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Tournament:EVO 2018

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EVO 2018
Logo for Melee tournament, EVO 2013.
Dates August 3rd-5th, 2018
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
Address/City 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Results
Super Smash Bros. Melee winners Sweden Leffen
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U winners USA Lima
Staff
Director(s) Mr. Wizard, Bear, Ponder, inkblot, MarkMan

Evolution 2018, or simply EVO 2018, was the 17th edition of the Evolution Championship Series, a fighting game tournament held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. EVO 2018 took place on August 3rd to 5th, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It was announced on February 6th, by EVO's tournament director Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, that both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would be featured as official games on the EVO 2018 game lineup. The event saw the return of Melee on the Sunday finals, as Smash 4 was on the main stage in the previous year.[1][2] EVO 2018 featured a playable demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, courtesy of Nintendo, and a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct was announced for August 8, 2018 prior to the Super Smash Bros. Melee finals.

Official Game Lineup[edit]

Finals Game Entrants Pot Size
Sunday Street Fighter V 2,499 $84,990
Sunday Dragon Ball FighterZ 2,579 $25,790
Sunday Tekken 7 1,547 $15,470
Sunday Super Smash Bros. Melee 1,353 $13,530
Sunday Guilty Gear Xrd REV2 623 $6,230
Saturday Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 1,358 $13,580
Saturday BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle 1,181 $11,810
Saturday Injustice 2 361 $13,610

Results[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee singles[edit]

(1,353 entrants)
Top 48 Bracket
Top 8 Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png $8,118
2nd Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png $2,706
3rd USA Plup SheikHeadSSBM.png $1,353
4th USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png $541.20
5th USA Wizzrobe CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png $270.60
5th USA Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.png $270.60
7th USA Swedish Delight SheikHeadSSBM.png $135.30
7th USA S2J CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png $135.30
9th USA Duck SamusHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Zain MarthHeadSSBM.png
9th USA PewPewU MarthHeadSSBM.png
9th Canada n0ne CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Mew2King MarthHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Westballz FalcoHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Lucky FoxHeadSSBM.png
13th USA Colbol FoxHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Gahtzu CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Drephen SheikHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Nintendude IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
17th USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA MikeHaze FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Rishi MarthHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBM.png
17th USA HugS SamusHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Cactuar FoxHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Mojo FoxHeadSSBM.png
25th USA ChuDat IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
25th USA AbsentPage FoxHeadSSBM.png
25th Spain Overtriforce SheikHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Darktooth FoxHeadSSBM.png
25th USA Shroomed SheikHeadSSBM.png
25th USA KJH FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA A Rookie MarioHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Heartstrings SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Spark SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Darkatma SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA SacaSuMoto SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd Mexico Eddy Mexico LuigiHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Rocky FalcoHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Slox FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd Finland Levingy FalcoHeadSSBM.png
33rd Germany Ice FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Wobbles IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
33rd Netherlands Amsah SheikHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA Mr. F JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA FatGoku FoxHeadSSBM.png
33rd USA La Luna MarthHeadSSBM.png
33rd Japan aMSa YoshiHeadSSBM.png
49th USA OkamiBW SheikHeadSSBM.png
49th Sweden Android SheikHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Squid FalcoHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Reno SheikHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Kalamazhu PeachHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Azel FalcoHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Bladewise PeachHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Franz DrMarioHeadSSBM.png
49th USA CDK FoxHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Chillindude FoxHeadSSBM.pngSamusHeadSSBM.png
49th USA MegaXmas FalcoHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Zeo CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Smashdaddy FoxHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Russell FoxHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Cesar MarthHeadSSBM.png
49th USA Not Doug CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Luigi Ka-Master LuigiHeadSSBM.png
65th Switzerland Jah Ridin' LuigiHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Crunch FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th USA dunk CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Kalvar MarthHeadSSBM.png
65th USA J666 LinkHeadSSBM.png
65th Mexico Yu FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA FireflyHI FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Bizzarro Flame GanondorfHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Crunch FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th Japan Kounotori FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Wavebringer PeachHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Kira SheikHeadSSBM.png
65th USA HMW FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA KoopaTroopa895 MarioHeadSSBM.png
65th Mexico Bimbo FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Fizz SheikHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Coyote FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Iceman MarthHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Zhu FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Vinodh JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Jawanga FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA CrazyDude FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Edge JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Pancakes MarthHeadSSBM.png
65th USA SuperBoobFan FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th USA John Wick MarthHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Roochi FalcoHeadSSBM.png
65th USA BlueBuddy JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Enderdxg SamusHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Cohenski FoxHeadSSBM.png
65th USA Umarth MarthHeadSSBM.png

