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Why did Bonchan use Ryu to counter-pick against Daigo, who he admits can play Ryu 'perfectly'? The key to his victory at Red Bull Kumite revealed

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • March 28, 2015 at 1:43 p.m. PDT • Comments: 42

Shortly after Bonchan managed to beat MCZ|Daigo's Evil Ryu with his surprise counter-pick -- as Ryu -- at Red Bull Kumite, the event's French hosts did a brief interview with the Japanese player.


Although the short interview was interpreted back into French for the live audience and viewers on the main Red Bull Kumite event stream, Bonchan's responses were not interpreted into English for the benefit of everyone watching on the official Capcom Fighters Twitch channel. So here at EventHubs we thought we definitely should get that translated for you.
Just moments ago you managed to defeat MCZ|Daigo by picking Ryu against his Evil Ryu. Did you prepare a Ryu for the sole expressed purpose of fighting Daigo with it?
Bonchan: Yes, I practiced Ryu specifically so that I could fight MCZ|Daigo with him.

Daigo also plays Ryu [in the past], and his Ryu game is at a very high level. He practically plays Ryu perfectly, which is something that I can't do.

So rather than play Ryu perfectly, I chose instead to play the character in ways that would allow me to win: I read and took advantage of Daigo's habits.
There you have it, ladies and gents! Straight from the Super Saiyanjin Bonchan's mouth: Ultra Street Fighter 4 isn't just about character tiers. Even if you're playing a lower-tier character against a popular high-tier pick, a character that your opponent has pretty much dismissed, you can still win -- if you take advantage of the player match-up rather than the character match-up.

Source: Red Bull Kumite.
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