So there you have it, after playing with zangief for a while and learning all his tricks, I’ve gotten quite tired with him. Everyone has a specific strategy just for zangief which is to run away. Akuma and sagat (seth too but less ppl play him) are the worst since they have the best tools for that but even ryu is pretty boring. Akuma losses are aways as a result of timeout. Everyone except for zangief and maybe abel just run away and you spend the entire match chasing, always. Blanka is annoying in a different way because he doesn’t need to run away much and the match is still in his favour unless you can kara gh. I’m finding mirror matches the most fun now as you can really play your own style and also adjust accordingly to your opponents.
Thing is, if you use someone like ryu, you face all sorts of different strategies against you. Using zangief however, there is only one way to play against and its to run. So you just spend the entire match trying to close in on him. Its ultimately very satisfying when you do corner your opponent but is it really worth the effort to do in every. single. match.?
Getting a life lead then turtling is also a viable strategy against runners but again, this takes so long!!
Its so time consuming to learn anyone else (so many matchups, strategies, combos to learn) that its really annoying if I use someone else and lose knowing that I would have won with the big fat russian.