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Have a Seat: First to Ten kicks into kombat and victories with Meryluna

Happy Holidays everyone tuning into this week’s First to Ten!  I hope everyone had a good time at NEC this past weekend.  For those who didn’t go we saw quite a variety of characters in top 8 which was hype to see including Hellboy, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, and Black Manta.

I wanted to take this First to Ten to cover another woman in the scene who I admire.  Meryluna is not only an incredible person, but a very talented player.  She has clutched spots in top 8’s for Mortal Kombat X in Kombat Cup for more than one time.  She has also placed top 8 at Defend the North 2017 and Summer Jam 2017 in MKX. Her ravenous Mileena is insane and not to be taken lightly. She also has some pretty amazing titans in Injustice 2 she plays.  It’s only a matter of time before she shows her work she’s put in for Injustice 2. I felt it only appropriate to put her on this week.

Mery and I became friends from being in a group chat we were both in a while back. We first officially met in person at NEC last winter.  We blossomed into a good friendship where as of today where we have even gotten to play casuals at a tournament and a bit online as well.  We also just talk occasionally because she’s just honestly a sweetheart and enjoyable to talk to. Let’s get to it so she can share all the amazing things about herself with you.

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The lovely Meryluna herself. 

1. Meryluna thank you for joining us! Please tell everyone a bit of a personal introduction like who you are, how you got your tag, and where you’re from.

Before anything, thank you for having me in your First to Ten. I think what you are doing here is amazing and great for people and it gives everyone an insight of other players in the scene. My tag at the moment is Meryluna, but deep down it will always be Merytrailmix. I was eating a bag of trail Mix one day and the name just popped into my head and i loved it.

2. What got you into playing fighting games competitively? What makes you choose a character?

As a gamer, I am naturally competitive. But when I found out that there was a Fighting Game Community, it opened a whole new world to me. I couldn’t believe that there was a whole community dedicated to fighting games and it motivated me to get so much better. I wanted to learn the fighting game language, frame data etc. When MKX came out, I attended these locals in StartupBox and I loved that feeling of playing against other people in tournament, especially with my character Mileena.

When I pick a character, I go for the aesthetic but I usually love the villains and non-human characters. I like to find something that I have in common with them and then I pretend to be that character while I’m fighting, it’s more fun that way.

3. What was your first top 8 and what kind of feelings did you have before and after playing it?

My first top 8 was in StreamMe’s Konquest, and honestly, I was happy and both disappointed. Happy because it was my first top 8 but I knew I could have done better. Sometimes that is my problem, I am a bit hard on myself after tournament matches. I try to tell myself to not be satisfied with how I do, so that way I motivate myself to perform better.

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Meryluna playing games at Summer Jam XI with Starcharger.

4. Do you feel the community treats you any different (good or bad) for being a woman? What advice would you give to women looking in?

I don’t feel they treat me different at all, and my advice to anyone trying to be a part of the scene is never get intimidated to lose or play poorly because we all start off as noobs sometime in our life. Be patient with yourself, we don’t always learn things at first. I tell people this all the time. Give yourself time to learn at your own pace. Trust me, you will definitely get better. Practice makes perfect.

5. What made you go with Ravenous for Mileena and not piercing? Was she always your main in MK?

When I first heard about Mileena being in MKX, I already knew she was going to be my main character. I tried all her variations but I loved Ravenous the most because of her pounces and how crazy her fighting style was. She also reminded me how Nitara played in MK: Deadly Alliance so I felt like it was a combination of the two characters.

6. What characters are you playing in Injustice 2 and what do you enjoy about them?

I currently play with Robin and Starfire. It’s hard to say which one is my main character because I play both of them equally. Robins sword animations are so nice to look at during combos, and I love his sound effects. Starfire’s appearance and animations are also what I enjoy most about playing her, I love anti-airing people with her B2, it’s so satisfying.

7. Do you go to any locals? How do you do at them and do you have anyone you feel is a rival to you there?

I have gone to NLBC several times but lately I haven’t been able to attend . I don’t really have any rivalries there but if I did, I feel it would make things more interesting, since I love competition. The last time I attended it was the second week after Injustice 2 was released.  I had a set with someones Harley Quinn who kept beating my Robin. I was still new to the idea of not having a block button, and I barely knew any bnbs with him.

8. What other games do you play? Would you recommend any for those reading this?

Right now, I am currently obsessed with Overwatch. I used to be a Call of Duty fan all of my highschool years but when I started playing Overwatch, I instantly became hooked. It is such a stimulating game that I never get bored of. I recommend the game to anyone who likes FPS and games that require teamwork. I also recommend the The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. When I play that game, I feel like I am really inside the game, and the music is beautiful!!

