Going through some El-kalam videos to learn some of his tricks, he describes his own play-style thusly :
Here is his fight against LiangHuBBB :
0:01 Opens with Step Knee (F+Hard Kick), then backs up to max distance, dodges some fireballs and oils up
0:12 Notice the spacing. Even when Ken jumps in, the attack whiffs and Hakan is safe to Oil Shower
0:14 Oil Slide’s under Ken’s jump-in. Judging by how early and how far the slide goes (HP+oiled?) it does not seem like it was meant to hit, but to swap sides or make space.
0:15 Hakan goes in with j.mp.
The setup is revealed : sliding under and across, this creates an opportunity for a safe anti-air. Hakan’s j.mp is timed to hit at the top of the jump, nailing Ken who also jumps. DP looks like it would have whiffed at this distance, and by the time Hakan hits the ground he has recovered in time to follow up with another **Step Knee **(knockdown).
0.18 Early FA on Ken’s wakeup. The move is started right after Step Knee knockdown, and Hakan slides back as he is focusing, indicating that El-kalam is holding back. El-kalam probably had some options here, FA level 2, going for FA3, or cancelling into backdash. He chooses to go for the backdash.
0.19 Another j.mp from a distance. Lands and goes for FA+back-dash. Gets nailed by Ken, unfortunately since Hakan didn’t FA long enough to gain armor. But, due to being hit on backdash, Hakan is thrown back and is safe from any follow-up combo.
0.21 Throws out cr.lk as a poke, but then Ken jumps towards, and Hakan charges FA. Ken blocks.
0.22 Hakan jumps, Ken replies with his own FA. Hakan blocks.
0.23 Ken dashes towards then neutral jumps. This baits outs a whiffed Oil Rocket. Ken punishes with nj.hp, cr.lp, s.lp, cr.mk, EX hurricane kick.
0.27 Ken goes for DP after EX hurricane kick (does this combo?). Two questions here are, why did Ken go for the DP, and how was Hakan able to ultra2 in response? Is this an option select? :eek:
0.38 Hakan early slides to bait crouch, backdashes and escapes Ken’s crouch-tech pokes. Since Ken throws out two cr.lp, he is most likely mashing it. I suspect El-kalam is fishing to see how the opponent would react to wakeup.
0.40 Hakan throws out cr.mk. The wake-up setup is thus : early slide + backdash + cr.mk, which I guess would have punished a crouch-tech poke.
0.43 Hakan FA+back-dash absorbs Ken’s fireball, and as well as moving him far back enough to anti-air (j.mp) Ken’s jump-in-fireball follow-up.
0.46 Step Knee follow-up after the j.mp juggle, then c.mk + slide. This gets blocked and punished with a throw.
0.50 Ken’s cross up hits, but his drops the follow up combo, Hakan punishes block HP DP with cr.mk, slide.
0.55 Hakan does post-jump safe jump setup : st.lk, j.hk. Ken’s HP DP whiffs.
Early pressure takes Hakan to half life.
1.28 At full screen, Hakan dashes forward, j.hp, then FA as he lands, punishing Ken’s step forward kick. Follows with slide + FADC + ultra.
1.42 Oils up, slides, FADC, dash forward, cr.lk x 4, dash back (gets punished). Loses Round 2.
2.10 Step Knee to open the round, then jump back, Oil Shower, EX slide (hits)
2.14 Focus cancels into forward dash + Oil Rocket.
2.31 j.mp, FA + backdash, slide + FADC (backwards), j.mp, FA level 3, crumple punish is cr.mk, slide.
2.40 Again, s.lk, j.hk (post slide setup) crosses up Ken and causes LP DP to whiff.
2.42 s.lp, s.mp (3-frame trap?), jp.mp (blocked). Then does s.lp, s.lk, s.lp (blockstring? 2-frames in between) and pauses. Blockstring pushes Ken far back enough for his cr.hp to whiff, which Hakan punishes with tackle into slide.
3.09 Full screen Coward Crouch into Oil Shower, the slide (empty) into cr.lk, s.lp, s.mp.
3.14 Full screen Hakan Spear (why?) into empty slide then FA.
4.16 j.mp (juggle) into ultra (!). Empty slide into backdash follow up, pause, j.mp (anti-air, whiffs)
4.31 cr.lk (blocked), s.mp (counter-hit).
Game 2, Round 1
4.53 s.hp (dp whiff punish), then s.mp, Hakan Spear (f+mp), s.mp. I’ve not seen anyone else use s.mp, f+mp, s.mp, and if my math is correct, there would be 2x 6-frame gaps, which seems to be used to fish for counterhits…
5.12 s.lk, j.hk post-slide follow up, previously it was shown to be safe from dp. Does it cross up? Ken takes s.lp, s.lk, s.lp, then s.mp (blocked), spear (whiffs), s.mp, followed by j.mp, FA, and another j.mp, FA (this time back-dash cancelled).
5.27 Full screen Oil Shower. Then FA+backdash, f+HP, cr.lk, coward crouch (???), triple forward dash, EX Oil Rocket. Unfortunately it doesn’t work
5.42 Step Knee finally works! Hits Ken’s f+mk
6.05 empty slide, ultra (fishing for DP?)
6.28 Opens with j.mp, somehow Ken also jumps and is nailed by this
6.31 cr.mk into slide, but slide is blocked…still manages to grab Ken with Oil Rocket.
6.44 j.lk, s.lp (counter hit), throw.
6.48 empty slide, backdash (eats HP DP)
7.00 Full screen EX slide (blocked) into Oil Rocket.
7.04 Oil Shower, f+hk, EX Oil Rocket (!)
7.07 cr.lk, s.mp, FA (hold back)