Congratulations on winning your first Street Fighter V tournament. Please introduce yourself and tell us how long you’ve been playing competitively for!
I am Air, and I have been playing fighting games competitively for almost 7 years.
You have a known history for doing well in Street Fighter IV. How was it for you transitioning from that game to Street Fighter V?
The transitioning was not a problem at all. In fact, I felt like it’s easier to play because Ryu is still Ryu, I don’t have to learn all over again and I don’t have to deal with vortex.
Which characters have you been working on since Street Fighter V was released?
I was playing Nash mainly, along with Karin… I basically played through half of the cast.
As early as it may be, what are your thoughts on the Street Fighter V scene in Vancouver? Any differences you notice from the Street Fighter IV days?
I think the SFV scene is stronger than the SF4 scene, even though majority of them are the same players. I notice better players in SF4 are struggling in SFV and vice versa.
How is it like not only being a tournament player, but also an organizer for these fighting game events in Vancouver? How do you find yourself juggling around different roles?
I find it very stressful, especially when I have to run the tournament and compete in it. Still, I am somewhat used to it and understand that if I don’t host tournaments, the scene will possibly die, therefore I don’t even get to compete myself.
I’m going to give you a few words, I want you to tell me which one is the most important in improving and why.
Passion, Training, Self-Motivation
I would choose passion. I believe that no matter what you do, if you have the passion, you will be good at it. With passion, it will lead to the other words you gave me, training and self-motivation.
As of right now, which character do you personally think is the strongest, and the weakest in this game?
Chun-Li is the strongest and not sure who is the weakest. I feel like every character is fairly strong, but if I have to choose one, it would be F.A.N.G because I haven’t fought one that I have trouble with yet.
What are your thoughts on how the game launched, and the game’s potential in the future?
I think they launched the game just in time for competitive players to get ready for the Capcom Pro Tour events. There’s a lot of potential in this game and I believe it will have a 6-8 years of life span.
This past VBR saw two players from Southern California enter. Will there be plans to invite more people from outside of Vancouver? (*Wink wink Daigo Umehara??)
It really depends on my budget, but I would like to fly in a different pro for every monthly I hold.
Last question; what advice would you give to up and coming players that want to get into competitive Street Fighter?
Learn your bread & butter combos, learn about your character before playing matches and even if you are not a competitive player, play to win.