No doubt the result of that leaked esports video from earlier this year, Capcom have revealed their plans for the first Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite tournament series. Named “Battle for the Stones,” it sees seven Evo champions facing off against nine new challengers to become the master of the Infinity Stones.
Six of these competitors will be champions from select offline tournaments, with the other three coming from special online qualifiers. The winner of each offline event will gain an Infinity Stone and a place in the final 16-man bracket, where they will be paired against either a former Evo champion or the victor of an online qualifier. The seven Evo champions are:
- Jay “Viscant” Snyder – Evo 2011 champion
- Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez – Evo 2012 champion
- Job “Flocker” Figueroa – Evo 2013 champion
- Justin Wong – Evo 2014 champion
- Nick “KaneBlueRiver” Gonzalez – Evo 2015 champion
- Chris “ChrisG” Gonzalez – Evo 2016 champion
- Ryan “RyanLV” Romero – Evo 2017 champion
There is a twist though — each Infinity Stone has a power that actually changes the rules of the tournament. An Infinity Stone holder is allowed to activate their Stone once, altering the rules to give them an advantage. At this point in time, we don’t know what each stone does, but their use will be revealed at their corresponding event. Here are the six Infinity Stone tournaments:
- SoCal Regionals – Space Stone
- Canada Cup – Mind Stone
- South East Asia Major – Time Stone
- Milan Games Week – Soul Stone
- Latin America Finals – Reality Stone
- Red Bull Proving Grounds – Power Stone
Should you lose a match in the final Battle for the Stones bracket, you give your Stone to your opponent to use. This means that Grand Finals will see the last two combatants counter-picking Stones both in and outside of the game. It’s certainly a novel idea, and I hope Capcom have fun with the power of each Stone. I’d love for the Reality Stone to see players fight it out in an old Marvel game, for example.
The final Battle for the Stones bracket will take place at the Hilton Anaheim from December 8th-10th — the same time as the PlayStation Experience and Capcom Cup 2017. For all the information regarding rules, associated tournaments and the Stones themselves, check out the official Battle for the Stones website.