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Xian is quitting his day job, closing down Tough Cookie, to go be a traveling world warrior - exclusive EventHubs interview

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • March 25, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. PDT • Comments: 92

When RZR|Xian defeated EG|Momochi in the grand finals at Final Round 18, the first premier event in the Capcom Pro Tour, being the worrywart that I am, the first thought that popped into my head immediately was "oh, no, now that he has qualified into Capcom Cup 2015, does this mean he's going to be traveling out to much fewer tournaments from now on?"

As it turns out, I had been worrying for nothing. If anything, his win at Final Round 18 has only made RZR|Xian hunger for more. To the point that he has made up his mind and decided on leaving his day job -- running Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe, as its proprietor -- shutting it down and terminating the lease at his own expense, just so he can travel out to more tournaments.

In this EventHubs interview, RZR|Xian tells us why he's making such a drastic decision, and other big questions you may have if you've been a fan of his who's been tuning in to his Razer Xian's Academy weekly live streams (which are broadcast from the soon-to-be-closed shop).

He also shares with us some afterthoughts on a couple of the matches he had at Final Round -- vs. EG|Momochi, and RZR|Fuudo.
KarbyP: First of all, congratulations on qualifying into Capcom Cup 2015 at the very first premier event. What would you say was the key to your victory at a major this time around?

RZR|Xian: I think the key to my victory was that I had multiple pocket characters to cover my bad match-ups with.

Interestingly, most of the time I was able to win with my pocket characters not because it was really that bad of a match, but rather it was because my opponent had been lacking in knowledge against my pocket character.

KarbyP: At Final Round 18, you managed to beat EG|Momochi not once, but twice -- first with three games straight and Momochi taking only one round from you, and the second time in the grand finals where you were able to prevent Momochi from resetting the bracket.

Those results had been very different from what happened at Capcom Cup 2014. What has changed in the way you play that has made this possible?

RZR|Xian: During Capcom cup 2014 I had a very tough bracket. I was preparing a lot against Infiltration, RZR|Fuudo and MCZ|Daigo as they were on my side of the brackets. I wasn't expecting Momochi to make it that far and I didn't prepare for him, so I got defeated badly against him that time.

KarbyP: Other than your matches against Momochi, which other matches at FR18 left a deep impression on you?

RZR|Xian: The match that left a deep impression on me was when I played against RZR|Fuudo. I picked up Elena specially for this match-up as it was one of Fei Long's worst match-ups.

However he had a lot of experience in this match-up and almost took the momentum to bring me to the Losers' bracket.

KarbyP: So now that you have qualified into Capcom Cup, a lot of your fans must be anxious to know if this means you will be travelling out to fewer majors now -- but that's not the case, is it?

RZR|Xian: Oh, I will be closing my shop Tough Cookie in a week. I see this year as a good opportunity to attend every premier event so I will be travelling to even more majors than before.

I am determined to do well this year.

KarbyP: Can you share with us what your tentative travel plans are, at this moment?

RZR|Xian: My travel plans for now will be to Red Bull Kumite followed by HypeSpotting...

Next up will be Japan, then maybe followed by NorCal Regionals, Stunfest and Southeast Asia Majors.

KarbyP: In Singapore, Tough Cookie is practically the place where everybody who's serious about Street Fighter goes to play at. Now that you're closing it down, will there be any chances for local -- and overseas -- players to play against you? I know that a lot of the players here will miss being able to receive training and advice from you at Tough Cookie.

RZR|Xian: Definely I will still be playing offline sessions with the players here, but most of the time I will be playing online more, I guess.

I will also be streaming more regularly besides Razer xian's Academy.

As well as doing some coaching sessions for players who want to level up -- they can just tweet me at @Xianmsg to inquire about lessons or message me on my fanpage to find out more.

KarbyP: What about Xian's Academy? What's going to happen to that?

RZR|Xian: I will still continue to do that weekly, and may even do longer streaming sessions more often, as I will have more free time.

KarbyP: What are your goals for this year, as a pro gamer or otherwise?

RZR|Xian: My goal is to go to as many events as possible this year and level up tremendously for capcom cup 2015 at the end of the year.

I have gotten second place twice at Capcom Cup 2013 and 2014. I wish to do better.

KarbyP: At Final Round 18, Momochi said that he plans to make 2015 his year. Is there anything you would like to say to that?

RZR|Xian: I hope to be part of the race, so don't count me out!

KarbyP: Lastly, any shout-outs?

RZR|Xian: Shout-outs to Razer for being one of the best sponsors ever! Without them I definitely wouldn't have made it this far.

And of course, shout-outs to everyone reading this at EventHubs too!
Here at EventHubs we wish RZR|Xian the best of luck on his Musha Shugyo world warrior journey. And we look forward to seeing more hype matches from him at the next major.
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