Falco Fridays #1

11th September 2015

Today I am starting a new weekly blog series in which I watch top level Falco SSBM players compete against different matchups. I’ll be looking for things that they do right and successful strategies as well as mistakes they made and how they happened. My aim is also to compare these players to myself and think about how I would have approached the situations, to identify improvements that could be made in my play or to appreciate areas I’m already strong in.

The game I’m going to be watching today is Tempo Westballz (Falco) Vs. Liquid Hungrybox (Jigglypuff) who are competing for their tournament lives in the loser’s semifinals of Paragon LA 2015.

 Only 20 seconds into game one and Westballz does something interesting. On the floor he was in a prime position to be jab-reset and rested, but manages to SDI the jab upwards and avoid death. SDIing jab reset attempts is something I currently make no effort to do but the rewards are evident, I can see this technique really paying off against Foxes and Sheiks too.

Not today!
Not today!

There's nnot much the Jiggs can do
There’s not much the Jiggs can do
Westballz takes his first stock with some dair pressure. I like going for dairs here because you can combo from the bounce, he was able to kill from it here but even in situations where you can’t get the double dunk, you can still bair from it for percentage and stage control. The jiggs here doesn’t really want to keep their shield down for too long either for fear of the autokill shield break, so against a grounded Jiggs dair pressure seems to be a really solid option.
I love the use of downthrow here against Hungrybox’s final stock, this is something I have to try, I can definitely see the pivot uptilt being used on Yoshi’s Island to set up for a shine kill. This works really well on a platform too, the Jiggs player can either eat the uptilt and a likely follow-up aerial, or they can attempt a get-up attack/roll which the Falco should be able to react to.

Downthrow is good?
Downthrow is good?

The Yoshi's Island dream
The Yoshi’s Island dream
 Simple but beautiful, this is what Falco players want every stock to look like. Westballz sets it up with an uptilt, a move that he seems to throw out a lot in this matchup as it has a large hitbox, and even when whiffed it’s tricky for the Jiggs to punish too much. One thing to note is that Hungrybox could have avoided this by DIing away from the top platform. That platform is exactly where we want Jiggs to be, and that goes for most of the floaty matchups too. The shine kill is just too satisfying.
 During this set Westballz has really struggled in the neutral game. He clearly has some good punishes planned out but getting them started is another challenge. One thing that rarely ever works in this matchup is diving in with a dry nair, this looks to me a sign of a flustered Falco, and given that Westballz is down a game on his last stock high percent, I think I may be right. There was a lot of space and time for lasers here but a good Jiggs will abuse impatience all day long.

No Westballz, no
No Westballz, no

The marshmallow scoop
The marshmallow scoop
 I found the wavedash uptilt to be a really nice spacing tool. He didn’t quite hit it here, but also important is that he didn’t get punished for attempting it either. If it had been hit, it could have potentially been a stock for Westballz. Wavedash forward pivot uptilt is also something that could be done to  catch the Jiggs out, this is something I’d like to incorporate myself.

Overall Westballz showed us that it is possible to kill Jiggs quickly and efficiently, that Falco does have the tools to combo Jiggs but it’s just a little different to other matchups. Getting into a position to perform these combos however  looks a little harder. The commentators made  a good point on Westballz’ use of vertical space with his full hops typically seen against Peach. Many times Westballz was looking to come down from above and catch Hungrybox out with a falling dair or bair but in a battle of air mobility Jiggs is too good, it was easy for Hungrybox to pluck the Falco from the air and guide him off stage.

 If you know of any games that would be good for next week’s edition of Falco Fridays  then post them below, be they modern 20XX sets or old classics.

You'll get him next time
You’ll get him next time

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One thought on “Falco Fridays #1

  1. I like your idea, I have a recommendation for the next one.
    This one is another Falco vs Jiggs, This time PPMD vs Hungrybox at EVO 2014 during top 64 I believe


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