Written By: Steve Vegvari
Rokso may be fresh in the eSports fighting scene. However, in under two years, he has begun to carve a name for himself in the Pokken Tournament community.
Rokso has ranked in the Top 8 in over 23 tournament including NEC 18, HAY 3, and Summer Jam XI. Rockso is a highly engaged community member, he is active on Pokken forums and Discord channels. In October 2017, Rockso was picked up InControl Gaming and has been playing for the team ever since.
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: My name is Anthony, also known as RoksoTheSavage. I am from Nanuet, New York. I’m a professional Pokken player. I consider myself a high level competitor in the scene.
Q: When did you start playing competitively in eSports?
A: I was not really introduced to the competitive side of games until I watched Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3. When I picked up Pokken, I did not expect it to have a competitive scene at all, until I went to my first offline tournament. It was so fun that I continued going. I went to Apex 2016 where I went Top 8. Back then, I didn’t even know what Top 8 meant.
After that, I went to EVO and for the first Pokken DX major. That is what really set it off. I decided then and there that I really wanted to pursue this as more than a hobby.
Q: Do feel like eSports has progressed past a hobby for yourself?
A: I personally do. I think that this is more than a hobby for myself. I consider this almost a second job.
Q: Before Pokken, were you paying attention to the fighting game scene?
A: I was not. Actually, the only fighting game I had my eye on was Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. I used to watch that non-stop when I was younger. That was the game that introduced me to the fighting game genre. And in terms of competing, I was not playing anything before Pokken.
Q: What was it about Pokken Tournament that caught your attention?
A: It was mostly nostalgia for being able to actually play a fighting game with actual Pokémon. It was so unique because of the 3D Field Phase, which is the 3D movements. Than it goes to Dual Phase which is like a traditional fighter. That is what really caught my attention. That and my favourite Pokémon is in there.
Q: You’ve been participating in a large amount of tournament this past year. Where there any standout moments for you?
A: There are two that particularly stand out for me. The first was in a tournament I did not do too well in, but I enjoyed. That was Rewired. We played in Arizona and I placed fifth. The one that had the most impact and the one I had the biggest statement in the community was NEC 2016. There was a style my character played which I did not particularly like.
I wanted to show everybody there was a more efficient way of playing. It was was less like a guessing game and more a combo based, pressure heavy style. I proved it during that tournament and placed fifth.
Q: Pokken Tournament is still very new on the scene, where do you see it going from here?
A: Before the DLC Battle Pack was announced I still had high hopes. I believe even with or without the help of other majors, or Pokémon Company helping us out. I believe that the community would still grow strong. After the announcement of two new characters, two new support sets, and new stages, I believe Pokken is here to stay for a while.
The DLC announcement will really help the community grow. There is a potential that a person’s favourite character could be in the game and they’ll want to play as that character in a fighting game. I mean, that’s how I got in.
Q: You typically main as Garchomp. What made you decide to main as that character?
A: It is in my top two favorite Pokémon. I guess nostalgia played a big role. Pokémon Diamond was my favourite game. Garchomp was always on my team. When I found out he was available to play as in Pokken it really gravitated me to the character. I learned a lot of things about the character, there are so many option while playing that I wanted to explore them all.
Q: Any tips for Garchomp players?
A: A tip I can give is do not get discouraged. Garchomp is one of the most technical characters in the game. That doesn’t mean he is that difficult. Once you learn the bread and butter of the tech involved, you’ll start to get wins and feel the satisfaction.
Q: With the new DLC announcements, are there any characters you see yourself experimenting with?
A: I definitely will attempt to play as Aegislash and Blastoise. I am a fan of picking up complicated characters. Garchomp was a complicated character. If either of them prove to have more tech behind them I’ll try to pick them up as secondaries. Right now though, Garchomp is my main.
Q: Who is your current secondary?
A: I have a lot of secondaries, but my current is Gengar.
Q: What is something you’ve experienced in eSports that you were not expecting?
A: The community. I was not expecting there to be such a strong community behind the game. I could not believe the amount of support behind majors like NEC and Winter Brawl or EVO. We’re dedicated and because of that Pokken will grow into the eSports scene.
Q: Do you have any upcoming events planned out?
A: Near future, I have Winter Brawl and I should be going to Kanto in the summer.
Q: Where can people keep up with you online?
A: You can follow me on Twitter @RoksoTheSavage. You can find me on almost every single Pokken Discord channel. Hit me up where ever you want.
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.