Daigo interview on Capcom-Unity

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • March 16, 2010 at 1:25 p.m. PDT
Daigo interview on Capcom-Unity A while back Seth Killian asked the community to send him a bunch of questions for an interview with Daigo Umehara. Daigo selected the questions he would answer and they've been posted on Capcom-Unity.

This isn't the most exciting interview you'll ever read, but it's worth checking out. Here's a healthy grab.

How are you able to adapt your fighting style to a new opponent quickly?

You should play as many varieties of player as possible, and learn about the variety of play styles. That's the first step. And the next step is to think about a reason behind his actions, like “why this particular player did this?” and “why did he do that?” in light of his particular style. You have to analyze his thinking process. By doing so, you'll start to see a formula that runs through a given category of players. That way, you can pretty much quickly adapt your style to a new opponent in a short span and will be able to make decisions based on your analysis and formula, which would also help you stay calm.

If Togeki and EVO were on the same day, which would you attend? Why?

Without hesitation and without doubt, EVO! I've been telling everyone about this (Seth, I'm not trying to get on your good side!) There are several reasons. The biggest reason is the tournament rules. Not limited to Togeki, but many tournaments in Japan do give players only one chance, one match. You lose once, and you are done. I find that very dissatisfying. A player like me who practices so hard for a tournament doesn't get to try out what he has worked for. If we lose in the first round, which can happen to every dedicated and strong player, there is no other chance. We are just left with frustration. The amount of efforts we pour into the event and the moment do not match up for the opportunity we are given. On the other hand, EVO gives every player a fair chance and every player can have fun playing and leave with satisfaction. We all can show the result of days and hours of our hard work. Even if you lose, you can admit your loss and leave in content. And the prize is bigger! That certainly helps too. All in all, EVO is kind to all fighting players. EVO is dedicated for us, and that's why I love EVO.

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