Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite stories

Sub-Zero vs. Black Panther in Wrestlemania 34? Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander wrestled one another while wearing some awesome costumes

Wrestlemania 34 was a special pay-per-view event that went on last night. I imagine wrestling fans everywhere were paying attention to the fights that occurred on the main stage.

One of the fights pitted Mustafa Ali against Cedric Alexander. What was most interesting about their match were the costumes that they chose to wear.

Fighting game fans were sure to recognize who they were cosplaying as. Mustafa Ali came out while wearing a classic Mortal Kombat outfit.

Apparently Mustafa Ali had joined the Lin Kuei as he came out dressed as Sub-Zero. His opponent might've been frozen in fear had he not come prepared too...

Cedric Alexander donned a special Blank Panther costume. Recently, Black Panther appeared in the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite fighting game.

What are the odds that we'll someday see a Marvel vs. Mortal Kombat fighting game in the future? Probably not too high, but this was pretty cool to see all the same.

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Cloud805 talks with BornFree about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's collapse, the three things to change in Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more

UYU|Cloud805 will go down in history for being the player to win the first official Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite major event by winning the Battle for the Stones series. Actually, this might be the only official Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite event ever.

BornFree had a chance to sit down with Cloud805 at the NorCal Regionals 2018 for an interview. A video was uploaded that has the two talking about a number of different topics.

The first subject had to be about the Marvel vs. Capcom series. They started with Cloud805's first EVO in 2013 where he was able to make top eight in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and take out Filipino Champ -- the previous year's EVO champion for the game.

When the topic changed to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Cloud805 discusses some rumors that were apparently going on during the title's development cycle. Cloud805 mentioned that he wished things were handled differently.

Eventually they move on to Dragon Ball FighterZ. Evidently, Cloud805 is quite the fan of the series and was apparently very happy to find out that the title was a 2D fighter rather than a 3D fighter.

When pressed about what he'd like changed, there were three things that Cloud805 was quickly able to come up with. He'd like to see super dashes be more negative or punishable, crouching heavy attacks not be cancellable, and make Vanish leave the user at negative frames on block.

Hit the jump below to check out the full interview.

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If you're in need of a trophy for you next Marvel vs. Capcom tournament, look no further than the new Infinity Gauntlet from Hasbro

The world is just getting past the Black Panther craze, but they will be jumping right back into the Marvel hype in less than a month with Avengers: Infinity War releasing on April 27 meaning we'll all need to be prepared to drown in more Marvel merchandise wherever we look.

New shirts, hats, toys, posters and bootleg versions of everything I just mentioned will flood the stores and web though some have gotten a couple months of a head start.

Hasbro has a new and wearable version of the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos wears in the new film on Amazon that is made for adults and comes with a premium price tag. The list price for the gauntlet is $100, and though its listing says it is "temporarily out of stock," orders can still be placed and be fulfilled once they are back.

Alex Jebailey suggested they could be used as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite trophies going forward whether in jest or seriousness might be a fun idea. Unless you are UYU|Cloud805, who won MVCI's Battle for the Stones last year, you can't yet claim that you own an Infinity Gauntlet for crushing all of your foes.

The Infinity Gauntlet features all of the Infinity Stones that can light up with the flip of a switch (though even with that price tag, batteries still aren't included). The fingers on the gauntlet articulate for actual wearing and also posing.

The gauntlet is part of their Legends Series that also includes Thor's Mjolnir and Star-lord's helmet. It may end up hard to come by with the Infinity War craze kicking in, but unique rewards/ trophies for events will always turn some heads and grab some more attention.

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NorCal Regionals 2018 results ft. Infiltration, Tokido, JDCR, MenaRD, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another huge one is going on this weekend, with NorCal Regionals 2018 taking place in Sacramento, California.

This is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour as well as a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour, so you'd best get hyped for a lot of big matches.

Besides those two titles, the event will also feature high level tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14, Windjammers, Pokkén Tournament DX, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct, ARMS, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

A ton of players have shown up for the event, most notably for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition which boasts almost 300 attendees, and you can get a glimpse at how ridiculous the pools for the game are in a piece by my colleague Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon here.

