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Feature Friday Vol. 1: Marn

May 11, 2017

Feature Friday Vol. 1: Marn

We’re starting a new segment this month called “Feature Friday” to help our fans get to know all of our players a little better!


This week we will be featuring Martin “Marn” Phan who is a Street Fighter player. Most people want to know what it takes to be a professional player in any game so we hope that you enjoy this Q&A article. Make sure to follow all of his social media to stay connected with him and #RiseWithUs

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This Q&A will have questions pertaining to Street Fighter as well as just general questions about gaming. If you have questions you would want to see in future Feature Friday’s make sure to tweet them to us at @TheRiseNation.

Q: What made you pick SFV as your game to compete in?

A: It’s the only game that I’m interested in, and it’s actually fun to me. People complain about it, but those are the people who don’t even try to play. They just want to talk.


Q: Does changing to a new street fighter game make thing difficult when playing?

A: No, there’s always new stuff to figure out, but the basics follow you throughout the game.


Q: Do you like how fast pace street fighter is?

A: It’s not fast enough yet! I want faster!


Q: As you are new to Rise Nation, how have the fans welcomed you into the organization?

A: I haven’t really met anyone other than a couple of their COD fans! ^_^


Q: What opportunities has Rise Nation provided you since joining the organization?

A: Rise has given me the opportunity to live again. Travel the world. See my friends. Try to win tournaments. Before Rise, I didn’t really enter tournaments anymore. In fact, I only joined about 4-5 tournaments last year. After Rise, I’ve traveled to more than that alone in less than 2 months! It’s awesome and it’s also tiring, but I’m glad I’m back!


Q: What other games have you been a professional player in?

A: I managed a League of Legends team. Other than that, I’ve played most of the 2D fighting games as a pro. Guilty Gear, Street Fighter, Marvel, you name it!


Q: How long do you practice for?

A: If I’m practicing by myself, a couple hours. If I’m playing against people, I could play the whole day. I don’t like playing in training mode, or just trying to figure stuff out, I want to fight!


Q: Does playing the same game get boring and if so why?

A: Of course it gets boring because it's repetitive. You just have to find ways to make it fun again.


Q: Are there other games you’re interested in doing comp with?

A: I like watching League of Legends and I feel as though I’d be a good coach but that’s about it.


Q: When was the first time you competed as pro? How was that experience?

A: I was on a “team” called EMP and I totally forgot everything about my time with them. But when I signed with Evil Geniuses, I played in a tournament called Devastation under their name for the first time… I won 3 titles that tournament in Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.


Q: What advice would you give to people trying to enter the scene?

A: Always try your best. Don’t complain. It gets me mad when all people do is complain instead of working on why they lost. If something is not fair, try to find a way around it. There’s always a solution to a problem. There’s always something to work on. It’s not just, “Oh, I know this tech, I know this combo, I’m good and ready”. Keep practicing, keep working on yourself, and keep your head high.


Q: Has gaming evolved into a chore for you or is it still fun getting on every day?

A: After playing in tournaments for 17 years, it’s a little bit of both. There are days when I just don’t feel like playing. But then there are days I’m playing and something new hits me. A way I could change my gameplay, a way to make myself better, etc. that’s when I have the most fun.


Q: What do your family think about you gaming professionally?

A: My parents and my brother did not approve of my drive early on. Of course after they saw all my success they supported me. It’s very hard to get over that hump especially with the older people having a different mentality about games. Games are bad, games ruins lives, etc. But nowadays, games makes lives!


Q: What career would you have chosen if you didn’t become a pro player?

A: “My family forced me into Electrical Engineering and I’m pretty sure that’s why I couldn’t finish. I personally wanted to get a Astrophysics degree but Asian parents… You know.”


Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A: As much as I want to say I’ll still be playing, I am getting old. In 5 years, I’d probably full time work on my programming knowledge. However, if I can still play, I’ll definitely still be playing.


Q: If you were to retire today, what would be your next step?

A: I’d ask Kahreem to give me another position at Rise. I love Kahreem, he’s awesome and always there when I need something. Maybe it’s because I just got onto Rise but… His response time is A+!! If not, then I’d continue working on my Internet Café in Vietnam.


Q: Most memorable moment?

A: My most memorable moment would be when I first lost to a Florida player named 2Nasty at Final Round 7. It was at a gym, and I was overconfident and lost a very favorable matchup. I went behind a door and cried and told myself I would never let myself down again. Win or lose, I’d try my best.


Q: What are the responsibilities of representing a org?

A: Well, I am a ticking time bomb, but I know my responsibilities. I could explode and make an org look bad really fast because of the sporadic things I say. But I think of it as a job. Do your job, do what the org wants you to do, and everyone will be happy. You try your hardest to win, and sometimes you might have a long time of not winning anything, but hopefully the org still supports you :D.


Q: Do you enjoy rivalries?

A: I try to make as many rivalries as possible. That’s why I always talk down to other players, but most of them know now I’m just trolling ☹.


Q:  Who’s your biggest rival?

A: Justin Wong. He’s been my friend for more than 15 years and I have only beaten him ONCE in a tournament just last weekend. Sometimes people say rival as in someone you compete back and forth what but I think of a rival as a person I strive to become better than. Justin definitely sets the standard and I’ve been working hard to surpass him one day.


Q: What do you do when you're not playing video games?

A: I hang out with my business partner and live the life in Vietnam. I don’t really do much, I’m a hermit. I watch a lot of TV shows, movies, anime, whatever to pass the time.


Q: What’s something you want to accomplish in your life?

A: I want to be a millionaire. Not a multi-millionaire, just 1 million.


Q: How do you prepare when you travel to events?

A: I throw everything in my suitcase, throw on some Drake into my earphones and just go.


Q: Do you like traveling to different countries and states to attend events?

A: I used to… But now that I’ve been everywhere, it’s all the same because you don’t have time to explore. You get there a day before the tournament, leave the day after.


Q: Best event?

A: EVO. It’s the time of the year you see people you don’t get to see often. Everyone goes to EVO, finds trouble, and it’s fun!


Q: How do you interact with your fans?

A: Most of the time, you’ll see me walking around with Justin just talking. I don’t really interact with fans. They come up to me and there’s a little chit chat, an autograph, a picture, but that’s pretty much the extent of it.

We hope you guys enjoy this Q&A that will be featured every Friday with a new player each time! Make sure you follow all of our social accounts to stay updated: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. #RiseWithUs

Written by: Emily “Blush” Spears (@iLyBlush)


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