Daigo Umehara: Patience and execution aren't as important as reads when it comes to improving your win rate in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • May 16, 2020 at 7:44 p.m. PDT | Comments: 27

While RB|Daigo Umehara may not necessarily be the best player that competes at Street Fighter 5, it goes without saying that he has an immense amount of talent when it comes to fighting games.

In a clip that was translated by FGC Translated, Daigo revealed exactly what it is that makes him so successful. Interestingly enough, his success is not based around his patience or execution.

"Little things like this [will] help you increase your win rate. It's not like I'm very patient," declared Daigo. "I win because my reads are accurate. That's the only difference. It's not like I'm better at execution or something compared to others."

Daigo began explaining this after taking a match against a Cammy user. After trapping Cammy in the corner, Daigo was able to correctly read that they were going to try to jump out. He then swatted them out of the air with Guile's high kick.

"I win because my reads are accurate. That's the only difference. It's not like I'm better at execution or something compared to others." - Daigo

In this situation, Cammy had her V-Trigger activated but her stun gauge was nearly full. With V-Trigger now active, Cammy no longer had the ability to use a V-Reversal to lower her stun.

As a result, Daigo had a read that the opponent wanted to jump out of the corner. This high kick wasn't just a reaction. Daigo emphasized that he threw out this attack preemptively.

Things like patience and execution "don't make a huge difference in your win rate," according to Daigo. Following this, Daigo would then talk about choosing options that allow you to win rather than those that cause you to lose.

"It's better not to choose the option that could lead to your immediate death when punished," continued Daigo. "I'm not talking about options where you could die when punished but could finish the opponent if successful. I'm talking about the options in a given situation that could guarantee your death. Unless you have a special reason, you shouldn't choose options like that."

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