Evo 2019

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2019 Evolution Championship Series
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Evolution Championship Series logo
Tournament information
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
DatesAugust 2–4, 2019
Venue(s)Mandalay Bay
Final positions
Champions
Tournament statistics
Attendance~9,000
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The 2019 Evolution Championship Series, or EVO 2019, was a fighting game event held in Las Vegas from August 2nd to 4th, 2019 as part of the long-running Evolution Championship Series. The event offered tournaments for various video games, including Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Dragon Ball FighterZ, as well as the newly-released Soulcalibur VI, Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; the latter received the most entrants with over 3,500 players participating, making it the largest Super Smash Bros. tournament of all time.

Venue[edit]

EVO 2019 was, once again, hosted at the Mandalay Bay resort. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center hosted the first two days of the event, while the Mandalay Bay Events Center hosted the final day for the fourth consecutive year.

Games[edit]

The lineup was announced in February 2019 to have 9 games. Returning from last year are Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. New additions are Soulcalibur VI, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which effectively replaced Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Notably, this is the first year since EVO 2013 where Super Smash Bros. Melee was not included in the lineup, and was relegated to a side-event.

Participants[edit]

Over 9,000 participants were at Evo 2019.

Broadcast[edit]

As usual, the tournament was streamed on the streaming site Twitch.tv, broadcast across multiple different streams.

Reveals[edit]

A few days before the tournament, a trailer for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition revealing three upcoming characters, E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia from Final Fight was accidentally uploaded to Steam a few days ahead of it's reveal at EVO by Valve, who apologized for the upload, stating that it was a "Regrettable and unintentional situation".[1]

After the finals for Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [st] concluded on Saturday, the game director of French Bread, Kamone Serizawa took to the stage to announce the newest version of the game, titled Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r] alongside new character, Londrekia Light, with the game slated for an early 2020 release.[2]

After the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle finals ended, Arc System Works revealed a major update to the game and revealed four out of nine new characters including Yumi from the Senran Kagura series, Akatsuki and Blitztank from Akatsuki Blitzkampf, and Neopolitan from RWBY, with a release date of November 21st.[3]

Controversy[edit]

During the Tekken 7 Grand Finals, a Metal Gear Solid-like codec call video featuring Solid Snake talking to Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada was shown to the audience at the event in the big screen that have fans thinking that the character will be the next DLC character. However, EVO confirmed that it was not an official tease, but more of a little joke. Harada was surprised by the video and fans expressed dismay that it wasn't a real announcement. More than 12 hours since EVO made the statement, David Hayter, the voice of the character that was used in the video said in a tweet that they have "failed to consult me, or Konami", reiterating to not use his voice to promote other games ever.[4][5]

