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Preface

As you may probably infer, this page consists of explanations and breakdowns of common strategies and solutions to situations that occur very often in BlazBlue Centralfiction. This is intended to provide general insight on the metagame of BlazBlue, to players at novice and intermediate levels.

How to make Mix-Ups?

Stop Auto-piloting

Sometimes, pressing Gatlings is not the best option you can have. Like A > B > C > D > Special is cool, but you can't crack defense with this.

Strike-Throw

One first mixup you should try is the Tick ThrowA throw done after attacks, very soon after if not exactly when throw invulnerability expires on the opponent. A Tick Throw take advantage of that the opponent naturally expect a Frame Trap coming, making it very hard to react to or escape from. mixup. This is done by doing 5/2A, wait for the recovery, input 6 and Throw. If they use Barrier, you need to use dash to close in the distance for the throw.

Now the throw itself is not so scary as it can be Chicken BlockJumping into the air and blocking rather than standing on the ground and being forced to guess a high-low mixup. Loses to air unblockable attacks such as BBTAG's Reversal Actions.ed away, so how should we improve this? The answer is to use some Frame TrapAn offensive technique where the attacker leaves a small opening in their offense, goading the defender into performing an attack. This opening is designed such that the attacker can easily counter the defender's attack with his own. to catch the jump startup (which you can't block) if they tried to escape by jumping.

In this case, we will use Ragna's 2C to make a 2 frame gap. If they tried to jump, they will get hit. Try this on yourself: after blocking the first 5/2A, input 7 (jump block). You will get hit standing, and there is no blue exclamation marks; this is how you know you've done it right.

  • 2A, dash Throw, which beats grounding;
  • 2A > 2C, which beats jumping.

High-Low

High-Low mixups sometimes are built in Characters' normal chains so that it can become a natural guess. For example above, we can add two new mixes in addition to the examples above:

  • 2A > 2B, which beats blocking high.
  • 2A > 6B, which beats blocking low.

These two naturally couples with each other for a High-Low mix.

Congratulations! You've now learned how to mix your opponent!

How to escape pressure?

"Infinite blockstring"

Everyone had the same pain when you don't know how to face Susanoo's (5B > 6B)*n "infinite". Here's a general way on how you can improve your defense:

  • Instant block is an important first step. If your 2A is 7 frames, this mean you can only punish moves that is -7 or worse. With IB, this improves to -4.
This will allow you to punish Susanoo's 6B > 5B using 2A.
Tips: You don't need to IB on every hit, usually it is not easy to do so and mistimed the block can cause you the game. Start IBing when you see a repeating sequence!

Then, Susanoo will acknowledge the danger, so they will also mix in 6B > 2A to fish any abare attempts.

  • This is a good time to use barrier. If they continuing 5B > 6B then you are just blocking, and if then did 6B > 2A, they will be pushed out of range and you can jump and escape the pressure.
  • Even better, you can incorporate IB Barrier. Normal Barrier will cause extra 1 frame blockstun, but with IB Barrier you get more pushback and 2 frame less blockstun, allowing escape more easier.

These method also applies to staggering pressures (like Hazama), which is crucial to their gameplans.

Cheap moves

The same ideology above also applies to moves that are "cheap", for example Azrael's Gustav Buster. It is a +1 advancing move, which allows Azrael to do 5A after with minimal risk. However with IB, it becomes -2, which allows you to beat 5A with your own 5A/2A. With IB Barrier this is even better as the pushback stops Azrael from advancing.

Sideswap

Ground Sideswap OSCan catch some sideswaps and block


1AB

This is the most basic Option Select that can catch sideswaps (see sections below to get a glimpse on what is Option Select).

When 1AB is inputted:

  • If opponent does not sideswap, then 1AB is simply barrier.
  • If opponent does sideswap, then 1AB becomes 3AB. Provided that you are not in blockstun (as most sideswap does), it will simply become 2A, allowing you to hit the opponent out of the swap most of the time.

As the name suggests, Ground means that this only works' for grounded sideswaps, for example Azrael's forward dash.


