Guilty Gear returns to Evolution 2015 by Kannuki

Guilty Gear returns to Evolution 2015 by Kannuki

Another Evolution Championships has come and gone, but this year was very special because Guilty Gear was on the main lineup! The last time GG was a main EVO game was 2009, so this is a momentous return after 6 years and two different iterations. I don’t really have much to say here since I could not make it, but it was a fantastic tournament and definitely worth watching. You can watch the archives of pools on srkevo3 and srkevo6. Unfortunately archives were not enabled on Friday, so only pools footage from Saturday is available. I will update this post with the Youtube links if they ever get put up. There is a chance that they may not though, so if there is something that you really liked, be sure to save it before Twitch removes the archives. For the top 8 matches on stage, you can watch these on srkevo1 or the official EVO Youtube channel.

EVO 2015 Guilty Gear Xrd Top 8
1st – Ogawa(Zato)
2nd – Nage(Faust)
3rd – Woshige(Millia)
4th – Nakamura(Millia)
5th – Dogura(Sin)
5th – Rion(Ky)
7th – Shuuto(Axl)
7th – Zidane(Leo)

There was also a Guilty Gear Xrd 3on3 side tournament that became something much bigger when ASW announced it would be an Arc Revo Cup qualifier! Unfortunately a lot of people could not enter due to a last minute announcement that passports would be required. It was streamed on the Madcatz Twitch channel and is available on Youtube on Offcast’s channel.
EVO 2015 Arc Revolution Cup Guilty Gear Xrd Qualifiers Top 4

Since I’m so late in writing about this you have probably seen it everywhere by now, but if not, a hilarious moment happened during EVO Guilty Gear Top 8 that became an instant highlight. During Woshige and Ogawa’s 3rd match in top 8, Woshige won a round and mistakenly thought that he had won the entire match and celebrated early, only to come back too late and lose the 3rd round in a flash. It’s been affectionately dubbed the “Woshige Drop” by the Japanese community and has actually been featured on ESPN and USA Today! Definitely a first for Guilty Gear, and for fighting games in general.

For many of the Japanese GG players, EVO was their first time coming to America so they have written up some fairly lengthy impressions. They have been translated into English by various people, and I have listed them below.
Ogawa 4gamer interview

The third online qualifier for Toshin Gekitotsu happened today! It is possible that because of EVO, Arc System Works is paying more attention to their overseas audience, because this qualifier was dual streamed on Nico and Youtube! The archives are now available to watch on ASW’s official Youtube channel.
2015/7/25 Toshin Gekitotsu 3rd online qualifier with Nage commentary
Progamer Allied Forces
20:55 Ain(Ky) vs Gazou(Faust)
25:36 Dogura(Sin) vs Roi(Sol)
29:13 Kabegiwa no DC(Sin) vs Mugen(Sol)
33:37 Ain(Ky) vs Roi(Sol)
40:49 Ain(Ky) vs Kabegiwa no DC(Sin)
51:00 Kabegiwa no DC(Sin) vs Roi(Sol)

Guilty Gear Kings Army
1:05:40 Gonzaburou(Faust) vs Samitto(Chipp)
1:10:30 Riiba(Sol) vs Kiisha(Faust)
1:14:05 Koichi(I-No) vs OGYUI(Sol)
1:17:32 Yume no Ki(Leo) vs Hamburger(Elphelt)
1:20:51 Samitto(Chipp) vs Kiisha(Faust)
1:30:19 Koichi(I-No) vs Hamburger(Elphelt)
1:38:48 Kiisha(Faust) vs Koichi(I-No)

Now that the third qualifier is out of the way and with the EVO winner granted a spot on Umehara’s team, the current lineups are now:
Guilty Gear Kings Army: FAB(Potemkin), Nage(Faust), Takehara(Ramlethal), Taka(Slayer), Koichi(I-No)
Progamer Allied Forces: Daigo Umehara(Sol), Ogawa(Zato), Nakamura(Millia), LOX(Bedman), Roi(Sol)

It’s looking like Progamer Allied Forces might win this exhibition, with Ogawa providing some serious muscle to their team.