Yes, I was referring to wall dives being more powerful near the corner due to multiple side switching. If you know exactly where your opponent’s midpoint is, you can cross back and forth and mess up inputs further (but there’s a fine line to doing it so that it doesn’t help the opponent more easily pull off a reversal). That’s why the sector system comes with constraints. I’m certain MAO knew about this situation but he just wanted to keep things simple for his explanation.
Nobody I’ve played in the US or Japan can stop my wall dives near the corner, but that’s also a tough spot to score a knockdown. There are counters even there for shotos that I’ve been able to pull off at times but they may be too difficult to perform consistently compared to just blocking. I was surprised at MAO’s wall dives because he was able to nail them mid-screen and no US shoto player seemed to have a consistent answer. I’m not sure if he has particular timing, positioning, and/or something else, but avoiding reversal OS hasn’t been something I’ve been able to do with my knockdown wall dives.
In the corner, wall dives are useless against most characters. In addition to what Moonchilde mentioned, there are guaranteed punishments, but they differ depending on the corner.
It was one of the pre-SBO team tourneys during the US team’s trip last year. If I recall, it was either immortal or riz0ne who defeated ARG in a surprise to everyone. I heard you met up with the gang during their visit so feel free to ask them yourself if you need further details. Knowing that might help explain why I think your classifications don’t make much sense and why US players thought they had a fair chance against MAO until they played him. Casuals don’t mean much but if we consider that JP players play similarly as they do in tourneys (i.e. much less sandbagging than here), then every US player who played your other “big bears” in casuals found MAO in casuals to be much more difficult.
I don’t dispute that, but I’m not sure how that relates to ST or specific individuals. For example, the US has the most wins for the Nobel Prize in Physics and all the other physical fields. Does that indicate the cream of the crop in physics is in the US? And does that suddenly translate into ST ability?
Anyway, you misinterpreted my last paragraph. I’m not saying I’ve ever had the ability to beat MAO or Tokido—who NKI once said was the top claw mirror specialist in Japan no doubt thanks to his wall dive timing and positioning. I was just explaining why the mirror would continue to be one of my most difficult offline matches no matter how much I practiced on GGPO.