Full Name: Calviry A Rountree
Controller: Dualshock PS4 Pad (Gold)
Hometown: Washington D.C.
First Fighting Game: Tekken 5
CJ: Tell me a bit about your history with the fighting game genre.
Calviry: I would say I fell in love with fighting games at age 13 when I first saw Sako won Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition at Evo 2013 which was one of my favorite fighting game franchises. That was the day I knew that not only did I want to be part of the FGC, but I wanted to compete. The first character I picked up was Jin Kazama in Tekken 5. I felt he was mid-tier because of his balanced playstyle and decent damage combos which I felt comfortable with. After that, I went to Marshall Law, I realized he was stronger than Jin because he has faster high-low strings with great damage potential so that’s why I decided to play Law more in future Tekken games.
CJ: Competing for the first time can be a bit intimidating. What was your first competitive tournament and how did you fare?
Calviry: My first tournament was Xanadu at Arbutus, Maryland; and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. I met a lot of new people, and even saw a good friend I met and played with online that I’d never thought I’d meet in person. You may know him as SalientArmz. He mains F.A.N.G and I still practice and play with him to this day. No one knew me because I was a beginner so of course some players thought I was free. But some didn’t because they saw how I confident I was and that I was coming off my very first local where I won 1st place with a low tier character (Ed) against Steve H (Ryu main). I had ThatDarkKnight behind me recording while SalientArmz on the left, coaching me and thanks to them I started to adapt to what my opponent was doing and I won. What I learn about myself and the FGC is that no matter what be humble and helpful to others and to take pride in ourselves and what we do to make the community a better place.
CJ: Who is your main character right now, and how did you come to that decision?
Calviry: So I grabbed a 1st place finish at my first local with Ed in Street Fighter V and went on to other locals such as Xandu at Arbutus, Maryland, the Cave at Fairfax, Virginia, and top 32 at a major NEC18. I feel myself getting better as a player also. What I have found appealing to Ed’s playstyle was his backdash and how I can space myself with pokes and footsies alone with a solid neutral. Once I get close that’s when Ed’s high damage combos kicks in kind of like how players would play Tekken and definitely fits my style of play.
CJ: What kind of progress do you expect to make this year?
Calviry: I see myself wanting to grow as a better player as long as I’m consistent with upcoming Locals and Majors. It’s a matter of showing up and performing when it counts.
CJ: Are you playing any other games right now?
Calviry: To an extent I do, but I’ve been so sucked into competing so I have been just focusing on upping my game in Street Fighter V.
CJ: Tell me a bit about your local scene.
Calviry: We’re actually a tight knit group of people and I find us to be relatively strong compared to other scenes. We have several weekly events and well as consistent monthlies. Sometimes players from NY and Philly come down to compete too. The competition is fierce but in the end we’re just helping each other get better. I also want to give a shout out to Brandon Proctor AKA ThatDarkKnight. He is one of the best commentators and coaches.
CJ: How do you prepare for a tournament?
Calviry: I prepare by playing Casuals with my fellow D.M.V. Members/friends who play as much as I do. Generally speaking, I train by playing in Practice mode for 25 minutes or more, then hopping into casuals with other great players online. I really utilize my local scene and the friends I’ve made at tournaments to get games in. When a tournament is approaching I make sure I am drinking plenty of water and watching tutorials, compilations and tips for the characters that I main on YouTube.
CJ: In your opinion, what is the greatest moment in Fighting Game Tournament history?
Calviry: When LI Joe made Top 8 at Evo 2016 on Street Fighter V and just missed the finals. When I saw that was the moment I realized anything is possible and if he could do it, I can.
CJ: Being a competitive Fighting Game Player is not easy. What’s the road been like for you? What kind of sacrifices have you made?
Calviry: Money and losing. Losing can be a big sacrifice to most players who travel very far but if we keep our head up, learn from our loss/mistakes and watch the tournament till the very end in the spectator seats then there’s always hope and a chance to achieve our goal.
CJ: Congratulations on joining the Sonicboxx Family. How does it feel?
Calviry: I feel honored and blessed to be a part of one of the best teams in the FGC. I just hope to get as many life lessons and experiences I possibly can because there’s still so much more I need to learn. This is a great opportunity for me to travel doing what I love to do, and because I’m young, I’m willing to learn not only as a player but for myself as a young individual.