I have seen players like Mike Ross and Daigo do things that no one else does, like the most crazy Ultra 1 read through a fireball or FP DP someone on the ground. Honda is the kind of character who I find I need to play insanely defensive and basically never go off a “gut feeling” or else I eat tons of damage. I think it gets very predictable after awhile though. I think I need to start learning how to play more aggressively after figuring people out. I basically have eliminated offensive headbutts and buttslams because I feel it’s too risky, I am even too nervous to jump in on people most of the time. I pretty much allow myself 2 jump ins per round.
I was thinking about it a lot and Mike is known for making insane comebacks with Honda, and Daigo is obviously also known for making comebacks, and I think that is because they do things from a gut feeling sometimes. sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t. Daigo talks about not having any sort of playstyle at all which makes a lot of sense. They obviously know the game well but to me sometimes i see these decisions they make and I think “god i would never do that”. And I think when they do these what seem like random jump ins or DPs with low health, the person they are playing against is probably thinking like “ok, theres no way he’s going to do that right now”. I find I get very frantic and panicky when I am in the corner with no health left and time is running out. the fact that they play well from low health I think in their mind they have kind of figured out the opponent at that point and also possess a great ability to remain calm in these situations and actually use it to their advantage.
So yeah, I don’t know if its 100% planned (can you really have a 100% game plan?) maybe everything is quite intentional and in their mind its a great idea to be so risky at times, and maybe I need to loosen up a bit. I just find when I try to make ultra 1 reads it backfires more often than not and my focus would have been better to just try and get a jump in or focus my way in through a fireball or something like that. However one of my fondest memories from tournaments was landing ultra 1 on a DeeJay when I was down 1 game and 1 round with basically no health left through a max-out which allowed me to come back and take the set. Pure gut feeling, but it paid off.
My question to you is, do YOU ever just go off of a gut feeling???