By UnhappyCanadian 8 Comments
Final Round took place this weekend, and it was absolutely astounding. The venue was filled with an incredible amount of talent and upsets were rampant throughout the tournament. So many close matches, so much stress, and so much excitement. The finals of each game was a thrill to watch, and had all the stream warriors on the edge of their seats; that is, at least until it hit the MvC 3 finals.
Overall, the Marvel top 8 had a few decent moments. Watching Moons make multiple comebacks with Amaterasu against Dieminion’s all-too-lame team had me giving an audible cheer at the end of each round, and seeing Flocker trounce current evo winner Filipino Champ was nice to see. Unfortunately, the Flocker-Champ matchup was the last exciting one, as ChrisG proceeded to run a clinic, spending the rest of the tournament winning 9 straight fights without even leaving his seat. Chris G took almost every game convincingly, and you could feel all the hype disappear with each victory. Flocker came close twice, one time using Morrigan himself, but each time Chris bounced back and the anti-hype returned. While Infiltration won the AE finals convincingly against Ryan Hart, he was using Akuma. I find Akuma much more entertaining to watch than Morrigan, so I still found some solace in that match.
It was embarrassing. A game normally rife with unexpected moments and upsets was completely dominated by one man who has been taking every Marvel tournament he has entered convincingly for the past several months, and it is all thanks to the dynamic duo entitled “Morridoom.” This is where my main criticism lies; Morridoom is insufferable to watch. They are a zoning team, which means Chris sits on the other side of the screen spamming ranged attacks until the audience falls asleep and he inevitably wins. Zero may seem overpowered, but at least he is required to go on the offensive to win the match
The lack of thrill may be the reason why brackets are not rampant with the lame team. Back when Dark Phoenix was the juggernaut, at least fifty percent of all top 8 teams had a Phoenix as an anchor. Everyone jumped ship because it was practically a guaranteed win. I have been expecting the same thing to happen with Morridoom, but they are not showing up in many of the higher skilled teams, which I am very grateful for. I cannot even imagine sitting through a top 16 with more than 4 teams containing Morrigan, let alone both her and Doctor Doom.
Hopefully by the time Evo rolls around some of the top players will have figured out anti-Morridoom technology. Otherwise, the Evo finals are going to be equally as mundane, except this time a million people will be bored out of their minds at an event that should have them writhing in anticipation.