Honestly, Cody is a lot of solid blocking, you also have to use unorthodox ways to get out of pressure and just hard reads. Having excellent knowledge of other characters their type of attack patterns and general options helps a lot too in pinpointing weak parts of their offense. Cody is like Ryu just an extremely honest character…only Ryu needs to be respected a lot more when applying pressure on him whereas against Cody you don’t have to worry that much.
Frametrapping is more beneficial in longer sets tbh, in a ft1 ranked match you often don’t have the luxury to feel out your opponent and sometimes have to go for it. In endless there is more room for adjustment but again most players don’t have a risk/reward mentality online. If they feel they are getting pressured and think “this pressure is irritating, i want this guy of off me”, then they’ll just do a reversal, regardless if it will get them killed. This is pretty common for the lower level players.
Cody takes work is all i can say about him but he is also fundamentally sound. He has a lot of tools but they need to be used heavily based on the situation, wheras some other characters can basically go to the same option for different scenarios. Cody is solid and viable but not consistent in his results at high level play, he just gets outclassed in a lot of situations and often requires some strong reads and risks. Not a winning recipe for tournaments atleats.
For intermediate play he’s just fine however sometimes it can feel you need to be twice the player the opponent is just to make it even, this goes for a lot of other characters too though. If you like Cody and his gameplan but find he struggle too real, choose Cammy or Ken.
I’ve jumped ship and gone to Yun…