I was playing SF5 the other day, so any day really, and I was getting wrecked as usual. At first it made me mad, but then I realized something. I have no eye for spotting command grabs.
I have trouble with Zangief, R.Mika, Birdie, Vega, Alex, Laura, and Necalli because of their command grabs.
With Zangief and Laura getting buffs, they are going to be harder to deal with and you are going to be seeing a lot more of them online most likely.
There is a silver lining though. With these command grabbers becoming more of a threat, you will get more practice in.
I urge everyone to practice reading command grabs. Learn your opponent’s tendencies during the match. Don’t let them keep doing their set ups. I know these are just general things to think about during a match, but they do help.
People who follow the pro scene might remember Infiltration’s Nash wrecking in the beginning of season 1. So what did people do?
They bitched and moaned about Nash being OP as hell and then got him nerfed into the ground in season 2. They familiarized themselves with the match-up. They learned how to counter him.
Command grabs aren’t going away and they force you to learn something that you may have shrugged off for a while. You have to force yourself to practice if you want to survive season 2 of sf5, just like pros did against Infiltrations Nash. Adapt. Learn frame data. Know when you can safely press buttons. Shoryuken is a great place to learn stuff like that. Cause guess what? If you avoid the grab properly, there is an easy jump-in combo punish for you.
I won’t lie, it is not possible to make perfect reads 100% of the time. Even doing all of this, you will still get grabbed. But if you can reduce the amount of times you get command grabbed, you are going to be a lot happier.
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