EVO2003 Predictions (and players to watch)!


PLS don’t be mad, it’s all opinion! OK…

USA only wins one game for free, MVC2. While I give much respect to Liquid Metal and his playing partners, they just don’t have as much exposure to consistent high level play like the USA does. There are approximately 40 MVC2 players in Japan… total. Even then, Liquid Metal has shown he is a very capable player and his dedication is incredible. Still, there is no substitute for consistent high level comp like Seattle, So.Cal, and of course, NY. This game is still being played 3 years later with a huge player base by a ton of good players… though the country is certain, the player may not be.

Players to watch: 2-Time Defending Champ Justin Wong, Sanford Kelly, Desmond Pinkney (Xcutioner), Josh Wigfall, Josh Wong, Mike Mixon (Mixup), Rodolfo Castro (Rowtron), Jason Kuan, Rattanna, Tong Ho (Genghis), Daniel Maniago (Clockw0rk, if he is still playing seriously… may not be though), David Lee. Soo Young Chon (SooMighty), Alex Salguero (Sin)… too many players to list. This is going to be a high-intensity tournament with an amazing finals, guaranteed.

tragics pick: Justin Wong

If no specialists come in XX and ST, then USA has a shot. Then again, Ohnuki placed 2nd and went to second set of the match and he hadn’t played in a while (he admitted after the match that he was remembering how to play during the match lol!). If any of the JPN specialists come for ST, they will win. Just like the USA XX SBO team, the #1 ST team was bombed on first round (however, second team did ok, winning one match).

Players to watch: 2-Time Defending Champ, Jason Cole. He may be off his game once in a while, but you can’t argue with back to back wins. Other players to watch: Jason Nelson, David Sirlin (the Robot), Alex Valle (CaliPower), John Choi (ChoiBoy), Bob Painter, Chris Lee (shreck), Mike Creque (Masaka), Mike Watson (Watts), Jesse Cardenas (JSJ), Jason DeHerass (Shirts), Jason Gonzles (Apoc).

If Japan ST players come: Daigo, Kurahashi, Bro Chun. However, I kinda doubt any ST specialist will come. As always, keep an eye on Kuni Funada. He is the man.

tragic’s pick: Jason Cole

If any XX specialists show up, Japan will rape. This is the game I play the absoloute most right now, and when I went to Japan for SBO, the difference was crazy. There is one factor that may come into play: the fact that USA will be playing XX (regular) up till EVO, and Japan has now moved on to XX # Reload version B. If they are rusty on original XX, then I dunno… still pretty safe to say their specialists will take it. If no specialists come, I predict a pretty badass top 8 comprised mainly of USA players, with perhaps one or two JPN non XX specialists (like Daigo or Tokido if they come).

Players to watch: ID (Saif), Chaotic Blue (Romel), both from Team USA, Kageh (Harold), FINALSHOWDOWN, and Unconkable (from midwest), Kono (Drew) from the East Coast, Texas talent by way of Fubarduck (Ryan), Hsien (Shen), and Aznhitler (David), and some new blood from the NW by way of Billy (SeiKensou) and his crew.

tragic’s pick: Chaotic Blue

CVS2 in Japan was pretty crazy too. We’ve both had the game for 2 years or so, and yet their knowledge of the game and execution is awesome. You think you can rush, they can rush better. You think you can turtle, they can turtle better. There is no one, and I mean NO ONE in the USA as good as even the 10th best CVS2 player in Japan. Team USA got served in CVS2 as well as XX. Props to Buktooth for a good showing vs Dan (JPN player) in the first round.

