I’m sure everyone has gone through this, however I have a hard time accepting it, mainly because offline I usually do exceptionally well at my local scene in Minnesota.
I’m your typical 2000 PP Ken player. I abuse the kara-throw and I like to uppercut. Who wouldn’t like to uppercut, your fist is on fire when you uppercut.
But when these simple tactics don’t work, I of course try something else. I find that Ken almost needs to have his opponent cornered to really apply his pressure game, mid screen is where I’m finding myself lacking.
I have pretty decent reactions, so MP uppercut isn’t a problem most of the time. What I DO have troubles with, is teching tick throws. I hit the crouch tech, and yet around 50% of the time I hear the normal whiff noise and I get thrown.
All of Ken’s punishes, max damage combos, links, mix ups etc I have down, but applying them in game is something I’ve been working on.
I played two Kens today. Both I would argue are terribad. Random mid screen EX tatsus, missing links for days, mashing uppercut like it’s no one business, etc.
I find I can’t really do anything about it. Punishing whiffed uppercuts and AAing is easy enough, but they get that one tick throw and I’m fucked. They don’t do anything ambiguous like jump in fierce. No cross up tatsu, ex or normal, no high-low mix ups, and yet they still manage to get the damage in and I lose.
I also have horrible experiences against Fuertes. What the fuck can Ken do against Fuerte sides pray you guess right? I play Honda, and it’s like the flip switches and they prove how bad they are. But if I play Ken? Well I’m going to try not to get stunned or perfected and I’ll call it good.
I play well against good players, but these random online players make me lose my shit.
Do I just play through it, and wait for some theoretical switch to pop in my head? Or is there some secret that Ken has that I don’t know yet? I’m getting super discouraged, but I love playing this game. Don’t s’pose you guys could offer some advice?