Ok, so I’ve been seeing small gains in my gameplay (better execution, fireball spacing, blocking/teching more, better opponent awareness, etc.) But its the super aggressive rushdown players that completely shut me down, and really make me feel like I’m backsliding. Their mixups aren’t cookie cutter (switching between one thing and one other thing I guess you could say.) And I’m scared to do anything but block and spam crouch tech. I feel like this is the great barrier I need to overcome for me to continue to improve, otherwise I’m going to be 2 and out at tournaments for a long time. The problem is I cannot read my opponent that fast when I don’t even know why it looks like they’re just blindly rushing me (even though I know its not blind,) and throwing out “safe” pokes isn’t going to push them back. The only way I think I could get around this is one of 2 ways:
- Take a step back, adopt the rushdown style myself.
I’ve always been a firm supporter of taking a step back to move two steps forward, but I don’t really know where to begin. I’m not exactly a super creative guy, for me to do mixups well I’d almost have to do an algorithm and follow a purely logical path to different combos/blockstrings/throw attempts, until I become predictable. Every time I’ve ever tried to go aggro I get destroyed. But when I take my time that’s when I see a lot more wins at the arcade. Clearly there is a right way and a wrong way to go about this, but I don’t know what that way is. Unless someone can point me in the direction of a good article on how to start playing aggro I’m lost on this one.
- Break down the rushdown psychology, and overcome it playing defensively
I’d honestly rather do the this. But I have a million questions. Here’s a good one though.
Am I being rushded down because they are assuming I don’t know how to defend it well?
Or, are they rushing me down because their defense game sucks and by playing the offensive they’re not giving me opportunity to attack? Is it both? Please explain