Evolution Championship Series (EVO) is the largest annual fighting game tournament. This year’s event was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 3 – 5.

A few months ago I had the luxury to meet a lot of the players that featured in EVO 2018!

I mentioned that a few of our home grown Aussies had the opportunity to compete thanks to TwitchANZ.

How did they go? Did we smash our competition? I will never apologise for using that pun.

Day 1

  • Street Fighter 5 – Round 1
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – Round 1
  • Super Smash Bros. 4 – Round 1
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee – Round 1
  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle – Round 1, 2 & Semi Finals
  • Injustice 2 – Round 1 & Semi Finals
  • Tekken 7- Round 1

Things to note: ’Super Smash Bros for WiiU’, is also known as ‘Smash Bros 4’ and also known as ‘Sm4sh’ (as someone who enjoys l337 sp34k I approve).

By far Dragon Ball FighterZ, released earlier in the year, was the most popular game, drawing the biggest crowds.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is another very new game, with a smaller fanbase, however it’s predecessors have been quite popular (especially in Asia) so it’s no surprise this game was featured this year.

Highlight of Day 1:

The exhibition match for Soul Calibur VI

Sean “LinkRKC” Evers did a fantastic job and secured the win with his skillful Ivy. 

Golden Hammer Marth in the exhibition match for Smash Bros Ultimate:

Featuring great team work which sent the competition in the air!

There were also side events for Pokkén Tournament, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Ultra Street Fighter 4!

Day 2

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee – Round 2
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 – Round 1
  • Injustice 2 – Finals
  • Street Fighter 5 – Round 2 & Semi Finals
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ – Round 2 & Semi Finals
  • Super Smash Bros. 4 – Semi Finals & Finals
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee – Semi Finals
  • BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle – Finals
  • Tekken 7 – Round 2 & Semifinals
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 – Quarterfinals and Semifinals

Highlights of Day 2:

The Sm4sh finals were between Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth and Bharat “Lima” Chintapall, who are really good mates.

The game was marred by controversy, as both main the somewhat OP character Bayonetta, who has dominated the Singles scene. This led to the crowd booing them as they got ready for battle.

In response, CaptainZack and Lima had a lot of fun flexing and showing off –  to the point where staff had to actually tell them to resume fighting.

It was clear they were having a good time with the match, with Lima taking the title. A good response to the hostile crowd.

Highest Place Aussie Results:

Super Smash Bros. 4 – Nick “Extra” McKenzie  placed 49th with Mr. Game & Watch.

Injustice 2: Tasman “Wazminator” Stephenson placed 25 with Catwoman (meow!)

Dragon Ball FighterZ – David “Dailou” Dinh placed 97

Ultra Street Fighter 4 – Xavier “Somniac” Nardella placed 9th

Tekken 7 – Angkhan “Aken Sokun placed 49 & Danqing “Deeon Grey” Xu placed 49 (yes, two people can finish in the same place)

Extra looking like a happy chap! Credit: DarkSided Esports

This was the first year Twitch ANZ sponsored Aussies for EVO, so we are doing quite well considering we are landlocked. Can’t wait to see how we do next year!

Grand Finale Day

Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2 Finals

This was a very clean finish by Omito Hashimoto, defeating  Masahiro “Machabo” Tominaga with a 3-0.

Super Smash Bros. Melee Finals

It’s good to see this old classic still featuring in tournaments. As I found out at Smash earlier this year, some people were afraid of the game being removed from tournaments due to aging technology (and nintendo focusing on new Sm4sh games).

William “Leffen” Hjelte out-foxed his friendly rival Adam “Armada” Lingdren. Literally.

Tekken 7 Finals

Sun-woong “LowHigh” Yoon beat last years winner Byung-moon “Qudans” Son.

DragonBall FighterZ Finals

Dominique “SonicFox” McLean and Goichi “GO1” Kushida were both very evenly matched and are constantly versing each other at finals.

G01 was down 0-2 and summoned Dragon Shenron in this nail biting game

Ultimately, SonicFox was able to keep up the pressure and won the match!

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

Benjamin “Problem X” Simon defeated last years victor Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi.

Which honestly came as a surprise to me – Tokido is a highly skilled fighter game veteran, but was clearly not a “Problem” for Benjamin!

Next years’ USA event is yet to be determined, but if you happen to be in Japan next year, the Japan EVO will be held February 5th through 17th in Fukuoka. 

Japan is a really nice country, I highly recommend you visit some time if you haven’t!

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Be sure to follow Evo’s twitter and website for updates!

Aim for the stars,

Luna