Will EVO 2018 be Marvel-less? Event organizers 'torn' on whether or not to include Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on 2018 line up

Mr. Wizard polls community for their thoughts on the matter

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 12, 2017 at 6:44 p.m. PST

Capcom's Battle for the Stones saw its finale this past weekend at Capcom Cup 2017, but to a somewhat lackluster audience.

The event deviated from traditional norms with a bold attempt to add to the already chaotic nature of the Marvel vs. Capcom series as players were awarded special Infinity Stones that granted them powers of influence both in and outside of gameplay.

Said powers included the ability to change an opponent's team or button layout, guarantee a first hit during one round in a match, gain an extra life during a single set amongst other special privileges.

The takeaway was that Capcom was trying to cater more to audiences than players with over the top amendments to traditional tourney approaches, but it seems as though viewers were more interested in a showcase of player skill than an event made unpredictable with unconventional rules.

Many chairs were left empty in the live arena, and audience reactions were fairly muted when compared to more standard events, and stream viewership reportedly only clocked in around 5,000 actives on average, though Sunday's Grand Finals peaked at around 16,000 concurrent viewers according to Sullygnome.

EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar posted a Twitter poll today asking his followers whether or not Infinite is dead. As you'll see in the image here, he later stated that the EVO staff is "torn" on whether or not to include MvCI in the 2018 lineup:

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Given the mainstay popularity status of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, along with the perceived surefire success of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, it's somewhat hard to imagine an EVO without Marvel.

Before jumping to too many conclusions, the very fact that Battle for the Stones was not a run of the mill event should probably be taken into consideration before being it's looked at as a barometer for the game's status amongst players.

If EVO follows their usual schedule, we're expecting a line up reveal some time in January. The Marvel community has around a month to convince Cuellar and the rest of the EVO staff that their game will be worth hosting at the 2018 mega major.

Be sure to vote in Mr. Wizard's poll on Twitter, but please also let us know what you think on this matter in the comments section below.

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