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Posted at 3:08 PM Jul 12 2011 2011
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"This is Our Genesis": Interview with UltimateRazer
GhaudePhaede010: Genesis II is upon us. Genesis II is upon us. This means there are epic players coming from all over the country to enjoy at least a weekend of sun, babes, babes, and video games in the wonderful Northern California vistas. With that said, I am joined by one of thee ICONS of todays Brawl game. A tournament legend! A native TEXAS resident (lol Texas). A national threat, a doubles mastermind. THE SNAKE GURU and MY BROTHERS FAVORITE SMASH BROS. PLAYER!!! OMFG get hype for thee one and only ULTIMATERAZER!!!!! ULTIMATERAZER, thank you so much for joining me today and allow me to start this off by saying I hope you get the Karma from this interview to place top 100 at Genesis II. THANK YOU!
UltimateRazer: Haha no problem. Nice intro ^__^, and I'll at least be getting top 8 ;)
GhaudePhaede010: Before we get too far into Genesis and the whole nature and atmosphere of this amazing tournament, I have to ask; Wii remote and Nunchuk? Why that control scheme and how did it make you feel when MLG decided against allowing for use of any control scheme other than Gamecube controller? Also, I am thee only high level Melee player to convert to Brawl and use a controller other than Gamecube controller (Classic is what I use). Did you play Melee at high level at all?
UltimateRazer: Well these two questions sort of relate to each other (why wiimote/nunchuck and if I played melee at high level). I've played smash since I was 4 starting with Smash 64. Naturally my brothers and I bought Melee. Being the case, I used the GC controller. I never actually played Melee competitively because of how young I was. I didn't even know tournaments existed. Toward the release of Brawl's release (2006-2007), I picked up Melee again after I stopped playing. My brothers and I began to play again with FFA items on Hyrule Castle and such. It slowly began to evolve though. We started doing teams on Hyrule with items on sudden death. It eventually evolved into 1v1 on FD with no items. I was very competitive so I wanted to win all of these. I used Samus/Sheik. I thought I was the best, but I always lost to my cousin who used Fox. After a while, we move towards Brawl's released. I was SUPER hyped for the game and followed the Dojo every day. Whenever I found out there was going to be a tournament at the Gamestop release, I began practicing like crazy with the GC controller. A day or two before the release, I found out that wiimote/nunchuck would be the scheme used in the tournament. I got worried and quickly looked up the controls for the wiimote/nunchuck and tried to visualize it. After losing, I played GC controller for about a week at home, then I switched to wiimote/nunchuck and slowly began to use it (I didn't know there was a competitive scene yet). From there on, I used wiimote/nunchuck.When MLG banned it...I was quite discouraged. I refunded my plane ticket for Orlando and never bothered to spend the money to go. I went to MLG Dallas though with 2 weeks of GC controller practice. Plus, the wiimote/nunchuck is so much more comfortable than the GC controller :]
GhaudePhaede010: Amazing stuff right there. Look at Gamestop actually contributing to gamers instead of raping our wallets... what a company. And as far as MLG, I live in Florida and I was not at all excited about that announcement since I use the Classic Controller. What a failure on ruleset and planning. Seriously, a Wii game and I cannot use Wii controls? Makes no sense. Moving on... I plan on watching the livestream of Doubles Brawl from start to finish because playing Brawl as closely as I do, I prefer thee action and pace of doubles to singles. The reason I play the game is because it offers 2v2 and I think that is thee best idea in a fighting game ever. Do you prefer singles or doubles and why? Who is your doubles partner going to be for Genesis II? Also, if given the chance, I would team with Inui, Shu, or yourself over anyone else in the world, who is your favorite doubles partner and who would you absolutely love to team with that you have yet to team with for whatever reason?
