'I'm a stick player now' - Punk tells us why he showed up to CEO primarily using an arcade stick, instead of his trademark Sony Dualshock

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • June 17, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. PDT

Punkthagod, The Alpha, the Eleague Champ... Victor "PG|Punk" Woodley identifies under a lot of different titles, but "stick user" has never been one of them, until now.

If you've been watching CEO 2017, you may have noticed that the young champion has been using a fight stick instead of his traditional PlayStation controller.

We wouldn't hold it against you if you didn't catch it, as it seems the transition hasn't slowed The Alpha's dominating gameplay in the slightest.

I approached Punk while he was playing a casual match with CYG|PR Balrog (thanks for the top tier photo bomb, Ed) to ask him about the switch.

"I'm a stick player now," said Punk when I asked about the golden TE 2 arcade stick sitting uncharacteristically in his lap.

"Since when?" I continued.

"Since just now. I picked it up for Marvel Infinite for when that comes out because I think it'll be better to play that game on stick," he finished.

Fair enough. We imagine this has been something Punk has been practicing for some time now, as he's managed to fight his way into the losers side of top 8 while only switching back to the pad in a set against Rise|MenaRD in order to finish the job.

So far, he's only taken a set loss to XSK Samurai while on the stick. Punk is looking to be his usual dominant self, just with a different tool.

Will Punk be able to take this 500+ entrant CPT Premier event with new hardware? Let us know in the comments what you think his chances are.

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