The FGC Talks Evo 2019 Ahead Of The Lineup Reveal

Jason Fanelli,

February 26, 2019 8:23 PM

We're about to find out what games will feature at EVO 2019, and members of the FGC have plenty to say about what may be chosen.

EVO 2019 reveals its lineup tonight, and the fighting game community is buzzing with what could be coming next for the biggest fighting game tournament in the world. We spoke to some members of the FGC at Winter Brawl 3D this past weekend to get some ideas as to which games are expected, which could be left out, and which could surprise some people come announcement time.

Mortal Locks and Smashing EVO Conflicts

The first major theme across the room is which games are completely safe: specifically games like Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and the newest game in the mix Mortal Kombat 11. “Mortal Kombat 11 is the big launch this year, all eyes are on it,” Bryant "Kitana Prime" Benzing said, “so there’s no way it won’t make EVO.”

Jumaani “Maestro” Haskins echoed those sentiments, but also made sure to mention one of the other new kids on the block: Super Smash Bros Ultimate. “Ultimate being here now could mean that this is the swan song for [Super Smash Bros] Melee.” Maestro explained. “If there’s two Smash games this year, it could be the last year for Melee. I’m a big fan of Melee, I’ll always pull for it, but if it doesn’t make EVO this year or if this is the last year I’ll understand it.”

Kitana Prime isn’t so quick to dismiss Melee however, saying that “it still draws big viewership and big money. Even with Ultimate coming in I’m sure Melee will make EVO, it’s too much money to pass up.”  Franke Sisto, aka “Megaphone Franke”, agrees, saying Melee will “always draw” and that should make Melee safe.

Anime? Anime!

Another major point of discussion was the anime fighting genre, specifically Arc System Works’ titantic trio Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. As we stated in our prediction piece there may not be enough room in the schedule for all three, unless EVO decides to add more games to the eight slots from last year. “EVO’s not going to go to ten games,” Kitana Prime predicted, “but a ninth game might not be out of the question. I think DBFZ is safe, but between BBTAG and Guilty Gear I’d have to go with BBTAG. It’s the hotter game right now.”

Maestro predicted the same, but he’s not limiting the anime field to those three games. “Under Night In-Birth EXE Late[st] has more of a chance than you think,” he said to us. “The turnout for this game has been steadily growing the past few tournaments, more and more people are getting their eyes and hands on it, and it could surprise a lot of people. Even if it doesn’t make the main lineup, the side tournament will be one of the best of the show.”

Maestro wasn’t the only one to stick his neck out for a weird choice, as Franke Sisto made sure to mention one of his favorites. “Windjammers is always near and dear to my heart, and I’d love to see it on the main stage. With Windjammers 2 coming I may be a year early on this, but I really do think it’s time for WIndjammers to make its case.”

This is one of the more wide open fields in recent memory, and no matter which way they choose EVO is sure to make a splash later tonight. For more check out our viewing guide on how to watch the 2019 Evo game lineup.


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