Lord Knight posted a Twitlonger outlining a general guide to approaching match up strategies for beginner to intermediate players. It also gives advice on what to do when having difficulties against unfamiliar characters.
On match up strategy development - (this is more for intermediate level players, but I would also recommend this for beginners):
If you've been playing/paying attention to fighting games for any amount of time, you know that match up knowledge is critical to any sort of success. That being said, you can't go to a tournament without hearing people talk about lack of match up knowledge. First off, you have to understand the difference between:
"I don't know the match up"
"We don't have a (insert character) player, so I don't know the match up".
To be frank, at a tournament level, neither statement is acceptable. However, at a personal level (as in, your personal growth as a player), the first statement is far preferable to the second.
Saying "I don't know the match up" suggests that you don't know it now, but you'll learn it eventually. Not knowing a match up is a pretty valid excuse for a loss - not having answers for an opponent's tools against your own almost guarantees defeat.
Saying "We don't have a (insert character) player in our area, so I don't know the match up" suggests to me that you not only haven't looked into the character, but you don't plan to because someone who doesn't play the character isn't readily available to you.
As your learning a fighting game, I think it's quite important to have at least a baseline knowledge of the entire cast. I go out of my way to play the "weird" characters in a game (think Fuerte, Bed Man, or Arakune) so I don't get caught off guard early in a game's life.
This is my personal process for learning a match up. You don't have to follow it to the letter, but if you don't have some sort of structure, this might help you.
1) Playing - this is obvious. You play against the character and write down/keep in mind what you are having trouble with in between games. It doesn't matter whether the matches take place IRL or online, because the whole point is to get comfortable with your tools against your opponents. Winning doesn't matter at this point. Usually, whatever I have at top of mind after matches are the things I review first.
2) Analyzing matches - Since I get a good amount of practice online, sometimes I save replays and look over a couple of matches. If you play online, I highly recommend saving replays. If not, recording a set works as well. Usually, my memory of a match doesn't really align with what happens, and there couple be points that I need to cover that I could've missed.
3) Watching videos - This kind of depends on the game and the character, but if possible, try to watch strong players of your character play the match up. I especially look for whatever things I was having problems with in step 1. If the character is new or no one really plays them for some reason, then this step might not be available. It's also important to note that just "watching" videos isn't enough - you want to analyze matches carefully for the points you're looking for.
4) Reflection - Try to put everything together all the information you've gathered for the next set of games.
5) Play again - Try out your answers and thoughts in matches. Here, you're just trying to apply what I learned. Again, winning isn't totally the goal, but you should hope to notice some sort of return on results.
6) Reflect again - The more you cycle through these steps, the more tiny details and nuance you'll begin to understand on the match. You can slowly work towards refining your strategy to perfection as long as you keep thinking about how the character interacts.
Usually I break matches down into:
Neutral - Full Screen/Mid Range/Close Range Anti-Air Air vs Air Offense (my pressure) - special things that work on this specific character Defense (their pressure) - how to deal with their offensive tools Setplay - special things I can do to them on knockdown - dealing with their reversals, any special things I can do to them, etc Their Setplay - the same as above, but how to defend against it
If I have some sort of character specific tool (for example, Millia's Pin), I'll have a section on how to use that against the character as well.
10/3 will truly be a TSB like no other. Fresh off Biscuits' T-Shirt campaign, along with a generous contribution from Hotashi, the people have selected several top players to fly out to NYC to participate in TSB. This TSB will also see $10 entry and several exhibitions to make it truly one to remember. The players flown out are....
In addition, several other out of state players are slated to come including THEBEAUTIFULDUDE, BRICE, HOTASHI, and rumor has it even LOST SOUL may make an appearance. Check out the full details here, and if you can't make it, watch it on TS Sabin's stream http://twitch.tv/NYCFurby
Famitsu has released 3 more videos taken from the BlazBlue Central Fiction closed loketest on August 24.
This time the videos are of casual matches between players who attended the closed loketest.
Please bear in mind that these videos are NOT representative of the upcoming loketest next weekend, which is expected to have its own fresh set of changes.
Hazama VS Hakumen Hazama VS Hibiki Valkenhayn VS Nu Hazama VS Hakumen
Hazama VS Amane Celica VS Hibiki Carl VS Valkenhayn Hakumen VS Azrael
Hakumen VS Noel Bang VS Tsubaki Litchi VS Terumi
Guilty Gear XRD will be one of 5 games filling the finals day slot. On Sunday they plan to have a high production stream featuring player stats, fight cards, live interviews plus a pregame/halftime show brought to you by The Daily Dot during the Sunday show. They also feature Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.
