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So here is what I notice. There is allot of discussion at times about how Dictator is supposed to be played. Now we all as Bison players know the real deal about his very serious weaknesses that only manifest themselves at high level play. But without focusing on where he falls in the tier list or how bad he really is so we can justify his most needed buffs, let’s talk about the reality of the character as he is and how he should be played.
Many times I see Bison players using dictator in ways that actually clash with the real way the character is supposed to be played. For instance, the above satire is a round about way of talking about a tendency of Bison players to get overly aggressive.
The dilemma Bison faces is that he has poor vertical defense, one the one hand, and lacks ways to open his opponents up. Some think mistakenly that he is a rushdown character, and while this has some merit, he is in reality a pressure character that fishes for mistakes to punish. I see allot of players unable to let off the gas when they are playing Bison because if they do, they know that their opponent will just start jumping in, and then comes the onslaught of frame-traps, SRK’s/reversals -FADC’s, tic-throws, crossups, rinse and repeat, for which Bison has a tough time against and little comback damage potential. Often Bison becomes predictable at this point and a SK or normal is countered for heavy damage resulting in a knockdown - which is bad for Bison. On the other hand, playing a tit for tat poke out game lacks the rick to reward as well and isn’t as safe as it seems.
I have concluded that Bison is about balancing the safe pressure he can deliver, and playing cautiously, while bating out mistakes with feints and what-not.
I was talking ti Happymedicine on youtube and he thought something to the effect that playing Bison is all “about doing as little as possible.”
What are your thoughts?