As well you’ll soon learn, I’m a big fan of my fighting games, and I’m working on getting better to hopefully, one day, be good enough to one day attend EVO, which is running this weekend from the 11th to the 13th of July.
Some of you may not be familiar with EVO, but put simply, it is the biggest date in the Fighting Game Community (FGC) of the entire year, for competitors and fans alike! Its like the World Cup or Superbowl of fighting games, and is a great place to see some of the biggest names in the FGC world battle it out to be crowned the EVO champion.
Every year there is some fantastic matches, and usually one or two that go into the ‘history books’ be it Justin Wong’s loss to Daigo Umehara’s outstanding Parry skills in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike at EVO2004:
Or the amazing ‘Hakan Comeback’ from last years EVO2013:
What fights will produce the most hype this year? Who will pull of the upsets? Its hard to tell! Personally I’m looking forward to seeing some of the up new things people have come up with the newest version of Street Fighter 4. At some of the smaller tournaments we have already seen some brilliant plays by some of the top names in the FGC, but more interstingly perhaps is some of the character changes these players are making, be it Infiltration using a lot of Chun Li, PR Balrog using a lot of Evil Ryu (to devastating effect) or Momochi using Juri (which I love as she is my main character and has, up until now, been very under represented at high level).
If you’re interested in watching any of it here are the links to the live streams on Twitch.tv as well as the schedule:
Its hard to predict who will win at these kind of events, upsets can happen at any time. Infiltration (2012 winner) is always a favourite, Xian (2013 winner) can’t be counted out and of course Daigo Umehara is always a Beast! I think, however, that one of the most interesting fights, will be Infiltration and PR Balrog, they’ve had a rather intense rivalry since the Hakan Comeback last year, often fighting it out in the later rounds – the winner of that fight could severely affect the end stages of the tournament!
Who are you routing for? What are your predictions? Let us know below!