In Street Fighter 4, my main is Rose. Of the cast, naturally she felt the most fun to play. I like her command normals, specials, and her super is very easy to combo into, not to mention her ultra being fun to punish whiffs (though it’s relatively useless against any good player). Anyway, I’ve been playing for a couple of weeks, and just got into G2. Admittedly, I’ve been struggling in G2 because I’m running into tons of players that actually know what they’re doing, and the most popular characters are some of Rose’s hardest match-ups, most notably Sagat and Ryu.
Just for fun, I decided I would just pick random characters to see how I did compared to using Rose. I tried a few other characters with some success, but then I picked Zangief, and something crazy happened.
I got a lot of wins. As a matter of fact, I won far more consistently than I did with Rose. I won my first G2 tournament as Zangief, even though after 2 days of G2 play the farthest I got with Rose was the finals. I wasn’t even using any sort of strategy with Zangief, all I did was just throw out lariats, maybe a few green hands/EX green hands, and the obvious SPD. I hardly know anything about Zangief’s footsies game, yet I did better with him than a character I’ve been using as a main for a while.
I just don’t know or get why it happened. Maybe it has something to do with online play making lariats/SPDs difficult to deal with. Maybe it has something to do with me being random, and thus not taking stuff as seriously. Maybe I’m just not suited to play Rose.
I know I suck at SF4 and still have a lot to learn, but something just doesn’t feel right about doing better with a random alt than my main that I’ve been playing for a while, especially without really using any strategy.
Is it just me, or does stuff like this happen to other people too? Have you ever picked another character just to screw around, and ended up being surprisingly successful? I’m starting to think I should switch mains, but it doesn’t seem right to give up on a character that I’ve put so much time into learning and playing.