Long story short, it was definitely not what I expected.
I showed up at an AE tourney today because I’ve always wanted to compete at something at a high level. I figured a good place to start would be with local weeklies.
During casuals, I noticed nobody was really playing their mains except for me (I main Chun-Li). I’ve tried learning Fei Long, Makoto, and Viper but I was getting bodied left and right when I wasn’t using chun.
When tournament time comes, I go 0-2 but it was more like I lost the match rather than my opponent beating me. My first opponent mained a Dee Jay that I straight up bodied (stun in the first round, P in the second). Then he decided to go with a counterpick that he was comfortable with so he chose Blanka. Almost the same result: I bodied him the first round, second round it comes down to the wire and I drop my corner juggle U1 and he kills me with punish ultra. The match at that point would be in his favor as at that point I was just infuriated and got even more frustrated that I kept getting hit by the same mistakes I was making.
My second match was against a Zangief. Again I body this guy to the ground so he switches his character to Dudley. I actually have a lot of Dudley practice so I just smile when he picked him. My footsies were probably the best they have ever been as I was getting pokes in left and right. When it comes time to seal the deal, I drop my U2 juggle. He wakes up to block it and literally has a magic pixel to survive. Then this is where the fight turns around as he has enough firepower to end the round. After this he started nailing his 300+ damage combos and I just keep getting hit by them.
I know Chun-Li inside and out. I know which normals to use and when to use them. Unfortunately, it’s actually fairly common that I drop an ultra juggle which usually ends up with me losing the round/match. I know pro players drop combos and ultras all the time but what is it about them that allows them to keep their composure after not sealing the deal?
Also what is it going to take to get up to the professional level? I’m not in the strongest scene around (like NY/NJ or Cali) but some players aren’t either yet they compete and place at the very top (i.e. Wolfkrone).