Results[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Mexico Leonardo Lopez FOX|MVG|MkLeo Joker
2nd United States Gavin Dempsey TSM|Tweek Pokémon Trainer
3rd France William Belaid Solary|Glutonny Wario
4th United States Ezra Morris eUnited|Samsora Peach
5th Japan Tetsuya Ishiguro Raito Duck Hunt
5th Japan unknown ProtoBanham Lucina, Inkling
7th Japan Sota Okada GW|Zackray Wolf
7th United States Paris Ramirez Rogue|Light Fox
Tekken 7
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Pakistan Arslan Siddique vSlash|Arslan Ash Kazumi, Geese
2nd South Korea Jae-Min Bae Rox Dragons|Knee Steve, Geese, Paul, Kazuya, Devil Jin
3rd United States Hoa Luu RAD|RB|Anakin Jack-7
4th Japan Abe Takehiko Team Yamasa|Take Kazumi
5th Japan Takumi Hamasaki COOAS/NBCS|Noroma Steve, Dragunov
5th Japan Nakayama Daichi Team Yamasa|Nobi Dragunov, Steve, Jack-7
7th Japan Yuta Take THY|Chikurin Geese
7th South Korea Sun-Woong Youn UYU|LowHigh Law, Shaheen
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Japan Masato Takahashi Red Bull Hx|Bonchan Karin, Sagat
2nd United Arab Emirates Adel Anouche NASR|BigBird Rashid
3rd United Kingdom DC Coleman CYG BST|Infexious Zeku
4th Japan Atsushi Fujimura Fudoh|Fujimura Ibuki
5th United States Derek Ruffin iDom Laura
5th Japan Masahiro Tominaga YG|Machabo Necalli
7th Japan Hiroki Asano AZ|Kichipa-mu Zangief
7th China Yangmian Huang ALUS|YANGMIAN Zeku
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st United States Oscar Jaimes GRV|Shinku Ruby/Yang
2nd Japan Kamei Hiroyuki FCRYUKYU|Kyamei Akihiko/Mitsuru
3rd Japan Seitaro Ono Domi Akihiko/Yuzuriha
4th Japan Kazuya Kamisue Mekasue Jubei/Orie
5th United States Christina Kabacinski Bace Mitsuru/Yuzuriha
5th Japan Shoji Sho CAG|Fenritti Mitsuru/Yuzuriha
7th Japan Kazuyuki Koji SSNO|kojiKOG Waldstein/Tager
7th United States Jona Kim Jona Akihiko/Ruby
Mortal Kombat 11
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st United States Dominique McLean FOX|SonicFox Cassie Cage
2nd United States Ryan Walker BC|Dragon Cetrion
3rd Bahrain Sayed Ahmed NASR|Tekken Master Geras, Erron Black, Kung Lao, Sonya Blade
4th United States Julien Gorena UYU|Deoxys Geras
5th United States Tommy Tweedy PG|Tweedy Jacqui Briggs, Baraka, Geras
5th United Kingdom Denom Jones PXP|A F0xy Grampa Shang Tsung, Kung Lao, Cassie Cage
7th United States Andrew Fontanez Noble|Semiij Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs
7th Canada Alexandre Dubé-Bilodeau PG|Hayatei Erron Black
Samurai Shodown
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st South Korea Seon-Woo Lee Infiltration Genjuro
2nd Japan Ryota Inoue BC|Kazunoko Haohmaru
3rd United States Justin Wong JWong Tam Tam
4th United States Reynald Tacsuan Hitbox|Reynald Genjuro, Haohmaru
5th Taiwan Fu-Pin Kao RB Genjuro
5th United States Alex Valle L|U|CaliPower Galford
7th Brazil Renato Martins TF|Didimokof Genjuro
7th Taiwan Chia-Chen Tseng Brook|ZJZ Charlotte
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Japan Goichi Kishida CO|Go1 Bardock/Goku/Kid Goku
2nd United States Dominique McLean FOX|SonicFox Bardock/Kid Buu/Kid Goku
3rd Japan Shoji Sho CAG|Fenritti Cell/Bardock/Vegeta
4th Spain Joan N. VGIA|Shanks Android 18/Adult Gohan/Goku
5th Japan unknown Hirohiro Android 17/Kid Goku/Teen Gohan
5th Japan unknown B Kid Buu/Adult Gohan/Yamcha
7th United States Christopher Gonzalez EG|NyChrisG Teen Gohan/Tien/Yamcha
7th Japan Ryota Inoue BC|Kazunoko Kid Buu/Adult Gohan/Yamcha
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Japan Masaru Higuchi WP|ClearLamp Byakuya
2nd Japan unknown Oushuu-Hittou Seth
3rd Japan unknown Hishigata Nanase
4th Japan unknown Kure Yuzuriha
5th Japan Shinji Taharu Neji Mika
5th Canada Andy La PUB|Rikir Enkidu
7th Japan unknown Senaru Eltnum
7th Japan unknown Libekichi Mika
Soul Calibur VI
Place Player Alias Character(s)
1st Japan Yuta Sudo BNE|Yuttoto Voldo
2nd United States Zain Tibeishat Bluegod Azwel
3rd France Jérémy Bernard Oplon|Skyll Mitsurugi
4th United States Jonathan Vo Woahhzz Raphael
5th Singapore Jovian Chan PG|Shen Chan Cervantes
5th Japan unknown Tamonegi Maxi
7th France Marie-Laure Norindr Orange|Kayane Xianghua, 2B
7th United States Joshua Vernon DF|Saiyne Ivy

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Valve Leaks Street Fighter 5 DLC Ahead Of EVO, Issues Apology". Gamespot. Jordan Ramée. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[cl-r] with new character Londrekia coming early 2020". Eventhubs. Justin Gordon. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle adding nine more characters; enter Senran Kagura, Akatsuki Blitzkampf, and more RWBY". Nintendo Wire. Ricky Berg. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "An Evo 2019 Joke Had Fans Thinking Snake Would Be In Tekken 7". Kotaku. Heather Alexandra. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Solid Snake actor calls out EVO for using his voice without permission". Digital Trends. Gabe Gurwin. Retrieved August 15, 2019.