Verloren tells his journey from average guy to top pro player, and how Poongko and Tokido helped him on his way - exclusive EventHubs interview

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • November 17, 2017 at 5:04 a.m. PST

Note: This story was conducted with the help of BurnoutFighter via translation from English to Korean and then from Korean to English.

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 GFuel|Verloren, who in this interview talks about Cammy's current status in Street Fighter 5, his increased travel in 2017, the fighting game scene in South Korea and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: Did you play any fighting games seriously before Street Fighter 5?

GFuel|Verloren: When I was 18 years old, I played the King of Fighters series very seriously. But then, it was around the same era that PC games started heavily trending, so I naturally played PC games which were more popular at the time.

But Street Fighter 5 was the first game that I took to the next level of competitiveness.

Continue below for the full interview.

MajinTenshinhan: Cammy is one of the characters people expected to get nerfed for Season 2, but she didn't seem to get that many negative changes. How good do you feel she is in the current state of Street Fighter 5?

GFuel|Verloren: The current Season 2 version of Cammy is at maximum 5-5 at a 5-5 matchup even against her worst matchups.

Her normals reach very far and have relatively fast startup. She has the best anti-air moves in the game and highly efficient distance-closing tools overall. She has options and responses for most scenarios that the opponent will force you into.

One weakness that I have to point out for Cammy is that in order for to have a higher chance of victory, she has to risk "getting in" in the first place, so if the opposing player's playstyle is based on reading patterns or such, to condition my options, then it will become a very difficult fight.

MajinTenshinhan: During Street Fighter 4, we didn't see many players from South Korea besides GRPT|Infiltration and Poongko, but in Street Fighter 5 we've seen players such as yourself, Save and SPZ|NL emerge. How is the Street Fighter 5 scene in South Korea right now?

GFuel|Verloren: I haven't been active as a player during the Street Fighter 4 era, so I am unsure how to answer this question. Also, I am not the best candidate to represent the entire Korean FGC in that position.

But, as you said, there are many Korean players who are actively participating in international tournaments and their performance hasn't been bad at all, so lots of fellow players and fans like to cheer on their favorite Korean player when they're on stream.

The Korean FGC is relatively small compared to other thriving FGCs around the world, but since we're a tight-knit group, we can focus on improving our skills together and always come up with new strategies that are being shared amongst us, so I am confident that we will do much better in the future.

MajinTenshinhan: We saw you participate in a few events last year, but this year it feels like you're showing up practically everywhere. What changed for you to be able to take part in so many tournaments in 2017?

GFuel|Verloren: Even around this time last year, I was an average person looking for a suitable career to consider for my future. But, at the same time, I saw an event in Korea called "Street Fighter Crash", and saw many famous players including many OG Korean fighting game players, and it really ignited my passion to play Street Fighter.

The more time I invested into playing the game, the more my interest grew heavily towards becoming a competitive player. So, my performance in tournaments has allowed me to develop more skills in the game, and even at times I get greedy to try and outperform the best players.

Luckily enough, Poongko gave me financial support and a chance at a Capcom Pro Tour Premier event in China, and that became my first official Capcom Pro Tour participation.

That event broadened my vision of my gaming career, and I even got to attend EVO and Canada Cup, but the wall of the professional players was unrealistically difficult, and I had to recompose my thoughts as to whether becoming a pro fighting game player would be worth my time.

Soon after, I was able to win an amateurs tournament at South East Asia Major 2016 and regained confidence. I've also had the chance to play lots of games with FOX|Tokido and received much advice on taking the Capcom Pro Tour seriously and encouragement to continue playing.

I want to show my sincere gratitude towards him, since without him, I wouldn't be where I am now.

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?

GFuel|Verloren: I don't have many complaints with the current version of Street Fighter 5. But, certain things in the game just do not make sense to me.

Such as Rashid's crouching heavy punch, it's too out of place in comparison to other characters, and certain un-Crush Counter-able anti-air special moves like Birdie's Bull Horn and Ibuki's Kazekiri, they should be Crush Counter-able like other Dragon Punch type moves.

Also, corner throw loops should not exist. Once again, I'd also like to exaggerate that Rashid's crouching heavy punch should be normalized.

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

GFuel|Verloren: Currently, I'm unsure how strong I am compared to other talented players around the world. I might say that I have a 20% chance of winning, but stats are just numbers, and my only goal is to win the Capcom Cup finals.

Huge thanks to GFuel|Verloren for participating in our interview series and we wish you the best of luck at Capcom Cup 2017.

Also, huge thanks to SL|BurnoutFighter for helping us make this interview a reality. Please look forward to more interviews in the coming days.

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