It’s been 4 months since my last progress update. Here’s how I’m tracking in my melee journey.
Hey guys, Maca here from melee.co and it has been over 4 months since I did an update on my journey and how I’m going in terms of Melee. In terms of the goals that I set for myself, what I’m trying to achieve and that sort of stuff.
I thought I would do an update just to talk about where I’m at. If you don’t know me, I am Maca. I am a Peach player from Queensland in Australia, from the Gold Coast. We have a small community here. Our biggest monthly event would be about 40 people.
Start of the year, I set myself some goals. My first goal was to get into Pro bracket. We run pools at a lot of the weekend events and if you make it through pools, you get into Pro bracket. If you don’t make it through pools, you go into Amateur bracket. I think I did that in January or February of the year, so I achieved that quite quickly. It’s September now as I record this.
Another one of my goals was to win a game in Pro bracket, which I did quite early. Another goal was to get into the top 8 in Pro bracket. I have come 7th at one event. I have come 5th at one event. I think I’ve come 9th in another one. Maybe 2 7th’s and a 5th, is kind of my best results at the moment in terms of events. Some of those events, the better players weren’t there or whatever. But, I’ll take what I can get.
My final goal, my big goal was to be in the top 8 in Queensland. That wasn’t really a goal that I had set for myself at the start of the year to achieve by the end of the year. It was something that I wanted to achieve kind of in the next 2 years or something like that, just be in the top 8 in terms of the Power Rankings and stuff like that.
One of the guys recently compiled a list of the top 9 players and what their results are against each other and I’m definitely not in the top 9. I think of the top 9 players, I beat 1 of them once, is my only success rate. So I beat a player who’s ranked number 4 or number 3 or something. I beat him once and that was a best of 3 and it was kind of lucky and I just recently played him. His name is Kami and I lost to him. It’s not something that I can just repeat every week or anything like that.
So I’m definitely not top 9 at the moment. Not sure about top 10, who would get the 10th place. Probably not myself, someone else. And so, not quite top 10. But, I would say I’d probably top 15. Somewhere in the top 15 mark. Maybe 15-20, I’m not 100% sure who’s in that top area. But, probably top 15, I think I would call myself.
I’ve come a lot closer from not even making it to Pro bracket at the start of the year to coming 7th, coming 9th, performing above average at tournaments, which I’m really happy with. So, we’re getting there. Top 8 is still a little bit away. But, I do have plans – me and my family have plans to buy a van, convert it into a camper van and do some traveling come March.
That’s about 6 months away so I’ve kind of got 6 months to achieve my goal of top 8 in Queensland. I’ll see how I go and see if I can do it or not.
In terms of training plans, we have our weeklies every week for the Gold Coast. I run a tournament once a month, which I’ve now turned into twice a month. So I’ve got 2 week night tournaments a month and I also have, I’ve got a 1 weekend tournament a month. Currently, I’m doing 3 tournaments a month as well as our weeklies or sometimes the tournament are the weeklies. So, meeting up with people once a week to practice and then I’m trying to practice most days at home.
The biggest thing I’ve been trying to practice at the moment is I can wavedash, okay. I can wavedash forward, wavedash back, but that’s not very useful. And one of the problems that I had was I can dash dance, right. But, I would just dash dance like this kind of in place and then Falcon or anyone can basically just come into the middle of that with an attack and get me.
I need to mix up my dash dancing with wavedashing to make myself less predictable. So, I would say that’s the biggest thing I’m working on at the moment. So, being able to run, wavedash forward, wavedash back and then mix it up. It’s actually harder than I thought it would be to mix it up in a way that’s useful and not predictable.
Because you can do it and they don’t necessarily know where you’re going to be. But, at the moment, it doesn’t give me any advantage. And last night, we played and I came 3rd in the bracket. The 2 people who beat me are similar skill level to me, but I do usually beat them. But, I feel like I played really bad last night. But then, really, I was trying to incorporate this new kind of dash dance game and I think I was so focused on that that I wasn’t paying attention to winning or anything like that. It wasn’t an actual tournament, so I wasn’t too worried about it. But, I do not like losing.
