I’ve played SF4 on and off for about 3 years now, and my long-time goal to get to 1000 PP. A couple years ago I got to one game away (like 960PP), but then I stopped playing for a while. At my best though I still sucked, maybe averaging 600-700ish points.
Now when I log in I find myself at about the 300pp level, meaning that I’m pretty much the worst person on the internet, and frequently lose 10 games in a row. I don’t know how much of that is my getting worse and how much, if any, is other people getting better.
Anyway my wife and I have a kid on the way, so I’m hoping to get to the 1000PP level in the next two months while I still have free time. How realistic do you think this goal is? Is there an average time it takes a super-crappy player to become slightly less crappy? Or does it vary greatly by person? Since I apparently don’t have the fighting game gene, is it possible my skill is already capped out?
Watching my replays there are just tons of problems. I’m basically free to jump-ins because I get hit while trying to input cannon spike. I die to fireball spammers because I can’t react in time to properly focus/neutral jump/spin knuckle/ultra1 them. When I meaty an opponent’s wakeup I’m often so early that I whiff or so late that the opponent can jab or low-short me. When I try my bnb combo I miss my link and get punished. I often whiff moves or sweep someone right next to me. Basically my timing, spacing, and execution is horrible and I’m sure my games are indistinguishable from someone who just bought the game hours ago. (In training mode I’m ok though, there I can generally hit my combos.)
If it matters, I used to play Rose, but recently I switched to Cammy. Cammy I think is a cheaper character, whom hopefully I can use to win games just by mixing opponents up and spamming random stuff. Online I hear about 2000PP Cammy’s who are just on auto-pilot—I want to be a crappier version of those players! I still like Rose’s style more, but I feel winning with her requires good reactions and more exact spacing/footsies. Also Cammy has a 2 frame hit-confirm, while Rose’s BnB hit-confirm is a 1frame. Online I’ll be playing with 30ms ping often, which is like 2 frames lag (USF4 doesn’t have rollback netcode), so I pretty much have no hope of landing Rose’s BnB consistently with my network connection.