I’ve only been playing SF4 competitively for a few months now, and I still have my brain on “autopilot” during matches. I find myself throwing out the same patterns a lot, and over time my opponents will usually catch on and find a way to exploit that.
So my question is: How exactly do you break away from autopilot, and actively think while you’re playing?
I’ve tried numerous times to actively think during a match, but all sorts of scenarios and what-ifs get mashed in my head, and I end up playing worse than I would have on autopilot.
Is there a way to make it easier? I’ve been delving deeply into frame data and match-up knowledge lately (I play Dictator), but it’s a lot to take in at once. But, I figure once I know the technical details, it’ll be easier to access that information in the middle of a match and integrate it into my strategy. Is this a good way to go about it?