FLoE: Choking is always something that's in the back of my head, I cannot pinpoint what causes fLokEs

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • October 13, 2013 at 6:18 p.m. PDT

The second and final part of our interview with Evil Geniuses team member Ari "fLoE" Weintraub examines his reputation as a choker, how he beat Dogura at EVO 2013 in SSF4 AE v2012 and his reputation for optimizing characters in fighting games.


On the subject of coming up with new technology, fLoE said that he feels like he's more of a optimizer than an inventor.

"I'm good at taking things and making them better," said Weintraub. "When I really enjoy a character, I will find stuff, I will explore that character."

Some notable examples that fLoE gave were Jin in Street Fighter X Tekken and Yang in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, where he felt he's optimized both fighters in ways that hadn't previously been well known.

Weintraub said he will not take this route with a character he doesn't love though, mentioning he wouldn't try to fully explore someone like Rufus. Ari said that he plays the big man "because he fits my style, it's not so much that I love the character."

Hit the jump to read on.

Grinding a match, fLoE defeats Dogura at EVO 2013 with the help of a friend

Early pools were posted this year for EVO 2013, and players had the chance to see which notables they'd be facing if they advanced most of the way through the initial bracket.

"There's occasionally times when [Justin and I] will grind on a match," said fLoE, like when he spotted Dogura in his pool for this year's EVO, he spoke with his good friend about the matter.

"I think Justin [Wong's] second best character is probably M. Bison," said fLoE, so they ended up spending a lot of time working on the Rufus/M. Bison set in SSF4 AE v2012.

FLoE ended up beating Dogura 2-1 and advancing all the way into the quarter-finals of the tournament for Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012.

"I think that helped me a lot to prepare for the match," said Weintraub.

The fLokE: Ari's reputation as a choker

Weintraub has the rather unfortunate reputation for choking sometimes during a big tournament match.

Known in some circles as the "fLokE", we asked Ari if he felt like he was getting over his habit of choking.

"I would not say I'm over it," noted Weintraub. "I would say it's still there for sure.

"It's kind of something that's always in the back of my head," said fLoE. "No matter how good a tournament is going for me, at some point, I feel like fLokE is going to come out.

"There are times that it's either fLoE or fLokE playing, and I always hope that fLoE can stay for the longest time," he said. "But fLokE always loves to rear his head, unfortunately."

When asked about how he can overcome this obstacle, Weintraub mentioned that he's not really sure how he can prevent it — adding that it's not even a nerves thing, but there comes a time where his brain decides to not play like his normal self.

"There's just a point where something snaps and it's just... I don't know how to explain it honestly," said Weintraub.

Consistent tournament placings

Some people in the community have called Weintraub out for his performances, assuming that because he sometimes chokes on stream in big matches, that he's a bad player.

"People have this perception of me that I'm a terrible player or someone who never does well," said Weintraub, but he notes that he's actually pretty consistent, until a fLokE happens.

"I'm not winning, obviously, because the fLokE is going to happen at some point," Ari said, but he added he feels he's pretty consistent in what he does do.

"It's just a matter of playing like me for an entire tournament — I don't know how to do that," said fLoE.

"I cannot pinpoint what causes fLokEs," Ari said in closing.

Shout outs and where you can follow fLoE

FLoE left us with a few shout outs saying: "Thank you to all the fans who support me and even to those who hate me, I'll try and make you love me eventually!"

He also showed a lot of appreciation for his sponsorship company, Evil Geniuses.

If you want to follow EG|fLoE, make sure you check out his Twitter and TwitchTV pages.

If you missed it, you can find the first part of our interview with fLoE here.

Image from Evil Geniuses.

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