UltimateRazer: Exactly what I thought: A console that can't use it's own controller? Forced to use a controller that doesn't even sell anymore? Ugh, but it's all over now. Hmmmm. I believe doubles is more fun than singles, but I prefer singles still. I prefer it because, I've always thought of singles as the main event since I've begun the competitive scene. I always wanted to be the best and wanted to prove it. It's been a long road, but I'm not even nearly there yet. No matter how I win in singles, it is still fun to me. For Genesis 2, I will be teaming with my static partner, Gnes. My favorite doubles partner is...Gnes lol. We have so much synergy. Hmmmm, either M2K, Ally, or Anti. I've only teamed with one pro MK at something big (Dojo). M2K cause he's M2K lol. Anti is a good MK and extremely good at doubles. I would only team with Ally ONLY if we do double snake. I would never ever do double snake, but he's an exception. It could go really bad or really rape xD.
GhaudePhaede010: Ally double Snake? THAT WOULD BE RAPE right there. As a fan, I would love to see that! Aright, I am not sure if you have tuned into my other interviews or not but as I told illmatic when I interviewed him, I ****ING HATE TEXAS. Weather, people, location, smell, attitude, horses, smog, dental care, all of it sucks in Texas. I hate LaBron and I am hyper glad he did not win the title this year but losing to TEXAS is just as crappy as him winning the title. How do you manage to stay in that crap-hole err I mean, state? Why have you not run away? And do you think getting out to Cali for Genesis II will influence you to stay the eff out of Texas? Please say yes. Help me get the last three good people in Texas OUT of Texas.
UltimateRazer: LOL. I think you have the wrong impression of Texas. Besides the hot weather, Texas is AMAZING. Although I wasn't going for the Mavs nor the Heat. I was born here and will probably stay here. All those negatives you've listened are probably in every state. We will be fine where we are at thank you very much. Sorry to disappoint!
GhaudePhaede010: Ewwwww. I gotta say, that is pretty disheartening. And on the topic of Genesis II, do you feel extra hype about this tournament? I know when I talked to people about tournaments like Apex, they tend to feel extra hype; like they are going to be part of something epic and amazing. Do you get the same sensation with Genesis or is it honestly more of a, "Business as usual" approach? How do you prepare for large tournaments such as this one? And what do you think is a key to keeping you locked in once you get to the site itself?
UltimateRazer: Yes, I do. I don't travel OOS unless I'm hyped for it. Genesis 1 was the best Smash trip of my life, so I'm hoping this will be amazing too. For nationals...of course you need to practice with humans, but I prepare my mind set the most. It's happened before. If you aren't mentally prepared, you will absolutely crumble just as I did at Apex. You need to rid yourselves of the nerves, have perfect execution, and think things through. You apply this with your game training, and you are ready for a national. When I get there, I have to uphold that mindset, SLEEP, and EAT. I forgot to eat at Genesis 1 on singles day and paid the price xD. All of this is essential to doing well at tournaments.
GhaudePhaede010: When I travel for video game tournaments, or any reason lately, I try to take in the community around me (except in Texas. I run from the fat, white hillbilly women and try to stay indoors as much as possible). Do you plan to try to get anything in other than video gaming while in California for Genesis II? Not that you have to give me your plans in detail or anything, but when you travel (and I know you do, I met you at Winterfest), is there any sort of trademark thing you like to do or experience when you get there? For example, I like to pee in a public toilet not related to the hotel I am staying in. Even a McDonalds across the street. It gives me a chance to say I saw something outside of the limited box I almost feel prohibited to, you know?
UltimateRazer: LOL there are like none of those [fat white women] here. I don't know where you were, but you need to try Houston or something xD. As much as I want to, I won't be able to =/. We got our flights coming in Thursday night and leaving Monday. Whoa you did? Sorry I don't remember =/. Wait a second...now FLORIDA is a HORRIBLE STATE. I want my Winterfest money T___T. Wow wth? Lmao that's weird...nah I don't plan nothing special...just to go to In N Out and enjoy the hotel and tournament.
GhaudePhaede010: I am from California. I had just moved to Florida and yes, it is a ****stain of a state that conducts bad business on the daily (Editor's Note: Florida ain't paying them Texas queers a ****ing penny). But I am NOT Floridian, I am a Californian that has lived in Florida for a few years now. As you mentioned, at Apex you were not on your best game. How do you handle shaking off a tough loss or the feeling of general underperforming? What advice can you give to players new to the pressure situations on how to learn from the growing pains of trying to make it to the next level? Also, since you are a benchmark within this community as a person and player, how do you feel about people throwing out your name when assessing BIG wins in their tournament careers? I assume sometimes it must be frustrating?
