This is a SERIOUS thread, in response mostly to watching OODLES of match videos, including Japanese 3S matches. I have seen chances for players to end a round or a match or simply maximize damage output when they have the perfect opening, but I occasionally see missed opportunities. Maybe these opportunities aren’t as obvious as I think they are?
These missed opportunities do NOT seem to be based on nervousness or execution errors. I’m not even sure if it’s a lack of awareness of damage options, or players being too focused/distracted with their own strategies to notice such opportunities or alternatives to what they’re doing. I’m not even talking about conserving meter, as I often see this during a round that could have ended the whole match at that moment.
What I MOSTLY want to do with this thread is give examples, and I hope to get explanations. I might have already listed some possible answers to my inquiries
I’ll start by listing some examples. I’ve seen Necro players using SAI and not finishing an opponent after a db+hp w/ SAI in the corner.
For Dudley, I see many a player connect a t+mk but not cancel into a dp because s/he is most likely considering using it as a link for SAI/SAIII, a poke as a throw tick, or, to precede the low chain/cr.lk x 2 mix-up. I’m only referring to situations when the t+mk was in range to connect into a dp, OR even a chip opportunity w/ dp XX SAIII. If the player can’t hit-confirm the t+mk, Dudley has a chain off it too (t+mk, st.mk, st.hp that the comp/AI often uses on me when I’m practicing).
Alex’s elbow slash (also ex slash, I think) isn’t always cancelled into SAII when it would end the match. I seldom think of that partic case, myself, though.