Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite stories

Is Dante done? Maximilian has a lot to say about the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite patch

Big news on the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite front dropped earlier on when Capcom announced that a big time balance patch is coming on December 5th.

Maximilian has gone through, bit by bit, to help clarify the deeper implications of what these patches are going to do to the game.

For the most part, there's a lot more in the way of nerfing than there is buffing, and there are no bigger victims of the nerf bat than Dante and the Reality Stone.

Both Dante and the Reality Stone were used extremely consistently in tournament, as both are currently very strong and versatile additions to this team-based title.

In looking over everything, the prominent fighting game streamer ultimately deems the changes to Dante valid, saying, "I think this doesn't make Dante terrible, I think it just makes him not insane."

Max also points out that this is actually the first time we've seen a mere balance change in a Versus game, as traditionally hot fixes have only been used for bugs, and balance changes only came with updated versions of the titles.

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Six cross ups in a single combo? Desk shows off a sneak peak of what he's able to do with Monster Hunter in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

New swag on the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite front from desk today as he shows us a glimpse of what he's found with Monster Hunter.

"Didn't even want to try out Monster Hunter until I knew I had time to make a video. So started messing around with some stuff a few days ago," he adds as a note along with this video.

Indeed, we only see two full combos in this sneak peak video, though they're more than enough to get us excited for the full showcase that should be surfacing in the coming days.

While there is certainly an element of style in this, (something desk's videos are traditionally known for over practicality) it's also an exploration into character potential.

Watch as desk knocks Nemesis around with a 98-hit loop combo, and then lops off nearly two thirds of Thanos' life bar with another.

Be sure to chime in to the comments with your reactions and thoughts on these sequences as well as newcomer Monster Hunter.

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite update coming December 5th; check out the patch notes right here

Capcom has just released the full list of changes incoming to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on December 5th. This includes general changes as well as individual character balances.

In regards to characters, Dante has by far the most alterations of the roster.

It appears as though the Reality Stone has also gotten some pretty major changes as well.

We begin with general updates to overarching aspects of the game, including the Infinity Stones, Advancing Guard and other general mechanics.

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Dormammu can completely nullify certain projectile hyper combos with only his heavy punch in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

There is still much to be discovered in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. With 33 characters, six Infinity Stones, and seemingly endless combinations, players continue to come across new and exciting tactics and tech.

We were recently sent a video showing a special trait for Dormammu's standing heavy punch. Apparently, it can completely nullify certain projectile hyper combos.

In Marvel Infinite, st. HP now activates his Flame Carpet -- an attack where he places a small patch of fire on the ground that hits multiple times. When this flame is on-screen and Dormammu is standing behind it, some of these super moves will not hit him at all.

The affected hyper combos include Ryu's Shinku Hadoken, Rocket Raccoon's Rock 'N' Roll, Nova's Gravimetric Blaster, Dormammu's Chaotic Flame, Dr. Strange's Seven Rings of Raggadorr, Nemesis' Bioweapon Assault, and Arthur's Goddess' Bracelet. It's worth noting that the carpet only stops two hits of Nemesis' super, Arthur can likely jump during his to tag Dormammu, and Dr. Strange's maneuver is his counter (which isn't used as often as his Spell of Vishanti).

Dormammu's heavy punch doesn't take very long to recover, so using it to stop potential chip damage attempts or to simply counter attack your opponent appears to be a viable strategy.

We can't say for sure if this is a glitch or an intentional design choice. Whatever the case may be, you'll want to keep this in mind the next time you fight a Dormammu player.

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'All the [Season 2 DLC characters] have long learning curves and are interesting to play, especially Menat' - Xian talks Season 2, F.A.N.G and more

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is RZR|Xian, who in this interview talks about his Ibuki switch in Season 2, F.A.N.G's issues, the new cast of characters in Season 2 and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: You really made a splash at the beginning of this year's season at Final Round 20 where you won with Ibuki, who wasn't considered good at all last season.

