'[In SF5], stubborn or bold gameplay can have a way bigger reward than before' - Problem X talks increased hype in SF5, Bison's tier placing and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • December 4, 2017 at 4:34 a.m. PST

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is the beast from UK who took the highest spot of any European player this season, Mouz|Problem X. In this interview, he talks his improvement in ranking this year, Bison's power, the difference between Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: Last year, you got into Capcom Cup from the 30th spot in the leaderboards, but this year you're in the 6th spot. What did you change about your approach to the game to improve even further upon your already stellar results?

Mouz|Problem X: Well, within a year my understanding of the game has developed a lot more, and with my Mousesports sponsorship I've been able to travel a lot more and also gain a wider amount of experience.

I decided that with these extra tools, there's nothing holding me back, so I spent a lot more time focusing on my gameplans and overall gameplay in general, with a lot more motivation.

Continue below for the full interview.

MajinTenshinhan: Your M. Bison this season has been nothing short of godlike. How do you feel M. Bison stacks up against the other characters this season?

Mouz|Problem X: I think that M. Bison is strong and more than viable. He sits just outside the top 10, which is fine. He can fight most characters really well, and he really suits me and my style.

MajinTenshinhan: As someone who's seen great success in both Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5, what do you think is the biggest difference for a competitive player between the two titles?

Mouz|Problem X: Street Fighter 5's competitive threshold is a lot lower than Street Fighter 4, therefore it can be harder to distinguish the level between players.

This has led to a lot of sporadic results, however I would say that it has more hype, and also adds more salt when losing, haha. That's because stubborn or bold gameplay can have a way bigger reward than ever before.

MajinTenshinhan: You've played a bunch of different characters throughout your Street Fighter career from Seth and C. Viper in Street Fighter 4 to Alex and Birdie in Street Fighter 5, and several others as well.

What do you look for when you pick a character to play, and is there any character you're hoping to see come back in Street Fighter 5?

Mouz|Problem X: I like boss characters in general, or characters with extreme, cool looking moves. I hope to see C. Viper again, and Sodom.

MajinTenshinhan: What are you hoping to see change about the game when the fresh version Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition comes out early next year?

Mouz|Problem X: I hope that they take away negative-framed normals into activation turning positive and putting you into a guessing situation.

I would like to see a removal of jab anti-airs, but an increase in damage for anti-airs in general to discourage jumping a lot more.

That's because the reward is so huge for a successful jump-in, but can be minimal for an anti-air that's also hard to land, so it encourages opponents to sometimes spam jumping.

Finally, more recovery on heavy normals in neutral, and increased hurtboxes.

MajinTenshinhan: How do you feel about your chances going into Capcom Cup 2017?

Mouz|Problem X: My bracket has changed with Liquid|NuckleDu pulling out, so now I have a Laura and then potentially DNG|Itabashi Zangief after.

These are M. Bison's harder matches, however I'm used to uphill battles and I am confident that I can pull it out.

#PsychoPower is absolute, bring on the cup!

Huge thanks to Mouz|Problem X for participating in our interview series and we wish you the best of luck at Capcom Cup 2017. Please look forward to more interviews in the coming days.

Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.

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