EVO Champion Viscant Reveals that Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Was Almost a Major League Gaming Title
2011 EVO champion Jay "Viscant" Snyder has taken to Twitter to reveal that Marvel vs Capcom 2 was almost picked up by Major League Gaming in 2004.
It’s both unusual and delightful to see classic fighting game Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 making headlines recently. The title has seen a lot of love from its endlessly passionate fanbase mainly thanks to a tournament called Battle of the Strongest organized by popular fighting game personality IFC Yipes. The event, unlike most fighting game events that make the news, wasn’t played in a major arena. Instead, it was simply broadcast live from a cramped apartment in NYC to the world at large.
However, the popularity of the tournament’s stream has been enough to lead to a lot of people taking notice of the game once again and chatting about it online. One such character is none other than Jay Snyder, better known as 2011’s Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Evo champion Viscant.
Viscant took to Twitter to state that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was almost added to Major League Gaming’s list of competitive titles. Through a series of tweets, the fighting game player claims that he was approached by a representative of Major League Gaming back in 2004 who was inquiring about the rule sets for Marvel Vs. Capcom 2.
Concerned about the power of characters such as Cable and Sentinel, the representative allegedly made it clear that they were looking to ban certain characters, presumably in order to keep the game both diverse and entertaining for the viewers. Viscant recounts that he believed if top tier characters such as Cable, Storm, Magneto, and Sentinel were removed, they would simply be replaced with other characters who would still overpower much of the roster. Ultimately, he redirected the MLG representative and nothing came of it.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is well regarded as one of the best 2D fighters of all time. The game, which sees members of the X-Men and Avengers clashing with characters from popular video game franchises such as Street Fighter and Resident Evil, was released back in 2000 on PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox. It was later ported to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as a digital download. Unfortunately, the game has not been re-released on the current generation of consoles, but it can be picked up on iOS and Android.
In the spirit of the MvC2 talk on the timeline lately.
Did you know MLG wanted to run MvC2 as an esport (almost before that was even a word) at one point?
— Jay Snyder (@JayViscant) January 2, 2019