Continuing the discussion from Skeletal's Ranked Challenge: Introduction & Poll Thread:
What Is Skeletal’s Ranked Challenge?
Throughout the first two seasons of Killer Instinct, I played Thunder almost exclusively. Because of this, my ability to play other characters has been limited, and I’m hoping to change that with Season 3! I am planning to use a combination of the changes to Ranked Leagues, input from the Ultra-Combo.com forum community, and a healthy dose of trial and error to earn some achievements, expand my understanding of the game, and my stable of playable characters!
Skeletal’s Ranked Challenge is a pretty simple experiment:
During the last week of each month, a poll will be posted in the following thread to allow forum members to vote for their favorite character from a list I have selected.
For the next month, I will practice with the winning character, in order to learn their moves and playstyle.
On the first available day each month, I will voluntarily reset my rank in Ranked Leagues and drop back down to Qualifier. My Ranked matches for that entire month will be played with the chosen character, in order to keep a list of my progress, wins/losses, and to force me to actually USE the character I’m learning.
My progress records for Mira will be listed in this thread, sometimes as “bloglike” text posts, and other times featuring clips, gifs, or screenshots when available. Ranked stats (including potential end-of-month Killer League points) will be kept in this thread whenever possible.
I will not always be playing Killer Instinct when I have time to game, and when playing Killer Instinct I will not limit my character use when playing single player modes, or Exhibition matches with friends. I do not want to completely burn myself out!
FORUM PARTICIPATION RULES AND GUIDELINES
- Please understand that I am not an extremely high-skilled player. I do not spend much time in Practice mode or studying frame data. I have a bit of a tendency to button mash, and am AWFUL at breaking. I also sometimes struggle with particular inputs. I have never been as interested in or committed to a fighting game before, but I love Killer Instinct! With this in mind, please make sure that any posts you decide to share in this thread are constructive criticism, advice, and encouragement, because I understand that I have many flaws to my gameplay, and I’m looking to improve through this Challenge.
While this will hopefully be an interesting or entertaining experience for you, I already know that this will be a difficult and potentially embarrassing journey for me because I am sharing the information with everyone here.
- Please vote in the monthly polls, and share your character-specific feedback on each character’s thread. Your input will be important to this experiment, as your comments, suggestions and advice can help me to learn a particular character or matchup, or understand how to correct a fundamental weakness as well. By helping me to choose a character each month, you are also motivating me to not simply fall back on Thunder all the time, and to pick a wide variety of characters even if I would not normally have chosen them on my own.
May’s monthly poll for the Skeletal Ranked Challenge has concluded, and the winner is Mira!
Vampires can be extremely cool, when done properly, and visually I believe the guys and girls at IG and MS have done a great job giving us Mira - you can even say they’ve staked their reputation on it! (Sorry.)
I’m a bit intimidated by her health management. In the little experimentation I’ve done so far, I have found that I am struggling to land her command grabs at times. I think my previous experience with Thunder is actually working against me, contrary to what I was anticipating. Thunder’s grab is definitely longer-ranged, and I feel like my opponents have been anticipating grabs more often against Mira due to the fact that she needs the grab to recover health. One tip I saw which I will need to work into my play is to end a combo with her bats into a wallbounce, which supposedly gives you a “free” heavy bite for some health back.
So far, I’m working way harder than I suspect I’m supposed to with Mira. I’ve been cycling between pumping out big damage, then failing miserably to get it back, meaning I’m almost always behind.
I will be studying the Mira Tech Thread, and trying to put the notes there into practice. If you know of any decent instructional videos floating around (I’m looking for basics and general knowledge more than “OMFG LOOK AT THIS 97.126% COMBO” right now), please be sure to let me know!
Feel free to share your thoughts, wellwishes, advice, setups, whatever! I will play my first Ranked matches with Mira tonight or tomorrow night!