On day three of our MLG Orlando interview series we bring you AYB Fonzi, Foulacy and Karma (K 2the ArmA) of Str8 Rippin to get their take on the event. Only hours after their third place performance and their big upset over x6 to send them home with a 5/6 place finish, the guys seemed pleased with their progress as well as their new lineup. And really, how could they not be? Both of their new lineup additions, Tsquared and Karma (although they had teamed with Karma before), took the top two slots in the FFA, and meshed well with Fonzi and Foulacy to help produce arguably their best showing yet at an MLG event. While Tsquared was unable to make it to the interview, the CNBC news crew that was covering the tournament for an hour-long special on video games put quite a spotlight on him at the event, doing a one-on-one video interview. We’ll let you know when there are concrete details about the show’s airing date but in the meantime, check out what the rest of Str8 Rippin has to say…
MLG: I wanted to start out by getting your overall reactions to the tournament…
AYB Fonzi: I’d say it was probably the closest one by far. There were at least six really good teams that showed up and everyone was fighting really hard for the top. It was a close race for the top four.
MLG: How do you think the lineup changes among the top teams (including your own) affected the competition of the tournament?
AYB Fonzi: I think that really added an unexpectedness-you never really know what to expect. It was the first tournament where Team 3D didn’t have anyone in the FFA finals, and it really shows that it’s just changing with every tournament.
MLG: Before pool play started, did you take Team 3D’s FFA placement as an indication that things would be different at this tournament?
AYB Fonzi: Yeah I really did. (rest of team nods)
AYB Fonzi: At every tournament something crazy happens and you’re like “Finally, the moment has come” (dramatic tone) but then, I don’t know, things fell into place and people did their job.
MLG: Well, to a certain extent. Obviously, one of the bigger surprises of this tournament was x6′s performance and your victory over them. What were your thoughts on that match up?
Karma: That was pretty bad. Because like right before us it was IGS and they 2 – 0′d them, and then we 3 – 0′d them. So I don’t know–they were pretty much playing bad both days.
Foulacy: Their game was off.
“I think we were just really really focused. We were more focused than ever, calling everything out, double teaming them and just doing what we were supposed to do.”
MLG: What do you think was the problem?
Karma: Not enough practice. They had a week with no practice I think.
AYB Fonzi: I think maybe overconfidence too.
Foulacy: They were really overconfident. And when you’re that overconfident and lose, you go way down. I think they had a lack of communication. When they tried to communicate it was in a bad way. They were yelling stuff out, and everyone was spinning around and they were just getting attacked.
MLG: Well aside from what their team was doing wrong, what were you guys doing right that helped you 3 – 0 them in your series?
AYB Fonzi: I think we were just really really focused. We were more focused than ever, calling everything out, double teaming them and just doing what we were supposed to do.
Foulacy: We were getting maximum hill time for every hill–staying in the hill and fighting guys instead of jumping out and saving your life. Just putting bodies in the way.
Karma: Yeah, and sometimes it took us a while. Like when we were playing IGS in King of the Hill, we were down two minutes and then when there was four minutes left we caught up all the way and lost by what, 20 seconds?
MLG: Do you resent that x6 came into the series just assuming they were going to steamroll over you guys?
Foulacy: Well, I don’t really know at that point what they were thinking. I think they knew then can beat us and they were hoping that they would but I’m not sure they were really excited inside, like ready to play. I think they were kinda down the whole tournament.
MLG: What were your thoughts on your exit from the tournament?
AYB Fonzi: I think we could’ve done better, but eliminating x6 finally was…
Karma: Yeah, like after we lost to IGS and they got toyed with by Team 3D… Like Team 3D can’t beat us that bad like the way they did with IGS, but then IGS beat us, so it’s kinda like a triangle. I dunno, it’s weird.
Foulacy: It was kinda like this mixed emotion of being happy and upset and they just kinda cancelled each other out and it felt like we got third place again, instead of second–which we can.
MLG: Well obviously you guys have accomplished something that a few of you have been talking about as a main goal for your team–taking out x6, which is generally regarded as the second best team. Where are you setting your sights now? How about St. Louis?
Foulacy: I think x6 is going to get right back on track. And we have to start where we are and continue from there and take no steps back unless there’s a major error in our strategy.
Karma: Oh, and all of us are getting into the FFA finals.
Karma: First, second, third and fourth. (laughs)
Foulacy: Instead of just first and second, we’re just gonna take top four. (laughs)
MLG: Yeah, that must have been pretty exciting for you guys at the beginning with you (Karma) and Tsquared taking first and second.
Karma: I was surprised, you know. It was so bad, because they had nine kills and I was still at zero. Then I finally caught up, 20 kills down, tied it, then I started losing again by like 10 kills. I finally caught up again and killed T2–he was the leader–and then got four kills ahead and won. T2 was kinda mad, but it’s first and second for Str8 Rippin, so it works. The only thing is, I’ve only been to two tournaments, Fonzi’s been to four and I’m higher ranked than him! (everyone laughs)
MLG: Do you guys intend to keep the same lineup for the next tournament?
AYB Fonzi: Yes.
“He’s (McGavin) a really nice guy. Every tournament we hang out with those guys probably the most out of any other team, and they’re getting to be good friends with us. The trash talk on the forums is really ridiculous, but it’s kinda just a show in a way.”
Karma: I think so.
Foulacy: For the first time, yes!
MLG: It seems that there’s a lot of trash talk between you and IGS. Why all the static?
Karma: It’s them two versus Vash and Gandhi (gestures to Foulacy and Fonzi), and it’s me versus McGavin, and it’s I guess it’s T2 versus Shockwave (Red Alert) but I dunno.
MLG: It doesn’t seem that McGavin has ever given your team its proper dues on the forums. What do you have to say about that?
Foulacy: (Smiling) That’s just McGavin though. He’s a really nice guy. Every tournament we hang out with those guys probably the most out of any other team, and they’re getting to be good friends with us. The trash talk on the forums is really ridiculous, but it’s kinda just a show in a way.
MLG: Like a rap rivalry!
Foulacy: It attracts a lot of attention. A lot of people get involved in that.
MLG: What did you think of the final match when you were watching IGS and Team 3D?
Karma: That was pretty horrible. Because IGS just like gave up after they started losing.
Foulacy: Yeah, they gave up at the beginning. They could’ve done a lot better.
Karma: Well, they won the first game. But if they lost at the beginning they’ll just quit. It’s ridiculous.
Foulacy: I know that we know some stuff about those gametypes that they played and Team 3D that they didn’t. It was just like “Oh I know he’s gonna do this right now” and if I could just be there to tell them or something they could get serious edges on them. But Shockwave is incredible.
MLG: Any final thoughts?
Karma: One, two, three, four, five in the FFA finals for the next one, and top two in the 4v4.
MLG: Sounds like Str8 Rippin’s out to get it.