Canadian contender uses steering wheel to defeat fighting game veteran at major Guilty Gear tournament

Initial T eliminates Dogura with the strange controller in the Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 top 8 finals

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 27, 2018 at 5:14 p.m. PDT

When playing competitive fighting games, often times yo'll run into this age old argument: controller or fightstick? Well, one player at this major tournament has thrown that argument out the window and opted to use a racing steering wheel instead.

Canada Cup 2018 is currently underway in Toronto, and many of the world's strongest players have congregated to prove they're the best in mainstay fighting titles such as Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, the newly released Soul Calibur 6, and many others.

During the top 8 finals of another widely popular fighting game, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, one competitor had viewers scratching their heads when he took to the stage with a steering wheel peripheral in hand.

A player who goes by the handle Initial T went up against fighting game veteran CO|Dogura — who is proficient in multiple fighting titles including Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 — on the losers side of the bracket of the Guilty Gear tournament. According to the commentators, Initial T hails from Toronto, Canada, and apparently this isn't the player's first time using a steering wheel for fighting games.

While you might be wondering how this player uses the steering wheel for competitive fighters, apparently the peripheral is equipped with a D-Pad on the left-hand side of it and buttons on the right. So though he can turn the wheel during battle, it's likely not affecting anything in the actual match — though it is noted that moving the wheel left and right activate left and right inputs. Still, it's pretty awesome.

Initial T would ultimately take the set 2-0 over Dogura, eliminating the fighting game veteran from the tournament. To secure the win, Initial T landed a powerful wake up super, and you can see it below.

Initial T tied for 5th overall in Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 at Canada Cup 2018.

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Source: Canada Cup Gaming.

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