Although it could be an early reaction, it is troubling that someone who has been the best player of Zato since before a lot of us were playing fighting games competitively has declared him dead. He should know better than anyone really unless there is some new optimal style for him that comes up from someone else.
I'm still waiting for the day (which will never likely come in my lifetime at least) where a company does a two disc set. One a narrative single player experience and the other disc is a pure fighting game experience. Would cost alot of coin but I'd be damned if (done right) would be a huge hit.
This explains Pertho's "casuals don't want a fighting game" narrative in a nutshell.