After spending so much time playing Jago and approaching different areas of difficulty (match-up troubles, consistent results, mastering my own style) I figured I would share my thoughts on everything.
Essentially, I play this character because I enjoy the design and admire the re-work from the previous games. While considered the fundamental, easy to play and most common character choice among beginners, I truly appreciate the concept of having a tool to deal with almost situation, but absolutely needing to master all areas of play (spacing, footsies, anti-airing, zoning, wake-up options, mix-up tools, match-up awareness, learning to control or reestablish neutral game, strategy and end game tactics) in order to win at a higher level.
Jago has a very strong presence in the game and yet, in order to be successful with him, you have to overcome playing on auto-pilot and relying on one tool in order to win. This is the very same reason I appreciate playing this character and I feel that it shows in my matches. Strong players will adapt and find ways through your strategy and can even influence you to hesitate when trying to utilize the best tool in your arsenal. This alone requires you to think organically and truly engage the opponent. The thought of this made me realize how much I truly appreciate another player for how they choose to evolve and how it influences me to do the same.
At the end of it all, this post is more about the concept, appreciation and reflection of what I see when using the character and not a tutorial or instructional guide. However, if I were to give any piece of advice to a player, it would be to continue growing and developing yourself. I recommend creating your own style, mastering your strengths and improving upon your weaknesses. Remaining positive and respecting your fellow challenger is also something I believe is important. A rival is definitely more worthwhile than an enemy. Finally, remembering that losing is apart of learning and a symbol of your dedication. You would not be able to lose if you were not playing in the first place. Playing the game and continuing to play only shows the true heart of the warrior. The day you stop growing or it is no longer fun, at that point, I can understand why people would leave it behind.
Now, while a large portion this information might be very obvious to some, many players forget that you truly make something your own when you commit to the path of self-improvement. At that point, winning and losing matters no where near the same as becoming a stronger and more complete player.
Jago embodies that belief for me. Just thought I would share with the rest of you.
Thank you for your time!