I have played fighting games for years, but locally I only have very scrubby opponents — button mashers, the lot of them. As such, I was never able to gauge my own skill. I had accurate execution, so I figured I was at least decent. I got only XBL for the first time today and got to try my first match against a real (ie non-masher) player. Wow. I have not felt that helpless in a game of any genre for a long, long time.
I ran Spencer/Tron/Felicia; they had Hsien-Ko/She-Hulk/Chris. Obviously, Hsien-Ko immediately gold armoured and switched to She-Hulik.
First thing I learned was that I am really bad at getting in on my opponent. Spencer rarely got a good hit in, and I was so surprised when I did that I failed to combo. Every time this happened, Hsien-Ko would punish me and momentum went back to my opponent. Tron was useful as a defence to Spencer, though my timing was poor with her, so I did not get the best value of the assist. When Tron came in, it was much the same as before, though I had an even harder time getting a poke to connect. Felicia’s assist was surprisingly useless to both Tron and Spencer, and she dropped in seconds after entering the battle.
My defence was poor, having difficulty blocking correctly; never remembered to push guard either. I forgot resources available to me (meter and XF) until it was too late. The only times I successfully countered my opponent’s moves were pure luck (I pressed the wrong button and it happened to be just what I needed). I had great difficulty reading my opponent, as their movement was vastly superior to my own. I never figured out a real strategy to counter anything they did, even after spending hours analysing the match afterwards.
I think I need to scrap my team and re-evaluate how I pick them — probably less character favouritism — and I need better synergy. I clearly need to improve my movement and approach skills, and keep practising BnBs so I do not choke under pressure. What else do I need to do? I knew I would need some work to catch up, but I had no idea such a large gulf separated me from others. This leaves me a little bewildered and lost.