Stuff Yo’ Couch Episode 3

This one took me a long-ass time to piece together. Stayed in the office till pretty late the whole week. I wonder if I can keep up this production schedule😛 Ah well I will try my best.

The SFV launch tourney went awesome too. 80 plus people…it was like a BAM bracket. It was good to see a lot of old faces back, and some new faces as well. Hopefully it will gather momentum and we can get numbers akin to the heyday of SFIV. And then we’ll have numbers together with Smash to warrant using CW for our monthly ranbats😛 (The logistical nightmare of doing it every month at CW though…)

I have been finally playing more SFV these days, I’ve gotten some free time due to an unexpected development in my personal life. While I’m still getting used to the game, I’m definitely enjoying the learning process. Learning my new normals, the new matchups, the new oki setups…it all has been a ton of fun. I’ve even started playing online again, which was extremely rare for me in the last four-five years of SFIV.

Also because I only have a short ethernet cable and my modem resides in my kitchen, check out my lazy-ass SFV setup😛



My little SFV nook😛

Things have changed big-time at CCH too. Over the last few months at CCH, there was a bit of diversity. We would have some classic, maybe a marvel setup. Some Guilty Gear perhaps. A Third Strike setup. And of course Igor with his ST supergun setup.

But once V hit? It was SFV setups wall to wall haha. Reminded me of the Vanilla days. I still hear lots of dissent and grumbling about the game from a lot of players, but I think everyone is just happy to have something new to play.

Personally I started out not liking the range of this normals in this game, but after getting used to Ryu’s fireball (different frame data with different buttons which is different to IV, and also having more recovery than IV) I think his footsie fireball is quite strong in this game with the removal of Focus as an universal anti-footsie and therefore anti-footsie fireball tool. There are downsides however with the reduced pushback, for example eating EX Legs from Chun Li after she blocks cMK Hadoken. So I have to get used to things like that.

It’s fun going through sites like SRK and Reddit and grabbing useful information.

Take for example, a precisely calculated list of the range of Ryu’s normals. – 1.840 (second hit) – 1.771 – 1.697 (standing only)
f.hp – 1.434 – 1.416
st.hp – 1.296 – 1.290 – 1.270 – 1.200 – 1.150

The longest ranged normal? You wouldn’t have guessed it but it’s the second hit of Back Roundhouse. Also, check out how stumpy cMK is compared to some of his other normals. I guess Capcom really wants to encourage hitting a more diverse hitting of buttons in the mid-range when it comes to Ryu. I won’t lie though, I miss the old cMK like a motherf…

Getting used to things like being able to rush-down Zangief (yay!) Fishing for counterhit Crush Counters with Stand HK and whiffing on crouchers, or even questioning the merits of anti-air Medium DP vs anti-air stand light punch into dash under reset (I so far favour DP. Old habits die hard :P)

I’m slowly getting the hang of Ryu in this game. I’m a slow and unnatural learner. But I’m really looking forward to playing multiple characters in this game. So far I like Chun Li, Cammy, and Mika/Laura. My first big roadblock in this game, the character that I really have a hard time fighting against with Ryu is – Nash.

Which character beats Nash? Should I pick a character to cover my bad matchups or go with what the heart wants? (A jiggly grappler.)

This is the fun part. Strategising and schemin’.


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It’s time :P


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SFV Launch Tournament + The joy of training mode

foot to face

Me attempting to use my old fireball zoning patterns in SFV

So, Street Fighter V has finally come out. Is it the one game to rule them all? The game to push our community to a Dota/LoL e-sports level? Personally I just want it to be a good game, and that it will get more people to come out and play, like Vanilla SFIV did.

I didn’t get to play much on launch week. Funnily enough, the only time I did play it was offline for about  twenty minutes at my lady friend’s place. Her little nine year old cousin was watching me play at the time and his comments went something like this:

“Where’s the story-mode? Where’s the content.”

“No cinematics?”

“Where’s the tutorials/challenge mode?”

“This game looks boring”

“The graphics look shit!”

Haha. Perhaps this is the general response of a casual gamer to Capcom’s content-less launch. I understand they had to launch before the CPT circuit though, so they’re sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place. Personally, all that single-player stuff doesn’t matter to me though, as all I need is versus and good netcode!

