That’s a really good post, Mike.
I actually just hit the point that Noodie is at today kind of. I’ve only been playing seriously for about 5 months, and after 4 1/2 months of various characters and trying to force myself to play rushdown (that didn’t work, I turtled anyway :). I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of him but today I just got wrecked by someone I know online who’s pretty good and it’s definitely disheartening. It’s difficult to learn him online I think because there’s so much reaction and whiff punishing in his game but my local casuals have been off for a while and I haven’t had time to make it to the arcade lately because I’ve been busy.
I know some of the stuff I struggle with is a lot with reactions and focus attacks in general. As far as I know, there’s no specific way to practice and improve reactions other than just playing against people, being aware of your options, and constantly trying to correctly react to them even though you’re going to get punished for being too slow at first. If there’s any other way please let me know As far as focus attacks go - I pretty much never used them before I picked up Fei. I’d use them occasionally to absorb a fireball, and as a punish sometimes and in FADC combos, but it was never in my repertoire or at my disposal at will. With the way Fei plays, this needs to change so I’ve been getting myself to do it more. I’ve gotten pretty good at focusing and letting go in time for the attack to connect against Boxer, but not against many others. I think that will come with practice and matchup knowledge though. I’m also terrible with focus attacks on the other side of the board, I get blown up hard when people focus against me. My friend today was focusing a large number of my cr.hp pokes and that was destroying me. This is something I’m not really sure what to do about. Fei doesn’t have much to break armor to I’ve just been trying to backdash to get away, or throw if I can react in time.
Sorry that ended up getting a little wordy, I just thought I’d express how I’m in a pretty damned similar situation to you (although I’m not on the verge of quitting, I really know how you feel). There has been a lot of good advie in here that I think you should take, and I know I’m going to. If you want a shitty Fei to practice with ever, hit me up. I’m on psn as rivalsx and xbl/gfwl as r1vls.