Insomnia VGC's October Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 tournament featured 31 players from across Houston and as far as San Antonio. Top Houston Marvel talent like AvG J-Dog, Rubeks and Jan Del Rio were in attendance. The event also brought out the reclusive former Texas Showdown MvC3 champion Sam "Mihe" Ly.
3 of the top 4 seeds made it through to the semifinals with relative ease. Jan had the toughest test, battling AJ in the quarterfinal round, but came out on top. Sam would fall in the 2nd round to Sinx in an upset. In the first semifinal, Evo 2013 qualifiers Rubeks and J-Dog fought for a spot in the winners bracket final. The match was close, but Rubeks would take it 3-1. On the otherside Jan took on the Cinderella semifinalist PTS Koolaid, but the clock struck midnight and Jan moved on to face Rubeks. Jan has been tinkering with his lineup and dropped Sentinel from his big boys team and swapped him out for Shuma Gorath. The move allowed him to control space in dominant fashion, taking down Rubeks 3-1.
In the losers bracket, Mihe just couldn't seem to knock off the rust and finished in a disappointing 17th place. Meanwhile, HE Mario and D Snug rebounded from 1st round losses to make it to the top 8. Unfortunately, that's where both players saw their runs end at the hands of ET Omega and AJ. Both players would advance past their opponents in the next round as well, Omega defeating Koolaid, and AJ defeating the June Insomnia UMvC3 champion J-Dog, both were close 3-2 sets. AJ would knock Omega into 4th place while he went on to face Rubeks. Rubeks eliminated AJ 3-1 to advance to the grand finals. But Jan would only need one set to take home the crown, dominating Rubeks once again 3-0. Congratulations to Jan Del Rio, the October UMvC3 champion at Insomnia!
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