Shortly after, we had the SFV CouchWarriors launch tourney, and I believe it was a great success. We booked out the CQ (large hotel ballroom in the CBD that we usually only use for BAM) again since it was a special event, and we filled out the venue! I was really happy when I walked in on Saturday morning twenty minutes late for setup, and everything was already laid out with tables in formation and rows of flashing monitors and consoles. One thing that’s been great for the local community is the real growth in the CouchWarriors staff/board. Two or three years ago the board was getting a bit thin or meagre, but now our roster goes twenty-thirty strong. And more importantly, we get so many more hands on board to do stuff like moving equipment, setting up, manning the rego desk etc. A lot of this has to do with the explosion of Smash, and new dedicated, competent, hardworking tournament organisers like Darren, Ignis, Jack, Dom etc. Tones is doing a great job as equipment manager, and I’ve been chuffed at Javi’s treasur-ing and Rory’s continued hard work.

We still need a bit of new blood for the Capcom tournament organiser side though😛 Spoony is now the CW president, and one lesson we learned from the previous BAM is that he should never run a bracket. He needs to have sort of an overlord role, creating seeded brackets at the front desk, putting out fires, directing the setup and schedule and things like that. If he runs a bracket it ties him up too much and can result in greater logistical problems overloading elsewhere.

At this SFV launch tourney I’m not sure of our overall attendance, but it must be near or over 300. We had 85 for SFV, 160 for Smash 4, and 80 for Melee. 85 is really good for a Capcom game in Melbourne, it’s nearly at the numbers we had for vanilla SFIV tournaments. At recent CW ranbats we’ve only had SFIV brackets of twenty something, 85 is basically BAM numbers. So it’s great!

I volunteered to run the SFV brackets, with Baraa as my fellow bracket runner. Unfortunately Baraa had to go run the MKX stream, so I had to rope in Gab and later Spoony to help me. Again, this means we’ll have to train some new blood to run our Capcom tournaments. (Smash have tons of willing volunteers.) The tournament ran fine, ZG won with his disgusting Vega, legacy controllers were a pain in the butt, and I left early in the top 8 to drive someone to the airport.

Another thing that was awesome for me was that James’ (Brewster) girlfriend Meg was happy to help me film reaction footage of the stream players with my DLSR for Stuff Yo’ Couch. This was fantastic because I was basically tied up from 230PM to around 7PM running SFV and I would have almost no footage if not for her. I’m very indebted to you Meg, thanks very much!

So finally after the launch tournament I was able to sit down and have some intimate one on one time with SFV. From playing casuals with Spoony I identified some issues that I wanted to test.

a) After forward throw, Ryu is negative after dashing up to meaty. I need another safer setup.

b) After MK tatsu, my meaties were having trouble with the variance between quick rise and back roll.

c) Having difficulty with DP into Super combos.

d) My SFV execution basically sucks, all my Ryu muscle memory is from SFIV and I keep trying to sweep from mediums for example.

e) Safe jump setups after Crush Counter sweep. Preferably a setup that leads to forward jump to eliminate the variance in range of the sweep hitting.

First things first: I had to learn more about the system mechanics of the game.

a) From the Prima Guide I learned that his dash is 16 frames. So add the 5 frame startup of his stand strong- I need something that is active before 21 frames after his forward throw. Solar Plexus Strike is 17 frames- aha! It catches and counter-hits wake up jab nicely into fHP stand MP tatsu combo (too far for cHP to combo). And if they don’t quick-rise (you can’t backroll after throw) I can do dash after the whiffed fHP and do stand MP and it counter-hits their wake up normal too. The only caveat is that fHP is slow and some players will be able to reaction uppercut it, and it is -2 so if they block it I’m at a disadvantage. But it’s way better than dashing up after the throw and getting wakeup jabbed by Chun Li. In the corner after throw I can even do back HK right after throw and it hits so meaty I can combo into cHP DP or stand MP cMK tatsu after. If they don’t quick-rise I can dash after the back HK and do another back HK for the same meaty situation or even stand HK for a bigger CC combo.

b) I read from the guide again that the variance in frames between quick-rise and backroll is 5 frames. Since distance doesn’t matter because I get a dash up after MK tatsu, what attack do I have that has a lot of active frames that cover both? The answer is back HK. I can always do stand MP (do cMP after not cHP because of distance) after the dash after a MK tatsu combo but it whiffs on backroll. Back HK tags both (4frame normal on quick rise) and is 0 on block. Not so great for tick throws, but it’s sweet I have an option that covers both!

