EVO 2020 Lineup Includes Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate & More


by in General | Feb, 5th 2020

I hate to start this off with a controversial statement, but it’s my schtick; I don’t see what made Super Smash Bros. Melee so great in the first place. It was fine for its time, but Smash Ultimate is a significantly better game by every possible metric. But as of last night, we now know what the EVO 2020 lineup is going to be!

It’s too early to see a main stage Guilty Gear Strive tournament, but I imagine we’ll see some manner of GG tournament to show off where the game is so far. EVO 2020 is where all the big announcements get made, so I bet we’ll find out the release date, too. Personally, I’m betting holiday season 2020.

MVC2 Tournament

The biggest, most exciting thing for me is the MVC2 tournament to take place at EVO 2020. This is a special eight-man tournament to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. I don’t believe you can buy a new version of MVC2 anymore.

That makes me wonder if we’re going to get a new, arcade-perfect version this year, or even a new Marvel vs. Capcom announcement. Lord, I hope so. I did not think very highly of MVC3 or Infinite. 3: Ultimate was still better than Infinite by a country mile, in my opinion.

So, what’s the Marvel 2 tournament? It’s called the “Justin 2ournament of Champions.” The 4 EVO Champions from the game’s history will be returning for four slots:

  • Duc “Ducvader” Do (1996, 2005)
  • Justin “Jwong” Wong (2001-2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  • Michael “IFC Yipes” Mendoza (2007)
  • Sanford Kelly (2009)

The other four spots will be decided later, but we have no idea how. I imagine it will either be some manner of other tournaments or a special invitation to some of the best fighting game players around. However, who is my pick? Even before knowing the other choices, I’m going to put my money on IFC Yipes.

There is no person more hype on this whole planet of Earth than Yipes. Except maybe K-Brad. What I do think is interesting about this, that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 takes the spot of Mortal Kombat 11, which is still a pretty new game!

Why did this happen? My speculation is because of the violence that comes with MK11. Perhaps they’re trying to cater to a younger audience, or maybe it simply doesn’t have the sign-ups compared to the other games and is thus dropped.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is gone yet again, and good riddance. We don’t need two Smash tournaments, and Ultimate is again, better in every conceivable way. But what games did make it to EVO this year?

Big Lineup, Big Money

We don’t know what games will make it to the big Sunday Stage yet, but I’m going to guess Dragon Ball FighterZ will cut it. But all told, here’s the major lineup of incredible fighting games:

  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Tekken 7
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Granblue Fantasy Versus
  • SoulCalibur VI
  • Under Night In-Birth
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (2ournament of Champions)

I’m reasonably certain that Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Smash Ultimate will be in the Arena (Sunday’s Main Stage). If I could guess five of them, it would be those 3, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and Granblue Fantasy Versus, since it’s new/in development.

SCVI, SamSho, and UNIST all had great showings last year, so it’s no surprise they’re being picked again. We also have confirmation that EVO will be hosting a special Guilty Gear -Strive- tournament on Friday, July 31st. What’s more, the Top 8 will be run on the main stage! If you want to see the first real high-tier GG action before the game’s even out, here’s your chance.

We also learned that EVO will be a battle ground for the Arc World Tour 2020, which is presented by Arc System Works, Cygames, and XSEED/Marvelous USA. But I need a release date. In a way, I’m sad that BlazBlue CrossTag isn’t going to be at EVO 2020 for a main tournament. There will be a community championship though, so BlazBlue fans will still get theirs!

But yes, EVO season is on the way! July 31-August 2 is the official EVO weekend! One of my dream events to cover is EVO. So, we’ll have to see if this is my lucky year. But you can get ready to register for EVO 2020, at this link, if you think you’ve got what it takes. I can’t wait to see who gets picked for commentary and who shows up to fight.

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