Doll Okizeme, Ribcage or some weird shit

How to deal with DPs?

Safe JumpA very well-timed jump attack on a character who is rising from a knockdown. Your goal is to attack extremely close to when you land so that, if the character performs an invincible reversal attack, you will land and be able to block. The opponent is then forced to block your jumping attack, since reversaling doesn't work, which will give you some nice pressure and hopefully an opening. is your keyword. Usually every character has a Safe Jump that can be easily performed, though it is character dependent. For example, Ragna's j.C if timed well, can be used to make a safe jump.

You can use the following Eddie Script to practice Safe Jumps, by setting the dummy to be Ragna.

configs\bb.json
[C] W30 ]C[
startmix
    option 75
        [4]+[A]+[B] W30
    option 25
        6 2 3+C 
        loop 8
            6+C 2 3+C
        endloop
endmix
]1[+]A[+]B[

In certain match-ups, you can also opt for DP Option Selects; see the section below.

How to get Okizemes?

How to deal with Rolls?

Rolls are not fully invincible and can be catch by quick moves. In general:

  • Forward Roll can be catch by 2As and 2Bs;
  • Backward Roll can be catch by 2Bs, most of the time you need dash momentum;
  • in the corner, 2A will catch both.

Of course you can use more rewarding moves to catch rolls, but you will lose more advantage on Oki if they just Emergency tech. Read opponents' behavior and try to catch them.

Rolls sounds scary; should I just don't roll and Emergency/Neutral Tech every time?

Then you are just playing Guilty Gear.
~ Sun Tzu

In general, you shouldn't roll in the corner; both rolls are easily catchable by 2A and your health will deplete faster. Otherwise, the key point is to be unpredictable with your wakeup options. If they try to chase, neutral tech so they get less advantage on Oki; if they assume you won't roll and tried a more heavy Oki, roll out the pressure if you are allowed to, or even Quick rise and DP.


What are Option Selects? How do they affect my gameplay?

Option SelectA technique where one command (or series of commands) will perform a different action depending on the circumstances, thereby allowing one action to be able to handle two distinct situations., simply put, is that you input a particular combination and then the system automatically decides what's the best for you. Sounds convenient, right?

Huge thanks to Matarakuja' videos, as all the contents here are basically a reword of his video.

Offensive OS

Hitstop OSBaits some of the casts' DP


2A, 4B in rapid succession

This is the most basic Option Select that can block DPs and punish the opponent. They however, can RC'd out.

When 2A is inputted, if they blocked, they've entered blockstun and experiences extra hitstop, allows 4B (or in most cases, 5B) to connect. However if 2A whiffs, 4B is inputted in the recovery frames of 2A, which results in nothing but 4 (blocking).

The limitation is that Hitstop OS can only punish DPs that has startup longer than the recovery frames of 2A, should you time it well.


Defensive OS

Barrier + Throw OSWins against immediate throw


When blocking, 1/4/7 A+B+C

This is the most basic Option Select that can dodge throws and push away the opponent. As pressing 3 button at once might be difficult, you can use the RC macro to perform this OS.

Depending on your opponent's actions, several things can happen:

  • If the opponent tries to throw you and you time this input correctly (within the first 3 frames the OS is inputted), you'll get a throw break;
  • If the opponent tries to hit you, then you'll just use your barrier.
  • If your opponent delays a throw and you time this early, you will be Throw Reject MissA state in which it is not possible to tech throws. It lasts for a few frames after a throw tech attempt.ed.

As the 3 frame window is short, the trick is to delay the input it somewhat late, until you see the attempt to throw.

Fuzzy JumpA form of defence where the defender switches from blocking to jumping at a specific time in order to block a strike then jump when there's a gap. Typically used to defend against tick throws. OSWins against throw, overheads and long gaps of attack


When blocking, 1~7~1 A+B

As we mentioned above, Fuzzy Jump can be used to escape a basic Strike-Throw mixup. Below is an analysis:

  • If the opponent goes for a throw, then you will jump out.
  • If the opponent goes for an overhead, then you will also jump out as they are slow.
  • If the opponent attempts a mid or a low, then depending on the timing you will either:
    • If the opponent times their attack to your jump startup, then you will be hit out of jump startup. However if the opening is too big, then you will jump and block the attack.
    • If the opponent did not leave an opening (i.e. still in blockstun), then you will block high for as long as you hold 7, then go back to crouch blocking.
      • This means that if you attempt a Fuzzy Jump during a blockstring that contains a low, you will be hit. Of course if you can pull 1~7~1 fast enough before the low lands, then you will block, but that's mostly inhuman.