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Screencap from Mery’s twitter of her rank in Overwatch.

9. You stream pretty often from what I see. What do you like about streaming fighting games most and how do the community of viewers you have make you feel?

What I like most about streaming fighting games is how the viewers are able to help you out with the game. When I streamed MKX, so many people would help me out with matchups and share advice on how to deal with other characters. It definitely helped me get better, so I’m very thankful to everyone that took the time to help me learn these things. That’s what I love most about the community, everyone just wants to get better and have fun in the process.

10. Lastly, what tournaments do you plan to attend in 2018?

I’ve never went to CEO and I heard it is one of the most fun events in the whole year so I’m going to pray that I am able to make it next time it comes. Of course, I will try to attend NEC and Summer Jam since they are the closest to New York if life allows me to.

If you would like to support and follow Mery you can do the following here:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/xomeryluna
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/xomeryluna

The local Mery goes to is always a blast to watch on stream.  If you haven’t already, follow the twitter for NLBC and also feel free to check out their website:

NLBC Twitter
NLBC Website

I hope everyone in the FGC has a safe and happy holiday.

I am pleased to announce here first and later on twitter my video project.  Many of you I have already contacted about submitting a video for it.  The project is called Thank You NetherRealm.  I need all video submissions by the 25th and will upload and post on the 31st or 1st.  My goal is to ring in the new year with positivity for the NRS community.  Together we can achieve this.  If you would like to be a part, please record a horizontal video (<—–>) (please no vertical because it is not the format).  You can use your mobile phone or any device to do so.  The video needs to be no longer than 7 seconds (9 is cutting it close).  You will say in the video “Thank you NetherRealm for….” and say something positive you are thankful for.  Some examples of ones that have been said are:

“Thank you Netherrealm for creating my favorite game ever.”
“Thank you NetherRealm for creating my wifey Mileena.”
“Thank you NetherRealm for the constant updates you put in the game.”

If you have any questions feel free to ask.  And if NetherRealm games have impacted your life in some way (MK or IJ etc.) feel free to make your video clip and send it my way.

Email all videos to: romanovacosplay@gmail.com

Thank you everyone for a fantastic new year.  Can’t wait to see what happens with First to Ten going forward.  I love you all and I am extremely humbled by your support.

First to Ten Creative: Artist Richard Suwono creates “tasty” art influenced by Mortal Kombat and other fighting games

First to Ten fans, I have a very special creative feature for you this week!

I reached out on twitter not too long ago about wanting fan art to do a collective on the blog of.  That idea later evolved in featuring aspiring or professional artists in our scene whether it’s 2D with drawings or costumes bringing the characters to life.  Our first was a First to Five with an amazing Australian cosplayer.  However, I felt after him even thinking it was short, 5 questions is not enough. I decided I want to do a whole First to Ten with our art features from this point forward.

When I tweeted about looking for fan art I was responded to by a few artists, one specifically was referred to me.  His name is Richard Suwono.  I absolutely fell in love with his artwork (and I think you may too).  Richard manages to bring the personalities of the characters he illustrates to life.  He also has run into Ed Boon himself giving him a Mileena art piece he created.  I hope you all enjoy learning about Mr. Suwono.

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Photo of artist Richard Suwono.

1.  Richard thank you so much for joining us on this First to Ten creative special.  Please take this question to tell our audience about where you are from and how long you’ve been doing art for?

I’m an Illustrator from Indonesia, and I have been doing art professionally around 5 years. I’m doing some other projects too (Yu-Gi-Oh (Dark Abyss), KOF Card game, Megaman Card , Dungeon and Dragons concept art, artwork for Street Fighter statues, and many more). I’ve loved drawing since I was little, but I still love fighting games themes a lot! That’s why my favorite theme is fighting game stuff.

2.  How did you learn to do artwork like this?  What is a favorite technique of yours?

Some is from self taught and some of them is watching some tutorials on the internet, because sometimes when I see some great or unique style. That’s why until now, I love to try some new style, while also honing my style too.

So far my favorite technique is Street Fighter style with the Sumi-e Brush because It’s look more expressive also looks strong and have the classic caligraphic essence.

