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Guard Cancel: The Blackrose | Wisconsin

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members and players. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

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

The first KOF I ever touched was KOF98, which is my favorite. However, I never really got too hands on with KOF while growing up. I had more exposure to Fatal Fury than I did KOF.

I didn’t start getting into KOF proper until I started playing fighting games seriously again 4 years ago, where the local scene was screwing around with KOF2K2UM and RBFF2. When I learned about KOF13 from IPW streaming the old Southtown Arcade weeklies, I ended up watching a lot of it. Announcement of a console release guaranteed that I would be playing it.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?

What always stood out to me was the pace of the game. It’s very offensive in nature with the ways pressure can be applied, but at the same time that pressure is not completely absolute and one-sided. Mobility is another strong point that works hand in hand with the offensiveness of the game. The ability to pick three characters is also a plus when I consider that KOF is one of the few series that makes me want to touch on all of the cast at some point.

I think the biggest draw at the end though is the community. Before, during, and after a tournament, you will meet a lot of people who just want to sit down and play the game. They’ll talk with you, play with you, impart knowledge if you ask, and all of it is without any sort of strings attached.

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

Unfortunately, due to recent forays into stream production work and commentary, playing in tournaments has taken a backseat. That being said, my record wasn’t stellar, but I wasn’t going 0-2 either.

4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?

While a local scene in Milwaukee exists, it is very fickle when it comes to staying stable in a game that is not Street Fighter 4. This means having to travel to Chicago if I want to get some practice against players for KOF13. Although for some strange reason, people are starting to pick up KOF2K2UM again. No complaints here.

I prefer to play offline more than online because I really like to dive into the nuances of some matchups, and I feel as though online does not currently allow for that.

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Guard Cancel: [ON]Vicio | Texas

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members and players. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

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

I’ve played KOF for 20 years. :p It’s evident which was my first. My favorite was ’96 since I played it just for fun, and fun it was!

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?

I started with other fighters, Karate Champ, Samurai Shodown, Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, Street Smart, Pit Fighter, MK, SF just to name a few, but when KOF came out, it blew everything else away! The mood, the system, the music, the style everything was so fresh and cutting edge. Dat intro! I felt as if the game picked me, not the other way around. The scene was huge, just about every convenience store, gas station, shopping center, and arcade had KOF in it, it was impossible not to play KOF.

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

A constant top 3 in local tourneys, top 8 in Texas Showdown(2014), Top 8 in CEO(2014).

4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?

We do have a small, but strong local scene. I play online only to fill in on match-ups we don’t have locally.

5. Do you prefer pad or stick? Why is that your preference?

Stick, I’ve played stick since childhood. I’ve played pad in older games, but to me, it never compared.

6. What advice do you have for new players?

Play for fun first, always! The tournament scene will call you eventually, you’ll know when. Took me 17 years to even consider it.

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

Aesthetics, feel, style everything has to be there; I have to like the character, regardless of tier or type.

8. Which type of character do you prefer?

I played Leona in ’96, I used to avoid charge characters at all costs before that. But when it comes down to it, rush down are my faves.

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

Mature

10. How often do you practice or train in KOF alone?

I get bored really fast in practice mode, about 10/hrs a week at most before tournaments, too much time IMO. And this is why I lose! ;P

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

Match vids bore me to death(that’s why I’m free), I usually watch tech vids by Gutts CL, Mienai Kage(Leona!) and a little Juicebox on the side!

12. What would you like to see in a new KOF game?

A mixture of KOF 11/13 Game mechanics, KoF XIII sprites, more characters, KOF XII Art and backgrounds(minus the zoom), KOF ’96 style music. New Arc; Gaea!(Mother of Orochi?)

[ON]Vicio’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/1itzentl

Guard Cancel: KC’s NOTOR1OUS | Missouri

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1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I’ve only recently started playing KoF competitively with KoF XIII, before then i stuck mainly to kof 98 and 02. I’d have to say i definitely enjoy XIII the most so far.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
I made KoF my main game after XIII got released, i honestly don’t know why i wanted to play it so heavily. I just really enjoyed the art style and fast paceness of the game. i really wanted to get into 12 but we all know how that went. I think what i like most about XIII was the overall fairness of play as opposed to the capcom fighters i was accustomed to.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
I am a tournament player. I got 9th at Final Round in 2012, 13th at Ufgt in 2013, top 32 at ufgt 2014, and probably last at EvO lol. The decline is disheartening haha.

