Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez is Evo 2019's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate champion. He barely survived grand finals opponent Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, eventually resetting the bracket and solidifying his reputation as the strongest player in this relatively young game moving forward.
If anyone who’s not watching EVO’s Super Smash Bros. tournament felt a sudden and inexplicable wave of grief, that was sympathy for Light falling victim to ProtoBanham’s ruthless Lucina. It was ProtoBanham’s second time playing Smash abroad from Japan, according to a GoFundMe raising money for his EVO attendance.
There’s a “completely new Guilty Gear” coming in 2020. Little information was shared during Arc System Works’ brief Evo 2019 presentation, but it looks gorgeous and the crowd obviously ate it up. Stay tuned.
Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada announced at Evo 2019 tonight that Tekken 7 will receive a third season of downloadable content. This season will include the return of Zafina as well as debut a brand new original character, Leroy Smith. The existing cast will also receive updated moves.
SNK revealed a timeline for the first season of paid Samurai Shodown content at Evo 2019. Rimururu is coming in August, Basara in October, Kazuki Kazama in November, and Wan-Fu in December. As an added bonus, Shizumaru Hisame will be available for free in September. A second season is also planned for 2020.
Masato “Bonchan” Takahashi has been crowned Street Fighter V champion at Evo 2019. It’s been a long road for Bonchan since placing second in Ultra Street Fighter IV at Evo 2014, fraught with character crises and surprisingly early eliminations, but now he can finally add an Evo championship to his resume.
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will receive nine more characters on November 21, a trailer debuted at Evo 2019 revealed. These newcomers include Senran Kagura’s Yumi, Akatsuki and Blitztank from Akatsuki Blitzkampf, and RWBY antagonist Neo Politan.
Oscar “Shinku” Jaimes opened Evo 2019 finals day with a victory in the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle championship. Shinku defeated three Japanese powerhouses—Kamisue “mekasue” Kazuya, Seitaro “domi” Ohno, and Hiroyuki “Kyamei” Kamei—en route to his first Evo title.
The next iteration of the Under Night In-Birth franchise, the bafflingly named Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r], is coming in early 2020. It will include balance changes and at least one new character.
Clearlamp is the very first Evo champion in Under Night In-Birth. He outlasted several of his fellow Japanese competitors (and one Canadian) to win, all of whom provided further proof that this unique game absolutely deserved its spot at Evo 2019.