Fighting people who know what their doing does help, I know this is not all but most really good players have that 1-2 combos a character they fall back on of you learn them you get better at avoiding them. I also play against the CPU on the highest difficulty sometimes it can help. The problem is you can't take one thing into all match types I'm pretty good at FFA and 2v2, but as you have seen just average at 1v1 as I do t play it as much you have to play each match type somewhat differently it seems like. Also on a side note I saw you mentioned it be able to get grabbed out of rolls needs to go it defeats the whole point of the supposed invulnerability your supposed to have during the roll imo.
Here are my steps, but the mantra to remember is you learn more from defeat then victory.
1: Play better people and talk with them about whats good and bad. This requires both parties to understand what the goal is.
2: Watch videos and forums and practice in training mode.
3: Experiment to find timing down
4: Play others in games, bo10 preferred.
I usually 1v1 with people on my freinds list, mic always preferred to actually talk about the progression. No need to be silent during an improvement match.
When I play as a new character, I go into practice. I first try out every attack and try out every combo possibility I can think of to find whether or not it works. For characters with certain skills, like Sly and his dynamite, I've switched characters and used a different controller and every character to find what attacks reflect and what attacks don't.
Afterwards I jump into quick match with the character I practiced with. Spending 30 minutes and sometimes more in practice I've came out and jumped right into quick match, and the majority of the time winning the match by a landslide against other players who played as the exact same character but on a much higher level(it may take a few matches to see another character, but all the same.)
Practice works far better than just jumping into a computer level five match because you won't gain as much knowledge of the character just jumping into combat.
A) Practice with good people, preferably people who main different characters.
B) Training mode to learn new combos, options, tech chases, mixups, etc.
C) Quick match 2v2 to practice implementing techniques in a real match
D) This is something I only recently did but really helped. I took someone who plays the same character as me and is also really good with him (Renegade for Good Cole in this case), and we just went into medium training room with 30 stocks and treated it like a 2 player training mode, bouncing ideas off of each other. He showed me some stuff, I've shown him some stuff, and we actually found some new things in those sessions thanks to adapting each other's techniques to new situations.
E) Think about potential scenarios when you're not playing and what you can do in them. This is how I came up with 90% of my tech for Captain America and Super Skrull in Marvel vs Capcom 3, and it helped me develop some combos, mindgames, mix ups and tech chases in this game as well.
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Since this is a very decent thread and no harsh comments to anyone, plus this is something that needs to be spoke about within the community
Do you use a combo character, I.e Dante, nariko?
I know how to use Nariko and im learning dante as we speak but no I dont like maining people who are comboish... I like the zoning strange characters like toro, Sir Dan, Drake, Evil Cole, Rachet you know the strange but cool characters but i do honestly feel everyone in this game is good some are broken tho
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