Here is the sagat match up.
[details=Spoiler]I’d like a little more help with this write up for any extra tips for this match up. Thank you.
- Strong zoning game
- More health/stun
- Strong comeback potential
- Solid okizeme
- TU helps him deal with pressure/wake-up game
- Great footsies
- Very strong pressure game
- Hitbox can be abused with orbs if you use the orbs correctly
- Shots can be easily dealt with if used too much or stupidly
- Decent footsies
- Decent pressure game
- Good answers to projectile spam
- Low health/stun
- Terrible wake-up options
- Vulnerable to good rushdown
- Looses in footsie wars
- Nearly hopeless when put into the corner.
- Poor comboablitity and low damage
At this range Sagat has a great advantage. You only have a few options to deal with sagats tiger shots. From Full screen you should almost always use lp reflect to absorb fireballs so you almost always have enough ex meter to delay his momentum and to use it to help you get in. Along with using lp reflect you need to use mp reflect so you can
be able to move forward a little at a time. What i mean about using mp reflect is to use them scarcly because if you use them too much a smart sagat player with throw out an ex tiger shot and you will get hit by it. All that will do is send you flying towards the corner where you do not want to be. Reflecting isn’t the only thing you should be doing. You should be sliding under tiger shots while being prepared to block a second tiger shot or tiger knee and focusing his fireballs for meter.
While you are in this range your main focus is to build meter and move towards sagat slowly. One more thing… Learn to use Ex reflect in this match because it will make sagat think twice before throwing out ex tiger shots.
I recommend that you play rose ball to work on your reflection reaction skills. Rose ball will help a lot vs others with fireballs.
(What type of normals you need to be using):At this range both Sagat and Rose can give a good fight but remember sagat has the better footsies. cr.mp loses to his cr.lp and the fake cr.mp into spiral block string can be rendered nearly useless since he can just use his st.mk to stuff your soul spiral out. The main normals that you need to be using are your st.mk and st.hk to hit him when he is using low normals.
You should be fishing for limbs to get a cr.mp into mp soul spiral or ex but don’t get to reckless with them unless you want to be sent flying by a tiger shot.
(What to be aware of):You need to be aware of cr.lpx2 into cr.mk or cr.lk into TK pressure, from there he can either throw you or TU you.
Also be aware of Sagat jumping in. Sometimes they like to jump at you to catch you off gaurd since they rarely jump in. Be ready to anti air with cr.hp.
(What punishing combo is recommended):
I recommend ex soul spiral because you will want to get as much damage as you need you should already have atleast 2 bars in this match to be able to use ex unless you’re just throwing ex fireballs without a reason.
Take advantage on any and every mistake he makes.
(What you can do on his wake up.) If you get a knock down on Sagat you can do a tick throw, activate u2 sit and wait for the orbs to align so you can throw him, do the soul throw set up with u2 or sit and wait for him to make a mistake.
(On your wake up.): Sagat can start up tiger knee pressure, tick throw you, or push you away with ex tiger shots, which is what he want to do to push you away. You do not have many option in this situations, if you back dash you can get tiger kneed to the face, tiger uppercutted to the face or tiger shot to the face and sweeped.
I recommend that you BLOCK on your wake up unless you want to eat big damage.
(What sagat can do to you.): What i can say is that you can’t do much of anything in this situation. What he will do is start using his tiger knee pressure on you while looking to tick throw you. Your job is to BLOCK and wait for an opponening but do not throw out soul spirals all willy nilly or you can try and throw him back into the corner. Why i am telling you to sit and block is because you can’t throw many of your lows at him because his st.mk beats pretty much all of our low attacks. I suggest you throw out some st.mk’s or st.hk sparingly.
(What you can do against sagat in the corner.): When you have sagat in the corner you can start your cr.mp into spiral mix ups or u2 mix ups on him. I suggest you use cr.mp into spiral rarely too because if you are playing a smart sagat, he will use his st.mk to stuff your spiral and push you away. Now when you get u2 i recommend you activate it and wait a little bit AND WHEN EVER HE GETS HIT by and orb for trying to push you away immidiately use cr.mp into spiral or soul spark to punish him.
This match up may seem like it is in Rose’s favor at a quick glimpse but it is not. Your main focus is to start off gaining meter by absoring fireballs, followed by reflect and focus attacks to move in slowly and being very cautious during footsie battles.
If you act crazy trying to jump over tiger shots and you want to get in quickly… you will lose this match and i suggest you use another character to deal with this match.
Next is Cody and then Chun-li