Tagged With evo 2017

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In the Super Smash Bros. Melee community, how you play can matter far more than who you are. Recently, a top Melee player made his grand re-entry into the game's competitive scene a little over a year after assaulting a Florida gas station clerk, causing a rift among fans and pros over whether it's proficiency or personality that matters most.

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On Sunday night local time, ESPN aired Evo 2017's Street Fighter 5 finals. During Ryota "Kazunoko" Inoue's match, in which he played as the character Cammy, ESPN requested that Kazunoko change the character's costume from her default thong leotard to her formalwear DLC outfit. (Cammy does not wear pants in this formal outfit, either, but she does wear a full-coverage pair of black briefs, rather than the thong that her other costumes feature.)

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While Dragon Ball FighterZ and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite were being demonstrated in Evo 2017's raucous convention hall, the folks at Wavedash Games were quietly showing off their first official project, Icons: Combat Arena, in a private hotel room. After two years of development, they were on the verge of finally unveiling their game to the world, one they hope can be recognised as a "platform fighter" instead of a "Smash clone."

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There are a lot of great Tekken 7 players, but the masters of the game still hail mostly from South Korea. In a grand finals that pitted countrymen and fellow Echo Fox players Jin Woo "Saint" Choi and Hyun Jin "JDCR" Kim against one another, it was the latter who managed their first Evo championship win.

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This year's Evolution Championship Series started with a bang last night as King of Fighters XIV wrapped up its one-day competition with an intense finals bracket. Spectators crowded the exhibition hall to see the weekend's first champion crowned among the impressive mix of players from across Taiwan, China, Mexico, Pakistan, Japan, and the United States.

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Every fighting game competitor wants to play under optimal conditions, or at least as close to their home training experience as possible. But what are they to do when an event's setups begin to fail? And how do the organisers rectify such a situation? These questions became incredibly important during the BlazBlue: Central Fiction tournament at Evo 2017 this weekend.

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That guy on the right is Lee "Infiltration" Seon Woo. You might remember him from last year's Evo Street Fighter V tournament,which he won. A veteran of the scene who's been competing since 2010 with Super Street Fighter IV, he's now housing energy drinks in-between matches to help pay the bills.

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Every year, the Evolution Championship Series descends on Las Vegas, bringing with it the largest collection of fighting game players in the world. Evo serves as a reflection of the best the fighting game community has to offer, and players who manage to become champions in the sweltering Las Vegas desert are regarded as having reached the pinnacle of their craft. This year's festivities are shaping up to be mighty special.

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This weekend's big Evolution Championship Series of tournaments for huge fighting games such as Street Fighter 5 and Super Smash Bros. Melee will run alongside an unofficial spin-off called AnimEvo. AnimEvo showcases competition in more obscure fighting games, and even some games that don't involve punches and kicks.