UltimateRazer: California is 2nd best state after Texas so you're excused. Well first, you have to accept the loss. No matter what happened, you gotta realize that you lost and try to think about what you did wrong or what happened. You then need to think about what you could have done better and what you need to work on. Later on, if there are videos, watch those and study what happened. I tell them, LOVE the pressure. Being able to handle that pressure is what makes you grow to the next level as a player. Of course, it can be frustrating at first but I just shrug it off. It's the past and I just focus on revenge or the next tournament. Boasting big wins doesn't mean much if you lose at the next event to that player or someone lower. Always keep on improving.
GhaudePhaede010: As a stream monster, I have developed players I want to see win, story lines, and match analysis of all my favorite players. When you are not at big tournaments, who do you prefer to cheer for or root against? Do you have a loyalty system in place? And since you will be at Genesis II, who are you looking forward to seeing again and meeting for the first time (maybe)? Do you still get starstruck when meeting good players in the community and how does it make you feel when you find out someone is a big fan of yours?
UltimateRazer: Hmmm, I prefer to cheer for my Texans lol. Gotta cheer for my brethren ya know? Who do I root against....? That will be kept secret xD. But naturally, I would root against my threats and such. I'm looking forward to seeing the WC people again. Haven't seen them in a while. Nah I don't...I've met most of the top players, and it doesn't intimidate me as much. Although, I'm hyped to meet out of country people. Ah that's who I forgot. I'm excited to see Rain and Earth again. I loved the Japan guys. I feel honored when someone say's they are a fan of mine. Also gives me a little boost to keep playing lol. Gotta keep them happy ^__^.
GhaudePhaede010: First of all, who you root against should be no secret. That sucks. Everyone knows I root against Mew2King. Like any sport, there will be players, teams, whatever that people will root against. I am a diehard Lakers fan so how do you think I feel about the city of Boston? I think you get the picture. Anyway, when I interviewed Fatal, he considered you a better Snake main than him. He even went as far as to say he looked up to you within the community. Personally, getting that answer was a fond moment because it showed how honest and human the top level players are. Most people see you guys as computeresque with no human emotion and no life other than video gaming. Who do you look to for inspiration? Are there any players that you look up to within the community? And what do you do outside of video gaming that keeps your engine running?
UltimateRazer: Lol okay okay. Let me see...hmmm. I root against D3 players lmao. I hate that character. I root against top players in general if I have to fight them early...I think that is wack..but farther into the bracket, I do want to play them. I would root against FL like ESAM and Seibrik, but like I said, I like to take revenge on my losses, so I do want to play them. I don't really have a specific person or persons I root against. It's all situational. Wow, that was really cool of Fatal. That's a common misconception about players. The only player I look up to is Dojo. Back in the day, he was my goal and target. We had similar aggressive styles, so it was always cool to clash. He also has the same drive and will as I do. He was always getting better. I had to keep up. Hmm during school, I do school lol. I go to movies with friends, go out with my family, etc. I recently started volunteering (something for school) and I do running as well. Being a top player doesn't always mean you have no life and spend 24/7 practicing. It's not true at all.
GhaudePhaede010: Thank Ghaude you come in and say that. Most people truly have that common misconception of the basement dweller being the best player and I know it is not true. I have a family, three daughters, a job, am fairly well liked (although weird) and come off as fairly normal when people meet me. Alright, moving on and off topic but I gotta ask know because the world wants to know: What kind of women get you? I love white women, and Persian women (ohhh yes) and hispanic women are growing on me madly. What kind of women do you want to sexually, "exploit" in the near future?
UltimateRazer: LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The world really wants to know this? Lool, well I think prefer Hispanic then Whites, then Asians. Maybe some mixed or a foreign race, but we'll see!