As for who's attending, a small excerpt of notable players is as follows: PG|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, FOX|JDCR, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|Punk, NuckleDu, UYU|Qudans, CO|Go1, CYG|Daigo, CYG|Fuudo, EG|NYChrisG, FD|Fujimura, RZR|Xian, Fursan|Verloren, RB|Bonchan, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|Momochi, NVD|Phenom, Ghost|K-Brad, UYU|Cloud805, RB|Snake Eyez, UYU|NL, Scarz|Sako, FD|Haitani, UYU|Princess Ling, Ponos|Moke, FOX|Justin Wong, Gachikun, Rise|Smug, Mago, UYU|Jeondding, AB|Poongko, UYU|OilKing, Filipino Champ, Humanbomb, CYG|GamerBee, NASR|BigBird, AB|StormKubo, Tempo|Alex Myers, iG|Jiewa, GAM|Caba, XSK Samurai, OG|Shine, CYG|Chris Tatarian, WP|Daikokugo, CYG|PR Balrog, FD|Otani, Rise|Marn and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, iPlayWinner and Fang Shaymin.

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Thaiger Uppercut 2018 results ft. Tokido, Qudans, Knee, Momochi, Dogura

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we'll be seeing some heavy fighting game action going on in Bangkok, Thailand, for Thaiger Uppercut 2018.

This is a Ranking Event for the Asia portion of the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as a Challenger event for the Asian region for the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these two mainline games, you'll also get to enjoy high level tournament matches for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd: REV 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

For just a taste of the amazing level of talent present at this event, look right here: FOX|Tokido, UYU|Qudans, ROX|Knee, FOX|Momochi, CO|Dogura, ROX|Chanel, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, RB|Bonchan, RZR|Xian, Fursan|LowHigh, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Kkokkoma, Mago, Scarz|Sako, UYU|Jeondding, NASR|BigBird, IG|Jiewa, Talon|Xiaobao, RB|Tanukana, Talon|Hotdog29, PandaTV|Dakou, DimeBack, Ghost|K-Brad, FightClub|UD, GW|Eita, Tse4, Qanba|Abao and many, many more.

With 105 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and 80 entrants for Tekken 7, there's going to be a lot of matches to get through, so get situated and enjoy the show.

Streaming is being done at TGU Main, KZ Café and TGU 1.

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Final Round event organizer Shin Blanka announces possible retirement, potential end of the tournament series

Early this morning, Larry "Shin Blanka" Dixon announced his possible retirement from event planning in the FGC. Known for organizing the long-time major tournament series Final Round, Dixon states that it too may be coming to an end.

On his personal Facebook account, Shin Blanka wrote an extensive statement sharing his reasoning for the decision and the current state of things.

The message begins by thanking everyone involved with this year's event -- Final Round 21 -- which took place just this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Dixon goes on to address a troublesome attendee (with some language NSFW), who took issue with the clear bags given out at that the event.

From there, he delves into his retirement. Dixon notes that at the end of this past weekend's event, he provided some quick words to attendees about his decision, though he wasn't really clear about the specifics.

"This leads me to this portion of the post when I address my retirement," Dixon wrote in the Facebook post. "I made a brief statement at the end of the event, but it wasn't fully explained and we had to pack up our equipment and be out the exhibition hall at a certain time.

"Unfortunately, we have never recovered our attendance from the social media witch hunt from Final Round 19. While I've taken responsibility for everything that happened that year and I understand why attendance dropped."

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Final Round 2018 results ft. SonicFox, Infiltration, Tokido, MenaRD, JDCR

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend is a big one, with the massive annual event Final Round taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Perhaps the biggest thing of note about the event this year is that it's going to be kicking off both the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, for which it is a Premier event, and the Tekken World Tour for Tekken 7, for which it is a Master event.

Besides these games, you'll also get to enjoy tournament action in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Pokkén Tournament DX, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

As for players attending, there really are just way too many to list, but here are just a few of the notable competitors you can expect to see this weekend across the tournament games: FOX|SonicFox, PG|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|JDCR, Punk, CYG|Daigo, NuckleDu, FOX|Saint, EG|NYChrisG, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Justin Wong, CO|Go1, RB|Anakin, GGP|Kazunoko, PAG|LostSoul, Circa|ForeverKing, PG|Speedkicks, Fursan|LowHigh, Circa|JoeyFury, Gachikun, Shadow20z, F3|DR Gross, UYU|Princess Ling and many, many more.

You'll also get the enjoy the highly anticipated first-to-10 exhibition set in Dragon Ball FighterZ between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1. For even more information on the event, its attendance, and what you can look forward to, check out our official preview.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network and Data FGC.

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Clockw0rk puts together power rankings for his boy Strider in every Marvel vs. Capcom game

The Marvel vs. Capcom series turns 20-years old this year (if we ignore the X-Men and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter games), and they have produced quite the legacy from both the perspectives of the games and the players who showed us what the series was capable of.

