Tutorial: Just Win (Guest Post by a Top Player)

Fighting games are often considered to be a difficult genre to learn and succeed in. I’ve seen countless players find themselves at a plateau with no clear path to improvement. Luckily, I’m here to help with my proven advice to winning in fighting games: just win.

I’ve been playing many different fighting games competitively for over 10 years. Not only do I have the experience and knowledge to write this guide, but I also have the most important credential when it comes to teaching fighting games: dozens of tournament wins.

So let’s get started.

In fighting games you can either win, lose, or draw. While it may be tempting to just lose or just draw, we first need to establish that our goal is to win. In order to win you need to reduce your opponent’s health bar to zero before they do it to you. Now that you know how to win, all you need to do is apply that knowledge and you should be good to go.

Other top players often try to overcomplicate things with advice like just block, just anti-air, or just take the throw. These are all distractions that do more harm than good. It doesn’t need to be that complex as long as you remember to just win.

This guide works for all kinds of fighting games. Winning is almost always the best strategy for coming out of a match victorious. So load up your favorite fighting game, queue up for a ranked match, and try to just win.

I’ve taught this to countless new players who were able to internalize it and quickly rise through the ranks. To many it’s the type of suggestion that immediately makes sense. It’s the type of thing they hear and wonder why they didn’t think of it first. And that’s because it works.

I know that’s a lot to take in at once. Feel free to read this over again so you didn’t miss anything. The most important thing to remember is that losing isn’t winning, while winning is. So just win. It’s that simple.

And if this advice doesn’t help you win then I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe fighting games just aren’t for you then.