First gaming tournament, advice for newbies? (how to prepare for first tournament)

ShadowWalker_ShadowWalker_ Joined: Posts: 4
i recently signed up for something similar to the kombat kup series for mk, but for injustice 2. the tournament begins four days after release. i have a serious goal of becoming one of a game's best players and I'm hoping it's this one, but i've never even participated in anything competitive. i understand games like this are not as difficult as Street Fighter or Tekken, but at the same time, i have a bit of anxiety seeing how im good at creating decent and rewarding combos,(injustice is one of the easiest games to combo in) but my average fighting game skills (footsies, meaties, cancels etc) are not at the same level. i feel like i have low chances of winning regardless, but what can i do to at least have a fighting chance at this tournament?

i ask this question for me and all players who are not ridiculously good when we first got into the competitive scene. i don't really care for winning, i just look at this as my first step on a road to becoming a professional player.

in all honesty, i've watched every video, and read every discussion I could to better my knowledge of frame data and rules that all fighting games share. so what can I do to be better at applying this stuff more vigorously to my playstyle? (i always feel like the answer is just practice, but t the same time i feel like there is more to it than that)

(on a final note I signed up for a GameStop tournament. where if i win i get my copy of injustice early and some extra things to go along with it that are not included in the preorders, but im not as worried about that cause honestly i doubt anyone good'll show up to local events)

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  • Geese PantsGeese Pants Working on it.......... Joined: Posts: 20,508 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    Since it's your first Fighting Game tournament..........take it as more of a learning experience.

    Worry less about showcasing combos..........and more about doing your best.

    If you lose............learn from it.

    Is this online or offline?
    The Prince of Masturbation.........

    "Please do not use such strong words...........it makes you look weak."
    -Traitor Aizen Souske
  • ShadowWalker_ShadowWalker_ Joined: Posts: 4
    it's online
    this is the advertisement for it, i signed up early yesterday. but i knew about it earlier than that.
  • Geese PantsGeese Pants Working on it.......... Joined: Posts: 20,508 ✭✭✭✭✭ OG
    edited May 14
    Okay........I assumed it would be an offline event.

    Still stands though:
    Worry less about showcasing combos..........and more of just confirming.

    Try not to get frazzled when your opponent finds an opening.

    Stay focused.

    If you are really serious about being one of the best Injustice 2 players..........stay hungry.

    Good luck on that tournament BTW.
    Post edited by Geese Pants on
    The Prince of Masturbation.........

    "Please do not use such strong words...........it makes you look weak."
    -Traitor Aizen Souske
  • manbehindthewiresmanbehindthewires Consider yourself lightly, consider the world deeply Joined: Posts: 936
    edited May 14
    Online tournament advice:

    Keep track of the people you're playing, message them after saying thanks and ask for whatever advice they have for you, if they noticed any bad habits etc.

    If it's being livestreamed, review the chat during your matches (edit after the tournament). A lot of stream chat is garbage, but there'll be some valid stuff in there too about what you're doing right/wrong.

    Make sure your connection is ON POINT. Have nothing running in the background, no unnecessary devices/apps running and nothing to do with wifi whatsoever.

    READ THE TOURNAMENT RULES. Seriously.

    Be on time.

    Learn how to add players, set up lobbies etc well in advance of the tournament - nothing worse than being late for your slot because you don't know how to contact your opponent.

    Screen-cap your wins if any of your matches are unmoderated (common in pools).
    SFV: Chun Li [CFN: thewires / manbehindthewires]
    Third Strike: Alex/Ibuki [Fightcade: MBTW]
    Here to learn.
  • manbehindthewiresmanbehindthewires Consider yourself lightly, consider the world deeply Joined: Posts: 936
    edited May 15
    Offline Tournament Advice (from a scrub that generally drowns in the pools):

    Be on time and read the rules still apply.

    Register early.

    Hand sanitizer.

    Label your fightstick / controller and the bag you keep it in.

