learning curve: 9/10
this might be alittle long
i started to main viper about 2 months ago and only now am i starting to practice her more advanced moves. like crouching med. kick SJC cross up BK. fierce punch SJC ultra and so on. picking viper as your main takes alot of time. she is vicious with cross ups and mix up game. to me, no one can touch her in means of mix up game. watching top japanese players handle viper would scare the shit outta me. execution has to be spot on, especially linking to her ultra. which has strict frame timing, but also the most versitile ultras in the game. nearly every single move can connect to her ultra. her SJC and stun value make up for her low HP. i say it’s worth it. you can only make so much mistakes with her, before you bite the dust from 4 tiger uppercuts. my worst match ups has to be blanka, gief, honda, and el fuerte. but that’s just me.
as for the payoff, i’d say that nothing’s more satisfying than to see your opponent’s face after you brutally murder them with viper. it’s that face they make that says, “WTF did i get myself into?” more importantly, not that much people actually know the match-up against viper. most people underestimate her for having low health and difficulty learning. that’s always a plus knowing that you’ll always keep your opponent guessing. i’ve had people online complain that they don’t know the match up and that’s the reason they’ve lost. at my local arcades, the regulars that go there flip out that i use viper. the first time i used her there, they thought i was a noob. after i won, they gave me props for using the hardest character to master. it feels good, no, good is an understatement. it’s fucking awsome. playing viper is always a crowd pleaser with her flashy moves and unpredicable mix up. it’s hard not to be impressed at a viper player that wins matches. i’ve had a lot of mains up until now, and i can say i have never had so much fun with viper. she’s the only reason i’m still playing sf4.