3.  Have you always been a fan of NetherRealm games?  What do you love most about Mortal Kombat and Injustice?

Yes, I still remember first time I know Mortal Kombat when I play Sega Genesis at my cousin house. It’s so real and also the fatality is so epic! That’s why when I met Ed Boon I was so hyped and super excited. Because of him, I have very awesome childhood with Mortal Kombat having grown alongside me too.

And for Injustice, it’s also one of entertaining and exciting for me too. to see DC superhero fighting games in very competitive way of E-Sport. And also the player who win the tournament with underused character, or crazy comeback too!

 

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Mortal Kombat X Sub-Zero vs. Scorpion concept.

 

4.  Do you travel for tournaments or conventions?  Where can we see you at in 2018 for those in the United States and elsewhere?

Yes, I want to travel to meet all of the FGC members, becauseall of you also make my weekend is so HYPED! That’s why I would love to hang out with the players too instead just selling my stuff. Because When the first time I go to SEAM, I’m so HYPED and can watch all the Epic matches from my booth. That’s is Super Awesome experience for me too.

for 2018, I still must have planned first, because I have plan my budget for the flight and the hotel too. But I really wanted to meet US FGC peoples again. And also I must go to EVO Las Vegas, to get Hyped together with the FGC!

5.  Where did you meet Ed Boon and what was his reaction when you gave him the Mileena drawing?

I met him at Combo Breaker.  I still remember when he saw the Mileena while eating he thought she looks so cute, and I love drawing her so much. That’s why I want to show Mileena’s cuteness and also her love of food. Because I love food too, that’s why I’m having so much fun draw her while eating . And I’m so Happy I able to meet him,one of my childhood Hero who made amazing childhood for me!

 

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Mileena art piece Richard gave to Ed at CB2017.

 

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Additional concept of a hungry Mileena again.

 

6.  What other games do you really enjoy drawing fan art of?

Fighting Games mostly, (SF, Tekken, Soul Calibur, KOF, GG, etc.) because I love fighting game so much. But sometimes I also draw some of anime characters I follow. But one of most favorite If I must choose one is Street Fighter.

7.  I noticed that (even though its not MK) you have a big love for Sakura! What do you love most about the character and what do you think about your first drawings of her compared to those you do now?

Yes, Sakura is my favorite character. I love her passion, cheerful, and also Her Spirited Up attitude to pursue her Dream. And I’m also kinda related to her with her Spirit up attitude and passion, especially for Fighting Game. That’s why I’m also want to pursue my Dream to have doing Official artwork for my beloved Fighting Games (SF,MK,Tekken,Soul Calibur, Darkstalkers,GG,KOF,etc)

What I’m thinking when I draw her is “What I want to people to see from Her, (Her Cheerful attitude, or Pursue her Dream to be stronger or meet with “Ryu”, or sometimes What side I want to show from her like her kindness, or Cute, or maybe clumsy too. I Just Have so much fun while drawing her.

8.  Do you have any original creations that are your own design that you are proud of?

So far one of my favorite original character I made is Cat Girl with cheerful attitude , food lover, and also funny. Her name is “Nekona” , I draw her to have fun and also sometimes when I want to try something new, I try draw Nekona with some new or exciting style I want to try.

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“Nekona” – Original character created by Richard.

 

9.  Who is an artist you look up to that you’d recommend others check out?

There are a lot Artist who I look up for, But One I love most is “Edayan” from Street Fighter Alpha,  “Laurel D Austin” from Blizzard Entertaiment. I love the SFA series style so much, and also the Storytelling with some jokes from Laurel artwork too.

10.  What advice do you have for other artists starting out or looking to get better?

My advice for starting is you search first which artist you want to look for, so you know from step by step the artist you look up too. And then also be honest to yourself about what style or what work you want to do most. That’s why building portfolio so important too. Also, don’t afraid to do what you love for the artwork you done. Because If you don’t love your work, its hard for other people to love it too.

If you would like to see more of Richard’s artwork or keep in touch you can follow his twitter and also check out his deviant art website for more:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/richardsuwono
Deviant Art: https://r-chie.deviantart.com/

 

Thank you yet again for tuning in everyone.  And a big thank you to Richard for taking the time to do this for us.  This is only more of a way for our community to connect with everyone.  We are so much all in one. From players, artists, to TO’s – so I hope with this blog that is even more clear to everyone with each F2T.

Remember to tune in this Sunday for our interview with Biohazard!  I’m very excited for him to tell us all more we might not already know about himself. Also with NEC coming up I have a very special video project I am going to be working on and aiming to go live on the 31st.  If you are attending NEC make sure we connect so I can include you.  I would like to include as many people in the NRS community as possible!