In this round of LatAm players introducitons, we have the Dominican Republic’s top Siegfried player and long-time SC veteran, StrykerDR!
If you had to introduce yourself in three sentences to some SoulCalibur player who didn’t know you, what would you say?
Soulcalibur runs in my blood. Siegfried picked me as his user forever. I have been in the Soulcalibur scene since the Dreamcast old days.
What is the origin or meaning of your nickname?
I always plays characters who are underdogs, Stryker was the underdog in Mortal Kombat 3; people always forgot my real name so they refer to me as “The one who uses Stryker”, cause I was the only one. Repeat became normality so in the end I was always “Stryker”. DR is for Dominican Republic.
How did it happen that you ended up playing fighting games?
In my hometown I have a group of friends who love Street Fighter in SNES and the love for competition grew in me; It happen to be around goofy friends to play, laugh, and had fun. That’s the meaning of fighting games to me, compete and have fun with friends.
Who do you main in SC6 and why?
Siegfried since the times of SoulBlade was a champion for me; he has to fight with a burden and chose to do the right thing no matter what. Also being the center of the battle for the cursed sword add to the charisma of the character, nice written story, with a real purpose to save the world while atone for his sins.
What do you consider to be your greatest SC6 achievement and why?
It was to be the caster for the events of the Soulcalibur league in the biggest tournaments of Dominican Republic, GameOver 2019, and Blink: Fighting Fest 2018 and 2019. Talking while streaming about our league, our players, and engage with the online audience was so good.
If you will be able to add one more character to SC6 – either existing SC character, or a guest one – who will you pick and why?
Definitely I would add Cloud. I like that Cloud have a very long sword similar to Siegfried and Final Fantasy VII is a game with a large fan base.
If SC7 will be released, what do you wish to be changed and/or kept from the current game?
I would kept the guard impact level’s system and the properties from break attacks to lethal hit guard impacts and reversals. This system makes the battles more about strategies and mind games than ever. You have to know what to do in any case of any opponent’s move you guard impact all the time and be aware of break attacks in the process.
Please answer a single question that you were not asked but you would like to answer!
What do you think Soulcalibur series need to reach large audiences?
An anime series would be awesome. Tekken have animated movies, live action movies, mangas, and more. I hope someday Namco will invest in a nice animated project to show how awesome it’s the soulcalibur’s lore and characters.
BONUS: Is there anything that makes LatAm / Dominican SC community really special to you?
Friendship is the key in our community; I made a lot of good friends while playing this series that will be like brothers to me for the rest of my life.
Thank you for the interview!