I’ve spent a lot of time learning the game (watched all the vesper tutorials multiple times, explored the forums here, streamed tournaments and weekly brackets on eventhubs, etc), and I like to think I understand how the game plays on many levels. I’ve purchased an arcade stick and I’ve been a training mode monster for a while so my execution has improved drastically. My issue, as the title implies, is in taking what I know and turning it into applicable skill. There are so many different situations to recognize and react to (especially since I have no 2d-fighter experience prior to this game) that my execution and research are meaningless in the face of an actual match.
I have no practice partner or coach, so my learning needs to be done on my own, and it’s clear that without a solid foundation, my accumulated wealth of knowledge is worth dildos. Online matches have frustrated me with their meaninglessness. I can practice repeatedly and watch the replays of all my wins and losses, but it hardly translates into the level-up for which I have become desperate. My tl;dr request is this: I want to spend my matches focusing on individual aspects of fundamental, intelligent, correct gameplay. I want to do this step by step, focusing on one element at a time until I get it right, and then move on to the next. What is the first step and how do I proceed from there?
To further clarify: I understand the idea behind a lot of intermediate and advanced strategy such as option-selects, safe jumps, mixups, etc. Due to my lack of experience, should I ignore all of that knowledge in my matches and simply try to better my execution under pressure? Should I stop trying to do combos, even, and just focus on how to find an opening in my opponent’s defense in order to land a hit? For what it’s worth, I don’t care if this will cause me to lose my matches, as long as it helps in whatever I am currently focusing on.
I know this is asking a lot. I figured it couldn’t hurt to pose the question, and I appreciate any insight towards any aspect of my dilemma.