Tokido: Akuma is severely weakened in Ultra Street Fighter 4, but I'm sticking with him; Pre-EVO talk ft. Daigo, Bonchan, Momochi, Kazunoko and Itazan

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • July 5, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. PDT

Now that we're this close to EVO 2014, 4Gamer has gathered six of Japan's finest Ultra Street Fighter 4 players -- Daigo Umehara, Tokido, Momochi, Bonchan, Itabashi Zangeif and Kazunoko -- for a round-table on all-things USF4.


In 4Gamer's transcript (fully translated into English by Mad Catz's Zhi) of this epic 4-hour-long roundtable discussion, the players talked at length about the new mechanics introduced in Ultra Street Fighter 4, balance changes made in version 1.01, what the FGC scene needs to do to continue to grow both in Japan and abroad, and much, much more.

They've also shared the thought processes behind why they've made certain characters their competitive main in this iteration -- for instance, Tokido says that although Akuma has been severely weaked, he's sticking with him -- as well as a full tier list.


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Here's a snippet to start you off.

Tokido: I've pondered this long and hard, but this time I'll stay with Akuma. In every version before Ultra, Akuma has been a top 3 character, but because of USF4's mechanics he has been severely weakened.

Up till now I've used Akuma. PR Balrog always teases me and says "You only win because of vortex!", but what he says is partially true. This time I want to show everyone that I can win despite the vortex nerfs by covering all my weak points. I'm curious myself if I can accomplish this in such a short amount of time. For those watching my matches, please pay attention to this. Oh my goodness, it will be very awkward if I'm eliminated before I reach the streaming match after saying all this.

Head on over to 4Gamer's story for the full roundtable discussion.

Source: 4Gamer. Our thanks to David_I, Martin1245456, and Mad Catz's Zhi for sending this in!

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