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The Top 5 Moments at EVO 2018

From Dragon Ball FighterZ to Tekken 7.

Article by Matt Kim, .

EVO 2018, the largest fighting game tournament of the year, just wrapped up in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend. The exhilarating display of games and sportsmanship once again proves how uniquely positioned fighting games are as an esports.

While we covered the video game announcements over the weekend, we also have some highlights for you in case you missed out on the action.

I've always argued that fighting games are uniquely positioned for esports. Unlike games other popular esports games, I've always felt the barrier of entry to understanding and enjoying competitive fighting games was more accessible. Don't just take my word for it though, here are the top 5 moments from EVO 2018.

5. Dragon Ball FighterZ is briefly the most popular game on Twitch

During the Dragon Ball FighterZ grand finals Sunday night at EVO 2018 between Dominique "SonicFox" McLean and Goichi "GO1" Kishida drew 253,000 viewers on Twitch beating top game Fortnite in terms of viewership. Not only did it become the most viewed EVO match in history, but any game that beats Fortnite's views is proof of success.

4. Lil Majin represents North America at the Tekken Final Four

Tekken 7

Terrelle "Lil Majin" Jackson took on the Tekken Final 8, a bracket traditionally dominated by South Korean players, and became the first United States player to make it to the final four. Lil Majin fell to South Korean EVO first-timer, but longtime Tekken player LowHigh. And while his magnificent King run ended in heartbreak, Lil Majin made a third-place finish and took North American Tekken to new heights.

3. God killers in Super Smash Bros. Melee

Watch EVO2018 - SSBM Top 8 Match 10 - Leffen vs Armada from evo on www.twitch.tv

The Super Smash Bros. Melee circuit has always been dominated by "gods" the best players in the game. Adam "Armada" Lindgren, Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma, and Joseph "Mango" Marquez were three such gods in the final eight at EVO 2018's Super Smash Bros. Melee. Didn't matter though as William "Leffen" Hjelte, the god-slayer, took out Armada to earn his first EVO championship title, and shut out the gods from their sixth consecutive win at the grand tournament.

2. The United Kingdom brings it home (For Street Fighter V)

Street Fighter V

England's World Cup dreams were left unfulfilled, but the UK can claim the Street Fighter 5 EVO championship after Benjamin "Problem X" Simon becomes the first British player to claim the trophy. Problem X defeated tournament favorite Hajima "Tokido" Taniguchi in a thrilling matchup between Problem X's M. Bison and Tokido's Akuma. Not only was Problem X the first British Street Fighter champion, but the first Brit to win an EVO title since 2008 which was for Tekken 5.

1. SonicFox gets the fairy tale ending at the Dragon Ball FighterZ championship

Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dominique "SonicFox" McLean fended off Goichi "GO1" Kishida to take home the first ever championship title for Dragon Ball FighterZ. The drama surrounding the Dragon Ball FighterZ Final 8 could fill this entire list but seeing SonicFox crown himself with his blue fox mask after the final win over GO1 was all people needed to see to know that history had been made.

After SonicFox knocked GO1 into the loser's bracket after an overwhelming show of force, GO1 climbed back through to earn himself a rematch with SonicFox for the championship title. The table's turned and it was GO1 who looked poised to take the trophy away from SonicFox after resetting the bracket. It was after the first set of matches that SonicFox requested a seat change. While the seat episode earned its own drama, SonicFox went on to dominate the post-reset series of matches to take home the win.

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  • Avatar for yuberus #1 yuberus 2 months ago
    My evo moments really come down to Alex valle, the old man, taking down nuckledu in pools with Blanka - a character largely looked at as weak. Such a fine match. There were also some crazy side tournament matches in KOF and cvs2, and for me personally, seeing a friend in cvs2 top 4 and in the marvel exhibition was really cool.
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  • Avatar for Maxbeedo #2 Maxbeedo 2 months ago
    @yuberus Was the CVS2 tourney streamed? I was checking Twitch all weekend for it but never found it. Did catch the KOF top 4, which was hype. All 4 DLC characters represented, some crazy failed timer scams.

    That "G + Sagat TOMORROW" announcement was pretty awesome. G is looking legit difficult AND cool to play so far.
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  • Avatar for benjaminlu86 #3 benjaminlu86 2 months ago
    Here's a little bit more context for the Leffen win over Armada. The two players are Swedish and have known each other locally for years. Before they were god and godslayer, Armada famously "banned" Leffen from European tournaments because Leffen was a toxic asshole who deserved it at the time. This was just as Armada was taking over the game, first in Europe and then worldwide. Leffen has grown since getting unbanned in 2013, first as a player by taking sets off of the Five Gods more often than most, and much later as a person. He seems to be in a much better place socially these days and him beating his greatest rival and friend is the fairy tale ending to the whole story.
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  • Avatar for yuberus #4 yuberus 2 months ago
    @Maxbeedo yeah there was a cvs2 side stream Friday night, and the finals were on the side stage Saturday (albeit quite late from the advertised time, as they were running late all weekend).
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  • Avatar for cldmstrsn #5 cldmstrsn 2 months ago
    @yuberus Ya I loved that match. Always nice to see Valle laying some knowledge down for the kids haha. In fact that match up reminded me of the fight between him and Bonchan at EVO 2015 when he picked Hugo.
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  • Avatar for Kuni-Nino #6 Kuni-Nino 2 months ago
    The SonicFox-GO1 match wasn’t even exciting. DBFZ’s Top 8 was pretty damn boring. It almost ruined the whole tournament especially after Tekken’s Top 8 which was awesome.
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