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.

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