St.Fierce is tha troof. The blanka hi-five is the ultimate footsie tool for all your out-poking needs. Focusing spammed jabs isn’t necessarily the best idea… because shoto cr.jabs are pretty quick and focus safe, so much so that they will just break your focus most of the time. Out hitbox them with the hi-five. Sweep them from reasonably far away (too close will get you hit) or st.mp them in the forehead (usually goes over the jabs).
St.mp is probably better in the long term as if you play somebody a lot, instead of moving away from cr.jab spam and moving towards jabbing hops/balls on reaction (which is what you want because it’s harder for them) they will use it to bait you into st.fierce/sweep and then focus absorb them, and crumple you. Which is fucking painful. And very easy to land because blanka heavies have longer recovery times than dead people. st.mp is pretty safe from focus at range though. I love landing st.fierce on it though, many damages from le counter hit. And from the range that far st.fierce comes out, it will always beat shot cr.jabs. No timing/effort/real spacing required.
Players when confronted with someone abusing one of their habits, will always try and find a way to turn that habit in their favour with a minor change, because that’s easier than losing the habit. So if someone you play is a cr.jab masher, be prepared for the different ways they could use that, and use it to bait you. And eventually you’ll force them to evolve their game and realize they can’t lean on hitting one button super fast as a lazy space control method.
Also don’t reliably roll and hop into them at predictable times as others have said. Lol
I’m kind of glad the blanka ‘flowcharty’ stuff exists though, because it leads to anti-blanka flowcharts and xbl players always open rounds vs my character by holding downback and pressing cr.jab lots.
walk forward st.fierce has become my favourite round opener of all time.