These are my thoughts on Sagat in Ultra.
Like most of you I have been trying to figure out the best way to play sagat after the nerfs. From all the changes he received I came to one conclusion. He is very much like his SFxT incarnation. Pure zoning doesn’t work that well. Instead think of your tiger shots as an extension of your footsies. Use them to poke at people, pressure, annoy and draw out a response. Let your opponent destroy themselves.
Your midrange game should be smart tiger knees and focus attack. TK forces stand so it will eat and punish virtually any bad button press from your opponent. St.mk is a strong counter poke. St.lk has range and speed but no damage. Good for pissing people off. I wad a fan of low step kick, but with reduced pushback on block I’m not so sure about it anymore. Low fierce is decent. Speed, range and damage are all solid.
Your goal should be to build up bar. When you go into round 2 you should have 2 bars MINIMUM. Sagat doesn’t get a lot of mileage out of red focus but so what? He already has hard hitting meter burning combos thanks to angry charge. I can’t stress enough how much f a tigergod sagat is with meter. Ex tu juggle to ultra 1. Super to ultra 2 works anywhere just use mk version of super. Super to ultra 1 in the corner. Ex shot to ultra 2. There is more of course. Sagat NEEDS his meter. Conserve it well and use it wisely.
Beyond building bar, you need to be comboing into tiger knee for the corner carry. Once sagat has his adversary cornered he is in control. Now that his ultras are fixed it’s imperative that you don’t let opponents out easy once you corner them.
As far as bad matches go, sagat has 2 hard counters. Juri and Dudley. If you lose to them, meh shit happens. If you lose to ANYONE ELSE ITS PROBABLY JUST YOUR SKILL LEVEL. You like sagat? Cool. Does sagat make excuses when he loses? Exactly. Hit the lab, train and stop sucking. Bonchan showed dedication and skill pays off.
Another thing about his hard matches. They almost ALL have the same weakness. Terrible wake-up. Knock them down and wreck them.
Don’t sweat your losses. Sagat is mid tier. It is what it is. Play, learn, grow.
Eye of the tiger, brothers.