    If controller - learn how to de-sync in advance of the tournament and make a habit of it.

    Take advantage of the casual area, but make sure you don't burn yourself out if you're still in the tournament.

    Don't be afraid to just go up and ask other players for a game in casuals, most people are nice!

    If you get knocked out, try to find someone in casuals to run sets with - if you don't get a lot of local practice, this is the best way to maximise it.

    Don't hog a casual spot if they're busy.

    Try to stay near your pool between matches incase there's a mix up.

    Most pro's will stop and chat throughout the weekend, so be mindful and try not to stop them going to or from a match.

    If you're out and want a good seat for a decent match, get to the stage a couple of matches in advance. Don't worry about getting the best seats for the finals - they're all good at that point.

    Remember to confirm your scores with the TO after each match.

    Other than to confirm scores and (hopefully not) report foul play, try to leave the TOs alone...They're having a big day haha. If you need info about the current bracket etc, challonge, smash.gg or the tournament's social media should have whatever info you need.

    Remember that most people are there to get better, not just to win.

    Try to stick to the plan. Consistent, tidy play rather than showing off all of your lab skills. High-risk strategies can often look like a lack of knowledge on block ;)

    I tend to forget quite basic stuff at a local, like resource management...not really advice, just be conscious of the fact that your nerves will mess with you a bit I guess?

    Your group and first match tend to be announced in advance. Try to scope out online who you'll be playing and who you'll likely be playing after them - just knowing the matchup ahead of time is huge.

    Be polite, shake hands, say thanks, all the good stuff.

    Tidy up after yourself (likewise, don't litter the stations with flyers advertising your twitch channel).

    Don't use the complimentary wifi at the hall/hotel, or any of the fake ones pretending to be it.

    Get as many gamertags as you can!



    SFV: Chun Li [CFN: thewires / manbehindthewires]
    Third Strike: Alex/Ibuki [Fightcade: MBTW]
    Here to learn.
  • ShadowWalker_ShadowWalker_ Joined: Posts: 4
    well, i won my Gamestop tournament (at least 10 people joined it). what i grasped from it was that i play with my opponents(letting them gain advantages only to try and set them up for something nasty.....baiting). and im too eager to get back in their face after knocking them down. someone played as Deathstroke and i kept letting myself get caught by their spinning blade wake up. this was because i don't treat my opponents being knocked down as the footsies game being reset, i just kinda dash in and hope that they were not blocking the overhead or low while getting up. i kinda switched my characters after seeing the skill level of my first few opponents, the first match was my main green lantern and i got a perfect so i kept switching up until i eventually won the final match as batman. I'm surprised no one picked doomsday or Zod but go figure. since i got my game early and i bought some extra money for in-game transactions i guess all that's left to do is grind, and work on my mistakes.
    Characters Played:
    Green Lantern
    Solomon Grundy
    Superman
    Harley Quinn
    Aquaman
    Batman
  • manbehindthewiresmanbehindthewires Consider yourself lightly, consider the world deeply Joined: Posts: 936
    Congrats!

    Great analysis of yourself too. Respect the opponent for the full 99 seconds (or whatever it is in Injustice). A knockdown only gives you the advantage if you do something with it. If you're coming in with a low, do it because you've either already conditioned them to be open to a low, or because you're conditioning them to take a throw/overhead/whatever down the line. Otherwise you're just rolling the dice - that should be a job for the guy waking up ;)
    SFV: Chun Li [CFN: thewires / manbehindthewires]
    Third Strike: Alex/Ibuki [Fightcade: MBTW]
    Here to learn.
  • manbehindthewiresmanbehindthewires Consider yourself lightly, consider the world deeply Joined: Posts: 936
    soooooo how'd you do in the War of the Gods one?
    SFV: Chun Li [CFN: thewires / manbehindthewires]
    Third Strike: Alex/Ibuki [Fightcade: MBTW]
    Here to learn.
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