Monday, August 5, 2013

Backdash Canceling, Cancelled Ganryu


So I was practicing backdash canceling (aka Korean Backdashing) in TTT2 with Miguel and Ganryu, and the sloppy QCB method requires different timing for the two characters. I had chosen this method of backdash canceling because I thought that it was easier than the "normal" method of tapping back twice, then hitting down-back, very quickly, and while going to neutral in between taps. I was wrong.

A friend recommended that I give Bryan Fury a try in TTT2, and I took the advice seriously enough to give the character a shot. I really enjoyed it and was getting a feel for things pretty easily, which is always a great sign that a character is for you. The easier a character clicks with you, the more fun you will have, and more motivated you will be while playing and practicing. The only downside to Bryan was that the QCB method of backdash canceling resulted in him backswaying, a type of movement option which Miguel does not have. The backsway is unsafe and is not a proper way to move around rapidly in Tekken from what I understand. So I gave up on Bryan and went to Ganryu.

Imagine my surprise when I found that the QCB backdash cancel was starting not to be very easy for me, and the tapping method was actually a lot more consistent and simple for me to perform. It completely blew my mind for a moment because the tapping is considered the more difficult of the two methods! All of this means little since I've yet to play a single casual game of TTT2. I have relied on training mode one hundred percent thus far.

Even though I still need to test myself against real opponents, I am happy because I was really getting the feel for playing as Bryan and was kind of disappointed when I put him aside simply because of his backsway interfering with backdash canceling. The tapping method results in no problems with Bryan's backsway, and now that it is my preferred method I am more motivated and interested to continue learning this cool character. Do not get me wrong, Ganryu is cool too and I was getting the feel for him as well, but Bryan has my attention and I really need to focus only on two characters for now.

Anyway, I keep learning more and more about Tekken and cannot wait until this upcoming Thursday to start getting my beatings from the much better, local players!
Nathan Shields PowerUp Founder

Fighting game enthusiast, martial artist, and teacher. Nathan Shields ran three regional events, two of which were part of the Road to EVO Championships in 2011 and 2012. He continues to run local FGC events and supervise the growth of his scene and the PowerUp brand.

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