My own opinion is that we’ll see some “newcomers” or that is, relatively less known/expected players make a good showing. It’s been happening tournaments here (and around the world, to be honest), I don’t see why it wouldn’t happen at Evo. For the most part, the top will still be top, but their exact position can’t possibly pinpointed. What I don’t believe is that the Japan dick riding is justified. I think there are reason’s why they wont do as well as a lot of people expecting. Having no arcade scene for the game, them not having regular local grind sessions outside online (but what do I know about that). I just don’t think their exposure to Super is as deep as non-arcade dominant regions. They’re very familiar with 17 chars (arcade version), less familiar with 8 more (console vanilla), and even less so with 10 more (SSF4) plus all the little changes. Not to mention happenstance of the moment. All of this will influence the outcome of the tourny. That said, if Japan does dominte, it’ll go on to prove how free the rest of the world is. Otherwise, it can’t be said to be “settled” until next years Evo.