So after the event I got to have a little chat with EG’s very own Justin Wong about his experience at Stunfest 2014 where he entered almost everything lool Here’s how the interview went down:
1. RH: So first off, what was your most fun moment of the tournament?
JW: The most fun moment of the tournament for me was definitely playing Breakers, it was super fun just learning the game on the fly and I really had a blast playing it.
RH: Now I understand it was your first time playing the game, you hadn’t actually played it before is that right?
JW: The first time I ever played it was this past Friday.
RH: So you’d only had one day practice?
JW: One day practice.
RH: And you came second???
JW: Well, that’s how good top tiers are.
2. RH: Alright, so what was your worst moment of the tournament?
JW: I think my worst moment of the tournament is that I was too busy at the tournament and I couldn’t enjoy the festival.
JW: Outside of the tournament there was so much stuff going on that I wished I could actually explore
RH: Yeah I see, so would you say that this is something the organisation could improve on?
JW: I think the tournament organisation could be better like USA standards in terms of how they run their pools so that they don’t conflict with other games cos obviously multiple people play multiple games.
RH: Right, right.
JW: Yea, it loses so much time cos it’s like “Wait, we can’t run this match cos we are waiting for this guy in the other tournament and things like that”. So I think definitely they should look into how USA run tournaments, cos now all USA tournaments really good and on time.
3. RH: So, the grand final between you and Luffy was epic, everyone was on the edge of their seats. Especially as you beat him so convincingly in the Winners finals and in the team tournament, it looked like you were gonna steamroll him. But then Luffy started to pull it back and it made an amazing match. What do you think of this particular matchup; Rufus vs Rose?
JW: I still think Rufus beats Rose but I think Luffy as a player is very smart. So it came down to player vs player, not character vs character. He pretty much…no, he really definitely managed to annoy the crap out of me with Rose, and that’s what I think France is really good at, like Luffy, Gagapa, yourself (laughs), Valmaster very good at playing that type of level of street fighter, which is trying to crack the mentality of players.
4. RH: I know the fans want to hear it from you so here we go, right now who do you think is better honestly,
USA or Europe?
JW: I think in a 10 vs 10 scenario Europe is better than USA but in a 5 vs 5 scenario it’s a tossup.
5. RH: So you think we have more strong players here in Europe?
6. RH: What would be your team of ten for Europe and your team of ten for USA if that match were to happen?
JW: For Team Europe I would have:
Valmaster, Tupac, Vryu, Luffy, Omh, Alioune Sensei, Andreas, Ryan Hart, Problem X, Gagapa
For Team USA I would have:
Filipino champ, Ricky Ortiz, Jayce The Ace, Kbrad, Snake Eyez, Justin Wong, Pr Rog, Dieminion, Marq Teddy, Sanford Kelly
7. RH: What’s your top 10 ranking of Europe?
JW: My European ranking is:
1. Ryan Hart
3. Alioune Sensei
4. Problem X
8. Over Most Heads
8. RH: What’s your top 10 ranking of USA?
JW: My USA ranking is:
1. Pr Rog
3. Justin Wong
4. Snake Eyes
5. Ricky Ortiz
6. K Brad
7. Sanford Kelly
8. Jayce The Ace
9. Chris G
10. Mike Ross
FILIPINO CHAMP, NUCKLEDU, Integra, XSK Samurai, MLSwear, Zeus, Smug, TTC Chris, Keno, Veloc1raptor, IPeru, 801 Strider, Happy Medicine, Rico Suave, Floe, Filipino Man
RH: Well as you did one for the US and as I know a little more about the European players I’d like to give an honourable mention to: F-WORD, AFFI, Perplex, Skatan Milla, Yagami, Necromina, Ixion, 4K, Joker Jokes, Miligano, Jester Power, ISDD, Kusanagi, Starnab, TAAHA, MBR, Emersion, Sheva, YouGenius, MOMI, SchiacchiSempre, YOTA, POPI, Doom Domain. There could be some I’ve forgotten, quite a few good players.
9. RH: So during your stay, has there been anything that surprised you about France or Europe?
JW: I think the most surprising thing about France is that parking is horrible here, but other than that the community is really friendly, very nice, makes me wish I could speak a little French just to talk to them because they are very hospitable and friendly you know. They’re mad cool dude, so I wish you know I could communicate with more people more.
