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In Depth: Is Marvel dead? Part 2: ApologyMan — EventHubs investigates and speaks with pro players to finally answer the question

Is Marvel dead? We already spoke with Filipino Champ in Part 1 to get his thoughts on the matter. Sure, the constant posts from stream monsters and Capcom losing the right to even sell the game certainly suggest so, but Champ’s response advises that you may not want to hold the funeral anytime soon.

But one perspective isn't enough, even if it's from a top player. Next up is Vineeth “MMG|ApologyMan” Meka. His unique team of Firebrand, Dr. Doom, and Super-Skrull netted him 1st place at SoCal Regionals in 2014, 13th at Evolution 2014, and second place at Curleh Mustache Norcal.

Since MMG|ApologyMan runs in the same, high level tournament circles as Filipino Champ, I was curious to find out how different his thoughts could be.

His answer makes a very intelligent comparison between a certain version of Street Fighter 4 and Marvel vs. Capcom.

Read below to check out his thoughts and my reflection.

In Depth: Is Marvel dead? EventHubs investigates and speaks with pro players to finally answer the question – Pt.1: Filipino Champ

“Marvel is dead!” You can't go to a tournament stream chat without seeing someone make the claim. Even beyond that, stories of desolate brackets from weekly tournaments get repeated in comments and on Reddit. Furthermore, with Capcom not capable of selling new copies of titles featuring Marvel characters, the situation looks even more bleak. Everything on the internet seems to be pointing towards the conclusion that the most recognized versus series in fighting games has finally met its maker, but is that really the case?

I've decided to talk to some of the highest level players in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and check the facts to find out for myself. Hopefully, the answers I received will shed some light on the future of the series.

Our first answer comes from Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez. Though he needs little introduction, the former Evolution champion has remained consistently one of the world's best in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Last year, he made number 3 in EventHubs's Top 30 UmvC3 players of 2014.

Check out our interview with him below and my thoughts concerning it.

Next Level Battle Circuit #108 results feat. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3; Insaynne's Rolento goes crazy!

Next Level Battle Circuit #108 results feat. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3; Insaynne's Rolento goes crazy! Update: The archive and bracket results have been added to this story.

Earlier:It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

Shadowloo Showdown 2015 results, stream archive feat. Sako, Momochi, Kazunoko, Gackt, Poongko, K-Brad, ChocoBlanka, Dogura, Eita, KSK and more

Updated with final results: We've updated this story with the final results from Shadowloo Showdown 6 (2015), along with a stream archive from the last day.

It's time, once more, for Australia's premiere major event, Shadowloo Showdown. While this one comes a bit closer after the last one, the management have assured everyone that this is because they'll be opting to have the event during the first few months every year from now on, and they wanted to cement this time in 2015.

The event will feature Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighters 13 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

There are many killers featured at this tournament. Among others, you can expect to see HORI|Sako, EG|Momochi, Kazunoko, RZR|Gackt, Poongko, EG|K-Brad, EG|ChocoBlanka, Dogura, Eita, KSK and more.

What are you waiting for? Catch the live stream right below.

Next Level Battle Circuit #107 results feat. Smug, RayRay, Kreymore, Damdai, Hiro, and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #107 results feat. Smug, RayRay, Kreymore, Damdai, Hiro, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

Apex 2015 results feat. Mango, PPMD, Armada, Mew2King, Hungrybox, Leffen, Wobbles, Ice, Axe, aMSa, PewPewU, Lucky and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

While EVO is traditionally the biggest fighting game tournament for any given title, the reality is not so for the Super Smash Bros. series. While EVO is certainly huge, the top dog in Smash town is Apex, and it's finally time for 2015's iteration, which also happens to have the honor of being the biggest Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament of all time.

While Smash is certainly the main event, there are also other games to enjoy at Apex 2015. The game lineup focuses on Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 64, but also includes Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd and Killer Instinct.

You can expect basically any and all top smashers to be in attendance, including C9|Mango, EG|PPMD, Alliance|Armada, Mew2King, Liquid|Hungrybox, Leffen, Wobbles, VGBC|Hax, MOR|Axe, VGBC|aMSa and many, many more.

Outside of Smash, there's a healthy amount of big names as well, such as Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, CTRL|RayRay, EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, SteamCo|IFC Yipes, MOR|Rico Suave, BIFU|Insaynne, Perfect Legend, fLoE, CTRL|Unknown, TA|Moons, UVG|Noel Brown and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by VGBootCamp, Team Spooky and Bifuteki.

Hit the jump to check out the full action.

Next Level Battle Circuit #106 stream feat. Sanford Kelly, Insaynne, Shine, Henry Cen and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #106 stream feat. Sanford Kelly, Insaynne, Shine, Henry Cen and more It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

Curleh Mustache East Coast 5 UMvC3 results ft. RayRay, Coach Steve, K-Brad, Noel Brown, Flux and more

Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: The Curleh Mustache East Coast 5 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournament is happening today at the Next Level Arcade in 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

Some of the biggest names in competitive UMvC3 from the East Coast and beyond are in attendance, including BIFU|Coach Steve, CTRL|RayRay, EG|K-Brad, UVG|Noel Brown, and CTRL|Flux.

A tournament is currently going on right now to determine who will earn the last spot for the Curleh Mustache invitationals, which will start later in the afternoon today.

There's also going to be an exhibition match between BIFU|Coach Steve and CTRL|RayRay later tonight.

