Guard Cancel: Vinn Aleixo

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1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first?
Which is your favorite?

I frequently began to play KOF in 2004, but I didn’t followed the
brazilian scene of OG 2002/XI because I was a kid. My first KOF I
played was KOF’98, there was epic battles near my house in weekends
but I wasn’t so good (and from that time, I was learning to play in
arcade stick and dualshock pad). My favourite KOFs per saga: ’97 for
Orochi, 2000 for NESTS, XI for Ash (not counting XIII), 2002 for Dream
Matches and 2002UM for remakes. In general, my favorite KOF is 2002UM.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Because KOF gameplay is a quite Unique, even other games “try” to
reproduce some KOF gameplay features (MBAA has a similar “Emergency
Evade”, KOF’94-’95 feature, for example). The great part of characters
(including Ash Saga characters) are charismatic and their fun gameplay
makes you want to play with all cast, even you play just with BnBs.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament
rankings.

I’m going to be a KOF tournament player when XIII hits consoles. But
in other FGs, I began to play in tournaments in last year and my best
results was in BB CS1 times, getting 3rd and 2nd place in local
ranbats.

4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?
In Brazil overall, there still much KOF ’98 and 2002 arcades and some
’97 arcades, but offline scene of these games is decreasing year after
year. From old times, our best all-time player was the retired
Buchecha. There still some active offline top players here, in old
KOFs. From ’98 we have Alê , Hélio (both from São Paulo) and Rocha
Miranda (Rio). Sabãozinho (São Paulo) Kabecinha (Brasília), Joker
(he’s peruvian, but lives in São Paulo) and Pará (Rio de Janeiro) are
today’s tops in OG2002. I don’t know other offline 98/2002 top players
so I’m sorry for not mention them. And there is a BIG number of
brazilian players in GGPO/Supercade/Arclive ’98 and 2002 rooms, having
some former offline top players playing on it (Kododis and Monge, for
example).

Unfortunatlely 2002UM doesn’t have much love, so I came playing other
games like Melty Blood (my second favorite FG), BlazBlue, Arcana Heart
3 and others.

5. Do you prefer pad or stick? Why is that your preference?
Arcade Stick. Because I have a certain freedom to execute moves and
combos. I still play with pad, but I don’t have the same level as I
play with arcade sticks. I like to play with keyboards but due to
limitations to use in consoles, and I want to follow the JP stick
setup defaults, I’m playing too much in arcade sticks.

6. What advice do you have for new players?
Learn the basics, use a part of your free time to “study” beyond about
your main character.
And for those who didn’t like XIII: give a second chance for this
game. Can be not a 2002 replica, but is better playing a new KOF than
nothing.

7. How do you choose a character and team? How do you choose
the order?

In every KOF I always choose Kim in my team. Depending of the game, I
can choose a top tier (Iori in 2002, Terry in ’97) or my favourite
characters (Jhun in 2000/2002UM, Nameless in 2002UM). From choosing a
order, in most battles, I always choose as last the best character of
the team (Kim, in 2002 case).

8. Which type of character do you prefer?
Rushdown, high damage and very safe normals. That was OG2k2 Kim’s
success formula XD

9. From a purely gameplay perspective, who is you favorite
character?

Kim. I like his tricky moves and I always choose him, even he can be
worse than previous version (2002UM Kim, even he was nerfed relating
to 2002, I still can play well with him)

10. How often do you practice or train in KOF alone?
In most time I train KOF alone. Recently I’m going to play with some
folks in Rio de Janeiro state. For KOF2002, I’m playing with Kododis,
who lives almost near my house. In 2012, I’ll try to build local XIII
and MBAACC scenes and organize local ranbats, the “Neo-MaX
Ranbats(NMX)”

11. How do you gain new techniques, strategies, setups and
combos? Do you watch match videos?

I watch KOF tournament videos in youtube. When someone with my main
character does an incredible combo, I try to reproduce it in training
mode. Depending of combo, can be easier or harder, even I think it’s
easy just watching (’97 Yamazaki “777” Infinite, for example)

12. Have you played KOFXIII yet? Did you like? Will you buy it?
No. But I know a part of the gameplay based on KOF XIII wiki reading
and watching videos. Of course I’ll buy this game and train seriously.

13. Will you continue to play older KOF games while playing
KOFXIII?

Due to 2002UM not being accepted, no. Maybe I can play a little bit
some ’98, 2002 and 2000 in GGPO, but I’ll play XIII and Current Code
so much. And I hope Brazil can be a top country in competitive Latin
American KOF Scene.

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