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[Injustice 2] Setting the Stage – Combo Breaker

Expect fireworks this weekend as the fighting game community journeys to Illinois for a tournament of epic proportions. Along with games such as Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Brothers, and Killer Instinct, Injustice 2 is making its first significant appearance on the tournament scene with a $20,000 dollar pot bonus. There are currently 367 registered participants expected to appear at Combo Breaker this weekend, and this includes players from the United States as well as overseas. With the game in its infancy, expect the unexpected as unseen and undiscovered characters will shine. There is a lot to look forward to this weekend with so much at stake for these players. Here’s a brief list of players expected to take part in the competition;


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The MPNE FREE TO ENTER XBOX Live Injustice Tournament

We here at Make Plays, Not Excuses thoroughly enjoy Injustice: Gods Among Us. We enjoy it so much, that we are going to be hosting an online tournament with prizes to be won. This tournament is FREE TO ENTER. I haven’t quite decided what the tournament will cap out at, but it will likely cap out at 24 players. This tournament is open to anyone who plays Injustice and wants to gain some experience in an online tournament setting. Here are the rules for the tournament as it stands.

  • Best 2 out of 3 due to the length of time it will take.
  • Open to players of the United States and Canada only.
  • Connection complaints are ill-advised.
  • Double random stage select.
  • Winners are character locked.
  • Losers can either switch characters, or do another double random stage select.
  • This tournament will operate on the honor system when reporting a match.
  • To be safe, it is recommended that players take picture proof of a win in case of any foul play.
  • If a match is disputed by both players and no proof is provided, I will sit in on a king of the hill match and that will decide the winner.
  • Since it is free to play, this tournament will be unseeded.

Brackets will be created via Challonge and a stream is not in place to this point. If a streamer wants to participate they are more than welcomed and it would be greatly appreciated. Here are the prizes for the top three placements in this tournament:

  1. 1st Prize will receive $15 dollars via PayPal, a spot in the Make Plays, Not Excuses Hall of Fame, and will receive priority seeding for future MPNE tournaments.
  2. 2nd Prize will receive a PAX code of your choice and priority seeding for future MPNE tournaments.
  3. 3rd Prize will receive a PAX code of your choice and priority seeding for future MPNE tournaments.

The date right now is set to be this Saturday, April 26th starting @ 9 PM Eastern. However a vote will be held on a Test Your Might thread to gauge whether people would rather the tournament be this weekend or next weekend. Any other questions will also be answered in that thread.

OPINION – Top 5 Injustice: Gods Among Us Players

Now before I begin my list, I’m going to set the stage for all who continue reading this article. I’ve been following fighting games, primarily NetherRealm Studios games, since MLG Columbus 2012. This is where my passion for fighting games grew exponentially. Some people are born to play fighting games. I am not one of these people and it didn’t take me long to accept that. You can catch me supporting my local scene and trying to earn wins, but in no way am I an even serviceable Injustice player. I tend to think of myself as more of a professional spectator. In the past I have interviewed many of the top Mortal Kombat players, and I like to think that I know what I’m talking about.

Despite it being a year old, Injustice: Gods Among Us is still a new game. Players will develop and earn their recognition. The incoming list is one-hundred percent my opinion. That is not to say I do not expect criticism, because I do. I am welcoming all who view this list to call me out on my personal opinion. I’ve taken many aspects of Injustice and tournament history into consideration when constructing this list. This list is not created with the purpose of offending any of the top players within the Injustice scene.

Evaluation Rubric

  • Proven Skill
  • Proven Skill Against A Wide Variety of Players
  • Top 8 Finishes at Major Tournaments
  • Top 8 Placements:Tournaments Attended Ratio
  • Number of Tournaments Attended
  • Consistency

5. Emperor Jupiter (Martian Manhunter)


“A Year of Injustice” Documentary by Aerogrunt

Civil War VI marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us. What better way to relive some of the most incredible moments over the past year than with a well-made documentary? I just finished watching this on Arturo Sanchez’s stream and I must say it was nostalgic and hilarious. From Black Adam and Superman being untouchable, to seeing Bane and Harley Quinn finishing top three at majors. This documentary features everything that we have loved and hated since Injustice came out a year ago. It features villains of the FGC, and some of the more lovable characters. A Year of Injustice recaps all of the blowups that one could imagine, and all of the polarizing moments that have taken place within the Injustice scene. In closing I would like to thank Aerogrunt, and everyone else involved in the production for putting together this documentary. You didn’t have to do it, and it’s these kinds of efforts that are appreciated by all Injustice players. Without any further words written, sit back, and enjoy A Year of Injustice.

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Source – Test Your Might

Civil War VI Injustice: Gods Among Us Pool Predictions

These predictions for Civil War VI are purely based on the pools that were released prior to the tournament. Under no circumstance do these predictions include late registrations, which are inevitable most of the time. I am also not including FNATIC Perfect Legend in my predictions as I have learned that he will likely not make it to the event. I’m fully expecting some top players to show up as late entrants and for them to be placed in random pools. Regardless of the outcome, Injustice will bring the hype this weekend in Richmond, Virginia. Tune into Arturo Sanchez’s Stream starting at Noon on Saturday April 12th.

Pool 1

Winners – RG Sonic Fox (Final Round Winner)

Losers – PTH RM RelaxedState (Upcoming Zod Player)

Pool 2

Winners – RG Tom Brady (Top 8 Winter Brawl)

Losers – Viking 305 (Top 8 Winter Brawl)

Pool 3

Winners – PTH RM Khaotik (Top 8 Summer Jam)

Losers – Kinetic Orochi (Top 8 Final Round)

Pool 4

Winners – Emperor Jupiter (APEX Winner)

Losers – Re$e-Killanator (Reputable Doomsday)

When all is said and done I believe this tournament will come down to Sonic Fox and Jupiter provided that they do not meet early in top 8. These two have been on a tear as of late with Sonic Fox coming off of his win at Final Round, and Jupiter has been nearly untouchable with Martian Manhunter at the Eight on the Break weekly tournaments. Be sure to watch as the tournament unfolds and we learn who will be crowned the winner of the sixth installment of the Civil War fighting game tournament.

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