c) I learned from twitter that ShadyK helped write the Prima guide. ShadyK is one of my heroes for learning tech, I learned a lot from his Doom at the start of UMVC3. I bought the Marvel guide cos Clockwork wrote it, and a very big reason for buying the SFV guide is because of ShadyK. He’s been dropping a lot of mechanics info on his twitter too. One of them being: DF D DF+P QCF+P no longer does DP into super like in SFIV. You have to have two discrete D F motions to get your special in super. So you could do it like this: DF D DF+P F QCF P or the traditional way of F D DF+P F QCF+P. I’m sort of getting it on the 2P side okay, but I have to drill, drill, drill to get consistent on both sides for tournament play.

d) My double-tapping sucks. I tried practicing all my combos with double-tapping but in real games my execution was haywire because double-tapping isn’t second nature to me yet. I’ll single tap for now since SFV execution is much easier with the three frames link window, and incorporate double tapping later once it’s more natural.

e) I know the existing 4 frame safe jump after CC sweep, which is whiff stand HK neutral jump HK. But it’s not ambiguous. I want a forward jump setup. I was trying things like slight step back cMK jump forward MK and things like that but I was unable to find a reliable setup. I was having difficulty recording stuff to replicate the CC sweep situation where the dummy does it to me and I either block or try to DP it. At least I found out that the timing of CC sweep and non-quick rise timing is identical! The other interesting thing I found out (again from ShadyK’s twitter) is that jump attack recovery frames in this game is 4 frames but you can cancel the last two frames into a special move. I wonder if there’s some advanced OS you could do with that hm…

Random stuff: Hilariously you can do stand Mk V-trigger cancel it and combo into light tatsu super. Even better, you can do stand HK stand LK tatsu into super too. Practical applications include max range whiff punishing, or even far jump ins where you can only combo into stand MK/sweep, but you could also do V-Trigger into the stand HK stand LK into tatsu super combo.

It’s great. This is one of things I love most about fighting games, going into the lab and being a scientist and testing setups and learning stuff. I’d lost that passion for the lab for SFIV for one or two years now, but I’m really enjoying the learning process again with SFV. So I still don’t know if this game will last or whether I will fall in love with it, but it’s definitely brought back the joy of training mode.

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BAM8 and OHN14 are on CPT baby. Winner of each will be flown to Capcom Cup Asia finals +CPT points

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Stuff Yo’ Couch! OHN13, PAX and more…

I’m sorry I haven’t been writing in ages.

In fact I haven’t picked up my stick outside of CCH for almost two months. Something weird is happening to me. Am I finally losing my drive for fighting games? This is the year where I’ve watched the least amount of streams (almost zero) and done the least amount of training mode.

I still enjoy playing at events, I enjoy picking blue or black gi Ryu and playing footsies and chucking plasma. I still love smacking out an anti-air Fierce DP as hard as humanly possible.

I’ve almost completely transitioned out of a “must improve constantly” mindset where I used to always have SF on my mind, thinking of what new nugget to work on in training mode. How to improve my Magneto movement.

At PAX this month I went and helped out at the CouchWarriors booth. I did some Learn to Play sessions, teaching some kids how to play Marvel, and ran the UMVC3 tournament. Most of all- I just had fun playing! Plink dashing around the screen, chucking Magnetic blasts downwards at my scurrying opponents, hitting the assist button with my little pinky to get them encapsulated within Cold Star…It was all immense fun.

Perhaps I’ve finally found myself in the stage where playing is almost 100% pure pleasure now. I care less and less about my potential prowess in tournaments these days.

I went to OHN13 a few months ago and had a great time. I played a ton of casuals, ate almost four-five times a day – giant bowls of ramen:IMG_20150914_123110And had an amazing burger called the “Blame Canada” Burger with maple glazed streaky bacon, poutine & maple aioli: IMG_20150911_131452It was so good that – I shit you not- by the time I had finished taking this picture, Andrew aka Vitriol aka Vitty Paz had already finished his burger, and was walking back to the bar to order a second one!

See you might ask- why does a shitty Ryu player travel so much to interstate majors? Continue reading

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Meaty and safe jump set ups after EX fireball by TaliUSF4

(Quick rise)

EX fireball > Immediate empty jump > cmk (meaty)

(No quick rise)

EX fireball > Immediate empty jump > Cmk (whiff) > immediate empty jump > Normal attack (meaty)

(No quick rise)

Ex fireball > immediate empty jump > cr mk (whiff) >wait 2 frames > jump attack (4f safe jump)

Kinda useful stuff here. I never really developed EX fireball setups because I tend to avoid using it in combos to save for super, and there’s good non-meter combo enders like HK tatsu or sweep if crouching. It’s funny how Ryu’s soft knockdown setup tree is probably easier to set up and react to now than his hard knockdown delayed wake up stuff.



