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#1 22 February 2010 - 06:43 AM

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This topic gets made like every 2 weeks, so I'm making it now save everyone the trouble. GENERAL ADVICE FOR PICKING A MAIN:

1. watch videos of good players using a character, see if the general gameplan they use is what you want to do.

2. look up combos for the character, and try them out in training mode.

3. play with the character yourself, see if you like using him/her/it.


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#2 22 February 2010 - 03:50 PM

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If you:
  • like grapple characters, such as Zangief or Daimon,
  • want to catch the opponent off guard and inflict 50% plus damage,
  • don't care about using a low tier character,
  • don't mind the negative feedback you'll get occasionally,
  • want to plow through noobies,
  • and/or want to use tech traps, tick throws, and gadget finger shenanigans to drive your opponent insane,
then Iron Tager is the character for you. :eng101:
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#3 22 February 2010 - 06:48 PM

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Please don't ask other people in this forum to pick a main for you. We can't read your mind. Go find out yourself. You are your own best judge.
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#4 22 February 2010 - 11:22 PM

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Please don't ask other people in this forum to pick a main for you. We can't read your mind. Go find out yourself. You are your own best judge.


I realize that to an expert at the game, the question can become nagging and annoying. However, some people truly have issues picking a main and therefore need a bump in the right direction. As long as the person gives enough information to warrant another's ability to give an opinion on their situation, I don't think there's anything wrong with this topic.

#5 23 February 2010 - 12:01 AM

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Quite frankly, any advice we give doesn't mean anything to hands-on experience when it comes to picking a character to use. We COULD tell you what character you should play based on your personality/playstyle, but that would like picking your clothes for you... what matters is YOU need to figure out what you want and what you are comfortable with.

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#6 23 February 2010 - 12:17 AM

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Don't let tiers effect your decision. Also you don't have to settle for one character. Just play whoever you like, like Kaqn does.

#7 23 February 2010 - 12:23 AM

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I'm sure that anyone who:
  • Likes characters with a freezing mechanic
  • Likes shotos in fighting games
  • Is a little psycho
  • Doesn't like to work hard to apply pressure
  • Just wants to be cool
should pick :JI:
Baited :IZ:

gotta admit, never figured you for an Izayoi player. That said, I can't wait to see what you'd do with her knowing you have magical BB Jesus powers.


#8 23 February 2010 - 12:23 AM

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Quite frankly, any advice we give doesn't mean anything to hands-on experience when it comes to picking a character to use.
We COULD tell you what character you should play based on your personality/playstyle, but that would like picking your clothes for you... what matters is YOU need to figure out what you want and what you are comfortable with.


What he said.

The only bumps in the right direction a person needs are the definitions of a character's playstyles, and vids on what their playstyles look like. Or hey, you might like Jin because he's a gorgeous blonde type even though we tell you to pick Ragna to begin. Or you might like Carl because of clap loop, even though he's goddamn hard to learn. Do we know your likes and dislikes? Your personal history? Your traumas and life experiences? No. We don't. Therefore, any advice we might give you may well be nothing at all, because again, you are the one that ultimately chooses who you want to use.
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#9 23 February 2010 - 12:27 AM

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And I approve of what some people are doing already here.

If you:

  • Like reading other players moves and countering them
  • Like playing defensive and reactionary
  • Like a relatively easy to learn character with simple and damaging combos
  • Like to wield a fucking long sword
  • Like JUSTICE

Then you may want to try :HA:
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#10 23 February 2010 - 12:53 AM

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  • want a challenge
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  • can deal with low HP
  • like the idea of one hit leading into an infinite
  • have much patience
  • like to turtle
  • don't mind playing a (adorable) kid who sounds like a girl

Try :CA:

If that isn't a creepy post I don't know what is.


It turned me on a little tbh


#11 23 February 2010 - 12:56 AM

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I'm sure that anyone who:

  • Likes characters with a freezing mechanic
  • Likes shotos in fighting games
  • Is a little psycho
  • Doesn't like to work hard to apply pressure
  • Just wants to be cool
should pick :JI:


adding
  • if you love DP's
  • and you can deal with few mix-up options (espesicially overheads)

It's auto-flash, it happens when a Jin player plays Jin.

