Sagat dethroned Ryu as the most popular character in Street Fighter 5 for the first time in almost two years

The king has returned

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • September 10, 2018 at 5:33 p.m. PDT

Sagat and G dropped on the same day after the end of Sunday finals day for EVO 2018 to the surprise of the entire crowd, and they have quickly gained a tournament presence thanks to players like RB|Bonchan, Rise|Smug and Liquid|Nemo.

Capcom records all of the data from any online matches played in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and every month they compile all of that data to show off which characters were the most popular during that particular time and reveal how characters performed in individual match ups.

The company recently released the statistics for the month of August on their Shadaloo Combat Research Institute website which shows that Sagat was actually the most popular character used online during that time though his overall performance wasn't exactly fitting of a king.

9.7 percent of online matches featured at least one Sagat player compared to Ryu's second place finish of 8.6 percent. This is the first time that Ryu has not been the most used character in SF5 since January 2017 when Akuma took that top slot.

Sagat was also the lowest performing character during the month as well, however, according to the match up chart for August. G didn't fare that much better than Sagat for wins either coming in for second to last in that category.

The new presidential character was also quite popular in his first outing as the fourth most popular character and Cody remained at ninth place after dropping from third in July. M. Bison and Urien were actually the characters with the best performance win-wise during August and July. You can check out the full character statistics for July and August in the gallery below.

Street Fighter 5 character statistics for August and July image #1 Street Fighter 5 character statistics for August and July image #2 Street Fighter 5 character statistics for August and July image #3 Street Fighter 5 character statistics for August and July image #4
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Source: Shadaloo CRI

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