I was never a huge fighting game buff, save for a brief spell when Soul Calibur 2 was popular amongst my friends. As far as I could tell, I was decent at that game, though I’m sure my group of friends was not exactly a good standard of measurement.
I recently got MvC 3, and I am obviously missing something fundamental about the way fighting games are played. My win/loss record is something like 8/40. I don’t lack the techincal dexterity to pull off moves and combos, as I can pull of many of them with no trouble in training mode. But the second a fight starts, I usually get destroyed without having any real idea what just happened. I’ll occasionally be able to spot a pattern in what some of the weaker players are doing and stop them, but for the most part I get thrashed.
In other competitive endeavors where I started out getting destroyed and gradually was able to hold my own, there were a few fundamental strategic ideas that helped me jump from “hopeless thrasing about” to “beginner who has something of a clue.” In chess, it was basic pawn structure controlling the middle. In Go, it was learning watch my corners and the “corners > sides > middle” and “protect > attack > expand” priorities. Are there some fundamental strategy ideas for fighting games along these lines, or do I just need to keep playing and looking for patterns?
Oh, and, if it helps, my team has been Chun-Li/Wesker/Hsien-Ko