are there great defensive players out there that mostly rely on it to win games? can some1 school on how to become a great defensive player? any1 got videos?
Learn Your Anti Airs, Air to Airs ( that win ) Projectile Nullifying moves. Learn how to Control the flow also. Usually Good Defensive players know these and more advanced stuff like What normals bait what or stuff like that.
Here’s a good example of high level Japanese defence: [media=youtube]pw8SUlK_5OM[/media]
Hey, its a crab fight. Though I think that Haiku got it down for you.
Depends on what game you’re talking about. Defense is more than blocking and making moves whiff. But I think the basic fundamental idea of building a rock solid defense is learning how to utilize your normals, along with learning how to read your opponent. Once you know how to effectively keep people away from you, learn how to block effectively, and understand the concept of controlling space, your defense goes up thirtyfold.
Defense is really hard to play properly and you just don’t see many people do it. From my personal EXP, I really like eddie lee’s style of defense.
There are quite a few layers for defense. You have defensive footsie, defensive positioning, defensive option selects, reading offensive patterns and they’re all based on the game you play. You need to be clear about which game you play cause playing defense in ST is much different than playing defense in ssf4.
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“Learn how to Control the flow” - could be an article unto itself. flow control is half the fight. to better explain this, think of when you have played a block heavy defender. often they will simply let you spend your moves out, so then can punish your forward play style and lack of thought. they are controlling you, by making YOU come to them. flow can also be controlled by attacking and forcing your opponent to block. goes both ways.
but it was well summed up by HaikuWar - “Learn Your Anti Airs, Air to Airs ( that win ) Projectile Nullifying moves. Learn how to Control the flow also. Usually Good Defensive players know these and more advanced stuff like What normals bait what or stuff like that” defensive players are typically not in a hurry to win, relying on the fact that the other player wants to win so badly that they will make mistakes, enabling the defense to kick in and destroy their opponents health meter. all the components listed above, anti airs, air to airs, etc are essential to holing up and waiting out the fail. there is a difference between defensive fighting, and turtling, however.
a turtle, generally, is someone who tosses alot of projectile attacks, in an effort to hold their opponent at bay and slowly chip away at their health. some turtles have decent offense when you get close, but generally if you can get past the projectiles there’s alot less fight after that. turtling can be a valid strategy once and a while, but if thats your only style, you’ll be limited and experience less game that way, whereas playing defensively can be quite rewarding and has much more variety than just turtling up and spamming :qcf::hp: over and over. after a while, if you do become a good defensive player, you may want to work on your offensive game as well, to round out your abilities, and make you that much harder to beat.
block strings & counters.