- While watching the tournament over the weekend, James and Seth made the statement that beating Dieminion was the benchmark of being a top player. Do you feel this is true or false?
Personally, I’m not convinced. Dieminion is an amazing player, but I wonder if beating his Guile really is the benchmark of entry into the top tier. Is it the idea that Dieminion’s footsies are at the top level, therefor if you can contend with them you’ve earned yourself a top spot? They are, but I’m not so sure if it matters, especially when the top brackets are filled with more offensive characters. I think footsies are a massive deal, but I don’t know if beating one of the best players of a defensive character is what grants you some magical key of entry into the top spots of the world, especially with the vortexes and characters that far outclass Guile. I think it also must be a frustrating label for Dieminion, as if he’s stuck being the doorman to greatness.
- Infiltration’s dominance has been fairly absolute since EVO, but providing a nerf comes to Akuma in 2013 (I find this to be likely), will his constant first spot placing come to an end?
I’m not trying to belittle Infiltration’s skill as an Akuma player when I suggest that it will. He’s in a great spot of being one of the best competitors paired with one of the best characters in the game. In watching the Xian vs Infil grand finals, there was no player I really considered to be better. I think nerves got to Xian a bit, but aside from that, I think they’re close to equal in ability. The quality of Akuma’s options though really showed because of how matched the players were. I know that Infiltration plays a mean Gouken and Hakan, so I think he will always be a contender in future tournaments. He’s very skilled, and even if Akuma is nerfed a bit, I still expect an Akuma-mained Infiltration. I just think that he’ll settle into being a Top 4 or 8 familiar instead of a tournament destroyer like he is now.