from a player at Evo, so if you have some time check it out!
Super Smash Bros Melee
This was the one that I was the most excited about. I LOVE Super Smash Brothers Melee, both casually and competitively. I’m not good enough for tournaments, but watching the top 5 players in the world go at it in this game is a thing of beauty. If you don’t know, there are 5 players that are widely considered to be the best players in the world and they are ALWAYS the top five at these tournaments. Evo was no exception, with 4 of them taking 1st through 4th. But the biggest story was a Pikachu player from Arizona named Axe. Axe is far and away the best Pikachu player in the world and he… well he absolutely destroyed a very good fox player and then almost took out the best peach player in the world, Armada. It was an incredible run from a character that many consider to be of average strength.
Marvel Vs Capcom
I’m not going to lie, I think this game has fell off the map for me a little bit. I loved watching it when it first came out and I even played it consistently for the first year it was out. My problems began when a player named Chris G started to dominate with Morrigan, a character that excels in running away and throwing out projectiles. Teams that couldn’t hack it against morrigan all but disappeared, which left Morrigan teams and Zero teams. To me, that is not all that entertaining. However, this years Evo saw the triumphant return of Justin Wong, one of the best fighting game players in the world. Justin ended up winning Marvel, all the while making the top 8 incredibly entertaining.
Ultra Street Fighter 4
Ultra Street Fighter 4 only recently came out in the US, so people were worried about players not being familiar with the game. I think those people were right because in the qualifying rounds some of the biggest names in Street Fighter were eliminated. Daigo, Justin Wong, Infiltration, and Xian were all out before top 8. I thought that meant that the finals weren’t going to be very good but I was wrong. Louffy, a French rose player ran through the top 8 with his aggressive play. If this is Ultra looks like, I’ll be watching Street Fighter more often this year.
So there it is, a short recap of the best tournament of the year! Next year I hope to go myself and be in the crowd to experience the hype but even if I’m not you can bet I’ll be watching online.