This discussion is basically me trying to evaluate from players their experiences and advice in regards to how to win, and making the leap from an intermediate casual to someone who truly wants to compete and win. The first step on this road for me would be to at least try and earn my first pro star on the KI leaderboards, but that’s a small checkpoint in the bigger span of the journey.
The point I want to ask about and discuss is that as you become more competitive, you realize overall that while your enjoyment of the game is essential to doing well at it, at a certain point, you also have to give credence to the available data out there that supports certain trends to the game, and regard it with a little more gravity than an idealistic optimism that there is no truly unwinnable matchup.
You could say this is a tier list discussion, but tier lists are only part of it. Basically, we all want to win, but making the jump from casual or intermediate to an advanced level means, among other things, you want to win MORE, that you want to maximize your efforts and win as frequently as possible. From dissecting match footage for mistakes and correcting your game plan, studying frame data, watching other people’s match footage for tactics and tech, and making the best use of your lab time.
However, at some point, for the effort you put into learning a character, and trying to improve with them, I think part of growing and becoming better is not only understanding your strengths, and what to do to make your problem matches with that character easier, but also coming to the understanding that in order to maximize your wins and becoming better, you have to lend a little credibility to tier list discussion and accept the fact that at times, a counterpick can be a powerful tool, and one that can make a battle with a strong opponent much easier.
I love playing as Cinder, and months ago, I would say he may have his problems matchups, but he is capable of winning against anyone in the game, some with more effort and thought than others. But maximizing your wins doesn’t always go hand in hand with an idealist attitude, and understanding that my opponents can and will counterpick against me is a strong tactic. As such, I would be foolish to believe that a counterpick won’t affect my odds at all. Time passes, and I realize there are a few matchups Cinder may be able to win, but he just has such a hard time, it seems better to make the call to use someone who’s strengths are more suited to a matchup than Cinder’s tools.
Basically, in wanting to win, at what point do I balance the loyalty of my main to the will to win? In tournaments people counterpick all the time, and to win more, maybe I have to back off the idealist philosophy somewhat and accept that picking characters with better moves and advantages will increase my win ratio, and possibly expand my skill as a player. I still believe my main Cinder is good, and fun, but he’s got a hard time against some characters like Gargos and Glacius.
Eventually I would like to enter a tournament, with the intention of winning, and if I can’t get first place, I want to be as high on the pecking order as possible. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way, but when you enter a contest, if your intention isn’t to win and your ambition isn’t high, you won’t do well, as your position is a product of your mindset, at least in my belief. So with that said, I what to adopt a more winning mindset. Part of that though, is when is my loyalty to my main character detrimental to my results?
I love playing as Cinder, and believe he’s great for a lot of matchups. However, even with @UABass being as good a Cinder as he is, from watching a lot of his footage, even he has his moments where he contemplates a counterpick and the need to maximize his chances at winning. He doesn’t play Cinder all the time, and has recently shown some stuff he can do with Kilgore as well.
So I guess coming to the heart of the matter, does it sound selfish or narrowminded to abandon a single character proficiency, especially a character you’ve spent a long time cultivating a gameplan for in all matchups, for a new one in the opportunity to maximize your potential at winning? And where would you even start after making that decision?
This is where I defer to those who have walked the path before, or can share some enlightened perception on this issue. It doesn’t necessarily narrow it down to “tournament players only”, but anyone who wants to do better and increase their odds of winning, and their own experiences and decisions along that path.
Also, if this is in the wrong category, I apologize and I will move it to the correct one as soon as someone can teach me how to do that. I don’t create topics often so I’m kind of at a loss to some of the forum features.