It seems like this inspired a lot of people, especially in Asia, to pick her up. How good do you think Ibuki is right now, and how does it feel to be such a trendsetter with a character? You even played her a bit back in Season 1.

RZR|Xian: I feel that Ibuki is definitely in the top 3 position right now. I didn't really think much of setting a trend, at that point in time I just wanted to win, so I decided I wanted to pick a stronger character.

Continue below for the full interview.

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Huge wave of 'leaks' and rumors: Tons of Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and Dragon Ball FighterZ characters, Soul Calibur 6, and more

If you've even glanced at social media in the fighting game community this week, chances are you heard talk of rumors and leaks about some of the big-name fighting titles. Today we're going to take a look at what the people have been discussing.

As always, it is worth mentioning that none of what you read here is confirmed or official word. This is merely the rumors and supposed leaks that have gotten a lot of attention recently.

Starting off with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, this week we've heard a ton of different character names dropped as possible additions to the roster down the road. Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Green Goblin, Wolverine, Cyclops, Psylocke, Magneto, Storm, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Daredevil, Asura, Lady, Gill, Rashid, Captain Commando, Nina, Deis, Regina, Gene, Vergil, Akuma, and Apollo Justice are all of the characters listed.

This claim comes from Reddit user DasVergeben. who goes on to say that Marvel Infinite is getting a four player 2v2 mode -- where two players can join forces to control one character each on a team -- a free update next Summer that adds more characters, an update to the visuals, and much more that even the leaker says is a bit out there and doesn't entirely believe.

While this is almost impossible to take as fact, portions of these claims could potentially be valid. Maximilian put together a video that more closely examines the supposed leaks, and in it he notes that there are some aspects here that line up with what he's heard elsewhere.

"The part of this list that has me very intrigued is Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Asura, Gill, and Lady," Max starts.

"I don't think that all of this is substantial or true -- and I can't actually confirm whether or not any of this is going to be what's happening in season 2 -- but all I can tell you is that a very large majority of the season 2 'leaked characters' are coming from several different sources that I've been hearing over the past few months."

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Should top players be allowed early access to fighting games given the current eSports landscape?

There's been quite a bit of buzz surrounding a few images that appear to depict an upcoming build of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, that allegedly contain future DLC characters as well as a re-balance for the existing roster.

Seeing as this content is not on disc for data miners to hack into, these images suggest that Ryan "SPY|Filipino Champ" Ramirez was given the updated form of MvCI by Capcom.

The intuitive guess is that this was done for testing purposes, seeing as Ramirez is amongst the most qualified people on the planet to try out new content and scan for issues, but considering that he's also a competitor attending tournaments that offer thousands of dollars in cash prizes, the situation can quickly become questionable.

This is sure to bring about community discussion on policy when it comes to granting top players special, advanced access to a game or an update. It's something of a muddy situation in that there's no real law or authority to definitively dictate what a developer's approach should entail.

There's likely going to be a portion of the community that condemns this practice as well as a portion that finds it permissible. Seeing as the current eSports movement is allowing competitive fighting games to grow to all new heights, the community should probably have a pretty in-depth discussion to decide where to stand.

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First images of Venom and full DLC character select screen in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite potentially leaked

A couple of interesting photos recently surfaced that seem to give us our first glimpse at Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's upcoming DLC.

It's unclear where these images originated from -- we first saw them in an unnamed Imgur gallery and from various Twitter users -- but they have certainly piqued the interest of the community. One of the images shows Venom in training mode, while the other features the full character select screen complete with the remaining three DLC fighters.

From what we can see of Venom, he does not appear to be a big body character -- like players expected. Fans note that he dons the Anti-Venom look, although some speculate that this is just an alternate color for him.

We also see what appears to be an alternate costume for Jedah. There are still 12 premium costumes set to be released for the remainder of the launch roster, so if this photo is the real deal, this costume is likely showing Jedah's premium.

