(If this is posted in the wrong section I would appreciate if a mod moved it to an appropriate place)
There’s a situation I’ve been running in to lately, and I felt like sharing a story about it.
So as a player, I’m traditionally a slow starter. In all games, not just fighting games. It’s actually kind of annoying, as I’m not even 100% sure why I start slow. Might be needing time to read my opponents a bit before I get comfortable, might be just taking a few mins to warm up, not sure. But it sucks.
Anyway, that personal quality has gotten myself in to the same situation nearly every time I play… If Iend up facing a younger kid who thinks that he’s winning because he’s good, and starts spamming taunts, etc. The reason I assume it’s a younger kid is because their name is usually a give away (for todays example the person was named “LiLSwaG<some number>”, and he was playing extremely hyperactive, they spam taunts (as already mentioned), they like to trash talk, and he was pretty much spamming. For example his Wesker was repeatedly assist/gun/port/assist/gun/port with a hyper thrown in. His Dorm would do a hole, spam fwd+h, hole, super. Etc.
Now don’t get me wrong - I know I shouldnt have lost to that. He was being extremely predictable (aside from the random hypers) and I could have caught him vulnerable in his reckless offense. But in my slow starts, I honestly usually beat myself. I do a horribly placed assist get both chars caught, I block wrong on a mix-up I know is coming, etc. I ended up going 0/4 with this guy… and each match he decided to spam taunts as many times as he could.
Again - Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been playing fighting games long enough to know taunting isnt a major offense or anything. I personally don’t taunt my opponents I don’t even get angry at it either, because I know I beat myself and it wasnt really his skill that won it. But just knowing the fact that this person think’s their so good as to pretty much brag about it, I view it as a d!ck move. Instead of getting angry or upset over it, it makes me smile. Because it inspires me.
There’s another quality I have as a player, other than the slow starts. I’m traditionally a very good “clutch” player. I do best when my back is against the wall, and I’m in a situation that I feel like I have to win. I’m best if I’m behind and have to do a comeback. Me and my friends who gamed together actually used to have a “Championship” in our circle of friends where 1 person was champion, and each day all the other players had a league-type series with each other, and the winner of the series was the one who earned a shot at the championship (which we only did 1 time per day). That’s where I shined, I was pretty equal to the other players in regular matches, but in a championship match where I feel I have to win I had a pretty dominant record.
That’s exactly why it makes me smile when they act immature. They are putting me in to my comfort zone where I’m strongest.
So continuing the story, let’s go back to the example of LiLSwaG today. As mentioned, he went 0/4. That was the point I finally snapped out of it. I stopped being stupid with my assists and placed them properly. I took advantage of his predictability. I let him do the same mixup over and over and punished him as he should have been. And after winning, gave him a lil “eye for an eye” treatment by spamming taunts in return.
After the match he returns to character selection, picks Wolvie/Haggar/Akuma. And he loses again. Keep up the eye for an eye and spam taunts on him, he again goes to character select. Chooses Wolvie/Akuma/Phoenix. He manages to get Dark Phoenix but then repeatedly spams low kicks, hyper, low kicks, hyper. So I pop XF, let him waste away his XF and finish him. Taunt him. He changes characters again.
At this point I was fully warmed up, and each win he did less and less damage to me. And he was obviously getting frustrated with how he was changing characters every match. Like I mentioned earlier, I usually don’t taunt people like that, but since he wanted to act immature I felt it was appropriate to give him equal treatment. So after taking his first char out with only doing about 10% damage to mine I decided to start taunting between chars, and like a button masher deserves he didn’t even take out a character before losing.
After the bad 0/4 start, I went on to a 7 game winning streak against him. Then he goes to char select (again) and goes to Wolvie/Hagger/Phoenix. This time he wasnt so lucky, by the time he got his superbar to level 3 he was down to only phoenix and didn’t get a chance to go dark. Obligatory taunting… and after the 2nd taunt the game freezes… “Your opponent has been disconnected”.
But then I remembered him messaging me and trash talking. So in return I sent him a message, laughing at how he can’t even take his losses like a man and has to DC.
Retribution is sweet. Funny thing? Over 50% of the time I play a situation like this happens. The slow starts give opponents a chance to see if that immature jerk mentality is inside them. I told my friend this story and a copy & paste of his response: “lol, ya i learned a long time ago not to talk shit wen im beating u”. He suggested that I should go in to a vs CPU match or something so I don’t have these slow starts. But you know what? I’m kind of happy things happen this way. Because like I mentioned, retribution is sweet =)
The morale of this story? If you act like an immature jerk don’t be surprised if it backfires and you get a nice serving of the same treatment in return. And you will probably run in to that more often than not, since anyone who is worth a damn does not need to spam taunts to know they are good.