Mark ‘BornFree’ Sheridan, an indie FGC enthusiast, released his latest interview featuring Evil Geniuses’ Chris G. Recently, the pro player attended NorCal Regionals, where he finished fifth place at the event.
BornFree has already put out a strong set of interviews including insight from other pro players like Masato 'Bonchan' Takahashi, Keita 'Fuudo' Ai, and Bruce 'GamerBee' Hsiang.
The Chris G interview touches upon a broad range of topics including matchup challenges against certain characters (and players), the thought process behind using Guile as a main, and his aspirations for Street Fighter V.
Even before news of an updated Season 2 patch was announced, Chris G has been adamant about the game’s direction. In fact, three months ago, he expressed candid remarks about Capcom’s nebulous focus. Well, to put it more bluntly, he went as far to say that they were “confused.” Street Fighter V is geared more towards offensive-oriented styles, while defensive options seem limited, a huge contrast from previous games in the franchise.
So has his opinions changed since then? Not exactly.
Chris G feels certain aspects need to be toned down. He mentioned that wake-up buttons are too strong. “The disrespect is too high in this game,” he said. Chris G hopes that a future patch can address this, by increasing the rate of active frames to discourage tendencies to mash buttons. He’s also not fond of light anti-airs, a move that’s sparked contentious remarks throughout the community for months.
Looking back on Season 1, Street Fighter V favored characters who were more footsies-oriented. But with the release of Season 2’s patch, it would appear that any character equipped with a skillset designed around mixup shenanigans run the show. There’s even an increasing trend of pro players like Shine, Yukadon, and Momochi who possess a pocket Ibuki (who is essentially the “Elena” of Street Fighter V).
"The results speak for themselves," Chris G said. Here's a quick recap of some notable tournaments for this year's Capcom Pro Tour:
- Final Round 20: RZR|Xian wins with Ibuki
- NorCal Regionals: PG|Punk wins with Karin
- Hypespotting: RB|Luffy wins with R. Mika.
It's a huge contrast from last year when characters like Ryu, Nash, and Chun were in the spotlight.
In spite of the criticism, Chris G’s performance is off to a good start this season. He currently has 300 points this season and moved up to eighth place on the CPT global leaderboards. And this month, he’ll have another opportunity to improve his position with Dreamhack Austin taking place next weekend.
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