Says Jin stalker #1


#12 23 February 2010 - 01:00 AM

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If you:
  • are exceedingly good looking
  • want an exceedingly good looking character to match
  • want others to know you take looking good seriously
  • have a penchant for homoerotic machismo

pick :JI:

edit: under duress of spirit juice I'll add information relevant to those other than me. none of these really changed my decision to main Jin, but others might find it interesting

If you:
  • want fatty aerial hitboxes (j.B, j.C, j.2C)
  • want hundred-hand slap (cccccc/sekkajin)
  • want a super that combos into itself (632146D/Ice Arrow)
  • want combos that build stupid meter (any combo with sekkajin)*
  • want decent cross up options (IAD j.D, IAD j.236D, j.B/j.2C)
  • want the most annoying pressure normals in the game (2A, 5B,, 6B, 6D j or dj. B/C/2C)
  • want nice anti-air (dp A/D, 2C, 6C if you're smooth, neutral j.C*)
  • want a grab that combos into itself against those who don't expect it([B+C, 214A] x n)
  • want the most humiliating normal in the game (6a)
  • want s-tier tickthrow setups (2A 66, 6D 66, 6B 66, 5A, 5B)
  • want to spend meter to continue combos (corner 214D, corner 623 D)*
  • want a full screen punish super (632146C)
  • want to do stupid stuff and get away with it (2aaaaaa *wait 2 seconds* ice arrow)
  • want an astral that's very easy to land (grab -> astral)
  • want decent meaty game/okizeme (3C->236C, air grab tech -> j.C, [2a] x n)*

then :JI: is alright... I gueesssss....
note: * means more applicable to continuum shift than in calamity trigger
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#13 23 February 2010 - 01:07 AM

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Let's keep the retard to a minimum in these If you: -Enjoy having low hp but high damage to make up for it -Like a learning curve that is very easy to learn but hard to master -Are used to reversals having invulnerability but high punishment for using them recklessly -Like your character to have multiple mid/low/high mixup options -Can play a very good wakeup game Pick :RG:
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#14 23 February 2010 - 01:08 AM

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  • Love to deal a metric fuckton of damage
  • Love flying
  • Love to turn invisible
  • Love to teleport
  • Love BEEEEEEEES
Pick :AR:

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#15 23 February 2010 - 01:14 AM

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Seriously, this sub forum is a GOOD thing. I agree with Ladon that this section should be kept serious. (But yeah, I laughed)
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#16 23 February 2010 - 01:33 AM

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If you - Only like to use 2 buttons - Don't mind being hated - Like being top tier - Want a character with a nice ass - Hate Iron Tager - Have a fetish for swords, spamming, or spamming swords Pick :NU: edit.... right right, this needs to be serious. If you want a character with - With a good Drive - Good anti-air options - Amazing zoning capabilities, and the ability to play rushdown - Don't mind low hp - The ability to change the properties of some of your specials (by pressing C after D) - A nice ass - Very good normals Pick :NU:

#17 23 February 2010 - 02:25 AM

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And I approve of what some people are doing already here.

If you:

  • Like reading other players moves and countering them
  • Like playing defensive and reactionary
  • Like a relatively easy to learn character with simple and damaging combos
  • Like to wield a fucking long sword
  • Like JUSTICE

Then you may want to try :HA:

Don't forget to add:
  • Live for that "GOT YOU!!!!" moment when you finally catch the other player
  • Like having high HP
  • Like having moves that neutralize pretty much any approach the other player can do, like 6A and 6B.
  • Love bullying people into the corner and then destroying them
  • Like having a throw with long reach and high damage
  • Like watching people run from you
:eng101:

#18 23 February 2010 - 02:28 AM

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If you

- Only like to use 2 buttons
- Don't mind being hated
- Like being top tier
- Want a character with a nice ass
- Hate Iron Tager
- Have a fetish for swords, spamming, or spamming swords

Pick :NU:


I thought we were supposed to be serious. :psyduck:

And should we describe CS chars or CT ones?
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#19 23 February 2010 - 02:39 AM

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And should we describe CS chars or CT ones?


Well my guess is that most of the newbies are playing the console version. So I would stick with CT characters for now.

