The final installment of our special feature with The Box Arena where we have an exclusive interview with Shady K! Shady K is regarded as one of the, if not THE best player in San Diego, making Top 8 at EVO last year in Street Fighter 4!
Check out this new trailer for The Box Arena 2v2 RANBAT 1.2 which starts tomorrow to see Shady K's Akuma in action!
INTERVIEW - SHADY K
I've been in the competitive fighting game scene since 2001. I started with Marvel vs Capcom 2 and am best known for pioneering rushdown Magneto. MvC2 accomplishments include consistent top 3 placings at SHGL tournaments and a top 8 finish at EVO2K3. I also specialized in Capcom vs SNK 2 and was one of the first U.S. players to exploit roll-cancelling.
Now, I'm a Street Fighter 4 player who most is known for playing Akuma. I placed top 5 at EVO2K9 and consistently place top 8 at major Socal tournaments.
Why do you consistently place 1st at The Box Arena's tournaments but have such a hard time just placing top 8 elsewhere?
A few reasons come to my mind. I don't travel enough to practice, so my variety of competition isn't spectacular. Most of my practice is from training mode and playing with a few of the SD players weekly. I'm a downloader. It takes me more than a few matches to download someone, but when I do... see question 5. I like to think if I played more often with a variety of top players, I'd be a lot more consistent. As it turns out, I lose (or come close to losing) to a lot of players or characters I don't play against often. I'm really comfortable with my set play and strategy, but only when I have a good amount of practice in that particular situation or versus that particular person and/or character.