I think the fact that it is ‘scrub repellent’ will make it stand out in a sea full of ridiculous comeback mechanics and brain-dead bullshit.
Ya know, it’s not just pros and hardcore players who hate it when they work their ass off for a victory, then eat a Max-Damage Ultra or X-Factor Lv.3 infinite and have victory handed to their competitor just because they got one good read on them. Sure, KOFXIII has comeback mechanics as well, such as building more meter from taking damage and getting access to more meter as you lose characters, but you still have to work for that comeback.
I mean, I sure as hell ain’t no pro and I ain’t an ‘elite gamer’ or anything special really. I’d consider myself barely above scrub, if that. Even so, I prefer KOFXIII leaps and bounds over other fighters, because I know if I got beat, it’s because the player was legitimately better than me.