You’re asking this in a Sagat forum…
What would you expect?
Any match below pro level, Sagat is overpowered.
Any match at pro level and beyond, Sagat is almost like any other character.
People are forgetting that SF4 went through balance tests. One of the reasons why Deejay and T. Hawk couldn’t make the cut for reasons both time restriction and balance purposes.
Sagat is very powerful if in the right hands and his learning curve is somewhat different than the others.
Using him requires the basics and knowledge of special moves in exchange for difficulty in executing links.
This requires extensive knowledge, timing, practice, and understanding links.
Those that whine and complain about him have obviously never taken Sagat very far and hence, they haven’t ventured far enough to find his weakness.
Sagat just takes a step above other characters below the pro level because of the options he has to defend himself with in the special move department. Then when you get to a pro level, you will need to link because other players are well aware of what certain characters are good at and executing an Ultra in a footsies game is critical in advancing your skill play. This is what takes the longest to improve your Sagat gameplay.
Most of the other characters usually have moves that revolve around having fireballs thrown at them, if not, then just time the jump. Duh. It’s not hard, again, it’s back to basics because you can’t bitch and complain if you know a 20+ hit combo that takes full health if you can’t even jump over a bad fireball and punish.
Fyi, Sagat has been toned down much after the previous Street Fighters because he can’t really trap you in the corner with Low Tiger Shots as much and his cross over is jLK. If I’m correct, has a shorter block stun that other character’s crossover because they leave him with very little time to land and execute links or throw.
He’s basic, solid, and easy to play. Easy to get good at but difficult to be GREAT at.
A little off-topic: Ever wondered how Sagat got his scar? Well yeah, what else? The almighty Reversal Shoryuken.
Reversal reversal? Use it, that is his weakness duh. You can’t link mash with Sagat and pull off an Ultra like you would with other characters cancel into a special move etc. You have to TIME it, hence why you see most Sagat players avoid footsies and stick to the quick 1-2s for chip.
In the end. Just overrated, why? Probably because they failed the basic fundamental test. So instead of doing front flips, they failed the Tiger Gymnastics and ended up doing a back flip.