So while I was messing around with Spencer I noticed that if you’re using any sort of chain combo, or rather any time you use the :l: or Wire Grapple in a combo, you can call your assist and if you time it correctly your grapple hand will hit, your assist will hit, and THEN you can reel them in for any of the followups! Has anybody figured this out yet? If so feel free to shut me up now. Outside of adding damage to your standard ground chains I’m not really sure how relevant it is but once some Spencer fanatics start incorporating it I’d love to see their results.
Ok, so let’s say you have either Ryu or Akuma’s standard Hurricane Kicks assists on, say Ryu this time, the combo would look a little something like this: :l:,,:h:,:a1:,:qcf::l:. The timing is a bit strict, you have to hit the assist button right after :h: yet also get :qcf::l: Wire Grapple to cancel :h:. What happens is that your Wire Grapple attaches to your enemy, Ryu hits them, pushing them to the far side of the screen with your arm still attached, and then you can choose which followup you want to use to reel them in and punish.
What’s interesting is that while the Standard Wire grapple gives you about a half second to decide which followup to use, this actually extends the time you have to decide what you want to do because the grapple stays on for the entirety of your assists attack. Also, it doesn’t matter where the assist attack takes them. Whether it’s straight up (Hulks anti-air assist) or all the way across the screen (Hurricane Kicks) Spencer’s grapple holds on.
Another interesting property to this combo is that you can reel in your opponent at any time during your assist’s attack. Ryu’s Hurricane Kick assist hits three time but you can reel them in after the first hit to punch them into the corner. I haven’t experimented with this aspect so much but I’m assuming that with a little practice you might be able to incorporate the reel in and subsequent followup to allow one assist to hit multiple times. Maybe? Probably not but you never know.
Definitely try this out if you didn’t know about it before and I’d love to hear some of your guys’ thoughts on this. Sorry I don’t have any video to post of this but I’m sure you guys will be able to figure it out.