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20 minutes ago, daifuco said:

I just started playing after 2 weeks struggling wit gout. Playing on PC. I basically go to dustloop wiki and learn bits about Ky while training mode, then I go online , I forget everything and mash every single button. It is nice to be on the 4th floor being surrounded by so many scrubs like me.

This game deserves so succeed. 

 

There's a lot to learn when you're just starting out, for sure. Apologies if you already know this, but when you've been learning new stuff in training mode, only try and implement one or two of those things in competitive play each time, or your concentration can be too thinly stretched to land any of it!

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Man, I learnt something this morning that has totally upturned my understanding of the game:

 

Properly timed meaties actually beat throw attempts on wake-up!

 

I'd been thrown out of pressure a lot in the first week and basically became too scared of running right up to an opponent and meatying them on their wakeup for fear of getting grabbed - I would always back off and try and catch something after they wake up. I think it's going to take a while to adjust to the timing but will be worth it in the long run, as capitalising on plus buttons is the best thing Sol can do, and there ain't nothing more plus than meaty cS. Well, except Fafnir.

 

Also, I'm now trying to rewrite my combo muscle memory for the third time since the game's come out. :lol:

 

I'm finally learning run cancel combos to use which allow Sol to take the opponent fully coast to coast, and actually set up clean hit combos easier than the previous one I was using if you take them from midscreen to the corner. I've got these down very consistently in training mode, but I'm a bit inconsistent with them during actual matches right now since character weight affects the timing.

 

Also figured out an easier (and more consistent between character weight classes) version of the corner combo I took such pains to learn just last week. Glad I did though:

 

 

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Got smashed around and pinned to the walls a lot by Jonster's Ram last night and it was an excellent time. Tried my best to be annoying but once I got cornered I was almost always done for.

 

The warm up meant I then won a set against a friend's strong Potemkin (which ought to be strongly in Axl's favour anyway to be fair). 

 

Oh! I just met him again in Floor 10 or Ranked and earned my first shot at Celestial! Promptly lost to a savvy Sol, but that's a little progress!

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Been trying to get into the habit of doing throw OSes this morning, and had some good success:

 

 

For anyone who doesn't know how to do it, you just press roman cancel after inputting the throw command. If the throw lands nothing happens as throws can't be roman canceled right away. If the throw whiffs, a PRC will come out and put you in a position to counter your opponent - and woe betide them if they're backdashing. WOE BETIDE THEM.

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Also, starting this afternoon is The Big Levo, EU edition, streaming on https://www.twitch.tv/leffen

 

The registration cut off is 3:30, and pools start at 5pm. There's also the NA version happening tonight at 11pm, which I look forward to watching tomorrow. The last one was good and top 8 is worth watching if you haven't already. Over a thousand entrants apparently!

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I think Arksys has nailed the accessibility of the game. I feel I am more commited to learn the game than on Xrd that it just felt way over my league.

 

Because life is so scarce I feel more compelled to use faultless defense and burst. 

Also from the attacking point of view now Roman cancels matter a lot more because wining the match is around the corner. 

 

The game really is on a sweet spot Isn't it? You get the air dashing and crazy pace of manga games but you also have constants resets and chances.

Even the dreaded lobby is... kinda fun, I love the floors system, shame it takes forever to see gamers cards.

 

Last night I fought the first Faust with my Ky , it felt scary and untouchable.

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Fucking get in there! VIP status restored on PSN after four failed attempts yesterday.

 

The first I lost to level 500 Gio VIP, then won 4 against two separate challengers and lost the fifth to a VIP Zato. Second attempt I won three straight against a VIP Faust, got greedy and challenged him again and lost two in a row. Third attempt I got to four yet again, and lost the last game to former VIP Faust trying to get back in. The fourth time I think I got to 3 wins again, and then a guy called Heapski came up to the cabinet. He had a red aura around him, which meant he was in the top 10% who kept their VIP status after the reset. I'd actually played him before and I think he's second only to BlackAce as the strongest player I've faced so far. I did take one game off him in the best of 3 set we'd played however. And this time, when he strolled up to the cab he was using Anji, not his main chicken Ky, so I thought I'd chance it. That is a mistake I won't be making again!

