Now time to run through a couple sets. A big thanks to FR Roachking and Dios X for helping out. These sets are recorded over XBL so again, not 100% tournament perfect but still pretty decent connections. Let’s get to it!
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Let’s flash back one year to the end of 2011-beginning of 2012 era of Marvel. The most common character in tournament results is Wesker. By far. Virtually every east coast team has Wesker on anchor with PR Rog, MastaCJ and Noel Brown achieving early success with him as an anchor character. Most of the teams that didn’t feature an anchor Wesker had him second or on point. In a couple of the earliest Ultimate tournaments he was on almost every team in the top 16. He had achieved complete tournament saturation. People had a lot of differing ideas on character tiers but Wesker was top 3 on (almost) everyone’s list. Suggesting that he wasn’t invited a cacophony of angry internet comments as displayed by when I said Wesker wasn’t as good as believed on Wake Up SRK and when Renegade posted his editorial on SRK.
So now we’re going to run a couple sets using this team so you can see some of the concepts discussed in action and walk you through my thought process. These sets are recorded over XBL so the execution may not be 100% perfect (and given the fact that I’m playing them, you should expect that anyways!) but as always with online play the strategy and tactics of a game are more important anyways. Drops happen but smart play should happen also!
So today we’re launching a new feature for the blog. This will be one part team breakdown, one part match analysis and many parts of just having fun playing Marvel against all comers! Marvel is a little bit different than other competitive games in that people take long sets against a particular individual almost as seriously as major tournaments. Big time money matches and exhibitions have been a part of our community for years and the big winners in this format are people who can think on the fly, vary their play and adjust quickly to their opponent’s playstyle. So I’ll try and walk you through that process, something that’s a little unexplored so far.
The team I’m going to look at for this week’s post is Zero/Doom/Vergil, a team that’s kind of the redheaded stepchild of the Zero/Vergil family, at least for now. The team hasn’t seen as much play as Zero/Dante/Vergil or even Zero/generic projectile assist/Vergil although that may change soon. Justin Wong played the team for a bit towards the end of 2012 and has gone on record as saying he thinks this is one of the best teams in the game. This is also Chris Schmidt’s alternate team and he looks to be a bit more active in the tournament scene in 2013. So think of this as a little sneak preview of something you may be seeing a bit more of.
There are two distinct versions of Zero/Doom/Vergil, one with plasma beam assist and one with missiles assist. While plasma beam has its benefits, namely ground control and ease of starting offense for Zero, I’m going to be concentrating mostly on the missiles version simply because it’s the more complete version of the team and the one you’ll be seeing more of in the future. Vergil likes all 3 of Doom’s assists but it seems as if hidden missiles assist is his preferred assist, especially with the new combo extension tech discovered by NerdJosh and other EC players.
If you happened to be watching Marvel on stream this weekend, you saw one particular team winning. It doesn’t matter WHERE you were watching, the same team won! Nova/Spencer/Dr. Strange. When one team or character starts getting good results all at once it’s generally the result of new technology found or refined and tends to mean something. Last year when Tokido won CEO and I won Revelations about an hour apart both using Phoenix teams (with Filipino Champ taking 2nd at Revelations with a Phoenix team also), it signaled a large shift in the MvC3 metagame; for better or for worse, the Dark Phoenix saga had begun. Do this week’s results mean that we have more Dr. Strange good books to read? Well…