The Ultimate UMVC comeback compilation featuring Marlin Pie, Nemo, Flocker, Moons, Angelic, Insaynne, Flux, Unkn0wn and Alukard

Never. Say. Die.

That's an attitude you have to have if you want to make a name for yourself in the world of the FGC. When all odds are stacked against you, don't look at it as a death certificate, but rather an opportunity for greatness.

This is the final installment in Xuses' Marvel comeback series, and they're going out with a bang.

Perhaps the the most exciting of these comebacks are the ones that are done with characters that are not regarded as top tier. Seeing an Amaterasu or a Shuma Gorath take out a Doom/Vergil team is priceless.

There's plenty of video to watch, so you'd better get to it.

Hit the jump to check them out!

Next Level Battle Circuit #105 results feat. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Kreymore, DaFeetLee, and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #105 results feat. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Kreymore, DaFeetLee, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

EVO 2015 lineup includes Tekken 7 (arcade), Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. 4 and more

Updated: Nine games have been officially announced for the EVO 2015 line-up. Mortal Kombat X and Tekken 7 (on arcade) -- two games that haven't been released yet -- have been included on this year's list.

Additionally, Super Smash Bros. on Wii U makes its debut at the event. Hit the jump to check out the full list.

Earlier: The folks behind the EVO tournament series are announcing the official game line-up for this year's event tonight.

Mr. Wizard will be joining Mike Ross over at the Twitch offices in order to make tonight's announcements.

You can catch the live stream below.

EVO 2015 lineup to be revealed live tomorrow evening on Twitch - which titles do you think will be main games this year

After a lengthy consideration process, this year's EVO games are now locked in -- and they're slated to be revealed this week, EVO Championship Series founding member Joey 'Mr. Wizard' Cuellar announced on Twitter today.

I hope you're ready to find out which fighting game titles will be made the main games at EVO this year. If not, well, you have slightly more than 24 hours to brace yourselves. For as it turns out, by "this week", what Mr. Wizard really means is "tomorrow night". Time to get hype, fighting game fans!

That's when a special EVO 2015 announcement Twitch stream is scheduled to happen (starting at 7PM PST). Mr. Wizard is making a trip down to the streaming service provider's offices for this live stream, and he will be joined by Twitch's very own Mike Ross for the broadcast. On top of revealing the EVO 2015 line-up, Mr. Wizard will also be taking questions from the stream monsters.

So make sure to come watch the stream here with us here on EventHubs tomorrow evening (it'll be on the front page as soon as the stream goes live), as we find out what this year's EVO main games are going to be.

Until then, watch the official EVO 2015 trailer below, and tell us your predictions of what the EVO 2015 line-up will be like. Which Smash title will be a main game this year? Will Tekken be part of the main game line-up? Will unreleased titles like Mortal Kombat X make it in? What about the ArcSys fighters?

What's better than 2 amazing comebacks in one set? How about 3... against Nemo! Combofiend and ApologyMan show off in these impressive compilations

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a game that you just don't give second chances in. Capcom's own Combofiend and MMG|ApologyMan show us exactly why in these two most recent comeback compilations from XusesGB.

Combofiend has a sequence wherein he faces off against BT|MarlinPie at SoCal Regionals 2013. Pie has him on the ropes in two separate occasions and Combofiend brings it back both times from the brink.

ApologyMan squares off against Japan's BT|Nemo in a first to 7 set. He finds himself at a huge deficit not once, not twice but in three different matches and yet somehow manages to turn the tables every time.

Hit the jump to see Spencer and Super Skrull hold their own.

Kumite in Tennessee 15 results ft. Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Yipes, Sanford Kelly, K-Brad, Mew2King, CD Jr. LordKnight and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we hope you're all set to enjoy Kumite in Tennessee 15. The tournament features a wide variety of players competing in many different games at a high level.

Among many others, players you can expect to see at the event include EG|Justin Wong, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, SteamCo|Yipes, Perfect Legend, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Boost|Jan, EMP|Mew2King, TS|LordKnight; AK|Pig of the Hut, KIT|Forever King, SteamCo|CD Jr., GGA|16-Bit and more.

Games set to be played at the event are Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Guilty Gear Xrd, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5 and Mortal Kombat 9.

Tonight we'll be seeing a 16-man invitational tournament with such players as Justin Wong, K-Brad, Arturo Sanchez, Ricky Ortiz, GG|SherryJenix, and more competing.

Hit the jump to partake in all of the excitement.

Armada's forever float, J-Wong's unbelieveable play and Evil Daigo's Ume-demon: Highlight reel from B.E.A.S.T., KIT, and Canada Cup Masters Series

With three major tournaments this weekend, there has been no shortage of amazing game play.

Though there were many to chose from, we grabbed our favorite moments from each of the three events and have posted them here for you.

The first of these comes from Europe's biggest Super Smash Bros. major, B.E.A.S.T. V.

To set the stage, we have an old favorite. Alliance|Armada's Peach faces off against C9|Mango's Fox.

This is the first set of Melee Losers finals and we find ourselves with both players down to their final lives. Percentages were decently high, but neither player was in extreme danger quite yet.

Armada forces Mango off the edge of the stage and gives chase. This is what ensues:


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Using Peach's parasol to slow his decent, Armada stays afloat just long enough to see Mango pass the death line. Armada's display of knowledge here is incredible. He knew how far both characters had to fall, how long Fox could stay afloat, how long Peach could stay afloat and calculated it down seemingly to the nanosecond. Mind. Blown.

That was just moment #1. Hit the jump to see the rest!


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