Updated: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
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Updated: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
03/21/2011 06:52 PM EDT
Mortal Kombat has generated a lot of interest on the Capcom side of fighting gamers. From the beginning, I was hoping the big tournament players would give this game their seal of approval because we're going to need their help establishing a scene, especially when it comes to streaming our events, promoting the game through the EventHub/Shoryuken communities, and creating strategy/execution tutorials on youtube. The UMK3 players (as far as I can tell) haven't done nearly enough in contributing tutorials and supplementary content to aid new players, which is partially why the UMK3 community isn't that much on the radar. I'll post the original interviews later.

Anyway, SygacityGamers recently interviewed a lot of tournament players at the "Final Round" competition, and I felt you guys should know what the major competitors have been saying about the new game. For those who aren't familiar with the SF tournament community (which is probably a large sum of you), I'll write brief descriptions so you know basically where each of these guys is coming from. These took a while to transcribe, so forgive any errors I may have made.

One more thing: don't expect to be blown away by any of the responses. These guys were giving casual interviews, so you're not going to see classical Roman oratory here.

Justin Wong (A.K.A. the debatably best MvsC2 player in the world and even more debatably the best SSF4 player in North America).

“I [haven’t] played it yet, but I watched all the videos that’s been uploaded online, and I kinda want to play the game just because it’s a new game and I like playing new games in general. I’m just a video game nerd or whatever. [Also], I was always a big Sub-Zero fan. I will be playing it, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be good at it.”

Marn (A.K.A. The best Dudley player in the world; one of the best Crimson Viper players in the world; one of the current high-ranking MvsC3 tournament players)

“I was a Killer Instinct guy, so I don’t really play Mortal Kombat that much, but I’ll play it just to see how well I do [because] I really want to become a person where people think I’m good at more than one game.”

Combofiend (A.K.A. a seasoned tournament player who's proficient pretty much every popular 2D fighting game, particularly MvsC2, SF3 Third Strike, CvS2, SSF4, and recently came in first place in MvsC3 at the "Final Round" Tournament. You could say he's pretty good at this stuff)

“I mean, from what I see, it looks alright. It’s really flashy. Just from the look of it, it might be good, but I don’t know about the actual playability of it. I haven’t got my hands on it. Hopefully it is. The Ultimate Mortal Kombat series is pretty cool, so hopefully it’s more fast-paced and more exciting, and that could be fun.”

PR Balrog (A.K.A. one of the best Balrog players in the world, and considering the ocean of Balrog players, that's huge statement)

“Oh, I’m in there! Honestly, that was my first game competitively. I use to go with my dad to Minnesota and be in tournaments and stuff. I used Cyrax. He was a bad character, but by that time we didn’t know shit. (In response to whether he played the demo): [No,] I don’t like spoiling everything... I don’t like demos and betas.”

Mike Ross (A.K.A. the best E. Honda player in the world. This is not debatable. Evo Online can suck it)

“I’m definitely going to give it a shot. Everybody I talk to wants to at least play it because the game just straight up looks too fun. You know, you can’t deny that. Everybody has seen videos of all the fatalities and stuff. It just looks too interesting. You have a to try it. I don’t know if I’m going to be good at it, but I’m definitely going to play it just for fun when I got nothing better to do.”

Arturo Sanchez (A.K.A a very skilled Dhalsim player from New York; also know for using Rose exceptionally)

“At first, I was very skeptical because Midway had a really tight cap on things as far as information. They did a good job of keeping all the information under wraps at a controlled pace. As the game gets closer to release and I’ve seen more of it, I’ve talked to several tournament players who have tested the game; I can’t mention any names obviously, [because] I don’t want to put them on blast, but they’ve been telling me the game is good. Ed Boon invited them to [NRS] studios, and they’ve been playtesting it [and] getting rid of all the bugs, so based off that and my early impressions of the demo, I definitely think it’s promising and it’s exciting that an American developer is going to be at the largest American tournament in the US. [This] is the first time that’s actually happened. I’m excited to see the turnout for it.”

Air (A.K.A. The best Ryu player in Canada; possibly the best Canadian SSF4 player overall)

“I’ll give it a shot for sure cause I use to love this game when I was a kid. Yeah, I’m looking forward to it.”

Filipino Champ (A.K.A Best Dhalsim player in the world... probably. You can debate this shit all day, but I personally think he is)

“I’m always open, especially if the game is in Evo. I’ll always try to play it at least so I can compete, you know. When it comes out I’m going to try to play it, give it like a week, and if I like it, [I’ll] continue playing it. I’m going to give it a try.”

