The prevelance of information: Videos, this forum, pro player podcasts, tourney streams, etc… It has made a lot of us new players believe that somehow by mentally absorbing these tactics, that we will be able to go right home and use them.
Having this access is a really good thing, but it can also be very misleading too. I think a lot of new players (like myself with less than two years of serious training) fall into that trap of believing that because we were told about an option select, that is going to be an answer to a situation that we are having trouble with.
But what you DON"T see in the video, or hear from the pro player when he is describing the tactic: Is that being able to properly space and time that tactic, its where the true skill is concerned.
I mean…I play chun and dictator. Chunner has some very simple option selects in terms of the inputs (HSU Op select to catch backdashing is easy to input)…but that is VERY deceiving!!! Sure, the input is easy, but properly spacing and timing that tactic…as well as knowing WHEN to use it…those are the intangible elements of the game that you can’t just learn by reading. And without those, such a tactic is basically useless.
I’m learning this lesson RIGHT NOW: I’m trying to learn things that are above my skill level, and I’m getting frustrated when they don’t win me matches. I need to forget about the advanced stuff, and try to get better at the basics - Zoning, footsies, playing safe, knowing how to create a situation where its safe to jump in, metagame, etc…
All you new players grinding through frustration like me: Keep your chin up. Don’t be like me and allow yourself to get so frustrated with your own progress. I’m horrible about that and its holding me back. This is yet another case where KNOWING a thing and DOING that thing are two very very different actions.