Not this game, but once in 3S a real big scrub in 3S using SA2 Ken beat me bad. I realized later that I was trying to go for mixups that you only land on good players. The dude didn’t even know how to combo and still got me. Like I tried to dash in command grab and never threw out random supers, but this dude love to throw out random sweeps and got me a few times.
I learned a lesson in that: Never respect your opponent unless he makes you. I don’t mean bad sportsmanship. As in, I start out with cheap basics and won’t do any advanced mixups unless they prove that they won’t let that fly. Like I’ll spam Zangief Down + Fierce body splash over and over again, and tick into SPDs. Its annoying, its scrubby, but it does damage and scrubs don’t know how to deal with it. I don’t do anything else if I can get away with it. He’s gotta prove that he’s better than body slam before I do anything else.
If you ever read Sirlin’s Art of War articles, I think that’s a better way to put it. In tournaments, do something cheap that takes no energy to do, save your best stuff for the good players. Don’t “respect” your opponent unless he makes you.