Two weekends ago, hundreds of players from every scene in the fighting game community gathered in Las Vegas to counter, grab and fireball their way to victory. Along the way, they produced moments that viewers won’t be forgetting for a very long time.
Evo gave out $250,000 this year, which makes it inarguably the biggest fighting game event in history. Nothing can really do justice to the Evo experience. You really have to be there to feel the energy. But we want to help you experience at least a little bit of the magic. Consider this the Evo 2015 highlight reel.
Most people in fighting games play one character more-or-less exclusively. They rely on the polish they’ve put on that character to carry them to victory. A perfect example is PR Balrog, who, as the name implies, has rarely ever moved off his favorite dash-punching boxer.
Seon-woo “Infiltration” Lee is the opposite, which is exactly why he’s among the most enjoyable players to watch. In his epic Street Fighter 4 run at this year’s Evo we watched him switch between Chun-Li, Abel, Evil Ryu, Elena, Decapre, Akuma, and even regular old Ryu before finally falling short in the semifinals with Juri.
Lee’s matches always go down the same way. Two games in he hesitates on the “rematch” button and opts to return to the character select screen. The crowd is teased by the thought of whom he might pick before he finally settles on something exotic. Listen to that crowd pop when he confirms Juri! Dramatic mid-match Infiltration character switches are seriously some of the best things in esports.