Hello thread for a game probably no-one else is playing!
I had to take a few weeks off playing the game as work has been super intense, but I've been easing myself back in over the last couple of weeks. I started back by picking up Ky as a character and playing pretty casually in parks, having lost my VIP status at the start of the month. I was really starting to enjoy him, as he satiates the boring, boring safeness my inner Ryu player craves while also having quite a lot of USFIV Adon DNA as well - big keep away buttons and a couple of specials you can just throw out there and get free pressure on players who don't know any better. Not to mention some very specific and weird combo routing. Anyway, I was having great fun with him, especially playing against characters I struggle playing against as Sol (namely Nago, Chipp, and May) until I ran into a Leo player I usually win 75% of my games against in heaven. This matchup is a STRUGGLE! Felt much harder to me than even Sol's hardest matchups and I lost 20-0.
After this I went crying back to Sol to try and get some of my skills back, and it had been long enough I was able to adapt around the nerfs from the last patch much easier than it had been out the gate. Anyway, now it had been a couple of weeks dabbling, I decided today was the day I'd try to get back into heaven. I had one free attempt as I was VIP last month, so I warmed up in a park for an hour or so getting fully mauled by a Jack-O' and Goldlewis in the process, and man, those characters have evolved! Also, the player numbers are pretty down recently, but guess that's not really surprising as the game's been out a solid while now.
Anyway, I'm warmed up and instead of chickening out, like yesterday...and last weekend, I actually went into heaven and begun my trial. The only person waiting for a fight was an unfamiliar name, and a VIP Ky player, level 700 or so IIRC. For reference I am level 1370, but I'm kinda scared as that's a pretty solid amount of character experience and I'm out of practice. I think screw it, I'll fight him as I'm expecting to lose and get spat out into floor 10 at least once before I succeed anyway, and it'll be good to get the measure of VIP floor skill level again. The fight starts and I absolutely smash him in the first round, but then in the second I miss a couple of inputs due to nerves and rust and before I know it I've lost. I clearly wanted it too much and was getting impatient in the third, and once again it's over in a flash. Well, 5 games left to win. no room for error anymore! So I hit rematch, thinking that this attempt will be a bust, but valuable experience. However, at this point I'm relaxed, and he's cocky after stealing that game. He's taking all sorts of silly risks, mid screen stun dippers without meter, wake up uppercuts, the works...and I...kinda flub a few punishes but manage to get a solid read on him and scramble my way to victory. Next game, same thing. Holy crap, I'm in with a shot!
So, I'm waiting at the setup, thinking I'll take him on again if he rematches, (although honestly, I doubt that would have been smart), but he changes to his main character, Nago, level 1100...and I'm like "nope", and go challenge a VIP Leo whose name I recognise. I was close to closing out the first round, but I get caught failing to reversal DP twice in a row...and finally get the DP when he's doing reversal shield on my wakeup. But I have some valuable info! He's a wake up flash-kicker, my favourite kind of Leo!
Second round, and I manage to push him to the corner, and I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for the flash kick. Eventually I figure it's not coming and decide to cS and ...FLASH KICK! Anyway, I'm lucky enough to escape his pressure before he can do much and take the round. Final round, I've got him to the corner again and I'm waiting. Seconds pass, then minutes, hours, but this time I'm NOT cracking. I'm still though, like a stone. Not even jiggling the stick to see if he flinches. Then finally, after a full revolution of our planet around the sun, he does the flash kick. Choirs of angels begin to sing as he plummets back to the earth waiting for the loving embrace of my cS. Not only am I about to hit him, but I have a plan. His burst has recovered you see and I am going to cancel the recovery of my cS by jumping and hold back to block the burst, land, and punish, keeping him in the corner. But just as I think I'm the smartest brain in the galaxy something strange happens. He doesn't burst. I'm stuck in my jump arc sailing towards him, and manage to flail a jK on the other side, which he blocks, before doing 2K into 2D, which knocks me down. Now I am in the corner, at a disadvantage. Luckily for me, I still had one weapon left up my sleeve. VOLCANIC VIPER RRC! It hits! I run forward under his floating body as it arcs through the air. cS! Jump cancel! This time he bursts! I block! I punish with a STANDARD BNB!
And then I played him twice more and he basically got stuck in the corner all four rounds while I bullied him with my big boy plus frame mids. I even managed a couple of cS run cancel cS HVV combos, which were satisfying as heck.
Ahh, it's nice to be back in heaven!
p.s. ARC REVO is happening next month - regional qualifiers to be played online with finals happening in February. I don't think sign ups are open yet or there are any details about which platform it'll be played on.