First, I must tell you that my analysis will be kind of weak for sure, since I couldn’t watch most teams as much as I wanted to.
Second, I think the weirdest teams arent tournament caliber, since nobody(I think) picked low tier characters at the finals.
From the top of my head:
Hulk, Sakura, assist - Really unusual strat. This guy was very fast with Hulk, and a very technical player also(he bait an AHVB with suki cancel, I think).
He used assists, even sakura, to give him more space to move around with Hulk, but most interesting to setup the infinite on corner(as assists i saw him using sonson, psy, juggs, colossus and others i don’t recall).
The nice thing is that Hulk’s infinite never undizzies, so it’s a free kill. There was this game where he let magneto corner him, threw mags to the corner, hitted with psy and killed mags with the infinite.
After the kill, he would either gb into inf again or bring sakura, turn her into evil sakura, and teleport for the entire match!!!
Very interesting to watch. The bad side is that, although creative, I saw him losing much more than winning(he always played this team and, on my watch, never get even a 2 win streak). Pretty impressive, nonetheless.
Dhalsim, Tron, Morrigan - The guy who used it told me it was a team he used just to piss people off, and kinda works. Teleport runaway Dhalsim all the time. Then, he would suddenly go to the ground and dash towards the opponent.
I saw it working twice in the same match. Both times the opponent got crazy about hitting him. In the first, he did Tron assist into Sim’s inf. In the second, he tagged Morrigan in and busted an infinite with her. He did like 5 diff morrigan infinites on the same match. His opp was weak though. I came afterwards and won with teamscrub. He didn’t pick the team again(kept Dhalsim with sim, Storm, Sent though, very good against MSP and the like)
Rushdown bad characters - You probably already saw a good Cammy playing, like a more limited Magneto. There was like half of the game cast being played that way. even with AD setups and such(Morrigan). The entertaining part was that too many people knew too many infinites with those characters. I watched countless infinites pulled out or ridiculously long combos including assists and such. A lot of players didn’t even entered the tournament, but provided nice show offs to see.
I also saw a cable combo using like 5 assists. timeflip combo with setup to ahvb, like 3 x(hp,hp,hp,hp, psimitar ahvb), j forward jab grenade, cyc assist hits, air combo with cable following with air hk, s. lk, mk, hk. In all of this he used amingo’s healing assist like 4 times between the start of the combo and the last ahvb, getting some life back. Amusing!
As for good teams, I saw Spiral/Storm combinations in the tourney. It works much better than I would’ve give it credit for.
Spiral can trap with Storm and make very good use of teleports and that falling fast move(sometimes she did it several times in a row while calling assists, and teleported if any danger aroused).
A loaded runaway storm with spiral and doom can give huge amounts of chip damage while trying to run, or even control good space during rushdown.
I already wrote too much. The game amongst the best players were interesting also,with throws into assists into 100%, or well timed VCs, GCs and stuff, but the characters were the same you see at US vids, mostly. Maybe a little more Striders though, specially at the warmups (Many people thought it was safe to do bomb, ouros against cable. It is not)
Well, I’m done. Thanks for the interest and I hope you enjoy this post. Bye