So I am a bit new to this forum…
… but I am not new to Street Fighter, I played pretty extensively from 1991 - 1996 playing pretty much at least 4 times a week, (sometimes more) constantly, within those years mostly at liquor stores and arcades. I don’t think I am a tournament player material by any means, but I do think I’m above average. I use to brake down the game just as most of the top fellow members here, researching counters and experimenting with new combos, etc… I can beat most of my friends pretty easily (doesn’t mean much) and there friends-friends, who supposedly are “Good players”. Like most old skool players with the release of SFIV, they seem to be coming out of “retirement” and finding that spark that they once had when SFII first came out. I just recently picked up a PS3 and have been playing SFIV only the last couple of weeks (I love it by the way). I haven’t started online play yet, because I haven’t got my Joystick in yet and since (back in the day) I use to always play at the arcades; playing on console game pads, just isn’t cutting it. My joystick is on its way and I should get it within the next week or so. Once I get it I’ll test out online play for more competitive play.
(Not specific to me, but in general for anyone else who wants to step up there game play…)
How do I transform from an above average player to a contending “Tournament Player”?
How do I know I’m ready for Tournament play?
(I heard there is an online “ranking system”)
How accurate is it? Is it dependable?
Doesn’t the lag come into play vs. offline play?
If you consistently play online won’t your “rank” eventually go up anyway?
Does it necessarily mean if I can hang with the top guys online, I can hang in a Tournament?