what do you do in this matchup?
IDK if it’s just Honda being bad for Senior Vega or if the guy I’m fighting is really good (he had a few EVO seed points that he didn’t use), but this seems like a very retarded matchup
You can’t go in on Honda. Vega has very few options to deal with and punish Honda’s reversal options. You can’t Focus between the two hits of a Reversal Butt Splash (can you at all? I always get hit for trying) and 2nd hit is safe. MP and HP Headbutt can only be punished by far s.MK most of the time, so it’s not big deal for Honda. And if you get hit by either of these, that’s like 100-200 damage plus a knockdown leading into mixups. The only time you can work frame trap/kara-throw mixups without risking throwing the who game away is when Honda has no meter, regular headbutts are throwable (Splashing is still a problem them).
And that situation represents the matchup in general. From what I gathered, Vega is supposed to stay away from Honda and play footsies with him and try hard to keep the life lead (without it, Honda has no reason to go in and get poked). You can’t really sit on d/b to keep your charge tho, so you’re mostly just going to do like 60-80 damage per hit tho. Meanwhile, Honda has almost as good footsies and his correct guesses will net him anywhere from 100-500 damage. And like always,it’s very easy to for Honda to jump in on Vega and start working some decent 50/50s that leads into huge damage.
Walldive mixups never work on Honda if he knows how to autocorrect Sumo Headbutt every time. Sumo Splash also works very reliably. In non-wakeup situations, jump s.MK works almost every time.
Basically it’s a matchup where Vega tries to sit on a life lead, and it’s very, very easy for Vega to lose it. Vega can just scratch Honda, who has a lot of health and can take hits like a tank, while Honda can put a ton of hurt on Vega. And Vega’s footsies don’t give him such a huge edge in this matchup, especially when he gets jumped on for free. And the moment Honda has life lead, he can pretty safely tank it. So your best bet is to play footsies at first, get a significant life lead and try to win by time out and never, ever guess wrong because you’ll lose the life lead.
So what am I missing? I wish I had footage of myself fighting Honda for you guys to chew up.