Daigo on his losses to John Choi, Filipino Champ: 'It wasn't because I let my guard down or anything like that; they were just really good'

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • July 31, 2014 at 10:19 a.m. PDT

On this week's episode of Topanga TV, MCZ|Daigo appeared on the show as a guest in part to promote the new manga series based on his life that's currently being serialized in the Weekly Georgia free-to-read smartphone app.

While on the stream, the Mad Catz-sponsored pro chatted with MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago and EG|Momochi on a number of subjects, including what he thought were the reasons behind his losses to RG|Filipino Champ and John Choi at EVO this year.

"With the Dhalsim match-up, there were problems with it that I was still quite uncertain about," the 33-year-old said.

Daigo said that when he saw the brackets, one of the first things he noticed was that Filipino Champ was in the same block. He had previously played -- and lost to -- Filipino Champ before, after all.

He dreaded playing against Filipino Champ.

"Since we were so far away from each other in the block, I didn't think that we would go up against one another. I had thought that Dhalsim as a character probably wouldn't make it through all the way in the winners' bracket.

"But then soon afterwards, I was like, woah, we are going to play one another after all.

"And that's when I started doing some last-minute training with YHC-Mochi and... Torimeshi, was it? During the session I managed to come up with some counter-measures, but in the end I still had some problems with the match-up.

"So even though this was a very good match, this was just unfortunate. The loss was just unavoidable," he said.

On the subject of his loss to John Choi, MCZ|Daigo had nothing but praises for his opponent.

"He was strong. John Choi was really strong," Daigo said, dragging out the final syllable for emphasis.

Mago chimed in on the subject and said that he played John Choi once at Revelations. At that point, he didn't know that John Choi also played Street Fighter 4. But having played him, Mago agreed that the American player was incredibly strong.

Momochi also remarked that John Choi was especially proficient in Shoto matches.

So why did Daigo lose to John Choi? It had nothing to do with the setup, lag, or anything like that.

He had lost simply because Daigo no longer held any respect for Ryu in terms of being a viable character in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

"Personally, in my head, it was like Ryu doesn't exist anymore," he explained. The room burst out in laughter.

"Do you get what I mean? I thought, no matter what, I would definitely not run into any problems with a Ryu at the tournament."

One of the Topanga staffers asked if it was because Daigo did not think that there would be any Ryu players at the tournament.

"No, not that. It's just that I never thought that I might lose against Ryu. And so I never came up with any counter-measures for the character to begin with.

"And at the same time, honestly, I didn't think I'd run into John Choi at the tournament. When I found out that we'd be playing against each other for our next match, I thought, 'well, this shouldn't be a problem'."

But things did not pan out the way he thought it would.

"John Choi played Ryu in a manner that proved to be irksome for Evil Ryu; in a manner that I thought probably nobody at the tournament would play like. And so I lost. I got impatient," he explained.

"In that match I got too impatient. Although I lost in both matches, I was a lot more impatient in the match against John Choi. With Filipino Champ it was more like, we just played normally and I lost [whereas against John Choi I got impatient]," Daigo said.

"It wasn't because I let my guard down or anything like that. They were just really good."

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You can hear Daigo speak about EVO in Japanese from around 01:37:00 in the stream archive embedded below.
Video from Topanga TV. Also sent in by Gotomaster.

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