Now that sign ups have officially gone live for this specialty tournament I feel like this is a threadworthy topic of discussion that I couldn’t find any existing threads addressing.
Here are the rules direct from the sign-up site:
"When you sign up for UMvCX, you are going to be asked to choose one character to “X out”. Choose wisely, as you will not be able to change your choice at any time after signup. When you are assigned to a 16 man pool of players at UFGT10, that pool is going to have a list of banned characters. This list is made up of the “X’ed out” characters of everyone in your pool. No one in your pool will be allowed to choose any of these characters for the duration of the pool. The list will be on a whiteboard at your pool for easy reference.
Should you advance out of your pool and into a quarter or semi final pool, that pool will have a new ban list made up of the choices of the players in that bracket. These choices will not have changed from when they signed up, but will come together to form a new list for you to work around.
So what do you do? Do you ban Vergil, just to ensure you never have to play against him? Or do you hope that someone else you end up pooled with chose to ban him and use your choice on something else? If two or more players in the pool ban the same character, one of them wasted their choice!"
Last bit underlined for emphasis because herein lies the meta.
So here’s the rub. Do you trust there to be stream monsters that plan to sign up to ban the most obvious choices they hate the most (Morrigan, Zero, Vergil) and save yours for your own problem characters and/or team? Do you go for key support characters (Doom, Strange, Dante etc.) or characters that have fallen out of favor (Wesker) that become much more relevant provided that now conventional top tiers COULD be ruled out? Do you count on knowledge of potential specialists getting to play their full strength teams (KBR big bodies, although I have no idea if he plans to attend; or other sleeper teams)?
OR do you meta the meta thread and post some BS to curb people away from who you’d like to keep?
Surprised this hasn’t been it’s own thread sooner but correct me if I’m wrong.
Post who you’d ban and why if you dare or game the system if you think you’re that clever.
Great idea Keits, or whomever affiliated with UFGT that came up with this.