This list is only my opinion and open for discussion. Obviously players that have placed well in tournaments should be given special consideration. There are a few characters that I don’t know of any great players. Would appreciate everyone’s opinion whether you agree or disagree. Thanks
Balrog: PR Balrog
Blanka: T SRai
Chun Li: ???
C. Viper: Latif
Dan: Ixion 90
Dee Jay: ???
Dudley: ??? (I don’t think Marn should be included b/c he doesn’t play much anymore)
E. Honda: Mike Ross
El Fuerte: Lori
Evil Ryu: Sako
Fei Long: Fudo
M. Bison: Neurosis
Rufus: Justin Wong
Vega: Reiketsu or Chris King
Zangief: Snake Eyez
Chun Li is ViVi.
Oni is Wao.
Thawk is Kojikog
Momochi doesn’t really play Cody anymore except for casuals so I’d put Sasaki there.
Juicebox doesn’t play AE2012 anymore so I’d pretty much take him out entirely.
Gen is still probably Xian even after the Daigo beatdown the other day.
Hakan is Eiba as Infiltration’s Hakan isn’t particularly good but not bad either.
Guy is probably Kiryu
El Fuerte is either Iori or iPeru both are extremely strong.
Honda is most certainly NOT Mike Ross (though he is the most fun honda to watch.)
Best Abel Juicebox? Are you posting from the past or something?
I do miss him acting out his Ultras, though.
If akimo still played deejay he would be the best. But i think he is a better honda than mike ross
P.S. We’ve had this thread about 15 times already
Ebi knows more cheap stuff, that´s why I would say his Hakan is better than Infiltration, however Infiltration is in terms of player skill the strongest out there. Also Ebi isn´t bad at tournaments either(he is mostly the carry of his team/Top 8 SBO 2012/won even a singles cup)
Still Infiltration was great against:https://twitter.com/ebiumino/status/356631551037018112
, who had matchup knowledge:
Anyway, it is a bit hard to decide, for certain characters, who the best player is, since some characters are really rare on high level.
Some names, who are also really good with their characters, not necessary the best one, but still really good.
Blanka: NISHIKIN, also MIZOTERU and Taku
Cody: Sasaki lost the status of the top ranked Cody in the arcades btw
Dhalsim: Torimeshi(my favorite Sim player),
Guy: Marq Teddy maybe?
M.Bison :Dogura is also really good
Marq Teddy is working his way up there for damn sure. I don’t think he has made it quite to the level of Kiryu or NoxNox (whatever happened to him? I guess it’s hard to go to majors when you live in Kuwait. His Guy is/was godly though. Hope he still plays.)
Sasaki is still IMO the best Cody. He isn’t the #1 ranked but there was plenty of times Momochi wasn’t #1 ranked either as Cody but was still the best. One issue is that (like Hakan) there isn’t exactly a lot of top level Cody players who stuck with the character. Many abandoned ship for stronger or more consistent characters like Ken/Cammy/Sakura/Evil Ryu/Fei.
BJUnchained has been getting a lot better but he is no where near Momochi/Sasaki level yet. Harrison is always a treat to watch but again he isn’t on the same level as the top japanese Codys.
Dhalsim it’s probably YHC Mochi still IMO. But there are a number of good Dhalsims in Japan. Such a hard character to do well with in tournaments though due to many of his worst matchups being characters commonly used in tournaments. In addition he is very prone to counter picks.
I agree about Dogura’s Bison. I’d say he is just as good as Neurosis. I’d say that Ixion and Stormkubo are about equal. I’d love to see Ixion get sponsored and start going to non-euro majors more.
I REALLY feel that Infiltrations Hakan is average BUT Infiltration HIMSELF is an incredible player who can make damn near any character work because his fundamentals, reaction time, and reads are all so good it makes up for it. Ebi is def the better HAKAN but Infiltration is just the better PLAYER all around.
I’d also say ACE EIRIN/Blue Emblem is a better Guile than Dieminion, although its hard to really say if its the case because he never goes to tournaments.
I think Dieminio nand Ace eirin are equal.
Online yes ACE is amazing, but offline on tournament gameplay lvl Guile players like Dieminion, Nuckledu, Yazu and ISD are better.
Just for instance GameOuttttt has always been a very strong online Guile player, but once he did enter a tournament he didn’t make it far.
IIRC he lost all his matches to MOV and another Ibuki player.
so a couple of online matches count more than a top 8 placement at Evo (plus several other majors) ?
Well, there is footage of him in 2013. As being from Kuwait, he also needs a Visa, time and the money to enter tournaments in the US, Europe or Japan for example.
Many characters suffer from this problem tbh. While Kimo from Norcal is really good with Hakan and also became much better with him[Defeated German Luger[Claw], loses against LuckyD[Sim -.-]] at EVO and went 6-2 this year, last year it was 0-2 as far as I know), he can´t or doesn´t travel to tournaments outside of NorCal, besides Evo of course, he is in terms of player skill far away from the top players. Then there is team EG, 2-3 of them play Rufus, they are belonging to the top players in the US . It isn´t like that there aren´t any Hakan´s players out there, just none of them can really travel or are the top players, then I don´t need to wonder, why certain characters aren´t successful at high level.
Glad to see Nox still plays. I remember that Daigo actually said once that he was the best Guy player he’d ever fought which is a pretty big complement given the strength of some of the Guy players in Japan.
Kawaguuchi is the best Rose player. I respect Luffy for being so damn competitive with a character like Rose (he places pretty high in tourneys) but Kawaguuchi is still more insane.
It’s the skill displayed, not the tournament placement, that matters. I think there are a number of Guiles that are on a higher level than Dieminion…honestly Dieminion’s Guile lacks the creativity, innovation and execution of many Guiles out there, such as Yazu and Aceirin.
I think Momochi is still the best Cody. Sasaki is really strong but Momochi is on a higher level mentally.
The best Juri is Younashi…but man there is this amazing Japanese Juri online named Lutuna(I think). This guy amazes me the most.
The skill displayed is a highly subjective matter. On the other hand, tournament results are not.
Btw, Yazu was obliterated in Topanga League 2.
Yo Japanophileboy, get me some recent matches of Waikee pls. I ain’t finding nothing. (And Younashi is leagues beyond Lutuna)
ITT: Anything Japanese is, again, always better than any filthy gaijin shit.
Lol naah… Nekojita is no.1 it is known.
Uryo>Humanbomb… Have a feeling Danhiru might be up there too.
Dashio made Poongko his bitch.
Lol Chris King… Makoto has a good Vega tho.
Think Kyoku has taken over in 2012.
All these americans… Cantona is the Geiflord since vanilla. Do u even Nippon?
if you dont know…
get to know.
I want recent footage of Cantona, his Gief is miles over anyone in Japan.
Also, SnakeEyez = Cantona imo.
I’m the best Makoto, fuck all y’all
There’s about as much evidence for it as there is for some of these names I’m seeing bandied about.