So I found something interesting today.
I was playing a dude online with Dictator, and he was using Fei Long. He managed to corner me and was using a lot of crouching pokes and rekkas to keep the pressure on. Due to him always crouching, I saw an opportunity to jump and go for an aerial. In this situation I would normally go for neutral j. HK > c. MK > HP Crusher because it’s generally a win/win/win if they don’t pop you out of the air. If it hits, big damage and a likely dizzy, which means you win. If they block it, you get out of the corner(You’ll most likely get hit for the crusher but it’s worth it to get out of that damn corner) . If they block and the is spacing wrong, you still might make some progress out of the corner, but at the very least you’ll get them to back off. So, rather than use my safe bet, I decided to try something. I did a neutral j. MP. He blocked it…from a crouch. I lost because I was in shock and just sat back on my sofa in disbelief and ate a Rekka for it.
That’s right kids, neutral j. MP isn’t an overhead. That means no instant overhead shennanigans. This makes me a Sadnord. :sad: It’s alright though I suppose. You can get some people to be afraid of it enough to freeze up and just block instead of using an anti-air.
Speaking of anti-air, what’s Dictator’s best option? So far I’ve just been using neutral j. HK and neutral j. MP if I think I can time it right. It seems to me like that’s another one of his weaknesses, a lack of solid anti-air. Half the time I just run away with a Crusher, or if the jump arc is right I might use Knee Press, but that’s a ghetto ass move to use for that purpose. I have no clue what to do when a Shoto does an Aerial Hurricane kick. I haven’t found a move yet that really beats it without trading. It seems like they can jump in for free (especially Akuma!).
Right now my biggest problem matchup is Ken, mainly because that new Hurricane Kick is hard to react to. You s.HK it on reaction if you have enough distance…but that shit just moves so fast. I’m going to try to crouch and use the Knee Press or Crusher to punish. That might work. I tried to do c.mk into Knee Press to punish a couple of times, but it seems like the can Knee Bash you for free if you try that and they expect it.
Also, am I the only one that thinks it’s bullshit that you can get thrown out of a knee press? Seriously, it’s happened twice to me. Both of Dictator’s feet were completely off the ground and his ass was in the air, just starting to bring his feet forward from the flip…and I’ll be damned if I don’t get thrown. I’m down with throws and all, I abuse the hell out of them, but getting thrown in the middle of a scissor kick is fucking weird.