Fnatic adds Perfect Legend
Posted 2013-06-12 Iyonic
In 2013, a lot of things changed in Fnatic, players joined us and, unfortunately, players left us. Though, today we can announce another addition to the Fnatic family. Now that the transfer is Perfect, we are proud to announce another 'Legend' joining Fnatic. With this, we also expand (again) into the Fighting Game Genre, in the form of Mortal Kombat 9 as well as Injustice.
From now on, the well known player, Perfect Legend will fight under the Black and Orange banner. Since the early years of his life, Carl White has been playing fighting games, and has been very successful. As of right now he is a three-time world champion in fighting games. In 2006 he won his first championship followed by two more in recent years. But now he is preparing for another coup to add yet another championship to his collection.
Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice are the games of his choice at the moment, but also Dead or Alive and Super Street Fighter are games he was successful in. In the video below you can find a small preview of his skills.
What was your favourite game when you were a kid? Why do you love fighting games so much and is there a connection between your love towards them and your early steps in playing computer games?
My favourite game as a kid was definitely a tie between Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct. Those are the two games that really got me looking deeper into video games than ever before. I love fighting games for the mental battleground it gives you and another player. It's the clash of wills, trying to overcome one anothers mind that draws me in. My dad would take me to the arcade everyday after school to play and we would spend all day up there, then come back at night.
Considering that you are playing four games simultaneously at the moment, do you think it's hard to keep up with everything and be on top of things all the time in these four games? It does sound like a hard task.
It is definitely difficult playing multiple games, especially since if you put more time into one you will lose out on another, as far as progression and staying on top of newer strategies. My main focus is my Mortal Kombat championship this year as well as attempting to win Injustice: Gods Among Us. It is a bit taxing so I have put the other games into the back burner. It especially hard as I don't have any offline LAN competition to play with and I have to primarily practice using practice mode and getting matched online with players.
Good luck with that! Could you explain us a bit more how the system works, I'm sure that there are a lot of people who don't know much about fighiting games. How does the competitive system work, do you choose your own hero who you fight with or are there any special rules, modes or anything?
For fighting games you pick your character and your opponent selects their character as well. Then next, the stage to fight on is selected. For Injustice: Gods Among Us this is very important for each stage has certain advantages and disadvantages for each character since you can use the backgrounds to your advantage. For example Superman can pick up a car and throw it at the opponent but Batman can only put a bomb on the car and detonate it while jumping away. For Mortal Kombat each stage has a different size and this is very important for certain character match ups. The rules are 2 rounds and the matches are played in a best of 3 set until the grand finals of the tournament which is a BO5 set. In Injustice there is actually just one big life bar and not any rounds so there isn't a set of rounds to go by. The way the match sets are done is, they are an established custom rule that I have been used to since the beginning of fighting game tournaments.
Considering that there are some advantages and disadvantages present on a single map, does that mean there is some kind of drafting system for maps as well? Do you also pick your hero based on what your opponent picked? Or do you pick it based on how good you are with him or her.
For now there isn't a set system outside of the game for selecting maps. However both players are allowed to select their preferred map and from there the game decides randomly which map the battle will take place on. The way characters are selected is either by trying to countr the opponents selection or going with your main character. Every players have their own main character in every fighting game. Some have secondaries or even more back up characters. They will choose if they aren't comfortable in a certain match up, but for the most part, people will go with their main character in the most heated situations.
So that basically means - the more heroes you play, the better chances of winning you have? Do you have your own favorite character for each game? How hard was it to master all of them?
Well not necessarily. It usually is best to have one character and one character only and only use that character. That way you will fight against every match up in the game and be ready for every situation. However that also has a problem, because not every character is equipped to handle every situation. You have to also factor in player skill and how good the character you are using is and if that character matches your playstyle. For example I am a very aggressive player and like to keep the game fast paced so I would need to use a character that is very aggressive and promotes fast paced play. In Injustice: Gods Among Us I currently use Scorpion who was just released this past week as downloadable content in Injustice. In Mortal Kombat I am famous for using Kung Lao which is a very speedy high flying character. Its best if I stick to one character for each game and have a secondary or two as back up for match ups that aren't favorable for my main but it is usually best to try to find every intricate detail about a match up to find the edge your character can use to win. I have been using Scorpion and Kung Lao for years especially with Scorpion being apart of the Mortal Kombat series so it didn't take long at all. I guess you could say I have over 20 years experience since Mortal Kombat came out in 1992. However we are playing Mortal Kombat 9 now and Mortal Kombat 1 came out way back then.
What does your practise consist of? Why can't you practise offline? Does travelling to a certain place mean you have some sort of bootcamp with other competitors, or just one practice partner?
I usually practice by playing against players online or I will go into training mode and try to make up situations that may give me problems and figure out how to get around them. I do have to travel if I want to get really good practise in offline scenarios. I have gotten to the point to where I can practice online and still perform exceptionally well offline. I can decipher between the timing of offline and online very well. However offline face to face you can get more matches in constantly in succession than you can online because of the way lobbies are set up. I will usually travel to a specific region for example I would go to Chicago to play with my friends who are apart of the Galloping Ghost Arcade team there which is also home to Netherrealm Studios the creators of Mortal Kombat and Injustice: Gods Among Us.
"I have gotten to the point to where I can practice online and still perform exceptionally well offline"
"I don't generally look at anyone as a rival but I am sure there are those that look at me in that light."
How strong is the scene in all of the games we mentioned above, and do you have any arch-rivals so to say? How popular are fighting games in your opinion and is it unorthodox to have rising players coming into the scene every now and then, or something regular?
The scene is very strong for Mortal Kombat and Injustice. Injustice has taken the fire of Mortal Kombat cause it is a newer game however. We have been playing Mortal Kombat for 3 years and Injustice released this past April so everyone is disecting it as well as enjoying the new downloadable content that is releasing quite frequently. I do have fierce competitors that are coming for my head. I don't generally look at anyone as a rival but I am sure there are those that look at me in that light. I look at every player as a threat. New or old I see it as another player trying to overcome me in competition and that is something.