The Top 8 of MvC3 and SSF4AE were played as “best of 3 games,” with the exception of grand finals. I didn’t have the chance to see the other games, so I don’t know if the same applies. Correct me if I’m mistaken, but I thought that Top 8 had been “best of 5” in the past, so I was surprised by this tournament format.
What do you think of this format? Personally, I think “best of 3” overly favors tricks and gimmicks. Two games is not enough time to adequately download an opponent. I personally don’t believe that Poongko, with his guessing-game style of Seth play, would have made it that far had it been “best of 5.” Still, I know that some would say that “best of 3” is more exciting to watch because players always can have new surprises up their sleeves.
EDIT: My mistake, EVO Top 8 has always been “best of 3” except grand finals.