Specific thread for the Zangief match-up.(Draft)
Match-up difficulty FeiLong ? - ? Zangief
1. General information
The Zangief vs Fei-Long match-up is not as impossible as it seems in the 1st place.
The close combat style and pressuring game of Fei-Long are indeed unappropriate.
Pressuring Zangief is a no-no : Lariat is only a 3 buttons-press away.
You’ll need to adapt and develop a very-specific-Zangief-approach.
More than usual, you’ll need good reflexes.
Stay out of range of the Red Cyclone
You already know that Zangief becomes dangerous as hell when close to you. The dangerous zone starts at LP SPD range. It’s approximatively the range of your st.HP/cr.HP.
On the other hand, do not get farther than Banishing Flat range.
If you keep those 2 hints in mind, half of the job is done mainly because Zangief will have very poor tools to get close to you.
Banishing Flat (green hand)
Non-EX BF is unsafe on block and on hit.
According to frame data :
Banishing Flat LP -7 -5
Banishing Flat MP -8 -6
Banishing Flat HP -9 -7
Banishing Flat EX -9 D
This means you should punish every BF with at least a reversal flame kick.
So, unless on EX, Zangief players won’t use this to actually hit you. Most of the time, they’ll try to whiff it close to you then go for either SPD/Lariat/Ex BF.