Virtua Kazama covers the EVO Soul Calibur scandal of 04' and the famous Moment 37 in 'The History of EVO (Part 2): 2003-2005'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 14, 2015 at 3:01 p.m. PDT

Yesterday we brought you part one of Virtua Kazama's "History of EVO." He's followed this up with a second entry, chronicling the EVOs from 2003-2005.


Before 2003, arcade cabinets were still the standard at these tournaments, we can only imagine how much longer they took, but that changed when non-Capcom fighters began to infiltrate the line up:

"For the first time ever, EVO was no longer just a tournament for Capcom fighters, since one new 2D fighter: Guilty Gear XX, and four 3D fighters: Tekken 4, Tekken Tag Tournament, Soul Calibur II, and Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, joined the lineup. Of course: when there’re more games, there’s more international competition.

While Capcom fighters used arcade cabinets as the tournament standard, consoles were starting to come into play for other games.

Hit the jump to see more including the infamous Soul Calibur scandal and Moment 37.
A moment that would go on to haunt the image of the FGC for years to come, wherein the two top competitors for Soul Calibur II colluded and split the pot. Their approach was executed poorly, and the community knew what was going on almost immediately,

"EVO 2004 originated the collusion rule that is being used in tournaments today. The scandal at Soul Calibur II Grand Finals is what started it, in which RTD and Mick staged the entire fight in-game." Below is video coverage of the incident.
Thankfully, this tarnishing moment would be eclipsed by a much more memorable one, EVO Moment #37. "At pixel health, Daigo parried Chun-Li’s SA2 that Justin used on him... making a triumphant comeback not only in the round, but also in the match as well. The fans became hype as they witnessed the comeback in action. Of course, Justin Wong took 4th place and Daigo took 3rd place."

There's plenty more covered in Kazama's blog, including an incident at EVO 2003 wherein EG|Ricky Ortiz had a fairly big dispute about one of her Third Strike matches with MCZ|Daigo. Be sure to read the whole thing for all the details.

Sources: Destructoid, insomnotek's channel and NxtGenSF.

Thank you to Zombie Brian for the tip.
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