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Heyy, what’s up guys! It’s my first post! made this because people always ask “how do i get better” and other questions involving improvement w/fighting games. Like the title announces, this is a guide on how to get better at fighting games in general and applies to whichever one you like. I wrote down the material in the video along with some additional stuff in case you just want to read the info. Anyways, enjoy!
1. Chunking & Repetition > practice 5-10 times in a row: Although debatable, fighting games aren’t too different from sports in that they require practice and repetition, which is typically the first step towards getting better. Just like how a star player internalizes the muscle memory of a jump shot, free throw, or dunk, alternatively, the same thing must be done, except replaced by things like midscreen, corner, and grab combos. Chunking is where you break down a large sequence into bite-size pieces like doing the ground part first, then aerial section second, and so-on. Pace yourself and you’ll get things down in no time.
Despite being fairly good at fighting games, the number 1 thing that holds me back the most is screwing inputs at vital moments. So when you finally get that combo down, DO NOT leave and jump online. if you can get the combo a solid 4-8 reps flawlessly, you’re set to move on. In short, get some simple combos down before you hop online. It’s for the best.
2. Situational Practice >> Practice similar things from: Time and time again I see on forums and community hubs the same thing: “I learned this huge combo that takes away half health…but Idk how to actually get in and do it.” This is something everyone has to learn and for the most part, it’ll take some losing and experimentation online, but that’s ok, just stick with it. Now, in the skullgirls universe, for the most part, jump-ins are the best way to start a combo and since the jump-in and first chain of your combo don’t set off IPS, it’s a no brainer. In other games, like Blazblue for example, jump-ins are still a huge way of initiating an attack and help a lot.
Remember, when practicing, try to have the goal of learning at least 1 important thing when you’re finished. Working on similar things in a session helps do this. So for instance if you’re learning how to instant air dash effectively, don’t just move on to throwing after you feel you have it down. Focus on resets using this technique along with combos that include it. You’ll learn much faster that way. It’s no different than learning addition and subtraction together since they’re similar. You wouldn’t go from addition to division now would you? Same thing.
3. Add people who are better, add “rivals,” then people who show promise: Youuuu are the company you keep. So if you like practicing with people who arent as good as you and just like to beat up on them, the same will happen to you when you go and fight other people. If you fight people who are as good if not better than you, you’re gonna notice you’ll start to win more because you’ll be so used to fighting against superior tactics that when an opponent does something wrong or uses inferior methods, you’ll ready to capitalize on it.
To be honest, I feel this is probably the single biggest tip I can give if I could only pick one. When online and you fight someone really really tough a couple times and both of you are winning and losing equally against each other, and you’re getting a good vibe from them, add them! I like to call these people rivals. When playing Blazblue, I had a lot of rivals and they were all really really good friends. The same thing goes in Skullgirls. Having someone to fight and get better with makes the journey much much easier and is way more fun that way. Remember, these will be some of your closest fighting game friends, so make sure they’re cool!
4. Remember you will SUCK: It’s a fact of life you WILL lose in fighting games. No matter how good you’ve been at another fighting game, you will lose and probably lose a lot in the beginning. It’s sort of a rite of passage. Albeit a really messed up one when you look at it, but something required to grow. If you find you’re losing more than usual, maybe it’s time to get into training mode and learn some new techniques. Learn some new tricks, throw combos, or maybe better ways to use your meter. When you feel you’ve significantly improved and are beating people who used to constantly beat you, it’s known as leveling up…something you’ll be doing a lot of. If you’re losing, you have to really think: is it because I’m making stupid mistakes? Am I messing up inputs? Or are they just beating me flat out? If it’s the last one, then training mode’s definitely a good place go once in a while.
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