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Evo 2022 early registration numbers show a new game in 1st place and Dragon Ball FighterZ currently in 6th place

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • April 16, 2022 at 1:43 p.m. PDT • Comments: 36

After 2 years away in the first time in decades, the Evolution Championship Series is returning to its offline roots in 2022, and there's now an early glimpse as to which fighting games players are chomping at the bit to compete in the most.

The early registration rankings for Evo 2022 have now been release showing how all 9 maintstage fighters are stacking up in the race for headlining finals with a technically new current leader.

As entrants stand right now, Guilty Gear Strive is leading the ranks in 1st place overall followed by Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition in 2nd place, and while the newest Arc System Works flagship fighter did appear at Evo Online last year, this will mark its first chance at the big stage in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The King of Fighters 15 is the newest fighting game among the 9 mainstage picks, and the continued hype seems to be doing SNK's latest work well with it sitting in 3rd place in the rankings.

Tekken 7 is next on the list in 4th, but the biggest surprise of the players showing up thus far is actually Granblue Fantasy: Versus holding down 5th place ahead of previously Evo-featured major titles like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate.

The rest of the rankings are made up in order with Dragon Ball FighterZ, Melty Blood: Type Lumia's premier, MK11 and Skullgirls 2nd Encore.

Unlike most previous years, Evo 2022's finals lineup will be shaped exclusively by entrant numbers, with the most-entered games claiming the coveted Sunday slots and the least on Friday night.

If these rankings remain consistent until the event, that would place Tekken 7, KOF15, SF5 and GGST on Sunday, MK11, MBTL, DBFZ and GBVS on Saturday, and Skullgirls on Friday.

After its dominant performance last year for both online and offline events, seeing Strive holding the early lead for entrants isn't too surprising, but it is interesting to see that players seem to be determined to compete in Street Fighter 5 in what could very likely be the game's final Evo on the mainstage.

While we don't have the exact numbers for registration currently, it's also important to remember these are only the early bird rankings and could shake up radically before the actual event in August.

If Guilty Gear does end up gathering the most warriors, that'll make 4 different games holding that honor since 2017 with SF5, Dragon Ball FighterZ in 2018 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 2019.

Evo 2022 is scheduled to take place this August 5–7 with finals set for the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

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