So the saying goes that you learn more from defeat than from victory. With that in mind, I was thinking we could share some of the matches or encounters we wish we could have back and what we learned from them.
Last Sunday I played DGV for the first time. I was in a room with Marsgatti2009 and someone else I don’t remember at the moment (my apologies sir… or ma’am) and I was just completely unprepared. His spacing, his zoning, everything was perfect. Everytime I would get my cammy in close enough to do damage, he always knew just when to cut my strings off so i’d do a little damage but never seriously threaten him and he’d reset back to a perfect position for his Ryu and it was so frustrating.
What I learned is that when playing a top level (arguably according to SRK one of the best) Ryu as Cammy, cancelling hooligan rolls to avoid fireball traps only works when he doesn’t see it coming (and he clearly saw it coming) and maybe sometimes its better to take a fireball to the face and advance on the ground than jump and be swept, fireballed, or SRKed. The other thing I learned is that you can overuse the fake fireball and if you can anticipate the fake over the real one, you can get in, this is when I did the most damage and when I actually threatened him.
What I wish I could take back was having such a poor showing in front of such a great player. He probably thinks I’m a total scrub (and I might be, depending on who you ask I suppose) and may never waste his time again. Although in fairness to my performance, Marsgatti2009; a player who I have nothing but respect for, was also pwned extremely hard… and that’s not something I see too often. So I don’t feel terrible, I just feel pretty bad that I didn’t play better and I hope I didn’t leave such a negative impression that he’ll just ignore me next time I see him in a room or choose not to waste his time. I learned alot in this series of defeats.