Who has the most EVO wins in history? Here's a list of everyone that's won two or more titles at the world's largest fighting game tournament

2017 Street Fighter 5 champ, Tokido, earned his first EVO gold back in 2015

Posted by Nicoma 'Melchiorus' Christian, guest writer • October 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. PDT

EVO is the most prestigious tournament in the FGC. This is where the true legends of fighting games are created. There are thousands of entrants every year who try to make their name, but in the end there's only one person for each game that takes home the title of EVO champion every year.

That's why it is so impressive when someone wins it more than once. This isn't a common occurrence either. Dominance in the FGC tends to only last one year, or maybe two, as some young upstart often comes in and takes their throne.

But that doesn't mean it never happens. In fact there are actually 17 people who have beaten all the odds and won multiple EVO championships. Let's take a look at those people, and find out what they're doing these days.

Two Time EVO Champions


Ryan "Prodigal Son" Hart: Tekken Tag Tournament, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection

Ryan Hart is a name that a lot of people know in the FGC. He won his first EVO back in 2004, and his second in 2008. Since then he has been very active in multiple fighting games, and currently attends a lot of tournaments for Street Fighter V. He also works as a host at events, and he hosts a weekly show about eSports on social media.

Kenji "KO" Obata: Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike

KO hasn't been active much since winning twice in back to back years in 2003-2004. There is very little information about his current whereabouts.

Hyun-jin "FOX|JDCR" Kim: Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Tekken 7

JDCR won his first EVO event in 2014, and his second in 2017. He is currently a member of Team Echo Fox. JDCR consistently places 1st in most events that he goes to for Tekken 7, with the exception of a few he lost to his teammate FOX|Saint.

Joseph "C9|Mang0" Marquez: Super Smash Bros: Melee

Mang0 won his EVO championships back to back in 2013 and 2014. He is currently ranked as the 3rd best Melee player in the world on the Summer 2017 SSBMRank list. Mang0 is still very active and consistently places in the top 8 at events. He is on Cloud9 and he streams on Twitch regularly.

Adam "Alliance|Armada" Lingren: Super Smash Bros: Melee

Armada won for the first time in 2015, and the second time in 2017. He is widely considered the best Melee player in the world. He very consistently places 1st at events he goes to in both 1v1 and 2v2, with few exceptions. He is currently on Alliance and he streams fairly regularly on Twitch.

Jason "Afro Cole" Cole: Super Street Fighter II Turbo

Afro Cole won his EVO championships back to back in 2001 and 2002. He was streaming regularly on his Twitch channel earlier in 2017, though that appears to no longer be the case. He is currently a game developer.

Christopher "Crow" Villarreal: Tekken 5

Crow is the only Tekken player to win back to back EVO championships. He pulled it off in 2005 and 2006. He recently took 2nd place at Space City Beatdown in July 2017, but hasn't been as active as he once was in the last few years.

Duc "Ducvader" Do: Marvel vs. Capcom: 2

Ducvader won his EVO championships in 2000 and 2005. He isn't very active in the scene aside from rare exhibition matches in MvC2.

Three Time EVO Champions


Hajime "FOX|Tokido" Taniguchi: Capcom vs. SNK 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter 5

Tokido is one of the five Japanese fighting game gods, and for good reason. He has won EVO championships in three different games. The first in 2002 was Capcom vs. SNK 2. The second was Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo in 2007. And the latest was in 2017 in Street Fighter 5.

Tokido is currently on Team Echo Fox, and he is one of the top players in Street Fighter V. Some would argue the best player right now. He is also one of the favorites to win Capcom Cup in 2017. Tokido is one of the most passionate players in the FGC. He shows no signs of slowing down, even though his first and last EVO wins happened in the span of 15 years.

Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" McLean: Mortal Kombat X, Mortal Kombat XL, Injustice: Gods Among Us

SonicFox is a top player in NRS fighting games and he has even managed to expand that into other fighting games. He won an EVO championship in Injustice in 2014, Mortal Kombat X in 2015, and Mortal Kombat XL in 2016. He has seven 1st place wins in Injustice 2, two 1st place wins in Mortal Kombat X, and three first place wins in Skullgirls, not to mention many more top 8 placements, all in 2017 alone.

SonicFox is on Team Echo Fox. You might think someone with this many accomplishments must be older, but he's actually only 19. He still has plenty of room to grow and get even better than he currently is. No matter what fighting game you play, watch out for SonicFox. He has proven that if he sets his mind to it he can be a top contender in any game he plays.

