Sad thing is that some characters are easier to play on a stick than pad. I’m not saying some characters are worse or impossible to master because of this but just that some of the inputs are seriously handicapped by thumb control. Not astrals or DD but normal inputs like Bang’s j.4C and Hakumen’s j.2A. You can execute them well alone but in a combo they are awfully hard half the time. 360’s pad wanky D-pad doesn’t help either.
In a nutshell, get a stick only when you’ve played for a good time and still don’t get along with certain aspects of the game.