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THE HIGH SCORE ESPORTS NEWS ROUND-UP: JULY 28-August 4

Welcome to the High Score Esports News Weekly Round-Up!

Each week, High Score updates you on the week that was in esports. Catch up on the coolest matches, the biggest battles, and the latest news right here, all in easy to digest word bites! Read on friends and stay in the know!

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!

Tekken 7

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.

Samurai Shodown

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.

UNIST

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

Soulcalibur VI

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.

TSM Taste the Gold at EXP Apex Legends Invitational

While Mitchie Brusco made X Games history this weekend by pulling off the first 1260 in skateboarding history,  Jordan “Reps” Wolfe, Mac “Albralelie” Kenzie Beckwith and Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen of Team SoloMid made some history of their own when they walked won the gold medals for the EXP Apex Legends Invitational.

Following their third-place finish at the FACEIT Pro Series, TSM was expected to make a big showing this weekend, but they weren’t the only team people were talking about – T1, who finished 2nd at FACEIT, EXP Apex Legends Pro-Am winner Coby “Dizzy” Meadows. and NRG Esports were all at the X Games as well.

Saturday saw TSM consistently finishing in the top 5, with among the top five, with a first-place finish in Game 8, which kept them ahead of Team Reciprocity, Sentinels and Tempo Storm.

Team Reciprocity, made up of Eric “Snip3down” Wrona,  Sebastian “Mimu” Vesala, and Niko “ZeroNothing” Suominen took the silver. The Sentinels took bronze. Sentinels teammate Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf recently won $3 million for first place in solos at the Fortnite World Cup Finals, so he’s had a pretty good couple of weeks.

Along with being the first major competition for Apex Legends, this marked esports return to the X Games after a three-year hiatus.

Mo Auba Gets Mo Money at the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final

Mohammed ‘Mo Auba’ Harkous took the $250,000 grand prize at this weekend’s FIFA eWorld Cup Final after defeating defending champion Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary.

Mo Auba and Msdossary tied 1-1 in the Xbox format, but Mo Auba took the PlayStation format 2-1 to end the event with a 3-2 victory.

Mo Auba, who plays for Werder Bremen, is Germany’s first champion of the tournament since it began in 2004.

T-Wolves T-ake NBA 2K League Finals

After blowing two leads and dealing with a three-hour technical delay, T-Wolves Gaming beat the 76ers GC 3-2 in a five-game series Saturday night in New York to win the NBA 2K League Finals.

Michael “BearDaBeast” Key – who won the SZN 2 Showcase Championship the day before – was named Finals MVP after putting up 23 points and six assists in the fifth game, leading the T-Wolves to a 52-35 victory. The tournament ran  9 hours, 21 minutes, thanks in no small part to an over three-hour delay during the third game of the finals. It wasn’t until just before 1 a.m. that the T-Wolves were able to win the $360,000 prize.

Ann Arbor Ultimate is Coming!

We keep telling you how we have cool stuff going on, and you may be thinking “Hey, High Score, you want to announce one of these cool things already?!” Well fine, we will! On August 17, High Score Esports presents the first Ann Arbor Ultimate August powered by Ann Arbor Sports Commission!

Ann Arbor Ultimate, a Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament like no other, will be held at the very awesome Wyndam Garden Ann Arbor.

Along with your usual solo tournament, we’re holding a “2 Player 1 Controller” duos tournament! A fun and wacky twist on competitive Smash where you and a teammate each use 1 hand to control a character, so start mind-melding with your best pal now to get ready!

Sign up here and get ready for the fun!

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