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Guard Cancel: Austin Howe | Maryland

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members and players. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I’ve been playing KoF since late 2012, and XIII is my first game. I really enjoy XIII and I think it is my favorite of the ones I have played, but this is largely a result of it being the only one that people play offline around where I am (aside from two folks who occasionally play 2002 Ultimate Match). I also enjoy watching high-level matches of 98, 2000, and XI where they can be found.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Complicated answer. Contrary to popular opinion, I would actually call KoFXIII very beginner friendly because conceptually the game is very simple. Pretty much every character is “get up in that ass” and there are very, very minor variations on that from character to character. There are “matchups” in the sense that you have to approach grapplers, raw rushdown characters and characters with good approaches differently, but I would say that these matchup differences are much more subtle than in games such as Street Fighter IV where it can feel like the entire design ideology of the game changes depending on what characters are on screen. (C. Viper and Guile have no business being in the same fighting game.) As well, getting out of the corner is shockingly easy in KoF in general, which makes it a fair bit forgiving to newer players who lose in the neutral easily (which is not to say that they don’t get put back in the corner just as quickly)

The character balance, as a result of this, is pretty immaculate, and the tier list feels largely marginal as a result. (The top tier characters do, on average, really just do more damage easier than other characters) The mantra of players mattering a lot more than characters seems to really hold true in this game, and though certain characters go through phases of popularity (Evo 2013 was the age of Kim, Evo 2014 was the age of EX Iori) it doesn’t seem like the top competitive players are resting too much on the same characters. The combo system is a lot of fun because it involves linking specials together more than normals, and that means that characters move in a lot of different ways to do damage. Combos are a nice medium difficulty as well, making it just enough work to learn really hard combos that that still feels rewarding. Combos also reward the amount of work with massive damage, and I’ll admit I prefer games that emphasize big damage on smart conversions over games that allow players to achieve victory by a thousand papercuts (intense knockdown oki, endless corner pressure and such)

On top of that, I really like the art, which is largely unhindered by 3D objects (the 3D effects in other fighters make them difficult for me to look at, especially as a colorblind person), and wisely chooses bright colors and fairly low contrast. The game doesn’t service the art design, the art design services the game. The soundtrack is also quite good, though I usually play at fairly low volume so I can discuss matchups or I wear headphones to play music from my phone.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
Due to my income I don’t make it out to tournaments much, and local tournaments for the game are extremely rare. The one time we did have a KoF tournament at the Xanadu monthly, I went 2-2 by beating two players who had been playing the game for less than a week, then losing to two players who had thoroughly wrecked my shit the night before.

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2 Dream Cancel Live Podcast Episodes This Week: Interviewing Liston & Great Dark Hero

We will have 2 Dream Cancel Live podcast shows this week! Tomorrow we will be interviewing TSB The Prince aka Liston from New York City, and Thursday we will be interviewing Mai Shiranui specialist Great Dark Hero!

The times we go live tomorrow night and Thursday night are the same times we usually do on Wednesday nights, which are 8:30pm Central (6:30 Pacific/9:30 Eastern).

You can watch the show live here on the front page of dreamcancel.com or on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/dreamcancelsnk/live! The live embedded video will placed on the front page 30 to 45 minutes before the show starts. Please use the chatwing box to chat with other players and to ask questions to be answered on the podcast!

Remember, tomorrow, Wednesday July 30th & Thursday July 31st at 6:30pm Pacific, 8:30 Central, 9:30 Eastern!

