So I’m total ass at playing defensively in SF5. Played a bit of USF4, quite a bit of MKX and watch a butt-ton of fighting games online so I’m not completely newly hatched, but definitely still a rookie.
I understand my character’s (Ryu) buttons, where they should be used and I have some decent combos that I can execute, most of the time, in a match. However I have found that I don’t really have an established way of engaging from the ground when I’m fighting. I’m very cautious of the weaknesses of jumping in and how impossible it will be when facing opponents that know how to anti-air. Then I got to thinking about punishing and how that should be a key way for me to engage on the ground. Let my opponent make the mistake, block their unsafe move and then go at them. One problem with that; I am absolute hot garbage at defending.
My blocking is mediocre - I can block attacks. I can’t really consistently convert those blocks into any sort of retaliation, but sometimes I can stop myself getting punched in the face. However, I cannot tech a throw to save my life. Literally. And I also seem to have a difficulty with reacting to high/low mix ups. Generally, I feel like my reaction speeds are a big part of the problem.
Now as a new player, I understand and accept that 1) my knowledge of characters and match ups and whatever else will improve as I carry on and 2) I’m going to get beaten a lot. I am at peace with these two things and I use the matches I play to make small improvements (like try and hit the cross up combo once or anti-air my opponent whenever they jump in). But I would like to come away from games feeling like I gave as much as I got rather than just being thrown around the place. However because I’m so bad at tech-ing throws and don’t seem to recognise when it’s going to happen, this feels totally out of reach at the moment.
So my questions are…
- Are there any recommended ways for me to practice tech-ing throws? I’ve tried setting the dummy to throw me, but I’m still complete garbage at it there too.
- Should I be looking to learn more and more characters now or continue with Ryu until I’ve sorted this awful defensive play out?
Thanks a lot guys!