Quote Originally Posted by katz0089 View Post
In this chapter we found out that Madara had EMS when he fought Hirashima, so what did Madara mean by he has changed when he fought Hirashima at the VOTE battle? http://www.mangapanda.com/naruto/621/10
Maybe he meant that he was much more powerful with his new weapon, the Kyuubi. Maybe he also increased his skill with the EMS or something... however, it seems like the Kyuubi (and Kyuubi/Susano'o combination) was Madara's most obvious upgrade. It gave him the brute force to compete with Hashirama without running out of chakra, since the Kyuubi can do most of the work while Madara controls/supports it.