EVO 2019 is coming up next week and the finals order has been announced. Joining Smash on Sunday are Blaz Blue Tag, Street Fighter V, and Tekken 7.
The Evolution Championship Series (EVO) is one of the biggest annual fighting game tournaments. Each year, thousands of the world’s best come together to compete and this year there are nine main tournaments. Today, the team behind EVO revealed the order in which each game’s finals will be played.
Evo 2019 Finals Order!
Friday = SC6
Saturday = UNIST ==> DBFZ ==> SAMSHO ==> MK11
Sunday = BBTAG ==> SFV ==> TEKKEN 7 ==> SMASH#Evo2019
— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) July 22, 2019
The big news is probably that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes the final Sunday slot this year. Some form of Street Fighter has taken that slot for a number of years now. Of course, it’s not that surprising given that Smash had nearly 1,500 more registrants than Street Fighter V this year. That said, SF has held that slot for so long that it’s noteworthy to see Smash as the last final.
Outside of Smash, I’m very excited to see games like Samurai Shodown, SoulCalibur VI, Mortal Kombat 11, and Dragon Ball FighterZ played. SamSho has never had a game played on the EVO stage, so this is huge for the team. A SoulCalibur game hasn’t been on the stage since 2012, which makes this, likewise, a big deal. MK11 and DBFZ are both just games I personally like to play, and it’s good to see Toei let DBFZ come to EVO after all the guff they’ve been giving tournament organizers lately.
This year’s finals order should also make the show slightly easier to watch live than last year. In 2018, we had five finals play out on Sunday compared to this year’s four. Spreading them out even just a little bit will hopefully make for a better viewing experience for those of us stuck at home.
EVO 2019 starts August 2 and lasts through the weekend. You can watch the tournaments live on Twitch.