Akuma lets me down again guys. Me and my best friend have always played Street Fighter and not too long ago I had recently picked it up again from about a 3 month hiatus. I’ve been playing full on for a month and a half and know Akuma from inside to out (I’ve played him for a total of two years). Basically all I had to bring back was my execution, hit-confirms and the such. Well I finally convince my friend to start playing again and he picks it up about two weeks ago. He’s been playing Ken for about two years but doesn’t really watch vids or read strats but he is a good Ken. He learned the basic shoto game because he picked it up from me and the only problem he really has is hit-confirms. However, after my whole month and a half of refurbishing and his two weeks I got completely destroyed when he came over for our weekly game. At first I had the momentum of the matches gaining about a 7 match lead with maybe a few other character match-ups in there. Not just Akuma vs. Ken. He ends up catching up to me from 12-3.
I have one of the strongest shoto games and Ken shuts down EVERYTHING Akuma does until your left with a Ryu without EX Moves, no real way of dealing damage except by Super or Bnb, and one shitty ass life bar. Ken could kill me with 2 dp’s and a heavy air attack. I played a solid ground game but it’s no match for Ken’s mix-up haven. I couldn’t even whirlwind kick except for HK which would be punished if I messed up and did it to him on wake up while he was in the corner (1 shippu = half a life bar). I don’t use lk. whirlwind ever except in punishing situation (like your supposed too). Mk. whirlwind gets punished every time by mp, hp, srk/shippu so basically I couldn’t go for the HP , mk whirlwind, mp srk Bnb. Unless I hit confirm. And one of my questions is do you NEED to hit confirm that? Needless to say, I always hit confirm with my dive kicks such as if it connects and hits low enough I do hp, mk tatsu, mp srk. If they block or it hits accordingly I do other mix-ups. Don’t even let me get into demon flips. I didn’t even abuse them. I did them maybe once or twice a match. Punished everytime by either srk or j.hp on reaction. I played a completely safe Akuma and just got my shit wrecked regardless. I stripped Akuma down to the Ryu I was talking about and won maybe 1 out of every 3 matches that way.
I don’t even want to play this game if I have to drop Akuma and move to top-tier to play in tournaments. Honestly, I fucking hate Ken and would hate to have to switch to him in order to play shoto.