GhaudePhaede010: Yes the world wanted to know. That is all mostly everyone wants to know when I ask them about what to ask you (editor's note: That is a total lie. Nobody wanted to know that except GhaudePhaede010). I hate the Brawl Unity rule set. It infuriates me to no end and shows exactly why a community vote is necessary over a governing body. As far as Genesis II goes, I am not sure if they decided to use the unity rule set or not but it is imperative that I ask you, as I have asked EVERYBODY I have interviewed: how do you feel about the Brawl Unity ruleset and if you could make any adjustments, what would they be?
UltimateRazer: Hmm. I don't really care for the unity rule set. It doesn't really effect me and actually helps me (LGL on all characters). I would change the stages though or some of them. Also the issue on splitting is iffy. Other than that, it seems alright to me.
GhaudePhaede010: Wow. I must admit, I did not see that answer coming but good **** surprising me. Since this interview is in the main spirit of Genesis II and getting top three is obviously your goal, how do you want the rest of your fail... errr Texas brethern to perform? Is there a certain level of pressure or expectation placed on any of you and if so, are you feeling it yet? Do you get the tournament nerves before big tournaments or does it mostly come up during tournament and matches?
UltimateRazer: I want them to get at least top 8 (Gnes and Trela). The lower ones I want a reasonable goal of top 16 or even upsets! Denti has been rapidly improving so hopefully he can pull some stuff off. I think Texas expects Me and Gnes and Trela to rape...I think they expect Gnes and I to get top 5 so there's a hidden pressure. It's weird..I don't feel the pressure from them until after I lose..then I feel like I've let them down. Nah, after Apex I don't get nerves at the tournament anymore. It mostly comes up right before the match or during a match against a top level player.
GhaudePhaede010: Being that you have full on rockstar status, is there a grind to raising the money for you to get out to big tournaments across the country like Genesis II? I have a full time job so it is not as difficult because I can just set money aside and gradually pay for my trips but for thee average gamer, there are times when I wonder, "how in the **** did you get the money together to get out here?" So, what do you do and what are some of the crazier things you have heard of people doing to raise the money to get out to big tournaments (insert male stripper and jiggalo stories here)?
UltimateRazer: Lmao. Yeah see I did the smart thing and saved my money when I began winning it. I always have enough or just barely enough to make the trip. I'll make this one and hopefully win some and more back. Hmmm, the craziest thing I've seen is someone get a job where they dressed in some chicken or fish suit or something and danced on the side of the road for like 2 weeks in scorching heat. That's about all I know of.
GhaudePhaede010: That is pretty insane but to get to Genesis II or a tournament of this scale, I would do it. I mean, wouldn't you? Since you have done some traveling in your career, I can ask you this and feel confident: Where have you been to that you absolutely want to revisit (for me, Maryland)? Where have you been that you never want to go to again for any reason whatsoever (for me, Texas), and where have you NOT been that you would love to experience if only once (for me, Australia)?
UltimateRazer: Of course I'd do it! Honestly...California lol. Greatest trip of my life and the state is amazing its self. Flordia.....you know why xD. I HATE NJ as well because there is NEVER anything to eat around the venues ugh. Or there is just like only one thing to eat all weekend. My stomach always shrinks when I visit. That is why Wendy's is off my list forever -.-. I would LOVE to go to Japan..but it will be a lot harder after the disaster and all.
GhaudePhaede010: Yea, that was a pretty tragic event. My brother is stationed in Okinawa and he has been to the mainland many times to give help and support. It is totally a desperate situation over there. It gets downplayed in the states : (
UltimateRazer: Ah sorry to hear that =/. Hope he's safe.
GhaudePhaede010: He is. And thank you. I wish everyone over there well. My brother is pestering me to ask you so I am going to have to: he is learning Snake and wants to know any good advice for Snake players. Not simple everyday tips, but what it takes to really break the mold as a Snake player? And why have you not taken up a second main (aka Metaknight ala ALLY THE SELLOUT)?
