Note: I was A on PC with Dictator and am currently B, I was ranked 59-54 or so before the reset with him. Currently I am rank 13 on Decapre I was rank 9 but time makes fools of us all. I am not a n00b so please let’s discuss this like adults.)
This topic has been up numerous times no doubt. Each time with a certain ‘edge’ to it that I think obscures the main point which the poster had in mind. I would like to bring this discussion to light without the typical “Learn to play n00b” or “You’re obviously doing it wrong,”
So for credentials I’ll post a few things about myself to help support my side of this debate/discussion.
My Steam name is ‘Blacque’ (sans quotes of course) I’ve played Street Fighter since the good ole arcade days and started with Street Fighter II, then I migrated to the consoles with the same, then Turbo. I played Alpha 1-3, played Street Fighter Ex Plus Alpha (How great was that sound track?!) and I of course jumped into Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, having unfortunately missed out on the prior version due to ignorance (I’m old and forgetful!). I am now in Ultra.
I’m loving it…but.
I sincerely think that Charge Characters as a whole are at a disadvantage. I know that many players will bring up subjective arguments and that’s fine but I’d like to look at a few things to set the tone.
For one we have the largest bit of evidence being the tier lists. These lists while being highly malleable due to the player base do have a trend going for them (Fei Long, Yun, Cammy etc?). I submit to you the reader that in the majority of the high end player base you find mostly command based characters. I submit that the advantages of the command characters outweighs the charge characters and the learning curve for both is tipped into the command characters favor.
I main Decapre now (formerly Bison(Dictator) and in AE I mained Dictator. The charge characters must always end their combo with a charge move. Jab varieties, maybe a hard hit somewhere to start, follow through with your charge move and if you’re specific characters (Decapre) you may follow it up with something tasty provided you have the training or meter.
Where as your command characters may fireball, grab, etc during, after, before. Having a Ken SRK you, then SRK you again, or Ryu fireballing you EX style and then performing an Ultra puts these characters on a tier of their own.
Before the hate pours in I would like for the community at large to look at the EVO tournaments and look at the ratio of charge characters that make the top tiers, the finals or even victories. Is it balanced? Are there more command based characters in the finals? Is it even? I’ve seen a few EVO tournaments and can’t remember them all. For the purpose of this post I’ll be checking over them in my spare time.
I’d wager that the majority if not all of the main winners of Evo were characters with command inputs. I’ve seen the argument that Balrog/Honda are ‘high tier’ but what does that mean when in the practical arena the matches are taken over and won by any number of command based characters? At the end of the day the time it takes to learn the charge characters, how to combo with them, partition with them etc, seems to take longer than simply learning the SRK, Fireball maneuvers that are so incredibly popular that we’ve seen it across the board in video game culture. It stands to reason that charge characters lack advantages to make them serious competitors when money is on the line.
If 100,000 thousand was on the line for a tournament, who is going to pick Decapre? Or DJ? When they can pick Ryu? Fei Long? Cammy? Akuma? Even characters like Zangief seem to have a better margin of victory given his increased life and damage.
So this discussion is open and that is my position. I would very much like to see other opinions and some attempts at factual evidence to the contrary of my points. Subjective statements are all well and good but when the gaming community has over 3000 Ryu players and only 1000 Hondas (hypothetically of course I’m sure it’s much different) there must be a reason.
So let the discussion begin!
TL:DR Version: SIT DOWN AND READ A POST AND STOP BEING LAZY JEEZE PEOPLE GROW SOME PATIENCE!
For those interested in duking it out again I can be reached on Steam as Blacque in game name is the same!