The King of Fighters community site Dream Cancel conducted an interview with the South Korean players who attended EVO for KOFXIII.
In this multi-person interview, questions from various members of the site got answered from multiple folks of Korea's CafeId including Lacid, the founder of the fighting game center Kensouzzang and KOFXIII EVO 2012 champion Mad KOF!
Check out an excerpt of the piece after the jump! You can follow CafeId on their Facebook page and Mad KOF's Twitter and Facebook! As a bonus after the jump, you can also find an old video of Mad KOF playing KOF2001!
How did Cafe ID KoFXIII players train for EVO2012? Were there any players or characters you studied specifically?
Mad KOF : Before preparing for EVO2012, I went to Cafe:Id once every two weeks. Others also went to Cafe:Id once every week or once every two weeks. I don’t play KoFXIII online anymore because it’s just bad, except when I play with Verna. After we decided to go to EVO2012, Guts and I trained at Cafe:Id almost every day for about one month. Others joined us two weeks before departing to EVO2012. We reviewed videos of last 2 major tournaments in US few times before EVO2012. I checked all famous players’ styles few times. I wanted to play more before EVO2012 so personally I didn’t spend too much time watching videos.
Kensouzzang : While we were preparing for EVO2012, we met up almost everyday and trained. We analyzed all the famous players’ match videos during the 1 month training camp. Since it was impossible to play with the famous players before EVO, we just kept studying their main characters. To overcome jet lag, we arrived in Vegas 4 days before EVO, and we brought the customized stick tables because most of Korean players are not familiar with the “stick on lap” play style. I provided food, tools, and other stuff to help the participants to focus on training.
Kensouzzang, GUTS, Id’s 1st Man : We paid special attention to Bala, Kaoru, Reynald, Romance, Mr. KOF, Xian, Xiao Hai, and etc. We paid attention to unfamiliar characters in Korea such as Billy and Mr. Karate.
Lacid : I paid attention to Bala’s style. We considered Billy a weak character before the team match. I changed my mind after playing against Bala in the team match.