Admittedly, I haven’t been playing super as much as I should. And I haven’t been following the tier list on SRK. But with the latest tier list, I hear Guile is now considered top ranked. While I do believe Guile is a very good character in super, and he is a top tier character, many have perceived him a free win character. I haven’t had a chance to compete in super like I was able to in vanilla, but I still gather offline weekly with a small group of friends. All are relatively new to SF and started playing in vanilla. I’ve personally have been playing since HF. I beat them more handily now than in vanilla, and many say it’s only because Guile is top tier. Now I did beat them in vanilla too, but I could be randomed out more there. In Super this is a little less effective (but unlike in vanilla, I actually have studied my frames a lot more preventing mashing).
My question is, do you think Guile wins easily or if he's a free win? On PSN when I was playing super regularly, I noticed there were more Guile players. All pretty horrible at that. Many didn't know how to zone, had poor timing, were jump happy, did stupid things on a downed opponent, silly make-shift blockstrings (like cr.lp -> cr.hk), focus happy, ultra happy (doing ultras apparently to show that they can do them), and psychic flashkicks. Now I'm far from the best Guile player in the world, but I do have his fundamentals down, and I can gladly admit it took me 16 years to get him up to par where I play him "correctly". Do you think Guile wins against randoms because he's been buffed, or because people aren't use to playing against him? Do you think his top tier status is deserved or just overhyped? I personally don't think Guile is accessible to newbies, though I'm glad to see anyone new pick him up. But you need good knowledge of matchup and most of all situations to make him even look halfway decent. Any opinions?