Contrary to what some dickheads who have posted in this thread are saying , this is a good thread for anyone who’s looking on improving. I’ve decided I want to get way better than my current level at SF4, so for SF4 as of a few days ago I’ve begun doing a few things I wasn’t doing a few weeks ago , Along with picking up a new , higher tier character, most of them involve going into training mode and:
Practicing execution (which you need to do with Cammy in this game) ,
Ideal whiff punishes to make people think twice about mindlessly using moves such as Ken’s f+mk or Dudley’s st.hp.
I try to find unorthodox punishes for common special moves/strings, instead of walking up and throwing/sweeping a blocked upkick from Yun for example , I’ve learnt I can dash up cr.hp,st.mp xx spiral arrow.
I try hard to learn and remember character specific anti airs for stuff like Fei Long’s j.mp , but I’m finding this the hardest aspect of what I learn in training mode to integrate , because it’s so hard to see which jump my opponent is using and react to it with a specific anti air.
Option selects and Safe jumps. These two often go hand in hand , and because Cammy doesn’t seem to have a universal safejump like I’m used to with Vega, I have to find safejumps and good option selects to shutdown the majority of my opponent’s escape options.
I see if I can find new mixups/alter my existing ones to work better against different characters.
[*]I also work on figuring out what I can do in common situation’s you’d encounter against specific characters , like after blocking Abel’s f.mk or after 2 slashes > FADC from Yang.
Once I’ve worked out stuff I then try to commit them to memory so I don’t forget them and my work doesn’t go to waste, I do this by constantly repeating what I’ve learnt. I then try and play online and offline to put into practice what I’ve learnt. I also find it imperative that I watch all my replays as soon as I’ve finished a set so I can note down anything I was doing wrong or anything my opponent did wrong that went unpunished , I also like to see what I did right.
For ST/KOF2k2UM , the other games I’m learning : I just watch a shitload of videos and play a lot of online , along with learning combos in training mode , because the training mode function on those games is nowhere near as solid , and I don’t feel obliged to try as hard at these games due to the lack of competition.
I know what I’m doing in training mode for SF4 might sound a bit overboard , but fuck playing a game and losing that’s not cool, I do what it takes to win.