The biggest fighting game tournament in the world is going live on Twitch.tv later this Saturday early morning at 1am (ie past midnight Friday). There’s probably some context needed here, so here is a handy guide on what you need to know about this year’s biggest fighting game bash, from the games on tap to the livestream schedule.
Note: we’ll be updating this page on a daily basis leading up to the big day on July 15, 1am.
A Recap Of EVO 2016
Check out this video to see what were the highlights of last year’s big tournament, from Infiltration’s big win to LI Joe’s struggle in the Top 8.
Street Fighter V
The second season of Street Fighter V has been proven to be controversial to say the least, with weird nerfs for traditional fighters like Ryu and undeserved buffs for high-tier characters like Balrog/Boxer and Laura. Thankfully Capcom released a version 2.5 patch that put the game back on track. It’ll be interesting to see how this version will change up the current meta.
P.S: if you’re wondering if there will be new SFV characters for Season 2, you might want to check out these recent rumours.
Notable Players: Xian, Gamerbee, Tokido, Punk, Fuudo, IAmChuan, YamadaTaro, Daigo Umehara, Tokido, Sako, Luffy, Kazunoko, Infiltration.
Personally, this could be Punk’s year; this American player will at least place within the top 8 given his insane track record.
The console version of the juggle-tastic 3D fighting game should be fun to spectate in EVO 2017, thanks to its presentation, its neutral/tech trap game, its crazy cast, and even that slo-mo cam determining who landed that last game-ending hit.
The question is: will South Korea take the top spot yet again? Echo Fox’s Jin-Woo “Saint” Choi is currently the defending champion; he’ll have a tough time defending it against the likes of veterans like Christopher “Crow” Villarreal and even his teammate Kim Hyun “JCDR” Jin.
Notable Players: JCDR, Saint, Knee, Nobi, Mr. Naps, PLing
The next fighting game from NetherRealm Studio is making its debut in this prestigious tournament. Will it make an impression here like Mortal Kombat X did? Odds are ‘yes’, since people do love to see DC superheroes clash outside of turgid box office bombs.
If we’re basing the current meta with the last few Injustice 2 tournaments, we will see a lot of Black Adam, Atrocitus, Batman, Aquaman, and any other character with more than one type of projectile/mixup game. Or we could see SonicFox proving everybody’s tier list wrong by using a supposed low tier hero. Surprise us, EVO 2017!
Notable Players: SonicFox, NobleDragon, PigoftheHut, HoneyBee (ie the only top tier Flash player alive), Theo. If you’re looking for Southeast Asian players, you’re out of luck.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev2
We’re lumping these two together since they’re from the same company, Arc System Works. Both games will sate your anime fighting game fix with air dashes, bursts, and combos aplenty.
While this EVO isn’t a swan song for both games, players should keep in mind that they might be sidelined for the next EVO in favour of the company’s upcoming title Dragon Ball Fighter Z (together with Bandai Namco of course).
Notable Players: Garireo, Dogura, Machaboo, Omito Hashimoto, LordMarlin, Nage.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The Smash Bros landscape has evolved a lot since its surprise heyday a few years back. With higher production values, expect to see a better Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament this year. Player-wise it’s anybody’s game here since players from all over US and Japan will be attending to claim the EVO SSB crown.
Notable Players: CaptainZak, Mars, tsu, KEN, BSD’s Elegant, Takera
The King of Fighters XIV
SNK’s return to fighting game form is making its EVO debut. That’s great considering that Capcom’s major rival hasn’t seen much popularity for the past few tournaments.
Concerning the current meta: old-school fans may recognize top characters like K’, Iori, Leona, and Vanessa being used more often in teams. New characters like Shu’ei and Mian are also in fashion on the tournament scene too. It’ll also be interesting to see which new or veteran player will dethrone the current KOF XIV world champion: Xiaohai.
With publishers SNK and Atlus adding an extra US$14k into the prize pot, this 3-on-3 fighter will be quite a spectacle and possible dark horse to overshadow SFV.
Notable Players: Xiaohai, Reynald, Kiamei, Violent Kain, Dakou, Nerdjosh, Frionel, Alioune, Kane Blueriver
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
The 3v3 fighting game is getting its swan song of a tournament in this year’s EVO, because it’s making way for a new Marvel vs Capcom title this September. Nonetheless, we will see a lot of clutch play and potential “Happy Birthday” combos since veterans will be playing their hearts out to say farewell to this juggernaut.
Notable Players: Justin Wong, Chris G, Kane Blueriver, Filipino Champ, RayRay, PR Rog, Viscant, Clockw0rk. Again, no SEA players here.
Schedules (In GMT+8/SGT)
Day 1 (July 15, Saturday)
Time: 1am to 2pm
Games: Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev2, Injustice 2, King Of Fighters XIV
July 15, 11am: The King of Fighters XIV Top 8 Finals
Day 2 (July 16, Sunday)
Time: 1am to 2pm
Games: Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Smash Bros for Wii U, BlazBlue-Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev2, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
July 16, 5am: Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev2 Top 8 Finals
July 16, 9am: Injustice 2 Top 8 Finals
Finals (July 16-17, Sunday & Monday)
July 16, 10.45pm: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
July 17, 1am: BlazBlue-Central Fiction
July 17, 3.30am: Tekken 7
July 17, 6am: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
July 17, 10am: Street Fighter V
SPOUT 360’s EVO 2017 Pre-Finals Fight Night
SPOUT 360 will be streaming some fighting games and discussing predictions & performances alongside Singapore’s FGC finest this Sunday at 8pm GMT+8/SGT.
SPOUT 360 will keep this page updated with the latest on the EVO 2017 streaming schedule.