This week I have been practicing wavedashing in specific ways. In todays episode I talk about my training regime.
Hi guys, Ryan here from melee.co. I am doing this test stream and I am also talking about what I have been practicing this week. I just started a YouTube channel on documenting my journey on how I’m going with Melee. So I thought I would give you an update as to how that is going. I’m trying to improve my stream setup and work out how to set everything up.
I’ve got some splitters now for my wave and so hopefully that just makes it easier to stream across multiple TVs because I was having problems because I have two different TVs and one was working and one wasn’t. Anyway, this week I’ve been talking about it on my YouTube channel that I’m trying to be very focused on what I learn and not just wasting my practice time.
One of the things that I’ve been practicing is doing wave dashing. Therefore, you’ll see that I am Peach which is my main character. I’ve been practicing basically wave dashing across the stage but one of the problems that I have is that I can wave dash in practice and I can actually do it with both triggers now and I’m getting a lot better. Usually, I would use the left trigger but I’m actually getting a lot better and I’m also doing it with the right trigger. But once you get into playing friendlies or playing tournaments, you are not going to do this, you are not going to wave dash across the stage like this.
Especially not with Peach because it’s a lot slower than running and it is just not very practical. There are some characters like Luigi or something with really big wave dashes you might do that but with Peach not really. I’ve been doing a couple of things.
Firstly, I’ve got a bit of practice in this week. I probably got about three days where I did half an hour or more each day which is pretty good for me. I’ve got a full-time business, I’ve got three kids as well so getting that much time in is actually pretty good even though by Melee standards I need to be doing a lot more but I just don’t have the time for it. What I do is basically start the day wave dashing across the stage on Battlefield.
I prefer Battlefield to FD because the second play out stays out of the way and then I’ll do the same thing with my other trigger. Once I’ve done that for a while I then started trying to incorporate it into thinking, “How am I actually going to use this in a game?” Because I’m not going to go across the stage like this in a game, so how am I actually going to go ahead and use this in a game? I thought the best applications that I can think of at the moment is basically running in and then wave dashing back to potentially force out then without a move which I could then punish or potentially wave dashing back and then running forward.
These are the things I’ve been practicing and basically I’m spamming this. So I’m spamming quick dash forward to a quick wave dash back. Therefore, I will do that and I’ll try and do it with both triggers. So I’m struggling with the right trigger – hold on, I can’t even get – ok, there is the wave dash – oh, I’m struggling with this one – you can see at the moment with my right trigger I’m not so good – the left trigger is a bit better but still making lousy mistakes. But basically I’m just trying to do this and to spam this and to hopefully be able to use it in games.
I’m going to play tonight. We’ve got a smash fest on just in friendlies and we’ll do a bracket that’s unpaid. My goal tonight is to try and use this in the game and to try and actually be able to run forward, wave dash back. And so even though it may cause me to lose games or get hit, I need to start applying this in matches, otherwise I’m never going to get better.
That is therefore kind of my plan at the moment. I’ve also being putting the green light on. So if you go back and we go into the Debug menu – (It’s actually black and white on my TV but it’s coming up as colour on the computer but it’s black and white on my TV. I’ve got a crappy little TV.) – go into game play codes, go into colour overlays – so let’s go ahead and turn them on. We will go through and set this up. what I’m also trying to do is to improve the speed and accuracy of my wave dashes by – so you see I go green whenever I’m stationary so you try and wave dash with as little green as possible or ideally you want zero green.
That’s what I’m trying to get to as well when I wave dash back, run forward. I’m trying to get zero green in there too. So you can see a little bit of green – there we go, that’s just like a way of being faster, running forward, wave dash back you don’t tend to be green but what I will do eventually is run forward, wave dash back and then into something else. I run forward, wave dash back into another wave dash or run forward, wave dash back into a float cancel or instafloat. That is where I am at the moment, that’s what I am trying to practice. But I can’t run forward and wave dash back with the right trigger. So that trigger still needs a lot of work.
Another thing I want to be able to do is to be able to wave dash out of shield. Let’s say shield, usually, I only wave dash with one trigger so I need to get better at wave dashing with two and so that way when I am under pressure and I’m in shield I can wave dash back, not jump back . Here we go – wave dash back with my secondary trigger. But that’s something that I will worry about another day.
At the moment, I’ll just run forward, wave dash back. Obviously, there is a lot more that I need to be able to add to my repertoire in terms of wave dash applications. But, it is better I think, to be modular, work on one thing, perfect that one thing and then try and improve from there. Therefore if I can dash forward, wave dash back consistently, start using it in tournaments in games or if I can wave dash back and then forward, it just makes me a bit more unpredictable. It’s another thing I need to think about. Because, if all I can do is dash dance and maybe I can dash dance across the stage a bit, if that’s all I can do then that’s pretty predictable.
However if I can mix it up with some wave dashes then it’s just going to make me more unpredictable. I guess I was thinking about it and I was thinking 2016 I really need to focus on my movement and I need to get better movement. That’s really what I’ll be focusing on until I feel like I’ve got control of my character and feel like I can move fluidly without making mistakes like that.
I was even watching Mac D’s stream early this morning like 5:00 a.m., because I was up feeding my son and he was saying that at the moment in his practice he’s working on wave dashing because when he played at the five goads he was doing a lot of full hops or short hops instead of wave dashing. So that’s something that I want to work on. There are so many different things – being able to instafloat near out of shield, stuff like that will be good as well, but let’s just start with wave dashing. That’s what I am practicing. I will record a bunch of the videos and then try and go through at least one of those videos each week to analyse myself.
I went through a Marth video this week just to see how often I was throwing out moves that had no chance of hitting, like the master – I’m a full hop and he’s doing like a retreating fair and I’m down-smashing or something like that. I was just implementing so many moves that have no chance at hitting, so hopefully I can be conscious of that tonight and that will improve my game play. We’ll see when we look back at the videos later in the coming week.
Thanks so much for watching guys. Keep smashing. You can check out all my videos at www.melee.co/youtube You can check out the YouTube videos over there.
Until next keep playing, keep having fun and I’ll see you then.