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New Community episode: featuring A1Major – BAM special. And some thoughts before BAM7

I took quite long to put this out, but in the end I’m glad I was able to get this out well in advance of the pre-reg closing date for BAM7. The good thing about taking so long to get to doing this is my brain slowly worked on a lot of ideas over the months, such as using the theme song from Ghost World – Jaan Pehechan Ho as the opening theme. (With a young Thora Birch with manic hair flying and dancing with her elbows out reverberating in my mind) And to use the Chamba drawing shot as the closer, things like that.

I have sort of put my camera away over the last few months, and I think I will only pick it up quite sparingly now, after a very frantic year of video work in 2014. I can’t believe I’ve done eleven episodes of Community already. (And my camera work is still shit.) I enjoy the editing process though, composing sequences is always fun.

This year has been one of great change for me in my personal life, I’ve had to shift a lot of things around, and somehow I find myself not playing fighting games that much anymore.

I still run CCH every fortnight, and I’m still heavily involved with CouchWarriors, especially in the lead-up to BAM. But I seldom watch streams anymore, and when I hear about the latest gossip in the US FGC or blow-up, I honestly don’t really care anymore. My scope of attention has basically shrunk to only what is necessary: is Ryu on screen.

If he’s not, well then, I simply don’t pay attention.

I haven’t touched Marvel in a month as well, and for a training room fiend like me, the recent months have felt like a big waste. Somehow I’m almost never home, roaming the streets late at night, and meeting friends, faces I haven’t seen in a while. Watching opaque middle-eastern films. Finding high-calorie escapes. Getting my soul slowly drained by Tinder.

I very much look forward to BAM…being over. I will see all my friends again and it will be great. But after it is over, I will have a long off-season to look forward to. I will probably try to get my license and once again endanger people on the road. I have been searching for a butterscotch blonde telecaster for quite a while now.

That being said- I still love Street Fighter. I just don’t care so much for the extraneous stuff around it anymore. When I sit down next to someone, and it’s that worn character in a gi moving back and forth on screen, my fingers rolling down to hit sweep and low forward fireball – I feel at home. I don’t think I will be leaving shelter anytime soon.


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The best thing about NCR?

Getting to watch lots and lots of John Choi off-stream footage.

Bonus footage- Choi interview from Spring Fighter:

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League of Sharpies: Season 1 END

ryuLeague of Sharpies is over and done with, and I escaped relegation to D league by the skin of my chinny-chin chin.

Overall I went 3-4. 2-3 with DQs.

Beat: Spoony 7-2, Allen 7-2 (Allen got DQed from the league so I only have two wins nooo), Alex Canale 7-4

Got bopped by: Burnout 7-1, Muzztek 7-3, Tomcat 7-2, Cactus 7-3 (Cactus also got DQed)

Let me try to do a quick recap of my last three matches, Burnout, Muzztek and Alex.


With Burnout I was fairly confident. I usually do pretty good against him in casuals. But the final score was 7-1 in his favour! He totally mopped the floor with me, and was the strongest example of someone being in my head the entire time.

After the match I sort of reflected on my failure. I was pretty unhappy with the result, mainly because of how completely Kevin (Burnout) controlled the match, read my intentions and resisted any attempt by me to reverse the momentum. Remember how I said I normally do pretty good against Kevin in casuals?

The thing is, now that I reflect upon it, I actually haven’t beaten Kevin in tournament in a long while. He definitely is the far greater tournament player, actually possessing clutch factor and a stubborn mind that refuses to bend to people’s conditioning. He beat me at SXC 2013 for example, and at quite a few other majors that I forget.

But anyway most of all I was disappointed that I didn’t manage to implement any of my lab stuff against him at all. Here are my notes:


  • Stand lp to beat forward normals
  • FHP is – 9
  • Stand lp is good against F mk (-1 on block) and F hp but loses to F lk (-2 on block 5f su)
  • Press stand mk (moves you forward, avoids stomp and smacks his throw/jab) or Backdash (doesn’t work in corner) after light slash if he does light stomp afterwards u can punish heavily
  • Be careful of light slash reset during combos prepare to mash dp.
  • Do cHP against air dash ex air tatsu
  • Do normals against his jump ins instead of DP such as stand Rh chp stand hp etc or do LP DP
  • U can punish his air dash back on reaction with tatsu or ultra
  • Jump more against his bad fireballs (much worse recovery than other shotos)
  • Treat him like ken and fish a bit with focus at mid-range to catch F hp and F mk

And I had a bit of personal notes vs. Kevin’s style but I forgot to save them after the match. I practiced quite a lot against his air back dash and air dash tatsu/stomp mixups, and practice beating out his main mid screen normal with my buttons.

