I think there is alot of talk recently about how to step your game up in 3rd strike and how to make your play better. I wanted to just share some advice from my own experience.
If you are looking to get serious about 3rd strike, I cannot stress enough how important it is to go to an arcade and/or tournaments even if they are on console. I cannot tell you how much this can help your game.
This is comming from a mid level console player for about 3 years on an HRAP who never placed higher than top 5 or 4. I was lucky enough to have a community of people on the EC to learn from constantly. But even then my level of playing never really improved over the last year. I think I kind of hit a wall.
I’m living in Japan right now, and I’ve just recently decided to take 3rd kind of seriously. IE going to an arcade 1 or 2 times a week. It really improves your game to go to an arcade, and the play all types of competition on the arcade version of the game. I really feel like im making serious progress in my gameplay.
So if you like to play 3rd and you want to level up or become a nearly godlike player, I want you to go to an arcade/tournament/ or find some kind of community. Don’t play the computer, Xbox Live, GGPO, or the same friends. Stop looking at vids, frame data, and theory fighter threads. I firmly believe it may be impossible to grasp the feel of the game and how it should be played unless you go to an arcade.
Even if you only go once or twice, you can learn so much. Even if you have a friend who goes to arcades, ask him about stuff. See if you can get him to teach you stuff. Ask questions to people and don’t be a douche with an ego.
Maybe some of this sounds like the recent podcasts that have been posted. But I cannot say enough that if you want to become good you have to play 3rd at an arcade for a certain length of time. Either that or find a community with arcade experience. Go to as many tournaments as you can. And most of all play as much different competition as you can.
Thanks for reading, and good luck to everyone.