Madcatz employee joins the cast of Divekick

A man will kick you

Like Jefailey from a few weeks back, the latest entry in the Divekick tournament is based on a real human being. Markman is the community and sponsorship manager over at Madcatz, and has become a mainstay of the FGC. Though it’s great to see a familiar face, he does look a bit bland compared to otherworldly types like The Baz, Redacted, and the previously mentioned Jefailey. 

Looks can be deceiving though, as Markman has more than a few metaphysical tricks up his sleeve. Like Phoenix Wright in UMvC3, Markman is an “random item search” character. His ground special allows him to sift through is pockets and throw crap on the ground, hoping to discover missing parts for his Divekick Kick Box Fight “Stick”. He may end up tossing out poison bombs, oil slicks, springs, glue, or even a Acme Portable Hole. Producing these environmental hazards leaves Markman vulnerable and their effects can screw with both characters.  

That risk can lead to a sizable payoff. Collecting all three parts to the Kick Box puts Markman in “precision control mode”, which allows him to “up kick”. This is the only dragon punch move in the game, and it’s fully cancel-able. 

Sadly, I’ll be missing my chance to check out Markman at UFGT9, but I will be in a Divekick tournament at E3. Do you think Markman should be my main? I’m leaning towards The Baz, but that electric just-frame special is pretty tempting. 

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes