Fierce Esports are excited to announce our latest addition to the team, Street Fighter V player, BrianSCO. With Brian attending the Brussels Challenge event on the 5th-7th April 2019, we caught up with him to get his expectations going into the event.
If you missed our announcement video, check it out here!
1. Welcome to the #FierceFamily Brian, for those who don't know you would you be able to introduce yourself?
Hey, my name is Brian and I am a 23 year old Street Fighter player from Scotland. I've been playing Street Fighter V full-time for about 2 years now since I finished University and have been gradually improving ever since. In my short time competing professionally, I have been able to get some great results under my belt and look to add to these during the 2019 season.
2. What is the first Street Fighter title you ever played and on what console?
I can vaguely remember playing Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo with my older brothers when I was really young, but the first version of the game I played competitively was Street Fighter IV on the Xbox 360.
3. Many people know you from when you were a part o f Excel, how does it feel to be representing the orange colours once again but with Fierce Esports?
It feels great to be representing Fierce Esports, I can't wait for the competitions to start and see what we can accomplish together.
4. You will be attending the Brussels Challenge event at the beginning of April, how confident are you feeling going into both the Solo and Team tournaments?
I'm feeling very confident for both tournaments. I currently feel like I'm the strongest I've ever been, with a much better understanding of the game. With regards to the team tournament, I am very confident that we can take out any other team as I have two very strong teammates alongside me and we have all played together as a unit for a long time now. So we know how to utilise each other's strengths and cover each other's weaknesses.
5. Who would you say your biggest competition is at this upcoming event?
A lot of the biggest talent on the game comes from Europe, with a lot of them in attendance it will be tough. The main threats are the usual suspects such as Hurricane, Infexious, Luffy, Phenom, Problem X, Momi etc. In the end, it will come down to how everyone plays on the day which is always exciting. There will also be strong international players from the UAE and Japan so it's definitely setting up to be some event.
6. For those who don't know what the latest update was on Street Fighter, would you be able to explain and go into detail on how it will impact the games at the upcoming event?
Sure, the latest update that dropped late in December 2018 was an overall balance patch with addition of one new character called Kage. The balance changes seem to have removed a lot of overpowered elements of the game and closed the gap between character tiers allowing for a more balanced game overall, where more characters are tournament viable. As for Kage, unfortunately, he seems to be one of the weakest characters in the game, so for now, it is unlikely to see him used in any meaningful setting.
7. What attracted you to both your choices of characters in Blanka and Necalli?
I think the main thing that attracted me to both of these characters is that they are both very solid and can be played dry and methodical, which is how I like to play as it feels like the most consistent game plan. With that being said, if things do go wrong and I'm losing, both characters have very powerful VTriggers allowing for me to make comebacks fairly easy.
8. What is next for you after the Brussels Challenge event?
After Brussels, the tournaments keep on coming. The following weekend I have an event called Crush Counter in Aberdeen which is also part of the Road to Celtic Throwdown paid for later in the year. Following this, April is not finished yet, the weekend after then is The Mixup Lyon which will be the first Premier event for Europe this year. So expect to see all the biggest names worldwide for that one!
9.Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions! Is there anyone you'd like to give a shoutout to?
No worries, I'd just like to thank Fierce Esports again for giving me this opportunity to get out to these events and show what I can do. Also, just to all the players, I play with on a day to day basis in order to improve as much as possible, you know who you are! Thank you.
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