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Tournament:EVO 2013

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EVO 2013
Dates July 12th-14th, 2013
Venue Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Address/City 3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Attendance 709 (for Melee)
Entry fees Registration:
Melee singles: $10
Pot size(s) Melee singles: $6,960
+ $1,000 pot bonus
Super Smash Bros. Melee winners USA Mango
Organizer(s) Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar
EVO Staff Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, Shoryuken (SRK)
James Chen (LevelUp Live)
VGBootCamp, CLASH Tournaments, Melee It On Me, Team OXY GimR, Chibo, Prog, D1, Scar, TheCrimsonBlur

Evolution 2013, or simply EVO 2013, was the 12th edition of the Evolution Championship Series, a fighting game tournament held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, which took place on July 12th to 14th, 2013, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. It was the largest Smash tournament of 2013 and broke the record for the largest Smash tournament at the time, with 709 entrants for Super Smash Bros. Melee. EVO 2013 also had twice the entrants as the previous largest Melee tournament, Pound 4.

Originally, Melee was not to be a featured game at EVO. However, when looking for an 8th game to add to the roster, the EVO staff held a donation drive for breast cancer research, wherein the game community that donated the most money to the drive would have their game featured as an official game at EVO. Although there was stiff competition from the Skullgirls community, a massive push from the Melee It On Me podcast staff resulted in the Smash community raising nearly $95,000 by the final day of the donation drive.

The tournament is now known as a landmark event and a major turning point in Melee history. It marked the beginning of an explosive rise in the game's popularity, and ushered in an era that featured significantly increased turnout and more new tournaments hosted than ever before. EVO marked the beginning of the Platinum Age, in which Melee transitioned from a largely grassroots scene to a more professional "eSport."

A particular event that sparked outrage among the entire gaming community was when Nintendo attempted to block streaming for Melee at EVO a few days before the tournament was set to begin. However, because of extreme community backlash, Nintendo retracted the ban hours later. It was later revealed that Nintendo had also attempted to shut down the Melee portion of the tournament altogether.

However, the tournament proceeded, and Melee joined such games as Super Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the main stage. For commentary on the main stage, Prog was joined by famed Street Fighter commentator James Chen.

Tournament summary[edit]

EVO 2013 was Mang0's first supermajor victory since Pound 4 in 2010; after losing to Wobbles in winners' quarters, he went on an extended losers run, defeating SFAT, Ice, Dr. PeePee, Armada, and Hungrybox to make it to losers' side of grand finals; he then defeated Wobbles in two sets of grands to win the tournament. Wobbles also went on an impressive run in 2nd place, defeating Shroomed, Mang0, Dr. PeePee, and Hungrybox en route to grand finals. His performance at EVO has become one of the most well-known "Cinderella runs" in the game's history, having defeated three of the Five Gods using the Ice Climbers, considered below the standards of a top tier character. This was also the first supermajor since Viva La Smashtaclysm in 2007 where at least one of the players in grand finals was not a member of the Five Gods. Armada had initially announced his retirement from competing in early 2013, but decided to attend EVO regardless; he was defeated by Dr. PeePee and Mang0, finishing 4th, his lowest placing at a North American tournament since Pound 4.

The winners' finals set between Wobbles and Hungrybox became particularly infamous. Wobbles defeated Hungrybox 2-1, but after game 3, neither player knew that the set had ended, as both assumed that winners' finals was a best-of-five set. Livestream footage shows a EVO founder Tom Cannon walking up to inform both players that the set was over. Hungrybox later stated that the event had been advertised as having best-of-five sets for winners' and losers' finals, but the TOs changed the set count at the last minute.[1]

Mang0's set-winning up smash roll read vs. Hungrybox in losers' finals has become one of the most well-known moments in competitive Melee history.[2]

Official game lineup[edit]

Finals Game Entrants Pot Size
Sunday Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 1,601 $16,370.0
Sunday Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 1,297 $13,020.0
Sunday Injustice: Gods Among Us 582 $5,820.00
Sunday Super Smash Bros. Melee 709 $7,952.00
Sunday The King of Fighters XIII 433 $4,270.00
Saturday Street Fighter X Tekken 573 $5,730.00
Friday Mortal Kombat (2011 video game) 233 $2,330.00
Friday Tekken Tag Tournament 2 355 $3,550.00
Friday Persona 4 Arena 400 $4,000.00


General rules[edit]

  • Items were set to none.
  • 4 stocks
  • 8 minute time limit
  • Wobbling was allowed. The freeze glitch and infinite stalling were banned however.
  • Matches that time out would be determined by the remaining number of stocks, then percentage of the current stock if stocks are tied. In the event of a percentage tie, the match would be replayed in full. Sudden Death is not to be played, and will not count.
  • If a player accidentally paused while stealing a life in doubles, the opposing team could deem that stock forfeit. Pausing could be turned off to prevent this.
  • Stage Striking (in the order 1-2-1) was used to decide the stage on game 1.
  • In a Best of 3 match, a player could ban 1 stage upon winning a game. In a Best of 5 match however, there were no stage bans.
  • Before the next game, the winner of the previous game decided their stage ban and character. The loser would counterpick stages and characters accordingly.
  • A player could not counterpick the last stage they won on unless mutually agreed to by both players.

