lately i’ve been adding in these normals to my jump-ins (especially safe jump-ins) to perform option selects. it’s kind of neat. you’re basically able to catch people who are backdashing by using the following normals:
- st.hp - my personal favorite since it tends to be safe
- cr.hk - gets you a knockdown, but can also be unsafe in specific situations (like against characters who can crouch your j.mp safejump)
- st.mk - works as well but why not just use st.hp?
- cr.hp - lets you keep a db charge but only works on certain characters with crap backdashes (sagat for example)
the execution looks something like: [jumping normal ~ option select normal.]
note: the jumping normal must be pressed relatively low in the air, almost at the end of your jump
the basic concept is that if your normal whiffs, (which it will if the opponent tries to backdash) your option select normal will come out as soon as you land and the opponent will get hit. but if your normal gets blocked, then the option select normal will not come out due to the fact that you put the opponent in blockstun and therefore messed around with the timing involved
to get into more detail, there are times when you should choose not to use these option selects. on balrog for example, if you option select off the j.mp and he wakes up with EX headbutt, its startup is so long that your st.hp/cr.hk or whatever will come out as his EX headbutt does and you will get hit consequently
i’ve hit c.viper out of her EX seismo with a slide option select off a j.mp safe jumpin, but i’m pretty sure she can cancel out of it, block in time, and then proceed to kill me
therefore i feel that against certain characters, these option selects should be used sparingly.
on some characters like sagat however there seems to be virtually no risk in option selecting off your safe jumps since you will be able to block the reversal tiger uppercut before any of your moves actually come out
you can also try performing these option selects after pressing cr.lp on someone’s wakeup, [media=youtube]tnXYcNgLE5M#t=02m34s[/media] (2:34). i’m still trying to master the timing for this one.
btw i’ve tried using cosmic heel as an option select but i don’t think it really works as one.