It's time once again for the big one, presenting EVO 2013, where the world's best fighting game players (including a record 70 Japanese players) descend upon Las Vegas!
Official tournament games, live streams and schedule
|Games (Alphabetical order)||Entrants|
|Injustice: Gods Among Us||580|
|Mortal Kombat 9||201|
|Persona 4 Arena||400|
|Street Fighter X Tekken Version. 2013||545|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||696|
|Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Version. 2012||1601|
|Tekken Tag Tournament 2||355|
|The King of Fighters XIII||433|
|Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3||1297|
Credit to user @davidwitten22 for researching the following:
http://www.twitch.tv/nycfurby - 7vs7 USA vs. Europe SSFIV: AE 2012 exhibition and unofficial off-stream content
http://www.twitch.tv/karastorm - Unofficially streaming Street Fighter X Tekken pools
http://www.twitch.tv/finestko - Unofficially streaming Persona 4 Arena pools
http://www.twitch.tv/bibiquadium - Guilty Gear and Blaz Blue side event content
http://www.twitch.tv/Clashtournaments - Unofficially streaming Super Smash Bros. Melee pools and content
http://www.twitch.tv/vgbootcamp - Unofficially streaming Super Smash Bros. Melee pools and content
Schedule - Subject to change where and when necessary
All times local to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - What time is that where I live?
Streamed by Team Spooky and iPLAYWINNER!
"The official hash tag for Evo 2013 is #Evo2013. Let's get it trending worldwide!"
This year, EVO will hold 9 official tournaments (which hasn't been done since EVO 2004), 4 more than last year. We say goodbye to Soulcalibur V and there's still no place for Skullgirls (but their unofficial side tournament will be supported). Also at the event in a side event capacity will be Divekick (which is looking to announce a release date soon) and Killer Instinct. Let's take a look at:
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition - Version 2012
We are also saying goodbye to Version 2012 of SSFIV this year, as Capcom are getting ready to unveil a new version at EVO, which depending on when it's released, will be called Version 2013 or Version 2014. This is likely to be the final iteration to the game responsible for the rebirth of fighting games, with the original Street Fighter IV releasing way back in 2008 (the same year that the very website you are on now first launched).
The CEO 2013 AE 2012 champion, Xian from Singapore who plays the expert-level character Gen, recently posted what he believes to be the final tier-list going into EVO 2013.
The dominant player in the past year has been EVO 2012's champion, Seon-woo Lee AKA Infiltration from South Korea, although his Akuma has been known to have trouble against Cammy players. The biggest missing player from SSFIV this year will be the best Guile player on the planet, USA's Kevin Landon AKA Dieminion, who missed CEO 2013 and will miss EVO 2013 for undisclosed personal reasons. Previous champions Daigo Umehara and Fuudo will be attending.
Update: Kevin 'Dieminion' Landon will now be attending EVO after securing funds at the last minute.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
One man has a target on his back at EVO 2013, New York's Chris G. With his Morrigan, Doctor Doom and Vergil team, Chris G has attended all 5 of the USA Road to EVO events throughout the past 6 months, he was the champion at 4 out of the 5 (CEO 2013, UFGT9, Winter Brawl, NorCal Regionals) and runner up at the one he didn't win (SoCal Regionals).
It will be up to the likes of last year's champion Ryan Ramirez AKA Filipino Champ and other top players such as Justin Wong and Eduardo Pérez AKA PR Balrog to stop Chris G.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Breaking News: Ed Boon has teased the reveal of new DLC characters for Injustice at EVO 2013!
Injustice was added as a last minute 9th game addition to EVO following a very successful introduction to the tournament scene. Injustice patch v1.05 is in effect so Scorpion will be weakened but players will not be kneeling before Zod. 4 DLC characters have been released for the game, Lobo, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Scorpion and Zod.
Under the tournament rules for EVO, Zod was not released in time for players to get used to fighting as him and more importantly, against him, as well as NetherRealm Studios not having enough time to patch any glitches, should they occur. Which in the case of Zod is exactly what happened. Twice.
Look for Chris G to be a favorite again as the Mortal Kombat community attempts to prevent the Chris G's Green Arrow taking winning EVO 2013 after CEO 2013.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Melee is a Nintendo GameCube game that released in 2001, which prompts the question how it got into EVO 2013 12 years later. For the 8th EVO tournament game, a breast cancer charity donation drive was held by the EVO founders and the one that had the most money raised by its fans would go to EVO...
Melee - $94,557.81
Skullgirls - $78,365.97
After trading places several times (and initially both lead by My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic), one final effort by the Smash community pushed them far ahead of the Skullgirls community, which left Skullgirls with too big of a gap to make up.
EVO 2013 will be the largest Melee tournament in history, with 696 players competing, the 3rd highest entry numbers of all 9 games.
Best of the rest:
- Many say (and with good cause) that Atlus's King of Fighters XIII Grand Final was the most exciting thing that happened at the entire event last year. The USA and Japanese players alike will be looking to steal the thunder of the South Korean and Mexican KOF scenes after zero players from the USA or Japan made top 8 at EVO 2012.
- From the ashes of the original, much hated game, comes Street Fighter X Tekken Version 2013. A game 10 times better to both play and watch and surprisingly a good amount of entrants.
- Described as the last chance for the anime fighting game scene, Persona 4 Arena will debut at EVO 2013 after winning several fighting game of the year awards from video game websites. With 400 entrants, the P4A players have done their game proud on paper.
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 also makes its debut, as the sole representative of 3D fighting games the Tekken scene has a lot to live up to following its fellow Namco Bandai game, Soulcalibur V.
- Mortal Kombat 9 looks to end it's EVO run on a high, can Carl 'Perfect Legend' White become a 3-time MK EVO champion?