To my fellow Rogs, I hope you can understand when I say that I don’t feel as though Balrog is, or has been, viable in 2012. As much as I’ve been trying to cope with the changes, and I do agree Balrog has gotten better, the amount of sheer frustration that comes with helplessly playing against the same bad matchups outweighs my attempts of trying to convince myself that Balrog is still a decent character that is tournament-ready with the right knowledge and practice. I like to think that I am a decent player (4kpp//Top 8 Arcade Tourney Finishes), so I hope this doesn’t come off as a noob ranting about one loss to a counterpick online.
I have been playing Balrog since release day of Vanilla SF4 and I feel like I can’t drop him for another character because I have so much experience with him. I have alts, and I could very well go for what is considered an “S-A” Tier character, but I’m just the type of person that doesn’t want to use the best character with my dick and win games; I like to feel like I earned my wins.
Most of you are aware of the problems that Balrog has if you’ve been playing as long as I have, so I won’t go into detail of what should be fixed , because that isn’t the point of the thread and it has been discussed many times before.
To the more experienced players in the scene (Street Fighter 4 is my first fighting game), I guess my question is, “What now?”
Do I drop Rog seeing as how PRBalrog is the only person insane enough to make the character work, or do I just suck it up and train harder knowing I am at a disadvantage to, for example, experienced cammy, ibuki, guile, gief, etc players at the same level as me.
Thanks for your time!