Balrog - Both my Sak and Chun lose to him by design (and on paper, so does Yang). Basically Balrog has a free pass to just sit/walk back the whole match and wait for me to do something while throwing out the occasional dash punch just to f-with me. And since neither’s walk speed matches his, it’s basically a whole game of chase until he gets a big life lead and decided to wanna rush down. Little work needed at that point to take the round since he hits .
Zangief - To a degree I have always hated grapplers no matter what the game, but AE Gief is flipping stupid IMO. New SPD range gets me nearly every time and it’s basically a matter of playing hard-to-get the whole match (I like to play in an aggressive manner, but going after Gief like that is just asking for both girls to get killed). Also, it seems every Gief is now using U2 specifically for Chun now, so that limits my mobility once he got ultra if I ever get knocked down. Guess wrong twice = dead Chun, oh, and did I forget to mention the fact that he just WON’T GO DOWN…? Freaking tank, man.
Yun/Yang/Rufus - Basically all follow the same tradition… Dive kick, dive kick, dive kick. I block well for a few good reps of these, and then its time to guess the tick throw. I guess right = I now got some room to work with. Guess wrong = get thrown OR link combo to knock down that hits me in the corner of the stage with a significant life loss, and have to resort back to stage one again. And sometime AA’ing them out of it is just too risky depending on the player, and as everyone should know by now, the twins are their own tier of craziness.
Akuma - Fireball zone games all day, but god forbid the player knows how to mix it up and vortex. I just never get into a comfort zone when dealing with a competent Akuma player; the character just has too many options to work with that flat out beat Chun’s/Sak’s.
Basically I like to capitalize off people’s opening and mistakes if I can find the room and really like it if I have room to move around the map. All those characters basically lock down my options in that matter, so it’s an instant recipe for frustration for me.