10. RH: Alright, well thanks for that. Umm, so what’s gonna be the next event for Justin Wong?
JW: Well today is technically Monday, I fly and get back Monday night, and I literally have 6 hours and I go back on a plane to New York for ECT
RH: Wow, so you literally get off the plane into a bracket.
JW: haha, Yes!
RH: Right out of passport control into button check. Haha Alright cool, it’s been good having you here and thank you.
JW: Thank You
Juicy 2 Interview series (十質インタビュー)
Fighting Decapre at Final Round XVII- 28/3/2014
So how was it playing Decapre Ryan? I’ve been asked this by many people and honestly in many ways I think it’s too early to tell what the complete experience of facing off against her will feel like. I will say though that Decapre as a character is not simply a Cammy clone and definitely adds new elements and possibilities to Street Fighter.
When I was playing I was trying to be on guard for anything and everything, I couldn’t believe it when she teleported! That was a real FML moment, lol I was happy to have the opportunity to play Ultra and to play against her. I wanted to see all her moves and combos and Combofiend demonstrated fiercely. Just when I thought I’d seen everything, Combofiend would bring out something new. Lol It was a fun experience.
Poor Retsu in that intro, he got no love at all. Lol
Personally I’d still love to see Eagle in this game but that’s just my wishful thinking. : ) I'd main him in a second if he was even half decent. I really enjoyed his poking game in CVS 2 even though I wasn't that good at that game. I think his move set would work really well in SSF4 and he would be so fun to use. He'd be kind of like Dudley but with more range. He wouldn't suffer from strong crouching medium kicks because his standing hard punch range would be able to keep opponents outside of that range. Hmm, I wonder if this would make him too strong? Ah well, I'm not getting him anyway so no point dwelling on it.
So yeah, about what Decapre adds, as well as being the only character to combo her air throw, her Psycho Stream; an ultra that gradually covers ground almost like Dormammu’s stalking flare (“I SUMMON THE POWER” Sorry, had to get that out, lol) combined with a mid-air teleport almost felt marvel-like the way she could just be on top of you then still have the Psycho Stream (ultra-fireball) chasing me down.
I'm sure the Marvel players will have a better example of this but I don't play Marvel so I don't know. :o) It will be interesting to see how people use this for setups, tricks and chip setups at a later stage.
I know that DCM is not three frames anymore but I’m interested to see what the final properties will be for this ultra. It certainly felt like he could punish almost anything I did on block. But looking at how it’s used later will determine a lot for this character I feel. It appeared her ground pound could land in front or behind, it would be interesting to test this out a bit more. I’m hoping it doesn’t become another rinse and repeat move similar to Viper’s flame kick now. I’m guessing the normal one may not be safe on block however so in that case the risk reward would be in the defender’s favour if blocked correctly.
I think it's good that she has enough invincibility on the EX version of this move in order to bait DP’s if she wants to. This is often an area that charge characters suffer in so it will add a new dynamic to her gameplay in close quarters.
I know that there is currently some community dithering regarding Decapre due to her Cammy resemblance in appearance and move set. But when I played Combofiend I saw at least four completely original special moves unrelated to Cammy, not to mention the super and ultra combos too. I mean if given the choice I’d much rather have two characters that look similar and play totally different (Ryu/Ken, King/Armor King) than have two characters that look different but play exactly the same or almost identically, don’t even get me started on Tekken 2/Tekken Tag 2 lol.
So finally, sure Decapre could have looked completely different but she doesn’t so instead of letting that blind us from the positive things lets just focus on what goodness she has. She has unique special moves, unique ultras and specials, she is a charge character which is also different. Only the second ever directional female charge character in SSF4 since Chun Li, so again very fresh. For all we know she could be super fun to use so let’s see what’s up first before giving up hope without even trying out the finished product. Bare people making noise about Decapre like they're even gonna go in that hard when the game actually comes out. lool
But yeah although there are moves that reflect Cammy’s arsenal I do believe that Decapre will and already does play totally different to Cammy. I'm interested in testing her out and seeing what she has to offer. I’m just going to wait until the final version is out before deciding anything. Casting doubt or judgement before the game is even out is just pointless really.
Right now Capcom are balancing her to fit into the roster correctly and ultimately make her a fun character to use I'm sure. I’m looking forward to her and the game in general. ROLL ON ULTRA STREET FIGHTER IV and thank you Capcom for giving us something new to look forward to.