With the amount of team-building advice I’ve given out in the past I find myself surprised to be posting this, but I’m having a hell of a time finding an anchor that suits my style.
I’m set on Zero-a/Doom-b for sure now. I’ve been running Strange but he’s very limited against anyone who knows how to fight him (but blows up people who don’t for free).
-Sentinel is really good for this duo because drones are just that good, but Sentinel left on his own has problems (then again he only ever needs to touch you once).
-Vergil is an option but it would make more sense to run him second for the Zero/Vergil DHC brokenness, and I don’t really like Doom as an anchor.
-I’ve started playing around with Phoenix because I can build ludicrous amounts of meter with Zero/Doom, and it allows me to go for the fancy assist-extended combos without worrying about dropping them before the super (I wouldn’t super anyway so I only lose a bit of damage).
-I’m considering Dormammu (as I think he is top 5 in the game now) but have almost no experience playing him and his assists are a little too centralized for my taste.
-I’ve considered Strider as an alternative to Phoenix since it’s not quite as much of a meter commitment, but the fact that his vajra assist can whiff entirely on mobile characters (and is incredibly vulnerable) really turns me off from him.
-Chrisis planted this idea in my head that Firebrand is amazing so I thought about using him (I have no qualms with tier-whoring) but I don’t know if his assists are enough to cover my approaches with Zero and Doom.
-Wesker is always a solid anchor, and opens up unblockables and easy (easier anyway) combos from air-throws for Zero. Of course his assist does nothing to get me in so I’d be relying on Doom’s missiles which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but if I can’t call Doom mid-combo then I lose a lot of combo damage for Zero, and Wesker’s assist does nothing for Zero’s combos.
-Hawkeye has an amazing assist and is a really good anchor (I’ve seen it in action from a couple great players too much to let anyone convince me otherwise). He’s a bit lacking in the mobility and style department that I love though. Also there’s the issue that one of the regulars in our group of players has Hawkeye on his main team - it’s not a big issue but variety is always beneficial to the group.
-Other characters I’ve pondered briefly: Morrigan, Viper, Deadpool, Magneto, Nova, Taskmaster, Rocket Raccoon. Each of them have their own merits but also lack one thing or another in regards to team synergy or anchor potential. It’s important that the character matches my style too (needs to be mobile and have the potential to do stylish combos basically).