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Tekken 7 Tips to increase your competitive play

13 Mar , 2018  

Written by: Jon Scarr

Tekken 7 packs quite a punch, and though it may seem daunting to play—I am here to offer some advice and tips to increase your competitive play. One of the hardest aspects of “getting good” at a fighting game to play competitively is knowing where to start. Check out these Tekken 7 Tips to increase your competitive play.

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Here are some tips that are sure to increase your competitive play in Tekken 7.

Focus on practicing more than just combos

Combos are important, it is good to be able to do damage when you land a hit. However, combos will not do you a lot of good if you can’t land a hit. By just practicing combos for your character, you are not going to be learning the real situations that are going to be landing you damage in matches.

For example, punishing block lows, learn your while standing punishes. Or, punishing block launchers, find out what are your fast punishes for moves that aren’t that punishable versus your slower punishes for moves that are very punishable.

By not focusing on combos, it will make a big difference in your gameplay. It will make you more knowledgeable about matchups and you’ll have better reactions thus allowing you to pull out the counter.

Find other people with varying skills levels to play against

It’s fine and dandy to play against the computer to help build your game. However, the only way you are going to increase your competitive play is by facing other human players. It’s important that at least some of these people are better than you.

There’s not much that you can learn from players at your own level of play, and if you continually play people worse or equal to yourself, you’ll find your taken by surprise when you encounter someone out of your league with techniques you haven’t had exposure to before. It’s true, in the beginning you’ll probably get beat a lot—but that’s part of the process.

The key is not to get discouraged, just focus on one aspect of your game and keep plugging away. Although there have been great breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, there is nothing like playing against the cunning and ingenuity of a human opponent.

If you want to increase your competitive play, it’s important that you learn how to adapt your gameplay to each individual character within the roster. Don’t play against an opponent who only plays as Yoshimitsu.

If your opponent plays that particular character well, then it’s great that you get the opportunity to gain an understanding of that particular matchup. However, you need to cover all of the games matchups in order to perform as a well rounded player.

You can look at this one of two ways. Either that playing against other human opponents is too fierce and you are going to get beat quite a lot. Or, by playing in such an environment that will force you and others to improve. For myself, I adopt the later mindset and way of thinking. By playing against others, you are going to improve far faster than playing against the computer.

Know and understand your opponent’s moves

Most people don’t realize that learning combos and special attacks aren’t the hardest thing when playing fighting games such as Tekken 7. When you are first starting out, its easy to get caught up in it all. Believe me when I tell you, learning these moves and combos aren’t the biggest obstacle in your path to greatness.

It goes without saying, you should master your character of choice, inside and out, if you are serious about winning. However, to be really competitive, you need to be able to focus on your opponent and figure out their weaknesses.

Let’s say you have figured about a combo that can deal out 30% damage to your opponent. It’s all fine an dandy, but you need to find an opportunity to unleash it on your opponent. You see, Tekken 7 is similar to a game of chess—it’s a cat and mouse game.

Regardless if you are noticing that your opponent has an over-reliance on a certain special attack, or you notice their tendency to block high rather then low—knowing and understanding your opponent is key to increasing your competitive play.

Focus on your opponent, find their weaknesses and exploit them. You’ll be surprised at just how fast you start racking up those W’s in the win column.

It’s ok to lose, it helps you learn from your mistakes

Let’s be honest, if you are continuously playing opponents who you can steam roll over—you aren’t going to become a better Tekken 7 player. In fact, you will learn more from losing than you will winning.

I’ve seen a lot of gamers get upset, or even claim that their opponent is cheating when they lose. Don’t take it personal. It’s imperative to find opponents who are better than you. If you continuously use the same gameplay tactics over and over again, what would happen if you played against yourself?

If you don’t play against opponents who beat you, you’re not going to become a better player. If you are continuously getting beat by a certain tactic, you are going to have to figure out how to get around it.

Think of it this way, your opponent is only doing what works best for them. Change up your gameplay and stop them. You’ll either force them to play differently or start winning against them.

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About the Author: Jon Scarr

Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years.
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