Let’s say you want to learn how to beat a really strong character like Blanka. Once you play against him and lose a bunch of times, you try to remember what you were getting hit by and then you go into training mode and try to find ways to counter that thing.
Problem is, it takes quite a bit of time before you’re convinced that you need to pay attention to any given character. CvS2 has so much character/groove variety. I mean, i actually remember spending time in training mode trying to find ways around Haohmaru’s s.MP and i don’t need to tell you how much of a non-entity he turned out to be.
Also, i’ve been playing CvS2 Guile since the game came out (minus a few months where my bidness team was A-Iori/Rolento/Ken-2) but it took like 2-3 years for me to become convinced that Guile was top tier. At first i thought he was good but that he was never going to overcome his signature weaknesses.
I’m sure some of the counter-character specialists like Viscant would tell you stories about learning a whole new character just to counter one character (N-Ryu? A-Rugal? S-Gief? Akuma? Athena?) only to have that character fade into obscurity.
There’s just so much shit in this game that it’s hard to spot the patterns - in terms of which characters are legitimate well-rounded threats and which characters are simply one-trick-ponies that die after you solve the one or two problems they present.
So how many of you know how to play some obscure character just for the sake countering some other obscure character that nobody plays anymore?
My Zangief will own up Nakoruru players! Though, CvS1 should get most of the blame for that.