I’ve been entering tournaments lately, but the more I enter and play against higher level players, the more I realize I’m at the ceiling of what I can do with my current knowledge of the game. I was consistently getting better just by refining what I do know, but I don’t think I can get any better without learning something entirely new.
I don’t know any frame traps at all and I’m not even entirely sure that I understand how to read frame data. My playing style is pretty defensive only attacking when I see a safe opening in my opponent’s attack. Although I can attack within a pretty small timing gap, I still think I’m not aggressive enough nor do I think I necessarily use the optimum attack. I usually just do a two or three hit combo that doesn’t do much and is relatively unsafe if not timed properly. I think I use medium attacks too much, and I don’t know either of my character’s BnBs. I can punish unsafe moves like shoryukens pretty efficiently, but I can only do massive damage if I have a full meter, then I end up wasting my entire meter because I use the super to punish the Shoryuken. I don’t know how to combo into most ultras or FADCs at all. I know how to FADC, but I haven’t been able to successfully do it. I can do combos better on an arcade stick than I can a controller, but I’m not comfortable with the arcade stick enough to use it for anything other than casual or training mode. It’s something about the joystick that my defense isn’t that good yet. I think it’s that I have to move it more than I do the 360 joystick. Based on that information, does anyone have any advice on what I can do to improve my game? I don’t think I will be able to get better til I fix these problems.
At the moment I use Ryu and Fei Long and I’ll be replacing one of them with Yang when the arcade edition patch is inevitably released.