I hate A-sakura. In my opinion, she is the most annoying character throughout the game. She is the reason why Im hesitant to use Blanka and K-groove in a tournament.
Its already an uphill battle trying fight her when you’re using K-groove. Unless you have insane Just Defending skills, sakura can build meter and trap you down with her many variations of RC hurricane kick strings. Once she has full meter, you then have to guess when the hell she’s gonna try to activate her custom.
Since blocking her custom is just the same as getting hit by it, all sakura has to do is to make sure you’re on the ground while she activates. This is an easy task for Sakura to do because she has many tools to keep you grounded. The best way for her to do this, is to activate while you’re in a block stun. That way, she can chipped your life away without feeding your rage meter. Even blocking her c.jab will keep you on the ground long enough to be hit by her ground custom.
So this is the part where you start running, jumping around like a monkey trying to bait her into activating her CC. for ex. Blanka’s KKK hop, or Bison’s teleport. Getting hit by her air custom is a lot better than having your life chipped away by her ground custom. But once in a while, there’s still gonna be a time where your opponent will catch you with her ground CC causing you to lose the match.
So as much as I hate fighting against Sakura with K-groove, Im gonna stick with K-groove because its my best groove. I need help against this bitch, therefore i wanna start a discussion on how to approach a match against any Sakura in general.
Other than taking lots of damage, does Sakura has any other weakness? Is there any tactic, attack, special move, or super that she has trouble dealing with?
What are the most common pokes strings to look out for when fighting her?
Does she have any counter characters? If there isnt any, out of cammy, chunli, sagat, blanka, bison, and vega, who would be the best character to put up against her and why?
Sakura’s Hk hurricane kick can produce 3 hits. Is it possible for any low crouching character to block or just defend the first hit and then hit Sakura out of her hurricane kick?
And finally, is it worth playing K-groove? Because from the area where i play, whenever there’s A-groove, there’s A-sakura.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.