Just as I expected, even though I couldn't punch my way out of a virtual paper bag in any fighting game, I spent the entire weekend following Evo2K11 this weekend, watching hours of high-level matches at the world's biggest tournament series for the genre.

And while there were plenty of unforgettable Evo2K11 points -- Daigo getting knocked to fourth place in Super Street Fighter IV AE, Mortal Kombat making its debut at the show, etc -- I was entertained most by the hectic matches for Marvel vs Capcom 3, a game I didn't have much interest in before this weekend!

Dark Phoenix cheesiness and berserkered/X-factored Wolverine seemed to dominate the Marvel vs Capcom 3 scene, but that didn't make the tournament any less exciting. There were plenty of come-from-behind matches, unexpected early knockouts for early winners, and a big win for MvC3 Evo champion Viscant.

I've collected some of the matches I loved to watch the most for you here, including a couple games played by 8-year-old prodigy and fan-favorite Noah, who wiped the floor with plenty of dudes twice/thrice his age, placing in the top 48 out of more than a thousand entrants and winning the show's Rising Star award.

Noah vs. Kang (at the top of the post is Noah vs. Royal Flush)

Daigo Umehara vs. CJ Showst0pper (CRAZINESS)

Yipes vs. Combofiend (NUTSO)

Pr ROG vs Viscant (GRAND FINALS, HOOOOOLY CRAP AT THE FIRST MINUTE AND A HALF)