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The History of EVO (Part 3): EVO 2006-EVO 2009

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[Disclaimer: If you haven't read the first part or the second part, please go back and do so. And then after that, come back here when you are finished.]

EVO 2006

EVO 2006 took place at the Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino on August 18-20, 2006. It was the first EVO tournament sponsored by Capcom, with the company donating $1,000 into the prize pool for 3rd Strike. Tekken Tag Tournament, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and Guilty Gear XX #Reload were omitted, but Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and Tekken 5 returned. In the place of Super Turbo and #Reload, Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition and Guilty Gear XX Slash joined the lineup, along with the newest addition: Dead or Alive 4. Also for the first time ever, Mario Kart DS (a racing game) joined the lineup at EVO, thanks to a sponsorship by the motor company Toyota. The console standard for all fighting games at EVO were once again on the Playstation 2 and Dreamcast, with the exception of Dead or Alive 4 and Mario Kart DS. This was the first time that EVO used a seventh-generation console such as the Xbox 360.

  • Alex Wolfe of the Wolfe Bros. took 1st place in Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition (using ST-Dhalsim and CE-M. Bison [Dictator/Vega]).
  • Yoshihiko “Nitto” Togawa took 1st place in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (using Yun).
  • Justin Wong reclaims his throne once again as he took 1st place in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (using the team of Storm/Sentinel/Cyclops).
  • Kindevu takes 1st place in Capcom vs. SNK 2 for the first time since EVO 2004 (using the team of A-Sakura/M. Bison [Dictator/Vega]/Blanka).
  • BAS/Ruu/Mint as a 3-man team took 1st place in Guilty Gear XX Slash.
  • Crow retains his title as he takes 1st place in Tekken 5 (using Steve).
  • Finally, Carl “Perfect Legend” White took 1st place in Dead or Alive 4 (using Hayate, Hayabusa, Gen-Fu, and Jann-Lee).

Noticable Moments

During Top 8 for Hyper Street Fighter II, Afrolegends (Balrog [Boxer/M. Bison]) faced off against Daigo (Ryu). In the first match of the 2nd round, Afrolegends had a strong start by putting the pressure on Daigo, making him dizzy in the process. With only a pixel of health left, Daigo made another comeback in the end.

EVO 2006 was the first EVO event to be streamed live via Alphaism Radio.

EVO 2007

Diversity in games would spread even more at EVO 2007. Taking place from July 17-19, 2007 at the Green Valley Ranch once again, Dead or Alive 4, Tekken 5, Hyper Street Fighter II, and Guilty Gear XX Slash did not appear in the lineup this time around, although the mainstays were Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and the returning Super Street Fighter II Turbo. New to the EVO lineup are Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, Virtua Fighter 5, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Jumping more and more to the seventh-generation of gaming, the tournament standard for consoles were arcade for Super Turbo, Playstation 2, Dreamcast, Nintendo Gamecube, and Playstation 3. This was the second year that Toyota sponsored EVO.

  • Tokido takes 1st place once again in Super Street Fighter II Turbo (using Vega [Claw/Balrog]).
  • Nuki took 1st place in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, using Chun-Li.
  • Michael “IFC Yipes” Mendoza takes 1st place in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (using the team of Magneto/Storm/Psylocke).
  • BAS once again takes 1st place in Capcom vs. SNK 2 (using the team of A-Vega [Claw/Balrog]/M. Bison [Dictator/Vega]/Blanka).
  • The two man team of Gibson/Yossan takes 1st place in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (using Eddie/I-No).
  • Itabashi Zangief took 1st place in Virtua Fighter 5 (using Shun-Di).
  • Josh “Arario” Park took 1st place in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (using Jack-5).
  • And last, but not least, Ken “SephirothKen” Hoang took 1st place in Super Smash Bros. Melee (using Marth).

Noticable Moment

During grand finals at Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Justin Wong made an intense comeback with only one character left in his team, Cyclops. He took down all three members of IFC Yipes’ team with only a sliver of health left as Cyclops. However, Yipes still took 1st place in the tournament. That would become Pro Tip #7: “Never give up, no matter how bleak the situation: You just never know…” That also coined the term, the “Wong Factor”. 

Street Fighter Alpha 2 returned as part of a special exhibition between John Choi and Justin Wong.

EVO 2008

At the Tropicana Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip, EVO 2008 took place from August 8-10, 2008. The lineup would only have six games: Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, and the newest game at the time: Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core, Virtua Fighter 5, and Super Smash Bros. Melee were omitted from the lineup. Tournament standard for consoles were Playstation 2, Dreamcast, Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii.

  • John Choi won 1st place in two Capcom fighters: Super Street Fighter II Turbo (using Ryu) and Capcom vs. SNK 2 (using the team of C-Ken/Cammy/Sagat).
  • Nuki once again took 1st place in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (using Chun-Li).
  • Justin Wong continues his win record by taking 1st place in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (using the team of Sentinel/Storm/Captain Commando).
  • Ryan Hart took 1st place in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (using Kazuya).
  • Finally, CPU took 1st place in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (using R.O.B.).

EVO 2008 also gave a preview of the four upcoming fighting games: Street Fighter IV, Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. All these games would later appear in future EVO tournaments later on.

EVO 2009

July 17-19, 2009 at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas, EVO 2009 took place. Returning to the lineup are Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus joined the lineup in place for Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core. New to the lineup are Street Fighter IV and SoulCalibur IV. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, and Capcom vs. SNK 2 were gone from the lineup. Tournament standard for consoles are Playstation 3, Playstation 2, and Dreamcast.

  • Daigo Umehara took 1st place in Street Fighter IV (using Ryu).
  • For Street Fighter IV Teams, Team East Coast took 1st place.
  • AfroLegends took 1st place in Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (using Balrog [Boxer/M. Bison] and Dee Jay).
  • Sanford “Santhrax” Kelly took 1st place in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (using the team of Storm/Sentinel/Captain Commando).
  • The team of Justin Wong/Issei Suzuki took 1st place in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 2v2 teams (Wong used Chun-Li, while Suzuki used Yun).
  • Latif took 1st place in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (using Eddie).
  • Finally, French player malek took 1st place in SoulCalibur IV (using Ivy).

Noticable Moments

At past EVO events, the Cannon Bros. hated the Dreamcast with a passion, since they considered it as the worst consoles for tournaments. With the news of MvC2 hitting 360 and PS3, one of the brothers destroyed the Dreamcast on stage. After the event was over, they sold the EVO Dreamcasts for $20 each.

Speaking of the Cannon Bros., Fighting Game commentator James Chen started the first ever Cannon Awards at EVO 2009. He gave the award to Tom and Tony Cannon.

EVO 2009 saw an increase of attendance thanks to the successful release of Street Fighter IV back in February 2009. The game saw a number of 1000 participants, almost as three times as the other tournaments for other games.

The tournament was featured in a documentary titled I Got Next, which you can easily find on Hulu. IGN also covered the top 8 for Street Fighter IV, including Grand Finals between Justin Wong and Daigo Umehara. It may also interest you that EVO 2009 was live streamed on the EVO website, Shoryuken website, and the Capcom-Unity website. EVO 2009 was powered by Capcom, Bandai Namco, and Playstation 3.

That's all for today. Join me tomorrow as we talk about EVO 2010-EVO 2012. EVO 2015 is only two days away!

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About Virtua Kazamaone of us since 12:55 PM on 07.05.2014

Twitch Affiliate, Let's Player, FGC player, and the host of Virtua Fighter Takeover. I play games: mostly fighters, platformers, beat em' ups, Japanese, Retro, and Modern.

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