Tension Pulse resumes with Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 exhibition matches feat. ShinSin vs. LGOD X, and Mystic vs. B.Z.B

By on November 1, 2017 at 11:00 am
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After a break, we’re back with a new episode of Tension Pulse! This is a series of livestreamed and commentated matches in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2. Not only this is a chance to see some high-quality gameplay live, but the series highlights players that we might not normally see frequently on the tournament scene.

There’s a lot of brand-new faces this time around. We’re going to see B.Z.B’s Chipp Zanuff fight Mystic’s Baiken, as well as ShinSin’s Answer versus LGOD X’s Johnny. It will be quite the exhibition featuring the two newest REV 2 characters.


B.Z.B

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On the match: “I think it’ll be a good fight. Baiken is rarely played, so it’s good to give the community a chance to see what this match-up looks like.”

On his opponent: “I played Mystic before at CEOtaku in casuals. He was good at adapting quickly and took the last couple sets from me. I’ll need to be ready to adapt on the fly and have some answers to the general match-up.”

On his growth since the last time: “My movement has changed a lot. I also try to ‘commit’ to my options before I wake-up. It’s made my options (backdash, Blitz, Dragon Punch, etc.) much more consistent.”

Mystic

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On the match: “I’m just really happy that I got the chance to go ahead and showcase my Baiken in the exhibition.”

On his opponent: “I actually had a long set with him at CEOtaku earlier this year, and I’m sure he wants to run it back.”

On his style: “I would say a mix of the other two Baiken players, LTL and Vinnie. I’m not as aggressive as LTL but not as passive as Vinnie.”


ShinSin

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On the match: “The Tension Pulse exhibitions have been a great service to the US Guilty Gear community, showcasing our top talent and others that may not get a chance to shine. I think what they’re doing with it has been outstanding and its growth has gone on to prove that.”

On his opponent: “LGOD X: He’s one of the stronger players from Michigan that you don’t see too often. He’s jumped around the character select screen but it appears that he’s sticking with Johnny now, which is a good choice. I feel he’s a solid player and is headed in the right direction. We haven’t played an extended set, just met up a few times in the bracket. Now that I’ve switched to Answer, a lot has to change with how I approach him than how I used to with Chipp.”

On his own playstyle: “My playstyle has always focused on movement; that won’t change with Answer. Moving around waiting for the right time to slip in and pounce on the opponent, while using movement defensively to create that opportunity. Johnny’s normals will make this rather difficult but I feel I can find a way to make it work out.”

LGOD X

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On the match: “I feel pretty good about the exhibition. I think Answer is a cool character but unfortunately much weaker than Johnny. Despite the power level difference, I think the match will be exciting to watch as some of Answer’s stronger but more inconsistent tools work on Johnny.”
On his opponent: “ShinSin and I have a bit of history prior to this match, but have never had the chance to sit down and play a long set, so I’m excited for the exhibition. ShinSin used to live in Michigan, but moved to Chicago before I got involved with the MI scene. He comes back to Michigan for a lot of our bigger events, so we always end up crossing paths in a tournament. He usually gets the better of me, but our sets get closer and closer every time we play. Even though he isn’t an intimate part of our scene in Michigan anymore, he still usually leaves us with some wisdom after he visits, so this match to me is kind of like a student vs. teacher type deal.”
On his own playstyle: “I try to have an oppressive style utilizing a lot of long-range normals in most games. Naturally, this led me to Johnny in Xrd. I tend to be more of a reactive player and try to avoid scrambles, but I think ShinSin tends to play more rushdown-oriented. We’ll have a good display of differing styles for our match.”

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Catch this upcoming episode of Tension Pulse live on Silva_hime’s Twitch channel. The first set, between ShinSin and LGOD X, will begin at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/5:00 PM PT on November 1st. Following that, we’ll see B.Z.B face Mystic in a FT7, similarly. trippinhobbit and Havoc_Noah are going to commentate.

Looking to catch up on the last episode of Tension Pulse? The last episode was a special featuring eight powerful combatants!

Sources: interviews; Silva

Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.