Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Pop Off: Street Fighter Rant

Alright I am really sick and tired of playing this game and not because I think its bad or good.

I can't get any quality competition to get better in this game while other regions are able to play people on a consistent basis who are good and not even have to play that much to still be able to compete at a really high level.

In this area what all I have is wolfkrone and for us to play we just play online since we are like a hour and a half away from each other. Yea I have hella Viper matchup experience but the rest of the characters in the game? Not really so whenever I lose in this game I always feel like I lost not because I was out played but I just don't know what the hell is going on. In this game it boggles my mind. SF2 for whatever reason is way easier to understand. The game in general and match ups too, but this game I am like how the hell do I open someone up you can just tech every grab with delay tech or mash tech when there is a block string and don't press a button at right time and you won't ever get counter hit. Like seriously? I have seen someone do this and it is just frustrating how much easier it is to not get hit opposed to how difficult it is to hit.

Yea I used Akuma for what 3 years but he isn't fun I don't like how he plays but I like him art wise so I kept using him but now I am trying to figure out who better suits me. I dislike how you can tech grabs hella easy and I hate how certain chars like viper don't even need to they just burn kick or ex seismo to get away from it and both these moves are safe. Most chars at least need two bars to FADC a reversal and make sure the attack doesn't whiff but nah viper can just toss shit out safely since burn kick has decent range and ex seismo is 3/4ths of the screen as it is.

Anyway I keep wanting to play this game and keep trying to practice regardless having no consistent quality competition but its hella tough cause my fundamentals as a player only go so far until knowledge of the game comes into play.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Pop Off!

This time on the Pop Off: The subject is MK players.

You might hate me after reading this but I am really just trying to evolve the mk scene.

Anyway first things first this is a rant but its all real talk. I haven't gotten this irritated in a while but its getting pretty ridiculous.

Alright first off I am sick and tired of people saying Kung Lao is so strong. You know what he loses the SAME MATCHES now that he lost in the last game but it seems like most of you players lack the brain capacity to figure out how to fight him. How the hell do you place characters like Cyrax, Kabal, Reptile and Kitana under him? Are you really that stupid? Do you not know how to block low.

You know Kung Laos biggest weakness are people who just crouch low and guard? Guess what his options are when you do that? Overhead that doesn't lead into ANY COMBO AT ALL or a damn throw which if he decides to dash at you upon throwing you he can't block your wake up attack so he has to walk up to you and block. This is a bug that is still in the game that they haven't fixed yet and won't be fixed.

Another big weakness of kung lao is he has not one answer to defend against players who d4 him all day. All he can do is jump in. He doesn't have a mid string starter all he can do is roll and hes at a slight advantage depending on where he is on the screen. If he does roll too close hes neutral if he does it far away hes advantage but slightly, however all you have to do is stay crouched and he can't get any damage off of you. If he tries a cross up jump punch from that range guess what?! It whiffs and you get to hit him.

Characters with low hit boxes totally limit all of his options. First he can't jump at low hit box chars cause his jump in whiffs. He can't teleport and do anything because all options whiffs when you crouch even as a low hit box char and he can't come in and do a string because all of his strings begin high. SMH its like you guys don't even know how to use training mode. Yea i know we are limited options but you can still figured out stuff with what we have there. Just set the dummy to duck and you will see what I am talking about.

As far as low hat goes just freaking block low. If he hits you with the overhead from 24 so what. His pressure goes away and now he has to work hella hard to try to get back in again. Its like this for both versions of the game.

Tom Brady and Reo why the hell are you guys rating Kung Lao so high on your tier lists?! Neither one of you are Kung Lao specialists or have indepth knowledge of his matchups like I do. Please just stop it. Kung Lao is not top tier in this game. He is high tier at best. I wouldn't even say he was top tier in the last patch either but well most people just panic when he gets close instead of realizing hes all smoke and mirrors. Intimidated by his speed smh when he really doesnt even have speed its just the dive kick.

And for the last time STOP MAKING TIER LISTS BASED AROUND HOW YOUR MAIN CHAR DOES AND WHAT CHARS YOU HAVE A HARD TIME AGAINST! Matchups vs Matchups is the way to go. Please adapt that formula thank you.

Also I am tired of people getting hella hype for Cyrax's shit. Are you kidding me 70% combos and resets which are kindergarten easy to do? Like man what the hell. Kabal's shit is hella easy mode too. Don't tell me instant air gas blast is hard to do. If you think it is I will show you at the next tournament how easy it is and how stupidly dumb Kabal is. Its like you guys just don't know how to come up with shit besides combos. Everyones fundamentals are shot, but I guess I can't really expect much from a online based community where you can't develop fundamentals because online you can't even anti air properly.

Reptile is also hella easy to use like come the hell on man really? There should be 10x's more reptile and cyrax players in this country.

Don't let me get started on kitana. Yea you can crouch her shit and shes "kind of free" on wake up. But what is really going to stop this bitch from running away forever and throwing instant air fans.

Another annoying topic. Will you guys stop blowing up casual matches online and offline. Casuals are what they are casuals. Do you really think people are playing as serious in casual matches as they are in tournament? That is asinine. Its understandable you all feel like you have a great deal to prove which is good I respect the hunger but unfortunately it doesn't mean shit unless it is in tournament or a high stakes money match for a set amount of matches. Until then cut the crap on the casuals. Yea arturo got double flawlessed in casuals right before the tournament but then he raped that guy in the tournament. Anything can happen in one game and especially in casuals where people don't care. Trust me I had to go through the same shit a bunch of years back so don't make it seem like I am trying to have some elitist attitude that is just how it is. The game is different offline and in a tournament atmosphere. Just trying to make sure you guys are prepared so you can perform.

Casuals are for finding out new strats or just testing the waters. No one cares about your casual wins. I know however there are some players who keep count on every single casual match they have ever played someone knowing the counts from years ago like for no reason. MK players if you guys want to be taken seriously you need to drop this attitude like yesterday.

Also cut the crap with the online shit seriously. Like seriously what is this 6 years ago? You online warriors with your Neo in the matrix power ups need to get a reality check.

In a offline tournament the atmosphere is different. Both you and your opponent move at the same time, both of you can actually punish everything that is punishable and etc etc. You can't have the edge because you are used to playing underwater and other people aren't. Also tournament is 2/3 until grand finals which is usually 3/5 or sometimes 4/7. You don't have a million games so you better come with a solid game plan or you won't be going too far.