OK, I’m not trying to be mean. Really, I mean that. This isn’t one of those times when someone says, “I’m not trying to be mean, but your mom’s a bitch!” This is 100% constructive criticism and I want to see you get better. It?s not an attack at all and I hope you don?t get offended. Also, keep in mind that I?m not the best T. Hawk, but I know my limitations and I have good grasp on how good/bad I am. You could very well be better than me and may be able to beat me 9 out of 10 times, but I can still see some things what will impove your game. OK, here goes:
It reminds me a lot of the way I used to play Zangief in SF4 when I first started out. And I’ve gotten a lot better since then.
You’re EXTREMELY, HIGHLY, VERY, MEGA, ULTRA, SUPER addicted to special moves. T. Hawk has some of the best normals in the game and those normals are a big part of his game. IMO, they’re the biggest. To not use them is to miss out on a lot of opportunities to deal damage. This CANNOT be overstated.
I?m at work with nothing better to do so I took the liberty of actually counting your normals.
In the 12 rounds you posted, you used 33 normals (this isn?t counting the body splash, which would slightly raise this number). This is counting all normals thrown out, whether they hit or whiffed. That?s an average of 2.75 normals used per round. That?s almost cartoonishly low. And some rounds had 0 normals even attempted. Zero! Which is blasphemy. Also, some of the normals were used accidentally and were really just a failed attempt at an SPD, but I even counted those. And even worse, some of his best normals weren?t used AT ALL. There wasn?t a single cr.LK, cr.MK, cr.MP, st.MK, st.MP, or st.HP even attempted (hit or whiff) across all 12 rounds. And the awesomeness that is his cr.MK is almost mind blowing.
So how to get better? Well, I?ll tell you how I moved beyond scrubbiness with Gief in SF4 (although I?m still not that good because my execution blows, I blame genetics). Watch some videos of tournament-level players or just really good players and copy what they do. Even if you don?t understand it?do it.
A personal story:
I was once a really scrubby Zangief (now I’m only kinda scrubby). I would try whiffing Green Hand into SPD all day long, my favorite tactic was empty jump into SPD, I almost never used normals and didn?t know what ?footsies? were, and standing SPDs were a mythical beast. One of the biggest questions I used to ask myself was ?Why the hell do the pro-Zangiefs always throw normals out when the opponent is so far away? He was half-screen and whiffed that st.MP for no reason! WTF?? I never understood it so I never did it. Well, one day I decided to do it and see what happened. I INSTANTLY got better that day and INSTANTLY understood footsies a lot more.My average win rate doubled literally overnight. His st.MP is a relatively safe move to whiff and they do it to stuff moves that are impossible to react to. If I?m intermittently throwing it out I?ll catch all sorts of stuff I could never actually react to. They throw a poke, I hit their limb. They dash in for a combo/throw, I hit ?em. So not only did I hit them, but I also kept them from hitting me. That?s like a 150 health swing, and that?s as much as a LP SPD from T. Hawk. And it?s important to remember that I wasn?t reacting to anything, I was just a good range to throw st.MP and hit all sorts of crazy things. But no explanation can even come close to feeling it yourself.
So that?s my advice to you as Step 1 of your T. Hawk journey. Watch videos, see the pokes they throw out, and emulate that yourself. Throw out those half-screen st.MPs, cr.MKs, st.HPs, etc. At first you won?t understand why you?re doing it, but do it anyway. JUST DO IT and you?ll catch on so fast that you?ll slap yourself for not doing it before. Also, along with doing more normal moves, I?d recommend doing fewer special moves. A lot of T. Hawk?s specials are fantastically unsafe on block (or even hit).
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