I noticed something in regards to the rules. In all Capcom authorized tournaments, the first character is picked double blind if these professionals accuse each other of playing defensve matchups and are gun shy about selecting their character first. Then the winer is considered “the visitor” for the next game and must stick with the same character. The “home player” can play the matchup game and knows who the oppoenent is playing as next. and so forth until 3/5 is decided.
For the most part, a person with an unstoppable character can dominate. He may be a great (fill in name of character) player, but others would argue he’s like a one-hit wonder.
There is a big difference between the one-hit wonder and a consistent player who has more than one way to beat you and can adapt to a challenge. One plays a fighter well, the other is a good fighting game player.
If Street Fighter want to crown the best individual single-player character, then mission accomplished. But if you want to show they are not just a one-hit wonder, here’s a rule suggestion that will add variety and show breadth in talent, not just depth in one character. I believe it would also be more interesting to watch for a spectator’s perspective.
What if instead of the Visitor Player MUST keep his character, instead he both MUST CHANGE his character, and the choice is known before hand so the home team can select based on that choice, if he decides to play the “matchup game”.
If more than one thing is picked, like 2 characters an game in Marverl Vs Capcom Infinite, or 3 characters in Capcom vs SNK 2, or a character and an Ism in Street fighter Alpha 3, then first the visitor makes the first single choice, then the home team responds, and back and forth.
By the way, one other rule in a 3 out of 5 series, once you win with a character (and an Ism, a Gem, etc.) you can’t select it again in that same 3 out of 5 series. (And on team games, each individual is no longer eligible, so if you choose Wolverine and Ryu, and win, neither Ryu or Wolverine can be selected individually, even with a different partner, in that 3 out of 5 series)
I guess it’s up to Capcom to decide what kind of champion they want. They are the ones footing the bill. I’m just giving a suggestion if they are looking for a more well-rounded champion than there currently is.
P.S. I just read certain stages are illegal in certain Street Fighter versions. I can think of 2 reasons combined. One is the stage effect game play, (And I always thought the stage was just the background, not interfering in the match in Street Fighter games) kind of like a lot of the tournament-illegal stages in Smash Bros. And the other reason is because either the stage design is asymmetric (like quite a few stages on Injustice 1 and 2 where the stage effects gameplay, and one player has an advantage) or there is some randomizer that is asymmetric, (like a hammer appearing next to a player in Smash Bros.) I never noticed stage makes a difference in a fight in Street Fighter, so I set it on Random, just to get the show on the road. Vega can climb the walls on any stage, not just his home stage.