EventHubs EVO 2017 spectator's guide: Here's when and where to find everything related to the event's main games

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 12, 2017 at 5:17 p.m. PDT

Our EVO 2017 coverage has started, you can watch and follow along here throughout the weekend. The largest fighting game event of the year begins this Friday, and with nine different live streams, nine main games, and thousands of players from all over the world competing, you might be wondering how and where to find all of the action for your favorite titles.

Much like last year, we have put together an EVO 2017 spectators guide to make your viewing experience this weekend as smooth as possible.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are being streamed, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

This year has seen the rise of many amazing competitors. From WhiteBoi's outstanding CEO 2017 win with Scarecrow in Injustice 2 to PG|Punk's dominance in Street Fighter 5, the talent competing this weekend is 100% top-notch. This weekend will determine who is the best in the world.

A big thanks to Velociraptor and MajinTenshinhan for their contributions to this story.

There's a lot to get to, so be sure to check out our spectator's guide after the jump.

Street Fighter 5


Overview: Street Fighter 5's second EVO welcomes over 2,600 competitors from all corners of the globe to the big dance. Last year's tournament saw a near constant stream of hype and drama as the strongest players in the world clashed in incredibly exciting sets.

We expect nothing less this time around, as the Street Fighter community has had ample time to learn and understand their game, and will surely be bringing out all the stops in 2017.

Stream / Start times: You can catch Street Fighter 5 all weekend at EVO on the following streams:

Friday:

EVO (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

Capcom Fighters (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

Saturday:

Capcom Fighters (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

Sunday:

EVO (7 p.m. PDT / 10 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

PG|Punk: Argued to be the strongest Street Fighter 5 player in the world currently, young Victor Woodley has taken down three Pro Tour events in a row, two of which were Premier status, as well as TBS' Eleague $250,000 invitational.

Liquid|NuckleDu: The 2016 Capcom Cup winner wore the title of world's greatest for the early portion of the year, and is still in contention for said title. Du's revolving arsenal of characters includes both Guile and R. Mika, two completely different styles with which he can use to keep foes on their toes.

RZR|Infiltration: Last year's champion, the Korean powerhouse has had an up and down relationship with Street Fighter 5 since taking home the gold in 2016. It will be interesting to see what Infiltration brings to the table this year, as he's known for bringing out surprise character picks and strategies while on the big stage.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3


Overview: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 fans fought to have their game represented just one more time at EVO before Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite drops later this year. After defeating nine other titles via charity drive contest for Make A Wish, UMvC3 and its 648 entrants will surely send the game off with a very hype last hurrah.

Stream / Start times: You can catch UMvC3 on Saturday and Sunday at EVO on the following streams:

Saturday:

EVO (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

EVO3 (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

Sunday:

EVO (7:45 a.m. PDT / 10:45 a.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

SPY|RyanLV: Boasting a team seldom seen in UMvC3, RyanLV has emerged as perhaps the scene's strongest player in 2017. He's bested the best at major events and smaller invitationals alike, and has done so with Chun-Li on his team.

Ryan will be the player to beat at this year's EVO.

EG|ChrisG: One of the three Marvel gods, ChrisG enters this tournament as the reigning Marvel champion, and a victory here would forever give him a leg up on both SPY|Filipino Champ and FOX|Justin Wong, the game's other two "deities."

Chris is always a threat, regardless of the game he's playing, and this one happens to be his strongest.

SPY|Filipino Champ: One of the cockiest players in all the FGC, Champ backs up his smack talk as fast as he spits it. Few have seen the success Champ has over the years, and few could even begin to contest him in an Ultimate Marvel bout.

Still consistently placing top three in tournaments while not practicing the game, Champ is grinding away for this Marvel finale, making formidable an understatement when it comes to his status as an opponent.

Super Smash Bros. 4


Overview: The latest in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series makes its third appearance on EVO's official line up. Though fans are anxiously awaiting a port on the Nintendo Switch, it wont' stop the best of the best from clobbering each other with all the Falcon Punches, side smashes, and tilts they've got throughout the EVO weekend.

Stream / Start times: You'll see SSB4 play on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the following streams:

Friday:

EVO2 (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

EVO (4 p.m. PDT / 7 p.m. EDT)

Saturday:

EVO2 (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

Sunday:

EVO (3 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

C9|Ally: Last year's EVO champ returns and is definitely one you'll want to keep an eye out for. His Mario play is incredible, and this player is considered among the best of the best when it comes to Smash 4.

TSM|ZeRo: Always a force to be reckoned with, ZeRo is one of the most accomplished players in the Smash 4 tournament scene. With several characters in his back pocket and an extensive knowledge of the entire roster, his chance at taking home the gold is very good this year.

