I spent a ton of time playing Abel the last two days at CTF and played him pretending that there were no changes to try to get an unbiased opinion of what changes really made a difference.
Things that I noticed: The 1st thing I noticed was down fierce juggle hit box. I still get it to juggle but not nearly as often as before. Spacing and timing are stricter. What’s that mean to me personally? My hard fights against Sakura just got a little harder.
The damage on both ultras was noticably decreased. I landed a handful of them that would have ko’d in super.
I didn’t feel much of a difference with start-up on breathless. It still catches bad jumps. All the times I landed it on someones jump I never absorbed the jump-in so it didn’t really affect my use of it. I personally feel breathless is ass but for the match-ups you need it for it still works.
LK roll recovery is noticeable. I’ve been hit at the end of it while blocking against the betters players like L.I. Joe, Sanford etc. It can hinder you in some match-ups like rolling through Dictator’s S.RH is no longer an option.
TT damage nerf. No big deal.
Overall Impression: Meh. If you were losing to Abel before then you still will. You’ll probably have to hit people with 1 more mix-up than before to end the round.