i KNOW this topic has been asked before, but i tried the search function and couldn’t find anything so here i am…
i feel that i’m missing a huge element of the game because i don’t untilize focus attacks AT ALL. i mean, i use them on dizzied opponents, but besides that, i never let it rip. my question is, HOW and WHEN should they be used? here’s what i know and have seen about them:
-FA a jump-in and punish on land
-FA a predicted sweep or random pressed button
-FA back-dash a jump-in
-FA on wake-up and back-dash
-FADC a move into a throw, back-dash or ultra
here’s what happens when they are done to me:
-my jump-in is FA absorbed and when i land, i get crumpled.
am i hitting my jump-in too early? because i’ve tried mashing cr.jab after the hit to hit them out of the FA and it won’t come out. i’ve also tried mashing on throw but that doesn’t work either. is there a certain timing where an anti-air FA is unstoppable?
-i predict a sweep (guile’s is easier to predict), absorb and release, but there is no crumple and i just get thrown after my FA hits. i know a counter hit crumples, even on level 1 FA’s, but why isn’t mine comboing?
-i can FA absorb into back-dash, but i just don’t know when to use it and when to block. is it determined by spacing? is this viable, or do the OS beat this unless you’re a character with a ridiculous back-dash (like chun)?
-FAing on wake-up is a little tricker since i can’t hold it down when i’m downed and have to wait until my character is up, but is there a use for it besides a counter to elf’s splash loop?
btw, i use sakura, and it seems that i get thrown out of my FA even though she looks like the’s jumping. is her FA considered air-borne?
thanks for any help you guys can provide.