Super Smash Bros Wii U has had an incredibly competitive scene so far this year, with several high-profile upsets and rising stars. With the completed release of the PGR top 50 version 3 ranking, the current state of the competitive scene looks more fiercely contested than ever.
Here are a few of the biggest things to look for with Smash 4's move to the big Sunday stage at EVO 2017.
3. A New Champion?
Since this is the third EVO for Smash 4, only two players have been champions in the past: Gonzalo "ZeRo" Berrios, and Elliot "Ally" Carroza-Oyarce. This year has proven that upsets are not only possible at the highest level of the game, but that upsets are in fact almost a certainty at any major tournament.
With this noted volatility and deep talent pool in the scene, this year (more than ever) it's probable that we will see a new EVO champion. Players like Leonardo "MKLeo" Perez, Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada, Samuel "Dabuz" Busby, and Larry "Larry Lurr" Holland are all very possible EVO champions this year.
Who will take home the gold?
2. Ally's Repeat
Ally won the entire event last year, defeating Takuto "Kameme" Ono in Winners and Grand Finals. ZeRo lost a disappointing upset in pools to Eric "Mr. E" Weber, and then lost to Kameme in Losers Finals for a third place finish, so Ally avoided him.
Ally, however, is more than capable of winning the entire event regardless of his bracket. Coming off his win last year, he may just pull out the first repeat EVO win in the game's history.
1. ZeRo's Repeat
This is a no-brainer. Being the first seed at virtually every tournament he attends, ZeRo is the favorite to win every event. With his destructive Diddy Kong play, and Lucina secondary to take down some of Diddy's harder matchups, he is more than prepared to continue building his unparalleled Smash 4 resume and become the first repeat EVO winner in the game's history.