I’ve been playing SFIV for a few months and became pretty good at SFIV:AE too. I play on my PC and usually win at least 50% of online matches I play in, usually higher. I can even outsmart some extremely good players at times.
My current main is Rufus and my basics are becoming really good too. I’m good with footsies, I have a good knowledge of my character’s moves and abilities and my special moves / super / ultra inputs are near flawless. I think I now have what it takes to become a really good player, but the one thing that puts me apart from the real champs online are combos. I suck at them. I don’t even understand how they work or why some moves can combo into other moves while some don’t. I’m able to apply some truly basic combos (like jumping heavy kick + EX snake strike), but whenever I hit my opponent on the ground I just mash light punch all the time. I feel like I could hit a lot harder if I only learned a good combo, or even a better knowledge of combos to string impressive stuff (like that scary shit people pull off online that just makes you sit back and wait 'til the combo’s over).
I’m also having huge problems with EX cancel and can’t use it to save my life.
Any recommendations for someone who thinks he understands and applies nearly any aspect of the game except combos and EX cancel?