Yup and now he is below average.
Vega can be a threat sure…he has some decent tools… but 20 other characters have better tools, mix up options and ultra’s…its a tough break, just gotta deal with it as a vega fan.
vega used to be “hit and run”, they just balanced him to “get hit, can’t run”. This is because (S)SF4 is made from the ground up to prefer defense and footsies instead of offence.
The reason vega suffers in this game is because his defence is not so good… the ultimate no-no in (S)SF4
The only reasonably good offense characters in the street of C.Viper are few and far between… the rest of the higher tiers is for their defensive or zoning options.
Defence is the reason Ryu owns Ken, Guile’s huge jump in tier , Honda owning all non projectiles, zangief dropping cause of his defence dropping (with worse lariat and less health), etc,etc… defence defence defence and a little zoning , name of this game.
If Vega had a great defence tool , he would have been great, so they refrained from it.