Echo Fox | Saint: “I think Anakin plays the ideal Jack” [Interview]

Echo Fox | Saint: “I think Anakin plays the ideal Jack” [Interview]


Hello, we’re nearing the end of Day 3 of Final Round. The Tekken competition is over,
and we are with the third place finisher, Saint! Hello!
-Nice to meet you. Now Saint, how long have you been in Atlanta? – I think… it has been four days. I arrived Thursday, so Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
four days. For four days, how was it in America? Did you suffer any jetlag? – I think I coped well. I couldn’t sleep for a day but I slept at night and woke up early the next day and that adjusted my body. How about the food? I heard it was another
big issue for Korean players. – Ah yes, I mean honestly, when
you participate in foreign tournaments the food isn’t what you’re used to but this time it was ok, we have a friend here so I think it was pretty good eating foodwise. I heard that Qudans, no wait-
I don’t know why I said Qudans I heard Chanel actually brought food from home. – From Korea?
From Korea. – Yeah, I’m not that extreme. I’ve been around a lot so now I’m used to it. You’re right,
you are a veteran. – Yeah, I don’t think I’m a picky eater or anything. How many times have you been to America? – I’m not sure on America. About 10 times? What about Atlanta? – I think it’s the third time here. Oh, you’re used to coming here! – Yeah, When I first came here,
I stayed for about a week and I chilled with friends. So, I’m really used to being here.
Good memories. Comfortable!
– Yep! Moving on to tournament topics,
you met Chanel at the Top 8. You met his Alisa from the start, but you met it perfectly with your Jack-7. – No, it wasn’t perfect. No? I thought it was beautiful. – Nah man, I think I just barely won. How was your condition during that battle? – Hmm… I didn’t feel bad, but
I don’t feel happy with my recent performance so personally I’m not satisfied,
and I’m pretty stressed about that. I don’t think I’m in a pretty bad shape as of now. Then even with bad form, what do you think was the reason you
could take down Chanel and move on? – Hmm… I’m not sure. I just… Back during EVO Japan, I lost against Chanel once. I did drop a match similarly today, but still.. but I thought of EVO and polished up
on my basic strategies against him. I play him a lot in tournaments, so there wasn’t anything special. I think I just focused on the basics and I tried to find a way to win off of that. In the lower brackets, there is Anakin
who is also well versed in Jack. – Oh yeah.
Could you rate Anakin’s Jack-7? – Of course.
I watched and copied a lot of Anakin’s Jack. Jack wasn’t my main character and Anakin’s plays would help me
and inspire me during practice. Wait, Jack-7 isn’t your main? Haven’t you been playing Jack-7 exclusively for a while? -me?
Yes. – Oh, he wasn’t my main before Tekken 7. I changed to Jack come Tekken 7. And that’s when you watched Anakin? – Yes, that’s when I studied Anakin a lot.
I’m still learning! I still have some things to learn. Then is Anakin’s Jack-7 the epitome of Jack? – He was basically my motive. The way he plays Jack is really…
I think Anakin plays the ideal Jack. Like his attack patterns… very… very… impactful?
Ideal Jack for sure. Since you are playing in America,
the fans are all rooting for American players. Even the hypeman! – Yes, but I’m used to it. Americans love rooting for USA.
Its not like they hate me I understand them since I experienced
it all when I came here before. You’re such a kind-hearted guy! – I mean, in the end, they still cheer for me
and tell me I did well after matches. They are all well mannered. Of offline and online matches,
do you have a preference? Do you like playing online more, or..? – Oh, you mean normal playing?
When I’m at home, I don’t play online at all. I don’t play ranked,
I usually practice offline. It’s because playing online.. I’m not trying to say its bad to play online,
I think it’s personal preference. But I don’t think it works well with me. If I play online,
the tournaments are offline, so when it comes down to the wire, I feel practicing online had an adverse effect. I weaned off little by little when the
7FR console came out, and I realized that practicing
offline was much better. Now I barely play online. You have a team, Echo Fox.
Do they help you find scrim partners easily? Or does the team not affect that? – Opponents… the team? It’s not a system where the team
finds me practice partners. Does that mean it’s more of a sponsorship deal? – Echo Fox? No, we’re a team.
We just have two Tekken players. JDCR and I talk a lot with each other because of that. Isn’t JDCR is usually the interpreter for you when you’re abroad? – Yes, when there are interviews,
JDCR usually interprets everything for me. He doesn’t interpret casual conversations, though. He says it’s annoying. He hates it! Wow, really? – Yes, he says, “study more!”
He’s just that kind of guy. He tells me to stop asking and start studying…
I understand it though. So are you studying? – Right now, yes, I’m trying to study. We’re almost to our last question: What’s the first thing you want to do
when you go back to Korea? – I need to start preparing right away
for the next tournament. I have another one in a week, in Thailand.
It’s a world tour so there won’t be very much rest time.
I’ll practice for that, and check up on my condition. I think that’s what I’ll be doing
once I get back to Korea. So lastly, Is there a person you want to see
when you go back to Korea? – A person? Eh…
What if I include animals in there? – I don’t really have anyone.
I think I’ll just go home and practice more. Thank you!
– Thank you.

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