And guess what- I failed to employ any of it -_-

He would jump in, and despite mentally telling myself over and over not to fierce DP I would fierce DP and eat a phat punish. Despite specifically practising to fight his fHP and mentally telling myself not to press buttons after a second one he still nailed me with consecutive fierces many times. Didn’t do stand MK against his stomps, I got hit by every slash mix-up…Everything went wrong.

When all my specific match-up stuff wasn’t working I went back trying to work the fireball game, but Kevin read my weak patterns and refused to let me set a rhythm and would jump-in/fHP/focus and punish me way more than any damage I was getting from my fireballs. The 7-1 score flattered me, not him.

I think no matter how much I lab, without committing the punishes and counters against a real-life Oni player I was never properly able to embed the stuff to muscle memory. Also, Kevin mindfucked me pretty good in the set.

Weeks later we played an extensive set at another CCH and I did SO GOOD! I was so frustrated at myself afterwards because I countered the air dash well with LP DPs/normal and fireball and tatsus to punish, and spaced his normals with whiff punishes, stand LP and cMP so much better. I was telling myself why couldn’t I bloody play like this in the set?!?! Urgh. This is why I suck.

Muzztek whipping me with his Poison       

This was actually the only match that I didn’t prepare for in the whole league. With apologies to James (Muzztek), I pretty much assumed that he was gonna get DQed since he had so many matches left to play and only one CCH left. I simply figured he wasn’t gonna show up😛

Instead he rocks up, plays like five matches in a row and ends up taking first place. Damn you James!!

Poison is definitely a match that I have absolutely no idea how to play. The only Poison I could have practiced with to prepare for James…is James. So yeah.

To be honest I was expecting to get slapped 7-0. To take three games probably meant that James had something on his mind! I think I played okay solid (most of my damage came from James getting bored and jumping in on me). Once I got in the corner I was done- that Poison corner pressure is no joke. And I got hit by virtually every EX flip kick.

After the match James showed me some ranges in which I can fireball safely against non-EX flip kick, and Xavier showed me how cancelling into fierce fireball often leaves gaps that I should be able to exploit. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of this massively annoying match. Enough said.

Alex C, he who anti-aired me with a motherfucking Dive Kick

Next up was my last match vs Alex. Lose and go down into D. While historically I have struggled against Cammy, I at least was semi-prepared for Alex, having put a couple of hours every week practicing anti-airs against her dive kicks, whiff punishing her common pokes and the character specific combos like cmp cmp stand mp DP or far stand HK stand MP DP. I practiced a little bit of the old Ryu jump MK unblockables on Cammy but I mainly focussed on keeping her out. Alex’s style is rough, down and dirty so if I keep him out I should have a strong chance to win.

In the end the score was 7-4, and we both played really sloppily. There were fimbles galore, and I dropped almost every single character specific Cammy combo (much to the disgust of Kon and Rossco who said I should just do the normal combos instead) and we were both handing each other rounds that should have been closed out.

I remember distinctly that Alex did an excellent job of confusing the hell out of me. He would stand there whiffing like five normals in a row in front of me,  completely whiff punishable stuff like her stand MK and I would just stand there slack-jawed not doing anything.

Because I never knew when Alex would do a random spiral arrow in my face/instant cannon strike/dash forward cLP/focus/jump- I had absolutely no idea what he was gonna do at any time.  He conditioned this hesitance and confusion in me, adversely affecting my reactions and decisiveness in terms of whiff punishing and things like that.

When Alex got in he was relentless and caused me a lot of trouble- but in the end I won sort of by weathering the storm. Just staying solid and letting him kill himself trying so hard to get in. I remember Rossco/Toxy et al. crowding around and getting hype during the match.

I really hated that. I wanted them to all STFU so that I could concentrate properly. In the end I probably laughed along too much with the crowd at all the fimble things that happened and never hit 100% concentration. Such as Alex dying when he jumped in with a mixup and I anti-aired with an instant jump back MP (fimbled MP DP). Or when I jumped in with a crossup tatsu for the win and mistimed it so badly he woke up with an instant EX Cannon strike and it ANTI-AIRED ME for the win. Ah such comedy and fimbles.

