As Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite released today, Capcom are celebrating with the announcement of an utterly wild new tournament called Battle for the Stones, which features a crazy set of handicaps.
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The tournament finals will take place December 8-10, and will feature seven former Evo champions, three winners from online tournaments, and six winners of upcoming Infinity Stone tournaments.
The winners of those six tournaments will each get an Infinity Stone that lets them impose some handicap on a single match of their choice during the finals. No details yet on what those stones will actually do, but apparently that’ll be announced ahead of the qualifying tournaments. If you get beat without using your stone, it goes to the victorious player, who can then use it whenever they want - under the same restrictions, of course.
It’s probably a little over-complicated, but it sounds like a good time, nonetheless. The question is what kind of effect those stones can have to be meaningful without totally breaking the tournament, which will have a $30,000 prize pot.
The seven Evo MvC champions invited to the finals are Jay “Viscant” Snyder, Ryan “FChamp” Ramirez, Job “Flocker” Figueroa, Justin Wong, Nick “KaneBlueriver” Gonzalez, Chris “ChrisG” Gonzalez, and Ryan “RyanLV” Romero.”
We enjoyed Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, but the big question for its continued relevance is how the fighting game community responds to the final game, since their initial reactions have been less than favourable.