If this was a one on one game yeah sure I would say she would break the game. A character like this pretty much no one would have the balls to create in a competitive sense for a one on one game. It’s 3 on 3 though so no matter how good Phoenix is it’s still just one of 3 characters. She technically can turn any team into a 4 man team but her low health makes it so it can definitely go the other way around and end up with a 2 man team seconds into the match.
What you’re supposed to do against a Phoenix team is kill off the first 2 players quickly or kill off Phoenix quickly. If you start getting man handled early by a team that’s not burning meter and only has one useful assist available then yeah you’re most likely going to lose. Fighting Phoenix isn’t just about fighting Phoenix, it’s about being able to deal with her slaves also. You have to realize her slaves aren’t going to spend meter to kill you like they normally would so this gives you more of a threshold to kill them off quicker. The most often that people lose to Phoenix is because they do a poor job fighting off her slaves which dont burn any meter and then have to fight a 4 character team. You can’t let the slaves bring down your characters early. Killing off her slaves is very important also because if it comes down to having to fight 5 bar Phoenix you’ll end up fighting against Dark Phoenix with zero meter. The easiest way to beat Dark Phoenix (especially XF3 D.Phoenix) with any character is to not have to fight one that already has meter 2 and 3 meters stocked up. That means you’ll have to deal with a D.Phoenix that can activate healing field on top of everything else. Plus if they have even one slave left that’s a big issue because you’ll end up taking hits from them which brings down your chances of winning on top of everything else.
The most broken aspect of Phoenix or what she does to the game is that she is the ultimate XF character. I’ve been saying this since before the game came out. The first time I turned on XF3 D.Phoenix when I got to play the game a week before release and mashed on jabs and killed an entire full health team it made me realize that XF is broken. All of the issues of Dark Phoenix having long start up and recovery on her fireballs and teleports, forced to lose health and turn on healing field just to maybe regain some health and not get chipped out…it all goes away as long as you have level 3 XF. Most of the cast should have a better matchup against Dark Phoenix than regular Phoenix but they dont because all of the glaring issues of Dark Phoenix are completely mitigated by the absurdity of level 3 XF. You’re supposed to have a big chance of winning against Dark Phoenix but the fact that a character like D.Phoenix gets access to the same power boost of XF3 that everyone complained that Sentinel got it’s just too much. People complained about how good level 3 Sentinel was early in the game and I knew from the beginning he was absolute garbage compared to level 3 XF Dark Phoenix. Which is ridiculous because level 3 XF Sent is still pretty damned broken. LOL.
Forcing Phoenix to turn into Dark Phoenix should be a liability for Phoenix but the fact that she gets access to the same 20 second bullshit factor with all of those projectile options means the only way to win is to run to the corner and chicken block out 20 seconds of bullshit. Which during that 20 seconds you can either try to hope you catch something lucky before or just wait till it completely burns out and then fight her when she is not in her XF3 state and any wrong move with her can kill her off. It’s shit like that that makes you realize why Dark Phoenix should have access to a much weaker XF or not have access to it at all.
**The reason why Phoenix is so good is because when she gets to Dark Phoenix no one actually has to learn how to use her. ** XF3 Dark Phoenix allows the most idiotic of idiots become a huge threat with her. Your little cousin with 20 seconds of level 3 XF D.Phoenix could kill off one or 2 of your characters. XF plays Dark Phoenix for you basically. You’re not fighting against Dark Phoenix anymore, you’re fighting against a ridiculous aspect of the game that’s already retarded and thoughtless when used with Wesker or Sentinel. Most people that play Dark Phoenix probably can’t even do more than 500k when she’s not in XF even though she has real combos that can do up to 1 million damage. Why? Because they dont need to since their health doesn’t go down, they’re 30 percent faster, can’t get chipped and do the same damage with AAAAA BCS BBC super. Dark Phoenix should be a risky last ditch attempt to win because of the fact that she is constantly losing health and has to turn on a healing mode just to maybe not get chipped out by pretty much anything but it all goes away by having every single issue about her dissapear due to a broken mechanic of the game.
**When you lose to XF3 Dark Phoenix you lost to the game. Which means the game is broken and needs to be fixed. Not the player or the character. **Even level 3 XF Wesker or Sentinel are broken disgraces to fighting games that can easily turn around any fight and shit needs to change so such characters can’t run through whole teams every other match. You can’t realistically do anything to beat those characters in XF3 either. It’s just the way Phoenix is designed elements come together where she ends up getting even more advantages than they do. So it’s basically a more broken version of shit that’s already broken with other characters. There’s actual strategic reasons to burn XF early with other teams but on a Phoenix team they never need to strategically use any XF other than level 3 with D.P. and that’s mainly due to the crazy long duration of level 3 XF that should not exist.
**They need to tone down XF in general so mindless porting around with Wesker, flying around with Sent S fishing for 100 percents and Dark Phoenix being completely absurd doesn’t run the game like it is now. The fact that the non XF’d version of D.Phoenix never has to come into play just shows how terribly implemented the XF system is. **Luckily even with all of that Phoenix is still enough of a risk to use that she rarely actually ends up winning tournaments. Until they fix the XF system she will be an unnecessary randomness to the game. Regular Phoenix by design was most likely supposed to be a better character than Dark Phoenix but XF3 turns Dark Phoenix into a much better character than regular Phoenix and I doubt that was intended by the developers. D.Phoenixes health constantly drains which alone makes her effectively much worse than regular Phoenix despite all of her advantages. Dark Phoenix is literally dying whereas regular Phoenix doesn’t have to worry about that which is a huge advantage to win as regular Phoenix rather than wait for D.Phoenix… With the XF system though that balance ends up breaking and everyone fears the worst manifestation of XF3 in the game.
Level 3 XF is pretty much the reason why I just play this game for fun than take it super seriously. I study the game because I like the mechanics and its interesting but competitively the game is trash because of XF. Until it gets toned down to a point where matches dont rely on the randomness of XF it’s just a game with a lot of interesting elements but garbage for competitively play. Once it gets toned down I feel the game can be a much more interesting and thoughtful game with a lot of creativity. XF in its current state pretty much destroys any reason to be creative in a game that has a ton of potential for it.