SoCal Regionals runs Marvel Infinite in best of three format as 'Battle for the Stones' event; CEOtaku running best of five

We'll soon have our first real examples of both formats, and can perhaps get a definite answer for Infinite

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 24, 2017 at 3:46 p.m. PDT

There's been some question as to whether or not Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite should maintain a tournament standard of 2/3 or 3/5 games per set.

After this weekend, we'll have two major examples of how each runs as both SoCal Regionals and CEOtaku are featuring Infinite, and neither with the same set format.

SoCal Regionals initially proposed to follow the same 3/5 format that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was played with. The event's status as part of Capcom's Battle for the Stones series meant that it would actually need to be run in the 2/3 format (3/5 for top eight only) to follow the established rules.

The opposite American coast is housing CEOtaku this weekend, and tournament organizer Alex Jebailey tweeted the following concerning the matter:

"CEOtaku Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite rules. All matches are 3/5. Winner keeps same team but can change stone 1st b4 loser(can change team) chooses theirs."

So, where does this leave us?

The difficulty in making the choice here is very heavily rooted in the fact that no one is really certain just how fast these matches will run once players have started perfecting combos, polishing set ups and discovering any and all cheap tricks to speed things up with.

We are indeed seeing two major events house Infinite, and those will stand as early examples and guidance totems, but the fact of the matter is we're still less than a week removed from launch day.

Tier lists, overpowered tactics and match up analysis are, at this point, widely subjective. They are more lightly informed hypotheses, that may point out the direction the game is headed. If you've been through a game launch like this before, you know just how many early impressions can miss the mark.

The fighting game community will pay special attention to the way CEOtaku and SCR play out this weekend, as we'll be clamoring for examples to prove why our preferred formats (on an individual level) are the better choices.

Stopwatches will be out, and perceived upsets will be noted as we search for a more definite answer.

The Battle for the Stones series will continue to show off the 2/3 until top eight format, though we suspect most others will default to what's known in the UMvC3-style 3/5. We've reached out to Big E to ask how his East Coast tournament series is preparing to play MvCI, but we have yet to hear back with answer.

Feel free to share your opinions, especially if you've tuned in to both SCR and CEOtaku, in the comments below.

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