In this “article” I am going to go fully in depth with the Yun match-up since after playing some of the “best” Yuns online and offline on the East Coast, I feel like I have a good understanding as to how the match-up works. Again please participate in the poll at the top so I know if what I am doing is beneficial. I will add this article periodiclly over the next day or two because its VERY LONG.
- What Ultra do I use?
Its tough to really get an idea as to what Ultra to choice. Your ultra selection should be directly based on what you generally know about the player. If the player stays defensive and rarely jumps? Ultra 1. If the player is a rush down happy maniac (Which I dont understand why they would,) Ultra 2. If you are in ranked match and you see a Yun it is you best bet to use Ultra 2.
- Why Ultra 2?
Ultra 2 can be used in this match-up offensively and defensively. Ultra two catches Yuns Backdash, Lunge, Flip Kicks, Overhead, and Dive Kick, notably. Offensivly, if you get a knock down you can use it during certain tick set-ups in order to make sure they stay in your face. This is a 50/50 but its the same idea as if you were to be using Geifs Ultra 2. If you are a defensive T.Hawk player like myself you can use it to punish unsafe jump-ins and overheads and the famous “Random Lunge”. Its catchs all ranges of Dive Kick also. You need to be quick but its incredibly useful.
I am going to look into the round by round process as to what you should do rather than a general overveiw. Before I do I want to list a few key things to remember
- THE CLOCK IS YOUR FRIEND
- IF YOU HAVE LIFE-LEAD
- KEEP THE MATCH AS 1-4-1 AS POSSIBLE
- IF YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BLOCK OR NOT ADVANCE, YOU ARE PROBABLY RIGHT.
Not lets get into the over match.
Yun in the early game is very hard to deal with. His palm target combo is safe on block as the right ranges if the entire target is completed and has insane knock back. His shoulder slam has amazing knock back. And his command normals knock you back as well If hit. Palm knocks back. He has the tools to zone you out hard.
Yun will most likely be building meter with Palm and spacing you out with his strong set or normals. What you need to do is SLOWLY walk him to the corner while remaining in a constant state of DOWN BACK and BACK. By doing this, you are pushing into the corner giving you momentum. While pushing him to the corner some normals that will help you there are his Standing and Crouching Jab, Croching Forward, Standing Forward, and Both versions of Strong, Stand and Crouch. Be very sparing with what normals you do. If you connect a Standing Jab, link it Cr.MK for good damage and push back. Keep your footsie game as 1-4-1 as possible; you do not want to be pushing too many buttons because if you get caught by a Shoulder(Target combo) its links from max range and it pushes you all the way back putting you back into square one. If this happens DO NOT FREAK OUT. Continue what you did from the start. Slow and steady walking. All of his normals are good but as I said, be very sparing because you dont cant to get counter hit or trade, the knock back is insane.
With the walking, do safe versions of spire to build meter. If you get a knock down early, focus your 50/50 to push him to the corner. Keeping him in the 50/50 is important yet but you want to make sure that you don’t SPD yourself out. Avoid Feirce SPD at all costs. The damage is nice but it stunts you momentum.
You also have the option of jumping in on him at safe ranges to test his reaction. YOUR BEST FRIEND is Jump in Medium Punch counter-hits palm because it hits him at the top of his head and can link into Jabs. As stated before, try to link Cr.MK as your ender to links because the push back is very good. Test his reaction on your land after the MP if Yun respects your link and does nothing try an SPD. Be very careful becuase even if he jumps back he can combo you afterward. You are free to him on a whiff SPD and that ruins your momentum. If you get a knockdown early, walk his corpse to the corner and pressure with jabs. If you think he may do random flip kicks on wake up just block!! If it whiffs, NORMAL BACK GRAB HIM. Do NOT SPD it ruins your moment because it will make you have to push him back the other direction. Back grab also does more damage, 160 than light SPD. When you knock him down, Keep you 50/50s looking toward the corner.
Once the timer hits 60 seconds or when Yun has Super you have entered mid-game. Hopefully by now you have 2-3 Bars (Or even super). Same things apply in mid game as in early game but there are a few stylistic changes which the Yun may show: They will stop using Palm entirely.haha thats the only real change. Palm is not really needed for Yun in the mid game outside if they have you cornered or in a pressure string. If you have a life-lead mid game you have to play very careful and sit on that lead. Your blocking also has to stay very solid at this point. One mistake is 600-800 damage so make sure your blocking is on point at this time. Force the Yun to waste bars to deal with you-that is the biggest thing I can stress. Do your best to stay are 2 bars as much as possible. EX DP into Follow up is your out from pressure. EX DIVE can punish all palms; keep this in mind if they keep doing palm thinking you do not have an answer for it.
This is the last 30 seconds. Same things in each phase apply here too .If you have a life-lead keep it and BLOCK. I cannot stress how much your blocking and defense is in this game. If you have a substantial life-lead this is the time I back off and make him come to you. If he does rush down. Use Jabs and Thrusk peak primarily to keep him out. Neutral jump feirce is also a good poking tool for the angle is very awkward for Yun players to really anticipate and deal with. If he you do a neutral jump feirce and he trys to do a “overunder” gimmick, Crouch tech. You cannot get thrown at this point. “Random Ultra” is also a factor here sometimes but be aware… If they do it out of desperation a good punish is Stand fierce because it knocks them out SAFELY. In certain situations they can actually punish your Roundhouse on HIT be very careful. The clock is your tool in this match which is why three phases exist.
Overall here are a few things to really keep in mind.
BLOCK ALWAYS WHILE KEEPING FORWARD MOTION
IF THEY PRESSURE YOU LOOK FOR THE COMMAND GRAB AND THROW
IF THEY DO A “FAKE” DIVE KICK AND IT LANDS IN FRONT OF YOU SPD IT!
STAY CALM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE MATCH; NEVER FORCE THE ISSUSE
This is an ultimate match of patience and your blocking. The minute you freak out- they win.
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