Sanford, I dont know if this is advice or just some thoughts that might help. Now dont take this the wrong way, but it seems like any char you use you go for some of the craziest shit alive ( combo wise). Is that a bad thing, no not at all, its just different. To me it looks like maybe your trying to prove something with the combos you do. You dont, your Sanford fucking kelly lol. When I first watched your match against Shine I was thinking in my head how bad ass that looked, the sick rush down and maddening combos. However after thinking about it and going into training mode and seeing the damage; they really REALLY take away gats damage potential.
Now I dont consider my self amazing but I dont think I suck, lol even know I say it all the time. So just bare with me here. It’s obvious that you go for flash/rush/pressure whatever it is, maybe Sagat isnt your type of char. But maybe he is, you play him extremely unorthodox. But of course everyone has their own style so to each his own. But if your watching vids of Mago/Oji/RF, sure they have their own style, some zone like crazy (RF) some are more in your face (Oji), but how many times are they going out of their way to perform 6,7,8,14 hit combos with gat. Sure they will finish some matches with a TS FADC combo but thats about as “Flashy” as I really see it get. Use his more damaging combos. Instead of prolonging the end for your opponent by performing a combo clinic on them. Your mind games are impeccable and your pressure is crushing, just need to do more Dmg man!
Sagats a monster, and im not sure if your discouraged because you lost or Alioune, but thats def not something to be discouraged about. Hes mained Sagat since the get go, your just “starting” per say. My only advice would be to keep playing like your playing. Maybe instead of doing a cr.lk cr.lk. cr.lp TS cr.lk cr.lk st.hk 3 times a match, just finish your bnb with TU and move on with the pressure. Im not saying dont ever use it, its your identity, but the damage is laughable; it does make the opponent shit their pants though.
All in all im just an aspiring Sagat player from MI (shout out to the Detroit crowd), I dont know much, just enough. Iv been playing Sagat since day one and am no where near LI or FloE status. Dont get discouraged, dont loose your identity, your Sagat is beastly so keep him, have a nice day.
For EpikBeat: I have the problem of people blatantly jumping in for no reason ALL THE TIME.In G1 you wouldn’t expect this but its almost as if they do it to spite me for using Sagat. Best bet would be to get your execution down pat. BnB’s, ultra setups, block strings, slow TS is your friend. Bait out jumps and punish them, however dont expect them to stop jumping ( read above). The reason you might have trouble adapting is because you might use more “versatile” chars. Now before everyone blows up yes Sagat has his own form of versatility its called Damage. But it sounds like your used to using chars with maybe rapid fire jabs or fast walk speed or some other attribute that allows you to vary your game play up alot.
Dont use Sagat on and off, if you want to use him, USE him. Thats all I have to say I suppose. And dont let the ungratefull Gat haters get you down, They will jump in on you out of disrespect lol. Punish those clowns.