you arent going to progress using low tier unless you have a really good understanding of top tier. the reason why it feels like you do better with low tier is because you end up relying on stupid gimmicks rather than getting a true understanding of SF. The match we had pretty much defines people who rely on gimmicks in long sets. They use their gimmicks to win early matches, then when they get adapted on, theres really nothing they can do. and having no scene isnt really an excuse. It may have been before but not now. The 2 best players in Toronto (IMO) dont even travel for tourneys, not even local ones, and only play online. This is like a mini poker boom, take advg of it while you can. Theres so many people online out there who dont have a clue about fighting games, if you're on srk you should have an advg.My main advice (if you really want to level up) would be to learn a char that doesnt rely on as many gimmicks or gambles to win. As for Rufus advice, watch Kindevu/Jwong vids, they're the best rufus'es around.