Back to my local tournament after being away for two weeks. I didn’t play a human opponent during this time. Instead, I spent the time looking at videos, watching match analysis, breaking down my VODs with some Marth and Lucina players online.
I set four goals for myself over the next month.
- Only watch my opponent’s character and not mine
- Walk more
- Play out of shield.
- Don’t drop Dancing Blade
But again, I hadn’t been playing so I was a bit nervous about how I would do. Would I be rusty? Surprisingly, when I got back tonight I didn’t drop the ball. I won a handful of friendlies, was able to hit my four goals.
And then bracket began. I failed all four of my goals. Yes, all four. In my second match against KMoney’s Bayo, I was able to pull it back in a bit and hit #1 but I still failed in 2, 3, and 4. I realized after the set was over.
So, for the next match against Joestar’s Megaman, I tried to keep my goals but I dropped the ball again. It took a full game before I started to hit 1 and 2 but I still dropped 3 and 4.
You’d think after all of this that I’d be extremely frustrated, but, actually, I wasn’t. I feel like I played better actually, because I’m now starting to see the potential of smart play. I see it, and I know it, but I still can’t really hit it like I want, but I can see small improvements in my play and in my thought analysis.
I think the real issue here is that I need more experience. I need to not get nervous and forget about what I’m doing. I need to continue hitting these small goals, and I believe that I will continue to improve.
It’s funny though, like Snoop said a few weeks ago, just because you’re not winning doesn’t mean you’re not learning. And, I still wholeheartedly believe that. I believe that I’m getting better and it will all click pretty soon.
I’m also setting up an official Twitter at @BeyondBetaPod…bear with me as I set it all up and get it linked
Have a good one,
Steve “ShockSmash” Shockey