Firstly, I’d just like to introduce myself. I am Afzal. I regularly browse the Shoryuken forums but I’ve never really thought about signing up until now. I’m a dedicated (but average) Akuma player and I would like to contribute to these forums in finding tech/strategies because I’d like to give something back if I can
Anyways, to the subject. I’ve been playing SF for just under a year now. It took me weeks to decide on a chracter I wanted to focus on and it so happened to be Akuma. Main reasons? Air fireball, badass Ultra 1 and because I suck at doing normal Ultra motion (QCF x2). Believe me I’ve tried, and I just cant get it down consistently. Its due to the way I use my controller (I used the tip of my thumb on D-Pad). When I started off as Akuma, I just got my ass handed to me left right and centre. I have almost no-one to play with/train with so learning match-ups was slow (I still dont know more than half of them as well as I think I should). I had no idea that he was such an advanced character.
I have a friend that I play with daily (the only person). We started off learning the game together, he as Bison and me as Akuma. I used to lose to him all the time but now I generally win more against him (60%~). He moved onto other characters too like Gouken, Dudley and more. Everytime I win, he constantly has a go at me for winning because I’m Akuma. He says I have zero skill and anyone can win with Akuma if they know ‘Vortex’. He started off saying this in AE. He also thinks Air Fireballs are OP and the most difficult obstacle to get through in the game.
I’ve explained to him that Akuma is strong but to play him properly it requires a lot of skill and dedication. Also, I showed him ways around Vortex and Air-Fireballs in some matchups but everytime I’m able to control space with them effectively, he says I’m just playing keepout and Akuma is a turtle character only. He tried to prove his point by playing Akuma mirrors and then sometimes corners me with fireballs for a few seconds and then even if I win (usually by a reasonable life advantage), he says stuff like… ‘See how easy it was for me to corner you? You couldny do anything to escape’.
I sometimes have a lot of problems vs. his characters (e.g.) Gouken grabbing me for Ultra 1 or Dudley cornering me and taking of most of my health in one combo and trying to open up his Bison. If I have a problem, he simply makes an argument for why its no big deal because he has it worse with the air-fireballs and with the ‘Vortex’. I said Akuma is fragile, I cant make any mistakes so its difficult for me too. But he simply says that it doesnt matter because I can potentially take off all his health from one knockdown. I show him what to look out for in Vortex, and he simply says its too hard to react to or block against. He says Akumas Vortex is still strong because its always ‘in his favour’.
He goes out of his way to make me feel like I’m just winning because I play Akuma and tries to convince me that Akuma is braindead and requires no skill to use. I picked up Akuma because I liked him. I found out about Vortex later on but he says I’m a tier whore because I also played Aquaman in Injustice against him (I played him before I knew anything about any tier list. Tom Brady was my fav MK player and I played Aqua because I liked the way he used him). I only put up with him now because I have no one else to play with.
What do you guys think about this? What should I do?