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U singles[edit]

(1,358 entrants)
Top 48 Bracket
Top 8 Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Lima BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png $8,148
2nd USA CaptainZack BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.pngPeach's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. $2,716
3rd Japan Nietono Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. $1,358
4th Canada Mistake BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png $543.20
5th USA MVD Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. $271.60
5th USA Mr E Lucina's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. $271.60
7th Japan Raito Duck Hunt's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. $135.80
7th Japan Choco Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. $135.80
9th USA Cosmos CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png
9th USA Elegant Luigi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
9th USA Dabuz Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
9th USA falln Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
13th Canada Ally Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
13th Japan yuzu Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
13th Japan Shuton Olimar's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
13th USA ESAM Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.SamusHeadSSB4-U.png
17th USA Zenyou Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
17th USA Salem BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png
17th USA tyroy BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png
17th Japan takera RyuHeadSSB4-U.png
17th Japan komorikiri CloudHeadSSB4-U.pngSonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
17th USA Diablo RyuHeadSSB4-U.png
17th USA VoiD Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
17th Japan crow Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
25th USA Charlie Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.pngSheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
25th Japan Abadango BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.pngMewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
25th Japan shky Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
25th USA Eon Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
25th USA Larry Lurr Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
25th Japan Kameme Mega Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
25th USA JK BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png
25th USA ANTi Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA VaLoR Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd Japan Lea Greninja's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd Canada Captain L Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd Mexico Bedgar Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd Japan Suinoko Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA KiraFlax Pit's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd Canada Strike Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA Nairo Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA Z Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA Tyrant Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA Lui$ Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA Vinnie Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA NAKAT Ness's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA Ki RyuHeadSSB4-U.png
33rd USA BestNess Ness's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
33rd USA PiXL RyuHeadSSB4-U.png
49th USA Konga Donkey Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Dynamo CloudHeadSSB4-U.png
49th USA 3xA Toon Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA S2H Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA ImHip Olimar's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Duck Hunt's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Ty RyuHeadSSB4-U.png
49th USA AC Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Falco's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Brosinex RyuHeadSSB4-U.png
49th USA Vermillion Donkey Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.CloudHeadSSB4-U.png
49th Japan Nanchan Fox's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th Australia Extra Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Snoop Yoshi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Kiki Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Ozone Duck Hunt's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Stroder Greninja's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Luigi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.RoyHeadSSB4-U.pngMario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
49th USA Phoenix Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Globo BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png
65th USA Karna Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA R1HKami Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Gohan Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th Chile Dragon Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Adorable Knight Luigi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA ThatOneRider R.O.B.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA _SEBA_ CloudHeadSSB4-U.png
65th USA Twan Meta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Drystan BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png
65th Japan kept Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA KY Yoshi's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Dio BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.pngR.O.B.'s stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Razo Peach's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Manny Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Widget Mr. Game & Watch's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th Japan RAIN BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.pngCloudHeadSSB4-U.png
65th USA Nicko Shulk's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Captain Andrew Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Meteor Sonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Tetsuyalol Little Mac's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Pow Pac-Man's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Mago_FFF Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA FredFredBurger Captain Falcon's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA MageOfSymphonia Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Moonshine Lucario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA MastaMario Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th Chile Harlonga Wario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA Dreagune Little Mac's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th Chile Zean BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.png
65th USA Raw Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
65th USA K9sbruce Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Side events[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee doubles[edit]

