I was burned out, man. Turns out getting a MadCatz for christmas would open the door to a lot of pain. You see, I used to play Bison when I only had a pad because it was easy. So easy, in fact, that I took him to 9000BP and 2500BP without really using FAs or FADCs. I was happy that way.
But then it all changed when my girlfriend got me a MadCatz for christmas. Cause now I had no excuse not to use the one character I’d always wanted to use: fucking Dan.
And so it has been, 5 months of pure Dan. And once you go Dan you’ll never go back, which means I have been getting my ass whooped for five months, mercilessly. Until today. Today something happened. Today I reached a tipping point.
I was burned out and frustrated because making this character work took a lot of energy: Dan has so few resources that it feels like hunting in the desert. One decent poke. A decent dragon punch. One Ultra for when people try to fireball you from midrange. And of course, the Dan kicks.
With Dan my BPs went up to 5000 and immediately plummeted to around 2000. My PPs were seldom over 1500, most of the time it hovered in the thousand. Winning with Dan was hard and I was thinking about quitting the game because playing with any other character did not interest me in the least.
Then today happened. I had an epiphany. A moment of clarity. A revelation that came to me. One word. An imperative:
Just fucking BLOCK already! Stop mashing DPs hoping for dropped links! Stop backdashing! Block and tech! If you do those two things correctly you could practically time out every battle! It’s fucking ok just fucking BLOCK. Don’t try to focus through all fireballs, don’t try to DP all links, just BLOCK and chill the fuck out.
So chill I did and block I did and today my final score was 40-4. My PPs shot up to 2350. It’s like a whole new level has been opened to me. A tipping point theory means you keep doing the same thing and keep at it consistently and you will reach a tipping point in which you will burst through your plateau speedily and evolve quickly afterwards. Did you guys ever go through anything of the sort in your game?
I suppose everyone has plateaus in their game. They can’t be easy to overcome… but god damn man it felt good. Feels good. I know to many ( most) 2300PP is a right there on “not a complete SF retard”. I know serious players when playing loose go as low as 3500 and when tight as high as 5500 and that anything below 3 is still horsing around.
But feels good man. I was so close to letting this god damn game go. But now I have hope for myself and the piece of shit character I play.