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First to ten is back! Interview with pxp | AF0xyGrampa
First to ten is back! Interview with pxp | AF0xyGrampa
Published by MKRayden
03-14-2018
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FIRST TO TEN IS BACK! INTERVIEW WITH PXP | AF0XYGRAMPA

1. F0xy, thank you for joining us today, could you please start off by telling us a little about who you are, where youíre from, and how you started competing for fighting games?

Hi mate no worries👌🏾. My nameís Denom Jones from the UK and I first started competing when I was 15. Originally it was in Halo, and eventually when I turned 19 (when MK9 came out) I ventured into the FGC.

2. Why Mortal Kombat? What got you into the series and what was a changing moment for you in your competitive career with this game?

Mortal Kombat is a part of my holy trinity of series (MK, DBZ, MGS). So before I knew I wanted to compete in it, I knew I was gonna be hooked on it anyway. Iíd been playing MK games since I was 4, or as early as I can remember on the Sega mega drive. Iím just drawn to the darkness of MK in game and in its lore.

3. What kind of stuff do you do in your spare time when you arenít traveling for tournaments?

When Iím not travelling to tournaments, if itís the off season, Iím trying to do as minimal as possible. Iím mostly a hermit. At least this season, itís a good break from traveling globally multiple times a month. Iím just chilled mostly, tournaments and travel have got me into a nocturnal sleeping pattern so Iíll keep up to date with a lot of the events from other scenes since Iím usually up so late, just as a spectator. Other than that Iíll either be on the turntables, at the studio or just taking out my girlfriend, Vonnie. Iíve become a simple man.


4. How does it feel always traveling? Has there ever been a time where it has caused an issue you had to overcome in order to keep chasing success?

The consistent travelling is something you can get used to, Iíve lost count of how many times Iíve flown back and forth from America in the last 3 years. Iíve come to accept that a plane is a mental prison for whatever duration you have to sit there. Itís cool and it was always a childhood dream of mine to be a pro gamer at some point. I am grateful.

The time I questioned it most was before I went to the Eleague last chance qualifier. Iíd placed throughout the year and knew I could possibly win the LCQ. But I had to decide if I wanted to spend the money and potentially come back completely at loss and completely empty handed. I had a chat with Vonnie, I basically said ĎIíll be emo if I go and lose, but Iíll be more emo if I stay and donít give myself the chanceí Ė to which she said, ďYeah just go.Ē She had given me some good guidance.


5. What is the fighting game scene like where you are from?

The fighting game scene in the UK is a good community, obviously not as big as the USA, but everybody seems to get along, and weíre all supportive of one another on our successes, regardless of which game they play, we seem to be tuned in to support our players.

There are scenes all across the UK, the main ones I can think of would be Scotland, the north Manchester, the midlands Birmingham and the southern Londoner scene. Each with their own quirks.

6. What is your favorite tournament to date and why?

My favorite tournament to date was probably EVO 2015, it was the biggest NRS event ever, year one of MKX, seemed like an electric atmosphere, the outcome was unknown, the hype, the game sounded crazy on EVO main stage too.

It was just one of those tournaments where any player you met that weekend, youíd probably end up in some funny situation with them that would be memorable, such as cheap Eddie getting lost in America with Madzin, or Ketchup rage quitting the hotel over Kotal Kahn, eating out at all the weird and wild places in Vegas.

Although typically EVO isnít my top tournament of the year, 2015 was particularly memorable, despite how well Ketchup and I did that year, even if we hadnít, I still think itíd be my favorite.

7. Weíve seen you notably have the U.K. flag on your back when competing? Is this a must for every time you compete like a good luck charm? What made you start doing this?

I started wearing the flag at the Kombat Kup finals in Sweden 2015, 16 countries had 16 qualifiers, I lost the UK qualifier to Aixy but qualified in Sweden at the last chance event. When it came to the finals the bracket said UK had to play Sweden (Aixy vs I) so I got a flag, put it on the table and said, the winner plays for the right to continue in the bracket as the UK.

I won and I kept the flag, it just reminds me of what I was saying earlier, all the people in the UK who I know support me, you canít hear them across the ocean, so thatís my reminder of them.


8. Now weíve all seen the cheeky. For those looking in on this, Iím sure they have also seen you do this in photos. Can you explain the origins of this and how it became a thing since it seems to be one of your signature poses in photos?

The cheeky symbol 👌🏾, I canít honestly remember what it came up in, I think it was something along the lines of OmegaK talking about going for a Cheeky Nandoís, (Nandoís is a food chain in the UK) then he threw up the sign next to a Nandoís sign or something.

At least I think thatís where it came from (lol), kinda out of context whenever you use it I guess really. Ultimately itís just PND banter.

9. What is one thing youíd like to see the community do more to grow?

I donít think thereís just one thing the community can do to help make itself grow, it depends on the region and the attitudes of the players in that region, geographical location too. Growth in America for example could be easier because everythingís all in the same country. But letís say you try to develop EU, African, Arabian and Russian scenes for example, traveling isnít always so simple.

I think a lot of a games growth now is dependent on the developers. Genuine hype for a game will help a community grow, so if the community shows genuine love and passion for the game as well as the game being accessible to viewers and new players alike, the community would grow naturally. I guess my answer is, I think it just has to happen naturally and canít be forced.


10. What tournaments do you plan to go to in 2018? What can we expect to see from you?

In 2018 youíll see me when or where ever they announce Pro Series 2 (fingers crossed). Any premier event on the hypothetical tour I should attend, also hoping to play some DBFZ at these events this year too.

Until then Iíll just be waiting patiently for it to start, like a hermit 👌🏾

You can follow Denom and keep up to date with him on social media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AF0xyGrampa
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/af0xyg


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