I just got the game and I've been getting wrecked online, as expected. Its no doubt because I'm new and haven't had a chance to play nearly as much. My current "main" is only rank 40 or so while I've played against people as high as 999. Aside from just playing more to get better (which of course I intend to), what other general tips can you guys offer to help a new player to make a smoother transition into the game?
I'm not too worried about quitting, I pretty much never quit games, I know how to take a loss. I've even had some embarassing matches where I died over 10 times but I still toughed it out. Its the only way to learn what to do better.
First do some if not all of the general Combat Trials. Then start doing the move list tutorials and combo tutorials for your character. Do some combat trials as your character. Practice a few more combos. Do some trials. Practice combos. Do Arcade. Finish trials. Play the game in All Stars Difficulty in solo content. Never play in the easier ones.
By the time you get out you will have already learned several neat tricks with your character. Then hop online and watch how people play. This worked well for me.