This is something I am actually finding disturbing about many Akuma players here is how they keep passing U2 off as “worthless” or “terrible”. Personally I think this is a mentality that has to stop because by labeling it as trash you are only doing yourself a disservice.
Now back in Super U2 was clearly an ultra that was hard to use and frequently whiffed. I also looked ridiculous, a fact that I even made fun of
Yet even in Super it wasn’t completely useless. It still had applications in match ups such as the Balrog and Rufus match up, but clearly back in Super U1 was the better Ultra for most of the match ups.
In AE this all changed when they actually fixed the ultra out of teleport. This change didn’t seem big at the time, but I am finding it is a change that has fixed the viability of this ultra. There are many more applications and in many match ups I feel that U2 surpases U1 in usefulness. Against Balrog, Rufus, Ibuki, Viper, Cody, Akuma, Yang, and Honda match ups U2 is as good or better than U1. It many matches can be used as a devastating option select that can quickly end a round. Against Viper is actually stops some of her BS dead.
And this isn’t me theory fighting either. This is actually through match up experience. If you sleep on U2 you are only hurting yourself. It is time for Akuma players to stop just viewing this ultra as trash and start viewing it as a legit option.
PS the 2012 damage buff while does not justify the other nerfs, it is decent. Now s.HP > FADC > s.HP > U2 does as much as a raw U2.