Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2019 – one of the biggest weekends for fighting games of the year – is in full swing with most of FCG’s best players gathering in Las Vegas.
The tournament is bigger than ever this year, with over 9000 total players participating across all games and a good showing for each game on top of that as well.
EVO’s main stage games this year are Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
The action begins with pool play on Friday and wraps up with Finals for each game on Sunday, August 4.
As always, you can keep up with all the action right here on Dexerto with our official EVO 2019 stream hub.
EVO prize pool amounts are assigned based on how many people enter each tournament. Ten dollars from each participant’s entry fee is put into the pool and split eight ways (60/20/10/4/2/2/1/1).
For example, the prize pool for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at EVO 2019 is $35,300, with first place walking away with $21,180.
Listed below are the top Eight players for each game at EVO, which will be updated throughout the tournament.
Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ultimate made its debut at EVO 2019 and was the most populated tournament of the weekend to close out the event.
MKLeo and Tweek battled through 3,528 other entrants to reach the grand finals. Leo had to fight through losers to reach grands and ended up resetting the bracket defeating Tweek and his Pokemon Trainer 3-2.
With momentum in his favor, Leo’s Joker was able to take advantage of a tilted Tweek’s poorly-timed Pokemon switches to win the championship
1. Leonardo “MKLeo” Lopez Perez
2. Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey
3. William “Glutonny” Belaid
4. Ezra “Samsora” Morris
5. Ishiguro “Raito” Tetsuya
7. Sota “Zackray” Okada
7. Paris “Light” Ramirez
Finals: 7PM PST on August 4
Tekken featured 1,899 players at EVO this year all trying to fight their way into the Top 8 and a piece of the $18,990 prize pool.
Pakistani player Arslan ‘Arslan Ash’ Siddique – who was the surprise winner of the Tekken tournament at EVO Japan 2019 in February accomplished the same feat in Las Vegas.
1. Arslan “Arslan Ash” Siddique
2. Jae-Min “Knee” Bae
3. Hoa “Anakin” Luu
4. Takehiko “Take” Abe
5. Daichi “Nobi” Nakayama
5. Takumi “Noroma” Hamasaki
7. Sun-woong “LowHigh” Yoon
7. Yuta “Chikurin” Take
Finals: 3:30 PM PST on August 4.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
Street Fighter brings the second highest number of participants to EVO 2019 with 1,952 players registered and a $19,520 purse. Additionally, Capcom provided $50,000 to the prize pool.
At the head of the Capcom Pro Tour standings, Victor “Punk” Woodley is a lot of people’s favorite for EVO this year, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue dominating.
1. Masato “Bonchan” Takahashi
2. Adel “Big Bird” Anouche
3. DC “Infexious” Coleman
4. Atsushi Fujimura
5. Derek “iDom” Ruffin
5. Masahiro “Machabo” Tominaga
7. Hiroki “Kichipa-mu” Asano
7. Yangmian Huang
Finals: 12 PM PST on August 4.
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
With only 646 players entered and a $6,460 prize pool, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle has the lowest number of players at EVO, but that certainly doesn’t mean it will be any less entertaining to watch.
BlazBlue is part of the Arcrevo World Tour, which has a $1,000,000 purse and should give tour players plenty of incentive to go all in over the weekend.
1. Oscar “Shinku” Jaimes
3. Seitaro “Domi” Ohno
4. Kamisue “Mekasue” Kazuya
5. Christina “Bace” Kabacinski
7. Kauyuki “KojiKOG” Koji
7. Jone Kim
Finals: 9 AM PST on August 4.
Mortal Kombat 11
With fighting games star Dominique ‘SonicFox‘ McLean in the Mortal Kombat bracket at EVO this year, most people were looking at him as one of the definite favorites.
SonicFox made it past the other 1,574 players entered for a share of the $15,740 prize and came out on top of an epic Grand Finals against Ryan ‘Dragon’ Walker on August 3.
3. Tekken Master
5. A F0xy Grampa
Finals: 8 PM PST on August 3.
Samurai Showdown has seen a revival in 2019 with the series’ first new title in over a decade and a flood of returning fighting games players.
There were 1,729 players registered for EVO which meant a $17,290 prize and a chance to watch a classic fighting game reborn. Plus, SNK and Athlon Games added $30,000 to the prize pool.
Finals: 4 PM PST on August 3.
The surprise hit Dragonball FighterZ had 1,196 players at EVO this year and a $11,960 prize pool.
Old foes SonicFox and Goichi ‘GO1′ Kishida were both in the Dragonball bracket this year and both players seemed like they were looking forward to the epic Grand Finals rematch from EVO 2018.
Even though the Grand Final ended in a draw between SonicFox and Go1, Goichi did come out on top 3-2 in a great Winner’s Final match.
Finals: 1 PM PST on August 3.
UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]
EVO 2019 was the first time that a lot of people got to watch Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], an updated version of a game that came out in 2012.
With $11,560 in prize money up for grabs, Under Night In-Birth’s EVO debut ended up getting pretty wild, with Clearlamp taking down Oushou-Hittou 3-2 in a close final match.
Finals: 10 AM PST on August 3.
Soul Calibur 6
The Soul Caliber 6 tournament at Evo 2019 has come to a close, with BNE Yuttoto coming in first place of the $7460 competition.
Yuttoto defeated Losers Bracket winner Bluegod in the Grand Final, but it did not come easy. Bluegod won the first match 3-1, forcing a bracket reset and a second, winner-takes-all match. The Japanese player then clutched up, winning 3-1 and securing the tournament victory.
Leading up to the Grand Final, Yuttoto took down Tamonegi in the Winners Bracket Semis 2-1, before defeating Oplon Skyll 3-2 in the Winners Final.
The final placements for the top eight players can be seen below. For the full list of final placements and a completed bracket, you can visit the official tournament web-page HERE.
Top-8 final placements
1. BNE Yuttoto
3. Oplon Skyll
5-6. PG Shen Chan
7-8. DF Saiyne
7-8. ORANGE KAYANE
Finals: 8 PM PST on August 2.