 

I'll definitely have to rethink my position on Sol having favourable matchups against Faust and Zato!

 

Much simpler today - I only fought challengers instead of VIPs. First match was against a Gio. I usually crumble during these and start getting hit by everything as I desperately try to get out of the plus frame pressure (ironic, I know), but I managed to curb her first attempt to get in and maintained the pressure. She was clearly playing scared the second round, and despite doing some big combos gave me too many opportunities to do big old Sol damage. She got kicked out of heaven from this loss.

 

Second was a Chipp player. I'm really happy to report that although both matches were touch and go at times, things were definitely in hand once I'd weathered some of his pressure, I managed to hit my combos on him without trouble and even interrupt some of his disappearing nonsense. In the latter rounds he was hail Marying out the unsafe overhead rekka to finish out strings and BOY does Chipp explode when Sol gets a CH starter! Definitely feeling good about my progress in the matchup.

 

Last was an Axl player. Thanks to a lovely long set with Joffo earlier, I was solidly in tune with the matchup - not once did I get hit by his command grab 😎. I got an early hit in the first round and pushed him to the corner, where I bullied him until it was done. He bit back pretty hard in the second round, but I took the third without too much trouble, despite a couple of nervous drops. Second game went smooth as butter. Got a big combo off and pressed the advantage. The second round I got pretty cheeky, pressing when it wasn't my turn but it paid off. He was cornered again and didn't have much of a chance. VIP again, baby!

 

@joffocakes Thank you for the games earlier, your Axl is already much better than before - I was working hard the entire set, and as I said, had a great time doing so. Looking forward to more games soon!

 

 

 

 

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So, the season one DLC characters have apparently been data mined, and the with the new intro added to the game in the latest patch, it looks like they're right about them:

 

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Three characters new to the series:

 

Asuka R Kreuz, Goldlewis Dickinson (the big dude in the story), and Happy Chaos.

 

And two returning:

 

Jack-O' and Jam.

 

I'm still very happy with Sol and the other charatcters I'm dabbling with so I'm not particularly tempted, but definitely interested in how the new characters will play. Also, considering how strong the first DLC character was both seasons of Granblue, I'd guess the first character out is gonna be pretty over tuned!

 

Jonster will no doubt be happy that Jack-O' is returning... But I really hope they've reinvented her the same way they did with Ram! (Though saying that, maybe I should be careful what I wish for).

 

Also, Big Levo EU has started!

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On 02/07/2021 at 17:10, imp said:

there ain't nothing more plus than meaty cS. Well, except Fafnir

Garuda Impact says hi :lol:

 

GGs again for the other night Joffo, you were extremely annoying - especially with meaty command grabs after air to airs! That got an internal round of applause.

 

4 minutes ago, imp said:
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Jonster will no doubt be happy that Jack-O' is returning... But I really hope they've reinvented her the same way they did with Ram! (Though saying that, maybe I should be careful what I wish for).

 

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I'd be delighted if she returned but I don't see her old design really working in the new game, at least not with some significant changes. Would be interesting to see at the very least though!

 

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Top 8 of Big Levo starting soon!

 

Spoiler

BlackAce, the first guy to ever kick me out of heaven, and BBTAG euro champ, made it all the way through top 64 in losers bracket!

 

 

 

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Holy heck, it's been a good day for watching Guilty Gear!

 

First there was a Japanese 15v15 exhibition today which featured Nage, Fab, Daru, Summit and loads of other absolute killers, and it was a total joy to watch. It's reeeeally long, so I hope the youtube archive condenses some of the downtime, but I think it's well worth watching as it's been a wild, wild ride. It has some convoluted rules, but I'll try and summarise the main ones that differentiate it:

 

Pokemon rules.

Each player has two lives.

A player can only win three in a row. Winning three in a row also loses a life.

When down to the final three players in a team, the win limit is removed.

 

Absolute madness ensued during the home stretch. I'll try and link it when it's available on YT, but for now anime illuminati restreamed it and did English commentary over the top.

