Can’t stop, won’t stop, just like Ky Kiske’s corner pressure. But rather than seeing the King of Illyria battle again, we’re going to see some nasty mix-ups from Beautifuldude’s Zato=1 against Dekline’s big boy damage from Sin. The Super Steam Xrd Exhibition League continues with new Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- matches.
The other battle is between Ryyudo’s Faust and WindGodDude’s Millia Rage. Let’s learn first about Beautifuldude and Dekline.
On the match: “It’s pretty awesome to finally have a chance to play in SSXrd league! Even though the REV 2 demo is currently out, I still feel like I can show a bunch of cool REV 1 Zato stuff in this exhibition match with Dekline. I hope I’ll be able to win, but I know it’ll be a good time regardless of the result!”
On his opponent: “Dekline is a cool dude with lots of Zato experience he acquired by playing his fellow Nebraska bro David Cue, so I’m sure it will not be easy for me to take him down in the slightest. His strong showing at Texas Showdown with Sin proves that he’s not gonna be an easy opponent for me! Also, Dekline is a fellow Mario Party player, so his fortitude has been tried and tested by the rigors of that evil game.”
On his own playstyle: “I would describe my playstyle as DEADMAN’S HAND AT ALL TIMES. If there’s a will, then there’s a DMH setup! In all seriousness, I like to play puppet characters! Not only do I play Zato in Guilty Gear, but I also play Relius Clover in BlazBlue: Central Fiction, who plays somewhat similarly to Zato. I usually play these characters in a somewhat defensive style, as I feel like I can force my opponent to make a bad decision through their oppressive neutral options, then run my game once I get the knockdown.”
On the match: “I think it’s a pretty cool idea. It’s nice to be able to have a “serious” set outside of an actual tournament. It also helps promote the game.”
On his opponent: “He’s a solid player. I’ve only played him a few times though, we just don’t seem to run into each other much.”
On his own playstyle: “I think I’m more of a reactive player. I try to feel out my opponent and see what they do and don’t know about a match up, then play around that instead of having a specific game plan.”
On the match: “Honestly, as much as I want to win, I don’t fully expect to; Millia is a strugglebus for Faust. I felt it was a matchup I understood better with my recent growth as a player… until Northwest Majors where WindGodDude cleaned my clock, putting me in 9th. Talk about a wake-up call! I’m excited for the opportunity to play WindGodDude again! It’s given me motivation to study one of Faust’s hardest match-ups. Our local Millia hadn’t pushed me to learn and LordKnight, the other Millia I’ve played a few times, was far beyond my understanding months ago. Subconsciously, I feel I was waiting for an opportunity to find the next foothold to step up to, and that this is it.”
On his opponent: “His movement is polished, he plays intelligently safe, and his understanding of his and his opponents’ options is well-versed. If he gets started, that round will end quickly for me. I think the biggest miss was not introducing myself after Northwest Majors. He seems nice, and it would’ve been nice to play him after the event, regardless of SSXrdEL, because I feel he would provide great insight.”
On his own playstyle: “I’d call it ‘compartmentalized.’ I have different ‘boxes’ I pull from, per situation, but I have a difficult time mixing up those options to stay unpredictable. As a whole, I appear all-around solid, but I feel once my opponent finds something that works, it takes me WAY too long to combat it because of that compartmentalizing, and I’m too slow at finding answers in a different box. It’s why I’ve begun taking lengthy water and snack breaks after every match, win or lose, at tournaments to give my brain time to search for answers. I plan to do the same here too… sorry stream monsters! <3.”
On the match: “I see it as a nice way to say goodbye to Millia, considering that I am switching over to Johnny in REV 2. It’s also good practice to help me adapt over the course of a long set while under the pressure of an audience. Above all, I hope to have a good time.”
On his opponent: “I haven’t played too much with him, but I know his offense is strong so I have to make sure that my defense will be at least equal to match.”
On his own playstyle: “I aim to play solid and clean above all. I consider myself to be on the safer side of Millias, however, if the opponent shows patience to match, I don’t mind taking risks.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how those turn out, as it feels it could go either way. As usual, catch the action on Silva_hime’s Twitch channel tonight, starting at 9:30 PM EST/8:30 PM CST/6:30 PM PDT. RaphTx and SamiFish11 will get on the microphones this time.
On the last online Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- set, between DEB and BxA|dotNova, as well as Dead Spike and LTL, things got a little… interesting. While not everything went as planned, enjoy a few additional exhibitions, including an intense Potemkin mirror between the two ex-Potemkin users!
Sources: interviews; Silva