To better illustrate the purpose of fuzzy jump, you can go into Training Mode and setup some dummy recordings. Set up Ragna as your training with the following recordings:

  1. 3C (knock down opponent), dash 2A, dash throw
  2. 3C (knock down opponent), dash 2A, dash 2B
  3. 3C (knock down opponent), dash 2A > 6B
  4. 3C (knock down opponent), dash 2A, dash 2A

Alternatively, you can use the following Eddienput script:

configs\bb.json
#3C (knock down opponent)
6 W1 [6] W10 3+C W60 5 6 W1 [6] W5 2+A 5 
startmix
    #dash 2A, dash throw
    option 25
    W20 6 W1 [6] W5 B+C

    #dash 2A, dash 2B
    option 25
    W20 6 W1 [6] W5 2+B

    #dash 2A > 6B
    option 25
    W5 6+B

    #dash 2A, dash 2A
    option 25
    W20 6 W1 [6] W5 2+A
endmix
5 W60

Set the dummy to replay the recordings with random playback. As you recover from the knockdown, perform a fuzzy jump. If timed right, you will be able to guard or jump out of all of these common situations.

General Resource Management

Heat

There are several common uses of Heat. Below is a basic breakdown on how should you use it:

  • Crush Trigger COSTS 25 HEAT
This is mostly a bad option when used literally, as most of the casts' way to open up defense usually don't require this move. Its use is more in the corner, where you can follow-up the uncharged crush (merely +7 on crush!) with fast attacks to attempt closing the round.
As an attack itself, the Charged version of it does a nice chunk of damage, as well as having 100 P2, making it a nice damage addition in case you don't own 50 Heat to finish opponent off. Characters that gains more Heat like Hakumen or Terumi can use this move more often in their combos.
  • Distortion Drive COSTS AT LEAST 50 HEAT
This is mostly character dependent, but most character have at least one move that serves as a combo ender. Try to lab combos that leads to this ender and use it when your combo has a chance to kill.
  • Counter Assault COSTS 50 HEAT
For characters that does not have a 50 Heat equivalent reversal, this option is basically their only option to escape relatively safe.
  • Rapid Cancel COSTS 50 HEAT
RC is probably the most important usage of Heat, compared to above. You can use it to make DP safe (on block, of course), extend pressure and combos, and create new mixups.
For a new player, you should first learn to RC on moves that is very punishable.
  • Astral Heat COSTS 100 HEAT
And finally there is Astral. It is pretty conditional, but if your characters' Astral is comboable and does not come with weird motion inputs, you should prepare one or two Astral combos in your sleeve so it can be used.

Overdrive

Is Raw Overdrive better (or worse) than burst?

The answer depends on the character you used.

Is Overdrive Raid better (or worse) than burst?

In most of the cases, ODR is worse than burst, because the existence of OD Option Select (which comes with no extra startup and full OD time) and a lot of moves are not practically ODR-punishable as RC exists.

That being said, ODR are not entirely useless, for example it is useful for facing opponents that need to use big moves to open up. For example, if you've predicted that Ragna will do 5C > Gauntlet Hades, you can ODR 5C so that GH whiffs and get a punish off. It will require you to get a hard read off opponent however, so use it wisely.

Barrier

For the most of the time, you will not run out of Barrier, since you don't block for that long, of course there are exceptions (for example, if opponent is Amane or you are using Izanami).

If you quite often run out of Barrier under only blocking, then use less Barrier. Barrier should be used when you want them away, and when they are away you should stop your barrier. Plus, they give you 1 frame of extra hitstun, so it is not "free".

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