I’m here to bring some good advice for gorath, seeing how i have played him against the top chars, (storm, mag, sent, cable) and gotten some success with him as well. This is for the person who doesn’t want to follow the masses and pick the best there are, I believe in just seeing what you can do with a cool-looking lower level char, and relying on SKILL to progress in arcade play. I’m gonna give some quick strats real quick against the tougher and most common chars played in the arcade. If anyone sees this and would like to see more, just ask and ill do my best.
Storm- Starting with the proclaimed “best” one there is, in order to beat storm you have to be as quick as possible. Use mystic stare, because there is a good chance storm is charging toward you to launch in the so predictable combo into lightning storm. Remember to block low if she gets close, and if you need breathing room, call a ground or quick assist to get some distance. ALWAYS try this combo, if you see an opening.>>
lk. mk. (Super Jump) lp. lk. mp. mk.(wait 1 sec) grab with roundhouse air throw. Mash the buttons for more dmg, and this combo connecting will do very nice dmg against the weak defense of storm. Remember, dont go on the offensive too much, because shuma gorath has weak def. as well. Once your bar is up to 3, try for Chaos dimension. Use your assists to make her block and dash or SJ in for a connect. If it hits, immediately try for the combo mentioned above after. If storm mashes out of that combo, devitalize instead, chances are she wont expect that.
Magneto- A little slower version of storm, but he can still take shuma down in 1 or 2 combos. Leaves little room for error huh? Use the same approach for magneto as you would for storm mentioned above. Since magneto doesnt seem to fly high as often as storm does, Use this move often when you reg jump by him.>>>Stone drop in air (d + K), and if he doesnt roll, follow up with a devitalize. Remember to call assists often, and if an assist that doesnt knock him across the screen hits, use the stone/devitalize move, or try for the air combo mentioned in the storm section. Generally magneto, doesn’t give me as much problem as storm or cable. Remember, if he hits with a hyper grav, mash like crazy to try to escape or else shuma will get to know Magnetic tempest alot better.
Cable- Ahh the most annoying character of all to shuma, comes in the cheap and overused form of cable. A good cable WILL keep shuma on the other side of the screen, and there isn’t much gorath can do about it. You need a good assist (blackheart Air, Doom air) to keep him blocking so you can get in close. If you get him in close, dont stop the offense, because there are going to be very few chances to mount one. Save your super meter to 3 so you can get a chaos dimension then combo in on him, when you get close. Never start a chaos dimension from afar, for a smart player will make you waste it. If you connect with the dimension + combo, begin the chipping process. Call assist + jump in + block his assist + air mystic smash. Look at your distance to see which mystic smash you use. If you cross him up with the mystic smash, it will ALWAYS hit. But be careful on using it too much, because if he blocks it, you can garuntee the little cheap will follow it up with 3 kicks and 1-3 air hyper viper beams. Another way to chip or get some decent dmg is this combo>>>>
(crouch) lp, mp,(make sure the mp hits twice) XX Hyper mystic smash. Or, call an assist that holds him down and follow with a Hyper Mys Mash to get some real nice chip in. Take it from me, you’ll need all the dmg you can get.
Sentinel- I have fought sent with gorath, and he gives him some trouble, but not nearly as much as cable. The key here is to get that Air combo+ throw on him to make up for the disadvantage in defense. Superjump often, and if he takes flight with you, surprise him with a mystic smash and jump in for a quick chance for that air combo mentioned before. Once you have the 3 bars, getting a chaos dimension on him is relatively easy compared to the others mentioned. when he does the classic Hyper sentinel force x3 for chip dmg, crouch and block low to take the least dmg possible. Take to the skies and call your assist right before you superjump on him to get him blocking. Dont be too offensive or you will eat his assist or his drones. When he’s blocking, get close for some devitalization action.
Thats the advice i have for now, If you would like me to try and give some more for other chars, post and let me know.