(64 teams)
Top 8 Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA PewPewU MarthHeadSSBM.png USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png
2nd USA AbsentPage FoxHeadSSBM.png Netherlands Amsah SheikHeadSSBM.png
3rd USA DarkAtma SheikHeadSSBM.png USA Wavebringer PeachHeadSSBM.png
4th Japan aMSa YoshiHeadSSBM.png Japan Sanne FoxHeadSSBM.png
5th USA Azel FalcoHeadSSBM.png USA Umarth MarthHeadSSBM.png
5th USA Spark SheikHeadSSBM.png USA Rocky FalcoHeadSSBM.png
7th USA Gravy CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png USA Gahtzu CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
7th USA Reno SheikHeadSSBM.png USA Alan PeachHeadSSBM.png
  • Melee doubles was a side event organized by the community and not an "official" part of EVO.

Project M singles[edit]

(46 entrants)
Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Fuzz MewtwoHeadPM.png $5
2nd Chile Nyx MrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png
3rd USA Dank SnakeHeadSSBB.png
4th USA Goode SonicHeadSSBB.png
5th USA Catosat IvysaurHeadSSBB.png
5th USA Gibbles SheikHeadSSBB.png
7th USA Edge JigglypuffHeadSSBB.png
7th USA DBSammy LuigiHeadSSBB.png
  • Project M was a side event organized by the community and not an "official" part of EVO.

Controversy[edit]

The event came under controversy during the grand finals match of the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U event between Lima and CaptainZack. Neither player seemed to take the match seriously, as evidenced by their lack of staidness throughout the set and by Lima granting CaptainZack a "homie stock" during game 5 of the first set. Additionally, during game 1 of the second set, both players held Bullet Climax in place for nearly two minutes, which caused tournament organizer Bear to come on stage and issue both players a yellow card. Many top players asserted that this set tarnished the competitive integrity of the event,[3][4] and most of the audience members attending EVO had left the venue(dead link) before or during grand finals. CaptainZack apologized after the match for his "disrespectful showing", but stated that he was "truly trying his best" throughout the set. [5] Lima also apologized for giving a "homie stock" to CaptainZack, saying that he did it because he was playing one of his best friends and didn't want the match to end with a self-destruct. Moreover, he explained that it wasn't his intention to "make grand finals look like collusion or childish", but that he simply "play[s] better when [he] play[s] to have fun".[6] Many view the Grand Finals incident, timed with the arrival of Ultimate shortly after, as the death of competitive Smash 4.

Trivia[edit]

  • This is the first year where the lineup announcement stream was not co-hosted by Mike Ross. Instead, Tekken Project and EVO staff member Mark "MarkMan" Julio was the co-host.
  • This is the first EVO since 2014 that doesn't feature a total of nine games in the main EVO lineup.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was confirmed to replace Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in the event if it was released in time for EVO 2018.[7] However, this did not take effect as it was released four months after EVO 2018.
    • After being a demo at EVO 2018, on February 26th, 2019, Ultimate was revealed to debut in the main lineup at EVO 2019.
  • This is the first time Armada has lost to a player outside the Summer 2018 MPGR top 6 or PPMD since Amsah in 2010 (excluding sandbagging), as Swedish Delight defeated Armada in winners top 24.
  • This is the first time where none of the Five Gods won Melee singles at EVO post-EVO 2013, with Leffen defeating Armada in grand finals.
    • This is also the first EVO to have no American players in Melee grand finals.
  • This is the first time since CEO Dreamland where Salem placed outside of the top 12, where he got 17th place.
  • There was a poll for which game Arc System Works president Minoru Kidooka should enter. Super Smash Bros. Melee ended up taking 1st place in the poll and Kidooka entered said game.[8] He placed 721st out of 1,353 entrants.[9]

External links[edit]

References[edit]