PvP


Championship Mode / Friendly

This is the real player vs player (PvP) mode.

Preparation

Cancel combos / Block Cancelling

Important for O.Rugal and Nameless, this feature makes them incredibly powerful. Normally when executing a special move there is a time of recovery, which means you can’t always follow up with another move. However, pressing the block button, or the normal attack button, will cancel this recovery, allowing you to continue your combo.

This is why normally O.Rugal can’t do skill 1 into skill 2 into skill 1. However with a block cancel, he can.

This is why Nameless can do skill 3 after his ultimate move, which shouldn’t be possible, and leaves players scratching their head.

If you have an opponent flying into the air and can see that your move hasn’t finished its animation, hit the block button. Now you can continue that combo and destroy the opponent.

Block cancelling can also be used to stop your character when they are doing a move in the wrong direction. You could roll, which evade an attack, but you are still vulnerable at the end.

Block Cancelling to Reset

If you block cancel basic attacks, the combo is only paused, and will continue every time you release block. However, if you press forward, then block, and do not release forward, press attack, then block, then attack, this attack has been reset to your first attack. This is very useful because characters who use a normal attack string will be vulnerable by the last hit. An attack string which is reset to the first hit means each attack is quick and can continue infinitely. This adds a great pressure to the opponent who is looking for an opening. Just don't repeat this attack string in a predictable rythym of attack, block, attack! Mix it up!

Feinting

The block cancel is also important for provoking opponents to attack. You can cancel normal attacks, not just special moves and even supers. Normally an opponent waits for Nameless to do two normal attacks and will then interrupt. But if Nameless cancels… then Nameless can block whatever they throw out. Then there is a mind game to see who will throw out another special...

Awakening

This function is to raise the level but also adds a new layer to the combat, just pressing the button when available will cause the player to interrupt a combo with a tiny period of invincibility. It does not break guard, so it can be baited and then punished. It can also be used to extend a combo by bouncing the opponent back into the air.

Combo Practice

In championship mode there is actually a training mode, and in Infinite Battle there is a practice mode before the match. Infinite Battle is actually a better mode to practice because combos count without considering an evasion roll. Also to note, gravity is different in PvP so training mode combos only work for PvE. And then there’s online timing to consider….

PvP Battle

Some tactics that you have used against the AI will go out of the window. Experienced humans won't fall for it.

Rolling past a projectile won’t help you if the opponent can cancel it and punish with another move. Ultimately the most common winning tactic is to let your opponent throw their special moves at you while you block, then you punish. When the opponent gets wise, then it’s a cat and mouse game of baiting out a special move and cancelling it… or not. Good luck!

The next meta was a character who could do a special move and then had hyper armour, so you couldn’t punish. You need to roll past them or away from them. You have to judge if they can cancel and roll again. Remember, more than two rolls in a row have increased recovery.

The next meta after that was a character with a guard crushing special move, eg Zero, Igniz, Paul, and anyone equipped with the Checkmate card set (10% chance). This means if you don’t roll, you’re dead, because you can't block.

The worst meta is a character with hyper armour recovery and a grab. So if he charges at you, you need to roll and stay away, because if you block you will get grabbed. There’s nowhere to hide from Goenitz because he has a homing wind attack. Block, and roll the charging attack. Good luck finding an opening but remember that leverage affinity is still in play.

The New Meta arrived with Awakening. For top level fights it's essential to have an awakened character because of the new function that gives you a chance to break combos or even continue them. Again, these can be baited and wasted. Awakening cannot be used in the air but it can be used to break ultimate moves!

The next meta was the hardest to reach: the stones. These need to be levelled to 7 to unlock their full abilities and if you are lucky to get a plus stone that removes power guage, you have a huge advantage.

The latest Meta involves PG stealing characters to dethrone Tekken set as the best card set. The newer card sets now give guard break and immunity at 0% health and higher critical damage. It's becoming a very complex countering system where you'll need some luck to win anything.

