I was messing around in training mode with Laura and happened to stumble across some interesting things; things that would probably benefit pad players the most. I was toying around with her s.hp, s.lp xx super. S.lp into super was a bit difficult for me to do because you have to do it real quick. Do it too slow and it won’t connect. I tried doing qcf+lp, qcf+kick, but qcf+lp overlaps with her special move (elbow charge). So I tried to figure out the least amount of inputs that is required for supers. Turns out you only need to do down, forward, down, and forward; no diagonals are actually needed. Knowing that, I figured out that you can do the following shortcut: down, forward+lp, down, forward+k. This works because although d,f,d,f yields super, interestingly enough d,f does not yield her special. For other characters, such as Gief’s SPD, you can bypass the directional inputs, but for Laura’s special, the diagonal is needed. Although d,f,d,f is ideal, in practical applications d,f,qcf makes a whole lot more sense (which also works). Holding down, then doing forward+p, qcf+kick also works.
So with this new technique, Laura’s s.hp, s.lp xx super is actually pretty easy to do now. On pad at least. Still requires some practice at first to get the technique down, but once you have it down, it can definitely be done consistently in a match. I only started working on this today, so I haven’t explored other possibilities for the rest of the cast. You guys can explore this with other characters and post your findings. This technique can be done on stick as well, but you’ll need to be accurate with your stick inputs to avoid the diagonal.