Villains defeated and new heroes crowned
Another year, another Evolution Championship Series under wraps. This year's premiere fighting game tournament was by far the biggest to date boasting over 3,000 participants from over 30 countries, stretching across nine of the most elite games in the genre.
Three days of non-stop action, that began with some of the most intense semi-final matches to grace the first day of the tournament ever. There were multiple bouts, especially in Super Street Fighter IV Arcade and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 that could have easily been grand final championship fights. It was definitely a rollercoaster ride of emotion from start to finish.
Day three culminated in another justifiably crazy day full of upsets and memorable moments. The amount of heart on display was inspiring. Reigning champs were dethroned and new kings of the stick were crowned.
Here are the winners and most hype moments of EVO 2013.
Street Fighter IV Arcade: (Top 8 of 1,601 participants)
1. DM|Xian (Gen)
Grand Finals: DM Xian v. MCZ Tokido
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: (Top 8 of 1,297 participants)
1. EMP|Flocker (Zero, Vergil, Hawkeye)
Grand Finals: EMP Flocker v. EG Justin Wong [part 1]
Super Smash Bros. Melee: (Top 8 of 696 participants)
1. Mango (Fox, Falco)
Grand Finals: Mango v. Wobblez
Injustice: Gods Among Us: (Top 8 of 582 participants)
1. EMP|KDZ (Superman)
Grand Finals: EMP KDZ v. Crazy DJT 88
Street Fighter X Tekken: (Top 8 of 545 participants)
1. Infiltration (Jin, Alisa)
Grand Finals: Infiltration v EG Justin Wong
King of Fighters XII: (Top 8 of 433 participants)
1. AS|Reynald (EX Kyo, Benimaru, Kim | Others)
Grand Finals: AS Reynald v. Hee San Woo [part 1]
Persona 4 Arena: (Top 8 of 400 participants)
1. Yume (Aigis)
Grand Finals: Yume v. LordKnight
Tekken Tag Tournament 2: (Top 8 of 355 participants)
1. CafeID|Knee (Lars, Devil Jin | Bruce, Devil Jin)
Grand Finals: CafeID Knee v. Eightarc Bronson [part 1]
Mortal Kombat 9: (Top 8 of 233 participants)
1. Crazy DJT 88 (Cyrax)
Grand Finals: Crazy DJT 88 v. EMP REO
Results and entrance numbers [EventHubs]
My favorite matches (aside from the epic Grand Finals) in no particular order.
Justin Wong sends Filipino Champ to the loser's bracket in UMvC3
PR Balrog upsets Infiltration in Semi Finals of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade
Massive group hug at the end of the Skullgirls final
Biggest troll moment of EVO 2013.
Xbox One gets booed by crowd before Killer Instinct demonstration.
Congrats to all the winners and thanks for all the memories. Can't wait for next year. Feel free to share your favorite moments below. So hype!