I’ve been playing fighting games for a while now, but only in the past 2 years or so decided to get serious about playing them. I’m improving as I go along in V, but I’m kind of stumped because of this issue: I play a lot better when I’m just sort of unconsciously playing. I’m pretty good, but I kind of avoid analysing my play too much because I play better when I leave most of it up to instinct and skill. When I try to understand everything that’s going on, I end up losing a lot more.
I think it’s because I’m not putting 100% of my focus on me and my opponent, but rather I’m putting some of that mental energy into analysing the opponent as I play and looking at his habits. I could do this just fine before trying to understand what’s happening in a match, but when I try to look at how I actually play/how my opponent is playing it kind of messes me up. I just sort of lose because I’m trying to do two things at once it seems. I don’t even know if putting that much attention on what’s happening mid-match is the right way to play.
So with that said I guess my question is basically, what the fuck should I be focusing on when I’m in a match?