'In matchups where she struggles, Rose's damage buff won't change anything; she's still the same', EventHubs exclusive interview with Luffy

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • June 18, 2014 at 9:03 p.m. PDT

At the recent DreamHack Summer 2014 event in Jönköping, Sweden, EventHubs' very own MajinTenshinhan was on the scene and grabbed some thoughts from European powerhouse MD|Luffy.

The interview covers a number of different topics, such as Europe's power level in fighting games, what players he absolutely hates fighting against, his opinion to changes in Ultra Street Fighter 4 and more.

Look below for a snippet of the interview.

MajinTenshinhan: Last time we spoke, you were hopeful to increase your placement at this year's EVO from last year's Top 16 placing. With Rose looking like she has gotten a lot better in many aspects, this seems all the more likely. How do you feel about Rose now after the final changes to her in Ultra Street Fighter 4?

MD|Luffy: I think that Rose is actually still the same. She's gotten more damage output, but they didn't change any frame data or something like that, so in the matchups where she struggles, the damage buff won't really change anything. It's not like any move was adjusted to be a better anti-air or anything, so I think that overall the character is the same.

In some matchups, the damage will really help, but in matchups where she has difficulty getting away from her opponent or something like that, it'll still be the same. Maybe Delayed Wakeup will help her, but I think in the future people will have found setups for Delayed Wakeup as well, so in the end, it'll still be the same anyway.

MajinTenshinhan: This year, it's been fairly evident that Europe is a force to be reckoned with. Ryan Hart won two majors in the US, Alioune had a very impressive showing at ESGN Fight Night, and you have hardly been a slouch either. Do you think that Europe has always been at this level, and just had a lack of awareness, or do you feel as if Europe has really started leveling up lately?

MD|Luffy: I actually think that most people just didn't know. In Europe, I feel that there are only three people that are really good at an international level, those three people being me, Ryan Hart and Alioune. It's just that, this year, Ryan Hart has started traveling a lot more, which means that people can see more of how he plays and just how strong of a player he is.

Me, I went to EVO last year, and I did okay, and Alioune played a lot of foreign people at ESGN and he was really good, as well. It's just that European players don't travel a lot. But now, Ryan Hart is traveling a lot, and he's showing the world what Europe can do.

MajinTenshinhan: So you told me a while back that you're working on a website for FGC tournament managing and a ELO-based ranking system. Would you mind telling us a little bit about how that's going and what you're hoping to bring to consumers with the site?

MD|Luffy: Yeah, we are working on a website where the tournament organizer can create their tournament, and where players will get an ELO-based ranking. This ranking won't be based on your placing at a tournament, but instead be based on who you beat in that tournament. It's going very well - we have the website, everything is coded already, we just need to finish up the graphics and I hope that it'll be ready to launch in about 3-4 months.

MajinTenshinhan: We've discussed before that you tend to do really well against MCZ|Mago when you match up against him in tournaments, but is there any player you really, really hate going up against? Is there anyone that you might consider your kryptonite, so to speak?

MD|Luffy: Yeah, I think I'd have to say GamerBee... I've never beat him in any tournament, and he plays Adon who is really hard to fight with Rose. With the new change to her EX Spiral, maybe that'll change things, though. Also, Tokido. GamerBee and Tokido are really very good against me, because their characters are very good against Rose, and they are strong players themselves.

MajinTenshinhan: A while back, Ryan Hart talked to Justin Wong about a potential Europe vs. USA 10v10 or 5v5 and which side would win. What are your thoughts on such a matchup?

MD|Luffy: If there was a Europe vs. USA 10v10... Well, I think that overall, the top 10 USA players are better than the top 10 European players. There are more good players in the USA, but I think that the top 3 or top 5 of Europe are better than the top 3 or top 5 in USA. Maybe one player from the USA can beat like 5 people from Europe, but they won't beat the really high-level ones. I think that overall, Europe would win.

MajinTenshinhan: Judging by our very limited time with the game so far, who would you say, at this early stage, are the top 5 strongest characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4?

MD|Luffy: Yun, of course. I think Yun is good. Decapre is good. Probably Rolento... I'm not sure yet, but I do think he's actually good, when played at a really high level. He's difficult to chase, he has good mixups, he can always run away and he has many tools at his disposal. Evil Ryu is good, as well. I'm not sure about the last one, but those four are really good already.

Many thanks to Luffy for agreeing to do this interview with us. Any thoughts on his opinions? Let us know in the comments.

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