UltimateRazer: Haha. I'll tell him now the the life of Snake is a hard one. Not many players stick to him all the way. First off, MASTER your basics...like this is so important to the snake meta game. Master execution and tech skill with him as well. Messing up a jab to turn around grab or utilt can be very costly for him. Find different ways to recover...Ally was so good at this. You need to use all your options to escape the air safely otherwise you'll be damaged heavily. Learn stage control with explosives. Learn when and when not to attack with certain moves...ftilt is not safe at all. LEARN YOUR MATCH UPS. Snake vs X (not the Sonic lol) can change dramatically. Like D3 vs Snake is different than Falco vs Snake. Lastly, learn snake and all of his options...it may sound simple but it is not. I havn't taken up a second character cause I love Snake too much in tournament. Always will stay Snake forever.
GhaudePhaede010: Well that answer makes him so happy. And since I broke format by asking a question on behalf of my brother, I decided to do something different here: Questions from the fans. I have five questions here from random people in the free play chat room and after this, we will conclude thee interview:
GhaudePhaede010: Should Metaknight be banned? Do you think he hurts the metagame? - El Fude, Florida
UltimateRazer: This one is iffy. Sometimes I feel as if he should be banned, but other times not. A strict rule set limiting him could be effective. I'd like to see a six month ban to see the results of the tournaments before and after the ban. When they plank and scrooge and time out people, then that is hurting the metagame. So he can hurt it and cannot if that makes sense.
GhaudePhaede010: How do you feel about thee, "alleged" rapture coming on October 21? EternalTempest, Florida
UltimateRazer: Lol, I feel like it's not going to happen. No one can know when the end of the world occurs.
GhaudePhaede010: With all the new found techs in brawl do you think it will come anywhere close to competitive play in melee? - Premofire101, south carolina
UltimateRazer: Unfortunately no. Melee game wise will be more competitive than Brawl. Mind set wise though (player wise), Brawl can be just as competitive.
GhaudePhaede010: What was your first video game console? numonezeldafan, canada
UltimateRazer: My first video game console was the SNES :).
GhaudePhaede010: Favorite tournament ever attended and what made it so special? Que, Japan
UltimateRazer: Genesis 1 was my favorite. I had a BLAST with my fellow Texans. The hotel was amazing, the tournament was amazing, and the state of California was amazing. I just overall enjoyed everything and the community.
GhaudePhaede010: Thank you guys so much for being a part of this interview.
GhaudePhaede010: ULTIMATERAZER, thank you so much for doing this interview in the spirit of my favorite tournament and two of my favorite tournament promoters. I am so honored to have you in my presence and hopefully sometime in the near future, especially if you continue to perform so strong on a national scale, you will have time to set asied and do another, more detailed interview. You are the man. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! If you have any shout-outs and/or e-hate let it be known now!
UltimateRazer: No problem!
UltimateRazer: Shout-outs to Gnes for being so gay with Diddy and helping me train. Same goes to Trela but with Lucario. Shout-outs to Zori for being based and Sync for being my cousin. Shout-out to you for interviewing me.
UltimateRazer: E-hate to D3 players and Snake counters lmao
GhaudePhaede010: For Iyolah! For Eternity!
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I gotchu this time. :3
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I Carry All the Weight Around Here
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im gonna **** him up
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Juiced to see yah man
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To those ppl who actually waste their life readin this, ya'll a bunch of idiots lmao. xD
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Love you too, Mero. Hopefully one day you can be the subject of an interview. Lord knows I been dying for a big Florida interview. Since nobody else in Florida seems to be interested in this website. : (
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Love you too, Mero.
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Texas got dis
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So thts who he is...lol i wudda asked him who or wat was his incentive to become a snake main, and maybe who was the 1 who made his snake as great as it is
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Razer/GNES gonna be top 3 in doubles in G.. watch. TX Love
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Represent Texas well, Razer! WOO!
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i see you razer dont wanna team with me D:
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Ghaude Phaede cheated me in a singles match, he won and then left so he can snatch up the win. I WAS ROBBED OF THAT WIN!!
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^ Lol what?
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MeroKnight wrote at 3:22 PM on Jul 12, 2011 : To those ppl who actually waste their life readin this, ya'll a bunch of idiots lmao. xD
lmao i agree
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