I hope this is appropriate to create a new thread with this. Apologies if not. I didn’t want to post this in any individual character thread, as it didn’t seem to make sense, since the focus isn’t on any specific character.
I wrote down some thoughts on my team, because a friend made a point that my team isn’t like…a VERGIL team, or a VIPER team, or a STRIDER team. So what is my team anyways? What am I trying to accomplish? I put some thoughts down about each character, and why I have the assists I do, and why I have the order I do, and I want to post it somewhere to try and generate some critique of my construction and thought process.
Vergil (Rapid Slash) / C.Viper (Sesmic Hammer) / Strider (Vajra)
Vergil gets some of the focus by using Seismo assist for his combos, and Vajra does help quite a bit with round trip shenanigans and keeping aerial opponents from getting their zoning going. I guess it’s not a Vergil team in the sense that I chose the absolute optimal assists for his game, but an OTG assist and a hybrid AA / mixup assist seem to me to be what he needs to complete his game. So there’s definitely some focus there in making sure Vergil gets optimized as much as possible with the character choices.
Viper gets Vajra, which alone nearly makes it a Viper team. She also gets someone to battery for her, so she nearly always comes in with 3 bars, which is definitely the place to be. In an optimal world, I can DT Vergil and then bring Viper in, which makes her even more dangerous with a DT’ed assist (a caveat to this point is that I’ve found very little Viper can actually DO with any of Vergil’s assists, but I feel strongly that’s more my lack of creativity than a problem with any of the assists. I’m sure there’s something I’m missing). I think she also has terrific DHC synergy with Vergil - Burst Time is stupid easy to connect after Dimension Slash, and Burst Time to Spiral Swords is equally easy / awesome. DHC to Legion isn’t great, but Ragnarok works well if it’s appropriate to burn the meter.
And Strider’s the anchor. I treat him as somewhat of a Dark Phoenix - my gameplan is to make sure he comes in with at least 3-4 bars and XF. I feel Vergil and Viper both build enough meter (esp. with Viper’s easier TK feints) to make this strategy stable over a large sample. A downside is just getting mauled by someone’s point character - since both characters don’t have a lot of health, there’s no meter sponging for being my opponent’s combo dummy. I don’t use Strider very well yet, but I feel like from what I’ve played, he can do very well in 1v1 situations, and as long as he has the XF+3 bars a 2v1 isn’t a horrible place to be either. I think Strider will prove to be a really good anchor in a few months when I can start generating safer, more consistent, and more CONSTANT offense with him.
Please, flame away. I’d love to hear some thoughts on my logic and choices.