Daigo Umehara and Armada discuss the perils of being a character specialist

By on September 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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Hx.Twitch.CYG BST|Daigo Umehara is known for his patented Ryu play across all Street Fighter titles. But what few may actually know is the first time the legend set his hand to a stick, he actually played E. Honda, with no success. What people also don’t realize is how much trepidation went into his switch from Ryu to Guile in Street Fighter V, with him saying, “I agonized over it for months and months.”

That is the mentality of most people who specialize in a character, as theScore reports, which discusses the character loyalty employed by Umehara, Echo Fox|Tokido, and Alliance’s Armada. Whereas some players, such as Peach specialist Armada in Super Smash Bros. Melee, state that characters “for me they’re more… I’m not sure if I want to say ‘tools’ because that sounds so impersonal in way (laughs), but I enjoy their character traits,” Umehara feels the character in a more intrinsic way. Says Umehara, “I am attached to him, and I feel motivated to conquer any difficulties I face when I play with him. Giving up is not a thought that comes to my mind.”

The article also has thoughts from League of Legends streamer Dyrus on this topic.

Source: theScore Esports

Corey "Missing Person" Lanier is a full-time writer, and one half of the "So Smart" team that did commentary for Street Fighter V Crash. A former English teacher, he has spent 5 years living between China and South Korea before moving to Canada. When he's not busy writing, he enjoys streaming, playing mafia and elevating his Super Turbo game.