I’d say 2, 16, 17 and 18 are probably my biggest weaknesses.
I actually tend to autopilot when number 16 (low patience) comes in to play. Oh what’s that? You blocked my blade demon? I better LK in to blade demon seven more times in hopes that you’ll eventually decide that whole “blocking” thing’s not for you and I can just open you up.
I also tend to rely too much on certain moves or strings when I’m pressured or frustrated and I stop letting the match come to me. Instead of reading and reacting or simply trying to play my game, I tend to go for my go-to moves too often and I become exceedingly predictable, as I’m sure anyone playing against my hopping Sadie can attest.
It’s strange, when I was relatively good at Tekken way back when, I was a lot better at reading the opponent, thinking from their point of view and anticipating what they’d do next, and I’ve never been able to get to that level in this game, at least not to a great extent.
Yeah, if it’s low level stuff, someone’s spamming this or that, I can adapt and respond, but against someone with a game plan, who’s highly adaptable, aggressive, and knows how to mix up their approach, their autos, etc?
I’m terrible at thinking the game at a higher level against these people and I can fall in to a “this is a good, safer move, try this and hope for the best” mentality which can lead me toward autopilot and predictability.
The good news is that I tend to approach high level players the way I approach golf. I don’t expect to do well, so I don’t get frustrated when I fail to hit eighteen consecutive holes in one, or even when I slice the ball at a near 90 degree angle. Of course, I play golf like once every three years and I play this just about every day, but still…
I’ve been trying a lot more lately to improve upon these weaker aspects of may game. I’ve been trying to have more confidence in my ability and to utilize a variety of tools and ways I can approach or react with specific tools to the point where I can slow down a bit, watch what my opponent’s doing and really take in how they approach certain situations and what they’re trying to do and think about what I can do on my end to counter that.
Or more simply put, actually see the chess match as its unfolding rather than just attack attack attack, start a combo, get in a combo, get in another combo, etc.
I find that the more I’m able to do this, the less frustrated I become, even if action 1, reaction 1, reaction 2, action 2 etc all don’t work in my favor. I become much more accepting of the fact that the opponent outplayed me and I spend more time thinking of what I could’ve done from both an execution standpoint as well as an approach standpoint rather than getting angry, which I know serves no purpose, especially in something that’s supposed to be fun.