To start, I’ve settled on maining Bison and I’m quite happy: he’s a lot of fun and seems plenty viable at this early stage in the game. However, regardless of your views on how good Bison is overall, I think we can agree that he’s a relatively polarized character.
As discussed in the beginner’s thread he has the following core weaknesses:
-Slowest walk speed
-Situational Anti-Air attacks
-No reversals outside of CA, struggles with pressure and wakeups
-Linear approach & pressure without spending EX/VT
Though I’m new-ish to Street Fighter, in general when you have a more polarized character in a fighting game you’re going to run into more stacked matchups, and the prevalence of those especially bad matchups regulate the net viability of the character.
I have a lot of respect for the solo mains who just grind harder in the face of bad matchups, but personally I would like to hedge my bets a bit and start training a secondary character early. What are some good choices for secondary characters to cover Bison’s weaknesses?
It seems like we’d want someone with a mobile footsies game and good reversals. Cammy sounds like a good bet, and I’m also thinking about R. Mika, though I’m curious about other options.
How many of you are going solo? For the rest, which secondary character(s) are you picking up? How has that worked out so far?