Well tbh they nerfed me rather than Ryu. When they did this I decided that they ruined everything about Ryu thats fun for me:
*nerfed horizontal hitbox on sweep and made it slower.
*nerfed st.lk horizontal hitbox
*nerfed his lp fireballs recovery fmd.
*nerfed cr.mp is now 6f startup
I relied on these the most and it helped me win the last s1 tourny in Sydney.
I understand the nerfs to j.lk and st.lp I never used that shit on me anyway so my gameplan didnt change but they nerfed his normals and his fireball and that made me think what the fuck man… even Daigo is confused at his neutral buttons nerf because lets face it… his neutral wasnt his strong point… it was his awesome aggression and his ability to play so defensively.
I went back to my original main, Laura. I had a strong Laura back in s1 so now I’m hoping to bring my Laura to the level of my Ryu.
Don’t get me wrong I love everything about Ryu, easily one of the most fun characters I ever used in SF history but he isn’t tournament viable for me, I feel like hes usable but I think Laura is a much stronger tournament character than Ryu. Thats my 5 cents.
I will never drop him but goddamn why use Ryu when Akuma is just a better version of him?