now i know that this thread could get very ugly. as of the way that both sides to this can be played, and that both sides of this fight will look here to either get new information or learn what is new and protect against it. BUT i am trying to concentrate on cable’s side. taking into consideration that it would be neccessary to put the other sides views in as well but im looking for help on this as im sure others are too. whether it be storm or magneto; sentinel stomp or hell even iron man, this is a very discussed about topic and a wide arrays of ideas will hopefully come into play here.
i will list my basic team constuction stratagy’s and list my team combination so that you can read this and put in your two cents easier. any help on MY team as well would be greatly appreciated.
i know the cable vs thread exists but i wish to narrow this down from just cable vs xxxx. there is a cable vs storm thread i believe so i for now want to concentrate on mags. i use cable on piont at the begining of every match, (well almost) and with this format i plan to do none other then either take that person's first charachter out and gb the next in or hunt the heads and kill his assist(s). the rest of my team is determined by who my opponent has already picked.
this is MY team layout.
1st position: cable.
hes my money charachter, first out and my best.
only exception is one of my two non cable teams. (mss, msp stilll under construction)
2nd position: storm, mags, iron man, blackheart or sentinel
i use storm for the get out of shit free card. she can do it all. horizontal typhoons as assist for the alpha counter sstraight to hail. mags is new to my team. iron man, repulsor blast can definatly add to cable rush game well, infinate can be linked off of assist. bh, makes a mean assist in the hands of cable. both work well of each other. bh adds to the trap and can allow me to use tron for fear of not having an aaa. cable helps bh with infinate set up, and hod combos way up in the sky so cable can’t retort against them (c.lk + cable, lk, inferno hod). sentinel… man i have to stick my favorite charachter in their some where don’t i?
assist: cammy, commando, tronne, psy, cykes
i use them in accordence to my opponents team.
now to get down to it
don’t abuse your anti air. that the first chink in the armor he will go for. believe me a good magneto will know your tricks, and be completly aware of how to get around them. thats why i suggest storm, or any other ground assist as to use as you main assist. remember that most anti air’s will do their thing and land some ways away from you leaving them expossed. look at the facts: drones do 26 damage, tronne does 45. and if he takes one up in the air it can result in a 60 - 70 damage experience that you do not want to deal with.
assists to mention
sent, storm and doom although cause me the most problems they they can be remedied easily: be out away or just staying away. don’t let the screen be filled with shit like their rocks and drones. without a good opening you shouldn’t see these too often.
cammy is fairly useless in this fight, i don’t make plans to be in the air much so …
repulsor blast can get nasty as can tronne. if there is one time you decide to play cable the stayaway bastard its this.
the rest are below
i believe magnetro told me about this one: "hop kick", torward and fierce kick. he posted some in-depth details on this in one of the other cable threads and he explained it good, go look it up. if it comes around that you want or need to do a little rushing your self then i recomend: jumping fierce kick when they are in block stun. its great. the elbow drop can hit them from behind if done right. thats right crossed up. the hit box on this move is so big that it can actually crosses them up and makes the game think that cables on the other side when the animation says cable is right on top of them and slightly in front. slow trijumping. or more like low hit, cross up ect. its just that the j.fk is kinda scary and with mixin it up with other attacks like lows and crossing them up it puts some hellified presure on. also dash in, crouching light then medium punch or kick. crouching medium punch can be cancelled straght into a beam and medium kick, feirce kick, beam you know the drill.
favorite assists against mags teams:
against an oppenent that uses mags first i will mostly stick to storm as my second charachter and then either cyclops or cammy depending on msp, mss or another cable. i do this because: cyclops will cover a lot of holes in cables ground game. he keeps giving them an obstackle from dashing in. after they get it in the face once they look for another opportunity or try to trick you. cykes can be hell on rush but he has his own forum. storm can be useful against mags for the trap efect. just like sent’s drones, the gunshot, typhoon (even em disruptor and inferno), weak laser trap will work here as well. also once that damn thing is on the screen it there and they can’t do a damn thing about it till its gone. instead of always doing the ground trap i like to use the block stun to throw a grenade and get a little farther away from them so you basically get to start your keep away game over from full screen away again. cammy however i alway pick as my assist against sent. no flight. it takes away a lot of his options to feel the dreded cannon spike once or twice.
you guys are gonna call me lame but hey, i don't fuck around against this beast. this is my keep away game in a bottle: now mags is the fastest charachter in the game, and at times it seems like keep away is futile but it can be done. sometimes i like to think to myself that hes a little behind being as fast as a mouth laser, i keep this in mind so i can judge what i have time to do. i've seen this fight go one extream or the other all too many times. everything you do, do it quick, as he will get in your face when you think he can't. play aggresive, a passive cable will die to mags so this is not the match to stay back and wait, but be ready and eager to punish when it is time. on the other hand though i can't stress enough how much slowing down this game can be effective. i earlier stated that you must be aggressive against him. but this is also saying slow HIM down. when you put mags in a corner and make him sit there he can't get in easy when its all spaced right and he can't jump, play a mind game and get him used to you being the one in control. put him in the state of mind that if he can't find a way to be fast then he must change people or try to trick you. you take away his biggest weapon by doing this. if you control the match speed hes gotta think smart. don't be so willing to give up keepaway. against a new opponent it will take a moment to adjust to them but don't give it up after he gets in on you.
universal, basic keepaway taylored to mags: i try to stay away from doing: pscimitars to cancel anything but straight into ahvb or when he jumps. this leaves you open for what ever he wishes to do. grenades: its so tempting to lob one his way but don’t. hes to fast, even if hes not on the screen i won’t. ive been punished one too many times. instead i like to use the crackdown and weak scimatars. after a gunshot connected in the air its ahvb time. but on the ground i call storm fire off four stots and crackdown. this will work wonders if your close enough to hit and can be combo’ed into by crouching light kick, medium kick, gunshot. its great if you have no bar or don’t want to use just one to kill him off. this perticular combo is easier to pull off against mags because of the fact that he has to be close to be effective so in he comes and back he goes as this knocks him full screen too. i am the apitimy of ground assist, jump back fierce punch. in most cases from full screen it works. and even though your not cashing in on big damage you are building bar and he is not. typhoons will keep them in block stun for a long time and it really gets a mags pissed. watch for superjumps out of it. if you have enough time to land and throw a weak pscimitar do it.
most mags have a handy assist named psylocke. i hate fighting her. so i just play keepaway and don't give him too many oportunities to use her. she doesn't have too great of range so this is fairly easy to avoid being hit by it if just tossed out there. if evaded kill her, take no remorse in dealing out the only bars you have if neccessarly. once shes out of the picture you'll be safe to elblow drop. same goes for cykes and captain too. now i know some of you won't agree with this. if you don't then tell me, don't flame, add you oppinons please. no body will learn anything if you don't.