Alex "LU|CaliPower" Valle: Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

Alex Valle is a very well-known name in the FGC, and he's still an active member. He won his first EVO event (before it was called EVO) back in 1996 in Street Fighter Alpha 2. His second and third were both at the same event in 2000, one in Street Fighter Alpha 2 again, and the other in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

Alex Valle is the CEO of the Level Up production company that runs SoCal Regionals, and he also runs Wednesday Night Fights. Wednesday Night Fights happens every Wednesday on the Level Up Twitch channel. On top of all that he still manages to compete at some events in Street Fighter 5.

Shinya "Nuki" Onuki: Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike

Nuki is one of the 5 Japanese fighting game gods, but he hasn't been as active as many of the others. He didn't really join them until late in Street Fighter 4, and although he was recently very active in Street Fighter 5 in 2016, we haven't heard as much from him in 2017.

Nuki won EVO championships in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike three times, in 2005, 2007, and 2008. For 2016, when he became active in Street Fighter 5, he had over 10 top 8 finishes. He proved that he still has it, even though he only won 1st place once.

John "Choiboy" Choi: Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Capcom vs. SNK 2

John Choi won his first EVO championship in 2000 in Street Fighter Alpha 3. His second and third came in 2008 in Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Capcom vs. SNK 2. He was highly dominant in that era, with multiple top 3 finishes in between those EVO championships.

More recently John Choi is one of the hosts of NorCal Regional events. He also has also gotten married. He still fairly regularly attends EVO, but he has talked some in recent years about stepping away from the FGC, at least as an organizer.

Carl "Perfect Legend" White: Dead or Alive 4, Mortal Kombat (2011)

Perfect Legend won the Dead or Alive 4 EVO championship in 2006. He then went on to win in Mortal Kombat (2011) back to back in 2011 and 2012. He hasn't had as high levels of success at tournaments more recently, but he's currently playing Injustice 2.

He has his own website and he streams on Twitch and Stream.me. He also has a YouTube channel where he posts gameplay. He is still on the Team Razer website, but there were reports that he was picked up by Team eLevate, which he seems to no longer be a part of.

Top 3 EVO Champions


Seon-Woo "RZR|Infiltration" Lee: Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Street Fighter X Tekken Teams and solo, Street Fighter 5

Infiltration had some of his first high placements back in 2010 in Super Street Fighter 4. But he really started to shine in Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition which brought him his first EVO championship in 2012.

His second was at the same event in Street Fighter X Tekken Teams. Since then he has been a top player with a constant stream of top 8 finishes. His 3rd EVO championship was in 2013 in Street Fighter X Tekken, and his latest was in 2016 in Street Fighter 5.

Infiltration is consistently a top performer in Street Fighter 5. He recently got married, and slowed down his tournament appearances.

Daigo "The Beast" Umehara: Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Guilty Gear XX, Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4

CYG|Daigo Umehara is probably the most well-known player in the FGC. He is also one of the five Japanese fighting game gods. He even holds a Guinness World Record for the most successful player in major tournaments of Street Fighter.

Not only has he had many accomplishments at tournaments, but he has also written multiple books about Fighting Games and his life, has a manga written about his exploits, and is a massively popular ambassador for Fighting Games in Japan.

His first wins were in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Guilty Gear XX in 2003. In 2004 he won in both games again. His next win came in 2009 in Street Fighter 4, and his latest was in Super Street Fighter 4 in 2010. These days he mostly plays Street Fighter 5, and he will be attending Capcom Cup 2017. Daigo still plays Street Fighter at a high level 14 years after his first EVO championship.

FOX|Justin Wong: Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike (2v2 Teams)

Justin Wong is by far the most successful in terms of EVO championships. He won seven times in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. After that he won in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike teams in 2009, and in 2014 in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He is a very popular player, and has been a part of the FGC for over 15 years.

Justin is still going very strong in the FGC. He has mostly been playing Street Fighter 5, but with the release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite we will be seeing him there as well. He is currently with Team Echo Fox. He has a Twitch stream that he uses regularly. He has also qualified for Capcom Cup 2017.

The kind of dominance that Justin showed in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 has not been repeated yet, even by Daigo Umehara, at least in terms of EVO championships. It's hard to say whether anyone will achieve the same, or better, but there are plenty of people on this list who are still going strong enough to give it a try.

Photo credits: Chris Bahn and Stephanie Lindgren.

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