EVO 2012 tournament preview, July 6-8

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • July 3, 2012 at 11:56 p.m. PDT | Comments: 54
EVO 2012 tournament preview, July 6-8 The biggest fighting game tournament of the year is happening this weekend. EVO 2012 will be taking place once again in Las Vegas Nevada, and this is a can't miss event — period.

There's a lot happening at this tournament, with three separate feeds for viewers at home, online brackets and much, much more.

To see a list of top players who are attending, some of the favorites, and find additional details about what's happening there, hit the jump.

EVO 2012

EVO 2012

• The run down: EVO 2012 is taking place from July 6-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada, there's going to be tons of amazing stuff to check out this weekend. The world's best fighting game players will of course be on display, competing for over $100,000 in prize money across 6 official games, and several other side tournaments. There will also be many panels and other festivities to see, too.

• Who's expected to show: RZR|Fuudo, RZR|Latif, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, EG|Justin Wong, TH|Poongko, Hori|Sako, MCZ|Mago, AVM|GamerBee, Haitani, Kazunoko, MCZ|Tokido, MRN|WolfKrone, EG|Momochi, CVPR|PR Balrog, Uryo, FC|NYChrisG, Bonchan, WW|Infiltration, Eita, Kindevu, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, coL.cc|Filipino Champ, LU|Alex Valle, coL.cc|Mike Ross, AGE|Fanatiq, AG|MarlinPie, BT|Dieminion, BT|IFC Yipes, coL.cc|Combofiend, BT|Viscant, BT|Clockw0rk, TS|Arturo Sanchez, WW|Ryan Hart, DM|Xian, DMG|Online Tony, Flocker, Flash Metroid, DMG|Juicebox Abel, DMG|iPeru, EG|fLoE, WW|Laugh and TS|NerdJosh — and many more. Basically, almost every top player is attending this tournament.

• Who to look out for: Fuudo took home top honors last year in SSF4 AE with his incredibly steady Fei Long play. Latif grabbed second, taking out many of the world's top players in the process with C. Viper. Justin Wong is coming in hot off some huge wins at CEO 2012, and Daigo Umehara and Ricky Ortiz can never be counted out. Sako and Hatani had great showings in the first Topanga A League, and they'll be a threat to break into the latter part of the tournament as well. There are a number of players who could potentially take top honors in SSF4 AE v2012, as this is one of the deepest tournaments you will ever see, and there's no clear favorite heading into the weekend.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has a few players who have stood up higher than the rest, as of late. The aforemention Justin Wong, along with Filipino Champ, MarlinPie, Fanatiq and ChrisG have all won big tournaments in the recent past, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see any of them take this one. A few players traveling from Japan will look to make a dent, including Chou who took 2nd place at KVO X GodsGarden, G.X. and Abegen, but they'll have their hands very full trying to deal with the absolute abundance of UMvC3 talent in the U.S. Kusoru is reported to not be attending this year.

• Streaming duties and schedule: Team Spooky and iPlayWinner will be handling streaming duties once again, across three different live video feeds. An HD pay-per-view option will also be available, with all of the proceeds going to a $10,000 EVO college scholarship for gamers, which is a very nice gesture.

• What else is available? There's a mobile app with all sorts of nifty features built in, and online brackets are also posted, so you can follow along at home.

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