Rog Offensive or Rog Defensive?

balrog

#1

Basically I mean how do you play America’s Favorite Boxer; Turtle or Rush Down?

And my apologies if a thread like this was created before…


#2

Both. 70% rushdown, 30% turtle. Still get smashed by my bro’s Ken random shoryu and ultra/supers. :sad:


#3

Just use his Jab Dash Straight. Quick recovery and good baiting for shotos from my experience…


#4

You have to adapt to different play styles. Don’t just flowchart with any character.


#5

Yeah. People who only play one style will always be countered. Play the opponent.

Also, a huge misconception of a defensive player is that they will always walk back to their side of the screen. You can hold your ground and still be defensive. I never like to give up space for free. The only time I’ll walk back is if I’m trying to make them whiff something or get in range for something else.


#6

then eat focus attacks for breakfast regularly. Mix in some dash smashes to keep um honest. Esp vs sagat, cody, dudley, cammy, fei…notorious focus abusers vs rog.


#7

Yeah, but none of who you mentioned are shoto. My Balrog’s strategy differs against them, especially Dudley.


#8

Character specific. Im still new to it but I like to rushdown more depending on char. What works a lot for me is using safejumps after untechable knockdowns, frame traps and block string etc…


#9

Well to be completely honest what I do is at the beginning of each round I like to do random moves to see how my opponent responds (but I never ever test an opponents reacts…ie when there crouching do an rushing upper)…then depending on what they do I’ll rush or play it smart.


#10

Depends on the opponent and their choice of character.

9/10 I’ll typically go through the motions of being aggressive and using my shinanigans but this is often ‘after’ R1 where I tend to suss out the player, first.

Anyone who spars with me any length of time knows I’m an aggressive Rog but that doesn’t mean I won’t consider playing the defense card when certain characters or opponents jump into the game or when I feel a certain someone has learned my tricks and needs to re-learn a different style to mix it up and keep them thinking.


#11

One thing I learned playing Air(offline) is that you better have a good mix of both. If you get knocked down by a good player, its all over for Balrog…if you get out of his knockdown mixups, they will then sit back a bit if you have predictable offense, and will zone/fireball trap you all day to death


#12

depends on the player+matchup cuz we all know rushing gief down is a great idea amirite?


#13

Of course. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be greeted with sweaty, spinning Russian arms or, gawd help you, a Spinning Pile Driver.


#14

I prefer being aggressive but I can be defensive when the need calls for it.

It’s all about playing the opponent as Mags said.


#15

mix it up. I change depending on the character but mainly I like to rush down against fireball/zoning characters and characters with shitty reversal moves. I play defensive against grapplers. Then there are certain characters like honda and bison who I like to paly offensive and then transition to defensive wen I get the lead


#16

I love being a bully and pushing them to the corner! who doesn’t? Offensive all the way! but thats probably the reason why I also play ibuki, dudley, and bison


#17

I prefer to go gung ho, but I seriously believe this is not the correct way to play him, going defensive and abusing the normals is the way to go.


#18

extremely offensive untill i get a life lead, and then lame. not lame as in sit in down back and walk yourself into the corner - i try to outfootsie everyone and slowly walk them into the corner.

what a lot of balrog players dont realize is that having your opponent in the corner makes playing defensive a shitload easier. just be on point with your AAs and break peoples FA’s and you’ll get them there


#19

i like to play opposite way to make opponents pissed off… turtle when they rush down and rush them down if they turtle… rog is versatile enough


#20

Character specific, but if I’m confident that I’m going to win I tend to rushdown - it’s backfired in the past though :[