The main stream will be handled by PandaxGaming on their Twitch channel. Side streams covering BBCPE and GGXrd pools as well as the P4U tournament will be hosted by Salty Mayhem. Check below for location, event details, registration, stream schedule and information, and as well as the event trailer.
Comfort Inn 700 East Central Parkway Plano, Texas 75074
Games Featured Ultra Street Fighter IV – 360 ($1000 Bonus Pot) Mortal Kombat X – PS4 ($1000 Bonus Pot) Killer Instinct – XB1 (A World Cup Qualifier) Super Smash Bros WiiU – WiiU ($500 bonus pot) Dead or Alive 5 Last Round – PS4 (A World Cup Qualifier with a $500 bonus pot) Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – 360 Guilty Gear XRD – PS3 BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND – PS3 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – PS3 Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – PS3
Competitor Pass Registration Form $35 online $45 at the door. Spectator Pass Registration Form $10 online
Pre-register as a competitor before September 14th and you will get pre-register bonuses which include custom player cards, an AB6 tee, and raffle tickets. After registering you can request your custom player card here.
Stream Schedule ** All times posted are in CDT. Please use this timezone converter to check for your local time.
Saturday 12PM-2PM Blazblue CPE Pools streamed by Salty Mayhem 4PM-6PM GGXrd -SIGN- Pools streamed by Salty Mayhem
Sunday 10AM-12PM GGXrd -SIGN- Top 8 streamed by PandaxGaming 12PM-4PM P4U2 tourney streamed by Salty Mayhem
Famitsu posted an article featuring returning character Jam Kuradoberi who was announced at Arc Revolution Cup 2015 along with the official GGXrd -Revelator- trailer. She will be part of a patch coming late September which will also include some bug fixes and character adjustments.
A loketest of 1.01 will take place starting September 9th and continue for one week at three Club Sega arcades: Akihabara New Wing, Kagurazaka, and Nishiguchi
The official website has also posted patch notes for 1.01 along with Jam's movelist.
1.01 Patch Information and Jam Movelist 1.01 Patch Translation by SoWL 1.01 Patch Jam Loketest Info by GREATFERNMAN
(Translated movelist by notBaf0)
TheBiter has put together a compilation of what he's learned while playing Terumi. The video features a mix of combos from a variety of starters, stylish combos, and interesting ways to make use of Terumi's 50/50 super. Editing done by Delta.
Heaven or Hell, the biggest anime fighting game tournament in Brazil, is running its fifth edition in October. The tournament had its first iteration back in 2007, becoming a yearly event in 2012, when Lord Knight was invited to the tournament. Since then, the scene has been growing steadily in strength and popularity and, this year, Heaven or Hell has invited very special guests attending the tournament: Ruu, the famed Bridget and May player from Japan, and the Melty Blood Transcendental Orchestra finalist, Rakuchan. Rosha and Akkii, strong japanese Melty Blood players have also confirmed presence for the event.
Moreover, strong players from all over South America are coming to compete in Guilty Gear, Blazblue, Melty Blood and 3rd Strike. This is the first time we've ever had such a large-scale anime fighting game tournament in South America, so if you're looking for a stream to watch the weekend before CEOtaku, make sure to tune in and support!
Promotional poster drawn by NOi
Games: Guilty Gear Xrd, Blazblue, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code, Street Fighter III: 3rd strike, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (side)
Date: October 10th and 11th
Address: Av. Engenheiro Armando de Arruda Pereira, 1370 — Jabaquara (São Paulo/SP)
Early Registration: http://bit.do/hoh2015 (R$20 per game)
Right now, the brazilian Melty Blood scene is still accepting donations to pay for Rakuchan's flight expenses. They've already compromised to pay for all of the remaining expenses, but the donation drive will still go on until 10/09 in order to mitigate the amount as much as possible. With that said, if you're interested in supporting us, check out this page for more details on the donation drive, or you can directly send the amount through PayPal.
For any questions or further details you can contact me @HiagoXYZ on Twitter, or directly on Dustloop.
Starting last July there has been a project started by Dustloop users to create comprehensive character guides for beginners. The first of the guides to be highlighted is the Lambda-11 Beginners Guide by Frost Monarch. The guide is very comprehensive and covers just about everything a beginner would want to know.
If you wish to participate in the community run project to create beginner guides for BBCPE characters, make sure to post here. This project is entirely done by volunteers, so if you wish to see more resources for your character, then it might be best to step up to the plate.
Also if you've created character guides and resources for any game covered by Dustloop and want to see them highlighted, feel free to submit a tip to Dustloop by clicking Submit A Tip! at the top bar or contacting @DustloopForums on Twitter.