**Is Zangief a cheap character only for low-leveled game?
** No. Detailed explanation to follow.
Can Zangief completely destroy low-leveled players? Absolutely, in very much the same way as Ibuki, Akuma and Seth. Arguably, vortex characters would completely annilate beginners even faster than the Red Cyclone.
Is Zangief a cheap character? No. he is not overpowered. And certainly not abusable for EVO victories.
Is Zangief a beginner’s character? Absolutely NOT. Churning bread and butter is easy. But playing him well, is the stuff of legends. Demands intermediate to advanced user ability.
**Can Zangief be competitive at high level play? ** Absolutely. Although some match-ups would be difficult. But in Ultra, the faster LPGH, and that added random factor, will benefit Zangief. The ability to be in your face at the blink of an eye. It will be the next Messiah, and help close the gap in Zangief’s bad match-ups.
**Can Zangief win EVO? ** The buffs in Ultra, certainly make it possible. Perhaps not enough people play him, so that could be a factor also.
Zangief is an intermediate to advanced character. Relatively, he has minimal execution barriers. He needs sound match-up and footsie/spacing specific knowledge to do well. And finally, the most important skill set = Zangief needs excellent YOMI, adapting, reading and predicting your opponent. Especially as his tool set, creates those mix-up opportunities. You have to out think your opponent. Ideally, you have to be patience, take minimal risks, close distance to establish the threat of SPD, force your opponent to GUESS to that threat, and punish accordingly.