'Chun is dead... I don't even think she'll be a good pocket character for characters like Zangief and Laura' - Lud on Chun-Li and the patch notes

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • March 19, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. PDT

Continuing on with getting the opinions of top Street Fighter 5 players, I decided to reach out to Ludovic 'Lud' Mbock on his impressions of the upcoming patch, as well as the status of Chun-Li in Season 2.

While Chun-Li didn't really get directly affected by the patch, I felt it was important to get his opinion on if Chun-Li actually needed any changes based on how things are shaping up in Season 2 so far.

Lud also had some opinions to give on the status of some of the game's current top tiers as well.
AdaptiveTrigger: As of right now for Season 2, where do you think Chun-Li falls on the tier list? What are her match ups like?

Lud: Season 2 Chun is mid to low tier. She is in the same group as Ryu, Vega, and Juri.

In Season 1, she won almost all her match ups and had a couple of even match ups. Now, with all the nerfs she received, her match ups have only gotten worse for her.

She only beats Alex and that's not saying much in this season. The rest of the cast can put up a good fight against her or just beat her now.

AdaptiveTrigger: So Chun-Li only had one change, which neither buffed nor nerfed her. Do you think Chun-Li is in a good spot for Season 2 since her changes from Season 1?

Lud: This game is heavy with offense and doesn't favor zoning characters that much except for Guile, but even he has to apply pressure sometimes.

Her offense, damage, and zoning were nerfed from Season 1. She's not in good spot.

I don't even think she'll be a good pocket character for characters like Zangief and Laura.

AdaptiveTrigger: Did Chun-Li need additional adjustments in this upcoming patch, in your opinion? Were there any particular changes you were expecting or hoping for?

Lud: Yes, she needed buffs. Her throw range could be better.

While the [instant air lightning legs] nerf was okay, the pushback on her normals, and the nerfs to standing light kick and crouching light punch were too much. She needs those back from season 1.

Her fireball recovery [also] needs to go back [to how it was in] Season 1.

AdaptiveTrigger: What is your general reaction to the patch notes? Do you think enough was done and the right changes were made?

Lud: Well they didn't fix the input lag, which I think makes characters like Balrog, Laura, and Ibuki extremely good since you cannot react to them. They didn't touch Balrog at all.

They buffed Cammy and Zangief. They also buffed some of the lower tier characters which is good.

AdaptiveTrigger: How do you think the balance of the game will shape up compared to how it is currently?

Lud: The game for sure will be more balanced than the previous versions.

I'm not sure about Zangief though. he might be broken, lol.

Chun, Juri, Ryu and Nash will have to work harder for their wins.

AdaptiveTrigger: What is the change you are most happy to see?

Lud: Ummm… I'm not happy. Chun is dead.

Well maybe Urien and Guile nerfs.

No Laura standing medium kick nerfs though. How did she get away with that?

AdaptiveTrigger: Are there any changes that you find particularly puzzling?

Lud: Zangief getting 3 new moves. Enough said.

AdaptiveTrigger: What tier shifts are you expecting to see once the patch launches?

Lud: I think the tier list will remain the same, but with Vega going up and Alex not belonging in the trash tier anymore. Urien will no longer be super stupid, but Balrog, Laura and Rashid will still be really dumb.

Dhalsim and Akuma will also be stronger.

AdaptiveTrigger: How did the patch notes match up with your expectations?

Lud: I didn't think Chun was getting any buffs. It seems people still have nightmares of her from Season 1.

Balrog damage not [getting] nerfed was a surprise and also Bison ex devil's reverse not touched was shocking.

AdaptiveTrigger: What are your goals for 2017?

Lud: I will still be playing a lot and going ton as many tournaments I can go to. I'm learning a new character that I will be using at tournaments along with Chun.

I know I'm the Chun loyalist but Street Fighter 5 is not a game I like to just stick with the struggle. This Chun is very boring and [is] just a poking machine in a game where poking only takes you so far.

AdaptiveTrigger: Where can our readers find more of you? Any shout outs you’d like to make?

Lud: I'm mostly on Twitter, @Ludthinks, so please follow me.

Shout outs to my sponsor, @NoSurrenderNS. They're super cool and my Coin Up guys.

And last but not least, to all the Chun players who are thinking about dropping - you have my approval. Thank You!

A big special thanks to Lud for taking the time to speak with us on the subjects of Chun-Li in Street Fighter 5 and the patch notes.

Photo source: Chris Bahn.
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