Players to watch: Defending EVO and SBO champ Tokido (if he comes), Ohnuki (even though he “quit”, hes raw), Ino, BAS, Togawa, Mago (if he comes), Otaku (if he comes), Daigo (if he comes), Campbell Tran (Buktooth88), John Choi, George Posados (Gee-o), Ricky Ortiz, Bryan Tyson (Ryuwinz), David Hem, Jason Nelson, Sanford Kelly, Justin Wong, Arturo Sanchez, Alex Salguero.

tragic’s pick: Ino

3S will be very interesting. The USA team came within one combo of beating the team that took SBO (I dunno why Pyrolee threw when he coulda ended the game with a combo… probably nerves, which is understandable). I think there are a few really good USA players this year that will make it into the top 8, and there’s a possibility that one will be in the finals. However, if more than 4 or 5 3S specialists show up (Inoue, Mester, Izu etc etc) the chance becomes more and more slim. I think the gap this year is much smaller than last year. This will definitely be a tournament to keep an eye on.

Players to watch: Ino, Mester, Ohnuki, Daigo (if he comes), Izu, George Posados, Alex Valle, Pyrolee, Paul Lee, John Gordon (Flash G), the NE talent by way of Simon Yoo (Yooyoung), Jamar Lewis (Jamarvelous), Cameron (Blood Urien), Hsien Chang, Sanford Kelly, Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Alex Duong, Mark Rogoyski (mopreme), Tuan Phan (Vigorous).

tragic’s pick: Gee-O

SC2 will be USA dominated. Unless, by some miracle, the top 3 JPN players show up, the top 8 will most likely be all USA. Fetz proved he had what it takes to compete with Japanese SC2, and he had an exciting 2-set finals at SC2 Nationals with Kageh. At the time, Kageh’s Ivy was the top, but I think now that Cervantes is the #1 character in SC2, and fetz is hardcore Cervantes and one of the all time great USA SC players, this is almost as sure as Justin winning MVC2. However, seeing as there is a lot of new BS in SC2 (both arcade and console), there is a possibility that some upsets happen.

Players to watch: Spencer (fetz), Kageh (Harold), Aris, Simi, Floe (Ari), Bentlee, Spencer Ray (Srayer), Shafi Mohamed (Redfoot), Shaun Larusel (shauno).

tragic’s pick: fetz

VF4 will be interesting. If more than a small handful of VF specialists come from Japan / Korea, VF4 will have an asian dominated top 8… perhaps with one or two non asian-country representatives. If not, then I think the top 8 will be pretty crazy. Though it’s pretty much underground in the USA, there are some very devout followers. The hardcore VF’ers spare no expense at studying and analyzing the games intracasies, and the hotspots in the USA have turned out some very strong players. The players from NY, Florida, and Los Angeles will most likely be sending the strongest players, while other pockets of talent across North America (Canada included) will be well represented by the top players in their area. Ryan Hart from UK has a legitamate chance at making the top 8, but he may not show up.

Players to watch: Ohnuki, Tokido, Daigo (if he comes). Chibita (if he comes), Shinz (if he comes). Adnan (adamyuki, if he comes), blondeone, imf, Omaha Jeffry, spotlite, shota (if he comes), Hiro (if he comes), Sumeragi, mike from La, and Ryan Hart from the UK (if he comes)… also, any of the other possible specialists from Korea and Japan.

Tekken 4: Korea will win. That is all.

Players to watch: Koreans

tragic’s pick: a Korean

Tekken Tag…

Depending on how many Koreans show up, this may or may not be an exciting finals. If a lot show up, then you will see some ridiculous high level play in the final 8 among Koreans and Hameko. If only one or two show up, then you will probably only see ridiculous high level play in the final 2 or 4, and everyone else getting slaughtered in the top 8. I say probably, because I think there is an outside chance that one of the American / Europe players pulls off an upset or two.

Players to watch: any Korean that shows up, hameko (japan), Bronson Tran (insanelee), Som Hellalonglastname (som), Unconkable, Slips, Joeking, tomhilfigr, Ryan Hart (if he shows up), JOP, and don’t forget Noman (reigning Euro Champ).

tragic’s pick: hameko

See you at Evolution 2003!



