EVO 2011 Marvel vs. Capcom champion Jay “Viscant” Snyder recently posted an article on Broken Tier where he answers a good number of questions sent to him by fans and players alike since EVO 2012. A good number of these questions center on character selection in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, including this one on why his the top tiers from his list didn’t win the tournament outright.
Armando asks: “At Evo people playing top tier didn’t win. Low tier did well including Frutsy from my country. After Evo do you still agree with your team tier lists?”
For the most part, yes, I still stand by the list. I believe Zero players will finally break through eventually, especially now that more people are adding themselves to the Zero army like Twisted Jago. Personally I think the diverse character selection in the top 8 was really great. Having this variety doesn’t mean that the top isn’t the top, it just means that the gap between top tier and the rest of the field in UMvC3 isn’t like other Marvel games where it’s simply inconceivable that well played top tier can lose to low tier. No matter how weak a character is they can win something. Phoenix Wright just won a runback tournament in So Cal!
Watching Frutsy play was really entertaining from a spectator standpoint but I recognize how hard he had to work to produce wins with his team. He needed more openings and more chances and had a much smaller margin for error. He took out a lot of great players playing top tier teams but he had to work hard to get those wins making his accomplishment even more remarkable to me. I’m looking forward to seeing him at Seasons Beatings.
Another question that he answered was on why he picked Vergil, despite his earlier statement to “always bet on red” (referring to Phoenix).
15 different people have sent this or a variation of this in: “Why are you playing Vergil? What happened to always bet on red?!?! Why do you need to change characters?”
I’m not completely abandoning Phoenix. She makes a lot of matchups easier and she’s good to have around especially against people who anchor Wesker or Spencer. Because I’m known to be a Phoenix player even if I’m not playing her it’ll cause people to stop and think about how they counter my other teams because they know I can always go back. This is why having multiple teams is a good thing in general, but since Phoenix changes the game so much, she’s extra effective to have in your pocket even if she’s off the main team.
For me the events of CEO and pre Evo tournament matches were what really caused me to want to make the switch. At CEO I played Flocker and lost 3-2 in winners bracket and literally got nothing out of my Phoenix. All 5 games she died early without going Dark. In 2 of the games having Phoenix on my team handicapped me and kept me from getting early kills. Before (technically during) Evo we ran a set of exhibition matches at the BT booth against some big name Japanese players like MameSpider, Chou, and Abegen, among others. I didn’t do that poorly in this set; if memory serves I beat MameSpider 5-2, beat Abegen 5-1 and lost to Chou 1-5.
And off course, someone did ask him whether or not he did go out and watch Celine Dion in Las Vegas during EVO (as he did back in EVO 2011).
James asks: “Did you really go see Celine Dion at Evo?”
Of course! The mental game is a big part of competing in tournaments and everyone has their own little ritual to calm themselves down before the tournament so they can be in the proper state of mind. This is one of mine. When I go to different places for tournaments I always want to do something besides just play games. This way whether I win or lose I can feel like the vacation was positive. Like at CEO I made a pilgrimage to the World’s Largest McDonalds, somewhere I’d always wanted to visit. Last year’s Evo I went to see Celine’s show and I won, so why mess with a working formula, right?
I’m not saying that you should go see Celine Dion before every tournament (although you totally should, her show is awesome) but if you find a way to keep your emotions in check you’ll probably play better.
For even more questions answered by Viscant, head on over to Broken Tier.