Liston Interview:
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Great Dark Hero Interview
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Guard Cancel: GenesisDC

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I’ve been playing KOF for about 15 years or so. I first played the Playstation version of KOF 95 as a youngling. It was hard to do commands, but I had fun regardless. My favorite KOF though would have to be 98. I loved the characters, the music, the presentation, and even the stray animals walking around in almost every background.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
KOF takes quite a bit of skill and execution to play, and I like challenging myself. I also think a lot of KOF characters are very unique in both design and playstyle.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
In the past few years, I’ve been going to more tournaments. I used to play in KOF 2002 and Garou tournaments online, but recently I’ve been going to locals and MidWest events like PowerUp and Season’s Beatings. I never did get to play in a KOF tournament outside of locals though, I usually went for MvC3. With XIII out now I’ll be heading to a lot more tournaments.
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Guard Cancel: Mikel

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I have played KOF for eight and a half years. My first KOF game was The King of Fighters R-2 for the NGPC, and my favorite KOF games are KOF 98 (Vanilla, R-2 [if it counts], and UM), KOF 2002 (Vanilla and UM), KOF XI, and KOF XIII.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
KOF is an easy-to-learn fighting game for beginners, intermediates, and experts alike. I like the series because of its easy to learn gameplay system, the characters, and the many play styles each character has, such as Kyo’s “twitch,” and Ash’s “charge” styles.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
I haven’t played in any tournaments yet, but after high school I will do my best to get into EVO. If I don’t, I will wait till the SoCal Regionals.
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Guard Cancel: steamwolf

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I’ve played KoF since around 2004 or 2005? My first was actually 2000 on PS2. My favourite to this day I’d have to say would be the soon to be released KoF XIII.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
Well I actually like KoF less than Fatal Fury, but I still choose KoF over every other fighter out there because I think its mechanics are better. It has a better cast of characters, and many of them fight with a resemblance to a real fighting style with a mix of fantasy. Street Fighter never really looked like a real fighting style just half-assed attempts at karate etc.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
Thus far I have not played KoF at any major tournament. I participated in a Super Street Fighter IV tournament, CEO 2011 and sad to say I tied for the rank of second to last place. Hahaha.
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Guard Cancel: Running Wild

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

1.How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I’d say about a good ten years or so. My first KOF was the original Fatal Fury on Sega Genesis. Does that count? It is subtitled The King Of Fighters! No? well okay, there used to be a pizzeria in my town that had a Neo-Geo cabinet with KOF95 and Samurai Shodown 3 and I’d play those everytime I went there. I didn’t really get into KOF, and SNK in general, until the rise or Emulation around 1999/2000 with emulators like NeoRage making their rounds on the internet. I’d say King Of Fighters 2000 was my favorite of the earlier KOF’s, because I love charge Robert, and that was the game that introduced Vanessa, the best boxer in SNK history next to Rick Strowd… or maybe Vanessa really was just Rick Strowd after the sex change operation. I also love having Shingo as a Striker. What a dork. Joe is a pretty dope Striker too, and Ramon is hilarious paired with Ralf or Chang. Kim also had one of my favorite moves in that game, his forward+A. Love that thing.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
KOF promotes a much more offensive game, and unlike Street Fighter, jumping in isn’t the worst thing in the world to do because you have several different jumps and other mobility options like running, rolling, etc to get in. KOF characters also have alot of special moves that make them very mobile and enable them to close the distance easily, like Terry’s Burning Knuckle, Andy’s Zaienken, etc. Overall I like that KOF’s gameplay is so much more faster paced, and I dig alot of the characters, the presentation, soundtrack, all of it.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
I used to take part in some online tournaments on Kaillera years ago for games like Garou:MOTW, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and other old games, but never placed really high, and GGPO wasn’t around back then either to offer the best online experience. A little over a year ago I went to my first real major tournament, it was for Super Street Fighter IV, Tekken 6 and BlazBlue, and I got bodied hard. Up til that point I was purely an online warrior, and it gave me a good wake up call. There is going to be a KOFXIII tournament coming up this Winter not far from me. There are not many KOF players here in Upstate NY, so I’m gonna do what I can to take that fight money lol.
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Guard Cancel: GuamoKun

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email admin@dreamcancel.com or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?
I’ve been playing KoF for about 14 years. Luckily for me, my aunt owned an arcade cabinet with hundreds of games. However, this is in Mexico and I only visit the place once a year. The first I ever played was KoF 97. I first bought my own KoF in 2001, it was KoF 99 for the PlayStation. My favorites teeter between 2000, and 2002um.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?
I really like the system. But more than anything, the music and characters.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.
I am not a tournament player, yet. I do go to some MK tourneys but that’s about it. XIII will change that.
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