Stage list[edit]

Singles stage list
Starter Counterpick
Yoshi's Story Pokémon Stadium
Fountain of Dreams
Final Destination
Dream Land


Super Smash Bros. Melee singles[edit]

(709 entrants)
Grand Finals
Note that MacD and Eval took Jtb and LK007's places, respectively.

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Mango FoxHeadSSBM.pngFalcoHeadSSBM.png $3,205
2nd USA Wobbles IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png $1,731
3rd USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png $796
4th Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.png $550
5th USA Dr. PeePee FalcoHeadSSBM.png $487
5th USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png $487
7th Germany Ice SheikHeadSSBM.png $348
7th USA Shroomed DrMarioHeadSSBM.png $348
9th Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Silent Wolf FoxHeadSSBM.png
9th USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Hax CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBM.png
13th USA S2J CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Taj MarthHeadSSBM.pngMewtwoHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Lucien SheikHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Fiction FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Lord CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Fly Amanita IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Westballz FalcoHeadSSBM.pngCaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
17th USA PewPewU MarthHeadSSBM.png
17th UK Fuzzyness FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA DaShizWiz FalcoHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Zhu FalcoHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Darkrain CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Reno SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
25th Mexico Eddy Mexico LuigiHeadSSBM.png
25th Denmark Tomber IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Darrell SamusHeadSSBM.png
25th USA OkamiBW SheikHeadSSBM.png
25th Japan aMSa YoshiHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Nite FalcoHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Bladewise PeachHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA SwiftBass FoxHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Jman FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd Canada I.B MarthHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Cyrain FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA MattDotZeb FalcoHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Redd FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Lovage FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Phish-It DonkeyKongHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Dart! MarthHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Bob$ MarthHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Jace CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA SilentSpectre CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Mr. F JigglypuffHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd Japan Kounotori FalcoHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA DEHF FalcoHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Bacon CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Azusa PeachHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Swedish Delight SheikHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Sung666 SheikHeadSSBM.pngFalcoHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Flow SheikHeadSSBM.pngJigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
49th USA HugS SamusHeadSSBM.png
49th USA PikaChad PikachuHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Tafokints SheikHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Hyprid MarthHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Lucky FoxHeadSSBM.png
49th Canada SummonedFist MarthHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Vist LuigiHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Milkman FoxHeadSSBM.png
49th Mexico Bimbo Mexico FalcoHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Boback IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Ken MarthHeadSSBM.png
65th USA L FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th USA J666 LinkHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Narcissa ZeldaHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Bizzarro Flame GanondorfHeadSSBM.png
65th USA MacD PeachHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Vudujin LuigiHeadSSBM.png
65th Canada Yakal FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Neon FalcoHeadSSBM.pngPeachHeadSSBM.png
65th Puerto Rico Eval PeachHeadSSBM.png
65th USA G$ FalcoHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Kels FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th USA ZoSo FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th Mexico Aza SheikHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Baka4moe PeachHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Isis SheikHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Omgage JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Stab FalcoHeadSSBM.png
79th USA everlasting yayuhzz FoxHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Hectohertz SheikHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Icer FoxHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Crush FoxHeadSSBM.pngFalcoHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Pi SamusHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Choknater IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
79th USA Eggz FoxHeadSSBM.png
79th Sweden Android SheikHeadSSBM.png
79th USA StriCNYN3 FalcoHeadSSBM.png
79th Canada Meta JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png

Super Smash Bros. Melee doubles (side event)[edit]

(22 teams)
Grand Finals

Place Name Character(s) Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.png USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
2nd USA Mango FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Lucky FoxHeadSSBM.png
3rd USA PewPewU MarthHeadSSBM.png USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png
4th Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.png Sweden Android SheikHeadSSBM.png
5th Germany Ice SheikHeadSSBM.png Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png
5th USA Hax CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png USA Jman FoxHeadSSBM.png


  • Taylor Hicks, winner of the fifth season of American Idol, tied for 257th place for the Melee tournament.
  • Three matches that were played in Losers' were not accurately reflected in the bracket; in Quarter-Finals Pool I57, the bracket shows that Darkrain defeated Fiction and proceeded to lose to Shroomed, while Axe defeated Lord. In actuality, Fiction defeated Darkrain and proceeded to lose to Axe, while Lord lost to Shroomed. Due to how the brackets work, this seems to have been the players accidentally playing the wrong matches rather than any actual fault of the bracket (with the exception of the incorrect result between Fiction and Darkrain).

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