EVO 2019

Four Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players will compete at EVO 2019 this weekend thanks to Nintendo of America. Nintendo’s EVO 2019 participants are Seth, Wisdom, ramonM64, and Heeew. These players were the winners of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Open June 2019.

Among these Nintendo EVO 2019 players, Seth is the most notable in the offline scene. He placed in the top 8 at Full Bloom 5, and made top 24 at Smash’N’Splash 5. Another one of these players, Wisdom, recently placed in the top 6 at Paradigm Shift.

However, EVO 2019 will have a slightly different ruleset from Nintendo’s Online Open. The Online Open made use of items in early portions of the bracket, but items are completely banned at EVO. In addition, Nintendo’s tournament featured a few stages that will not be legal at EVO 2019. These include Castle Siege and Frigate Orpheon. As a result, these players will have to adapt to different rules in order to excel at EVO 2019.

Nintendo and EVO 2019

This year marks Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s first appearance at EVO. In fact, Smash Ultimate is the main event, as top 8 will conclude Sunday night after every other game. This is also notably the first year without Super Smash Bros. Melee in the main line-up since EVO 2013 (although Melee will still return as a side event).

Nintendo will commemorate Smash Ultimate’s presence at EVO 2019 with a Nintendo Zone booth on Friday and Saturday. There, attendees can get their hands on Ultimate, as well as Tetris 99 and Super Mario Maker 2. Attendees can also receive prizes like a Nintendo Switch tote bag or a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pin.

On Tuesday, Nintendo released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s newest DLC fighter, Hero. Hero’s update also came with a balance patch that made slight adjustments to various characters. Since competitors would not have much time to practice with the new patch, EVO 2019 will run on an older version of the game. However, Hero mains can compete at a major for the first time next weekend at Super Smash Con 2019.

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Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes esports news articles for Daily Esports.

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