I would first like to state that this is not based on me picking my team according to tiers but something else.
The thing is when fighting games come out I play the characters that I like the most. For example when BlazBlue CS was out I mained Lambda and when MvC 3 came out my team was Hsien-Ko, Tron, and Sentinel, I also like playing Yang in AE.
But whenever I play against people online I usually get hate-mail in either voice or written messages. They go along the lines of me spamming Lambda’s drive (which is her main zoning tool) or hate from bodying someone’s whole team with Sentinel (Hsien-Ko too, but not much hate there). Its comments like these that place doubts in my head about being a good player. I want to learn how to use Phoenix because I like her moveset and style (plus she looks cool), but I don’t to be know as that Dark Phoenix guy, or someone who picks characters based on tier lists.
Its even made me consider swaping Sentinel for someone else. Its very hard to defend my choice for using Sentinel since everyone I fight claims he is OP when he really is not. The same goes for Tron as well. Everyone claims that it takes no skill to use these characters and these place more doubts about my own skill.
What I want to know is how do people not get bothered by this? Its very disheartening to hear this from almost everyone you play against.
P.S. For the record, I play Sentinel because I LOVE giant robots!