Razer’s Xian has seen a sudden rise to new glory: having struggled last year with F.A.N.G in Street Fighter V–only to see the character get worse in the season 2 update–he made a gut call to switch to Ibuki. The results were obvious: he took the inaugural Capcom Pro Tour 2017 event at Final Round 20 in convincing fashion.
At the event, he was interviewed by Kotaku about his proclivity to pick low tier characters and make them work. He described his choices as being, “playing characters that look cool and hype.” He also discusses his choice of Gen in Street Fighter IV, stating, “People treated Gen like Dan: ‘This character is too weak. I don’t need to know anything to beat him.’ I spent a lot of time with Gen, even though I lost a lot in the first year. If I managed to find a way to play this character strong, no one will be able to figure him out.”
However, in his switch to Ibuki, he states, “I had some matchups I just couldn’t figure out, so I decided to try out another character.” Check out the full interview over on Kotaku.