Idk i played like 10 Blankas last night ranging from diamond up to ultra diamond and i dont think i got hit once by slide under a fireball. Every time it hit it was random catching me not crouch blocking.
Think that'll change pretty fast once people start learning him. Like if you throw a fireball from at least round start position it's extremely easy to slide under on reaction. Anything past that, just keep walking forward or coward crouching until you're in that range. Bad Ryus will keep throwing fireballs, good ones will stop throwing them since they will get punished. Either way you stop them from throwing fireballs.
On top of all of the other options he has EX command grab is projectile invincible, his VT1 horizontal balls are projectile invincible and his up balls are full invincible on start up and projectile invincible as well. Basically in the long run you're not going to be having a very successful fireball game vs Blanka. Guile and Nash at least have the recovery and frame advantage on block to bait his tools better, but Ryu is just gonna be walking on eggshells to throw any fireball.
Nah. Inside round start distance he has to guess for fireball punishes. Thats where anyone with a good fireball game will throw them. 90% of the cast has easy punishes from round start and further.
Its easier and less risky to just try and jump or coward crouch. Inside half screen distance also makes slide into a ryu crouch hp punish on block. Slide comes out pretty quick but there is a decent period on start up where its vulnerable to projectiles. Thats why i was saying it might be one of the few moves in the game where its better vs slow projectiles.
Have they said anything about us getting Blanka for free for a week, like we did with Sakura?