When i lose I think of the following in order:
- I just lost.
The most important thing. You have to accept it or you will not learn your lesson.
- What did he do the majority of the time? How can I stop it?
Did he chuck fireballs and punish jump ins and focus attacks? Did he RTSD? What do I need to do to make him do what I want him to do?
- Did I space correctly?
Very important, especially if you play Sagat, Blanka, Guile, etc. More than likely, if you end up cornered, you didn’t space correctly at all. Work on your footsies.
- How aggressive was I?
Sometimes you have to be aggressive with some players, regardless of what character you picked. If you have to divekick more or chuck more fireballs to make him jump, then so be it.
- Did I play the match-up correctly?
Most of the time, you lose because you played the match-up wrong. All of the character boards, besides Yun and Yang, have a match-up thread. Use this to your advantage.
- Did I drop my combos?
It happens. Even Justin Wong drops his combos. All you need to do is hit the training room to make sure your execution is tight.
- Am I just free?
More than likely, this is the case. Just play more and start playing better.