Silver Samurai is my character of choice… just low tier enough to be a fun challenge, just mid tier enough to actually win some against elite teams.
My big honkin’ problem with him has been the accidental sword power-ups, usually on a cross-up (usually game-assisted - I know which way they are, but the game engine always has had weird properties about which way you are really facing).
A power-up Ice is fine, and is my super of choice late in the game. Iced Samurai and Sentinel drones has been a great way to protect a lead.
A power-up Lightning? That’s bad - you needed that level for Raimenken or the Triple Shuriken - but it’s not a killer.
The big bogeyman I have is the damned power-up Fire. When I get crossed on an attempted Raimenken, I invariably get the power-up Fire instead. Thereby I lose the attempt to take off 30-40% of their life (and hopefully an assist’s) and instead eat a retaliatory combo that snuffs most any chance of winning the match.
How do people avoid the power-up Fire cross-over? I’ve started inserting a jab sword slash first so that I’m sure the game agrees with my sense of direction. That’s time I desperately don’t want to use, but I think I have to if I want to stay alive.
And how do people recover from a bad Fire power-up? I immediately try to trade hits & go all aggro until I gain some distance from them because … well, any half decent player faced off against a Fire powered up Sam is going to rush him down, since you no longer have the Raimenken as a rush down deterrant.