The biggest fighting game tournament of the year, Evo 2014, has officially ended. This annual event took place in Las Vegas and had too many great players to count. This article does not contain spoilers as to who won each event, but it does list who made it into grand finals. The conclusion to Evo 2014 was none other than Ultra Street Fighter IV. The Zangief player, Snake Eyez had some excellent matches with his solid defense and selective offense. Here is his set with Fuudo the Fei Long player.
Street Fighter had some very entertaining matches in the top 8, but ultimately Louffy (Rose) and Bonchan (Sagat) made it to grand finals.
Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma had a stacked top 8. DoraBang kept the crowd entertained with his speedy and wacky offense.
Garireo (Litchi) came from losers to challenge Dogura (Azrael) in a 30 minute + set and all the hype you can handle. Critical drops, amazing pressure, and all around love for the game was on display.
Killer Instinct hasn’t been around as long as the rest of the roster, but still had some great play. Here are grand finals.
Instead of watching Justin Wong get beaten in loser’s finals, here is a the Killer Instinct hype video with highlights.
Ready for an Injustice: Gods Among Us hype compilation?
Injustice grand finals had AK Pig of the Hut playing Zod with RG Sonic Fox playing Batgirl.
Jan vs DM Anabolic was very interesting, mostly for the party composition. Anabolic played Spencer, Dante, Sentinel and Jan played with Hulk, Shuma-Gorath and Haggar.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 grand finals had Justin Wong in winners with his X-Men/Akuma party versus Chris G playing his Morrigan, Doctor Doom, Vergil party. The winner may or may not do a barrel roll upon winning.
King of Fighters XIII grand finals featured MCZ Tokido and Qanba Xiaohai playing almost identical parties.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 grand finals featured JDCR from winners playing Heihachi and Armor King against Gen who played Bob and Leo.
Super Smash Bros. Melee grand finals came down to a fierce Fox vs. Jigglypuff match with Hungrybox in losers and Mango in winners.
Easily one of the most surprising games came from the Axe vs. Silent Wolf set. This is game three, from the audience view.
If you are familiar with the fighting game community then you probably know of Prog. Wynton ‘Prog’ Smith announced in June that he would be retiring from the competitive scene. The reason for this is health-related and the scene shows their support. In appreciation for all Prog has done to help the community, he was awarded the Cannon Award. It was a tearful moment for many, Prog will be missed as one of the more enlightening and enjoyable commentators.
With Evo 2014 behind us, the summer of smash is over for the big-time players, but smaller events and local tournaments await the rest of the fighting game community. With eight different games going over the course of three days, it is hard to see all the amazing matches that took place. Melee pools had tons of great players like The Moon and Liquid Ken, Street Fighter saw the return of Daigo, and Marvel had Kane Blueriver. Feel free to post your favorite moments from any Evo year.