by Mr Toffee in

If you love fighting games on a competitive level, chances are you’ve already registered for the Evolution Championship Series 2019 tournament (or EVO 2019 for short), which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 2nd-4th August (PST). And since you can’t register for the tournament anymore, you may as well watch it on-stream here.

This year’s tournament is sounding more like a big deal. Here’s why:

  • 7 out of the 9 games in the official lineup have more than a 1,000 entrants. They are Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Under Night IN-Birth Exe: Late[st].
  • Out of all the games above, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has the highest number of entrants, clocking in at 3,000+ people duking it out to be the best Smash player in the world.
  • (Update) Here’s the full tally of entrant numbers:
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – 3,492
    • Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition – 1,929
    • Tekken 7 – 1,885
    • Samurai Shodown – 1,719
    • Mortal Kombat 11 – 1,567
    • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] – 1,156
    • Dragon Ball FighterZ – 1,191
    • Soul Calibur 6 – 742
    • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle – 640
  • EVO founding father Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar said that the event is getting such an overwhelming response that the organization is contemplating on overhauling its payout structure. He posted a public poll on Twitter to ask if the event should split the pot up more to benefit more players.

  • This will also mark the weekend where Capcom will break the silence concerning Street Fighter V‘s next big update and seasons. My guess? Super Street Fighter V and a ton of old and new characters. Still, it’s up in the air as to what current Street Fighter guy Yoshinori Ono has planned before EVO 2019’s Street Fighter V Grand Finals fight.
  • Speaking of fighting game announcements, publishers may announce new content for their existing fighting games.

The Players

Here’s a quick list of pro players who will be attending the tournament. It’s going to be a big one, as Terry Bogard would say before his Engrish mangles it.

  • Tokido (SFV)
  • Punk (SFV)
  • Fuudo (SFV)
  • Problem-X, last year’s EVO SFV champion
  • Arslan Ash, EVO Japan 2019 Tekken 7 champion
  • Knee (Tekken 7)
  • GO1 (Dragon Ball FighterZ)
  • Shen Chan, top player in Southeast Asia (SoulCalibur VI)
  • Xian, top player in Southeast Asia (SFV)
  • MKLeo (SSBU)
  • Tweek (SSBU)
  • Marss (SSBU)
  • Dabuz (SSBU)
  • Justin Wong (Samurai Shodown, SFV)
  • ChrisG
  • SonicFox (DBFZ, MK11)
  • Aroo (Samurai Shodown)
  • Cory Bell (Samurai Shodown)
  • Resurgence Nicholas “SEO” Choo (Dragon Ball FighterZ, UNIST)
  • Resurgence Shen Yuan (SoulCalibur VI)

Stay tuned to Kakuchopurei as we will cover the ins and outs of this upcoming fight fiesta.

Top image credit: Robert Paul @tempusrob

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee
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