Update: How do you think the input lag reduction will affect the entire roster for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition? Final poll results added

We may see upward and downward shifts of character tiers from the input lag adjustment

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • October 23, 2018 at 7:23 p.m. PDT

Update: This story's polls have now closed, and you can take a look at how voters felt the update will affect the individual members of Street Fighter 5's roster after the jump.

Later today, the input lag will be reduced for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. As it is currently, there are about 6.2 frames of delay with every action — with annoying fluctuation.

It's currently unknown how much of an impact this highly requested change will have on the game's meta before the end of the third Capcom Pro Tour season. We currently have an ongoing poll asking our readers about their predictions.

What about for individual characters? During Season 1, it was said that if the input lag were to ever be reduced then Nash would become much worse. Notably, the input lag was reduced from 8 frames to 6.2 at one point and Nash has been low tier since Season 2.

Some characters will no longer be able to take advantage of fast advancing normals or specials that were hard to block on reaction while walking forward. The same could be said of something like Guile's Sonic Boom.

Maybe characters that want to play the neutral game will have a better chance of competing. Fighters like Ryu or Chun-Li haven't been very prevalent in the tournament scene since Season 1.

After the jump, you'll find three polls. Which characters do you think will be weaker, stronger, and about the same with the input lag reduction? You have 10 choices per poll.

Which characters will be LESS effective with an input lag reduction in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition?

1. Birdie: 56 votes / 9.2%
2. Laura: 41 votes / 6.7%
3. Abigail: 39 votes / 6.4%
4. Ken: 36 votes / 5.9%
5. M. Bison: 34 votes / 5.6%
6. Alex: 32 votes / 5.2%
7. Blanka: 29 votes / 4.8%
8. Ibuki: 26 votes / 4.3%
9. Nash: 24 votes / 3.9%
10. R. Mika: 24 votes / 3.9%
11. Balrog: 24 votes / 3.9%
12. Akuma: 24 votes / 3.9%
13. Zangief: 21 votes / 3.4%
14. Urien: 20 votes / 3.3%
15. Cammy: 18 votes / 3.0%
16. Guile: 17 votes / 2.8%
17. Rashid: 16 votes / 2.6%
18. Dhalsim: 14 votes / 2.3%
19. G: 13 votes / 2.1%
20. Zeku: 11 votes / 1.8%
21. Sagat: 11 votes / 1.8%
22. Vega: 10 votes / 1.6%
23. Necalli: 9 votes / 1.5%
24. Karin: 8 votes / 1.3%
25. Menat: 8 votes / 1.3%
26. F.A.N.G: 7 votes / 1.1%
27. Ed: 7 votes / 1.1%
28. Falke: 7 votes / 1.1%
29. Juri: 6 votes / 1.0%
30. Chun-Li: 5 votes / 0.8%
31. Ryu: 5 votes / 0.8%
32. Sakura: 3 votes / 0.5%
33. Cody: 3 votes / 0.5%
34. Kolin: 2 votes / 0.3%

Total votes: 610


Voting has closed

Which characters will be MORE effective with an input lag reduction in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition?

1. Cammy: 40 votes / 7.9%
2. Ryu: 36 votes / 7.1%
3. Karin: 33 votes / 6.5%
4. Chun-Li: 30 votes / 5.9%
5. Guile: 29 votes / 5.7%
6. Sagat: 27 votes / 5.3%
7. Akuma: 25 votes / 4.9%
8. Juri: 22 votes / 4.3%
9. Menat: 22 votes / 4.3%
10. Zangief: 19 votes / 3.8%
11. Falke: 18 votes / 3.6%
12. Sakura: 16 votes / 3.2%
13. Ibuki: 15 votes / 3.0%
14. Dhalsim: 14 votes / 2.8%
15. Kolin: 13 votes / 2.6%
16. Zeku: 13 votes / 2.6%
17. R. Mika: 12 votes / 2.4%
18. Alex: 12 votes / 2.4%
19. G: 10 votes / 2.0%
20. Cody: 10 votes / 2.0%
21. Vega: 10 votes / 2.0%
22. Ed: 9 votes / 1.8%
23. Balrog: 9 votes / 1.8%
24. Necalli: 8 votes / 1.6%
25. Abigail: 7 votes / 1.4%
26. M. Bison: 7 votes / 1.4%
27. Ken: 7 votes / 1.4%
28. Rashid: 7 votes / 1.4%
29. Urien: 6 votes / 1.2%
30. F.A.N.G: 5 votes / 1.0%
31. Laura: 5 votes / 1.0%
32. Birdie: 4 votes / 0.8%
33. Nash: 4 votes / 0.8%
34. Blanka: 2 votes / 0.4%

Total votes: 506


Voting has closed

Which characters will be about the same with an input lag reduction in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition?

1. F.A.N.G: 15 votes / 5.7%
2. G: 14 votes / 5.3%
3. Ed: 13 votes / 4.9%
4. Zeku: 12 votes / 4.6%
5. Juri: 12 votes / 4.6%
6. R. Mika: 11 votes / 4.2%
7. Akuma: 11 votes / 4.2%
8. Balrog: 10 votes / 3.8%
9. Cody: 10 votes / 3.8%
10. Rashid: 10 votes / 3.8%
11. Guile: 9 votes / 3.4%
12. Cammy: 8 votes / 3.0%
13. Karin: 8 votes / 3.0%
14. Kolin: 8 votes / 3.0%
15. Zangief: 8 votes / 3.0%
16. Nash: 8 votes / 3.0%
17. Falke: 8 votes / 3.0%
18. Necalli: 7 votes / 2.7%
19. Sakura: 7 votes / 2.7%
20. Ibuki: 7 votes / 2.7%
21. Menat: 7 votes / 2.7%
22. Abigail: 6 votes / 2.3%
23. Urien: 6 votes / 2.3%
24. Blanka: 6 votes / 2.3%
25. Dhalsim: 6 votes / 2.3%
26. M. Bison: 5 votes / 1.9%
27. Alex: 5 votes / 1.9%
28. Ryu: 5 votes / 1.9%
29. Laura: 5 votes / 1.9%
30. Vega: 5 votes / 1.9%
31. Ken: 4 votes / 1.5%
32. Sagat: 3 votes / 1.1%
33. Chun-Li: 3 votes / 1.1%
34. Birdie: 1 votes / 0.4%

Total votes: 263


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