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Latif: I felt content during last year's EVO after I beat Tokido, Daigo and Poongko and that was a mistake

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • July 4, 2012 at 8:31 a.m. PDT
Latif: I felt content during last year's EVO after I beat Tokido, Daigo and Poongko and that was a mistake Cool Gray AJ at Evil Geniuses sent over an interesting interview with RZR|Latif, which mainly covers last year's EVO. Latif offers some insight into the grand finals match up for Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition against his now teammate, RZR|Fuudo.

Latif notes that he made a mental mistake in that set, after he'd beaten Tokido, Daigo and Poongko, and that he has some regrets about his play in the grand finals. He also delves into who he feels the best players in the U.S. are, the ones who will give him the most trouble in the tournament. Here's a snip to get you going.

CGAJ: So you can definitely relate to [Fuudo] then, right? You both come from outside the Street Fighter circuit, to eventually dominate like you do today.

Latif: You’re absolutely right, and that’s why I feel I wasn’t as prepared to play against him last year as I probably should have. I watched a few of his games before, but it wasn’t anything notable especially with him coming from that Virtua Fighter background.

He came out of nowhere, but he’s a Japanese player. As a competitor at EVO, you just have to respect any Japanese player you play against, because they’ve made that investment to travel all this way. With so much focus on Mago, Tokido and Daigo last year, nobody really paid any attention to Fuudo.

I just felt so overwhelmed when I played against him. I feel like I did better in Semis than I did in Grand Finals.

Comments

GodNSatanInOne said on July 4, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.

WILL WE SEE A REMATCH AGAIN ? ^_^

#1
NvhA said on July 4, 2012 at 8:40 a.m.

"With so much focus on Mago, Tokido and Daigo last year, nobody really paid any attention to Fuudo."

Someone will say something this line next year in regards to Eita.

#2
lorcraven said on July 4, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.

Latif's got nothing to be ashamed of, reaching grand finals is an insane accomplishment, good luck this year!

#3
dietsunkists2 said on July 4, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.

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#4
yamazaki said on July 4, 2012 at 9:51 a.m.

lol, latif responsible for the most unhype grand finals in evo history

#5
rudiano said on July 4, 2012 at 10:04 a.m.

We've hardly seen Latif play at all this year, I wont be surprised if he fails to mak top 16 with all the big hitters attending.

#6
ElectricBlanka said on July 4, 2012 at 10:28 a.m.

Why is the picture next to the article on Honda? Last time I checked Latif uses Viper. And Daigo, Fuudo, Mago, and Tokido don't use Honda too. Lol, someone messed up big time.

#7
logic_boi said on July 4, 2012 at 10:34 a.m.

@7
BC he's Edmond "The Sumo Wrestler" Honda, son!!!

#8
Tensa said on July 4, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.

yeah I feel alot of people will be trying to take down daigo,tokido,fuudo,mago that eita will come in a win because his akuma is on another level

#9
umeshoryu89 said on July 4, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.

whats up with the thumbnail picture? Latif and Honda?

#10
gtfopanda said on July 4, 2012 at 11:11 a.m.

Good stuff, but I don't see Latif taking Evo home this year.

Viper got toned down a bit and she's more manageable, needing 1 (or 2) more mixups to close the round.

#11
dietsunkists2 said on July 4, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.

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#12
tequilasauer said on July 4, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.

#9

It's EVO. Serious players are going to try and take down whoever is in their way. I don't think Justin gives a crap either way whether or not he sees Daigo, Mago, etc. in his run so long as he gets to GFs.

#13
ajmc133 said on July 4, 2012 at 11:22 a.m.

Latif and Wolfkrone were riding high last year because no one had adjusted to how derp Viper is. That has changed now.

Btw. I know Viper requires great execution. Fortunately there's more to this game than having great execution flying all over the screen with random derpy burn kicks.

#14
Hayabusa_San said on July 4, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

And that was Latif's greatest mistake, but for Fuudo it was just Sunday!

#15
gtfopanda said on July 4, 2012 at 11:43 a.m.

@ #12

To be fair I don't think Japan lacked experience.

If you go back to vanilla days there was one character every japanese pro agreed to fear, and that was Viper, because basically the strongest characters were Akuma+Sagat+Ryu and it's not hard to figure those out.

Japan had great Vipers players, like Uryo, Dashio, Kyabetsu, also Succhan iirc.

What really happened was that Viper was left untouched for unknown reasons, while everyone else got hit hard. v2012 was the first version they buffed Ryu, Akuma managed to get nerfed 3 times in a row, Sagat stayed essentially the same after Super.

@ #14

Precisely.

Also, execution is not a barrier for elite players, and when you're talking about those players and tiers, all that matters is character potential.

#16
mad4ra said on July 4, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Even if Latif played a bit better it wouldnt have helped - Fuudo read him like a book. He was just unbeatable at EVO.

Ps: F-ck Viper.

#17
DunnDeal said on July 4, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.

