I think all of the Zangief’s at Evo were a giant disappointment.
Ernest Woo did play a great round, and that Fuerte was a demon. He could slap off a Tortilla grab in a split second, but once you become aggressive, Fuerte can easily play off your rage and put you out. You have to be calm and grab some space in between you and your opponent, giving Fuerte a hard time to hit you. Fuerte, like Zangief, is most effective at close range. Fuerte may even have an upperhand, since he can take advantage of the realm that Zangief hardly knows about: The open air.
Luckily for Zangief, he has some heavy hits and a life gauge that can buy you precious time. From afar, Fuerte has a hard time hitting Zangief. His wall jump HP can easily be negated with the Lariat, and you have a better chance of seeing a Habanero Dash attack from a far. Dash back or block to avoid a Tostada Press (depending on the distance he initiates the attack) and punish with a Piledriver.
If this Fuerte jumps up on wake up all the time, this signals that he’ll run into your Lariat on wakeup once or twice. You can take a quarter of his life gauge easily with this. Careful if he has an Ultra, though. That Flying Giga Buster is hard to avoid as a Zangief, thanks to his gigantic hit box. Just keep jumpy and punish him on whiff.
People have always placed Zangief high on the tier list for some reason, I just wished more people could prove why.
Speaking of which, there was nary a Sagat player, despite being “in his own tier.”
Looking at that Zangief match between Ma and Wong, I just sat there screaming at everything he did wrong. He was trying to zone him, which was just incredibly stupid with Zangief, since his stubby arms and legs can’t reach for shit and his standing HK is too damn punishable. He was sucked into one combo after another.
Wong went off saying how Rufus has some type of advantage against Zangief. Despite what happened, I still vehemently disagree with him.
After considering my resources, I am seriously considering a trip to next year’s EVO.