Karipaku, Bayseeker, Shitamachi Prince, and TeasingButton are all good too. NOBODY is on the level Momochi was before he stopped playing Cody and almost no one is at the level Sasaki is right now. However there are plenty of “really solid” Codys out there.
Aulord…and, I know Aulord is on the forum…so I’m not talking crap or saying something he can’t respond to or see…I’ve talked to Aulord quite a few times here and in the PxG chat. Aulord takes way too many risks for a Cody player to watch and take a lot from (especially a new player, who’s going to emulate this and start doing things that are bad habits). Call them reads or whatever you want, but Aulord’s playstyle is very unconventional and risky. He’s not a style to model yourself after. Are there things to learn from Aulord? Of course. You wouldn’t learn Ryu by watching Jyobin though.
LOL. I’m not the least insulted. I’ll tell you one thing, though, I want to play Jyobin, now. Think he’s my favorite Ryu ever. XD
Yes, it’s crazy reads and guesses. I just play how I feel the opponent is reacting and try to establish a presence. I have died by the same sword I have lived by many times, though and committed to … shall we say… less than smart ideas (read: dumb). But I also would contend that Cody’s playstyle lends more towards freestyle than it does to playing “by the book.” He has a very varied jack-of-all-trades toolset, a weaker defense than many characters. Sometimes you have to go a little tilt to keep the momentum going as Cody lives or dies by it. I think that may change in Ultra given how the pace of the game will become more footsie oriented and he’ll have more meat to his general game. This is also keeping in mind that Cody doesn’t have a single damned safe move. As we all know, LP Criminal Upper even gets punished by a lot of junk.
That and I play to just enjoy the fight. I’m not the best Cody player. Never would say I am.
Just my opinion.
For the best Cody’s I would say obviously Sasaki, Momochi and Chin.
Sasaki is a bit more open in his gameplan. Momochi was the most complete Cody when he played and Chin has a very unique and technical mindset. But to be fair I don’t follow many Cody’s either. BJUnchained gets a lot of my respect. I’d have to watch more.
I’m personally going to say there are no top cody players in America. Momochi has basically dropped Cody in favor of Ken. (which really makes sense considering Ultra Ken) and I love Sasaki but from what I remember someone on the forums saying when he was in Japan and got a chance to record some matches of him in the arcade and talk, he’s too busy to travel.
There are decent Cody’s here and there in america but no one’s really standing out. Only person I can say that did stand out at the time was Sabre but that was back in early Super/AE days.