So the other day, as usual when I’m thinking of ideas for this blog, I began cruising general FGC Twitter accounts in the hopes of stumbling upon something that would be enough to rocket me into a writing frenzy. I was not disappointed!
David “UltraDavid” Graham, one of the rare non-active competitors who acts as a great elder statesman for the FGC, was lamenting a common repeated talking point for the character he plays in Injustice 2, Bane. As part of said lamenting, David took the entire NRS community to task for, at many times, avoiding technical play because it’s not necessary, while simultaneously acknowledged that the scene had gotten a lot stronger in the past five years. Not one to miss an opportunity to put his foot in his mouth, talking Venus flytrap and two-time Mortal Kombat Evo champion Carl “PerfectLegend” White quickly published his retort.
Well, this was a very exciting weekend if you are a fan of fighting games. Capcom Cup 2017, the year-long culmination of all the drama and excitement from the annual Capcom Pro Tour, was held all weekend, starting with a Last Chance Qualifier on Friday and ending on Sunday with an intense, grueling final set between reigning EVO champion and favorite Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi and Saul “MenaRD” Segundo that saw Segundo win three games from the loser’s bracket to reset the match, then pull an amazing comeback while down two games against the veteran Taniguchi.
At just 18 years old, Segundo was overwhelmed to take home the $250,000 dollar prize, which made him a millionaire in his home country of the Dominican Republic. In an interview that took place before the finals, Segundo promised to use that money to help fund his local gaming community, who were cheering him on in the crowd during his matches. He spoke of the importance of having a central location for them to meet so they could train, and help send more talented players from that region to compete next year. After all, if the region can produce a talent such as Segundo, who primarily used online and his local scene to help become strong, then there may be more hidden gems yet to be discovered. I was stunned that he was so willing to pump up his local scene and help them become a lot stronger as an overall region over, say, moving to America or Japan, typically considered stronger regions, to improve his own skills.
I say I was stunned because, on the NRS side of things, local meetups are a thing of the past, and it has hurt the scene in a big way.