EVO 2015 has come and gone. I sadly missed most of it as I was busy the entire weekend, so I've had to play catch-up for the past few days. Luckily, that's much easier in an era of Twitch archives and YouTube videos. Since I was already looking at highlights for myself, the kindly thing to do is write them down for the rest of you, right? So here's a few videos highlighting some of the best moments and matches from EVO 2015.
Ultra Street Fighter 4 - /r/Kappa|Poongko vs EPIC | GG | Onisan
This match between Lee "Poongko" Chung Gon and Casey "Onisan" Dillon is a solid one, but the match itself isn't the reason this is one of EVO's highlights. After Poongko wins the first match, Onisan decides to take his taunting game to the next level. Starting at 1:37 in the video, you'll see Onisan remove his belt, then remove his shirt and drape it over Poongko, who remains unfazed. Finally, Poongko answers the challenge by removing his own shirt and then casually stuffing Onisan with his Seth like it was nothing.
Killer Instinct - Sleep NS vs UA | My God
This match includes some masterful play of trap grappler Kan-Ra, as played by Darnell "Sleep NS" Walker. He goes up against Lenny "C88 My God" Castillo's Saberwulf and does his best to keep the pressure on. At one point in the first round, Sleep is rocking with the magic pixel, doing his best to keep My God away. Seconds drag on as Sleep tries to chip damage My God to death. With 15 seconds left, Sleep finally finds an opening and clenches the first round. The second match is a more even bout, but Sleep takes the win and ultimately takes third place in the tournament.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 - EG JWong vs. BE | KaneBlueRiver
Last year, Justin Wong had two of the best UMVC3 matches against Filipino Champ and Chris Gonzalez. Wong is simply a pleasure to watch play and this year is no different. Going up against Nicolas "KBR" Gonzalez, Wong has a solid series of matches. Unfortunately, the Wong Factor never activates and some amazing Haggar/Hulk play crowns KBR the victor. Perhaps this is a sign of things to come?
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 - CTRL | RayRay vs. BE | KaneBlueRiver
Yeah, I think it was. Raynel "RayRay" Hidalgo had fought his way through the Losers Bracket, with his Magneto/Doctor Doom/Sentinel team holding on strong. From the Winners Bracket comes Wong Conqueror Nicolas "KBR" Gonzalez with Haggar/Red Hulk/Mango Sentinel. RayRay made sure it wasn't a shut-out, winning one match, but KBR brought the entire thing home to be the first non-American to win UMVC3 at EVO.
Guilty Gear Xrd - Woshige vs Ogawazato
This is probably the second most-talked-about-match at the tournament, from Guilty Gear Xrd's Winners Bracket Semi-Finals. Kenichi "Ogawazato" Ogawa, one of the best Zato-1 players in the community, goes up against Ryuichi "Woshige" Shigeno's Millia Rage. The players are 1-1, so this match is it. Ogawazato wins the first round. Woshige wins the second round (starting at 8:20) and gets up to celebrate, forgetting that he has to win two rounds in order to take the match. Ogawazato pounces and absolutely destroys Woshige's uncontrolled Millia, winning the match. Ogawazato would go on to win the tournament, while Woshige would take third place.
Mortal Kombat X - CR|SonicFox5000 vs TE | A F0xy Grandpa
Dominique "SonicFox" McLean fought his way through the Losers Bracket to get to this point, using his mainstay Erron Black and Kitana. Denom "A F0xy Grandpa" Jones stomped his way through the Winners Bracket, but in the first round, his Kung Lao lost handily to SonicFox's Royal Storm Kitana and the solid keepway game. SonicFox takes two matches and loses another two to F0xy before switching to Outlaw Erron Black. His Erron dominates, leading to a bracket reset. In the last round, SonicFox's Black runs roughshod over F0xy's Kung Lao and the match point comes down to a set of Caltrops erasing F0xy's magic pixel.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax - Niceburst | Tahichi vs. KSB | Superboy
Taichi Ishikawa from Niceburst really controlled most of his matches, winning much of the tournament with a strong momentum. Chou "Superboy" Y kept pace, leading to this final match of his Ken Amada against Tahichi's Margaret. With the combo of Ken Amada and his faithful dog Koromaru, Chou kept Tahichi locked down. Seriously, some of the best Persona 4 Arena playing ever, making it look like it wasn't even a contest.
Super Smash Bros Melee - MH | ChuDat vs Hugs
Like the Killer Instinct match above, this is one crazy comeback (starting at 17:14). Daniel "ChuDat" Rodriguez brought the Ice Climbers up against Hugo "Hugs" Gonzalez. The whole match is worth watching, but the video will take you to the important part. With one Ice Climber gone and living on a single stock, ChuDat plays the game of his life. Holding onto an immense amount of damage, ChuDat slowly takes Hugs stocks away from him. Patience leads to wins, I guess.
Bonus: If you want to see nearly perfect Smash play, watch this video of TSM | Leffen versus Druggedfox.
Ultra Street Fighter IV - AVM | GamerBee vs Infiltration
For nearly 30 minutes, Seonwoo "Infiltration" Lee and Yu-lin "GamerBee" Hsiang put on an amazing exhibition of Ultra Street Fighter IV skill. This is solid, even play on both sides, but ultimately Gamerbee advances forward based on a time-out win.
Ultra Street Fighter IV - AVM | GamerBee vs EG|Momochi
These are the Grand Finals of Ultra Street Fighter IV, the lead title at EVO 2015. Yu-lin "GamerBee" Hsiang is up against Yusuke Momochi of Evil Genuises. The match count is 2-2. Momochi wins the first round with Evil Ryu against GamerBee's Adon.
Then, Momochi's Razer Atrox disconnects from the console (head to 29:41). In the case of controller error, EVO rules state the fighter with the error forfeits the match. GamerBee does the sportsmanlike thing, doing two hits to put Momochi's life bar below his and then letting the time run out.
That leaves us with one round deciding who's going to become EVO 2015 Champion for Ultra Street Fighter IV. It's a good match, but Momochi takes it with a great finishing combo. Momochi is the winner, and Razer is the loser.