@17

F-ck Viper? OK Mr. 'I dropped Yun in v.2012' Haha

#18
mad4ra said on July 4, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

@18 I play Akuma since Vanilla, nice try though :-)

#19
Mrb20028 said on July 4, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

Sorry, but Latif > Wolfkrone.

#20
RedEther said on July 4, 2012 at 1:26 p.m.

^
It could go either way same for Ricky and Justin rufus wise.

#21
king33 said on July 4, 2012 at 1:32 p.m.

I've actually heard wolfkrone say that latif was better than him

#22
sarif2soon said on July 4, 2012 at 1:44 p.m.

@4
did you read the full interview? sfxt messed him up.
@5
you just watched the boring matches :P
@7
it's from the interview's website (evil geniuses)
@11
me too :/
@17
although latif is probably the only player from my country (saudi arabia), i do agree on that one. fuudo beat him in top 8, grand finals and redemption suite. fuudo's just plain better. if i wanted to come up with excuses, i'd say:
"he wasn't prepared for top 8"
"he was too hyped during grand finals after beating three monsters"
"he was too hyped during redemption suite after beating fuudo in three matches in a row"

but during EVO 2011: latif < fuudo

#23
urien said on July 4, 2012 at 3:23 p.m.

man please dont compare a pad player to stick player.
alioune and wolfcrone made thse most stupid mistake by playing with pads,means no SBO for any of them as they play on arcade cabs.
and also the level of latif is on another level compared to all nowadays viper cause of character loyalties ,same thing with poongko.its like you too familiar with your own character.
also except jap players the only us viper than can chase you with an ultra after an air trade is latif.
for vipers lovers theres a new tech discovered by kyabetsu :center of screen burning kick cross up to ultra.
@dietsunkists2
keep diving there.why dont you do us a favor and go play your SF X T.

#24
rogueish1 said on July 4, 2012 at 4:19 p.m.

Viper and Krone are about equal.

#25
dietsunkists2 said on July 4, 2012 at 4:57 p.m.

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#26
tequilasauer said on July 4, 2012 at 5:38 p.m.

LOL @ people calling Viper derpy and yet somehow Fei is, what, some high level technical character because the Japanese favor him? Viper is one of the more technical characters in the higher tiers in SF4. And Viper is no more figured out than Fei and Rufus who still dominate. S/A+ tier characters may be figured out, but they still have that game-changing ability when they get the knock down.

Latif is an awesome player. Honestly, SF4, to me, is mostly figured out at this point at the high level and I think that the winner of major tournaments all comes down to getting the favorable draw. Pick high tier and hope you don't run into someone who either knows your matchup REALLY well or just beats your character 6-4 or 7-3. I'm not dogging anyone, I just think this game all comes down to matchups now. Let's face it, a Fei/Seth/Viper/Rufus will probably win this year, just like last year and it comes down to the fact that they have the fewest bad matchups.

Latif is just as capable of winning EVO as anyone, IMO. He's proven it by beating others who were potential EVO winners (a lot of people were pegging Poongko and Daigo as locks last year). Anyone saying who will definitely win and not win is just another keyboard commando running the mouth.

#27
urien said on July 4, 2012 at 6:36 p.m.

@dietsunkists2
i was referring to an old comment of yours praising that abomination.
for viper you can be godly all you want there are some mixup that need 50/50 chance.you just dont have time to react to.
so two ways of dealing with it:
-youre a godly autocorrect ultra guy.
-or never let viper get a hard knock down.
ive seen kyabetsu and latif abusing that move against top players and its 50/50 thing.
and LOL at people speaking of eita winning EVO.
his random shoryus can be very deceptive but i know 3 or top players that have a degree in fishing for shoryus scecially fuudo .
also im positively sure that its will be either sako or daigo that will get evo.
as long as they dont run on Pr balrog or poongko or ortiz.

#28
oijsdfiodgjwoi said on July 4, 2012 at 6:47 p.m.

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#29
tagimacruzX said on July 4, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.

I think Latif was just lucky to reach grand finals!

Daigo playing Yun.. was a big mistake for the beast.

maybe its just me!!

#30
mad4ra said on July 5, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.

@30 I think so too, Yun has a hard time on the defense. I mean just look at Daigo vs Pongkoo - Daigo looked so desperate all he did was mashing srk. Dont care who wins evo, i just want entertaining matches :) (but i hope tokido takes it ^.^)

#31
jkuc316 said on July 5, 2012 at 3:14 a.m.

@25 Huh? How is Viper and Krone equal?

#32
kjnbeiusd said on July 5, 2012 at 5 a.m.

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#33
ShinsokuHitokiri said on July 5, 2012 at 7:32 a.m.

#27 Knows whats up.

#34
Cauptain said on July 6, 2012 at 11:57 p.m.

FreeLatif...

Lose to ultranerfed YUN, japanese player...tsc,tsc.

FreeLatif, top 64 only...Hauahauhahuahuahuahua

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