Evolution Championship Series (Evo) has revealed its 2018 main stage lineup, and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is conspicuously missing from the list of eight championship games.
The eight games that made the cut are Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, the weeks-old Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and perennial Evo favorite Super Smash Bros. Melee.
The five titles in the Arena finals are Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
The Marvel vs. Capcom series has been a favorite in Evo’s rotation, with 2011’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 appearing in the Evo lineup just last year. King of Fighters, another semi-regular series at Evo, is missing from the list. Event organizers haven’t commented on why these two games were missing from the list, but Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite‘s exclusion could have something to do with the fact that Capcom is still having to balance one of the game’s main mechanics, despite it launching in October 2017.
The biggest surprises are Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle‘s additions to the lineup, considering the former game just launched on January 26th and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle isn’t even launching in North America until June 5th. Evo 2018 takes place in Las Vegas from August 3rd to August 5th, giving the meta for both games enough time to potentially evolve in strange and unsavory ways prior to the tournament.