It’s a new year and a new game. Time to make a new thread! Here we will be discussing strategies and match ups in order to figure out how to have the best chance at getting that fight money. In Vanilla SF4 Balrog was considered very strong. He was one of the few characters that was really balanced out.
In the newest edition, Super SF4, we find that Balrog over all has received various damage nerfs but mechanical buffs. Links are easier, commands have better priorities, and relative to other characters he seems much stronger in this edition than in the previous title.
Styles of Play
Balrog’s strength is in his ability to transition between different styles of game play. Many cast members lack excellent rush down; other characters are extremely pringles and have bad defense. Balrog? He is an extremely balanced character that can do both very effectively. The real trick is in the ability to transition between these styles. First lets discuss them!
Often seen as the generic play style. Most of the time all you do is down back. Many match ups in this game actually reward you heavily for turtling and playing super lame. An example of this is when a boxer player is up against a Cammy or Blanka.
While Balrog is a charge character, he can be very aggressive while still maintaining his charge. His excellent normals enable him to dash punch and continue the pressure with jabs - leading to more dash punches. The continual amounts of chip damage can add up. In addition, his relatively safe dash straight leaves very little time to punish enabling cr. jab to counter hit many reversals.
The In and Out
A very under appreciated style of play. In this style you will see a Boxer player walking back and forth with little regard to his charge time. You basically rely on your superior normals. You won’t be throwing out too many specials - but you will be getting big damage off your roundhouse and tic throws.