After a two-year pandemic-induced break Evolution Championship Series (known simply as Evo), the annual celebration of all things fighting games, is back in Las Vegas this weekend. Thousands of fighting game players and fans will fill the halls and arenas at Mandalay Bay Casino to put their efforts in the top 8, engage in casual play with people from all over the world, view panels, browse artist alleys, and generally soak up fighting games A chance to be offline again with the community.
In a more normal year, I’d be there myself, probably not striving for that top 8 finish, trying not to go 0-2 more like Street Fighter V either third strike, but despite A strong mask and vaccine policy I just don’t feel like traveling or living in Vegas with the current state of the world. So I’m going to spend my weekend comfortably at home streaming a ridiculous amount of content and trying not to feel like I’m missing out on too much. If you’d like to join me here’s a quick guide to what the weekend has to offer.
an evo overview
you can take first heard of evoprobably infamously Evo Moment 37 Videos from or Sony’s acquisition of Tournament Series in 2021, If you’re not already a fighting game tournament watcher, here are the basics of how the Evo works. It featured eight main sports, which I’ll list below, as well as a large number of lesser official side tournaments. Each game has the same basic structure, you start out in a pool of players, all at the same level. Tournaments are double-elimination, which means you have to lose twice to be out. If you can win several matches in your pool without being eliminated, you move on to the next one, eventually moving to the top 24 bracket, then a top 8, which progresses to the Grand Finals.
Part of the excitement of seeing a pool is the upset. The defending champions will have to start just like anyone else, and there’s no guarantee an unknown won’t hand them their first loss, putting them in the loser’s bracket and one game from losing that Top 8 repeat dream. will be far
As you progress through the matches, the level of the game becomes more high level and tense, so if you are not willing to spend hours watching the safe bet is to grab the top 24 or the top to see the real high. Have to wait for the 8-play bets match outside.
Each game will feature commentary from people who are adept at understanding and explaining the on-screen action. With a few basics under your belt and their patterns, you should be able to keep up with even sports you’re not familiar with.
The key to understanding the double-elimination format is that everyone starts in the winner’s bracket. If you lose once you move into the loser’s bracket. Lose from there and you can sit back and watch the rest, you’re done. Mathematically this means that when you reach the top 8, half will be in the loser’s bracket, half will be in the winner’s bracket, and the grand final match will have the winner’s side and the loser’s side.
To win the entire tournament on the loser’s side, you must beat the other player twice, once to the loser (known as resetting the bracket). Scoring a loser is no easy task, but a bracket reset always gets the crowd hyped up. They love an underdog, but it also means another set to watch.
If you see an L or W next to someone’s name on the stream overlay, that indicates they’re playing in a winning or losing category. The last thing that’s easy to know is that most games are run as two at first, so you have to win two games to beat someone. This usually becomes the first of three wins in the top 8.
The main featured games in Evo this year are:
- Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
- guilty gear attempt
- Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate
- Tekken 7
- KING OF FIGHTERS XV
- Melty Blood: Type Lumina
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus
- Skullgirls: Second Encore
All games will be streamed on Twitch starting Friday, August 5th at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. a complete The interactive schedule of all games can be found here, Half the games from the main hall on Saturday will be the top 8. the other four (the king of Fighters, tekken, Street FighterAnd guilty Gear) will hold its Top 8 in the Mandalay Bay Area on Sunday.
There are also community-run tournaments for an additional 52 titles, everything from alternate World War II titles. Akatsuki BlitzcampoBarely-a-fighting-game-kinda-like-frisbee-air-hockey for Neo Geo Classic windjammer, A list of all 52 sports, as well as a summary of the audience guide for each can be found hereSo check if you want to dig into the wide range of titles you may not be familiar with.