This time around we have a question about going to your first major tournament and what to expect if you've never been to one before. Also, we have a couple questions about Street Fighter 4, one being dealing with El Fuerte's 50/50 mix ups and what to do versus high pressure situations like Sagat's Tiger Knee Corner Lockdown.
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Is it worth the risk to go out to a huge tournament and test your skills even though you know you might lose?
You have to realize the risk isn't going to a major tournament and losing, it's not going to a major tournament and continuing to play at the same level year after year. Chances are, you'll go in there and lose, maybe get a win or two if you do really well, but the pressure of a large tournament is a little different than a local meet up or even a small scale tournament. The amount of shit-talking and overall pace of a major will really put a lot of things into perspective for you.
It will be pretty intense the first time around but it can also be a lot of fun if you go in there with the right attitude. If you practice hard, learn all your match ups, you may surprise yourself. Fact is, you'll be at an advantage in some cases in that many players will underestimate you because you are not known in the scene yet but can still put up a fight.
At the end of the day though, after any major tournament you will come away with a lot of things to work on. Be sure to document your matches, both tournament and warm up matches and after the tournament is over, hit the lab and start grinding on things you felt were lacking in your performance at the tournament.
After you go to enough tournaments, both small and large, the nerves and pressure wont be as bad. You'll continue to do better, and more than that, you'll play better in casuals and against people who don't play in tournaments at all.