Daniel "Clockw0rk" Maniago has been one of the most prominent faces in the MvC community, and when you think of Clockw0rk, the first thing that comes to mind is probably his Strider play. The two go together just like peanut butter and jelly or Blanka and salt.

Clockw0rk recently put together a power rankings list of his cybernetic-ninja friend breaking down his moves and abilities in each Marvel vs. Capcom title and gave them grades from S to D. He says that while it is difficult to compare the same parameters in the different games, he made his list based on overall usefulness and in comparison to the other versions.

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The Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour both kick off this weekend - here's what's waiting at Final Round in a few days

We've had a few months now without any tournament circuits going on, and while there've still been events happening, it's been quiet for fighting game community standards.

That's all coming to an end now, though, as both the Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour are going to be kicking off at Final Round 2018 this weekend.

Not only is it kicking off both tours, but it's a Premier event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and a Master event for Tekken 7, so stakes are huge right out of the gate.

With such a lucrative opportunity, you can bet all manner of top players will be showing up to try and get that optimal start to the year's season, and we're going to list some of the biggest ones aiming to show up.

Of course, that's not all. Dragon Ball FighterZ is at the event and has an absolute crazy amount of registrants, and a bunch of other fighting games will be played, too.

For the full rundown, continue right below.

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What happens when Marvel shows up to the pre-EVO 2018 party?

Some time has passed since Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar's announcement of the EVO 2018 lineup that left fighting game fans in awe (though perhaps not entirely surprised) due to the lack of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's inclusion.

Ernesto Lopez Jr. and his crew offer their own comical commentary on the hotly discussed situation with their latest short: Marvel gets kicked out of 2018 EVO Party.

We saw a similar video last month when The Mighty Keef released "How EVERYONE reacted to the EVO 2018 Line up".

Ernesto imagines a pre-EVO party that MvCI was intentionally not invited to. As you can imagine, awkwardly hilarious interactions ensue when it shows up anyway.

No game is safe from jabs as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is by no means the only game to catch some playful flack.

Give the video a quick watch and then share your reactions in the comments afterwards. Like it or hate it, we'd love to hear what you thought.

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The baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. two isn't the original reincarnated, but has been confirmed by director James Gunn to be the son

One of the fighters that is playable in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is Rocket Raccoon. He is a returning cast member from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Some of the major changes implemented to Rocket was the inclusion of his best friend, Groot. This wooden behemoth is incorporated into a number of Rocket's specials and even his level 3 hyper.

These two have very important histories with one another. We've definitely seen this during the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies that have been released.

At the conclusion of the first film, we saw Groot sacrifice himself in order to protect the rest of the group. Groot would be regrown in an infant form.

If you are like me, you probably thought that this was Groot reincarnated. He was essentially able to survive through rebirth, right?

Unfortunately, this is not the case as was confirmed by director James Gunn. The lovable Groot actually did die that day. The baby Groot we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. two is actually the son.

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Persia and the Marvel Lives Crew are putting together a competitive strategy bible for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

The style of previous generations of fighters having printed strategy guide books from the likes of companies like Brady Games has become antiquated in our current digital age of patches, smartphones and YouTube. As such, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is lacking an official or comprehensive guide.

Marvel community members like Persia are looking to change that, however. She announced yesterday on her Twitter account that the Marvel Lives and Crew and she are currently putting together a complete guide for Infinite "by the community, for the community."

The unofficial strategy guide is set to be the all-in-one bible for MVCI and will include the frame data for the entire cast, character breakdowns and strategies written by the specialists that use them and an updated list of any upcoming events or weeklies in the community.

Persia says one of her "favorite things about this project is that it can be updated after any patches or DLC without having to recreate another book" because it is an online resource in a message to Event Hubs.

"Currently the bible is at the very beginning stages of assembly," said Persia. "But all of the positive feedback from our character specialists and the community tells me that we'll have a completed guide in no-time!"

In her tweet that you can view below, Persia gives a preview of what the guide currently looks like and states while it is still a huge work in progress, having a single place to find all of the info for the game will be amazing. Check out work-in-progress cover after the jump as well.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite is now listed as an Xbox Play Anywhere title

Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite has been in the news quite a bit in the past month, and most of it has not been good for the game. After being left off of the EVO 2018 mainstage and not being a part of the Capcom Pro Tour this year, the game finally has some good news.

MVCI is now an Xbox Play Anywhere title and is available for purchase digitally in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 PCs. Owning the game digitally on Xbox will automatically net you the Windows version of the game, or if you purchase now you will receive both versions.

