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Tournament:EVO 2019

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EVO 2019
Dates August 2nd-4th, 2019
Venue Mandalay Bay Events Center
Address/City 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Attendance 3,534
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate winners Mexico MkLeo
Director(s) Mr. Wizard, Bear, Ponder, inkblot, MarkMan

Evolution 2019, or simply EVO 2019, was the 18th edition of the Evolution Championship Series, a fighting game tournament held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. EVO 2019 took place on August 2nd to 4th, 2019, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. It was announced on February 26th, by EVO's tournament director Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would make its debut as an official game on the EVO 2019 game lineup. While it was confirmed to replace Smash Wii U if it released in time in 2018, this was the first EVO for Ultimate post-release. Notably, for the first time since EVO 2012, Super Smash Bros. Melee was not revealed to be in the lineup—although Melee was still present as a side event on August 3rd—making EVO 2019 the first one since 2014 to feature only one Smash game at EVO instead of two. Ultimate ran on version 3.1.0, rather than running on 4.0.0 with Hero, due to the update being released after the cutoff date for patches and being a few days before the tournament.

It is currently the largest in person Smash tournament of all time, with 3,534 entrants signed up for Ultimate.

Official Game Lineup[edit]

Finals Game Entrants Pot Size
Sunday Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3,534 $35,340
Sunday Tekken 7 1,899 $23,989
Sunday Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition 1,951 $69,510
Sunday BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle 646 $6,460
Saturday Mortal Kombat 11 1,576 $30,670
Saturday Samurai Shodown 1,729 $47,290
Saturday Dragon Ball FighterZ 1,200 $12,000
Saturday Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] 1,157 $11,570
Friday Soulcalibur VI 746 $7,460


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles[edit]

(3,534 entrants)
Top 32 Bracket
Top 8 Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings[1]
1st Mexico MkLeo JokerHeadSSBU.png $21,204.00
2nd USA Tweek PokemonTrainerHeadSSBU.png $7,068.00
3rd France Glutonny WarioHeadSSBU.png $3,534.00
4th USA Samsora PeachHeadSSBU.png $1,413.60
5th Japan Raito DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png $706.80
5th Japan ProtoBanham LucinaHeadSSBU.pngInklingHeadSSBU.png $706.80
7th Japan Zackray WolfHeadSSBU.png $353.40
7th USA Light FoxHeadSSBU.png $353.40
9th Japan Abadango WarioHeadSSBU.png
9th Japan Kameme MegaManHeadSSBU.png
9th Japan Nietono WarioHeadSSBU.png
9th USA Dabuz OlimarHeadSSBU.png
13th USA ScAtt MegaManHeadSSBU.pngSnakeHeadSSBU.png
13th Netherlands Mr.R ChromHeadSSBU.pngSnakeHeadSSBU.png
13th Japan Shuton OlimarHeadSSBU.png
13th USA Marss ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png
17th Japan Shogun SnakeHeadSSBU.png
17th USA Pandarian PokemonTrainerHeadSSBU.png
17th Japan HIKARU PokemonTrainerHeadSSBU.png
17th USA WaDi ROBHeadSSBU.png
17th USA Elegant LuigiHeadSSBU.png
17th USA Nairo PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
17th USA Plup MegaManHeadSSBU.png
17th Mexico Maister MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
25th USA Vintendo DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png
25th USA ESAM PikachuHeadSSBU.png
25th Japan Rotsuku YoshiHeadSSBU.png
25th Japan Seven FalcoHeadSSBU.png
25th USA Sinji Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
25th USA Stroder GreninjaHeadSSBU.pngRoyHeadSSBU.pngMarioHeadSSBU.png
25th USA Myran OlimarHeadSSBU.png
25th Japan kept VillagerHeadSSBU.pngIsabelleHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA CaptainZack BayonettaHeadSSBU.png
33rd Japan ZAKI KingDededeHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA Skilly VillagerHeadSSBU.pngPalutenaHeadSSBU.png
33rd Japan Masashi CloudHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA Salem SnakeHeadSSBU.pngShulkHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA Cyro RoyHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA Dragoomba ROBHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA Zenyou MarioHeadSSBU.png
33rd Japan Mao LucinaHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA Puppeh PokemonTrainerHeadSSBU.png
33rd USA MastaMario MarioHeadSSBU.png
33rd Japan Lea GreninjaHeadSSBU.png
33rd Japan Eim JokerHeadSSBU.png
33rd Mexico Chag InklingHeadSSBU.pngPalutenaHeadSSBU.png
33rd Japan Kome ShulkHeadSSBU.png
33rd Mexico Sparg0 CloudHeadSSBU.png
49th Japan Atelier WolfHeadSSBU.png
49th France Flow RoyHeadSSBU.png
49th Japan Etsuji LucinaHeadSSBU.png
49th Netherlands iStudying GreninjaHeadSSBU.png
49th USA AC SnakeHeadSSBU.png
49th USA Prodigy MarioHeadSSBU.png
49th USA Wizzrobe WolfHeadSSBU.png
49th USA VoiD WolfHeadSSBU.pngPikachuHeadSSBU.png
49th USA Lui$ FoxHeadSSBU.pngDrMarioHeadSSBU.png
49th USA Larry Lurr WolfHeadSSBU.pngFalcoHeadSSBU.png
49th Japan Gackt NessHeadSSBU.png
49th Canada Jw GreninjaHeadSSBU.png
49th USA Mew2King BowserHeadSSBU.pngWolfHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png
49th USA Seth YoshiHeadSSBU.png
49th Mexico Javi LucinaHeadSSBU.pngWolfHeadSSBU.png
49th Japan Umeki DaisyHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Seagull Joe PalutenaHeadSSBU.pngWolfHeadSSBU.png
65th France Ogey WolfHeadSSBU.pngCaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png
65th USA 8BitMan ROBHeadSSBU.png
65th USA CORONA17 ChromHeadSSBU.pngWarioHeadSSBU.pngBowserHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Cosmos InklingHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Dark Wizzy MarioHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Mada PikachuHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Frawg BayonettaHeadSSBU.png
65th USA YMCA DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png
65th USA FOW NessHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Biddy YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png
65th USA MuteAce PeachHeadSSBU.png
65th Japan YOC CloudHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Awestin NessHeadSSBU.png
65th France PEW NessHeadSSBU.png
65th USA varun WiiFitTrainerHeadSSBU.png
65th USA SexyBeast420 NessHeadSSBU.png
65th Japan RAIN WolfHeadSSBU.png
65th USA sm0ke PokemonTrainerHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Nicko ShulkHeadSSBU.pngCaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png
65th Japan Logix IkeHeadSSBU.png
65th USA SoulArts ShulkHeadSSBU.png
65th USA ANTi MarioHeadSSBU.png
65th USA RFang PichuHeadSSBU.png
65th Japan huto MarioHeadSSBU.png
65th USA NAKAT PichuHeadSSBU.png
65th USA falln RobinHeadSSBU.png
65th Japan T LinkHeadSSBU.png
65th Mexico Stronghold MarioHeadSSBU.png
65th USA Phantom PalutenaHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png
65th USA ZD FoxHeadSSBU.pngWolfHeadSSBU.png
65th USA MVD SnakeHeadSSBU.png
97th Canada BreaD PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Lima BayonettaHeadSSBU.png
97th Japan takera KenHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Z PikachuHeadSSBU.png
97th USA MrConCon LuigiHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Heeew RichterHeadSSBU.png
97th USA SS Rose BayonettaHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Diamond D. JokerHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Cheeks CloudHeadSSBU.png
97th Australia DD WarioHeadSSBU.png
97th Japan crow FoxHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Wisdom DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png
97th Puerto Rico EKING Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Duwang MarioHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Brosinex KenHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Charliedaking WolfHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Ozone DuckHuntHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Widget MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Mr.Newport LittleMacHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Shoe ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Thirsty PalutenaHeadSSBU.pngSimonHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Death Arcana ToonLinkHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Osiris SnakeHeadSSBU.png
97th Dominican Republic 0mart SnakeHeadSSBU.png
97th USA LightningCam DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Denti PokemonTrainerHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Razo DaisyHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Zace PikachuHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Rickles GanondorfHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Phoenix SonicHeadSSBU.pngGreninjaHeadSSBU.png
97th USA BassMage JigglypuffHeadSSBU.png
97th USA Konga DonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png

