For some quick backstory, I used to play fighting games as a kid but never serious enough to really get into it. I’d play with friends and at home but never bought sticks, spent time at the arcade etc. Some time back a few friends got into 3rd Strike and we’d play but again with just slightly more interest than when I was younger, and this lasted maybe 6-10 months about 7 years ago.
When SF4 came out I picked it up and played it here and there but not a ton. Finally when SSF4 was announced I dusted vanilla off, picked up a TE and decided I wanted to try to get good. I played Ken for a while but struggled with adjusting to the stick so I decided to work on execution. I worked on it for a while, trying to get through all of the trials with a few different characters I was interested in and essentially drove my interest in actually playing into the ground. I wasn’t having fun just working on execution and combos that I’d probably never use in a match (since the trials aren’t necessarily bnb’s) but I didn’t want to venture out into actually playing until I felt better about my execution. The problem is, I didn’t (and still really don’t) know how to measure that. I got busy with school and work and didn’t touch it again.
I decided to come back to it a few weeks ago and to switch characters (and pick up MvC3). I want a rushdown character because I think it’d be fun so I’m messing around with Rufus and Ibuki currently. Basically this thread is to ask how do you balance spending time in the lab working on a) getting your execution down then b) working on combos and actually getting in play time? How much do you expect of yourself as far as execution goes before you decide that’s enough to play against people so that you can start identifying holes in your game and improving from a strategic standpoint as opposed to just a matter of improving your dexterity? I’m definitely afraid of forcing myself to work on execution so much that I lose interest again, but at the same time I don’t see the point in actually playing people when I feel my execution is still not great.
That ended up being a lot longer than I expected it to be haha. I’m hoping I’m not the only one who has this issue, and I’m really looking forward to seeing other peoples’ views on it whether they are beginners like me or more advanced players.