This guide should make things easier, but I can´t guarantee that you reach rank D1.
I will try to inform you about important thinks that you have to remind if you want to reach Rank D1.
This guide includes how to attack, how to defend yourself as well as the choice of a character that fits you.
1. Attacks in SC5
In SC5 there are high, middle and low attacks. Mixing them is the key for winning games. There is nothing as worse than a gamer that only uses high attacks. Also there is a difference in the speed of attacks and damage of the attacks. Using the x-button is a faster attack then using y , but therefore the y button deals more damage. So it depends on your situation which one you use . ( We will talk about this in defense !)
You can take a look in your characters move list . There is a legend which informs you if the combo hits high , middle or low.
The most important attacks are the low attacks. A very low amount of gamers is able to block low combos, even if you spam them.
Some characters have a lot of low combos which makes winning easier.
There is for example Leixia.
By pushing down+RB ( X+Y) you will make a low attack. This attack you can enlarge to a combo . After you push down+RB simply spam the RB Button for a low, high, low combo. You can also push down+RB following by the same combination again for a low, low combo. This will gain you a large advantage in fights. U can use the above combos also if you take the place of down+RB and use forward BB. This is a faster way to come into the combo.
Another Example Nightmare
If you don´t want to play the fast Leixia you can also use the slower but more powerful nightmare. He got a huge choice of low attacks. Pushing or holding ( don´t know the word maybe someone can stat it in the comments ) the middle of down and backwards + x will cause an attack which even hits people that side-step. Same thing with y . You can combine them , first the x-move then hit the opponent at the ground with the y move.
Another attack that helps a lot is x down+x x which is a high low low combo.
Some other important things :
Your special move . Choose wisely if you want to use the brave or critical edge( practice mode looking for damage ). And please don´t use it if you are near death. You should also know that a critical edge is more expensive. It uses 1 full special , while you can do 2-3 brave edges with it. You are able to block both of them .
Watch for your characters grab , there are a few characters which can cause ring outs . Raphael, Nightmare , Siegfried and so on. Hilde and Xiba have their forward yyy moves . The easiest way is to use ( middle of forward and down + y ) every character got this move which makes your opponent fly into the air . Simple press y again and you sample your opponent out of the ring.
Use the bursting guard ! If your opponents guard bursts use your special moves , begin a combo or do a strong attack. Not waste your free hit on a x-move !
There are many gamers which use side-steps as opener or during fights. The easiest method to fight against them is a grab. For example : Your opponent uses a side step as opener , every attack of you would fail ? Just run towards him and grab :) Side-Stepping can´t avoid getting grab :)
2. Your defense
Defense contains blocking , side-stepping , avoiding a ring out , and combo breaker
Knowing your opponents attack is the key for winning . This will come while you are playing a long time SC5. Side-Stepping is an effective method to avoid an opponents attack, and attack by yourself. So why blocking and not doing a side-step always? There are a few problems with side-stepping. You need a range. If u stand near your opponent you will not have the time to side-step, he will easily hit you. Another problem are the attacks, which go in a half-circle and hit you while side-stepping. To avoid this only sidestep if there are a few steps between you and your opponent. Otherwise block!
Avoiding a ring-out which causes a loose of the round is important !!! Never stand with your back to the end of the map. If u are lying roll away . Otherwise block the first attack then do a sidestep.
In SC5 you should break combos with your fast x-attacks . This attacks cause lower damage than y-attacks but they are a lot faster. ( Nightmare and Siegfried use back BB ) I ignore the possibility of complex just guards.
3. Choise of character
Remember there is nothing as worse as a nightmare in close combat or a maxi at range combat. If you choose your character it has to fit to your style of playing. It important that you do not do any random attacks you need a attack for every situation. Fast , slow and powerful , high, middle, low. Avoid Voldo, and Yoshimitsu ! If you are a beginner use the too strong chars like mitsurugi and natsu !
Sorry for the bad language and the long post. I tried to explain it short …. ;)
Please stat why if u vote negative ! You can write me any time i will answer , i have played so much hours SC that i can maybe help you :)