The following are my inital impressions and are probably way off just like everyone elses, but here goes…
Balrog is mostly the same FWIW. If the meta is more footsie based like capcom wanted he should improve slightly in the tiers, but I have a feeling it won’t be they way capcom intended. He still has no mixups and is totally free on wakeup to guys like Akuma.
I think Elena sucks. Her best attribute is her wonky hitbox.
Hugo has some crazy lopsided matchups right now imo, I know grapplers often do but this guy takes it to the extreme. Some matchups he gets totally kept out, and others he can do no wrong.
Poison and Rolento seem like decent mid-tier characters but I don’t know a ton about them yet. Not really sure how Poison will end up being played, she doesn’t have an obvious niche imo. Kind of reminds me of Gouken.
Decapre seems pretty good but I have no idea how her matchups will be. Her mixups are good, her ultras are good, normals are fine, seeing as they’re mostly cammy’s. A lot of people still aren’t playing her right and doing a lot of unsafe stuff, her jab hands move seems good and she has air mobility which is always nice. I have no idea if her reversal is legit or if it’s easily stuffable like Flash Kick.
Cammy is still good, not top 3 good, but still relevant. Low short nerf not as bad as I thought, but DWU hurts her. She won’t get nearly as many dizzys anymore.
Fei and Akuma are still amazing.
E.Ryu was already really good and I think he’s even better now.
Gief seems better, the greenhand buffs are very useful and RFC will be a big part of his gameplan. The s.mp nerf is minor, it’s still an amazing button. Not sure if people will play W-ultra with him but it’s a good option to have nonetheless.
Guy’s pressure is improved, I’m judging this mostly of what I saw on WNF and NLBC. I think he’ll be a tournament contender now.
Dee Jay needs a gun. He is ass.
T.hawk is better but I’m not sure where he’ll end up in the tiers. Grapplers are so matchup reliant so I can’t predict.
Sim is mostly the same, although he does have better punish combos so he gets a little more damage. Still going to be free to certain rushdown characters but DWU will help him. Still low-tier.
I really have no idea about Ken and Ryu, they seem mostly the same from the matches I played.
I think Makoto and Juri are both really good and we’ll see them contend in tournaments once people catch on. Right now there aren’t a lot of good players with these two characters.
Sakura will (still) be top 10, the tatsu nerfs she got don’t really affect her much but her far s.hp being cancellable is a big addition. Her stun is lower though so she won’t be able to just explode with a few bars like she could in 2012. Seems capcom wanted to get rid of all the easy stuns we were seeing in the last game, too bad they gave everyone new opportunities with RFC.
Yun seems really good just like everyone else seems to think. Not sure about Yang yet.
Honda ex HHS changes are nice, makes for some easier big damage combos, but the headbutt changes are awful. Low tier again I would guess.