EVO has always been the most hyped fighting game event of the year.
2017 is no exception. There have been excellent showcases of skill from not only the well-known players but also some surprises from relative unknowns. As the day went on we watched some of the biggest names fall. It’s now down to 8 of the best in the world. There were certainly a lot of players there more for the experience than to be truly competitive.
King v.s. Gllty
At the end of the first day of pools came the group with Gllty (Dhalsim specialist) and ZOWIE|Oil King (Rashid specialist). Gllty always has a strong play and a level of disrespect that allows her to play her game. Both her and Oil King have very rush down and pressure oriented styles. When they met in pools Gllty showed a great amount of respect before the match and showed off a pocket Ed in the first round. Once the surprise pick didn’t work out, she changed back to Dhalsim.
Verloren v.s. Luffy
From the first game between Verloren (Cammy) and 2014 USF4 Evo winner Method|RB|Luffy (R. Mika) we saw just how well these players know the game. Early on Luffy got knocked down, but his V-Trigger was already in the air. As Nadeshko came in, he had time to recover and maximize a punish. Not to be outdone, Verloren fired back with a perfect and proceeded to control the flow of the game. His pressure and effective shimmies led to Verloren moving on in the winner’s bracket.
Moke v.s. YouDeal
Moke (Rashid) came up against YouDeal|Yukadon (Ibuki), and they both showed off some brilliant sequences with their respective characters. In a very quick round, Moke punched away Yukadon’s kunai before scoring a stun. Instead of going for a max damage combo which would not have killed, Moke air reset Yukadon and walked underneath. This mix-up led to Moke taking the round.
Talon v.s. Zangief
Talon|Xiao Bao is a phenomenal Vega player who controls the screen with well-spaced normals and specials. However, his control and steady play met Itabashi Zangief, who is an expert in finding a way in. After the first round spiraled out of control as soon as Itazan got a knockdown, Xiao Bao swapped to Necalli. It looked like a step up in the first round, but in the second Itazan got to play his game and almost landed a perfect. This spelled the end for Xiao Bao in winners.
With top 64 said and done, we now have our finalists for this year’s Street Fighter V Evo championship. There were some surprises in who didn’t end up there, such as AW|Nemo who was tipped to win by a lot of people. Among those who made it, there was little in the way of big surprises. However, Moke, who has hovered around the number 1 Rashid place in online rankings, has made it into losers. Splyce|Fchamp is another name that wasn’t considered for the top 8, but his strong Dhalsim play has only leveled up in the lead up to Evo.
The two strongest American players in Punk and NuckleDu are still alive and well in winners. Tokido, who has performed incredibly well over the lifespan of SFV, is a strong contender as well. With the players eliminated already, no one can be counted out as Top 8 begins at 7 pm PDT.
Last year the SFV finals were aired on ESPN2, and this year their TV spot will be on Disney XD. The Super Smash Bros. Wii U finals will also be aired on Disney XD. To follow along live, be sure to check out the Capcom Fighters stream here.