King Artifex Feb 3, 2013 @ 1:28pm
The Science behind mirror matches
Hey I've been noticing something weird with regards to mirror matches, at least in my case. Almost every single mirror match I have ever done, (wether with my main, or with some random char I barely know 2 scraps about) the "inferior" player of the 2 usually wins. By inferior I mean the guy that both players can see knows less about that given char.
I have no more doubts as to the fact that this event happens 90% of the time (for example the other day I "accidently" beat a B+ bison who clearly knew all the tecniques which I didn't even try to master)
And no... "lag" does not cut it. There is obviously some psychological factor amiss here, such as pride clouding the gameplay of the better player.

Give me your opinions... now....

P.S. I know ppl have the habit of taking everything I say (or ask) against me, so don't bother trying to bend this into a flame war
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Oracle Feb 4, 2013 @ 8:31am 
I dont like mirror matches but when they do happen I find that the one who has more experiance with character generaly wins. However if a certain player cannot adapt to basic play then of course the 'weaker mirror' could win. A classic example would be a bison mirror match where one bison is being all fancy and the other is just spamming bisons great standing heavy kick. Of course a good player would get around someone using basic attacks. A good player would also find a break in their defence and pull off some devestating combo.

I think they key is to not get drawn into their battle but player your own battle and a be smart about it.
Dcade Feb 4, 2013 @ 6:29pm 
I know exactly what you mean OP. I've been playing Fei Long for a year or two now, as my main, and whenever I face another Fei Long, I tend to lose alot or just play differently. I think by experience with your character, and less experience AGAINST your character, you automatically get threatened. And by that I mean, you know what kind of moves your character can do, and you tend to be more defensive because you're scared of what your character can do against you.

Well that's what I noticed anyways. I assume they know what they can do in certain situations, and that tends to lock my options down by alot. But in actual reality, they don't know much.
Sunle Feb 4, 2013 @ 7:12pm 
didn't you go a on psychotic rant about how this game blows and you hate playing it? Good to see you're back to waste everyone's time again. Cheers.
.Kanvy²ᵈ #threefuckingtimes Feb 4, 2013 @ 11:26pm 
in a nutshell

go nuts and fight him like anyone else

win or lose just know your fighting your character. which means you know what to bait for.

at the most, you'll probably feel scared your going to lose someone with less/more points. it's part of the experience.
King Artifex Feb 5, 2013 @ 9:06am 
Originally posted by Sunle:
didn't you go a on psychotic rant about how this game blows and you hate playing it? Good to see you're back to waste everyone's time again. Cheers.

P.S. I know ppl have the habit of taking everything I say (or ask) against me, so don't bother trying to bend this into a flame war

Another epic fail by a forum troll.
IITWLLII -ES- Feb 5, 2013 @ 3:28pm 
It's like Dcade already said:
you basically lock yourself down to very few options, because you think that the enemy knows all the counters and can execute them at least as well as you do.

The tide is turning when you find out that the opponent is a raging sheep in wolf 's clothing ;-)
King Artifex Feb 5, 2013 @ 6:54pm 
Alrighty good stuff.
Azza Feb 6, 2013 @ 6:04pm 
A player might be better player of a certain character but he could still be bad at certain match ups, including the mirror match. Generally the better player will win out in long sets. I main Bison, his mirror match revolves around getting a life lead and sitting on it.
J.Walker Feb 9, 2013 @ 9:57pm 
Or it could be thinking too much since you know the matchup better.
Feel, don't think.
I´m from Winnipeg, you idiot! Feb 10, 2013 @ 9:31am 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku3jcqmCZio
An interesting mirror match. Guile vs Guile -_-.
Last edited by I´m from Winnipeg, you idiot!; Feb 10, 2013 @ 9:31am
Tao Feb 10, 2013 @ 1:02pm 
i remember watching those finals. i loved it! the first time in sf4 history we had a gf guile/guile.
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