P1|CaptainZack: At only 15-years-old, CaptainZack has been making waves in the competitive Smash 4 scene as of late. From his on-stage theatrics to his exceptional Bayonetta play, this competitor will surely be a threat this weekend.

Tekken 7


Overview: Tekken 7 has finally had its Western release, but it seems unlikely that anyone will be able to stand up to FOX|JDCR or FOX|Saint. The 1,278 man tournament is one of the most highly anticipated in all the EVO lineup, and should be an absolute blast the whole way though.

Stream / Start times: Tekken 7 will play on Friday and Sunday on the following streams:

Friday:

TEKKEN (2 p.m. PDT / 5 p.m. EDT)

EVO (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

Sunday:

EVO (12:30 p.m. PDT / 3:30 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

JDCR: Coming in strong off of his win at Rev Major, JDCR and his teammate Saint have been traveling and tearing up any and all opponents they come across.

Saint: Almost always a second or first place finish in recent events, Saint enters this year's EVO as the reigning Tekken 7 champ.

Knee: One of the most feared names in all of Tekken, Knee was last year's runner up, and boasts a revolving arsenal of tournament ready characters.

BlazBlue: Central Fiction


Overview: After a three year absence, BlazBlue returns to the official EVO line up. Not only is the game back, but for the first time we'll be seeing Central Fiction -- the latest iteration of Arc System Works' classic fighter -- on the EVO stage. BlazBlue is one of the five games that will be played on finals day.

Stream / Start times: You can catch BBCF on Saturday and Sunday at EVO on the following streams:

Saturday:

EVO4 (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

EVO (12 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. EDT)

Sunday:

EVO (10 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

PONOS|Garireo: It's been a while since we've seen BlazBlue back in the limelight, but the last EVO champion is back and competing this year. As one of the most passionate players we've seen take the EVO stage, Garireo will very likely put on another amazing show this weekend.

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator


Overview: This year's Guilty Gear tournament will feature 827 entrants, but it will be a tall order to defeat the likes of last year's first place finisher, Machaboo, or 2015 champ Ogawa.

Stream / Start times: You can catch Guilty Gear Friday and Saturday at EVO on the following streams:

Friday:

EVO3 (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

Saturday:

EVO (2 p.m. PDT / 5 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

Ogawa
Machaboo
Omito
Dogura

Injustice 2


Overview: The DC heroes and villains are back with Injustice 2 making its debut at EVO this year. Though the game has only been in the hands of the public for a a couple of months now, the competition is already incredibly fierce and we will undoubtedly see some exciting matches unfold this weekend.

Stream / Start times: You can catch Injustice 2 on Friday and Saturday at EVO on the following streams:

Friday:

NetherRealm (4 p.m. PDT / 7 p.m. EDT)

Saturday:

NetherRealm (10 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT)

EVO (6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

FOX|SonicFox
FOX|Theo
Whiteboi

Super Smash Bros. Melee


Overview: The oldest title on the EVO 2017 line up by far, Melee is back and going strong with 1,435 competitors. An anomaly in that it survived the release of subsequent titles in its own franchise, Melee has only grown in popularity despite it being 16 years old now.

Stream / Start times: You'll see Melee play on Friday and Saturday on the following streams:

Friday:

EVO1 (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

EVO (12:00p.m. PDT / 3:30 p.m. EDT)

Saturday:

EVO (8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

As has become tradition, the Melee gods are the ones to watch out for at virtually any tournament they attend, though TSM|Leffen (also known as the god killer) has been one of the only players to compete with them.

Liquid|HungryBox
C9|Mang0
FOX|Mew2King
Alliance|Armada

King of Fighters 14


Overview: King of Fighters 14 makes its debut at EVO this year and the stakes are incredibly high. With over $17,000 on the line (thanks to SNK and Atlus' $14,000 pot bonus contribution), the 3v3 action will definitely be something to behold.

Stream / Start times: You'll see KOF14 play on Friday on the following streams:

Friday:

EVO4 (10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT)

EVO (8 p.m. PDT / 11 p.m. EDT)

Player(s) to watch:

DouyuTV|Xiao Hai
AS|Reynald
HellPockets

Event schedule, brackets, and more


Stream and tournament schedule

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Brackets / Player Locator

Tournament bracket index

Alternate viewing method: Though everything is set to be live streamed on Twitch, fans can catch Street Fighter 5's EVO finals on ESPN2.

Time zone conversion:

*Calculate from PDT

CDT - add 2 hours
UTC - add 7 hours
UK - add 8 hours
CEST - add 9 hours
JST - add 16 hours

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