#20 23 February 2010 - 02:49 AM

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Second Edit: removing my comment about Nu. Edit: I'm going to try to do Noel: If you: -Want a cute character -Enjoy long combos with exceptional damage -Like a small hit box but don't want to control more than one character at a time -Want a fast character who can still deal fair amounts of damage. -Enjoy a relatively (everything's relative remember) easy drive to learn -Enjoy practicing specific and sometimes tricky timing in their combo Pick :NO:
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#21 23 February 2010 - 02:54 AM

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I should have been Nu. I hate playing as AND against tager.


Oh, and before it gets out of hand, posters in this thread should only either describe a character (mostly seriously), or edit someone's list. Commenting on who should main who should be kept to a minimum here, if at all. I don't think we want people asking/discussing who they should main here, since this thread is trying to prevent that.
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#22 23 February 2010 - 03:04 AM

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adding

  • if you love DP's
  • and you can deal with few mix-up options (espesicially overheads)


adding even more (to my own:vbang:)
using projectiles without feeling: useless at melee range, and average health, and not feel like a zoning freak
then :JI: is your man
EDIT: holy crap I just realized this is a new forum... yeah I'm that slow:vbang:

It's auto-flash, it happens when a Jin player plays Jin.

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#23 23 February 2010 - 03:23 AM

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Was wondering about that CT v CS thing, myself. If it's CT, though....

If you like...
  • Ridiculously fast overheads
  • Incredibly safe mixup options (arguably only with a pumpkin out) and lengthy pressure strings
  • Being able to combo into super from nearly anything
  • The ability to come back from a losing game and win in a single combo (100 meter 9k combo from 5a)
  • Zoning most characters
  • Multi-tasking (wind meter, frog/pumpkin/pole placement)
  • Gothloli vampires
  • Awesome and snobbish fat cats

...:RA:.
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#24 23 February 2010 - 06:24 AM

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if you want to Win be a tier whore hated by all other players play :BANG: on a serious note: if you want insane mix up and pressure thats only limited by your imagination lots of health and hits hard combos off almost any random poke want to be a bad ass ninja or just want to activate Fur Rin Ka Zan and turn into a Super Ninja play :BANG:

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#25 23 February 2010 - 06:32 AM

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#26 23 February 2010 - 05:17 PM

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If you

- Only like to use 2 buttons
- Don't mind being hated
- Like being top tier
- Want a character with a nice ass
- Hate Iron Tager
- Have a fetish for swords, spamming, or spamming swords

Pick :NU:


edit.... right right, this needs to be serious.


- If you always got Ass kicked in GG and other games
- Don't have any problem using Boss charecters
- Want to win in this game
- Having a good excuse like low HP
- Want to do a combo using a single button
- A nice ass
- God-like normals

Pick :NU:


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#27 23 February 2010 - 09:17 PM

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Obviously not Nu hate. I'll try Ragna. If you: -Like a shit-talker who's cool shit -Want to do combos with little effort for low damage and high effort combos for high damage respectively -Are a Rush That Shit Down player -Like the idea of life drain -Don't mind the fact that your mix-up is shitty at best -Like main characters in general -Want to make an amazing comeback using Dragon Inst---err, Blood Kain -Don't mind the fact that you're tied for 2nd worst HP in the game Pick :RG:
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#28 23 February 2010 - 09:36 PM

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-Want to do combos with little effort for high damage

Fixed for CS.

#29 23 February 2010 - 09:42 PM

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-Don't mind the fact that your mix-up is shitty at best

Pick :RG:


wut??? I always thought he had good mix up. but then again... I play :JI: who has one ground overhead that doesn't link to... anything really except ice car... so 6B>3C and gaunlet hades seem christly

It's auto-flash, it happens when a Jin player plays Jin.

Says Jin stalker #1


#30 23 February 2010 - 10:01 PM

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wut??? I always thought he had good mix up. but then again... I play :JI: who has one ground overhead that doesn't link to... anything really except ice car... so 6B>3C and gaunlet hades seem christly


Let's see, he has 4 lows and 2 overheads on the ground. (2B, 3C, 2D, 6C/6B, GH)
Never mind the fact that his overheads can be seen a mile away, and you're left with 4 lows, two unsafe on block/whiff (2D/6C). That's 2 lows you can safely use.
Let's just say that if your opponent has good defense, your best bet for something to catch them off guard without going into risky territory is a 5A/2A tick throw or a surprise 3C (throw it in a random blockstring).
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