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'When people thought Rashid sucked, I used him and got 13th at EVO 2016' - OilKing details why he picked Rashid, talks about Taiwan FGC and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • November 18, 2017 at 5 a.m. PST • Comments: 18

Note: This story was conducted with the help of one of ZW|OilKing's friends to communicate between English and Chinese, to help ZW|OilKing better respond to the questions.

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 ZW|OilKing, who in this interview talks about the increased exposure for the Taiwanese FGC, Rashid's potential bad matchups, his fighting game history and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: Compared to Street Fighter 4, where we mostly saw ZW|GamerBee represent your country, we've seen quite a few Taiwanese players show up for tournaments in Street Fighter 5. How is the fighting game scene in Taiwan right now?

ZW|OilKing: The Taiwan fighting game community is raised by ZW|GamerBee. Because of our efforts, the community keeps going and growing.

E.T. and ZJZ got 1st and 4th place in King of Fighters 14 at EVO this year. As for Street Fighter 5, ZW|GamerBee, Talon|Xiaobao and I have shown our efforts in the Capcom Pro Tour. By the way, we also have communities for Tekken and Guilty Gear.

Everything goes fine. It's also worth mentioning that we held the Capcom Pro Tour Premier TWFighter Major 2017. Even besides registered players, our tickets were sold out (around 1000 ticktes). If you saw it live, it was awesome there!

It really shows the progress of the Taiwan fighting game community, and I also believe it will become even stronger and bigger!

Continue below for the full interview.

MajinTenshinhan: The last few months, many people have talked about Rashid being a very good character, and you've been using him for a long time. How good do you feel Rashid is, and why did you pick him as your character to begin with?

ZW|OilKing: I think Rashid is a top 3 character together with Ibuki and Akuma in Season 2. Rashid is strong and is well-rounded. He can fight even without resources.

In the beginning (meaning Season 1), I chose Rashid because I saw the intro videos before Street Fighter 5's release. I am fascinated with his speed and spacing control.

After the game came out, I used Rashid and got good results in Taiwan. When people thought Rashid sucked, I still used the character and got 13th place at EVO 2016.

MajinTenshinhan: I've seen people say several times that Rashid has no bad matchups. Are there any matchups you think Rashid struggles in, and if so, why are they difficult?

ZW|OilKing: I think... That it might be Ibuki and Cammy, because their skills can put pressure on Rashid. I have to pay more attention in these matches.

MajinTenshinhan: We haven't seen you internationally until Street Fighter 5, but how long have you been playing fighting games before this?

ZW|OilKing: Actually, I have played fighting games since King of Fighters '94. I also played King of Fighters 2002 and XI a lot.

After King of Fighters XI, I played Street Fighter 4. I've really loved fighting games since my childhood!

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?

ZW|OilKing: I hope... That Street Fighter 5 could become more varied, and I hope that Street Fighter 5 can attract more new players. I'm also looking forward to some new strategies and setups for old characters.

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

ZW|OilKing: I met two of my set goals this year: get into the Capcom Cup Finals and get one Capcom Pro Tour championship (which I accomplished in Malaysia). Basically, I accomplished the goals that I had promised myself.

Now, I hope that I can get at least 3rd place in the Finals. That would be an awesome end to 2017!

Huge thanks to ZW|OilKing 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.

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