JDCR, RyanLV, Dragon among this year's EVO champions

by Daniel Rosen Jul 17
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Street Fighter and Smash Bros. may be the biggest series at the Evolution Championship Series in terms of entrants and viewership, but they're not everything. All of the games at EVO are part of the fighting game community, and each one has a champion who worked harder than anyone to get to the top. Here are this year's EVO champions.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

What is likely the final Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Evolution tournament is over and Ryan "RyanLV" Romero is the last ever UMvC3 EVO champion. RyanLV brought down last year's champion, Chris "ChrisG" Gonzales in a close 3-2 Grand Finals set, taking it with an endless barrage of projectiles from his X-Factored Dark Phoenix.

With Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite coming out next year, it's unlikely UMvC3 will be returning to EVO, leaving the game without a two-time champion. On top of the last UMvC3 EVO trophy, RyanLV will also be taking the game's last grand prize: $9,849.

Tekken 7

Tekken legend Kim "JDCR" Hyun-jin is your Tekken Evo 2017 champion. JDCR defeated his Echo Fox teammate, Jin-woo "Saint" Choi in a grueling, seven-game Grand Finals. JDCR defeated Korean Tekken masters Sang-hyun "JEOndding" Jeon and Min-bae "Knee" Jae for his spot in the Grand Finals, but his teammate and friend, Saint, had a longer road.

Saint had to work his way through the losers' bracket in Top 8, sweeping every single player he faced before coming up against JDCR. The reset came fast, as Saint kept his streak alive and took the first set of Grand Finals with a 3-0. JDCR came back swinging though, and switched from Heihachi to Dragunov to secure a 3-1 victory in the second set. On top of his first place trophy, JDCR will also win an estimated $16,698.

Guilty Gear Xrd: REV 2

Hashimoto "Omito" Omito is the Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 Evolution 2017 champion after taking a 3-1 victory over T5M7, often known as Tomo. Omito, considered to be one of the best Johnny players in the world, defeated Leo specialist Tomo twice in Top 8, as well as Nage, Japan's top Faust.

The Top 8 bracket was dominated by Japan, with eight Japanese players locking out the rest of the world's competition. Omito will be taking home an estimated $10,908 for his victory.

The King of Fighters XIV

Chia-Hung "E.T." Lin became the first ever Taiwanese EVO champion with his 3-2 win over tournament favorite Zhuojun "Xiaohai" Zeng in the EVO 2017 King of Fighters XIV Grand Finals.

KoF has been absent from EVO as an official tournament since 2015, but the new game brought an international Top 8 to EVO 2017, with competitors from Taiwan, China, Mexico, The United Arab Emirates, Japan and the United States of America. E.T. will be taking home an estimated $6,386.

BlazBlue: Central Fiction

Ryusei "Ryusei" Ito is the BlazBlue Central Fiction Evo 2017 champion after an extremely close 3-2 victory over Shoji "Fenritti" Sho. Ryusei, a Carl Clover player, defeated Fenritti 3-0 in winner's finals, but Fenritti and his Jin came back swinging in the Grand FInals. Fenritti reset the bracket 3-1 before Ryusei pulled through and won the tournament.

Ryusei will be pocketing an estimated $8,982 for his first place finish.

Injustice 2

Ryan "Dragon" Walker is the first ever Evolution Injustice 2 champion, and will be heading home with an estimated $35,268. To earn his trophy, Dragon defeated Tim "Honeybee" Commandeur twice, 3-0 in the Winner's Finals and 3-2 in the Grand Finals.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore esports. His favourite Evo match of all time is Infiltration vs. PR Balrog at EVO 2k13. You can follow him on Twitter.