'Everyone's going to get mad and I love making people mad' - Capcom interviewed Street Fighter players at EVO 2019 for their reactions to Lucia

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 18, 2019 at 6:11 a.m. PDT

While Capcom's big reveal for EVO 2019 may have leaked early in the way of the release of Poison, E. Honda and Lucia, the company has tried to make the most of their situation through a variety of different tactics.

Initial hype was all surrounding the two returning characters, but Lucia has actually leaped out as the initial standout fighter of the trio thanks to her unique design elements. Before she released, however, Capcom actually went around EVO and interviewed Street Fighter 5 players about their initial reactions regarding the newcomer.

Talking to almost a dozen players including UYU|Tyrant, Nigel EX, Shine, NVD|Phenom, Underscore87, NGN|NoGoodCitizen, Tempo|Alex Myers, Spacecake and UpToSnuff, pretty much everyone seemed to be intrigued by what Lucia could do while postulating how she'd play in actual matches.

A good number of them like Tyrant believed that the newcomer would be a rushdown monster though that hasn't really turned out to be the case in practice. She's got really good tools once she gets in, but Lucia can't get in for free like maybe some were expecting.

Lucia's EX fireball was also the talk of the town at EVO with just about everyone taking notice of the unique, bouncing projectile while players like Alex Myers were already theory crafting what all could be done with its setups.

The players also compared her to a large number of the rest of the cast like Spacecake saying she looks like Sakura but better, and others believed she looked like interesting amalgamations of fighters like Juri, Chun-Li, Cammy and Rashid. No one mentioned Ken though.

Were the players right about Lucia before she came out? You can see for yourself in the reactions video from Capcom below.

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