It’s Time to Come Clean: I Didn’t Tech That

Lately I haven’t been completely honest and it’s time to come clean. The other day I played a long set in which my opponent threw me excessively in a manor in which every single attempt worked. I tried to save face and claim each time that I, “definitely teched that,” but the truth is, I’ve never teched a throw in my life.

For years, I have been living a lie. I would nod along when my friends talked about teching, pretending that I knew exactly what they were talking about. I would even throw out the occasional “oh yeah, I tech those all the time” to try to fit in.

But the truth is, I never actually teched those. Of course I didn’t. The game knows that I didn’t press the correct input at the right time to break a throw. It’s a basic skill that I’ve just never been able to master, and it has left me feeling ashamed and embarrassed.

I know it may not seem like a big deal, but to me, it feels like I’ve been living a lie. I’ve been deceiving my friends and fellow players, and that’s not something I feel good about.

So I’m here to set the record straight. I didn’t tech that. I never have and possibly never will, and I’m sorry for misleading everyone for so long.

It’s time for me to face the music and own up to my lack of skills. I may not be the best player out there, but I still have fun playing and will continue to try to improve. And while I may not have teched any of those throws, at least I know deep in my heart that I definitely blocked that cross-up.

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