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Laura resets are cool but watch out for this Urien's strategical Critical Art mashing in Street Fighter 5

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • June 8, 2021 at 1:05 p.m. PDT • Comments: 26

Grapplers like Laura in Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition work best when combined with the feeling of fear from the opponent. By forcing the enemy to panic, grapplers can win games simply by guessing correctly enough times.

However, this obviously requires the right reads to pull off. If the grappler user guesses wrong, then they'll be the one getting blown up instead. This recently happened in a clip uploaded by Adam on Twitter.

Adam, the Urien player seen in the clip, found himself in a bad spot when Laura landed a crouching medium punch that was then canceled into her V-Trigger 1. Laura then began pushing Urien while in front of one of her slow moving EX projectiles (one hit had already connected).

Most Laura players will opt to create a reset situation rather than finishing up a combo for maximum damage. Since scaling is reset between combos, this strategy tends to be extremely effective for Laura.

However, one look at the Urien player's inputs demonstrated that he knew full well that this was going to happen. If Urien were to ever be released from the combo, then a Critical Art would surely come out.

Some players will just call this mindless mashing, but I'd like to think that this was a strategical decision that worked out for Adam. There's a valuable lesson here that can be seen in the clip below:

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