I’ve been playing KI for a while now, since the start of Season 2 or so. I never truly invested myself in any fighting game like I did with KI. Sure, I played MK9 and a little bit of Street Fighter, but never online or serious; just a few games and I moved on to Gears of War or Fallout.
This changed, drastically I might add. Fighting games came from my second least favorite to one of my most followed now. All thanks to Killer Instinct and its community. Thanks for that.
As said by our very own The Samurai Ostrish, I went from a Cub to a Tiger. Heck, I didn’t even know what DP meant until I actually decided to learn the mechanics of the game as best I could. I suppose I fared up well also, I learned: timing, footsies, neutral game, reads, combos, manuals, etc. Something I would of brushed off back then simply because I felt out of place in fighting games, as I still do at times. Nonetheless, I learned beyond my imagination of what I would understand and do with each character. I have enjoyed every moment of doing-so and am glad I took that step beyond my video-game comfort zone.
Alas, I have reached a stop that I have been desperately trying to move past from. I kept from this post because I thought it was merely a hump since the new season would require re-learning and a different approach of certain characters, but it has seemed as if I have lost my way. I spent a fair amount of time in the lab trying new tech as well as learning what each characters best tools were. Not only that but I also watched every 8BBD since its comeback and the few tournaments that have occurred since the launch of Season 3. Still, I cannot seem to find a balance.
What I mean is that I feel as if I am either incredibly bad or lucky. As it stand my Ranked record is 91 - 30 (I think, will update the actual number once I log back on) which is pretty good all things considered. Yet, anytime I play I win because I face Killers who make mistakes or lower skilled players then I face Pro Stared players or just someone who knows the game/matchup very well and get dominated 0-2. My point is, I feel lucky and not like I earned these victories and I also feel crushed when these guys pick up on every mistake and make hard reads. I doubted Jago considering he hardly has any gimmicks, is awfully predictable and can be broken easily. But as I said, I watch tournament and saw Thompxson defeat his opponents with precise timing and solid reads. Obviously, I am no Thompxson - I model my tech from him to give me a better idea of what to do. But, it hardly works when in the moment of battle. So I either feel lucky when I win or get dominated but hardly do I feel as if I make solid choices on critical moments. Moreover, I have been called out on relying solely on Jago’s frametraps but succumbing to very basic tech. I even fought against GutterMagic to get some deeper insight as he suggested I break way too early and my anti-air needs to be more refined. I worked on my weaknesses but I still feel unaccomplished or rather like I simply cannot transition from the fundamentals to the advanced techniques. At the worst, I feel like I am moving backwards.
Is there a reason I am stuck? Have I found my limit of what I can aspire to in fighting games? I suppose my brain’s immediate instinct to panic on critical moments also makes my learning experience worse. Afterall, at this point I trademarked Jago’s Full Screen Windkick… prior to that I used the Shadow version.
Am I the only one feeling this, anyone else felt like they were stuck in a similar situation? It’s frustrating no doubt, but more than anything I supposed I feel ashamed to ever consider myself a Veteran or Killer of KI solely on my tenure or luck with the game.
Edit: Ranked record is actually 95 - 29 as of this post, regardless my point still stands.