The Evolution Championship Series, known as EVO, the biggest fighting game event in the world, had its 2022 edition held between August 5th and 7th in Las Vegas (USA), consecrating the best players from all over the planet. It was the return of the event in the face-to-face format, which has not happened in the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Several fighting games were played to define the winners. Among the main ones were Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11, Guilty Gear Strive, Tekken 7 and MultiVersus.
Meet the winners of EVO 2022:
Street Fighter V
The top 8 of the competition brought together legendary players like Daigo "The Beast" Umehara and Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi. However, who stood out was Masaki "Kawano" Kawano, currently considered the best player who uses the character Kolin. He beat Tokido and Tsunehiro “gachikun” Hanamori and advanced through the upper bracket to the grand final. However, Derek "iDom" Ruffin, the 2019 world champion, was in the final. He managed to get past Nathan "Mister Crimson" Massol, Daigo Umehara, Tokido and Gachikun to finally reach the grand final against Kawano. Despite the crowd in his favor, helping him reset the bracket to 3–1, his Laura was unable to overcome Kawano's Kolin, who closed the decisive series in the last possible round at 3–2.
Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate
The best eight player match saw Denom "A F0xy Grampa" Jones win over Dominique "SonicFox" McLean, who was a favorite for the title. In addition, the highlight was also the dominance of Chilean twins Nicolas "Nicolas" Martinez and Matias "Scorpionprocs" Martinez, just 17 years old. American Curtis "Rewind" McCall tried to thwart the Chilean party by eliminating Nicolas in the lower bracket final, but Scorpionprocs appeared to exact revenge on his brother in the grand final and take the EVO 2022 title to Chile.
Dragon Ball FighterZ
The rivalry was between France and the United States, which had the most representatives in the Top 8. Shamar "Nitro" Hinds, from New York started his campaign in the upper bracket defeating French players: Mohamed "Kayne" Sobti, Yonis "Yasha" and Marwan "Wawa" Berthe. The trio from France did not give up and survived in the losers' bracket. The final was between Wawa and Nitro. The Frenchman looked for a nice 3–2 bracket reset and confirmed a 3–1 win in the last series to be the winner.
In the best of the game at EVO 2022 were two former EVO champions: Jae-Min "Knee" Bae, 2013 EVO champion of Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and Arslan "Arslan Ash" Siddique, EVO 2018 champion of Tekken 7.
Arslan performed well in the lower bracket and took three wins in a row until he found his friend and training partner in Pakistan Imran "Khan" is, who eliminated him by defeating him 3–1. Knee, on the other hand, had a very solid campaign in the upper bracket and was little threatened by his opponents. In the grand final, he rejoined Khan, an opponent he had already defeated in the upper bracket final, and repeated the same 3–1 to take the win.