It’s a good feeling to finally finish a league season. Big thanks to H (Carnage) for running the league, and GGs to all my opponents. Even though I mostly got slapped, I think I learned a lot. Hopefully I can do better again next season!

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New Ryu stand roundhouse combo: Stand HK stand MP DP

Just doing some Cammy testing in preparation for my League of Sharpies match with Alex, I came across a new Ultra 1.04 Cammy specific combo: Close Stand Hk stand MP DP. Does 318 damage and 460 stun, with a jump in it does 386 damage 620 stun.

I tested it some more and it also works on E Honda, Makoto, T hawk and Gief. Works on Dudley but doesn’t do full damage though. On Dudley you could already do close stand HK cHP EX tatsu so it doesn’t really matter for him.

Also last night at CCH, after playing some Marvel my right arm started hurting like crazy, specifically my upper arm around the triceps area. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come or old age setting in…

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Learning Ryu’s standing normal meaty option selects

I first started thinking about this a while back when I was labbing a way to hit both Dhalsim’s backdash and teleport on wakeup. I ended up coming up with some complicated hado motion to db option select that was way hard to do in match.

I ended up bemoaning the fact that Ryu’s stand LP whiffs on crouching opponents, unlike say Yun’s standing LP, which he can easily option select (cLK, stand LP+MP) as a meaty to get big damage on hit confirm or backdash. Ryu’s stand jab simply whiffs if they’re crouching, and you can get hit/thrown. I can always do an option select with stand LK which hits crouching opponents, but the problem then is that you cannot combo from stand LK to get a full combo.

I was thinking of ways to get Rolento (whose escape options work on my usual cLK+LP, cLP+cHK meaty because my sweep comes out too fast and whiffs), Ibuki (similarly, my sweep whiffs under her jumpy backdash), or dudes like Rolento, Vega etc with invincible backflips and how if I could option select a stand normal like far standing roundhouse or forward fierce, that would solve all my problems.

Then I watched this video by Momochi, which my good buddy Daichi helped translate:

And how he would input standing normal option selects while doing crouching lights! By inputting cLK (release stick to neutral and hit stand normal) then quickly chain to cLP.

I tested it with Ryu (while watching Capcom Cup when Ryu wasn’t on screen) and it works a treat.

Now I have cLK+LP (release stick to neutral and hit HP) cLP which gets me my full low hitting two-hit hit confirm, whilst smacking Rolento with far stand HP if he backdashes or rolls or flips for 120 juicy damage.

And I can do cLP+cLP (HK) cLP and the far standing roundhouse comes out to smack Ibuki’s backdash (yesss finally another way to control this bloody matchup) and I can use it against other long backdashes like Chun Li as well.

But the most juicy thing I found…is you can option select forward fierce on the following characters!

Ryu, Ken, Honda, Oni, Sagat, Dee Jay, rolento (does one hit to the flip), evil ryu, blanka, Rufus, Hugo (air reset so no point)

So in the mirror match if you try to backdash on me…you’re gonna get hit by minimum 260~300 plus damage muahahaha. Plus forward fierce is braindead to hit confirm, compared to stuff like cmk or stand MP meaty option selects.

This plus the new close standing roundhouse stuff to lab in Ultra 1.04…the learning never stops!

Edit: Hilariously I also learned that day that the best whiff punish of Adon stand HK is my own stand HK. I never thought to press that button, always using sweep and stand MP instead. While stand HK is much slower than sweep, the leniency of it’s range when whiff punishing Adon’s stand HK makes it so much easier. Doh.

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Community: The Australian FGC E10p2 Youssef “FaYd” Faddoul & David “Kyokugen” Lee

Finally finished my OHN10 special!

In Part 2 of our OHN special our two guests discuss the history of Ozhadou and OHN, ST in Sydney, attracting new players to our scene, what keeps them in community, EVO2014 and who they would bring to a desert island.

So tired now…Finally get the hit the sack after a few days of straight editing. This weekend will be a blast at SXC though. Much needed break.

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Community: The Australian FGC Episode 10 Part 1 Youssef “FaYd” Faddoul and David “Kyokugen” Lee

OHN12 Special!

It has been quite a long time since my last one. With Dusty Cartridge shutting down I was kind of undecided on what to do with the show. In the end I decided I have fun making these things, I have the gear already, and there’s still so many awesome dudes in the FGC that people need to know about.

These two guys definitely fit the bill. One of the best things for me at EVO 2014 was getting to know Youssef and David a lot better. With Kyokugen especially, I haven’t spoken much to him prior but we once started commiserating about our common tournament organiser woes, it was like a river started flowing “bro I know exactly what you mean T-T” kind of thing.

