I know the forum has died in anticipation of 2012 edition (named not for the year, but the number of nerfs we’re getting), but I’ve decided I’m going to try to tough it out with Yang anyway.
That said, it seems really important to know who we can stand jab on crouch, especially so in 2012 because the +4 jab is one of the things we aren’t losing. I know most of the good Yangs will know all of this anyway, but I didn’t see it anywhere else and I think it should be available. Without further ado:
Characters that stand jab works on in all circumstances:
Characters that stand jab whiffs on heavy recoil:
Characters that stand jab whiffs on second hit:
Characters that stand jab whiffs on rapid-fire on block:
So basically for the first group you should be able to throw out stand jab and go into a hit confirm with no issue at any time. With the second group you shouldn’t try to go into immediate stand jab pressure off a dive kick or jump fierce (and most Yangs I’ve seen do cr. jab, s. jab in order to avoid missing on that… it’s a good habit to be in and it only gives you one less frame on block). The third group basically can’t be hit confirmed into a combo off stand jab lockdown unless you’re godlike, so probably go for cr.lk x 2 or 3 into whatever. Dhalsim is just weird. He does this thing where he drops his head after a crouch block and rapid fire jabs will whiff, so I’d probably just stick to dive kicks and the million other things we have to beat Dhalsim.
Also, with Seth, Ibuki, Guile and Rose, I’ve gotten stand jab x 2 to whiff on rapid fire with certain timing, but if you’re spacing it out for a hit confirm this shouldn’t be an issue. There may be more characters like that, but I didn’t come across any. Balrog is the opposite: rapid fire always hits him, but his hitbox gets pushed back really far by the first s.jab, so if you time it late the second one will whiff. Use caution.
Bonus: I’ve been messing around with cl.mk walk forward U1 lately because it’s really easy to execute, so I don’t drop it in pressure situations. I can get it to work (from right next to the opponent, not flip grab distance :/) on everyone except for Zangief, E.Honda, Adon, Cody, Dee Jay and Dudley. As far as I can tell, they just fly too far away.