Tony's Theory of Rumi RPS

The following is one of Tony's EFZ Lectures originally posted on Togetter. Each thread, Tony explores a new topic picked by one of his followers. This particular thread explores how Nanase Rumi opens up the opponent! Huge thanks to @WhiteLen_EFZ for translating this!

Original thread:

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:24:12
What should be the next topic for the EFZ Lectures? ٩( 'ω' )و

@tujimurasan 2014-11-22 19:51:59
@Tony_EFZ As a Nanase main, I'd like to know if there's anything to keep in mind when trying to mix up Rumi's two main options, grabbing and attacking! (Or, how to train your opponent: Tony's Theory of Rock, Paper, Scissors (RPS))

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:24:38
(I've never even heard of Tony's Theory of RPS...)

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:24:58
The next topic for the EFZ Lectures will be: Tony's Theory of Rumi RPS.

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:28:39
Back when I started playing EFZ, I was told by everyone--my friends that started playing with me and the veteran EFZ players--"you mix up your opponent by running in and either command grabbing or DPing."
I made a ✌('ω')?face, and continued thinking on this while playing. At the moment, I believe I somewhat have the most optimal answer.

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:32:15
But all of this is still on the level of 'if this hits, this attack will be easier to land.' And it changes depending on the opponent's character and their abilities.
By the way, people have told me that my Rumi pressure is amazing, but I have never once intended to pressure anyone.

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:35:55
This was touched on in the "EFZ Lectures: The Mind of an Advanced Player (", but we'll bring it up again: The Strongest Option.
I will introduce what I consider to be Rumi's strongest options.
@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:38:02
For me, I consider moves with very strong hitboxes to be one of her strongest options. jC, 662B, 662C, moves with powerful superarmor.
As you harass the opponent with these moves, they start to think, 'wow I don't want to deal with that' or 'I just don't want to press buttons'. This is how you start conditioning them.

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:41:30
For my particular style, once I get them in that mindset, I start to go for grabs and antijump moves.
As for the 'why' of how this style evolved...

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:42:18
As a basis, whenever Rumi goes for a meaty, she requires RF gauge to finish her combos. The cost performance of this is terrible, and you can't continue it for very long. So, if you focus on grabs and antijump attacks, you can avoid the RF cost. This is very strong.
So, first I have to set the stage to condition my opponent into that mindset. That is the Tony style.

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:45:27
I was born in the age of netplay, so my style is adapted to that environment.
However, playing on Revival is hardly any different than playing in real life. I hope someone can find an even stronger style that is adapted to non-netplay environments.

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:45:36
Surpass me! ✌('ω')

@Tony_EFZ 2015-01-01 23:45:42
That is all for today. ✌('ω')

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