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Rebalancing HD Remix part 16 -- Zangief

Posted by Jon 'Catalyst' Grey • November 11, 2008 at 4:14 p.m. PST • Comments: 0
Rebalancing HD Remix part 16 -- Zangief David Sirlin just posted his latest installment on the Rebalancing of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, part 16, Zangief.


He covers how they tried to make Zangief more competitive and easier to play overall. Really good read, here's a clip.
Zangief is an interesting character in ST in that he is considered bottom tier, yet he is scary enough that he CAN win.

One time in Tokyo, I saw that champion Zangief player Kuni was next up to play and his opponent was Dhalsim (very hard match!). I asked Kuni if he could win. His response: “If you can thread the needle, then you can win Zangief vs. Dhalsim.”

Indeed.

Amazingly, even Kuni has his superior, who he refers to as his Master: Pony Zangief. Pony famously beat several Dhalsim players in quick succession in a Tokyo vs. Osaka tournament.

I’d like ordinary humans to be able to play and enjoy Zangief, not just super heroes like Kuni and Pony. This first set of changes is for ordinary humans and has very little effect on the experts.
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