Here are your EVO 2015 champions

After a solid weekend of hard brawlin’, fighting game tournament EVO 2015 has come to an end. Thousands of players arrived in Las Vegas to showcase their skills in a variety of games, resulting in some intense battles and emotional moments of victory and defeat. When the dust had settled, there was heartbreak for former champions and paths of glory forged for newcomers. Here are the Top 8 bracket results for each game:

Despite strong efforts from Gamerbee, who worked his way through the Losers bracket and even succeeded in resetting the Grand Finals, Momochi took the USFIV crown with Evil Ryu, even after suffering a controversial setback due to a defective gamepad.

1. EG|Momochi (Evil Ryu / Ken)
2. AVM|GamerBee (Adon / Elena)
3. INFILTRATION (Evil Ryu / Chun-Li / Abel / Juri)
4. BE|NEMO (Rolento)
5. r/Kappa|aiai (Juri)
5. MCZ|TOKIDO (Akuma)
7. EG|PR Balrog (Balrog)
7. Liquid|NuckleDu (Decapre / Guile)
A great showing was put in by the UK for Mortal Kombat X’s EVO debut, with two British players making it into the Top 8 and one, A Foxy Grandpa, walking his way into the Grand Finals with his formidable Kung Lao (Tempest). But recent ESL winner SonicFox fought his way back from the Losers bracket to take the championship with his tremendous Erron Black (Outlaw) play.

1. cR|SonicFox (Erron Black / Kitana)
2. PND|A Foxy Grandpa (Kung Lao)
3. cR|HoneyBee (D’Vorah)
4. YOMI|MIT (Tanya / Sonya Blade)
5. PND|Ketchup (Quan Chi)
5. YOMI|DJT (Kung Lao)
7. JLA|MilkySituation (Reptile)
7. YOMI|Zyphox (Liu Kang)
The usually All-American Marvel vs Capcom 3 bracket was a surprisingly International affair this time around, with many of the MvC regulars failing to qualify for the Top 8. KaneBlueRiver eventually took the gong, using his team of hulking dudes to defeat BlueRay’s trifecta of villains in the Grand Final.

1. BE|KaneBlueriver (Hulk / Sentinel / Haggar)
2. CTRL|RayRay (Magneto / Doctor Doom / Sentinel)
3. ApologyMan (Firebrand / Doctor Doom / Super-Skrull)
4. TA.Tier3|Frutsy (M.O.D.O.K. / Captain America / Doctor Doom)
5. YKWIS|GoldenBoyNeo (Magneto / Doctor Doom/ Phoenix)
5. TMP|Cross (Zero / Doctor Strange / Dante)
7. SF.T3|Dizzy (Zero / Doctor Doom / Vergil)
7. RF (Morrigan / Doctor Doom / Vergil)
The fans, always in amazing spirits, went audibly wild all weekend for the Smash Bros. action. Armada, bouncing between Fox and Peach, defeated Hungrybox‘s Jigglypuff to become the new Melee champion

1. Alliance|Armada (Fox / Peach)
2. Liquid|Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)
3. EG|PPMD (Falco / Marth)
4. PG|Plup (Sheik / Samus)
5. TSM|Leffen (Fox)
5. C9|Mango (Falco / Fox)
7. Tempo|Axe (Pikachu)
7. MH|ChuDat (Ice Climbers)
The EVO debut of Guilty Gear Xrd was a passionate and exciting affair for fans of the gorgeous anime fighter. In a gripping finale, Ogawa and Nage fought hard in a battle of headband vs paper bag, with Ogawa’s Zato-1 coming out victorious.

1. Ogawa (Zato)
2. ODG|Nage (Faust)
3. Woshige (Millia)
4. Nakamura (Millia)
5. Dogura (Sin)
5. Rion (Ky)
7. Syuuto (Axl)
7. Zidane (Leo)ki
Killer Instinct’s
second showing at the EVO championships was just as nail-biting as it’s first, and featured a mind-blowing comeback during a Sleep NS/MyGod match. In the Grand Finals, Rico Suave, having run a gamut of characters throughout the bracket, earned a hard fought victory against the excellent Guttermagic.

1. Rico Suave (Fulgore / Glacius / Omen / Thunder / Spinal)
2. GutterMagic (Thunder)
3. Sleep NS (Kan-Ra)
4. LCD (Orchid / Maya / Hisako)
5. Domi (Cinder)
5. UA|mygod (Sabrewulf)
7. UA|Bass (Spinal)
7. TheMaciaga5 (Sadira)
The Tekken 7  Top 8 was a thoroughly Japanese affair, with only USA’s Mr. Naps making the grade (this was hardly surprising considering T7’s lack of international presence thus far) In a tense and protracted series of sets, Nobi’s Dragunov just edged past Ao’s Alisa Bosconovitch to become the first T7 EVO champion.

1. orz|Nobi (Dragunov)
2. BE|Ao (Alisa)
3. NJF|Saint (Shaheen)
4. NJF|JDCR (Heihachi)
5. Take (Bryan)
5. Pekos (King)
7. orz|Yuu (Feng)
7. Mr. Naps (Bryan)
In the first Smash Bros. appearance of the weekend, Chilean player ZeRO (who is on an absolutel roll of tournament wins) defeated Mr. R to win the coveted top spot. ZeRo has claimed that he may set his sights on the Melee tournament in the future, so time will tell if he will become the dominant monster for both games come next year.

1. ZeRo (Sheik / Diddy Kong)
2. LLL|Mr R (Sheik)
3. Nairo (Zero Samus)
4. ASA|Abadango (Sheik)
5. Boreal_Ally (Marth / Mario)
5. IQHQ|Dabuz (Rosalina & Luma / Olimar)
7. PG|Esam (Pikachu)
7. GW|Fow (Ness)
Broadcasting live from Vegas, the midnight channel showcased a fast-paced series of colourful and nail-biting battles. When the beautiful carnage had ended, Superboy’s Ken Amada stood tall, having defeated Tahichi’s Margaret in the Grand Finals.

1. KSB|Superboy (Chou) (Ken Amada)
2. NiceBurst|Tahichi (Margaret)
3. Hagiwara (Teddie)
4. Aguro (Yu Narukami)
5. NiceBurst|Souji (Teddie)
5. Koichi (Aigis)
7. JEO (Shadow-Mitsuru Kirijo)
7. NiceBurst|Okusan (Sho, Minazuki)

Congratulations to everyone who made it into the final brackets and commiserations to all those players who fell short. The road to EVO is a long journey, requiring solid work and an iron will. It is often falsely believed that the same players make the finals every single year. But if 2015 has proven anything, it is that there is always an opening for newcomers to shine on the big stage and stake their claim to the title of EVO champion.

You’ve got a year. So get practicing.