Evo 2012

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2012 Evolution Championship Series
Evo Championship Series logo cropped.png
Tournament information
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
DatesJuly 6–8
Double elimination
Venue(s)Caesars Palace
Final positions
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The 2012 Evolution Championship Series (commonly referred to as Evo 2012 or EVO 2012) was a fighting game event held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on July 6–8. The event featured a major tournament for six fighting games, including Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as well as various smaller-scale competitions.


Evo 2012 was held in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.

Held in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Evo 2012 featured over 3,500 entrants among its six major tournaments. The tournaments held at Evo 2012 were livestreamed through the Twitch.tv online video service.[1] A "Road to Evo" tournament series started in January 2012, in which competitors could earn seeding points for the main event.[2]


Six major tournaments were held at Evo 2012. The games played were:

Evo 2012 was the first event in the Championship Series to include a major King of Fighters tournament. The 2011 reboot of the Mortal Kombat series benefited from multiple balancing updates after its release, allowing the game to be popular among the fighting game community where earlier games in the series weren't. The Mortal Kombat tournament featured the second-largest prize pool at Evo 2012, after Street Fighter IV. Spin-off Street Fighter X Tekken, meanwhile, was unpopular among the fighting game community at the time. The game featured various bugs and unbalanced aspects.[1]

The event also featured various smaller-scale competitions, such as an exclusive Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament, and side tournaments for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and Skullgirls.[1] Sony showcased a playable demo for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, while NetherRealm Studios revealed gameplay footage of Injustice: Gods Among Us at Evo 2012.[3]

Tournament summary[edit]

While the recent release of Street Fighter x Tekken caused players to juggle between more familiar aspects of the characters and the game's more unusual features, the King of Fighters XIII tournament was praised by commentators for its high-level play, unexpected for such a new game. Meanwhile, Brenna Hillier of VG247 described the Mortal Kombat tournament at Evo 2012 as a "mixed bag", featuring plenty of unusual play styles.[4]

Though there was a lot of discussion regarding whether the character Phoenix in Marvel vs. Capcom is overpowered compared to other selectable characters in the game, competitor Filipino Champ won the tournament with the characters Magneto, Dormammu and Doctor Doom. The final match at Evo 2012 was the Street Fighter IV finals, in which Infiltration defeated GamerBee to claim the title.[4]


Infiltration at Evo 2012.
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Version 2012)[5]
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st South Korea Seon-woo Lee WW.MCZ Infiltration Akuma, Gouken
2nd Taiwan Bruce Hsiang AVerMedia GamerBee Adon
3rd United States Eduardo Pérez-Frangie CVapor PR Balrog Balrog
4th China Zhuojun Zeng eLivePro Qanba Xiaohai Cammy
5th Japan Daigo Umehara MCZ Daigo Umehara Ryu
5th Hong Kong Jonny Cheng HumanBomb Sakura
7th United States Kevin Landon BT Dieminion Guile
7th South Korea Chung-gon Lee TH Poongko Seth
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st United States Ryan Ramirez coL.CC Filipino Champ Magneto/Dormammu/Doctor Doom, Magneto/Doctor Doom/Phoenix
2nd United States Carlos Randay LxG Infrit Nova/Spencer/Sentinel
3rd United States Christopher Gonzalez FC NYChris G Morrigan/Doctor Doom/Akuma, Wesker/Ryu/Hawkeye, Morrigan/Doctor Doom/Hawkeye
4th United States Peter Rosas coL.CC Combofiend Nova/Spencer/Hawkeye, She-Hulk/Taskmaster/Spencer
5th Mexico César García TA Frutsy M.O.D.O.K./Captain America/Taskmaster
5th United States Job Figueroa Flocker Zero/Vergil/Hawkeye, Zero/Vergil/Strider Hiryu
7th United States Justin Wong EG Justin Wong Wolverine/Storm/Akuma, Spencer/Vergil/Frank West
7th United States Jay Son Y2J Wolverine/Spencer/Magneto
Street Fighter X Tekken 2 vs. 2 Teams
Place Team Name Player Alias Character(s)
1st Western Wolves South Korea Seon-woo Lee
South Korea Ryan Ahn
WW.MCZ Infiltration
WW.MCZ Laugh
2nd FGTV United States Eduardo Pérez-Frangie
United States Ricky Ortiz
CVapor PR Balrog
EG Ricky Ortiz
3rd Mad Catz/Razer Japan Hajime Taniguchi
Japan Keita Ai
MCZ Tokido
RZR Fuudo
Chun Li
4th Complexity Cross Counter United States Peter Rosas
United States Mike Ross
coL.CC Combofiend
coL.CC Mike Ross
5th TotalHeads Japan Joe Egami
South Korea Chung-gon Lee
TH Poongko
5th Eternal Rivals/PxG United States Richard Nguyen
United States Darryl Lewis
ER MCZ Richard Nguyen
PxG SnakeEyes
7th KazBon Japan Ryota Inoue
Japan Masato Takahashi
7th Algo Cacho
Chile Victor Duarte
Chile Rubén Ponce
Mortal Kombat
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st United States Carl White EMP KN Perfect Legend Kung Lao
2nd United States Emmanuel Brito vVv NOS CD Jr. Jax, Kabal, Rain
3rd United States Brant McCaskill Pig of the Hut Kenshi, Mileena
4th United States Malik Terry IGL MIT Johnny Cage, Reptile, Scorpion, Stryker
5th United States Christian Quiles CoCo ForeverKing Sonya, Kung Lao, Kenshi
5th United States Julian E. Escobar EGP XBlades Liu Kang
7th United States Mario Sako CoCo M2Dave Freddy Krueger
7th United States Elijah Williamson EGP Tyrant Jax
The King of Fighters XIII
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st South Korea Kwang-noh Lee CafeID MadKOF Duo Lon, King, Kim, Chin
2nd Mexico Armando Velázquez IGL Bala Billy, Iori, Shen, Takuma, Ralf, Clark, Benimaru
3rd South Korea Min-su Shin CafeID Verna EX Iori, Duo Lon, Kim, Shen
4th South Korea Pil-su Jun CafeID Guts Saiki, EX Iori, Vice, Shen, Mr Karate
5th Mexico José Navarrete vVv TC Romance King, Benimaru, Yuri, Hwa
5th South Korea Myung-gu Kang CafeID Lacid Ash, Kyo, Kim
7th United States Reynald Tacsuan AS Reynald Mr Karate, Benimaru, Kim
7th Taiwan Yang Yao Ren Yang Yao Ren Mr Karate, Mature, Hwa
Soulcalibur V
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Japan Naoaki Yanagihara Shining Decopon Tira
2nd Singapore Jovian Chan Shen Chan Cervantes
3rd United States Omar Mohammed Something-Unique Pyrrha
4th United States Jonathan Vo Woahhzz α Patroklos
5th Japan Michio Irie CRNA Ruka Patroklos
5th United States Sean Paquette Xephukai Astaroth, Patroklos
7th Japan Takeaki Takahata Kamaage Mitsurugi
7th South Korea Moon-su Jang CafeID Kura Patroklos


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  2. ^ Walker, Alex (2012-07-13). "Frag Reel Friday: Evolution 2012 Championships". abc.net.au.
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