'You can't test s*** in the middle of a tournament' - Aris' retelling of his epic Soul Calibur 2 bout with Dan The Nightmare is too good

The first tiime America beat France on French soil

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. PDT

Got a question about frame data, hitboxes or a character match up? Here in 2018 we just hit up the internet from our phones and are good to go. That wasn't the case 14 years ago.

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has launched part one of their "Words and Souls: The Rise of Soul Calibur" series that looks back on what makes this franchise as great as it is.

Episode one hears commentary from figures such as MarkMan, Kayane, Maximilian and Aris on the history of the various Soul Calibur titles, and the latter figure on that list has an especially entertaining story to tell.

Back in the early 2000's the best Soul Calibur player in the world was French Competitor Dan "The Nightmare" Vu. No one could touch The Nightmare, including Aris, but after a hard loss in '03, the American challenger formulated a plan.

Without the use of internet resources to expedite the learning process, alternate characters and secret tech was all the more useful for strategic tournament approaches. Aris went to France to take on DTN on his home turf, and used a classic case of misdirection on the reigning champ.

Vu actually tried to stop the tournament to research his opponent's new tech, but was forced to play on since, as Aris so eloquently puts it, "you can't test s*** in the middle of a f****** tournament." You'll hear the whole story and more in the video below.

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