Two really good dudes who support the Sydney FGC whether it be YSB or Tekken or KOF. You got Kyokugen and Igor teaming up to make an Australian ST circuit at majors, Youssef showing ample hospitality to interstaters. I had a blast at OHN12 and I hope it shows in the video.

Now…time to make part 2 before I fly off on Friday for SXC…why do I do this to myself!!


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League of Sharpies: Cactus and Tomcat


I had just gotten back from OHN, fresh off the high of not going 0-2 for once. It was time to fight one of my good buddies in League of Sharpies: Cactus.

Dhalsim vs Ryu…hm.

I’ve played Cactus a lot before but he’s always generally had my number. The only thing in my favour is that he doesn’t play as much as before, so he’s a little rusty, and I now have access to Manny, the great Dhalsim player from Mexico who’s living here in Melbourne this year as a student. Now Manny is pretty damn good- he’s currently undefeated in League B tearing the likes of Exis (former BAM champ) and Hoppa up.

So I tried to apply my same training regimen as against Spoony, to lab it up, but this time to combine it with actual match training against Manny.

Some of my notes from the lab (didn’t really come up with much):


  • Punish sniper with super on block or FADC thru ultra/tatsu
  • Tatsu thru ultra
  • Lvl 3 focus in corner on his wakeup.
  • Normals that can hit yoga tower, stand hk, chp, far stand hp. Best to do stand hk
  • Neutral jump mp is good against limbs.
  • Whiff punish his fierce with sweep
  • Mix up jump tatsu and empty jump low forward with regular jumps
  • Option select Meaty with clk+clp, then qcf back to down clp for hado to chase teleport. Do the regular sweep os for Backdash
  • Tip of medium slide is safe, if I press buttons I will get ch by light slide. Can dp but unsafe.
  • Can dp all lk slide.
  • Throw fireball midrange if he slides under sweep him
  • Stand mk into flame jump over it for big punish
  • Use more lp fb and sweep his slide under
  • His back lk is bloody three frames! If he’s mashing it treat him like boxer and do a tight clp cmk string or immediate ex tatsus
  • Clk clp chp hado leaves u at an awesome range to punish back lk
  • After tech do cmk buffer super. It’ll whack the shit out of his bloody crouch long jab

I found it pretty hard to implement a lot of the stuff I was practising against Manny.

Specifically whiff punishing fierces and punishing Yoga snipers was high on my “to do list” but I never could pull it off. Also, Manny plays a lot differently from Cactus, and specifically his back short was giving me so many problems. And abusing focus attack from Cactus has worked occasionally in the past before but Manny is really good at beating it out with multiple options.

Now my LGP has been really buggy the last few weeks, failing to properly record the last CouchWarriors ranbat grand final and a ton of Sharpies matches I was recording for people, and even my match against Tomcat zzz. At least my match versus Cactus made it through.

So I watched it and took notes:

G1R1: Bad combo ender cost me the round (self cornered myself with hard tatsu)
Execution with air sniper tatsu still not 100% despite specifically practicing it for this matchup.
Bad fireballs at close footsie range which is good against other normal characters but maybe not Dhalsim.
G1R2: Another recurring bad habit of mine. Being frugal with meter at the END of rounds. Why did I not EX tatsu to end that stand RH combo?
G1R3: Getting defeated by my bane. Those back shorts. Got a good two ex fireballs to hit though, which is rare on a good Dhalsim. Then I throw it all away by getting back thrown by Sim. Again, I should have conditioned Sim to respect my meaties with some low shorts before going for bigger gap mixups. I started the mindgames circle one step higher than I should and really paid for it in the early rounds. A backthrow by Sim in the corner usually means you lose the round.

G2R1: Another one of my deficiencies. A lot of times I don’t tech when I miss a jump-in. First of all, opponents should be properly punishing my landing recovery instead of giving me a chance to tech. But I should tech regardless. Spent a LOT of meter to get that win.

G3R1: BACK THROW! Anyway in this case Cactus had a good reaction to correctly the time a use of a risky focus attack by me. He’s also reading my patterns better and better.
Damnit I could have ended the round if I went for stand RH crouch HP ex tatsu. I guess I was caught by surprise that he teleported behind me. And then…BACK THROW!!!
G3R2: Hmm. I’m getting more jump-ins at this point than I remember. My memories of that match consist of getting hit by that back knee a hundred times plus the 400 psychological damage of each back throw.
G3R3: Excellent D by Cactus in the corner. Stuffed everything I did.

