I have been trying to get in to 2D fighter for a while now and i am failing hard. Got bot SSFIVAE and SFxT on PC. Here`s my story
I have been a gamer all my life of 30 years, mostly on PC with some stints of Genesis and PS2 during the years. Not really an arcade gamer though when i was really young and you could find arcades i used to play MK2 and Neo-Geo fighters. During my gaming career i played a lot of competitive games at a semi-pro, advanced amateur, pubstomper level - starting with Quake 1 and Quake 3 i was top5 in my country, than moved to Wolf:ET to be top5, than COD4 to be top10, some Tekken 5 where i never met someone to stomp my Asuka, playing LoL at a high level etc, dabbled in SC2, with various games in between. This means that i am able to play competitive games at high level and do well. Never got into 2D fighters because of lack o local scene, but inspired by Playing to Win and tournament streams i picked up SF4 hoping to learn the game and try to build a scene from scratch.
Problem is that happened around 200 hours of play ago and i am still not able to perform a proper Hadouken when i need it and i am not able to win more than 10% of games i play online or offline. I am not able to do a proper dash during a fight and not able to perform a proper focus attack when i need it. Strategy wise, i know exactly what i should do at the moment i should do it, and i am perfectly able to perform everything in training mode. Say i can do 50 shoryukens, 50 hadoukens and 50 tatsus in a row without breaking in training, but in a real match i can`t do 1 if i have to do it to counter something.
I started with a gamepad, which was fine and i was used to playing fighters with it because i played Tekken 5 for 3-4 years on a ps2 gamepad and was able to combo, counter and more or less perform anything with it. I thought that maybe gamepad is not the right choice for SF so i bought a Hori HRAP3, which at first seemed to improve my play but after a while it gotten worse than gamepad.
I have read almost everything SF related on the web, read tutorials for characters, watched vesper arcade tutorial, read footsies handbook, playing to win and so forth, i seem to not be able to apply any of the knowledge in a real match because it all comes down to execution problems. I also tend to mash on the stick ALOT and can`t figure a way to stop doing that. I go to training, try to not mash, stop mashing, than go to a match and start mashing again without thinking.
I am either doing something wrong or don`t understand something about the game or my mind/hands are not made for 2D fighters.
Is there any way a fellow gamer with fgc aspirations can be helped in this situation ? Maybe i should just quit ?