I have been unable to find any explanation of the benefit of obtaining a “first attack,” or achieving a “reversal,” (not a V-reversal) in SFV. Can someone please explain the benefit of each, as well as what leads to a normal reversal?
First attack is simply that. It means someone landed the first attack of the match.
A reversal is when you get a move to come out on the first frame either out of block stun or on wake up. Both are disadvantageous positions and nailing a reversal means you get to stop your opponents pressure.
Thank you PSYCH0J0SH and d3v. That’s what I thought re “first attack,” and it’s disappointing. I was hoping it would at least give a meter advantage from the outset as some sort of reward, similar to Netherealms.
In older games landing a first attack would actually grant you more points for the scoreboards. In some other games like MKX the person who gets the first attack also gets a free gauge.
In SF5 it is probably just a nod to the old times.