The tier list is not my opinion. I got it from Cyberfanatix and Orochinagi, this is the one that has been going round. I agree with it for the most part. We’ve had this game in London since day of release, and most of our top players (you can see our RB1 on neoempire.com) agree that Joe and Kyo are definitely top.
Joe’s BnBs are really good, good specials and mix up too.
I didn’t really explain my views on Ash and Athena very well. What I meant is that if you want to play a fireball/AA game a la classic SF2 strategy, the closest equivalent are Athena and Ash as they have quick fireballs for excellent zoning and very good AA options. Try standing a few character lengths away and throwing fireballs with Andy or Robert and you’ll see the difference. With Ash I’ve got a fair few wins with her as my starter just zoning with her sonic booms and catching them with anti air super or C projectile/flash kick. Plus her corner combo of (c.B, c.A, b,f+a) X 2, kick super does a LOT.
Likewise Athena’s 2K2 style game is still effective.
I too think it’s close. I don’t really know too much about ‘which letters to use’ in tier lists. For me it’s just Joe and Kyo are noticeably better than the next tier and likewise over Leona and Clark etc. I agree that it’s close. Maybe A, B+, B- would be more accurate, but by S I just mean top.
I play Ash, Leona, Terry for the record, so I know most about them. Leona is definitely lower than most characters due to damage output.
As far as Kensou is concerned, Tim119 is the best player in London (I think he is from China where he learned KOF) and he plays Kensou. I think there are vids of him knocking around neoempire, check the front page.
EDIT: lol someone just messaged me that Ash is a guy hehe. Yeah I did know that but I still inadvertantly refer to him as her cos he just looks like a girl!