Infexious On Taking First Cygames Beast EVO Run To SFV Top 8

TJ Denzer,

August 5, 2019 1:47 PM

We spoke to Cygames Beast newest recruit DC "Infexious" Coleman about his run at Evo 2019's SFV Top 8, playing alongside Daigo and Fuudo, and carrying the UK banner on the world stage of FGC.

Evo 2019 was full of amazing moments. Between the likes of a new chapter in the Sonic Fox/GO1 Dragon Ball FighterZ rivalry on Day 2 and the glorious runback by MKLeo in Smash Bros Ultimate on the Sunday Finals, there was a lot to take it. On the Street Fighter V stage, a lot of eyes fell on the Battle of the Bulls between Bonchan and Big Bird, but one thing nobody should sleep on is the Cygames Beast representative that made a run at the SFV Top 8. It wasn’t the legendary Daigo “The Beast” Umehara or world-class grappler and SFV Finals regular Keita “Fuudo” Ai this time. Instead, it was Cygames’ latest pickup: United Kingdom’s DC “Infexious” Coleman.

Infexious is a Zeku player that came into the Cygames Beast roster in June 2019. Even before his arrival, Infexious was putting up Top 8 wins as part of other organizations and while unsponsored. Coming into Cygames Beast has put him alongside the aforementioned Daigo, Fuudo, and also Eduardo “PR Balrog” Pérez and Bruce “GamerBee” Hsiang.

With the likes of PR Balrog (Right) and Gamerbee (Center), Infexious most definitely isn't hurting for high quality sparring partners. [Image by 4Gamers.net]
With the likes of PR Balrog (Right) and GamerBee (Center), Infexious most definitely isn't hurting for high quality sparring partners. [Image by 4Gamers.net]

“It's amazing,” Infexious told us of the team. “It's type of thing that one dreams about. You want to be part of a team of players that are high quality, world class, and have a legacy behind them, and continue to add to that team legacy. My drive then is to gain a legacy that's as strong as theirs and build upon it in things like getting to the biggest tournaments of the year.”

As a Zeku player, Infexious brings another unique niche to the Cygames roster. Zeku is an odd one. His ability to transform between old and young forms makes for two distinctly different playstyles. During our talk, Infexious points to the fact that it’s exactly that variation that makes the character appealing to him.

“[Zeku] is very, very versatile,” Infexious explained. “He’s got a zoning form, he’s got a rushdown form, you can switch between, and make different combos. It makes him very fun and I feel he has tools to deal with all the characters in the game.”

Infectious wasn’t the only Zeku in the SFV Top 8 either. Yangmian Huang also made it in on the loser’s bracket. It’s a fact that delights Infexious just a little bit.

Infexious's quirky Zeku was joined by the likes of China's Yangmian, victorious over another champion contender Momochi to make the Losers side of Top 8. [Image by Capcom Fighters]
Infexious's quirky Zeku was joined by the likes of China's Yangmian, victorious over another champion contender Momochi to make the Losers side of Top 8. [Image by Capcom Fighters]

“He’s becoming a character that’s a bit more popular," Infexious explained. "And quite a few people who play him are specialists. Yangmian is a specialist, I am as well, and there are many of us out there who are coming out to events and can showcase what the character can do.”

For what Infexious and his Zeku brought to the table, he earned himself a 3rd Place Finish at EVO, falling only to Bonchan and Big Bird who would go on to face each other in the Grand Finals. In his inaugural Cygames Beast run at Evo 2019, Infexious matched Fuudo, who also achieved a 3rd Place finish a year before at Evo 2018. Despite the impressive run, Coleman was hungry for more.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” he told us. “I feel like I have the ability to go all the way. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite get there. I recognize it’s a great achievement to get here, but at the same I look back at the things I could have done. But then again, I was learning from it too. It was a massive learning experience for me and that’s absolutely a positive thing I take away from it.”

Infexious may have finished third behind Big Bird (Left) and Bonchan (Right), but against such good players, it's just a bump on the road to greatnes for Infexious. (Image by Cygames Beast)
Infexious may have finished third behind Big Bird (Left) and Bonchan (Right), but against such good players, it's just a bump on the road to greatnes for Infexious. [Image by Cygames Beast]

It’s worth noting as well, that Infexious made Evo 2019 the second year that a UK player fought through to a high Top 8 finish. Fans will recall that in Evo 2018, Benjamin “Problem X” Simon of mousesports went all the way to defeat Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi for the 2018 SFV World Championship. Infexious feels some level of pride in not only continuing to show the pedigree of UK, but also Europe as a whole on the world stage.

“It’s brilliant,” Infexious shared. “It’s an example to the world that UK and Europe are very strong and we’re not to be overlooked. I don’t think it’s a thing that people do as much nowadays. They’re starting to recognize the strong scenes in all the reasons, and it’s just excellent that Evo is a place that showcases them all.”

And with that Infexious most certainly left his mark on Evo 2019. He may not have been in the final match, but much like Fuudo before him in 2018, 3rd is nothing to scoff at in a pool that contains threats like Victor “Punk” Woodley, Tokido, Echo Fox’s Du “NuckleDu” Dang, and so many more. If this Evo told us anything, it’s that Cygames Beast has its European front covered well in the capable hands of DC “Infexious” Coleman, and we’ll look forward to seeing him and his powerful Zeku alongside the CYG roster in further competition.

[Featured Image by Capcom Fighters]



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