'Using his V-Skill and V-Trigger properly truly brings Zangief's potential to life' - Itabashi Zangief talks character matchups, AE hopes and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • November 9, 2017 at 5 a.m. PST

Note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese, and the questions and answers were subsequently translated by me, MajinTenshinhan. The original Japanese questions and answers can be found towards the end of the article.

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 is one of the hypest players to watch in any game, DNG|Itabashi Zangief. In this interview, he talks about Zangief's bad matchups, how to use the character effectively, hopes for Arcade Edition and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: In Season 1, Zangief was generally seen as a fairly weak character by many, but after the changes in this year's Season 2, that impression has shifted greatly.

Compared to other characters, how good do you think Zangief is right now?

DNG|Itabashi Zangief: In Season 1, Zangief was in Tier 3, but now in Season 2 he's in Tier 2, and has become much easier to play as a main.

In particular, he can fight the Tier 1 characters like Ibuki, Balrog, Rashid and Akuma, so I think he's in a very good position.

Continue below for the full interview.

MajinTenshinhan: What do you think are Zangief's bad matchups? Why do you think they're bad?

DNG|Itabashi Zangief: Birdie and Abigail have long reach, which makes them difficult to approach, making the matchup pretty hard, I think.

Dhalsim, Menat, Urien and Guile are also pretty difficult matchups.

MajinTenshinhan: This might be a difficult question since there are very strong players gathered from around the entire world, but is there anyone you'd prefer not to go up against? Conversely, is there anyone you'd hope to go up against?

DNG|Itabashi Zangief: I want to go up against foreign players, and avoid Japanese players. This is because I practice all the time with the Japanese players anyway.

MajinTenshinhan: What do you think is the most important part of playing Zangief and being able to win with him?

DNG|Itabashi Zangief: I think that learning how to use his V-Skill and V-Trigger properly is how you truly bring Zangief's potential to life.

MajinTenshinhan: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition was announced to be released in January of next year. What are you hoping to see in this new version?

DNG|Itabashi Zangief: I'd like to see some new elements outside the matches to increase the game's fun.

I especially think that being able to communicate more freely within the game would make it much more fun, for example.

MajinTenshinhan: What do you think of your chances at Capcom Cup?

DNG|Itabashi Zangief: If I can stay focused and play in my own style, I have a chance to win it.

Huge thanks to DNG|Itabashi Zangief 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: Kara "Karaface" Leung.

Continue below for the Japanese version. 下に日本語版があるので、ご覧ください。

魔人T: シーズン1ではザンギエフがなかなか弱いキャラという意見がかなり広がっていたようですが、今年のシーズン2の強化によってその印象が大きく変わった気がします。 他のキャラクターと比べて今のザンギエフはどれほど強いと思いますか?

板橋ザンギエフ: S1のザンギはTier3でしたが、S2のザンギはTier2となり、だいぶ戦いやすくなりました
特にTier1のいぶき・バイソン・ラシード・ゴウキあたりといい勝負ができるので、とてもいい位置にいると思います

魔人T: ザンギエフにとって不利な組合せは誰だと思いますか? 何故そう思いますか?

板橋ザンギエフ: バーディー・アビゲイルはリーチが長くて近づきづらいため、かなり厳しいと思います
他にダルシム・メナト・ユリアン・ガイルあたりも難しいマッチアップですね

魔人T: カプコンカップには強いプレイヤーばかり揃ってるから難しい質問かもしれませんが、特に戦いたくない相手はありますか? 逆に特に戦いたい相手がありますか?

板橋ザンギエフ: 海外勢とあたりたいし、日本勢とあたりたくないですね
日本勢とはいつも一緒に練習しているので

魔人T: ザンギエフを使って勝てるようになるには何が一番重要だと思いますか?

板橋ザンギエフ: VSやVTをうまく活用できるとザンギのポテンシャルが生きると思います

魔人T: 来年の1月に「Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition」が来るという発表がありました。 この新バージョンのArcade Editionに何かの期待がありますか?

板橋ザンギエフ: 対戦以外の要素で新しく楽しめる要素が欲しいなと思ってます
特にゲーム内でコミュニケーションがもっと楽しめると結構変わってくるんじゃないかなあと

魔人T: カプコンカップ2017で自分の勝算はどう思いますか?

板橋ザンギエフ: しっかりと自分らしいプレイができれば優勝の可能性はあると思います


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