DLC carries over between versions as well as your save data, but perhaps the most interesting bit of news to come out of this is that the game will feature cross-play now.

The cross-play will not work with the Steam version of the game (as far as we know), but Xbox users and players on the Windows 10 version of the game will be able to play together in online matches.

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The Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite community gets some revenge on Dante by killing him in incredible ways

For the first few months after Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's release, Dante was... pretty damn strong. The character ran rampant, being a part of many a player's team both online and offline.

Though he has since been toned down quite a bit, I can't help but feel like a combo video titled "Dante Must Die" is some much deserved comeuppance for the character.

With the help of fellow Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite players, combo creator Wolverine Master put together an excellent exhibition that features nothing but creative touch of death combos on Dante.

There are numerous players featured here, and each one utilizes the Power Stone in their sequences. The result is a spectacular combo video that is not only stylish, but puts a major hurt on the Devil May Cry protagonist.

This actually isn't the first installment in the "Must Die" series of combo videos. Back in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 days, Wolverine Master put together several videos with the same theme that targeted Wesker.

You'll definitely want to check this combo video out, if not for the awesome touch of death combos, then for the epic intro from the Honest Game Trailers announcer. Below is just a quick look to get you started.

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Winter Brawl 12 results ft. SonicFox, Punk, NuckleDu, Theo, SKD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

A lot of tournament action is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

That's because it's time once again for Winter Brawl, in its 12th installment, and there are going to be a ton of players and games being played at the event.

The games set for tournament play are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Windjammers, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament DX, Soul Calibur 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], ARMS, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend are plentiful, but some of the ones you can expect to see include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, NuckleDu, FOX|Theo, PG|SKD, Circa|Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, PAG|Grover, PG|Coach Steve, SB|Dieminion, TSB|Mynus, cR|Dekillsage, Nephew, Method|Flux, TSB|Blaze, NS|Ludovic, HB|Punisher, Kreymore and more.

With 275 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this looks to be the first major event featuring the game, and it's last on the schedule as well, so look forward to some proper action from our favorite Z Warriors.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Team Spooky and Atari FGC.

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Update: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is not a part of the Capcom Pro Tour, and that's a pretty big cause for concern

Updated 10:03 a.m. PST, Tues. February 20, 2018: A Capcom spokesperson has told EventHubs that the Capcom Pro Tour 2018 will continue to focus on Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the Season 3 characters.

Earlier: We've been doing a lot of reporting on the current state of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite lately. After "soft sales" (according to Capcom) and what has felt like waning community interest, things haven't been looking good for the five-month-old crossover fighter.

Just this morning, Capcom unveiled their plans for the 2018 Pro Tour. As expected, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is the main game on the tournament circuit, however, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was absent.

While there was never official word about MvCI being included on the Pro Tour, seeing it join the circuit would have been a strong indicator that further support for the game was indeed inbound. Unfortunately, the game's future is seeming more and more grim as the days go by.

The first major cause for concern came about during the Battle for the Stones finals at the PlayStation Experience back in December. Once the tournament concluded, there was no announcement of things to come for Marvel Infinite, despite Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono's appearance on stage -- where he presented Jonathan "FORT|Cloud805" Morales with the Infinity Gauntlet trophy -- and the fact that Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition saw two large reveals after the Capcom Cup later that night.

Another red flag was raised earlier this month when the Evolution 2018 tournament line up was officially unveiled and, once again, Marvel Infinite was missing. The Marvel vs. Capcom series is a staple at EVO, with a long legacy of hype and incredible moments that have elevated to legendary status over the years.

In fact, 2018 is the first time in 18 years that the series won't have representation on the main EVO line up.

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'We've made [Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite] with our continued support of eSports in mind...' - Yoshinori Ono before the game's release

When the EVO 2018 lineup was announced, many were surprised that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite was excluded from the big event. The titles that will make an appearance are Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Injustice 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Mr. Wizard actually gave a reason as to why the fighter wasn't included despite the tournament having quite the history with the game. "We know [MvCI] was on a slippery slope and it had a lot of competition going forward," said Mr. Wizard. "And it just kind of... fizzled."

Despite this, Mark "MarkMan" Julio offered another explanation. "I know that MvCI is being played," mentioned MarkMan. "Hard to include a game that doesn’t have support. I’m not talking about Capcom..."

According to an interview with Yoshinori Ono that took place before the release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Capcom fully intended to support the title from an eSports perspective.

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