I wasn’t sure where else to ask this, so this seemed like the safest place to post.
I’ve been playing Street Fighter IV for three years. I’m nowhere near an expert. I got into the competitive scene pretty late and only started going out of my way to play with others locally a while ago. My main character is Cody, and I just hit 3000 BP tonight on XBL. Needless to say, I’m pretty confident in him. By no means am I godlike; I still have a lot to learn about him, more specifically his matchups. But I have a good feel for him.
Unfortunately, I’m a very fickle person, and sometimes playing the same character over and over again can get stale. Sometimes I feel the need to pick up a secondary. Whenever I bring that up to my training partners, however, they tell me it’s more important for me to stick with Cody and learn him to a T. That’s something I can totally get behind, but they’ll give me weird restrictions like, “get B+ with Cody before you can even think about using anyone else”. “It’s easy,” they’ll tell me, but I’m not sure if the grind is actually worth it. I want to be a really good player, but I’m not aspiring to be a pro by any means. I love using Cody as a main, but there are quite a few other characters I like using, too, namely Sakura. Not because she’s a better character or because she covers Cody’s bad matchups. She’s just…fun. And that’s why I play Cody.
I guess what I’m trying to ask is…what’s a good point to start learning a secondary character? I may listen to the advice of my friends, but I wanted to get some outsider opinions.