So the big news two weeks ago was the Gamestop National Street Fighter 4 tournament. By now, everyone knows that Justin Wong won and can currently claim the title of U.S. Champion.
Of interest was the exhibition matches between Justin, the Japanese national champion Iyo, the Korean national chapion Poongko, and Daigo. This is the match between Daigo and Iyo:
@0:33 – Daigo uses a focus attack against the outstretched limbs of Dhalsim from across the screen. This makes a great deal of sense, since Dhalsim doesn’t have anything that can hit for a second time which would knock someone out of a focus attack at that range and if timed right, you will get a hit on the limbs. It’s a great counter from that distance for any character.
@2:47 – Daigo jumps back to avoid Dhalsim’s fireball, and then throwing his own so that it comes out right at the point where Dhalsim’s fizzles. This should be considered against Dhalsim, Chun-Li, and Sakura when using any character with a projectile that doesn’t fade.
@3:01 – Daigo does a “psychic” Hadouken EX. Seriously folks, don’t try that at home.
@4:27 – Again, a “psychic” SRK to hit Dhalsim’s outstretched limbs cancelled into a Super Combo which hits from across the screen. Do not even attempt unless your name is “Daigo”.
@7:03 – Daigo does a j.HP –> cr.HP –> Hurricane Kick EX –> Hurricane Kick EX. Quite nice. If I played Ryu, I’d try to put that into my corner pressure game, since you aren’t going to get it in the middle of the screen.
Then there is the match between Daigo and Poongko:
To be honest, there doesn’t seem to be much to mention here. While Poongko is an amazing Ryu player, he lacks a certain finesse. His style is very aggressive, which is fine in itself, but his aggression leads to some sloppy play, as evidenced by his match above, and with Justin as well.
Finally, there is the match between Justin and Daigio. Of course, everyone knows about the 2004 Evo semi-final match between Daigo and Justin in Street Fighter III: Third Strike, where Daigo came back from what seemed to be an insurmountable lead by Justin. Well, this time, Daigo didn’t really give Justin much of a chance, taking four straight rounds from him:
@2:34 – Daigo goes into a sequence of cr.LP –> cr.LK –> cr.LP –> cr.LK. It’s a small thing, but if the first hit, it means three more hits at least. He chained them perfectly.
Then there is the new Championship mode that was added to the console versions of SF4. There isn’t much to be said about them, with two exceptions:
On PSN, the voting for the video replay is absolutely broken. Check out the top video on PSN, and see how there are votes being accumulated for every second of the game, while none of them are “funny”, “awesome” or “beautiful”.
While the disconnect detect system is good, it is still flawed. It would seem that someone can still disconnect at the end of a match and in some instances, the disconnect will be credited against the person disconnected on as well. I have a 2% disconnect rate and I have never ragequit.
When the Messiah Kick is blocked, Sagat can counter with a Tiger Uppercut (all versions) before launching into the follow-up attack. That means that any move with a startup of five frames or less can be snuck in before the follow-up to the Messiah Kick.
There are many times (not always) when he crouch blocks a Low Tiger Shot EX and it takes a little bit longer for the second hit to be blocked. I get the feeling that he can get a reversal between the two hits when they are not one after the other.
I saw in a video that you can start a focus-attack after the cr.MK in a cr.MK –> Hadouken combo and go through the fireball. It should work with Ryu, regardless of the frame data difference (Ryu’s Hadouken comes out one or two frames faster, depending if it is an EX or not) because the Hadouken will be absorbed by the focus attack.
When crossing up with Blanka, it’s always good to use a cr.LK, as the cr.MP will go right over him if he ducks.
There is enough recovery time from the two-hit standing HK (before they go to the cr.HK) to counter with a Tiger Uppercut.
Man, this character still houses me every time. Rufus used to be in this class, but not so much anymore.
See section on El Fuerte. Consider yourself a pinball when playing a skilled Gen player.
I’ve seen a number of videos where Sagat can combo from LK –> Tiger Knee or Tiger Shot, but for some reason, I can’t get the timing down. It’s not a link, but an actual cancel (frame data supports this as well), but for some reason, the timing seems different.
I can get a stuffed Tiger Uppercut –> F + HK –> Low Tiger Shot EX or Ultra Combo. To connect with the last move, one just has to wait a little bit after the F + HK before executing the last move. Against Blanka’s Backstep Rolling Attack, you can replace the Low Tiger Shot EX with a regular Tiger Shot. I have to explore why this situation allows for a non-EX Tiger Shot, as I don’t always want to waste the Super bar.