Guilty Gear -Strive- still on top of EVO 2022 entrant leaderboard
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Guilty Gear -Strive- still on top of EVO 2022 entrant leaderboard

Two months of relative, registrant stability

With the regular registration period for the 2022 Evolution Championship Series concluded, the weekend of Aug. 5 looms closer. The self-proclaimed fighting game world championship features nine different tournaments with thousands of registrants, but there has actually been no changing in terms of the biggest game there since the end of early-bird registration since April.

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Guilty Gear -Strive- remains the most entered game at EVO 2022. This does not come as a surprise, as Arc System Works’ newest edition to the Guilty Gear franchise has been a smash hit. Just last month, at Combo Breaker, it was the most entered game there with more than 1,000 entries, a first for that tournament series.

Right behind Guilty Gear -Strive- is none other than Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. One of the oldest games at Evo 2022, SFV is still showing up strong when it comes to entrants despite being a game with no new content coming out recently. This will most likely be SFV’s fifth and last EVO considering the announcement of Street Fighter 6.

The King of Fighters XV is still in third place. The newest game in this year’s field of nine looks to have a strong showing at its first EVO. The KOF series itself is no stranger to EVO, though, as the last installment of the series (The King of Fighters XIV) showed up at EVO 2017.

In fourth place is Tekken 7, which is the record holder for the number of EVO tournament appearances in a row. Tekken 7 has been in the lineup at EVO since 2015. The game has been all over the place in the entrants standings since it’s first EVO, but this year it seems to be settling in the fourth spot.

The Cinderella story of the event, Granblue Fantasy Versus, is still rounding out the fifth spot. GBFV released right before the COVID-19 pandemic and featured a popular IP based on one of the most popular mobile games in the world. The gameplay was also easy to pick up, which seemed set for a perfect storm of popularity. But with no rollback netcode heading into the pandemic, the game was essentially dead on arrival. But with new updates to the game even three years later, the passionate player base has shown up big time.

The rest of the games in order of entrants are Dragon Ball FigherZ, Melty Blood: Type Lumina, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore. Late registration is still available for players wanting to attend but all registration will close by Saturday, July 9.

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