gotta agree with this, I used to rely on gimmicks, but playing the same people in casuals for the longest time, they learn really fast, and when I got blown up for the longest time I would blame the character or blame Obama, but here after the longest time I relish playing these guys more and more cause exactly like he said you start to have to rely on fundamentals and simply outplaying your opponent, and this is really an eye opener. My personal experiences that can relate are right from the get go. I was a CSZ main for a long while, first tournament character. Mained rain due to the impl fact hes my favorite character. Well I went to MLG Raleigh, torn between the 2 character I went with what I was more comfortable with under pressure which was csz. I got a win with both characters against good opponents, and looking back beating glass sword with csz was pretty good, dudes leveling like crazy. But I lost to DetroitBallin 3-0, he spanked my csz easy the first 2, went rain and took a round convincingly. Talking with him after he said things like why play such terrible characters, esspecially csz. And for awhile I thought about just going top tier, but character loyalty is the biggest thing for me in fightning games, tournament thawk player in sf4 here, and hes considered THE bottom character by most. and I do great with him. But I plan on playing Rain fiercly until MK9 is over. I find inspiration watching the other few rain players play, my casual guys keep me hungry for more. And yes, walking away really does help, weather its a weeks vacation, playing sf, watching movies for a week, something, doing nothing for me helpes alot, when I don't play, and then watch streams and here hype and study videos, you bet your ass im on the ps3 grinding stuff out. So I say keep the purple ninja, whoop some ass, and make it rain.I disagree with this. not to cause drama but in my head and when I'm playing casuals, I dont want gimmicks to work. I really just want to level up. When the people you play know your gimmicks, you are FORCED to up your game in order to win with fundamentals. maybe a gimmick here and there but when Smarr gets to the point that you just described chuck, thats the only point where he will level up at all. Thats when you get the most out of a series.
I say this because Ive played people like Reo and 16 bit only once in my life...did my gimmicks work? nope. And at the highest level you cant expect them to.