RZR|Latif on What Makes a Good Player, Says Viper is not a Street Fighter Character

By on January 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

On the December 14th edition of Wednesday Night Fights, Latif announced that he signed a sponsorship deal with Razer. In a recent interview with his sponsor, RZR|Latif talks about his fighting game background, gaming on a student Visa, and what it takes to play Street Fighter IV at a high level.

Here’s a snippet from the interview:

The ability to guess what your opponent is doing, Latif refers to as “mindset” and it’s something he often talks about. “Mindset is basically how your opponent is thinking: How does he approach the game? What is he trying to do?” said Latif “If I play a new opponent probably the first round I wouldn’t test all my skills on him but I would probably test him out.” How to test someone? “I would look for patterns, by pulling off some moves and watching how he responds. I can know his style of play after the first round, and I know which strategies I can use on him again. So a beginner might take round one off him but after that he has no chance? “Even if a beginner does take a round off me I will already know how he plays which makes it very difficult for him to win a second round.

So what’s stopping other professional players from memorizing how he himself plays? “At a high level of play everyone can adapt really quickly, if one style of play isn’t working you can just change it up. That’s the difference between a pro player and a high level player.

When asked why Latif uses C.Viper, he replied with the following:

“Apart from the fact she’s hot? Mainly because C.Viper reminded me of Guilty Gear characters and she’s different from the other Street Fighter cast,” said Latif. “She has a lot of combos, she’s more freestyle, and she’s a heavy execution character meaning she’s not a one-day character you can pick up. Also it takes dedication to play her you cannot switch to another character. She is actually not a Street Fighter character. Street Fighter characters are all slow and throw fireballs, they’re all the same but C.Viper was different, and I liked that, that’s why I picked her up and I don’t plan to change.”

Be sure to read the entire interview over at the official Razer website.

Source: Razerzone, image from Karaface

Isaac, also known as Delriach in the gaming community, is a member of the Chicago fighting game scene and regularly attends weekly gatherings at the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield Illinois. Although he is a fan of all fighting games, he primarily focuses on Mortal Kombat and has competed in numerous tournaments since its release. When he's not playing fighting games he's usually writing about them and has been doing so for the past three years for publications such as TheSixthAxis. Isaac tends to travel with a mini Chun-Li toy and frequently takes pictures of her on epic adventures.