I dunno, its obvious his c.jab shouldn’t be chainable, but I still think Vega could use some more buffs without even scratching top tier.
I mean, Rufus’s absolute dominance in close range is balanced by his uselessness at full screen and his difficulty overcoming zoning. However, they gave him a ridiculously stupid good U2 that will punish any escape attempt and any fireball at full screen. And it fucking hurts!
On the other hand, Claw is total ass at close range and this is balanced by being stronger at mid range. He can even be a bitch at full range when you do something stupid like focus or jump unnecessarily. However, they gave him a good U2 that can make people really regret rushing down carelessly.
However, they made the damage on U2 be, in my opinion, a bit low. Also, requiring a downback charge instead of just a backcharge was an intentional move to make Vega still 100% free to well timed crossups.. Hell, they saw it fit to give Bison and Chun, also charge characters, command ultras instead of charge ultras. (Notice how both are top tier). Also, Splendid Claw is a very good ultra and it is at least 50 times better to use in high level play than Bloody(as in bloody terrible) High Claw, but it still could start up a frame or two quicker.
I think the OP doesn’t understand Claw’s character design as deep as a few of us do on this board, but I do think he has stumbled upon something true. Capcom was very careful to not make him overpowered and was very deliberate in holding back on his buffs, while they seemed to not be so reserved in giving Rufus a stupid high damaging ultra that goes with his character design about as well as onions do on chocolate ice cream. (It’s equivalent to giving Dhalsim a lariat ultra that does 500 damage.) Capcom was not so reserved in giving Chun Li and Bison an Ultra that is completely contradictory to their input style. Capcom was not so reserved in giving Guile amazing defense and above average offense without penalizing his health as they did Akuma and Seth. And finally, Honda is just flat out stupid to fight if you don’t have a fireball. Stupid.
I mean, I still like Claw, and I still play him predominantly. I recently started playing more seriously and spending more and more hours in training mode. I retired from online play and started playing with the local scene, which is pretty competitive. However, **I find myself agreeing with those two top Japanese players (Mago and ?) who created a tier list and said that Claw would be good, but he is too weak to rushdown. In fact, I think they hit the nail on the head about as perfectly as they could. **