If team NNJ shows up, I expect them to do VERY well in SC2.


I dont know if Idaho still plays SC II much, but I think they would do well if they went. Reldan has a crazy Cervy.


Hey Tragic, do you have a list of korean/japanese names that are probably gonna show up for evo?

I had no idea people like Hameko/Otaku/Mago/etc were thinking of attending this year…


Well, I’m guessing Spyro is going to Evo, so he’s another MvC2 watch-out-for. I’m going mainly for GGXX and 3S, but I’m prolly not that good to be on these lists (sniff)



Damn, the northwest sucks at everything but Marvel :frowning: :frowning:


I think players from the ATL Tekken crew, if they come, will have a good run in Tag and 4.


they aint bad in XX



You better go!!!


Don’t sleep on the midwest…


I think Dan will do well in SC2 if he goes.


XX preds, edited to be unbiased since people are too sensitive.

without Japanese XX players…


Top 5: East Coast/Midwest

Bottom 5: West Coast/South Coast

Players to watch:

Peru: I hear Peru plays a mean GGXX

Alaska: That one guy who plays by himself

CA: tragic,ID,ChaoticBlue,

TX: AznHitler,Fubarduck,

IL: Elvenshadow, JuicyG,Hbomb,Ukyo,

MI: FinalShowdown and his buddies.

OH: KBnova,Me^^,and friends

PA: Fatcat,Toiyet,

VA/MD: Kono, KoNinja

FL: Heidren98 and his buddies

Dang look i even included Peru, how much more unbiased can i get.

Jin K’s Pick: Kono.



On your list I couldn’t help but notice you listed Ricky Ortiz a variety of times.

Does this mean Ricky O. is going to be allowed to participate this year?

P.S.: Your 3rd Strike list is missing the Japanese player KSK. :wink:


I think Kuni confirmed that Daigo will NOT be coming unfortunately.


well before i make a serious detailed prediciton maybe i have heard that in XX some random dude named

“WHIPPY POO” is ridiculously good at the game. If nothing else his name is cool. shrug.



jop gets mentioned and i dont :*( i never lost to noone in the south and i’m going


apparantly Ive been informed that Im not allowed to have opinions.


eh diz is peachs. I posted a bit ago but look like my post got fuckin’ deleted. ha real slick eh. but ya know dawg you cant keep a hard broa liek me down ya dig? My pimpin’ has been fuckin’ tight as usual if anyone knows honey cunt left me so nuggs has had to work doublez but its all good in the hood.

Naw for sure dis is my predictons for that wack ass otaku game XX. Damn why brothers be playing this shit i dunno guess they still fucking there hands and shit cuz they watching to much anime but who knows but dem eh?


im gonna say kono. That fucking yigga im not even sure if you should let him play in the tourny. i seen that foo play and lemme say i wouldnt even let him join the tourny at my crib cuz i know the foo would change the game PERIOD.

Last time he play police arrested him for doing to much. I was liek shit yigga. You gotta settle down. Does that retard listen. HELL NO. fucker rasided the roof on that shit with his black belt in carate. Shit was off the mother fuckin’ chains ya dig?

Man can i get a ahem in that bitch. Seriously that kono fucker dun let that dawg play. Shit is serious.

also i gotz probz wit em. He fucking fucked my gurl honey pot and fucked her up. Shit didnt even pay me. That money was my break fast.

also if anyon esee that fucker you tell him peachs want his fucking bacon egg and cheese biscut.



I already know my prediction… Its Partying!!!


cvs2; highest placing american ( non japanese player ) is gonna’ be choi or buk. i just have the damnest feelin’ in my bones buk is gonna’ plow some fuckin’ heads.

3s; i like pyro’s yun a lot and i think he most likely learned a lot over in japan. i see him puttin’ on a good show as well.

st; it depends. if he goes full on afro, he’ll take st. if he does somethin’ with his hair he wont place as high. that’s how i see it. :smiley: