I don’t drop a character based on what a top player is using – I just don’t pick up anyone I see being over used because chances are it’s only for a limited time because if everyone and their moms are using them for easy wins, they’re going to get nerfed and everyone will be looking for the next flavor of the month. Plus, I’d rather stand out from the crowd, so lean towards characters I rarely run into or see a lot of. I got sick of running into Ryu, Ken, Akuma, and Sagat (who I mained at the time), so I wanted to be different.
I ventured to Hawk myself without any outside influences (because I literally saw nobody use him in Super for months), but if Marn or Justin Wong all of a sudden started using them, I wouldn’t drop my year and half of exp. with him just to be anti-establishment. True, I like the fact people think Hawk sucks, it makes me feel better to win with a shittier character because I actually outplayed you. I can’t tell you how much Hawk has upped my game in general. I get tons of hate mail when I beat people with him.
Top players wouldn’t use Hawk seriously. They want wins the easiest way possible. I don’t even have an alternate character I use for back ups in bad match ups. I just grit it out with Hawk and learn all of his disadvantages against everyone and fix them over time. It’s all Hawk, all the time for me. I’m big on character loyalty. If the character was that crappy, they wouldn’t be in the game. Is it harder to win sometimes? Well, yeah, but you can win and that’s all that matters to me.
I’ve yet to see any Hawk player in any high position in a tournament. The day I see somebody drop a powerful character for Hawk or Hakan or anyone else not on the cool kids list, is the day I’ll change my opinion on this matter.
It’s like this. Batman is on the Justice League. He has no powers. He’s just a human. Yet, he saves Superman’s ass all the damn time. Who do I think is more bad ass? Batman of course. He does more with less. I expect Superman to take out a ton of thugs with no problem. Seeing Batman do it is more entertaining.
Like I said, I’ve been rocking Hawk for almost two years now. I’m sure there are good Hawk players out there – shit I would hope so. I’m saying if you like somebody like Fei Long, Yun, or somebody else high on the tier list, then use them. If you genuinely like and identify with a character, rock them no matter where they fall on the list. I’m just saying don’t drop them at the first nerf you read for somebody who got buffed. That’s some hoe shit lol.
I’d rather work around a nerf than learn an entirely new character over again just because they look pretty on paper.