The character select screen here includes Sigma, Black Panther, and Monster Hunter, the game's first three DLC fighters, as well as Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Soldier. The latter three combatants are not currently in the game, but are expected to be released by the end of the year.

There have been some very convincing fakes posted in recent years, so there's a chance that these images aren't authentic. However, one Twitter user spotted something that is leading many fans to believe that they're valid.

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Did you know: Marvel vs. Capcom was originally conceived because Marvel wanted to get exposure for their characters to people in Japan

It all started 21 years ago in 1996 when X-Men vs. Street Fighter hit arcades.

Comic characters didn't have nearly the public acknowledgement they do today, and Marvel wasn't the media powerhouse it would eventually grow into. Fighting games, on the other hand, had recently become all the rage.

Games like Street Fighter 2 and Moral Kombat had players taking extra trips to convenience stores and laundromats if they weren't close enough to a legitimate arcade, and home consoles had others inviting friends over for more domestic bouts.

Street Fighter and X-Men though? Sure, it's cool, but why? In reading through Capcom's latest Development Report, we get our answer.

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Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Brick, WhiteBl4ck, Nightcross

Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan took place today.

As the name suggests, this was a tournament part of a qualifying series where the winner can get their trip to EVO Japan paid for.

This wasn't just a Street Fighter 5 event, but also featured Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and King of Fighters 14 being played.

Players attending included Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Epsilon|Brick, CDV|WhiteBl4ck, Epsilon|Nightcross, Epsilon|Keftaroz and more.

Streaming was done at Brussels Challenge.

You can find full results for the event below.

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Yipes lists his top 15 characters in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - Captain America, Haggar, Chun-Li, and more are present

Just yesterday, we saw the release of SPY|Filipino Champ's top ten fighters list for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Today, Yipes has released his top 15 characters for the same game.

Yipes specifically notes that the listed characters are not in any particular order. Those at the top are not necessarily stronger than those at the bottom.

Some of the combatants here are definitely not surprising to see on this list. Dante, Dormammu, Ultron, Zero, Jadah, and Gamora are common picks at tournaments.

Chun-Li, Ghost Rider, Captain America, Sigma, and Haggar are a few examples that may actually surprise you. They have broght some players successes in the tournament scene, albeit scarcely.

Just like Filipino Champ, Yipes did not list Captain Marvel here. Being that Filipino Champ believes her to be high maintenance, maybe she just needs more time with the community.

Click the image below to check out Yipes top fighters in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

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Source: Yipes's Twitter. Photo: Chris Bahn.

Captain Marvel is notably absent from Filipino Champ's latest top 10 list for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, but still believes her to be top tier

SPY|Filipino Champ is, without a doubt, one of the best players playing Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite right now. Due to his experience in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, he has a good sense of which characters are top tier.

A while back, Filipino Champ indicated that he believed Captain Marvel to be top tier. Specifically he said "there is no doubt in my mind, Captain Marvel is 100% top tier," back when the game was first released.

How does that opinion hold up today? Is Captain Marvel still a top tier fighter in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite?

Recently, he released a list that showcased the characters that he thinks of as top 10 in the game right now. Interestingly enough, Captain Marvel is absent from this list.

When asked why she wasn't in the list, he noted that he still believes her to be top tier. Apparently, Filipino Champ believes she does fit that category but she is "high maintenance."

Being that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is a 2vs2 fighting game, synergy is extremely important. We'll have to see what happens when the right "partner" is found for Captain Marvel.

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Source: Filipino Champ's Twitter. Photo: Kara “Karaface” Leung.

Capcom explains why Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's visuals look the way they do

It's no secret that one of the largest complaints about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is its visuals. While fans have been welcoming of the game mechanics, including the new active switch system, the game's overall looks tend to garner negative feedback.

A comparison to Marvel vs. Capcom 3's graphical style is often made, with fans noticing a glaring difference between the series' comic book-influenced, cell-shaded style and Marvel Infinite's darker, more realistic approach.

