After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Evolution Championship Series (known only as Evo), the annual celebration of all fighting games, is back in Las Vegas this weekend. Thousands of fighting game players and fans will fill the halls and arena at Mandalay Bay Casino to make their eighth attempt, participate in casual games with people from all over the world, view boards, browse Artist Alley, and generally enjoy an opportunity to be offline with the gaming community. fighting again.
In a more normal year, I’ll be there myself, probably not trying to make 8th in the top spots, like just trying not to go 0-2 in the Street Fighter V or Third blow. But despite a strong mask and vaccine policy, I don’t feel like traveling or being in Vegas with the current state of the world. So I’m going to spend a relaxing weekend at home streaming a ridiculous amount of content and trying not to feel like I’m missing out on much. If you’d like to join me, here’s a quick guide to what the weekend has to offer.
Evo . Overview
You’ve probably heard of the Evo before, perhaps from the infamous Evo Moment 37 video or from Sony’s acquisition of the Tournament series in 2021. If you’re not already a fighting game watcher, here are the basics of how Evo works. There are eight distinct main games, which I will list below, as well as a good deal of less formal side tournaments. Every game has the same basic structure, you start with a group of players, everyone is equal. Tournaments are double eliminations, which means you have to lose twice to get out. If you can win many matches in your group without being disqualified, you will move on to the next match, which ultimately leads to the top 24 slots, then the top 8, which leads to the grand finals.
Part of the excitement of watching swimming pools is the turmoil. The ex-champion should start the same way as everyone else, and there is no guarantee that the unknown will not give them their first loss, putting them in the losers category and one match away from losing a top 8 recurring dream.
As you progress deeper into the matches the level of play becomes more tense and high level, so if you are less inclined to spend hours watching the safe bet catching the top 24 or waiting for the top 8 players to see the real high-matches you play.
Each game will contain commentary by people who are experts in understanding and interpreting the on-screen action. With some basics under your belt and styles, you should be able to keep up with games you didn’t even know you were.
The key to understanding the double-elimination format is for everyone to start in the winner’s category. If you lose once you go to loser slice. Lose from there and you can sit back and watch the rest, you’re done. Mathematically, this means that when you reach the top eight, half will be in the losers category, the other half will be in the winner category, and the grand finals match will be between the winners and the winners.
To win the entire tournament on the loser’s side, you have to beat the other player twice, once to send it to the loser (known as a reset arc). Making a losing operation is no easy feat, but resetting the arc always gets fans excited. They like a vulnerable person, but that also means another group to watch.
If you see an L or W next to someone’s name in the broadcast overlay, this indicates whether they are playing from the category of winner or loser. Another easy thing to know is that most games are played from start to second, so you have to win two games to beat someone. This generally becomes the first to three wins in the top 8.
The main featured games at Evo this year are:
- Street Fighter V: Hero Edition
- Guilty Gear Jahed
- Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate
- Tekken 7
- The fifteenth king of fighters
- Smeared blood: Lumina type
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus
- Skullgirls: 2nd Encore
All games will be streamed on Twitch starting Friday, August 5 at 10AM PST. A full interactive schedule of all the games can be found here. Half of the games will have top 8 games from the main hall on Saturday. the other four (king of fightersAnd the TekkenAnd the Street FighterAnd the Guilty EquipmentThey will have their Top 8 on Sunday at Mandalay Bay Square.
There are also community-run tournaments for an additional 52 titles, everything from an alternate WWII title. Akatsuki BlitzkampfBarely a kinda fighting game like frisbee and neo geo classic air hockey wind hunters. A list of all 52 games as well as a viewer’s guide summary for each game can be found here, so check this out if you want to research a larger selection of titles you may not be familiar with.