Evo 2022 continued a banger of an event on Day 2 with many games wrapping up their tournaments. With so many results rolling in, it’s hard to keep track of everything during the action-packed weekend. But Upcomer is here to give fans a compact recap of the major events happening each day. Here are the best moments from Evo 2022 Day 2.
MultiVersus shows off in first LAN appearance
The very first LAN tournament for the newly released MultiVersus game was a massive success at Evo 2022. With amazing developer support granting a $100,000 prize po0l for the event, the tournament caught the eyes of everyone in the venue and onstream. At the start of Top 8, MultiVersus had more than 60,000 people watching on Twitch through multiple co-streams and the main stream watching to see which team would be crowned the first MultiVersus champions.
What was unique were the different teams coming from different games. In Top 8 alone there was representation from Smash, Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl, Brawlhalla, Knockout City, Rogue Company, and more. And despite all the different games, the skill level displayed was elite across the board.
But of course, competitors from platform fighters excelled, with winners finals featuring one Smash Bros. team with James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson and Tyrell “NAKAT” Coleman and one NASB team with Tyler “Mirrorman” Morgan and “RoseJ.” In the battle for platform fighter supremacy, NASB took the winners finals set in which Mirrorman responded by saying he wasn’t surprised. That lit a fire under the Smash Bros duo as they marched their way back into Grand Finals and demolished Mirrorman and RoseJ 3-0 in the first set and in the reset, another 3-0. A 6-0 sweep gave NAKAT and Void the Evo title.
HOLY SHIT WE WON!!!!
ME AND @darknakat ARE YOUR EVO 2022 MULTIVERSUS CHAMPIONS!!!! pic.twitter.com/CBVJK75dLR
— CLG Void ✈️EVO (@gsmVoiD) August 7, 2022
While the FGC was confused by the lack of friendlies at the first-ever MultiVersus LAN, the hype tournament more than made up for that issue.
Mortal Kombat Top 8 runs four hours, but it was worth it
Although the fighting games that had their Top 8’s played out on Saturday weren’t the biggest titles at Evo this year, they brought some of the biggest moments of the event when it came to storylines and hype.
Specifically, Mortal Kombat 11. The game had its Top 8 start bright and early at 10 AM PST, with eight of the 11 matches going to Game 5’s – just the Top 8 portion lasted five hours but was packed with non-stop action the entire time. The highlight of it all was the twin brother duo of Nicolas “Nicolas” Martinez and Matias “Scorpionprocs” Martinez managing to play against each other in Winners Finals. Scorpionprocs took the set and eventually the tournament in a nailbiter Game 5 in Grand Finals against Curtis “Rewind” McCall.
The Arena Final Top 8’s look a little different than expected
As the day turned to night, the top games at Evo slowly whittled down their massive fields to their final eight. And in a day full of surprises, Guilty Gear -Strive- as well as Street Fighter V kept the trend.
Starting with SFV, the first major upset of the day happened early when the number one seed Derek “iDom” Ruffin was dropped to the losers bracket by 64 seed Ryan Hart. iDom clawed his way into the Top 8 but, when looking at who joined him, there are some very familiar faces as well as some that were least expected. For the first time in a decade, Daigo Umehara has made it into the Top 8 of an official Evo tournament and had done so through winners side. Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi has also qualified for top 8 through winners side. But in terms of Cinderalla stories, Li-Wei “Oil King” Lin had qualified for Top 8 as the 54th seed while David “Justakid” Edwards is in Top 8 as a 21st seed. Oh, and they are playing against each other to kick off Top 8.
As for GGS, one of the biggest stories heading into Top 8 is the emergence of TSM’s William “Leffen” Hjelte. Despite being the 39th seed, Leffen has not only qualified for Top 8, he did it from winners side after defeating iDom, Eli “LostSoul” Rabadad and then the second seed Abdullatif “Latif” Alhmili. Leffen isn’t the only low-seed making it to winners side Top 8. Saudi Arabia’s Molham “Slash” Qazili, who entered the event as the 28th seed, is also in winners side Top 8.
Only two of the top eight seeds actually made it into GGS Top 8 and none of the top three are there. This goes to show that when it comes to who is the worlds best player, it’s anyone’s guess. Get ready to strap in for an exciting finals.
What’s next at the Evolution Championship Series 2022
The third and final day of Evo 2022 kicks off starting at 10 AM PST with the Top 8 finals for King of Fighters XV followed by Tekken 7, SFV, and finally GGS – which will all take place live from the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be broadcast on the official Evo Twitch channel.