Is Lucia strong enough to affect the meta of Street Fighter 5? Vesper breaks down her strengths and weaknesses to find an answer

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 17, 2019 at 10:24 a.m. PDT

Vesper Arcade has made the grind with the brand new Lucia in Street Fighter 5 and taken the character from Rookie to Diamond rank online. During his battles, he was careful to take note of the Metro City cop's strengths, weaknesses, and general abilities relative to the rest of her SF5 brethren.

Now that the research is done, Vesper shares his findings as he reviews Lucia publicly. What are her pros, what are her cons, and just how strong of a fighter is this newcomer?

Early reactions and impressions across the FGC often mark Lucia as the newcomer with the most potential when it comes to the tier lists. Her versatile offense and decent damage output keep opponents both fearful and on-edge.

Some of the positives right off the bat: the character's normals are fast and her anti-airs are strong, but she also has excellent capabilities when it comes to zoning. Her unique projectiles fly at peculiar angles that seem to really manipulate the space in a way no other characters can.

While her normals are indeed quick, they don't have the best range and so she, therefore, has a difficult time with punishes. She also isn't the strongest when it comes to wake up pressure, so she's more about getting damage from the neutral than anything else.

Give Vesper's review a look over and then let us know whether you agree or not in the comments afterward. Is Lucia strong enough to make the top 15? How about the top 10?

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