The best advice that I received in over a year:“When playing, concentrate on looking at your opponent’s character. You will be able to react and anticipate what he is doing.”
Well done Foppy, you’ve been playing fighting games the wrong way your entire life. I suddenly feel more satisfied when I play using this method – no longer am I frustrated when I lose, because I know that I am already doing my best to react to my opponent. The problem is that my opponent can also do the exact same thing. The trick now is to come up with unpredictable mix-ups/blockstrings so that my opponent won’t know what’s coming. This is why Xian is so strong in SSF4. I was watching him play Akuma at License2Play on Sunday. I myself, as a spectator, had difficulty guessing which mix-up option he was going to use, because he keeps changing tactics each time.