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'It is such a hard life to be a fighting game player... but it's worth it' - Infiltration talks professional gaming and preparation for Capcom Cup

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 5, 2014 at 8:01 p.m. PST • Comments: 25

I was able to catch up with the winner of Dreamhack 2012, SCR 2013, NCR 2013, Final Round 6, Evo 2012 and a huge list of other major tournaments, Mr. Seon-woo "Infiltration" Lee.

He was kind enough to give me some of his thoughts on the upcoming Capcom Cup.

He discusses his preparation for the event, who he's most looking forward to playing against and what he hopes Ono's special announcement will be.

Please note that Infiltration primarily speaks Korean, yet he read and answered all of these questions in English. Like a boss. So please cut him a little slack.

Now, without further adieu, here's but a small taste of the interview; the rest is after the jump.
Velociraptor: How do you feel about your competitive performance throughout 2014?

Infiltration: This year, I could probably say I was quite lucky. I was hoping to show fans better and more quality games, but I could say that this year was a testing period for me on Ultra Street Fighter 4. So instead of unique moves or skills, I was just trying to win. I hope next year would be more different. I intend to show more active and fun games to fans out there.
Velociraptor: Which player are you most worried about playing at the Capcom Cup?

Infiltration: It is too difficult for me to pick just one player since the most of the participants are very high skilled players. I will do my best to play well in the tournament.

Velociraptor: Who do you think will win Capcom Cup?

Infiltration: Any tournament or competition I participate in, I always hope to win that. It isn't being a stuck up, but just to have self-confidence.

Velociraptor: Ono is gearing up for an announcement at Capcom Cup. What do you hope he'll be revealing?

Infiltration: We are all hoping for Street Fighter 5, but I am also hoping they announce Ultra Street Fighter 4 on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One as well.

Velociraptor: Who, if anyone, do you think should have qualified for the Capcom Cup but didn't make it?

Infiltration: If I call all the players, this interview will go far too long. There are tons of players who deserve to come and compete at Capcom [Cup], but it is just unfortunate.

Velociraptor: Is there anyone at the Cup that you have never faced but would really like to? Why do you want to play them?

Infiltration: Valmaster, I would have to say. I really can't imagine who would win. But since I use Chun-Li [from] time to time, I would like to see him use Chun-Li and see his skills.

Velociraptor: Where does qualifying for the Capcom Cup fall amidst your greatest achievements?
Infiltration: To become a Champion.
Velociraptor: ...damn straight.

Velociraptor: Have you done any special training outside of your normal routine to prepare for such a difficult bracket of opponents?

Infiltration: It is really difficult to practice in Korea, just like always using training mode and imagine my opponents. I've been imagining way too much that every time I would lose. I just [hope] my imagination doesn't come true!

Velociraptor: How long do you plan to stay in the competitive fighting game scene? Is this just a season in your life or is it something you’ll be doing professionally still in 5 or 10 years?

Infiltration: If it allows, I will play until [the] end of my life. It is such a hard life to be a fighting game player, but on the other hand, it is worth it. Even if my hairs all become white, wouldn't it be fun to see me on tournament?

Yes, Infiltration... yes it would indeed. Be sure to check out our other Capcom Cup interviews below:

DIG|Ryan Hart
EG|Justin Wong
Crs|Nuckle Du

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