a lot of people use this just cause they saw it on a video or some shit
very few people actually understand the reasons behind it
whiffin a jab does a lot of things, most of them affect what your opponent is thinking
if you knock down an opponent and you just stand there waiting for him to stand up, your opponent is easily gonna know you’re waiting for something, so he’s gonna be more careful.
If you whiff a jab, you give the impression that you’re busy. You’re not waiting, you’re doing something already, so this tends to make your opponent feel that hes gotta think quickly, and this can cause an impulsive player to easily freakout .
Thats just one reason. You can look at it from tons of different angles. The sad thing is that people emulate stuff instead of internalizing it.
whiffin a jab is one of those things to condition your opponent slowly.
Its popular on 3s cause of its upclose style of battle.
Learning how to condition your opponent is an art form
Have you ever seen Daigo do “psychic dps”???
those arent psychic at all, they’re completely planned since the start of the match,.
He works you and trains your reactions during the match, so he can punish you later.
Have you ever noticed that most of Daigo’s psychic moments occur towards the middle or end of the match rather than the start???
Let me explain how this works
Imma use SF4 for this example cause its a lot easier to understand this on a less complicated game like sf4
on the EVO 09 stream I saw daigo do this
he knocked down some dude, whiffed a jab, walked up, “psychic” dragon punch to ultra.
Ive seen tons of scrubs whiff the uppercut trying to imitate this but they just never get it.
what really happened is this
Daigo knocked down his opponent, he whiffs the jab to make you feel like you need to act quickly
then he waits for you to realize this
he waits for you to realize that you aint moving, and once you realize this…
what do you do???
Daigo knows this…, he didnt read your mind
the odds that you gonna move are really high, so in reality, he’s not even taking a big risk.
He would apply this same principles on 3s but use a low parry instead of a DP
again, those aren’t psychic parrys.
Its just smart gameplay
Be a fan of smart gameplay instead of being fan of daigo.