I also created a list of things that I feel like I should be able to do consistently. Let me just get out my list on my phone. Things that I should be able to do is to hit more fairs. Often, I will do a float cancel fair, but I won’t actually hit anything, so let’s just pretend this is the other player, the Marth that is shielded there.
I kind of go in and I’ll throw out like an early fair that just like drops infront of them like this. Not like that because I actually hit the shield, but I would just drop it infront and then I’ll just get punished for that because they can come in and punish my whiff with a grab or with whatever they want to do. So, hitting more fairs and doing that better is something that I really want to work on.
I want to be able to float cancel nair to jab. This is something that I saw MacD do. He was recently in Australia, and I’ve seen Armada do it as well, where they can do these float cancel nairs into a jab. Like that. Not like that because, obviously, I got grabbed by Marth. Yeah, so being able to do it into a grab, being shield positive because that seems to be quite an effective move. Yeah, like that. There we go. That was a shield poke. So that’s something that I want to be able to do.
I also want to be able to run and wavedash forward. Like that. I can actually do it this way really easily. But, when I go to the left, I’m actually doing it really well now. But, often, when I go to the left, I’ll end up in a float or something. There we go.
You saw the float there. Yeah, that one. I want to get those down perfectly so then I can start mixing it up and just be confident and be fluid without making mistakes like you saw just there.
I want to be able to nair out of shield perfectly. I can nair out of shield pretty decently in practice. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good. But, in a game, I’m playing and I try and nair out of shield and I always just do this and end up accidentally shield grabbing because I must try and press the 2 buttons at the same time and so, I want to work on that and be able to do that in game. Because, obviously, it’s a great move for Peach.
It’s a great option when people are shield pressuring you because, obviously, shield grab isn’t the best option most of the time. So I want to be able to nair out of shield perfectly.
I want to be able to insta-float nair fast fall. I can insta-float nair, but I never fast fall it because, I don’t know, you hit the ground so quickly, I feel like it’s not worth it. But then, you watch Armada and MacD do it, they do it so fast and so I want to be able to do that.
I also want to be able to wavedash out of shield. I can do it, but not in games. I can do it in practice, but I just use 1 trigger in games and so, I need to start using both triggers to wavedash and move around in games.
I want to be able to insta-float nair out of shield, like this, in matches as well. That was bad. But, yeah, I feel like that’s a great option as well because then you’re in-float. Insta-float nair. You’re in-float so you can do more things or if you need to drop, you’ve got float cancel. So I want to be able to insta-float nair out of shield.
And then, lastly, I want to be able to L-cancel. Funnily enough, I can’t actually L-cancel. And so, for some Peach moves, if you do the double jump cancel, it’s a great way to change momentum quite quickly. I’m not doing it very well at the moment.
There we go. But, I don’t L-cancel my moves. I feel like that might be auto-cancelling, anyway, but, yeah. Or, I’ll do something like this and I’ll come off the edge and I’ll do a forward air and I don’t L-cancel it ever. So I need to get my L-cancels down so, really, I should turn the flash red on here for when I miss the L-cancels.
And so, that’s my list at the moment of things to work on. There’s a lot. I’ve got a tournament coming in 1 week’s time on Tuesday. So, I want to do well in that and practice for that. I want to get my movement down fluid and I’ve got a whole bunch of things to practice on. And then, hopefully, that will affect my tournament placing.
I’ll let you guys know how I go on the tournament on Tuesday next week and I will continue practicing.
Something that I’m also considering, which maybe a bit crazy especially for someone where this is just a hobby for them, but I am considering getting coaching. There is a guy in Perth called Quetz who’s a very technical Peach player. He knows a lot.
I feel like he could be a great coach for me with things that I need to work on and do. That’s something that I’m thinking about doing. If I can get him to be my coach, that would be absolutely awesome. That’s something that I’m thinking about as well.
Goal is top 8 in Queensland in the next 6 months. That’s my goal at the moment. Got a lot of practice to do to get there. But, hopefully, I can achieve it. That’s it for me, guys, I actually got to go and do some work. But, you go out there, you keep playing. I’ll keep practicing and I’ll see you in the next episode.