So. A new tourney venue opened in NJ and me, being an absolute SG fanatic, decided to run SG there. However, I ran it slightly differently. Since Marvel at this time has become excepted in a three out of five format, I tried running Skullgirls in a three out of five format as well.
Verdict? It runs AMAZING 3 out of 5. People were learning mid-match all the time, and it encouraged smart counter-picking. Made matches way more hype. Honestly, I think that SG just runs better 3 out of 5... frankly I think, at this point, any VS style game runs better 3 of 5. The only reason we didn't play Marvel 2 that way is cause we didn't try it.
Also, it ran faster than AE, which had a similar bracket size and equal setups to run on as SG. It also ran nearly twice as fast as Marvel which had a 20 person bracket (SG had 13). The game's built in tournament mode REALLY helps.
So yeah, 3/5 just seemed correct. Gave people more time to play. Made matches more hype. I would say the experiment was a success.
I urge other tournament organizers to give this a try. It barely takes much more time and everyone had lots of fun.