Hey guys. I was looking for some Ultra SFIV matchup help vs Dudley. I usually use DeeJay, but at this point I simply don’t think the match up is winnable. I swear I’ll go into more detail below.
I thought I’d try coming over here and see what you guys think of the matchup as the DJ forums are more angry than informative and it sometimes helps to see a problem from both sides.
So breaking down my experience with this matchup, DeeJay’s mission is to shut down ducking. I feel like if I can consistently punish ducking I can take the round. I usually accomplish this by whiffing cr.MP as any other button gets beaten if the Dudley opted to jump in and I can cancel it if it was hit into some damage. My biggest problems with this are st.HP and its truck of a hitbox. My other problem is I can’t really push with fireballs to maintain space as buffering ducking gives Duds a free in and usually 400 damage while I’m still recovering from throwing my projectile. Probably the most difficult aspect is that once Dudley gets in I HAVE to know that you’ll be standing and I HAVE to know that you’re pressing a button before I can reversal so I have little to no recourse once Dudley begins what he does best; pressure.
Maybe I should correct myself. Dudley’s best aspect isn’t pressure. It’s damage. And that’s my biggest problem. I can’t make up the difference in damage potential. I often feel like I’m playing against a boss character with rounds being lost after near perfect play to a single 80% damage combo series. 40 seconds of perfect reads and spacing only to be hit once and then guess wrong. I block the low and get hit with an overhead for the other 50% of my health. Sometimes I block the mixup only to be thrown into another un-reversal-able series. (i.e. cr.short meaty setup) And if it hits it is death.
I was winning 4-6 whenever I sat down to play vs this Dudley in AE 2012 which, ironically, is what the matchup is considered. And I consider this player and myself to be of pretty equal skill. But with Ultra Dudley got another tool that just destroys DeeJay completely. Ultra 1. Fullscreen punish and I’d swear it clears the full screen during its 8f of startup… I’d hit my breaking point last night when I AA’d him and slid to get a bit closer. He did NOT ukemi, but woke up with U1 and punished the recovery of my slide. I still don’t know how the hell that worked out. I thought it was the dumbest thing he could’ve done and he just threw it out and ended up crossing the screen and punished the end of the standing animation of the slide.
At one point we were generally running 4-6 vs each other but last night we played over 40 games and I won 1. And honestly, I feel like that is the matchup right now…
What am I doing wrong? What am I doing right? What am I missing? I’d love to hear everyone’s opinions. I know a lot of people may write this off as a “Don’t use DeeJay loz lolz lolz” but I think some of my problems, no matter how bad the matchup may be for DJ, stem from how I’m approaching Dudley. Which is why I am here.