Dieminion: Japan is still way past the American level of play in SSF4 AE v2012 - wants to form own Topanga League

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • February 1, 2013 at 10:03 a.m. PST
Dieminion: Japan is still way past the American level of play in SSF4 AE v2012 - wants to form own Topanga League BrokenTier's Kevin "Dieminion" Landon sat down with Evil Geniuses' CoolGrayAJ for a thought provoking interview. Dieminion covers his performance at the SoCal Regionals 2013 tournament, mentioning how momentum affects matches, in that you can have a solid track record against a player, but still lose in a set.

He also discusses what it was like playing against EG|PR Balrog's Fei Long, where he lost 2-1 and was eliminated for the tournament, and how he thinks he'll have a better feel for him next time they play.

At the latter part of the piece, Dieminion says that he feels the Japanese player base are still far ahead of Americans in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012.

CoolGrayAJ: Regarding international competition, Infiltration’s been winning everything, but do you think people should be more concerned about a single player, or an entire country?

Di3mini0n: Japan is still way past the American level of play. Being in Japan recently really woke me up to how behind we really are. On a daily basis, you’ll see Daigo playing against Kazunoko, Mago, Nemo, Nekojita, and countless other players that you will have never even heard of. If you think for a second that our challenge right now is Infiltration, Daigo or any other big name foreign player, you’re wrong. The real challenge is if and when the rest of these Japanese players come over to play.

Japan is no stranger to taking over EVO Top 8, and people need to be aware of this. Just because Daigo was the only Japanese player in EVO Top 8 last year, you need to pay attention to what happened to the rest of the Japanese players. Kindevu, Haitani, Fuudo and Dogura all placed 9th, so if you really think about it, we were four matches away from having 5 Japanese players place Top 8 at last year’s EVO.

I don’t want to sound like a defeatist, but really ask yourself, do you play 6-8 hours a day against the best players of your country?

Dieminion adds that he's looking at starting something akin to the Topanga League for the east coast, and then he can hopefully branch in out into the entire country, but this idea is still in the concept stage.

This is a really strong interview, with a lot of interesting information from one of the FGC's top players. It's definitely worth your time to read through it.

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