 

Big Levo EU also just finished and top 8 was excellent. Grand finals in particular was superb. Now I go to bed before I'm tempted to watch the NA tourney!

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I haven't been playing too much of this because Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown was inconsiderate enough to come out at the same time, and that's been getting the bulk of my attention when I actually have enough time to play a fighter - which sadly hasn't been often, as of late.

 

However, I did take some time out of my day to take on Stage 9 Nagoriyuki and I think I'm now at risk of having every blood vessel in my entire body spontaneously explode in some delayed-action frustration response. Got him in the end, though!

 

 

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Is there any way to manipulate his AI using Ky? With Sol you can double jump away and do bandit bringer on his wake up and if you time it well he’ll get hit, so the strategy becomes finding an opportunity to land one and repeat until dizzy, then do a dust combo, rinse and repeat. 
 

I’ve heard Anji has an easier way of beating him, if anyone is after the trophy without wanting to put in too much effort. 
 

Anyway, I’m stupid enough to have fought and beaten the secret boss twice now as trophies do not carry over between PS4 and PS5, and I was close enough to the platinum on both I actually went through it all again. He’s much less difficult the second time. I think it still took me like 45 minutes in attempts before I was successful though!

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Not that I'm aware of. I did throw the bastard more than was healthy because he teleports into range quite often and he seems to have a little less damage mitigation off throws. Also, if you try to slash him he can seemingly just go clean through anything you do if you're even a fraction of a second late.

 

I'm tempted to go back for another shot just to see the damage difference off a dust combo, but I can save that for another day.

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I've not even reached the stage 9 version. What's the criteria for getting them to appear? Can you do the age-old trick of interrupting as Player 2 when you're about to fail?

 

Decided I'm going to try to lose some lockdown heft by catching up on Big LEVO at the gym. Haven't watched any high-level play for this yet outside of twitter clips so very excited to never go to the gym and remain ignorant.

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You have to win every fight without losing a round. Don’t worry though, you can use as many continues as you like. It’s a bit tedious in theory letting the AI body you if you drop a round, but I think you’ll be fine until stage 8 anyway!

 

Stage 8 is kinda tedious for that reason though, but weirdly the first time I ever got there I did it by accident. I think being aggressive helps. 

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27 minutes ago, joffocakes said:

I've not even reached the stage 9 version. What's the criteria for getting them to appear? Can you do the age-old trick of interrupting as Player 2 when you're about to fail?

 

Decided I'm going to try to lose some lockdown heft by catching up on Big LEVO at the gym. Haven't watched any high-level play for this yet outside of twitter clips so very excited to never go to the gym and remain ignorant.


Also you’re in for a treat with Big Levo. Both NA and EU editions had some great matches. 

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Just now, Kayin Amoh said:

 

You can what? I had to restart three times after Stage 8 Nago whipped a round off me and once from a dolphin happy May. >_<


I didn’t know this until I’d done it once either. Restarted after losing a round in stage 7. On PS4. With PS4 load times!

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Does it take roughly three hours to connect to the servers on Playstation as well when you boot it up? I'm on steam (so I can't play you guys) and every time I turn it on it takes about two minutes to get to the menu. 

 

I'm also amazed that there's basically no dialogue for beating him. If you don't get to stage 9 he's all 'eh, you're not doing it for me, seeya' and when you finally do he's like 'eh, okay, seeya'.

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Yeah, it does. Apparently not if you’re in Japan though, then it’s lightning quick. 
 

btw if you do fancy some games both Jonster and I have double dipped so we’re fightable on PC as well. 

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13 hours ago, Kayin Amoh said:

Have a sympathy upvote! And prepare to rage.

 

Had the game in rest mode all night then I beat Stage 8 before work. In doing so am feeling comfortable in Stage 9. But not comfortable enough to have actually beaten it. Tonight, though.

 

Currently doing dash-up throw then repeating double-jump throw until he's stunned. Then a Dust combo followed by another dash up throw (currently 50% success rate with this part) and repeating the scenario until Nago decides he's simply had enough.

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