I like using the 3 button string of stLK crLP crMP instead of the 4 button string stLK crLP stLP crMP.
I know, it has 1 less button which seems like 1 less oportunity to find a button and combo, but hear me out.
The last hit of that 4 button string is a crMP that hits so far it doesn’t let you link into anything but a HK DP most of the time. Meanwhile the confirms of the 2 prior buttons offer much less dmg. Let me compare the conversions of each string:
If the first button of the strings (stLK) hits counter hit its the same for both strings. As you can go stLK crLP TC on some chars - but instead of TC EX Dive DP when midscreen I strongly suggest you to go for TC EX Grab, it does 18 less dmg and 10 less stun, but the pressure that you have afterwards more than make up for it.
If the second button (crLP) hits counter hit you will combo into crMP on the 3 button string and into stLP on the 4 button. 3button string here has more damage and its way easier to confirm than crLP stLP (which alone isn’t that hard, but when you’re hitconfirming 3~4 different stuff at the same time it becomes tricky really fast).
If the third button hits counter hit (crMP for the 3button string and stLP for the 4b). The 3button again has the advantage since you can easily confirm the crMP into stHP, which is again… easier to confirm and way more damage than the stLP crMP.
Granted it doesn’t have a fourth button that beats 3f, but like I said, you can’t get that much off it anyway. So I’d rather use the string which first 3 buttons are easier to confirm and deal more dmg.
But if you want to, you can add another crMP at the end of that 3 button string, so it looks like this stLK crLP crMP crMP. It doesn’t beat mashed 3f but at that range they’re not that common - then you can hitconfirm it into HK DP all the same if you’re nutty.