How not to lose to weaker players; Capcom Cup champion, Gachikun, shares his fighting game secrets and strategies

A lesson many know, but all of us need to hear repeatedly

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. PDT

We've all been there before... when it's clear that an opponent is not nearly as mindful or practiced in a fighting game you're playing, but somehow seems to be guessing their way to getting the one up on you over and over again.

The frustration sets in, the bad decisions increase, and the positive feedback loop ensures a swift trip straight to a KO. For those of us who could use a refresher on how to combat this, the reigning Capcom Cup champion, RB|Gachikun, has a bit of advice translated into English thanks to FGC Translated.

The answer here lies within your ability to observe and adapt, which is a fighting game 101 no-brainer concept that we still need constant reminders of. During a recent stream session, Gachikun explained the situation of a player named Kawano, who has hit something of a plateau.

The Rashid player explains that Kawano is a strong competitor who can deal with higher-level opponents, but has been having an increasingly hard time getting through earlier brackets against players who resort to more elementary tactics to get by.

Gachikun uses the example of Kawano being consistently ready to catch forward dash movements (something that you absolutely must be ready for in higher-level play). While it's very good to be ready for this, it doesn't actually help you much if the other player is not engaged in the same mind game you are (even if they technically should be).

It's much more efficient to be able to identify the particular rhythm and rhyme, or lack thereof, of any individual opponent. Once you do this, you can then try to adjust to a counter rhythm designed specifically to defeat them. Kawano's issue is that he invests too much time and focus on areas that aren't getting him anywhere against certain players, and then failing to identify that and change things appropriately.

Check out the video below to see all of what Gachikun had to say on the matter:

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