Speedkicks signs with Circa eSports, joining forces with ATL hometown friend and guru Anakin
Circa eSports announced today that they have added Stephen “Speedkicks” Stafford to their roster as a Tekken player. A resident of Atlanta, GA, he will be joining forces with his hometown friend and sparring partner Hoa “Anakin” Luu. Anakin is widely known as the “guru” who helped Speedkicks reach such an elite level of gameplay.
The news was first announced on Twitter.
— Circa eSports, LLC (@CircaeSports) June 29, 2016
Speedkicks, 20, recently placed 3rd at CEO 2016, where his teammate, Anakin, placed 1st. Both players will be competing next month at EVO. It will be interesting to see how they perform now that they have joined forces. How does this change the game for them individually and collectively? It certainly increases Circa’s chances at future tournaments.
Speedkicks made his first competitive debut with Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and people quickly began to take note of his talent. Our first introduction to him was at The Fall Classic in 2013 where he participated in the Mason Dixon Exhibition and single-handedly beat all of the northern players (except NYC Fab, whom had already been eliminated by Bane).
Though he hasn’t played Tekken as long as some others, he shows an aptitude and understanding of the game that very few possess. After all, he is a genius, and even started college at Morehouse in Atlanta at the age of 11. He sharp mind, attention to detail and critical thinking is what has allowed him to excel much quicker than his counterparts. He is a student of the game.
Along with placing 3rd at CEO just days ago, some of his most recent achievements are placing 1st in Tekken 7 at KIT 2016, and 1st in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at Final Round 19. He participated in Tekken 7 at FR19, but did not make the top 8. So as you can see he hasn’t traveled that much recently, but with his signing to Circa eSports this will all change. We’ll be seeing much more of Mr. Kicks.
Having spoke to Speedkicks personally, he attributes his Tekken 7 placing at CEO due to being more accustomed to the tag system than the traditional 1v1 style of Tekken. Though he won at KIT 2016, he learned some things at CEO. As a result, he is currently in the lab preparing for EVO.
I think I played over 200 games of Tekken 6 today.
— Stephen Stafford (@Speedkicks) June 30, 2016
@Runitblack One of the best T6 players in the world.
— Stephen Stafford (@Speedkicks) June 28, 2016
That would be Anakin.
Upon hearing the news, several in the FGC had congratulatory remarks.
— Hoa Luu (@CircaAnakin) June 29, 2016
— Mark Julio (マークマン) (@MarkMan23) June 29, 2016
— Steve Scott (@Tasty_Steve) June 29, 2016
— Rey Matthew Escanio (@_KingReyJr) June 29, 2016