17 July 2016 - 20:32

Super Smash Bros 4 Community Speaks Out Against EVO

The Evolution Championship Series is considered to be the Olympics of fighting games. While Super Smash Bros Melee has become a mainstay at recent in years, the competitive Smash 4 community feels like they’ve been wronged.
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The Evolution Championship Series, or as it’s more commonly known, “EVO,” is considered to be the Olympics of fighting games. Every year, thousands of players meet in Las Vegas to compete for the title of being the best in their respective games. While Super Smash Bros Melee has become a mainstay at recent event over the years, the competitive Smash 4 community feels like they have been wronged.

Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, a player sponsored by Team SoloMid and the bronze medal recipient, described the event as the “worst tournament [he’s] ever been to.”

He outlined a multitude of reasons as to why this is the case. The game was never given a projector, forcing fans to crowd around playing stations in order to watch. Players also felt like they were pushed to the side by the rest of the event and kept in the shadows. The official EVO staff completely messed up the brackets and only provided a limited amount of moves to the Smash TOs to change it.

The scheduling for Smash 4 was also described as terrible, forcing some matches to be as early as 8 a.m. while some players did not finish their sets until midnight, and then they had to be up again at 8 a.m. the next day. The problem that strikes as the strangest is the EVO staff forcing half of the Smash 4 set ups (32 of the 64) to be exclusively for friendly games. This means that early on in the bracket, they fell behind quickly as they could not use half of the stations. Even when the Smash organizers requested to use the friendly setups, EVO allegedly refused.

This was only a sample of the complaints that ZeRo raised. For the full list, you can view them in his tweet that he made after the event concluded.

ZeRo was not the only pro player upset, however. Dream Team’s ANTi said “Staff here is so strict and dickish, overrated garbage.” In similar vein, Panda Global’s PrinceTrela stated that he “hopes to never go through an event like that again.” Many other members of the community have spoken out, but overall they have all agreed that Smash 4 got the short end of the stick.

It is worth mentioning that Smash 4 received this sideshow treatment while having 2600 entrants. This was not a small side tournament; it was the second largest game at EVO.

While there is much debate in the community about which Smash game is the best and how competitive each are, it does not make it right to push an entire community to the outside. Hopefully in the future, these problems will be resolved and high level players will no longer feel wronged.

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Patrick Cowley can be contacted on Twitter, @PtrckCowley.

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