Urien is king, everyone isn't playing Birdie or Blanka now and Kage didn't show up: EVO Japan character usage stats for Street Fighter 5's top 128

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 16, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. PST

EVO Japan is back for its second year with six main stage fighting games, and finals day is set to kick off in just a handful of hours though it's going to take some time to get to the grand finale still.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition had over 1,000 entrants, but now we're only down to the top 8 featuring some of the biggest names in the game and a few who will likely be new to viewers at home with Victrix|Momochi, Liquid|Nemo, YG|Jyobin, Powell, REC|Punk, UYU|OilKing, CYG|Fuudo and Crusher waiting to see who will walk away with their first EVO Japan title.

We've recorded the top 128 players and their character choices to break down who were the most popular fighters at the big event and who has yet to make a big impression going into game's fourth year of competition.

Urien has actually been the most popular character at EVO Japan as the only fighter in the top 128 with double digit representation though Akuma and Cammy aren't too far behind.

Season 3 characters and Kage haven't been having much of a hot start to 2019, however, with only six players in total using fighters introduced in 2018. Cody, Sakura and the replacement for Evil Ryu are the only characters not to represented in the upper part of this weekend's brackets.

Blanka still has his game-breaking bug intact currently in Street Fighter 5, but he hasn't seen an explosion in popularity at EVO Japan because using his newly discovered time stopping ability would get players disqualified. You can take a look at the full breakdown of SF5's character usage statistics after the jump.

Numbers listed in parenthesis represent side or back up characters as listed in the results.

EVO Japan 2019 Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition — Top 128 Character Usage

• Urien - 10
• Akuma - 9
• Cammy - 7

• Karin - 6 (1)
• Rashid - 6
• Chun-Li - 6
• Ibuki - 6
• M. Bison - 6
• Ryu - 6

• Kolin - 5 (1)
• Balrog - 5 (1)
• Necalli - 4 (1)
• Birdie - 4 (1)
• R. Mika - 4
• Zangief - 4
• Guile - 4
• Vega - 4

• Laura - 3 (1)
• Zeku - 3
• Blanka - 3
• Juri - 3
• Dhalsim - 3
• Ken - 3
• F.A.N.G - 3

• Abigail - 2
• Menat - 2
• Alex - 2

• Ed - 1 (1)
• Sagat - 1
• G - 1
• Nash - 1
• Falke - 1

• Cody - 0
• Sakura - 0
• Kage - 0

• Base Roster - 70 (4)
• Season 1 DLC - 30 (1)
• Season 2 DLC - 22 (2)
• Season 3 DLC - 6
• Season 4 DLC - 0

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