You've got your combos, you know the matchup and even have a setup or two but when it comes down to it and you're facing a top player it seems like it's all been for nothing. "The struggle is real".
My name is Sven de Vries, many of you know me as RSD EX Snorlax participating in the Dutch/European tourney scene for 2 years, and I like no other have faced "the struggle." It's a term I use for being stuck at a certain skill level. You keep practicing and playing but it doesn't feel like it helps. This causes a lot of player (mostly new ones) to drop out because "I'm not getting better anyway". But I've got good news for those players, there's a way to ascend this. Perhaps you know these methods already and have tried them, but for me they have been very important to break free from "the struggle".
Find Your Rival!
Find a player that's close to your skill level (preferably higher) and run sets FT5/FT10 striving to beat them. Your rival is someone who gets the best out of your game, enabling you to play to your limit and just when you think you've got them they let you bite the dust once again. Rivalry is important for it's an easy motivator to keep on leveling.
Run It Back!
Don't be afraid to lose. If there's one thing I can tell you it's that I've had my share of beatings and using that as a learning opportunity is the way to progress. "Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something. "
Personally the most leveling I've done is running sets. It teaches you to pay attention to everything while playing; time, meters, hp and also dealing with the pressure of execution when it's most needed.
Rewind & Review
Watching your own sets is another learning opportunity, not everyone has a coach next to them telling you about all your bad habits. You'll run into situations while watching and think to yourself "why did I do that? That's stupid" or "if only I had played it a little more patiently". This will help you when you face those same situations to keep calm and think about a good solution.
Lastly, patience. Its important to have patience so you can break free from "the struggle". It's a long road, paved with beatings and salty losses, but stay patient and keep playing. Never give up, never give in.
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