On-Site: EVO 2019 – Day 2

EVO Continued in full swing on its second day. Merch was still selling, cosplayers were doing what they do best, and all attendees were still showing their passion and love for fighting video games. One thing that changed with Day 2 though is the fact that there was now a number of games having their grand finals today. These games included Unist, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, and Mortal Kombat 11.

Unist, which is short for Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] is an anime fighter who is making its first tournament appearance at EVO this year. For being an anime fighter that not many know about though it was still able to get an impressive number of entrants, having over 1,100 people enter to compete for 1st place. However only one could win the Unist EVO 2019 Championship and that was Clearlamp_o.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ finals were next, and the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament as a whole saw both some major similarities and major differences from last year’s EVO. The similarities saw both Goichi Kishida AKA GO1 once again go up against SonicFox in the grand finals. Unlike last year however which saw SonicFox the victor, this year saw GO1 take the prize in what was an emotional victory. Another noticeable difference with the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament was the time slot of the finals.

Last year Dragon Ball FighterZ closed out EVO as it had the most entrants with almost 2,600 players entering. This year, however, it is a different story as only 1,200 players entered with only Soul Calibur 6 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle having fewer entrants than the game, therefore, giving Dragon Ball FighterZ a much earlier finals timeslot in EVO this year. The finals for the game were still exciting nonetheless.

Samurai Shodown just recently released and brought with a revival of not only the Samurai Shodown franchise but also peoples interest in the franchise which is what could’ve possibly led to the high entrant number of 1,700. With such a high number of entrants that brought with it some major competition such the likes of Justin Wong, Kazunoko, and Hitbox Reynald, in the end, though it was Infiltration who won the Samurai Shodown Gran Finals and became EVO 2019’s Champion of Samurai Shodown.

Mortal Kombat 11’s Finals closed out day 2 of EVO 2019 and wrapped up mere moments ago. Mortal Kombat 11 saw a little less than 1,600 players enter and while many of them were eliminated in pools earlier on Day 1, the top 8 players played late into the evening of Saturday night. One of those players was SonicFox, the same SonicFox who lost in the Grand Finals of Dragon Ball FighterZ earlier in the day. Fortunately for SonicFox, he was able to clutch the 1st place victory of the Mortal Kombat 11 Grand Finals. Making him the best of the best Mortal Kombat 11 players.

While many of EVO’s game final and other festivities have wrapped up there are still four big games that will have their finals on Day 3 of EVO 2019. Those games are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. So check back tomorrow for our Day 3 coverage of EVO 2019 and if you missed yesterday’s On Site coverage be sure to check it out here.

Photos by Joe Vincent Castro (@joevincentcastro)