No its not because he won EVO
before i start, i want to say daigo is my favourite player EVER, but watching infiltration made me realize something. to Infil this is ESPORTS, to daigo and everyone else, this is still just a FGC event. what i mean is that someone like daigo spends his time in arcades, he learns match ups better than anyone else. Infil on the other hand, not only knows match ups, he STUDIES players inside out. so when daigo is playing like daigo, infil is not playing like infil, he is playing like DAIGO. daigo is fighting AKUMA, applying his match up knowledge. on the other hand, Infil is not fighting ryu, he is fighting DAIGO. he knew every single daigo tendency. i watch daigo a lot and 2 things he loves doing. throwing fireballs, and ********** . Infil, without the use of 2 bars, **************. he knew daigo inside out. if you look at xiao hai vs daigo, he teched, because he obviously doesnt treat this like infil.
Infil is doing what boxers do. watches extensive footage of players. match up knowledge isnt enough, he is collecting data. so for daigo or anyone else to get to infils level, they need to treat this like player research not just match up research. Dont get me wrong. Daigo is easily on Infils level, but his Preparation IS NOT. Infil is treating this like the pros do.
People say Japanese are the best because of their technical level. But Technicalities is not enough to win you tournies anymore. i love Sako etc… but hours in training mode etc will not always give you the most effective way to dominate certain players. Home players (Not Arcade )now have the advantage. they attend their weekly locals, majors, then spend their time at home researching rivals. you can tell j. Wong is doing this. or Dieminion who got bodied at Seasons Beating by Mago and Uryo. Now despite all their technical abilities, Dieminion put on a clinic and totally shut all of that down. My guess is he studied them. Infil attends US majors. he has downloaded all US rivals like PR rog, r. ortiz etc… he might not play in Japan, but believe me, all the Japanese players that play outside of Japan, im sure he’s written essays on them. my last point:
Remember Revelations?? where Sako brought his ibuki? Laugh and Infil were on their laptop during the actual event, studying footage of Sako the night before owning at casuals. This is what prompted daigo to become relunctant about his match videos on youtube. lol You cant respond like that, this is eSports now. You have to realize opponents want to be the best in the world, and you better start studying them yourself, rather than having the attitude, i better hide my videos!! everyone is open to public scrutiny. get with it if you want to remain at the top!! Even get scouts to bring you footage. I couldnt believe it when Zhi asked daigo what he thought about Dakou after Shadoloo, and Daigo said WHO? lol c’mon you have to keep up with your competition and know who the hell they are if you seriously consider this your PRO career.
I say this because. Mike Tyson or Fedor… Tyson studied hour long videos of his opponents, aswell as his natural ability. When he fired everyone and went it alone. he lost all discipline and relied only on his instincts, which sadly isnt enough. you have to know what your getting into and how to approach it. instincts alone/or match up knowledge wont win you fights. you have to know your opponent more than he knows himself.
Fedor always said i dont watch people i face. i see what they bring to the ring, then adapt. enough SAID. no wonder he never evolved.
im very sad for Daigo, i wanted him to win. but words cant describe how i feel about infiltrations performance right now. that guy is a Hero!
this is not a who is better than who thread. But i just want people to think a bit more. being MORE technical than someone, doesnt mean youre better than then. its all about how effective you and your gameplan is. And imo, Infil, Die and J.wong have got to that on par level with the elites because they recognize this.