EVO, the annual fighting game world championships, draws thousands of players competing in six games. It has helped create gaming stars like 2010 Super Street Fighter IV champion Daigo Umehara, and a reputation for unbelievable game-play seen nowhere else.
Here's a look at some of our favorite videos from this year's throw-down.
This year's EVO took place the week of July 9 to July 11 with the Super Street Fighter IV tournament headlining the show. Tekken 6 was also present with its share of dramatic matches turned into miniature soap operas by the EVO announcers. While the grand finals of the tournament turned out to be a complete loss for Law and his man-handler Rip, their talents were at their most brutal in the Loser Finals against Mr. Naps shown below.
Melty Blood is a series that has gained momentum recently within hardcore fighting game circles due to its notable aggressive play style, flashy graphics, and unique characters. This melts down to a game that's simply entertaining to watch even without knowing a thing about the mechanics involved. Here is the second match of the Melty Blood tournament featuring Kusanagi vs. Garu who went on to take home the world champion title.
The Tatsunoko vs. Capcom grand finals turned into an epic back and forth between Kbeast and Justin Wong's Team Evil Genius teammate Marn.
What few expected at EVO 2010 was expert player Justin Wong being eliminated from the Super Street Fighter IV tournament without reaching the top eight. Wong is known to be a top contender and rival of tournament champion Daigo. His opponents Vangief (Zangief) and Gamerbee (Adon), both underdogs in their match-ups, played valiantly, escalating their respective characters to new heights of popularity. The disbelief can be heard in the announcers voices as they take what they are witnessing as an impossibility on the level of Daigo's infamous Street Fighter III victory over Wong at EVO 2004.
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (MvsC) at just about every level of play tends to look like complete chaos quickly spinning into oblivion. What made this year's MvsC grand finals so nail biting however was Justin Wong's chance to redeem himself. After his elimination from the SSFIV tournament at the hands of relative newcomers, the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Tournament was one of his last chances to ensure he'd bring home a trophy.
Here is that famous 2004 Street Fighter III: Third Strike match between Justin Wong and Daigo Umehara for the one or two of you in the universe who have yet to witness its mind-blowing turn of events.