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EVO 2019 Results!
The 21st EVO has come and gone, and history was made. What’s that? You couldn’t watch all the amazing matches this weekend? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Keep on reading and check out the news and videos to see all the action that went down!
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Coming out strong for its first appearance at the 23-years running video game tournament, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate brought in over 3,500 players, dwarfing the next closest game – Street Fighter V – by nearly 1,600 players.
After all the trouble they’ve been having with LCS, Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez gave Echo Fox something to celebrate with his impressive win at EVO. TSM’s Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey started the Smash Grand Finals strong, taking a 2-0 lead before MkLeo won three in a row to force a bracket reset. Those three wins in a row were just the start for MkLeo, who went on to win the reset 3-0.
Smash Ultimate made a little more EVO history by setting the record for highest peak viewership at an Evo event with over 279,000 viewers at its peak.
Street Fighter V
Speaking of Street Fighter, Masato “Bonchan” Takahashi took the top spot, going undefeated the entire weekend with 11 wins. The 32-year-old Bonchon used Karin to take out Adel “Big Bird” Anouche and win his third straight premier event on the Capcom Pro Tour. It would be hard to argue that Bonchon isn’t the best Street Fighter V player at the moment.
Street Fighter V saw a lot of surprises over the weekend, including ChaoZhou “Yang Mian” Huang – ranked 86th in the Capcom Pro Tour going into EVO – finishing in 7th. Also showing off his mad skills was Masahiro “Machabo” Tominaga. Better known as a Guilty Gear player (he won EVO 16’s GGXrdR tournament) Machabo came in 5th, falling to DC “Infexious” Coleman, who took 3rd.
For some hometown pride, be sure to give a hearty congratulations to Christopher “Footwurk” Leggett, who finished 97th out of 1,951 players! Way to go, Feet!
In Tekken 7, Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique also went undefeated and won the weekend. Arslan found himself battling for first place against Jae Min Bae – aka Dragon’s Knee – in a match every diehard Tekken fan wanted to see, and because we love you so much, you can watch it right here!
For some more hometown happiness, give it up for Lenell “L-train” Dinkins who finished 49th out of 1,899 players. Awesome work, Train!
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
There’s no arguing that Oscar “Shinku” Jaimes earned his 1st place finish in BlazBlue after Kamei “Kyamei” Hiroyuki forced a reset in the Grand Finals. The American player faced stiff competition from Japan, including Seitaro “domi” Ohno who he battled in Winners Finals, but more than held his own to take the top spot. Shinku’s slower, patient style proved to be too hard for his competitors to counter.
Mortal Kombat 11
With 1567 players, EVO 19 held the biggest Mortal Kombat 11 tournament ever.
Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean won his 5th EVO tournament this weekend, going undefeated in Mortal Kombat 11 and taking down Ryan “Dragon” Walker 3-0 in the Grand Finals. Sonic Fox celebrated winning the first-ever Mortal Kombat 11 EVO tournament, which came at the end of a 12 hour day, by putting on his iconic fox head, bowing to the audience and laying down on the stage. Named “Esports Player of the Year” at the 2018 Game Awards, Sonic Fox has become one of the best-known names in esports, due in no small part to the blue-and-white anthropomorphic fox suit that he always wears.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Sonic Fox lost out on what would have made him the only player to win two tournaments at EVO when he fell to Goichi “GO1” Kishida after almost forcing GO1 into a bracket reset. GO1 came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Sonic Fox. After winning the Grand Final 3-2, GO1 created what will surely become a memorable EVO moment when he broke down. Sonic Fox, ever the gracious winner, embraced his opponent, reminding us all what good sportsmanship looks like.
The two players, who had faced off at EVO last year (with Sonic Fox winning that one) continue to be the top names at Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Lee “Infiltration” Seon-woo won his 6th Evo by taking the top spot in Samurai Shodown, though it wasn’t easy. Infiltration had to come back from the losers bracket and force Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue into a reset for the Grand Finals.
Clearlamp_o, who – as far as I can tell – has no other name, took the top spot in UNIST. Clearlamp_o went undefeated, winning 11 matches and taking down Oushuu-hittou 3-2 in the Grand Finals
Yuta “Yuttoto” Sudo took the top spot in Soulcalibur VI, but Zain “Bluegod” T. made him work for it, forcing the Grand Finals into a bracket reset.