New week, new Super Steam Xrd Exhibition League match! The online Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- showdowns continue. The FT7s (with commentary) showcase players from various regions, and are a great way of highlighting particular match-ups. This time, we have Mr. K’s Leo Whitefang battling NC Jin’s Dizzy, as well as braindead2000’s Venom vs. Killey’s Johnny.
Let’s get a better grasp at who’s who, and how they feel about the upcoming battles.
On the match: “I’m excited! Silva is doing great things for the Guilty Gear community and I’m happy to be part of it. I’m a little nervous because Dizzy is a rare character, and I don’t play against strong Dizzy players often. I’m making sure to be prepared though!”
On his opponent: “I think we met for the first time at SuperTSB in New York earlier this year. We got to play a set and we also talked about some of Dizzy’s best anti-Leo offense. He seems to be dedicated to his character and it’s awesome to find other people who want to push their character to its limits.”
On his own playstyle: “I think I’m at my best when I can play fast and force my opponent to deal with what I’m doing directly. Leo suits my aggressive risk/reward style really well, since he basically demands responses to threats once he’s close. Really strong opponents don’t crack under pressure, though, so I’ve made a conscious effort to expand my gameplay in new directions with Leo to become more well-rounded.”
On the match: “I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity to play in the Steam league. I think it’s been a great way to build up hype for Xrd, and with REV 2 on the way, I hope more people will pick up the game. As far as my match goes, I just hope to play well and make it as exciting as possible.”
On his opponent: “I’ve never played Mr.K before, but from what I’ve seen, he is a very strong Leo player. It’s obvious that he has a great understanding of both the game and his character. He places very well in the tournaments I’ve seen him attend, so I know I will have to play well to win.”
On his own playstyle: “My playstyle varies from game to game, in my opinion. I try to play a very offensive style most of the time, but in certain matches, I like to zone. It really just depends on who I’m up against. I try to adjust to what my opponent’s tendencies are and adjust accordingly. I would have to say that I focus more on player interaction rather than character-specific match-ups.”
On the match: “I’m a bit nervous because I’d like to play well, but I’m more so excited at the opportunity to play in this league! I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun.”
On his opponent: “Killey has really good spacing and hit confirms, add that with good execution–he’s certainly not an opponent to be taken lightly. In my honest opinion, he’s definitely one of the best Johnny players in North America.”
On his own playstyle: “My favorite kind of style is establishing control of the screen and approaching my opponent carefully. Once I have made my approach I want to overwhelm my opponent with relentless offense.”
On the match: “I’m excited but also a bit anxious about this match since I don’t do exhibition matches that often. I’m somewhat familiar with the match up since I have two Venom players in my scene; however, every player has their own take on a character. I’m hoping that I’m able to adapt to my opponent’s style on the character as the match progresses.
I really like the format of these exhibition matches, as it forces accelerated learning of match-ups and helps refine your learning process moving forward. I had fun studying this match-up, since I involved the community for assistance. I got help from my local Venom players and the Johnny discord; I even went as far as asking KSB winner Omito for some advice on his stream… ha ha ha. While I do want to win this match, I’m not too concerned with the final results. I just want to put on a good show for the viewers.
I’m currently preparing for Combo Breaker, which will be REV 2, but since this match is -REVELATOR-, I had to revisit the specific combo routes on Venom. The issue is that Venom’s aerial hitboxes make it hard to consistently land midscreen knockdowns, which causes Johnny to lose positioning and momentum. I had to explore the specifics of Venom’s aerial hitboxes to make Johnny’s combos more consistent, and I think I found some unique solutions to this. Thankfully, I won’t have to deal with this moving into REV 2 due to the aerial hitbox changes on Venom.”
On his opponent: “I respect his Venom play since it’s very solid and centered on control. I remember playing him months ago, and he had unique answers to certain situations. We were trying to get more matches in afterwards, but that never happened, since we could never line up our schedules. I like to view this exhibition match as the rematch that didn’t happen back then.”
On his own playstyle: “Hmmm… I think I play rather textbook or systematic, and then try to fine tune my strategies based on my opponent’s habits. I like to force certain situations on my opponent and see if they have an answer to it. If they don’t demonstrate to me that they can deal with the situation then I’ll continue to exploit their match-up knowledge deficiencies until they do then adapt accordingly.”
It’s good to see a few less-popular characters in these match-ups, and it will be interesting to see what individuality the players bring to them. Don’t forget to tune in to Silva_hime’s Twitch channel tonight, starting at 9:15 PM EST/8:15 PM CST/6:15 PM PDT. Octopimp and BxA|dotNova are commentating this time.
In the most recent online Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- set, Beautifuldude’s Zato=1 battled Dekline’s Sin Kiske. What a battle! The other FT7 involved Ryyudo’s Faust and WindGodDude’s Millia Rage. Check it out below!
Sources: interviews; Mdesilva