Daigo, Infiltration, Justin Wong, JDCR, Knee, and Saint. These are some of the best professional players in the world in their respective games. And what do they have in common? They all use fightsticks.
So what fightstick do pros use? The answer is they all use a variety of different fightsticks. Some have modded sticks, where they swap out the joystick/lever and button in favor of better parts. However, some use the original stick as it is because the parts are good enough.
In this article, I am going to list the fightsticks of some of the most famous pros players in the world.
This list will focus on mainly Street Fighter and Tekken players. That’s because most of the top players in these games use fightsticks as their tool of destruction.
Why do pros use a fightstick?
Because most of these top players are Japanese or Korean, it’s fair to say they spend a lot of time in the arcade. Unlike in the US and Europe, arcade places are still thriving in these areas.
Therefore, these top players are used to playing on the stick. They probably started playing these games on a fightstick and have never looked back since.
Interestingly, the majority of top pad players are from the US or Europe e.g Luffy, Snake Eyes, Punk etc. This makes sense considering the arcade scene in these countries.
However, that’s not to say players outside of Japan and Korea don’t play on a stick. Justin Wong is a top player who uses a fightstick, as well as many other US players.
What’s clear is that the majority of players I’m about to list have all been multiple champions in their respective games. It’s also clear that they all use a fightstick to win.
At the end of the day, A fightstick is a tool. A tool which, if mastered, can be used to win games more easily.
This is probably just my opinion but since switching to stick a few years ago, my level of skill has improved dramatically. I don’t think I could go back to using a pad. Trust me, I’ve tried but I always play better on the stick.
One aspect an arcade stick can help you with is execution. Pro players argue that complex moves like plinking and Korean wavedash can be performed a lot easier on a stick.
That’s just one benefits of using an arcade stick, there are, of course, many more, but, for now, let just focus on what fightsticks the pros use.
The fightsticks pros use
Game: Street Fighter
Who is Daigo Umehara?
The Beast probably needs no introduction. He’s a multiple EVO champ and arguably the most famous Street Fighter player in the world.
Daigo is responsible for one of, if not, the most iconic EVO moment in History — EVO moment 37.
Although he hasn’t had as much success in Street Fighter V, you still have to respect what he’s accomplished.
With more than 20 years experience in the pro fighting game community, Daigo is a master with the fightstick.
What fightstick does Daigo use?
Diago rocks a Mad Catz FightStick TE2+. A solid, durable stick that can easily be customized as well.
Game: Street Fighter
Who is infiltration?
A five-time EVO champion and one of the best pro players in the world today.
Infiltration has been a dominating force in the FGC for the past few years. He is known for playing multiple characters, but his most famous character, Akuma, is arguably the best in the world.
Infiltration is known for his excellent defensive style, but also flawless execution.
What fightstick does Infiltration use?
Infiltration uses a modded version of Mad Catz TE2+ fightstick with a Korean Joystick.
Game: Street Fighter, Marvel
Who is Justin Wong?
Justin Wong has been a top North American player for a number of years and rightfully so.
Justin Wong has won the most EVO titles, most of them from Marvel vs Capcom.
He was also directly involved in EVO moment 37 when he played against Diago.
What Fightstick does Justin Wong use?
Justin Wong actually uses a variety of different fightsticks including the Razer Atrox Arcade Stick and The Guilty Gear TE2 stick.
Who is JDCR?
JDCR is a South Korean Tekken Player and is considered to be one of the best.
He is a two-time EVO champion with wins in Tekken 7 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 respectively.
JDCR tends to play with more technical characters like Dragonov which require high execution.
JDCR is known for his high-level execution is which probably helped by the fightstick he uses.
What fightstick does JDCR use?
JDCR uses a modded Etokki Omni Arcade Stick which has a custom lever/joystick.
Who is Saint?
Saint is another top South Korean player and former EVO champion. He is particularly known for his experience across multiple different games in the Tekken series.
Saint almost exclusively plays in with Jack in high-level tournament play.
He can be regularly seen playing against his teammate JDCR.
What fightstick does Saint use?
Saint is a bit of a hobbyist when it comes to fightsticks. He uses a heavily modded Qanba Obsidian Stick.
Saint often tinkers with his fightstick. Swapping out buttons and levers pretty much all the time.
Who is Knee?
Knee has been playing Tekken from an early age and is considered one of the greatest players.
One key aspect of Knee is his knowledge of multiple characters including Bryan, Devil Jin, Dragunov and many more.
What fightstick does knee use?
Knee has used various arcade sticks in the past including the Razer Panthera Evo Stick.
Recently, Knee has switched to the Hori Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa Stick which has been slightly modded with a Crown 309 Lever.
So there we have it. Like I mentioned at the start, these are the best players in the world.
If you were looking for what fightstick to buy I hope this article has given you some insight into that. Because you can look at what playstyle these players have, as well as what character they use, to help you choose what fightstick is perhaps best for you.