Of course, the game I was most excited for was Marvel vs. Capcom 3. So many high profile players, including my favorite, Combofiend. Again, if you're friends with me on FB, or a member of The Page itself, you probably heard me talk a lot about this individual, and while he didn't win, he's always been arguably the most exciting individual to watch. The following, is probably his most prolific match he's had (this did not take place at EVO)
And arguably the most exciting match he had at EVO:
Needless to say, he was a lot of people's favorite to go all the way this year, however, he ended up in fourth after being first sent to the losers bracket by overall 2nd place player PR Balrog, and then sent home by 3rd place player Justin Wong.
Speaking of PR Balrog, despite taking second place, he had a HUGE battle just to get to second place, and had an incredible showing in the final round, showing quite a fighting spirit. Easily his most epic moment:
Whats so important about this match is that typically, Tron has a really hard time beating Phoenix, so once it came down to her vs Tron, nobody thought PR Balrog had a chance. But to come back like that was just amazing...
However, probably the highlight for everyone's night was, naturally, Poongko vs. Daigo in Street Fighter 4. Again, Daigo coming into this was a two time SSF4 champion, so he was naturally looked at as the odds on favorite to win this year again, although a lot of American's didn't want him to. (To my understanding, America has been trying very hard to take Street Fighter from the Japanese players, much like the Japanese, or Daigo at least tried to take MvC from the American's. Daigo, interestingly enough, didn't even make it to the top 8 of MvC3, despite talking about how much training he had put into the game).
Now first off, there are a lot of factors that could have contributed to this. First off, this was the first year Daigo didn't use Ryu, so he may not have been as experienced with Yun, plus he really didn't have a lot of experience against a Seth player, and definitely not against someone as untraditional as Poongko. But still, we've never seen Daigo completely manhandled before like this, only to get eliminated by Latiff, who ended up taking second place after an unfortunately bad game in the finals. So once more, Japan ends up taking Street Fighter, but not Daigo like everyone expected.
So yeah, this is what has raptly had my attention all weekend. Just the excitement from the crowd, the incredible moments, this is EVO. Next year, I'm personally going to try and physically be there, and maybe I'll see some of you there as well.