Hopefully this is an approprite thread, if not apologies in advance.
Been playing KI for about a month and although I’m really diggin’ it, I have found myself becoming pretty discouraged with a couple of things:
Combo breakers. After a month of play I’ve pretty much stopped attempting these all together because I realized I was just guessing every time, and usually incorrectly. [which leads to a minor cause/effect: if combo breakers are a first layer to the mind games that can be had, I haven’t even seen the possibilities that counter breakers etc. would add.]
Offense. Literally, offense as a general state has me stumped in this game. I’ll add a link to a video of some of my matches here, but what I mean by this is that I feel like the other players I’ve encountered online are just going ham for the whole match (and don’t get me wrong, still being pretty green in the game I do certainly lack the knowledge of what can be punished and by what), and any time I touch a button I take damage. I tend toward a more resigned play style, letting the opponent make the decisions and capitalize on their mistakes, but that has not proved fruitful for me in Killer Instinct so far. I’ve been trying to focus more on spacing and anti-airs in my game but I wonder if I’m playing this game too much like I want to play Street Fighter: i.e. ground based pokes and short minimalist combos. Maybe this game is just far more offensive than I’m playing it.
So, my basic question pertains to the combo breakers. How best to practice these? I thought about going into training mode and just programming the dummy to come at me with every auto double across the cast, one character at a time, and try and memorize what they all look like. But that honestly seems really boring, and uninteresting. Which begs another question: do most of you who play the game actually break on reaction? Are you actually able to see certain autos as they occur, or are you just conditioned to certain patterns and make reasonable guesses based on good reads?
As far as my issues with offense, I can probably answer my own question which is to just play. Play and over time I’ll become more familiar with the other characters moves and set ups and learn what to punish and with what. But if you’ve got any wise words for a struggling Jago, I’m all ears.
Check out the video if you’re interested, it’s just four ranked matches I recorded this afternoon, I’d love to have you guys critique/poke fun at my play.