Evo 2015

July 21st, 2015 -

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Controller malfunctions and a human Blanka, EVO 2015 has come and gone. I wasn’t as particularly hype for the event this year, for personal reasons. However, EVO always delivers something interesting whether it’s good or bad.

The top 8 is always where the magic happens, and as I’m a Street Fighter player, we’ll be talking about the Street Fighter Top 8. If you’re interested in reading more about the other events at EVO this year, check out shoryuken.com for the their full coverage of the event.

Before we even got to the top 8, Capcom hit us with a new character for Street Fighter V. Necalli is a Brazilian man beast that looks like 1 part Blanka, 1 part Akuma, and 1 part Wolverine. That’s a pretty awesome mix, and it translates pretty well visually. We’ll have to wait to see if he plays as good as he looks.

One of the most shocking turn of events from EVO 2015 was all the new blood in Top 8. Legends like Justin Wong and Daigo Umehara had been knocked out leaving us a new generation of top tier fighters. While I enjoy watching the masters do their dirty work, it’s nice to see some new players take a crack at the trophy.

On the flip side, we did have some familiar faces in the Street Fighter Top 8 that definitely brought us that EVO hype we so desire. Like Infiltration switching characters like a mad man, keeping his competition guessing. Apparently he ended up using 11 different characters during the whole tournament; this guy is insane. He played a mean game in 2013 and took the the top spot for the Super Street Fighter IV Top 8. Keep an eye on this guy.

Another worth watching that has made a name for himself in the FGC is none other than Gamerbee. This guy wasn’t going to go down without a fight at this year’s event. He was definitely the fan choice, but EVO is about wins, and he unfortunately did not win. However, his battle to 2nd was one of the most exciting things to watch from EVO this year. I can’t really explain it in words, you just have to watch it.

And finally, Momochi took first place in the Ultra Street Fighter IV Top 8 tournament. However, there was a little snag. Apparently his controller started to malfunction during the final match which is not something you want to see at a tournament, let alone Top 8 at EVO, furthermore in the final rounds. Luckily though, he was able to find a replacement and proceeded to smoke out Gamerbee’s sting. It was a bittersweet win as the fans wanted to see the underdog take it, but all-in-all it was a pretty solid EVO and I can’t wait to see what crazy stuff happens next year.

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