Increase your win rate in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition with this sage advice from Daigo

Knowing when to perform the right attacks isn't always intuitive

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 23, 2020 at 9:09 a.m. PDT

It was during Season 2 in Street Fighter 5 that I remember being especially tilted by Birdie's EX Bull Head attack, not because I found it too fast or hard-hitting, but because of the way I myself was often punished for trying to punish it after successfully blocking.

This was my first real exploration into what we could fairly term "trap" moves, (as they tend to give you a false or skewed sense of advantage) and it turns out that understanding them is a pillar of RB|Daigo Umehara's advice for those struggling to increase win rates here in Champion Edition.

A recent upload from FGC Translated sees the Beast discussing some of the snags he sees lower level players running into after being asked what some of the key differences are between competitors around the platinum ranks and those above.

The Japanese god of fighting games (who is currently playing on a platinum-ranked account) founds his lesson on the fairly general idea that understanding the nuances of when and where to press certain buttons is a foundational pillar when it comes to making progress.

Street Fighter 5 has a relatively simple facade thanks in large part to developers' commitment-based approach to gameplay, but those who have sunk more than a few hours into playing will likely have already begun to pick up on the fact that the fight's flow is littered with little exceptions to the "rules."

Knowing when to throw a move and when not to is not at all as simple a process as it first seems, but this is a lesson that isn't always immediately apparent. Paying specific attention to lesser-examined avenues of play like this can really help competitors rise through plateaus considering how much even the smallest error can cost you in SF5.

Check out all of what Daigo has to say via the embed here and please share your thoughts, reactions, and any additional tips you may have in the comments below.

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