MvC 3 was the first FG that I actually seriously beyond “mash buttons=win?”. MvC 3 was also where I first played Viper. I loved everything about her. The character and her playstyle just felt natural even though I constantly got destroyed online.
I then got AE around July (My MvC 3 CD cracked a week later lol…>.<) and picked up Viper as my main. My execution was still pretty shit so I actually tried other characters to see if I might find someone else to play as she was said to be hard to learn for a beginner, but no one “gelled” with me as much as Viper did. So I said fuck it, I’ll put in the work. So I worked on some BnB’s, AA, the most basic stuff.
Once I felt comfortable with all of it, I went online. For the first two weeks I got constantly destroyed. Every time, all the time. Basic stuff like teching throws and cross ups on wake up would get me all the time. Gradually, however, I started to get better. I would start getting gut instincts for when to tech throws, I could see cross ups coming based on their spacing, etc.
Fast Forward to last month (having touched SSF4 since then due to UMvC 3 and Finals :O) I’m actually winning somewhat consistently, but l lose more than win for the most part(40-35% win ration iirc). Even though I’m not very good yet, the loses actually mean something now. I have a good understanding of the game and most of Vipers tools and I manage to implent most of them mid-match and…its FUCKING awesome. Its awesome that I could barely do seismo to bk when I started but now I can do a safe jump setup>FFF>w/e. Its awesome that I can chain seismos when before I had trouble getting one siesmo. But most importantly, its awesome that I can analyze matches and identify my weaknesses know when before all I saw was “I SUCK”. Now don’t get me wrong, I still not a great player by any means, but I know what I need to work to be able to be one.
Like said earlier I’m not very good yet, so I don’t live up to Krone or Latif (not even close lol) . I still have trouble w/ sj Bk’s, I still do a lot of dumb shit in game, I still have a long way to go for me to say I am good. However, I find Viper fun so I’m not gonna let someone else’s judgement of my skills get to me. " Stop trying to be WolfKrone/Latif scrub", but like someone else from SRK said, I actually WANT to be that good. We have to start somewhere right?