Hey all, well recently I’ve been going through a character identity crisis (also known as J-Wong Syndrome) and I’ve finally come to Sagat after about 15 different mains, who I’ve stuck with for a good 3 weeks now and am planning to from now on.
I consider myself an OK player, far from good but I have a good understanding of the game, execution is not a problem etc. etc. Anyway, I have a few questions that I wanted to ask you people (I would normally post in the FAQ section, but these boards seem quite inactive and dead, which is sad considering Sagat is such a good character :’( )
I have always played offensive characters, and I thought people playing Sagat were lame, boring and dull (please excuse my ignorance) but anyway, I have been grinding out working on my zoning. A few things that have caught my attention when looking at back some of my fights against good people. Often, I will wait patiently, throwing a mixed combination of heavy/light low tigers, mixed with heavy/light high tigers ( I never use the medium variation of the attack, is this bad?) Anyway, when zoning, often I will try to get a general feel of the opponent, getting myself into ranges where if I know they are going to jump, I can st.hk or AA TU however against some people, this is just not working out for me. I will stay patient for a long time, throwing out normals to try and bait a jump, but it doesn’t come…but the moment I throw a tiger shot, I eat a jump-in and it’s really demoralising lol. Also when playing against people who are just plain-out random, I struggle a lot. I will AA a lot and I eventually move back, thinking they surely won’t jump in again after eating about 5 AA’s in a row, but they do and I get hit with some dumb shit. I can do all of Sagat’s combos, I have been watching my matches back looking where I have gone wrong and tried to work on it, but I really don’t know how I can improve.
How can you improve your fireball game, is it possible to “work on” your fireball game without simply playing a lot of matches, and over time naturally you adjust and your game gets better? I have also been watching a few Sagat’s to try and pick up on how they are playing such as Bonchan and Mago, as well as others like Jiji (whose game I like a lot) and EmblemLord (also a very nice game). So my question to fellow Sagat players, is how do I improve my fireball game as well as controlling space. Obviously zoning has never been a strong-point of mine having used characters like Rufus and Akuma (I could zone, but not to the extent Sagat needs to) so yeah. Any tips on what to do when getting started, how to improve etc. would be much appreciated. I’ll hopefully try and save some replays of matches I had against good people up so you guys can critique it in much more detail than I could. I wouldn’t normally post but I’m really looking to get my Sagat better, as well as getting my ass to a few more tournaments around the UK and Europe for that matter but I currently suck too much and IMO would be a waste of money trying to go a tournament. Once again any input would be much appreciated. If there are any UK players on here on XBL I would also be happy to get some games in.