I know I could and probably should have posted this in the Ken subforum, but we’re not here to discuss how to improve strategies and combos. We’re here to discuss whether or not playing Ken will teach you how to play 3rd Strike. I’m also not putting up a poll because I’m personally not fond of them. I just wanted to move the recent Ken discussion away from the 3S Match Vids Thread and into something more appropriate.
Ever since the influx of new players, be they from SF4, GGPO or 3SOE, there’s been a somewhat generally accepted train of thought that playing Ken will teach you almost everything there is to know about 3rd Strike faster than any other character. Zoning, footsies, hitconfirming, even overall playstyles such as rushdown, turtle or whatever else. Ken’s tools are useful and broad to the point where you could shape your own playstyle and still be effective as long as you’re aware of what you have.
However, there are others who say that you can play pretty much any other character and still get similar results, possibly even better. There’s obviously Chun-Li who is not only better than Ken but also has most of his tools…only better. Then there are other characters which you can learn the ins and outs of the overall game with.
What do you think? Does Ken = 3S? Do you think a player can use anyone else and still learn just as quickly? Is Tebbo really just jealous that Ryu isn’t as top as Ken?
P.S.- j/k ilu tebbo <3