Important tips:

  • Rolling is pretty amazing, hit it when it doubt.
  • Blocking is great, just remember certain characters and card sets can break it. Let spammers go crazy then punish them.
  • To punish an opponent rolling past your projectile or behind you, consider the input delay of the connection, that can mean pressing your second skill immediately after the first. Arguably, with a bad connection, forget about what you see on the screen. Predict an attack. And yes, it's very frustrating when you input a skill wanting to punish a roll behind you but it just attacks the area in front... timing is everything.
  • When an opponent is status stunned, such as frozen petrified or stunned, do NOT attack with basic hits, you must use a special move because they will break out of the status and hit you with anything they choose. Consider baiting.
  • Invest in PLUS stones.
  • Watch your opponents evasion meter, it's very likely they will use it when it is full, so instead of trying to wasting a skill as you try to extend a combo, just let them roll and punish them.
  • Remember super moves also punish rolls, and destroy any type of armour.
  • Use a simple tap of your basic attack to bait the opponent to use an emergency evasion and then punish them with your fast skill move.
  • Use awakening whenever you are trapped in a devastating combo - but you must be standing -to push back the opponent
  • Use awakening when squashing opponent in the corner to continue a combo with juggling characters like Jin, Ms Big, Adelheid etc.

  • Nameless: block and let them spam three moves then punish. His basic attack string is also vulnerable to invincible moves otherwise wait till you see the arm drill, then punish. If he gains power guage, you're dead. If he stops spamming moves, you're probably dead. Best counter characters: p.zero, Adelheid, S.Mature, anyone with QUICK hyperarmour.
  • P.Zero: if you predict she will spam her attacks, just roll three times and punish. Or try your luck blocking, she needs 30% chance to break your guard.
  • Orochi: Roll past his shield and let him try to track you with the pillar, watch for his hyper armour to expire and smash him. Undertaker and PZero are good counters.
  • Goenitz: Use Goenitz or Rugal / Geese and hope to roll past his dashing move and his attacks. Adelheid and characters who can nullify skills are good. A bad player will spam, a good Goenitz will just watch and destroy your moves on reaction.
  • Miss Big: Bait her invincible uppercut by rolling or with your own hyper armour, it's your only chance. If she hits you and you don't KO her within 15 seconds, you WILL get stunned regardless, try to keep your awakening for this situation.
  • O.Rugal: this guy is a real pain if you can't roll past that godpress dashing grab. Try blocking his plasma ball and hope to not get stunned. Zero is a good counter with his stun reflect.
  • Saiki is the new Goenitz, insta-ban him for now.
  • UI Iori and FES K' will drain power guage, finally disabling the power of the tekken set.
  • After the recent batch of characters (UI Iori, Shion) here's another recap for the serious players:

    General: learn your opponent’s abilities. Unless they have a grab or “ignore guard” move, you can block, unless they have a Ryugo (checkmate) set. If you think they are going to grab or do an “ignore guard” attack skill, roll, then block or roll again, anticipating their 2nd cancelled move. You are looking for the moment they spend their skill and are in recovery (the animation where the character is returning to a neutral stance) because here they are vulnerable and should be attacked. Usually players are most vulnerable after spending their third skill, as each skill can be cancelled into each other.

    Players that complain that opponents block too much need a Ryugo set. Players that complain that opponents roll too much need to hit the buttons faster (but blaming lag is ok too). Players that get punished after rolling should stop rolling or try to mash an invincible move or super after rolling.

    A serious player will watch the evasion bar, as the opponent is likely to press it as soon as it is full so let them, and punish it. Same for when juggling with combos, when they hit the floor, they will roll out, so let them, and punish.

    The next layer of mind games comes with super armour, as that means they are in recovery and you can hit them but they can still hit you too. Hyper armour is the worst because they won’t take damage while getting hit and hitting you. In this situation you should have the same buff and aim to finish your armour last so that they will fall into a combo. FES K' is the craziest here because he has heavy gravity and with his tank status will absorb the damage and simply should dodge at the next opportunity. He's very very dangerous, and he's depleting the opponent's power guage.

    Immunity just means they don’t care if you hit them, they won’t lose damage, but they will get juggled into the air.

    For players that seem to have endless armour, consider using a character that can afflict damage over time (DOT), using poison, bleed, freeze etc.

    For opponents that roll a lot, test your reactions and input lag by pressing the attack button to hit them as they finish the roll. If they don’t get hit and simply roll a second time, you must adjust your timing and press the attack earlier/ faster. Watch carefully because if you press it too early while the opponent's dodge is still in front of you, by the time your move activates, you will attack in front, while the opponent has moved behind. And You may need to predict it for some online situations. For some situations there is simply no escape, for example, at round start, if Geese throws a ground fireball (Reppuken) and the opponent tries to roll through it, doing his rushing attack (Fudoken) WHEN you see the roll (not before), should ALWAYS hit them. If this isn’t working, you really need to adjust your timing.

    Look at your moves and see which is the fastest, or which has an invincible start up. For example, using Nameless S3 at the start of a round is faster than using S2.

    It's next recommended to look through Character Notes & Strategies.


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