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Feature Friday Vol. 3: MenaRD

May 25, 2017

Our feature this week is our latest addition to the SFV team, Saul "MenaRD" Mena. Rise Nation has recently entered the SFV scene just this year, picking up Marn and now MenaRD. MenaRD is known for his Birdie gameplay and is competing at Combo Breaker this weekend! 

We hope you enjoy the Q&A segment! If you have any questions that you would like asked in Feature Friday Q&A's email us at info@therisenation.gg or tweet them at us @TheRiseNation! #RiseWithUs


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Q&A General Questions:

Q: Most memorable moment?
A: My most memorable moment was winning my first tournament in 2013, named Gaming de Pelicula, one of the biggest Dominican majors to date.

Q: What advice would you give to people trying to enter the scene?
A: Be ready to lose. To be a good player you have to lose a lot, so you can identify what are you doing wrong, even at your best moment you’ll have to lose to improve.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: An established pro player, being the best at what I do, #1 on the worldwide leaderboards.

Q: What are the responsibilities of representing an org?
A: Being a good competitor, that includes:

  • Training at least 8 hours daily, it includes but is not limited to playing, you need to also study the game and your rivals mentality.
  • Taking care of my image professionally, you have to give a good look to the organization you are representing.
  • Being responsible overall, it includes being on time for all the events and do what they need you to do.

Q: What does your family think about you gaming professionally?
A: They are really supportive because they have seen all my dedication towards gaming since I was a kid, they are really happy that I'm part of such a good organization now.

Q: What career would they have chosen if they didn’t become a pro player?
A: Software engineering.

Q: When was the first time you competed as a pro? How was that experience?
A: Socal Regionals 2016. It was amazing because it was the first time I traveled internationally and I did really good, being able to see such a different culture and share my passion with people is something out of this world.

Q: Are there other games you're interested in doing competitive with?
A: Yes! Injustice 2 and Marvel Infinite. I was the #1 player in the Dominican Republic of Injustice: God Among us back in the day, also was a top player in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 So, yeah!

Q: Who’s your biggest rival?
A: Punk. He’s the #1 at the moment, that’s my spot ;).

Q: If you were to retire today, what would be your next step?
A: Work on making the e-sports in the Dominican Republic something bigger.

Q: Has gaming evolved into a chore for you or is it still fun getting on every day?
A: Every hour I spend playing or learning about the game is an hour well spent, I love video games.

Q: What do you do when you're not playing video games?
A: I like to read horror stories, watch horror movies, lately I have been practicing how to swim a lot, used to box but haven’t been doing it for a while, I want to start doing again soon.

Q: What’s something you want to accomplish in your life?
A: Seeing e-sports have the same respect as baseball in the Dominican Republic, it would be a dream come true.

Q: How do you prepare when you travel to events?
A: I reunite with all of the Dominican Republics top players whenever I can and play a lot, watch a lot of videos and develop a lot of strategies to scare my opponent in the set.

Q: Do you like traveling to different countries and states to attend events?
A: Traveling internationally to compete is one of the best decisions I have made in my life, I absolutely love it.

Q: Best event?
A: Socal Regionals 2016 was the best I attended, but it’s a little biased because it’s the first one I attended internationally, Fighting Fest 2K14 is the runner-up.

Q: How do you interact with your fans?
A: I try to give them content to follow me on social media and in person try and play with them to have a good time or just eat something or talk for a bit, my supporters are amazing, so I always have a good time when I meet them.

Q: Does playing the same game get boring and if so why?
A: NO WAY. It gets better and better, everyone improves so it gets more intense over time.

Q: What other games have you been a professional player in?
A: Just Street Fighter V at the moment, but i have big plans for injustice 2 ;).

Q: How long do you practice for?
A: 7-8 Hours daily, not including videos I see through the day when I go out, or situations I keep thinking and writing about when I'm not home.

Q: Do you enjoy rivalries?
A: Yes. You feel there’s more at stake if you win or lose, it's more fun, you truly give it your all.


Street Fighter Questions:

Q: What made you pick SFV as your game to compete in?
A: The biggest gaming scenes in the Dominican Republic are Street Fighter and Smash Brothers, I am an active member of both but competitive wise Street Fighter, so when we made the transition from 4 to V I had to do it too, I also love Birdie, seeing him in the game was just amazing.

Q: Does changing to a new street fighter game make thing difficult when playing?
A: Depends. If you use the same character like for example, if you use Dhalsim in 4, transitioning to 5 will be harder because it's really different, but you get used to it.

Q: Do you like how fast paced street fighter is?
A: Yes, I love having to take decisions at such a fast pace, it's such a challenge!

Q: As you are new to Rise Nation, how have the fans welcomed you into the organization?
A: Everyone has been really supportive, I even got on the local news, so it has been amazing hahahaha.

Q: What opportunities has Rise Nation provided you since joining the organization?
A: I will be able to compete internationally 10x more, so this is going to be a fun ride for the international players, be ready ;).


We hope you enjoyed this Q&A from Saul "MenaRD" Mena! Stay tuned for next Friday to see who we do our next feature on! If you have suggestions on who you want to see our next feature on, send us a tweet or email! Make sure you follow all of our social media accounts to stay connected on everything Rise Nation: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. #RiseWithUs

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