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Step Up Your Game: Chapter 12 - Online Warriors

Written by Justin Wong
March 19, 2013 at 8:35 p.m. PDT
I have been playing a lot of Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 and Street Fighter X Tekken v2013 online recently and its been really fun.

I played many high ranked players and they know their frame traps, setups, option selects and match ups. They would probably do very well in tournament.

Now, the downside of being an online warrior is that you will have bad habits and you will also be guessing a lot on wake up, jumping a lot or mashing an invincible move out all the time.

Even the top online warriors have their own little online tactic that they use to get to win but its possible that it only works 100% online and somewhat offline but its definitely habits you DO NOT want to have in my opinion.

Examples of bad online habits

Here are some bad character habits that you can distinguish online.

• M. Bison (Dictator) AE2012 - Full screen slide.

• Cammy AE2012 - Heavy Kick Version of Cannon Drill from sweep range.

• Any Grappler - Churning that 360.

• E. Honda - Repeated butt slams.

• C. Viper - Super Jump cancel Burn kick from full screen to the opponent.

Being an online warrior has its perks. You can play online at your leisure, make friends and sparring partners to play with, and also learn match ups that you will not normally get, but my advice to online warriors is if you do have a passion to compete — don't wait for EVO for that chance. Try to attend locals, or majors to get some of that offline experience.

The offline experience is a complete different game because online tactics will not work because players will react better offline.

A perfect example of this — and I wish I didn't have to use this — is White Gun. He is obviously one of the best Ibuki players online, but when he went to Canada Cup he made some plays that clearly only work online. If you watch this video below, you can see White Gun doing well but then starts getting flustered and started to rely on some strings that I can see working online.

Some of the things that I normally do not see offline Ibuki players do is a string into her command dash, and continuing the pressure. I believe that this tactic is not that strong offline, and Whitegun also never attempted to throw any kunais after a knockdown. He might have been nervous but that is why going to offline sessions or tournaments will help you get rid of those bad habits.

Here is an online match of White Gun playing.

Now if you notice, he starts doing Kunai mixups after knockdown which is good but he still likes to do those command dashes, which is something that you should cut down if you want to compete offline. One online player that has been stepping it up in the offline world is MMS|Native. You guys know him as a T. Hawk player and he has been blowing up many top players such as Wolfkrone, EMP|Dieminion and many more.

Now, I actually think that playing a grappler online and bringing it offline is probably beneficial. because grapplers have to make a lot of reads and Native has very good reads.

The only downfall on Native's part is that he likes to churn butter and mash DP at the same time during opponent's block strings, or mid combos. If you realize that he does this stuff — then an offensive backdash could heavily work in your favor. If you check this match you will see the Grand Finals of EMP|Dieminion vs. MMS|Native and Native does well but then starts getting desperate with using the dive into SPD, or churning that ultra out on some occasions.

My best advice for those up and coming players from the online world is to try to notice your bad online habits and replace them for offline tournaments. You might lose some PP points online, but in the end it might help you upset some top players at the tourney — or even get you that first place title!

Videos from CanadaCupGaming, FlipWil and Local Battles.

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The_Big_Boss said on March 19, 2013 at 9:19 p.m.

Good stuff right here. Definitely informative as I have been hitting the offline scene tough lately.

JoeLewis said on March 19, 2013 at 9:34 p.m.

Glad to see that Native is getting better. Not a lot of people can see it but he puts in a lot of work. He has come miles away from a year ago. Its great to see!


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