In Capcom's latest development report, we learned a bit more about the mindset behind MvCI's visual design. Apparently, the game's art and visuals set out to appeal to the North American audience.

"During development, we held video conferences nearly every other day with Marvel to exchange ideas," the report notes. "These discussions focused on not only core story and game elements, but also involved tailoring the game to each market through meticulously fine-tuning the game’s art, animations and other elements to better reflect North American trends that differ from those in Japan."

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Poll results: Which Infinity Stone would you want to take with you in the Battle for the Stones tournament?

Updated 1:23 p.m. PDT, Thurs November 9, 2017: And the results are in! Check out how our readers voted by hitting the jump.

Earlier: So at this point, all the Infinity Stones for the Battle for the Stones tournament series have been claimed. Space, Soul, Time, Power, Mind, and Reality.

Each of these stones allow its user to essentially change the rules of the tournament. Players with an Infinity Stone have clear advantages over those without them.

... Then again, the players without the stones are former EVO champions of the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its ultimate edition. They likely could prevail over the stone bearers.

But which of these stones are the most powerful? Which would you want to have with you in a tournament setting?

Let's review what each of them do. Afterwards, we'll find out which would be the most desirable.

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Tricky high/low mix ups, devastating combos, and excellent Stone usage: Justin Wong's Monster Hunter is looking strong in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

FOX|Justin Wong has been actively practicing and competing in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. With the release of the game's first three DLC characters last month, the MvC series legend took the time to try out newcomer Monster Hunter.

As we've come to expect, Justin has brought his Monster Hunter up to an impressive level in short order.

YogaFlame24 put together a compilation of online matches featuring Justin's team of Dante and Monster Hunter. If you're interested in playing this character, you'll definitely want to check this one out.

There are a number of hard-hitting combos and confirms to look over here, as well as some great ideas for team synergy. Some of the most effective plays in this video involve Dante's Million Dollars hyper combo, which locks the opponent down and allows Monster Hunter to go for a high/low mix up.

The final game in this video features Justin's main team of Nova and Ultron.

Below is a quick clip to get you started.

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188 hits and nearly a minute long: You have to see Cloud805's Dante and Zero touch of death combo in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

It looks like players continue to experiment with Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's hitstun deterioration glitch.

In a recent live stream, FORT|Cloud805 showcased a killer touch of death combo featuring his team of Zero and Dante. With both characters having extended loops and stylish maneuvers, you know the end result has to be good.

This particular sequence depletes 100% of Iron-Man's health and requires nearly a full minute (real time, not in-game) of inputs. As previously mentioned, this combo utilizes the HSD glitch -- a glitch that allows players to almost fully reset the hitstun deterioration during a combo, allowing them to land way more hits and damage.

We have seen other excellent examples of these types of combos in the past, including Desk's combo, which is also a touch of death and leaves the player meter positive.

Back in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Cloud also played Dante and Zero (with Vergil to round out the three-man team). He has been known to come up with and execute many stylish and intricate combos, and it appears that hasn't changed with the transition over to Marvel Infinite.

You can check out the powerful sequence below, and for those who might be concerned, remember that you can counter switch out for the cost of two hyper meters.

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Via Reddit. Sent in by julio_anima.

X-Men and Fantastic Four rights might be headed to Disney - could we finally see these characters in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite?

According to CNBC, 21st Century Fox has been in talks with Disney to sell off most of its company. It wouldn't be all of Fox as they would keep their properties that are focused around news and sports.

It is noted that the two companies are not talking at this particular moment, but conversations about this has been ongoing for the last few weeks.

CNBC states that Fox is willing to engage in these talks as the senior management believes that their media attention is of immediate importance. This will allow the company to focus entirely on news and sports.

While it has been reported by Bloomberg that the talks are "dead," it is possible that the conversation could resume. It's still possible that this could happen.

This could mean that Disney would gain movie rights to X-Men and the Fantastic Four. If this should happen, then it would certainly be important for Disney to promote these characters and franchises.

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