G4R1: My midscreen gimmicks are working less and less. My crouch MPs, my read tatsus, everything. Cactus is also reacting well to my FA with his own. I give up a lot of life to push him into the corner where I get…BACK THROWN!!!

G4R2: To his credit, the last set we played before this I won a very unexpected 5-2. And a LOT of it was me abusing FA against Cactus. This set he was very prepared for it and defended against it extremely well. He’s also getting into rhythm and doing the Cactus teleport shimmy all over me! I get squished. The download is almost complete. I see that he gets hit by a low short low short low short which means he’s still stand teching a bit. All those rounds I lost prior…if only I did low short (plus tech) low short instead of bloody going for probably overhead or something…

G5R1: I take a bit of time to think and decide to play a bit more patient. Build some meter before pushing in my cards. It doesn’t really seem to get me anywhere and I fall back into desperate Ryu mode which gets me killed right quick. Watching it now I see a distinct lack of LP DP in the last two games. I am letting him press all sorts of buttons in close range. Instead I seem preoccupied with whiffing level 3 FAs.

G6R1: Hey as if on cue. Two LP DPs get him in the corner relatively quickly for once! Bloody Cactus’s blocked all of my EX Tatsus so far in the set though! Why didn’t you stand tech then Cactus!!! I throw the round away with an executional error though.
Also notice that I never really successfully use stand FA against his limbs. I notice that I dashed through it a few times in the first few games but why didn’t I just release it to crumple and get U1?
There it is again at the 73 second mark. Cactus is really confident now, with no fear in pressing multiple buttons against me in close range. My DP comes way too late again. A clear lack of ume-powers here.

G7: Great play by Cactus. I think the download is complete. He is pushing me back and reacting very fast to everything I do. I am slow as sludge.

G8: I’m not sure what changed in this round. Let me watch it again. Ah a successful Focus attack. So I’m probably batting 1 for 50!

G9R1: I should have lost that round with some mega fimbles in the corner. But Cactus let me jump over his ultra when I should have EX Dped instead. He could have smacked me back into the Ultra easily; maybe he was reading a Tatsu again?
G9R2: OTG!
G9R3: It’s really the little moments against Dhalsim. It’s like a beautiful romance. One well-timed LP DP to put him in the corner. And one throw into a DWU ambiguous crossup setup (which I can only really make ambiguous against the likes of Sim, and Manny often just slides out of my DWU framekill setups anyway) gets me the round.

G10: I see a pattern emerging with me. I’m like a slow infant, when something works I grasp onto it desperately and sort of forget that I have other tools. Sniper tatsu returns after a five game absence. -_-

I need less FA upclose which Cactus has been blowing up. Or at least FA backdash a few times, maybe he’ll whiff his so I can punish. And I need a much quicker DP trigger finger. I see that my pattern is that I block two or three normals and then DP. Cactus already reads this and punishes me. I need to DP more unpredictably and quicker.

And a panic fimble to end the set. GG Cactus.


I did okay in the first few games, utilising a lot of things I had in my head like whiff punishing stand HP, some counterpoke cmp, LP DPs, attempting to use sniper tatsu etc. I made a lot of crucial errors at the start when I should have established respect from Dhalsim to not stand tech with some meaty low shorts or walk back cmk or whatever, instead getting back thrown at very crucial moments to lose a lot of big games.

But as the set went on Cactus downloaded me and went on a monster 5 game run. I became desperate and error prone in a lot of games and gave away life, positioning and meter way too quickly. I latched on desperately onto things that worked and tried to recreate them at the cost of forgetting all my other tools and Cactus was always one step ahead of me.

At the end I finally was able to shake free of my despo-Ryu malaise and get in a few games…but I couldn’t come close to coming all the way back.

Lesson learned:

I still have a long way to go in the Dhalsim vs. Ryu matchup. This matchup in particular exposes my big weakness. Manny said that fighting Dhalsim is less about labbing it up or being methodical, but rather a big test of your ability to make reads on your opponent, and that is what I lack big time.

This is less a failure of my knowledge/preparation, but an indictment of my subpar prediction skills and temperament.


Coming into this match, I was feeling a rare surge of semi-confidence whilst remaining somewhat scared. Tom was an unknown, and I don’t know how good he is, but on the other hand I had just beaten a Yun at OHN and had been specifically researching that match (Notes below, BIG thanks to ZG for all his help). But…
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