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Pros weigh in on the best Street Fighter V player


Last weekend, Brooklyn Beatdown 2 in New York brought together the world's greatest Street Fighter V players. And with so many players hanging around, it was a good opportunity to pick at their brains. This time, we stuck with one question:

Who is the best Street Fighter V player right now and how do you plan on beating them?

"I think the best player right now is still Punk, even though Tokido won Evo. He beat me, so, I'm out. I just gotta work on my secondary characters. I don't think my Birdie is that strong yet, so I just gotta work on that. Just gotta practice with the right Karin, get the matchup knowledge." -- Team Liquid's Du "NuckleDu" Dang

"The best Street Fighter player in my opinion is Punk. I think the way I should be able to beat him is that, since we play a lot, I know a little bit of his tendencies, and I hope to take advantage of that. Some of his tendencies -- he plays the game too much -- for example, he'll always take grabs, so you want grab more instead of frame trap more against him." -- Echo Fox's Justin "JWong" Wong

"Me or Tokido are the best right now. I plan on beating him, but can't give up the strategy yet." -- Panda Global's Victor "Punk" Woodley

"I believe Punk is the best Street Fighter player right now. If I have to play him, I'm going to hope that he picks Karin and I'm gonna play Abigail. Karin struggles very hard against grapplers, and Abigail is, you know, one of the best grapplers in the game. Lot of health, lot of changes to make mistakes, big damage, and big comeback factor." -- Flipsid3 Tactics' Antwan "Alucard" Ortiz

"The best player right now is definitely Punk, I believe. We already played at ECTD and I was smokin' him, and then he made a comeback. So, I'm pretty sure I'll beat him the next time we play. I'm gonna beat him with his own character, of course. People don't understand that Karin is super cheap, that's why I picked her on him, and he picked Cammy, and I didn't know how to deal with that, but now I got the strategies. I'm just gonna pick Karin and I'm gonna make sure I win for sure." -- Evil Geniuses' Kenneth "KBrad" Bradley

"The current best Street Fighter player is Punk. The way I plan on beating him is I gotta keep studying the matchup 'cause he's one of the hardest players to beat. And with Punk, I feel like, the more I play the closer it becomes every time. He usually comes out on top, but the last time I played him, I beat his Karin, and then he had to switch to another character, and I like that." -- Rise Nation's Bryant "Smug" Huggins

"Best player in Street Fighter -- I think that's a difficult question. I mean honestly I'm not 100 percent sure how to answer that because there are a lot of different variables that go into it. You know, in America you have Punk, you have [NuckleDu] -- they are both very strong. But then you have players like iDom, that basically tear people up, but don't travel. So they're not really tested through the fire. And then, in Asia you have people like Xiao Hai, who have been very traditionally dominant, Infiltration, Tokido obviously puts 110 percent in. Nemo, as well. I think it's difficult really to take a gauge on who is the number one person. But you just kind of have to hope that you're lucky on that day -- that's really what it is. You can have all the planning in the world, just on that day it doesn't turn out. But you could also have no plan and [get] hooked up by circumstance. So I think the best way to go into it is get good rest, have decent nutrition, have the right mindset, and just hope for the best." -- Team Grapht's Leah "Gllty" Hayes

"I think that the strongest player is probably what everybody else is thinking, and that it's Punk. In the tournaments, Punk's performances are always on another level. However, if I were to meet him in tournament, I have been practicing against Karin." -- Cygames Beast's Daigo "Daigo" Umehara

"That's a really hard question. It's either Tokido or Punk. One of them. I can't give you a clear one. If I'm going to beat both of them? How I'll beat them, I'll just command grab 'em and they'll die." -- Team BX3's Arman "Phenom" Hanjani

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