Hey Guys, I’m new to the forums, so it’s nice to finally take part to all these useful conversations about Rog’s tips and tricks!
I’ve been playing Balrog for 3 years now, and in my opinion, Maeda Taison is the best boxer I’ve ever seen, he is so damn smart, always three steps ahead of his opponent’s game!
There’s one of his “basic” setups for landing a full ultra and so far, I’ve never seen anybody mentioning it.
I hope I’m not revealing any of your top secret tricks Maeda !
This setup only concerns shoto characters, like Ryu, Ken and Akuma.
It actually consists in doing a crouch HK while your opponent’s blocking ON PURPOSE, and then as the cr.HK has a lot of recovery frames, waiting for your opponent to pull out any reversal moves (most of the time it will be a hadoken).
Right when you see “reversal” written on the side of the screen, you just pull out the ultra motion with the stick.
You don’t need to be extremely fast because refering to the “reversal” will allow you to react a little bit ahead of the move itself (reversal tends to appear just a little bit before the move is actually in motion).
Moreover, you can just keep your finger on the HK button and use the negative edge to react even faster (and I think that’s what Maeda Taison actually does).
So let’s do a recap :
You cr.HK while your opponent’s blocking and check if the reversal appears. If it does, you use negative edge to quickly pull out the ultra (ultra I that is).
Here’s an example of Maeda Taison using it against Daigo :
[media=youtube]2Sl3q0ZQCtg]YouTube - [2009-09-13[/media]
1:50 for the Super combo
2:35 for the Ultra combo. In this 2nd example, Maeda used the kara ultra because Daigo had actually responded to the bait with an Ex-hadoken that is a bit faster than normal hadoken. That way not only did he gain a few frames to pull the ultra (frames of the focus), but he also made sure his move would be 100% safe IN CASE Daigo would throw an EX-fireball.
You can at 4:00 that Maeda did the bait again, but only that time Daigo didn’t do any reversal, he just responded with a normal hadoken. Maeda probably didn’t see the reversal on the right side of the screen and therefore didn’t pull out the ULtra.
Maybe you guys were already familiar with this setup, in that case I guess it’s no harm done to insist on just how smart this bait is!