EVO 2015 rolls on into its final day where only Grand Finals for all the majors await (Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter IV) but before that? The massive amounts of hype and equally biblical pillars of salt from Day 2 need to be examined. So for your reading pleasure, dear fight fans, is Day 2 of Evolution 2015.
Day 2 of EVO 2015 had a lot of action to watch across all seven SRKEVO streams, but nothing quite compares to the shenanigans that transpired regarding fan-favorite Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. It’s Mahvel baby! Hype levels are always high with this game, and rightly so as it is manic, a blast to watch, and, despite being referred to as a “dead game,” still has innovation happening within the player population consistently.
There are those in the scene known as the Gods of Mahvel. Those individuals, much like the Japanese Gods of Street Fighter, personify the highest echelon of talent for UMvC3. Among the Mount Olympus of Marvel? Justin Wong, Christopher “NYChrisG” Gonzales, Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez, Ryan “FilipinoChamp” Ramirez and Joe “Flocker” Figueroa. Those who know me or have read past FGC Recaps are aware of my fanboy tendencies for Justin Wong and PR Balrog. One would think that matches featuring any of these players would be seen on stream, preferably on a featured one, as those players put butts in seats.
Games featuring some of the biggest names in UMvC3 weren’t even seen by people watching the myriad number of Twitch streams available. Even folks with Spectator Hall passes had issues trying watch as the primary monitors were slow to refresh and, at times, showed only one game as opposed to multiple. What a mess. Here’s a list of things that happened OFF STREAM:
- FilipinoChamp is knocked into Losers and then later ELIMINATED – OFF STREAM
- PR Balrog bounced to losers – OFF STREAM
- BE| Nemo eliminated – OFF STREAM
- Kai v. Chris G – OFF STREAM
- Justin Wong v. Chris G – OFF STREAM
- RF’s elimination of Chris G? OFF STREAM
- FullSchedule (recent champ at CEO 2015) eliminated by Neo – OFF STREAM (Some managed to watch via Periscope)
These were major matches that decided who went to Top 8, and the Gods of Marvel involved in many of them. Unfortunately the only folks who got to see them were those that gathered around setups or the lucky few who could catch it in the Spectator section without sound. What a travesty. Mr. Wizard, the tournament organizer for EVO, does it again! Sp0oky even attempted to defend what was going on at one point during the day with “Well you can’t stream them all!” I don’t expect to see every match played in pools. I’d go to the tapes later for that if someone was nice enough to record the events. What is unacceptable: Streams that had NOTHING on for long stretches of time during Quarter Finals and the SRKEVO3 channel stopping for almost 45 minutes during Semi-Finals. The cherry on top? Marvel pools were cut short due to Smash Bros. running long. Just call me Morton cause I’m so VERY SALTY about this.
All the salt aside there were some sick matches to be found. Noted Hulk expert KaneBlueRiver v Justin Wong’s Storm/Akuma and Wolverine combo.
Halls of Hype
Figured I’d get the anger out first before going into what was undoubtedly a great second day of EVO for moments of hype. Let’s hit the highlight reel shall we?
It is depressing to know Killer Instinct won’t be on the Main Stage on Sunday but it didn’t detract one bit from the tournament as some of the best moments of the day came direct from KI. One of those moments which might be a Top 5 Moment of EVO 2015 overall: Sleep vs. My God. Kan-Ra v. Sabrewulf.
The magic pixel was all Sleep had left and at that point Sabrewulf just needed to cough on him and the game was done. The magic that unfolds during this video is unprecedented and its made all the better for Maximilian’s fantastic commentary.
The Champ is Here
GutterMagic v. Rico Suave. This is 17 minutes of pure hype. The back and forth, the reads and the immense talent on display here? Unreal. Killer Instinct made one hell of a showing at EVO 2015 this year and congratulations to your EVO 2015 champion, Rico Suave. Shout-outs to both GutterMagic and Rico for putting on some real fireworks for the crowd and those watching at home.
ZeR0, the scarf wearin’ Chilean, continued his absolute domination of the Smash Bros for Wii U scene. He didn’t lose a single match this entire weekend. Not once in the massive amount of matches in pools that were played or in the main brackets. Diddy Kong might be a little too good but the level of play from Mr. R, Abadango, Nairo and Dabuz was all stellar. Nothing quite stood up to the onslaught of ZeR0, though.
ZeR0 is your EVO 2015 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U champion. He’s the Triple Crown winner now with his victories at CEO 2015 and APEX as well.
The First Tekken 7 Winner
Tekken 7, a game that still has a ways to go before we see final console release here in the Americas, is coming along quite nicely. Thank you, Based Harada-san! Grand Finals came down to BE|AO and ORZ|Nobi. The reset, the runback and the superlative play found within these matches is staggering. If this is what the future of Tekken competitive play looks like, then we’re in for many future EVO events that are crammed full of hype. AO’s heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Nobi, followed by the emotional awards ceremony after? Moments like these are why I can’t quit you, FGC. Damn. My feels!
One more note. All those side tournaments? Results can be found here.
The Final Day of EVO 2015 is nothing but Top 8 of the majors and is sure to provide all sorts of hype. I cannot wait and I know I’m not alone in that! The hype videos before every Grand Final, the salt, the epic moments? This is what it all comes down to. LET’S GOOOOOOOO!!!!