Often I start learning a game and find that players are drawn to top tiers - no surprise there. I, however, generally go the other way. I tend toward characters who aren’t used that much. Tiers matter, and I can accept this. But my question is how much do they matter.
I haven’t been playing 3S long, granted, but I have been playing fighting games since the beginning - like most of the SRK community. In each game there are those characters that I just have an affinity for. Maybe I like their look, or their play, but I’m just drawn to them. While this is all well and good, I have to wonder when it gives. Where is the point where using a character on grounds of personal preference just isn’t worth it.
I had been learning Ryu – he is my iconic character of choice when starting a new game – , but he is very methodical. He just seems, well…boring. (Perhaps I’m just discouraged because I consistenly get caned with him?) I wanted to change, but I didn’t know who to. I switched to Sean for kicks (only) until I had the opportunity to watch one of the top players in Australia, a former national champion, unload on my entire arcade with him. He was a beast, and it just made me think.
I’d like to believe that any character can be used effectively (read has winning potential). What say you SRK?