This thread is really to question the viability of his poking game, if you are aiming to rush down I don’t see a good reason to pick oni over a similar character such as evil ryu with the same hp, faster walk speed and higher damage combos.After dropping AE for some time and coming back to Ultra new again I question how the random buffs to oni (and nerfs) may have changed the way he can be played. Disclaimer I’m pretty noob with oni and rather poor at the game in general but hope to improve looking towards swapping to oni from gouken originally. I question how viable a patient poking style with oni that utilizes his high combo damage mostly for punishes. Compared to ryu in terms of normal’s hes rather unsafe on his normals and has relatively long start up moves. Also long range focus attacks seam to crush his single hit pokes. I’m aware he’s been seen as a high risk character but he seams to have changes made to shift him to safer play. Also for consistency and nooby play, he never has to worry about far or close attacks, it’s really appealing.
While his fireball game doesn’t look the best of the cast, his normal fireball is about on par with kens in terms of frames and his light electric fire ball has really fast recovery (4 frames short of sonic boom recovery) losing 2 recovery frames despite its rather long start up. His focus attack range was buffed for the footsie wars, 11 frame start up step kick, sweep buff and most importantly safe reversal options with 2 meters to cancel dp now. forward heavy punch and kick haven’t changed but still get decent range and if only forward lk did more damage but its fast. Air dashes also offer great mobility and can be canceled into tatsu.
Is oni just not safe enough to on his normals / lack the poking normal damage to compete with other zoning based characters to play this style, my experience only stretches form the laggy universe of online play with no tournament nor competitive play. If it’s not worth the time to play him patiently is gouken worth going back to after his buffs or would someone like poison offer better options for this play style. Thanks for any advise you can give and my apologies for any in inaccuracies or misconceptions in the post.
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