I feel that the only way I can consistently win with Akuma is to turtle up and wait for my opponent to make mistakes, the second I try and apply any pressure. If I try to apply any frame traps or grabs I’ll eat a shoryuken.
Now this would be good if everyone mashed DP all the time, yet a lot of the time it’s completely random and can pay off for them much more than any of my punishes ever could due to Akumas terrible health.
I feel this is forcing me to play really defensively and stopping me from advancing my game, frame traps seem like too little a reward for eating a mashed DP and then possibly an ultra.
Is there any way to apply offensive pressure more safely, or am I going to just have to go into my shell all day? I’m not really talking about the vortex but mainly I’m trying to apply block string pressure/mixups in normal situations.