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This weekend blessed us with the world's largest fighting game tournament — the Evolution Championship Series — and all the hype, controversy and laughs that come with it.
But EVO wasn't the only event of consequence this weekend. Sunday was also day one of PGL's Kraków Major, and let's just say a few of the opening games were a bit of a coin toss.
If you didn't manage to keep up with all the social buzz over the EVO/Major weekend, we've got you covered.
The best of EVO shenanigans
The world’s biggest fighting game tournament took over the Mandalay Bay Events Center this weekend, and while EVO more than delivered on in-game drama and hype matchups, it also gave us its fair share of fun out-of-game moments.
Like GamerBee celebrating his one-year wedding anniversary on stage with his wife, Julianna Cheng.
And Guilty Gear player Nage, who showed up cosplaying as Faust, paper bag and all.
Speaking of cosplaying participants, how about this Tekken player who came in dressed as Bryan Fury (Cryin' Fury anyone?), complete with steel girder? Unfortunately, he was bodied by none other than Lee Chung "Poongko" Gon, which probably explains his less than enthusiastic stage exit.
Oh, and let's not forget the time Sean from Street Fighter III showed up. Shoutouts to the guy who fumbled the ball in the crowd.
Finally, Lee "Infiltration" Seon-woo showed us just how complete his download of Ari "Floe" Weintraub was with this bit of hilarious phone tech.
The Top 8 controversy
It just wouldn’t be EVO without something contentious and controversial happening. And if you were tuning in to the very last SFV match on Saturday night, that’s exactly what you got. Picture this: It was America’s Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez against South Korea’s Hyung-suk "Verloren" Kong in a best-of-three battle to determine the final Top 8 spot in EVO’s premiere event, Street Fighter.
FChamp’s Dhalsim started the match off strong with a nail-bitingly close 2-1 win over Verloren’s Cammy in Game 1. But all was not well. Before and after the game, FChamp drew organizers’ attention to an unknown technical problem. After Game 1, the American disappeared into the crowd, apparently distressed about an issue with his fightstick. Three minutes later, he returned for Game 2.
FChamp took the first round, with Verloren winning the second. Immediately after the South Korean’s round 2 win, FChamp’s controller was disconnected, and confusion reigned. An animated FChamp spoke to the organizers while a polite but bemused Verloren looked on.
The worst part? The match continued, but off stream.
FChamp won the round and that final Top 8 spot in the end. But the match was marred by calls for him to be disqualified and reports that the tournament had been suffering from PlayStation 4 controller disconnects all day.
A Major WTF moment
People like to say best-of-one matches are a total coin toss. G2 Esports really took that to heart this weekend.
To decide their final map veto against Natus Vincere in their opening game at the Kraków Major, the French super team flipped a coin. No, really, they actually flipped a coin.
The reaction on social media was swift.
G2 managed to eke out the win on Overpass 16-14. No doubt they would have had have their heads in the sand and tails between their legs if they lost this one.
In honor of the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, theScore esports held our own Street Fighter V competition last week. With the tourney being (mostly) for fun, I’d like to congratulate our own Daniel Rosen, who took home the championship.
It seems our little tournament grabbed the attention of other esports media out there, and the gauntlet has been thrown.
Could this be the beginning of an esports media EVO? We’re already bootcamping, guys.
Colin McNeil is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.