I have an idea about a 5 on 5 that might go well with EVO.
Instead of having a 5 on 5 in one game between 2 coasts (East, and West), how about a 5 on 5 in 5 different games between 2 divisions (Eastern and Western). First, for the games, there will be different games for each participant (for example, let’s say we use ST, 3s, MvC2, Smash, and T5DR). Each division will choose a player for the specific game; a good example would be the Eastern Division: Justin Wong is considered the best in the East in MvC2, 3s, and CvS2, but he is only allowed to play in one of the games… if you choose Marvel, that’s fine, but in 3s leaves a significant skill gap between Wong and the next best 3s players in the East (no disrespect to guys like KOFiend, etc…), so you would want to take into consideration what players should be playing in a certain game.
Another point about this is that it promotes smart counter-picking, adjusting to what the other side might choose, like a sports team (it’s like using mind games, even though you aren’t playing the games); to stop the abuse of this, each division will submit the players on the team for the specific games before the tournament. This also promotes game diversity, some people might become interested in games they never gave a chance being showcased and take a liking to it; you also see different characters that play a specific game that you might have never cared for. This also gives a chance (IF they are chosen) for games on the rise, like Arcana Heart, Melty Blood, etc… to be seen.
About the divisions, in my opinion, the EC/WC format is outdated. Both coasts have the majority of the best players, but they aren’t the only ones. The Eastern Division and Western Division will be separated similar to the NBA and NHL, and with this, you will be able to pick players who excel the most at a certain game, but can’t compete, because they aren’t located in a specific coast. Example: Let’s say Guilty Gear is on the roster for the 5 on 5, the Midwest and Southwest has the best players in the nation, but if the EC/WC format was used, then they wouldn’t be able to compete, only having really good players, but not the best of the best.
I know I have problems making my point clear, but I hope most of you get the idea.