Side Events[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee singles[edit]

(111 entrants)
Top 4 Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
2nd USA ChuDat IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
3rd USA Bungwipe FoxHeadSSBM.png
4th USA dansdaman SheikHeadSSBM.png
5th USA Zhea CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
5th USA Cleps FoxHeadSSBM.png
7th USA SK92 FalcoHeadSSBM.png
7th USA Nainsoo PeachHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Andymosity SamusHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Bacon FalcoHeadSSBM.png
9th USA Woodchipdust MarthHeadSSBM.png


  • MkLeo won the largest cash prize for an Ultimate tournament at $21,204 until it was surpassed by Tweek making $47,739.60 at Smash Ultimate Summit 3.
  • MkLeo was congratulated by series director Masahiro Sakurai for his victory.[2] Sakurai thanked the participants for a good show, and watched some parts of the tournament, but missed the Grand Finals due to a meeting.
  • Due to flight issues, LeoN was unable to attend the tournament, where he was seeded to eventually face MkLeo. In what was dubbed by some as the "Bowser curse", none of the Bowser players that had their matches shown on the official EVO Twitch stream won their sets.
  • Raito is the only returning player from EVO 2018 that placed Top 8 in the singles tournaments for both Smash 4 and Smash Ultimate.
    • Coincidentally, this is also the second year in a row Dabuz placed just outside of Top 8 and got 9th for both games.
  • As there was only one official EVO stream for the Ultimate tournament, players like Hungrybox and ZeRo went out of their way to provide the results of numerous off-stream sets via Twitter and Twitch, respectively. This led to praise from the community for their efforts.
  • After Mr.R lost to ProtoBanham, he pointed out that Proto had been looking at his phone in the middle of the set and asked if there was a ruling on it (due to the possibility of mid-set coaching, though Proto was apparently looking up kill combos for Inkling). After asking Bear (who helped direct the tournament), Bear told him that there was no such ruling and that the set was legitimate. Although some accused him of being a sore loser, he later confirmed on Twitter that he had no intention of replaying the set and was surprised that no such measure was put in place beforehand.[3]
  • Despite having kidney stones, which required him to miss Super Smash Con 2019 later on, ProtoBanham was able to place 5th at the tournament.
  • With Mew2King and his Smash protégé Wizzrobe both placing 49th, Plup was the highest-placing player in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles that is otherwise known for being a professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player, placing 17th.
  • This tournament marks the worst placement for Cosmos, with a placement of 65th.
    • Furthermore, Lima's 97th-place finish overtook Ally's 49th at EVO 2017 for the worst placement for a previous EVO winner in both Smash 4 and Ultimate.
  • Viewership of the tournament peaked at over 279,000 concurrent viewers across all streams, making it not only the most viewed Super Smash Bros. tournament in history, but also the most viewed EVO game of all time.
  • The VOD for Ultimate's Grand Finals has over three million views on YouTube. It is the most viewed Ultimate video out of all of VGBootCamp's channels. It is the first Ultimate tournament set to reach two million views on YouTube.
  • On November 2018, Twitch streamer Ninja posted a now-infamous Tweet telling the Smash community that he had something planned for them.[4] During a poker game with Ludwig on May 1st, 2022, Ninja alleged that the Tweet was referencing his plans on donating $500,000 to the EVO 2019 prize pool, however he was unable to go through with it due to a lack of communication from Nintendo.[5]

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