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May 20, 2016 / Jett

The Training Plan for the WorldGaming Street Fighter V Canadian Championships

Street Fighter V KingstonWinning the WorldGaming regional qualifiers in Kingston will forever be a highlight in my gaming career. However, in just a few weeks, I have the opportunity to build on that success when I compete at the Canadian championships on May 29th. It’s still trippy to me to think that I’m competing in the national championships of anything. Putting that into perspective, it’s an honour to be in this position and a testament to all I’ve done to get to this point. Having said that, I can’t get complacent now. With a shot at becoming a Canadian champion along with a ridiculous prize pool up for the taking, I need to be more focused than ever.

What does my road map to the finals look like? I’ll share as much as I can, without showing too much of my hand for any rivals that might be snooping around.

Optimize My Rashid

The easiest path to improvement in light of the tight timeline is to improve from within. I fancy myself to be a good Rashid player, but there are all sorts of things I can improve on. For example, I know that there are a number of scenarios where I could be doing more damage or finishing combos in different ways to better my positioning. Developing a sense of when to go for which will go a long way towards becoming a scarier threat.

Another thing I want to work on are my pressure strings. Rashid has the tools to stay in his opponent’s face for an extended period of time. There are a variety of different sequences he can perform to maintain pressure, which I want to add more of to keep opponent’s guessing.

One more aspect worth investing more time into is Rashid’s ability to generate Crush Counters. His fundamental flaw as a character is that his overall damage output is low. Of late, I’ve discovered that he can cover some of the damage deficit through Crush Counter combos. I’ve found a few ways of setting them up, but I should be looking for more ways of creating them. From there, it’s a matter of being able to finish each time. For example,one of Rashid’s go-to Crush Counter combos is standing heavy kick, into forward medium punch, cancelled into heavy Eagle Kick. The quirk in that combo is that the timing is much tighter when your opponent is in the corner. If you’re too early with the medium punch, the Eagle Kick will whiff. Making sure my combos connect every time, especially Crush Counter combos, can turn the tides of any match in my favour.

Improve my match-up knowledge

The game is still young, so there’s still much to learn when it comes to how characters should fight against each other. Each time I play a match, I need to make mental notes on character tendencies, as well as moves of theirs that can be punished. Knowing that, I can come up with optimal punishes and have a plan for how to deal with certain situations as they arise.

Where I should focus most on are the match-ups that I struggle with. There are a few characters that have been a thorn in my side and there’s a good chance that I’ll run into them in the tournament. When I get the opportunity to fight against them beforehand, extra attention should be paid towards making those match-ups a bit easier.

Scout the opposition

With this being a 32-player tournament where everyone’s identities are known well in advance, I have time to do some homework. Digging for any sort of footage I can find on my opponents, I can start to make player-specific notes and workshop ways of countering their approach. With a few weeks to prepare, my goal is to have at least a few tidbits of information on each player in the tournament.

Get some tournament reps in?

This neck of the woods has no shortage of opportunities to play against local talent. Heck, Toryuken is taking place the weekend before the WorldGaming finals and will feature all of team Evil Geniuses. Though my attendance is rare at best, it would be a good idea to get more involved in the scene leading up to the finals. There’s nothing like the pressure of playing in a live tournament environment, so it would be great to have more of that experience to help settle my tournament jitters.

In just a few weeks, I’ll be on the big screen, partaking in quite possibly the biggest video game competition I’ll ever be a part of. Winning the whole thing is going to be extremely tough, but I’ve never been closer than I am right now. Gotta make sure to make this count!

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