I think that the way tiers are quantified is a brilliant method. Setting the matchups, establishing the odds and compounding it at the end.
However, noob that I am, I’m having a little trouble what everyone else sees.
If I understand it correctly, tier matchups are done in an “out of 10” manner, so that a 5-5 matchup means that, if two players of equal skill fought each other with the matched up characters, it is reasonable to expect that one would win five and the other five due to the nature of the characteristics of each character. Correct?
Once again, the model is very very nice. I’m just having a little trouble seeing it applied to real life. Tiermakers are hesitant to attribute 7-3 matches, and 8-2 are extraordinarily rare. Many matchups are even quanitifed with decimals, liek 5.5-4.5. My beef is that in real life, some matches seem to be far, far more unequal than the tiers would make.
When you look at tournaments there seems to be a lot of 7-3 matchups out there. A few times, it seems like picking one character almost automatically means a loss for the other.
The EventHubs tier says that Hakan and Dhalsim are 5-5. From what Infiltration did to Filipino Champ ( one of the best Dhalsims in the world), it doesn’t feel that way.
Zangief vs. Sagat is 7-3. Meaning that two players of equal skill fighting each other with these characters would result in Zangief winning 3 out of 10 matches. But would he really? That feels extremely unlikely. As a matter of fact, when it happens in a tournament it’s pretty much night night Gief.
I know there are many knowledgeable guys making these tiers, I am merely stressing the point that, between top notch players, these discrepancy between uneven matchups is far greater than what you’d find in a tier.
Dan is supposed to be the worst character in the game but his tier is mostly 4-6 against everyone, except the obvious massacres ( Dhalsim, Zangief, Seth, etc.).
Honestly, if his matchups were really that close ( winning 4 out of 10) we’d see a lot more competitive Dans out there.
So perhaps you guys could enlighten me on this discrepancy, show me what I’m not seeing here, because I’m legitimately curious about this.