@popoblo yeah man, always good to talk about cvs2. By that I mean how the game is actually played, instead of “yeah, cvs2 is soooo great.”
@13:45 Gunter is my guy, but all he did was guess that a fireball was coming and get punished for it repeatedly.
@18:30 I loved the vertical fire move to punish the devil reverse. Wrong guess on the cc activate. Rai’s JDing had more to do with winning this round than anything else.
@24:30 That was some cool shit. Whiff crouching strong to bait activate, level 3. Thing is, N Mai won’t often be using level 3s. Especially not on a guess like that. She could RC a fan or ryuenbu, but reward is much worse.
My two thoughts from the video are that Bison needs to be patient against Mai until he gets meter, and that Rai’s success with K Mai is hard to separate from how good of a K groove player he is.
I will say that Bison doesn’t outpoke Mai on the ground, so in that sense it’s kind of an even fight. I just think if Bison is patient, and sits back to build meter, it would be hard for Mai to put significant pressure on Bison. Like, a lot of characters have normals that outrange bison’s, so you can either work his guard bar, or get him to guess with a RC psycho crusher or scissor kick. It seems all Mai can do is try to zone him with fireballs.
Maybe her zoning is good enough to get a lead on bison when he’s meterless? I can’t say I know either way. But that seems like a tough fight.