DevilJin’s S4 Zoning Tier List
DevilJin’s S4 Actual Early Super Accurate Guess Tier List
EXPLANATION OF ACTUAL TIER LIST
Rashid, Ibuki, Akuma = These 3 being up top is actually pretty familiar to S2. 3 characters that just fit what is strongest in SFV’s meta up at the top. People say that defensive options aren’t everything in this game, but these 3 are near clearly the top 3 in the game and it’s clearly partly because they all have 3 frame jabs/specials, EX DPs and other outlier tools like wall jumps, movement v reversals or parry armor to get out of shit. Why just steamroll when you can steamroll, protect your space and protect your neck. These 3 also have the best mix of offense/zoning/defense in the game. They are best at close range but they can play something relevant at ever range.
They’ve taken some adjustments, but the only characters that kinda kept them in check got nerfed. Only reason they may not dominate the whole CPT season is that they’re just not THAT much more powerful than everyone else under them (similar to S2). There’s talk of a solid amount of CPT Asian players already moving to one of these 3 characters.
Bipson, Birdie, Mika, Menat = Took about a few minutes to put this together, but believe these are about the true next 4 under the top 3. Bison is obvious. Menat and Guile getting nerfed plus getting randomly a buff or 2 puts him up. The main thing that still keeps Bison is check is that all the grapplers basically got better and he still isn’t great and dealing with command grab characters for too long (fair balance in the meta). Birdie got his 2 worst matchups nerfed (Guile harder nerfed than Menat) so he’s pretty much in the clear this season. There are some other weaker characters in the tier list that give him trouble like Falke, Sagat and possibly now Ryu, but those characters won’t be winning tourneys or nothing.
Mika is still Mika and her bad matches keep getting nerfed. May be the best year Fuudo has had since S1 if it works out. Menat isn’t going anywhere. Her nerfs are enough to keep her out of clear top of the top, but s.MP and s.HP were a huge part of the reason she’s top tier and one of those buttons got buffed. Her offense is still plenty solid before v trigger, her v trigger is still anime AF and soul spark is still a really stupid special move and tips certain matchups over the scale on its own. Her changes basically made Sako Menat a little weirder and basically made Justin’s Menat stronger. Good tradeoff that works for the meta and still keeps the best players of her in contention should they stick with her. Justin may have a really good season if Karin and Menat are both strong.
Karin, Necalli, Kolin, Cammy, Guile, Kage, Gief = This and below start to get a little more ambiguous, but feel this is about the next tier so far. Karin is going to be in a really good spot still, but still going to be facing an uphill battle vs Birdie who’s still going to be strong AF and Menat most likely will still outneutral her pretty hard. Other mid tierish characters can keep her at bay really nicely also. Either way still really strong for sure. Necalli is Necalli. Kolin is still strong AF and bad matchups keep getting nerfed. Still has nearly best 2 bar trigger in the game. Cammy is still Cammy, just have to use different light strings and confirm more bnbs to maintain oki. Stun change is mostly irrelevant I feel and she was close to top tier in S1/2 with the 900 stun any way. Guile ain’t going nowhere. He’s still the best projectile zoner in the game and being able to flood the screen vs shorter ranged characters still gonna be important. Kage isn’t the most neutral crash retardo character in the game, but by and far IMO the second best shoto in the game with lots of meta tools and a VT2 that turns anything he sneezes on into HKD plus heavy stun. Fireball and neutral game is better than people letting on and c.MK fireball true string will have strong applications in neutral.
Gief’s changes to his oki, medium button buffs and universal armor damage reduction changes put him back up there. Still going to have matchups vs characters like Sagat, Falke, Menat and Guile that are going to be pretty bad, but at least he’ll have better opportunity to get in and win than before. Being likely the best grabber again means he will gatekeep Bison who will flood tournaments otherwise.
Cody, Urien, Blanka, Abigail, Zeku, Boxer = Feel this is the next under. All characters that have been solid or gotten significant buffs to be where they are. A couple could be argued to go a place up higher, but not much higher. Abigail is still going to be a problem and anybody who forgot is gonna find out pretty soon.
Row before the worst = All have their good things, but all also have glaring weaknesses in neutral, offense, defense or meta that have to be pointed at. Some are pretty good as counter pick characters or compliments to another better character’s worst matchups.
Ed, Nash, Vega = Just no real reason to use these characters other than to counter pick with a worse version of another character you could counter pick with. Still just have glaring issues with meta and don’t particularly beat anyone interesting that you can’t beat with someone else.
F2P still coming
Since he requested I will @Frost cuz he got W W W W WASHED by Highland’s Roo man. Oh and congrats on the Cody buffs so you can continue playing the mayor.
Worst SRK CFN Warriors
- Akhos (mainly because he is picking up Abi and there’s no way that’s going to last, way to be a bad CFN warrior again)
- Twinblades (still stuck in Super Diamond hell cuz he sux)
- Bea (this will probably change as buffs start to simmer in)
- Doctrine Dark (get that ass blacklisted laggy spammer cammy)