With Mortal Kombat allotted a returning third consecutive year at the 2013 Evo Championship, the inevitable path to seeding begins anew with the proverbial Road to Evo!

The road is considerably shorter, this year: devoid of the points that made the long haul to every tournament so pressing in 2012. This time the weight lies on four vital meetings, which will feed decision making data to tournament organizers come the Las Vegas Evo World Championship in July. The year begins wtih SoCal Regionals -- kicking off today, January 18 - January 19!

Team EGP will be streaming the tour live, with exhibition hype matches feeding in to a packed field of Mortal Kombat regulars. Sign-ups at the door will keep things lively, with expected appearances by ranking regulars: MLG Champion REO; the Super Vegas Bros. MIT & SoCal2012 second runner-up DJT; STB Shujinkydink and many more!

Defending champion Osu16Bit will have all eyes on him as he emerges from controversy, fighting for redemption amidst accusations of bracket fixing at NEC2012. SoCal will be a homecoming for the Galloping Ghost Arcade Kitana-specialist -- a return to the tournament that began a year-long feud with Crazy Dominican over supremacy with the fan-wielding fighter! Will SoCal 2013 be a cleansing for 16bit, or a painful lesson in penance? The challenge is already layed down for exhibition when NYChris G brings it in the lead!

Also making it interesting; rumors of DetroitBalln bringing a new strategy for the new year! He'll play the blindman's bluff when he unleashes Kenshi upon a field fast learning the talents of the blind sword saint. With 2012 rising star Pig of the Hut expected to rep his regular, the SoCal battle of the Kenshis may begin the new premiere character-rivalry in 2013!

PLUS: The entire field will want to watch their backs as the SoCal regulars swarm to take control of the home tournament once again! EGP Tyrant, XBlades and 2012 SoCal Runner-Up, KrayzieBone, are all expected to press the homefield advantage when they storm the bracket with a Regional Rampage!

Event Schedule: (*all times are Pacific Standard Time) [via EGP]
Friday, January 18th, 2013
12:00pm-4:00pm; Pool 1
5:00pm-8:00pm; Exhibition Matches

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
11:00am-3:00pm; Pool 2
3:00pm-5:00pm; Top 8
6:00pm-9:00pm; Exhibition Matches

Mortal Kombat Online is watching the Road to Evo with keen interest! NorCal Regionals will be the next stop; UFGT9 starts the hype early with confirmation of MK and Injustice! Follow the SoCal Regional stream live and discuss it with the MKOmmunity on the forum!