First, I feel obligated to respond to this:
Would love to play nothing but geif, but theres a couple things:
1.as I said before Practically everyone good in my pool of opponents Knows I play nothing but gief; this means they counterpick me ALOT. If I mix it up with even one other character even a 1/4 of the time, those anti-geif counter picks wont be so safe for them anymore, and I will be able to fight someone other than seth or blanka, every match being a seth or a blanka is challenging but VERY VERY boring.
2.Knowing more than one character has the potential to make me a better player at the very least against the character I learn, and quite possibly in general since it will familiarize better with not only other playstyles, but my own shortcomings. I definitley intend to continue improving my Zangeif, and zangeif will undoubtedly remain my character of choice, but I am at the point with zangeif where progress is slow, and adding another character to my repertoire provides an opprotunity for more rapid development
OK Now that thats out of the way, Started playing around with C-Viper, and you guys werent kidding some of the execution is just nuts. Im going to stick with it for now and see where it goes. HOWEVER, while I was playing C. Viper I came to a realization. All the things I really like about Zangeif are things I like not for their own sake but because they allow me to control the pacing and flow of the match, especially once I have even the most marginal of life-leads. Its been somewhat somewhat self-enlightening to come to that realization and it has altered my zangeif play for the better. I find myself more likely to use the threat of the spd than the actual spd, and using the atomic suplex more often since it provides a more advantageous position in most scenarios.
This seems grounds to rephrase my original supposition in favor of something a little more broad, a lot more vague, but with potentially more useful end results, for myself and in particular, others.
What other characters are particularly adept at controlling the Pacing and flow of the match?
My thoughts so Far:
C-Viper certainly has the capacity because of her zoning game, but it appears you have to be damn near psychic to really take advantage of it. Online the lag delay ( however minimal) makes this that much more difficult.
Zangeif does great, from the moment the match starts your opponents strategic goals have been determined by YOUR character choice not his; and the pace of your advance sets the pace of the entire match. With zangeif, I can force a methodical opponent to be more agressive, or an aggressive opponent to be more methodical as required to assure my victory.
Gouken SEEMS like he should be awesome. more fireball options than you can shake a stick at AND reversals? It sounds too good to be true, but then he really needs EX for anything too punishing, and I just dont have the playtime to make any kind of real judgement.
EDIT:OMG ACCIDENTAL WALL OF TEXT