Okay, in tournaments, it’s a good idea to have counter-characters to characters whom you have trouble fighting against, top-tier characters, and commonly used characters. List your Character // Counter-Character matchups, and explain them…
Here are mine. Keep in mind that Counter-Character does not imply that you will always win with this matchup. It merely implies that I find myself with the upper hand.
Sagat // Athena: All of Sagats jumping and hopping attacks lose to Athena’s c.HP. On the ground, c.HP beats all of Sagat’s normals too, with the exception of Sagat’s own c.HP which trades. This stunts Sagat’s ability to attack her, while Athena can run away and throw Psycho Balls to build meter for free, which is best used towards her killer Custom Combos.
Blanka // Hibiki: If Blanka leaves the ground, Hibiki can s.HP him down in under almost any circumstances. Hops are harder to react with s.HP, so c.HP works well or hop straight up and HP. On the ground, and blocked HP/HK attack or ball results in a free slash for Hibiki. Hibiki can cement her feet to the ground and still beat Blanka.
Vega // Chun-Li: Chun-Li’s got the best air game in all of CvS2, which is the best way to get around Vega’s killer ground game. Vega has trouble dealing with Chun-Li’s j.LK, especially as a crossover. Free jump-ins are always a good thing. If Vega decides to jump or barcelona, a c.HK or a j.MK will take him down.
Bison // Sagat: I find Sagat’s fierces to absolutely maul Bison, especially s.HP. Just stay in a good range (just outside sweep distance), and poke Bison to death. Pay attention to whether Bison is charged or not and be more careful when he is charged or else you’ll eat a RC Psycho Crusher…