Spider-Man's infinite loop in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite soft-banned from Battle for the Stones tournaments

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Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 13, 2017 at 11:43 a.m. PDT

In Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite there exists a combo loop for Spider-Man that he can essentially perform an infinite number of times. Using his Web Ball special move in conjunction with the Reality Stone Infinity Surge, Spidey can keep his opponent trapped forever.

This has been popping up a lot in the community, and has become a large topic of debate. Being that it gives players an unfair advantage, should it be allowed in competitive settings?

Today, Capcom has issued an official ruling on the Spider-Man infinite regarding the Battle for the Stones tournaments. This tactic is soft-banned from use at all events in the series.

The competition's official rules have been updated to incorporate the change, noting that players must end the loop after the third cycle. If they go beyond three reps, they will automatically forfeit the match.

Capcom notes that though they understand both sides of the debate, but the Spider-Man infinite loop is an unintentional exploitation of the game mechanics.

The Battle for the Stones tournament series features several events where Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite players will compete to earn one of the six Infinity Stones. These stones allow the wielder to alter the rules of the tournament in their favor at the finals, which is taking place in Anaheim, California, in December.

We will be seeing the third Battle for the Stones event this weekend at SEAM 2017 in Singapore. Players will be battling for the Time Stone, and we'll be finding out what effect the stone will have during the tournament.

So far, we've seen the ability to switch positions in the bracket via the Space Stone, and erasing one of the stone holder's losses in a 3-out-of-5 set with the Soul Stone.

You can check out the official Spider-Man infinite ruling from Capcom below.

The Spider-Man infinite loop in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has been a topic of debate in the community and, after careful consideration, we have come to a conclusion regarding its use in the “Battle for the Stones” tournaments series:

Going forward, the Spider-Man infinite loop will be “soft-banned,” meaning a player must end the loop after a third cycle. If a player executes the loop beyond the third cycle, they will automatically forfeit the match.

The current infinite loop is an unintended effect that circumvents the gameplay mechanics. While we understand the positions on both sides of the debate, we feel this is the best decision for the “Battle for the Stones” tournament series. In the future, we will treat any situations like this on a case by case basis.

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