Dear Dan fellows,
I am new to this forum, and still kinda new to SF since I only got the game for Christmas.
As a quick introduction, I play on PSN under the same name. Since the very beginning I have been seduced by Dan’s awesome personality, and decided to start maining him as I entered G2. After about 200 hours playing, I am still working my way through G2, having got only 5.200 GP so far. I must also add that I am the mildly happy owner of a Madcatz SF4 arcade stick (Tournament edition), which I thought would dramatically improve my execution - and was wrong. Let’s add that my ultimate goal is to reach G1 and hopefully get a replay some day
My questions are not all specific to Dan (and apologies if any has already been answered somewhere else on this forum, I have read all I could before asking), but I prefer to get answers from Dan players who’ve been through the ordeals of the Saikyo Path, just as I currently am.
I am still not convinced about Dan’s knee. It does stuff a lot of moves such as lariats, but it is very slow to come out, leaving Dan open for a good while before actually hitting. It seems many moves are fast enough to take me down before the Dan knee becomes effective. Am I just too slow? Anyway, under which circumstances is it really key to use it?
How to deal with shoto’s crossup? One of my greatest weaknesses… Everytime I get crossed up, I am unable to block the first blow and end up getting the full serie of jabs/sweep or hadoken. What’s the trick to block it?
In terms of myself crossing up opponents, when I fail to land the j-mk, I often end up being thrown. Can I prevent that from happening by countering with a throw of my own, or is Dan just so slow that he has to wait for the punishment?
Leading me to my next question : are Dan’s throws any good in terms of range or priority compared to other character’s throws (excluding Zangief, Honda and Abel of course)?
I have heard of a Dan’s “mini kara-throw”. Is that a fact? If so, is it useful and how do you do it?
Now a question about Dan’s ultra. Many times now, I have been able to connect a j-mk cross-up straight into Ultra. Or so it seems. It happened again yesterday night on a Cammy. She was standing, and I hit her with the j-mk, landing behind here. By either instinct or mistake, here I went again and entered the Ultra command (that happens a lot : I am not always in control of what I do, sometimes my hands just seem to have a will of their own… probably the power of Saikyo rising in me). So, the Ultra animation started while Cammy was in shock after my awesome kick, and she seemingly didn’t have the time to recover before the Ultra lands.
In the same context, I do get my Ultra blocked quite often. But it also does land a number of times, leaving me with the feeling that I can actually land the Ultra that way, providing I time it right. I understand some players would just try to enter a desperate command to stuff my Ultra or simply to retaliate to my crossup, and therefore eat my Ultra in the face, but is this really all there is to it??
Is it possible/recommended to FAC through very fast projectiles such as tiger balls and booms? If not, how to approach the spamming bastards - especially Sagat since he would just tiger knee me everytime I dare closing the space between us with a jump or flying taunt ?
I am very surprised by the gaps I find between G2 players in terms of skill level. Some with 2K GP would just annihiliate me in a matter of seconds, zoning perfectly and stuffing any single one of my attempts, while some with more than 12K would play like real noobs, not even blocking my moves. I personnally consider myself below average, having won about 30% matches to date (I acknowledge my own scrubbiness, but I am still sure that I would have at least 50% of wins by now, had I decided to main Sagat instead of Dan). So my question is : how different is G1? No doubt I will meet lots of high level players, but since grade points can be gained by playing a lot rather than by being real good, is there a hope to keep finding some easy preys in G1?
Well, that’s it for now… If any question is really not relevant or has already been answered time and time again, please kick my ass and redirect me