Tournament:EVO Japan 2020
|EVO Japan 2020|
|Dates||January 24th-26th, 2020|
|Address/City||Japan, 〒261-8550 Chiba, Mihama Ward, Nakase, 2 Chome−１|
EVO Japan 2020 was a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate supermajor held in Tokyo, Japan, from January 24th-26th, 2020. Initially, EVO Japan 2020 had 2,988 entrants, making it the second largest Super Smash Bros. tournament of all time, the largest international tournament, and the only international tournament that had reached over 2,000 entrants. However, the tournament saw an estimated 1,169 disqualifications, placing the total entrants that showed up at around 1,819. This can likely be attributed to the tournament not having any entrance fee, causing many to sign up without knowing for sure if they would be able to attend, as pools were in the middle of a work day.
The top 8 players were congratulated by the director of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai, and were awarded a gift bag from the Nintendo Tokyo store. The winner, Shuton, won a limited edition Nintendo Switch Pro Controller with a gold Super Smash Bros. series symbol emblem.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles
Pot prize controversy
On January 20th, 2020, PracticalTAS made a post on Twitter that listed all the prizes for every game at EVO Japan 2020. He noted that, while every other fighting game had a pot prize for the players who made top 8, Ultimate only rewarded the champion a Nintendo Switch pro controller as the prize, with second place and below being rewarded nothing. This stirred up controversy in the Smash community due to the underwhelming prize pool - or lack thereof - in a tournament with almost 3,000 entrants, and further fueled ongoing debate on Nintendo's support of Smash Bros. prize pools.
On January 26th, 2020, the tournament had wrapped up and all of the top 8 ended up receiving a reward in the form of a bag filled with an assortment of Nintendo merchandise. However, there was no monetary prize whatsoever for any of the competitors.
- This marks Sonic's first ever Top 8 finish at an S-tier tournament in Ultimate, with KEN finishing 7th, getting a victory over Gackt before losing to Zackray.
- Choco placed 33rd, getting his first result out of Top 24 since Umebura 25 where he finished in that same placement.
- Shuton's prize was accidentally dropped by one of the staff during the brief moment it was handed over to them.
- In a now-famous series of clips, Diddy Kong player Rikuya managed to get Cloud player takoman in a 70 second long infinite string that ended in a KO at 616% damage. This was only made possible since Japan does not have any rules regulating the usage of infinites past a certain damage threshold.
- The infinite in question is referred to as the "Pyramid Scheme", in which Diddy Kong has to consistently trap the opponents on a platform above him with Banana Peels with very precise timing and execution. This was possible since, unlike stunning or jab resets, tripping can be reset an unlimited amount of times. This has since been effectively patched out, due to the time needed for Diddy Kong to pull out another Banana Peel being extended.
- Coincidentally, a few hours later, across the other side of the ocean at the other major of the weekend, GENESIS 7, Dakpo used the exact same infinite to inflict a zero-to-death to Glutonny and upset him.
|World Championships||EVO World 2007 · EVO 2008 · EVO 2009 · EVO 2013 · EVO 2014 · EVO 2015 · EVO 2016 · EVO 2017 · EVO 2018 · EVO 2019|
|EVO 2007 circuit||EVO South · EVO East · EVO North · EVO West|
|EVO Japan||EVO Japan 2018 · EVO Japan 2020|