Since 10 a.m. on Friday, thousands of amateur and professional competitive gamers went head-to-head in the 2017 Evolution Tournament. The games leading the event this year include Street Fighter V, Smash Bros (Melee and Wii U), and Injustice 2 just to name a few.
If you were busy and didn’t have time to stream each event from sun up to sun down, don’t worry. Here are the key moments you missed from the weekend.
New EVO Smash and Street Fighter Champs
In the SSBWiiU grand finals, it was down to 2015 champion Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios who went down 3-2 against up and coming player Saleem “Salem” Akiel Young. Using the DLC (downloadable content) character Bayonetta, he managed to beat ZeRo’s Diddy Kong using air attacks, and insane recovery. Even after Bayo’s buffers in an update last year, Salem showed the world that she has not missed a beat and is just as fierce.
On the Street Fighter V side of the tournament, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi beat Victor “Punk” Woodley in the grand finals. Punk caved under the pressure as he wore his emotions on his sleeve, as Akuma demon flipped and fireball his way through Karin. Tokido came from the losers bracket to win six games against Punk.
“All I have to say is… fighting games are great,” said Tokido in a post match interview.
Abigail Has A Date
My first impression of the new SFV character is “Holy S###” this guy is huge.” As mentioned earlier this week about the rumor surrounding the Final Fight character, he is officially in the fighting series, but come on, does he have to be this big. He is twice the size of Ken and Ryu, and bigger than Birdie, Balrog, and Zangief. He will definitely be a force to be reckoned with come July 25. Watch him beat up the last DLC Ed in his release trailer.
The three day weekend featured upsets and surprises, including new SFV costumes and stages, and SMUG and KnuckleDu both getting eliminated. The event made everyone in attendance and at home glad to be a part of the fighting game community. Now that it’s over, the only thing to think about now is, who’s going to take it next year? Results of this year’s event are available here. Congratulations to this year’s winners and runner-ups.