Wolfkrone (A.K.A. a really really really good Crimson Viper player)

“I was a fan back in the day. I use to play Mortal Kombat 3 on SNES. That game was fun. I played [the demo]. It seems pretty good. It seems like I can apply some Street Fighter knowledge to it [in terms of] fundamentals because it’s on a 2D platform. You can play footsies on that game. I’m thinking about getting into that game. I was playing it yesterday because we just got it yesterday. I was surprised they were going to have this game at Evo [because] it’s so gory.”
Yipes (A.K.A. an incredible MvsC2 player who started the Pringles/Mango-Sentinel Meme. People mistakenly think he wears a rosary around his neck, but it's actually an osirian artifact, and it's source of his powers)
"“I’m definitely going to jump [into MK2011]. I use to play Mortal Kombat with my brothers and cousins and stuff. The last real game I was playing was [Mortal Kombat Trilogy]. I was a big Ermac player, so I might pick up Ermac on the new one. Yeah, you’re definitely going to see me in [Mortal Kombat]. I got to get to use to that control set again!”
Ultra David (A.K.A. a seasoned Zangief player, one of the most famous stream commentators in the scene. He's also a lawyer in the gaming industry)
“I’m actually very excited for it. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure whether it will be a good game. I don’t know if I have that expectation, but I really hope it will be. And from what I’ve seen, it looks like it definitely has the ability to be a good game. I mean, everybody will take it seriously at first because of the 21,000 national tournament prize. That’s just too much money to not train seriously for! It’ll be at Evolution as well. It’s guaranteed to be there, [so] people will take it seriously. I hope it will be good, and I haven’t played a Mortal Kombat in tournament before.... it will be a new experience for me, but it’s one I’m definitely looking forward to.”
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RE: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
03/21/2011 07:03 PM EDT
Where's Ricky Ortiz's (A.K.A the most fabulously dressed SF player in the world) quote?
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RE: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
03/21/2011 07:06 PM EDT
StatueofLiberty Wrote:
Where's Ricky Ortiz's (A.K.A the most fabulously dressed SF player in the world) quote?

He was at Final Round, but I didn't see a SygacityGamers interview with him. If you find it, post it and I'll transcribe it.

I love Ricky, though. He's like Johnny Cage merged with a young Elizabeth Taylor... in a good way.
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RE: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
03/21/2011 07:28 PM EDT
Well, mvc3 was getting a positive treatment before it was released by mvc2 players but look at them now. Gotta wait until the game is released to know for sure.
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RE: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
03/21/2011 11:42 PM EDT
Overall it's good to hear. Once I buy a game and play the shit out of it other people's opinions don't really matter that much to me.

However, I do think it is still a good thing that SF tourny players are liking it and willing to give it a shot. It makes it seem like MK matters in the fighting game community. It's not just written off as a dumb fighter that is broken and can't be played competitivly.
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03/22/2011 12:37 AM EDT
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03/22/2011 12:56 AM EDT
Its good to see these guys are going to give the game a shot instead of shooting it down completely. If the gameplay holds up then this game is going to have a long lifespan
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RE: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
03/22/2011 01:13 PM EDT
StatueofLiberty Wrote:
IFC Yipes talks MK at 4:50 or so.

Ah, thanks. I updated the main post with his comments as well as Ultra David's.

I did see some other interviews, but either I didn't recognize the player, or the player had nothing substantial to say about MK (Tokido would be an example of the latter).

And for those who don't want to dig through the tower of text in the original post, here's the new interview comments.

Yipes (A.K.A. an incredible MvsC2 player who started the Pringles/Mango-Sentinel Meme. People mistakenly think he wears a rosary around his neck, but it's actually an osirian artifact, and it's source of his powers)

"“I’m definitely going to jump [into MK2011]. I use to play Mortal Kombat with my brothers and cousins and stuff. The last real game I was playing was [Mortal Kombat Trilogy]. I was a big Ermac player, so I might pick up Ermac on the new one. Yeah, you’re definitely going to see me in [Mortal Kombat]. I got to get to use to that control set again!”

Ultra David (A.K.A. a seasoned Zangief player, one of the most famous stream commentators in the scene. He's also a lawyer in the gaming industry)

“I’m actually very excited for it. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure whether it will be a good game. I don’t know if I have that expectation, but I really hope it will be. And from what I’ve seen, it looks like it definitely has the ability to be a good game. I mean, everybody will take it seriously at first because of the 21,000 national tournament prize. That’s just too much money to not train seriously for! It’ll be at Evolution as well. It’s guaranteed to be there, [so] people will take it seriously. I hope it will be good, and I haven’t played a Mortal Kombat in tournament before.... it will be a new experience for me, but it’s one I’m definitely looking forward to.”
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RE: What the Street Fighter Community Tournament Players Have to Say about MK2011
03/23/2011 03:34 AM EDT
I attended Final Round and I enjoyed it!
I finally got to see JWong and yes he whupped some arse. lol.
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