I don’t mean blow it in the sense that, “O hey, LOL, I can kill the other dude if I XF.” I mean do it if you meet the following conditions:
- You’ve landed a hit and you can kill the character, but ONLY if you activate X-Factor.
- If you hadn’t activated the X-Factor, you would not be in a good position to do a reset after you’ve finished your combo AND the opponent would not be close enough to death to simply kill through chip.
In a match between very skilled players, landing a hit is fairly hard to do. As such, you should make sure to capitalize on opportunities if possible. I mean, say you’re playing against Justin. You might land four hits the entire game since he’s amazing at blocking and he knows better than anyone else how to get out of ugly-ass situations. You NEED to kill his characters if you can. I mean, I’m sure you saw Final Round and how Combofiend would Bionic Arm XFC Bionic Arm to kill Amaterasu whenever he had the opportunity. THAT is a situation in which you’d blow XF early. Obviously, at any level of play lower than Wong/Combofiend play, that won’t be as much of an issue and so you’d be able to afford to save it until you’re down to your last character.
So, yeah, that’s what I meant, anyways.
Also, with regards to my stating that Doom, Taskmaster, Iron Man, and Dante are the best anchors, I belong to the school of thought that to be a good anchor you must be a versatile character who can function WITHOUT assists and have an extremely strong assist yourself. How strong you are in XF3 is irrelevant, in my eyes, since everyone can kill the other character easily when they’re in XF3 so long as they manage to land a hit. I believe that Doom, Taskmaster, Iron Man, and Dante are really the only characters who fit those qualifications. I played Storm/Sentinel/Cyclops back in ye olde days of MvC2 for that same reason. I didn’t like Psylocke or Captain Commando since being stuck with them as your last character essentially guaranteed that you would lose. Cyclops, on the other hand, could function very well without assists and so actually had comeback potential. So, I don’t believe Dorm makes a good anchor since he really needs assists to function at all and none of his assists are great. Dark Hole and Purification are nice, but, nice doesn’t cut it.
I apologize for just bumping into the middle of that argument without clarifying myself.