UPDATE: The Footsies Handbook index now contains summaries and links to every chapter. So this project is completed for the time being, but i’ll continue writing startegy articles every Saturday about different topics.
When i first found the tournament scene back in CvS1 days, i remember it took me a very long time to understand what people like Valle and Choi were doing on the ground to control the match. At first sight it seems like a bunch of normal moves and pokes, but there’s a purpose behind them.
I was lucky enough to be surrounded by SoCal footsies when i was learning. Not everyone has the luxury of living in a fighting game hotspot, so i’ve been writing these articles to give everyone the same head start that i had. If you want to compete at tournament level, you absolutely need to know this stuff. You don’t have to use it but you have to be aware it exists.
Now that i’ve written five or six of these, i figured i’d mention them here. If you aren’t already using these tactics, i really think they’ll help improve your game overnight. First off, here’s a primer explaining the concept:
If you already know what the term means, feel free to skip that one and get right down to practical applications. Each of these articles covers three or four specific tactics which you can integrate into your gameplan to make it a little more solid:
Street Fighter Footsies Handbook, Chapter 1 - Footsies 101
Street Fighter Footsies Handbook, Chapter 2 - jab/short feints
Street Fighter Footsies Handbook, Chapter 3 - how to use the corner
Street Fighter Footsies Handbook, Chapter 4 - baiting supers
Street Fighter Footsies Handbook, Chapter 5 - jumping without dying
These usually take over 10 hours to write simply because good examples are hard to come by, but i’ll keep it going every Saturday for as long as i can. I hope you guys find them useful and thanks for reading.