Abigail is a shell of what he used to be after his Street Fighter 5 Season 4 nerfs; The Cool Kid93 demonstrates what makes him so underwhelming

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • February 6, 2019 at 11:50 a.m. PST

Abigail just can't play quite like he used to in Street Fighter 5. With the arrival of Season 4 came a slew of balance changes to the entire roster, and Abigail found himself on the receiving end of numerous nerfs.

Though most people — including Abigail players — would tell you that the character needed nerfs to things such as his overly oppressive V-Trigger 1 and standing heavy punch, I can't help but feel that the changes made to him in Season 4 took things too far. Despite Capcom's developer notes explaining that Abigail is meant to be more of a brawler character than a grappler, the character did not receive anything tangible to push him toward that archetype — other than a new command normal that acts as a traditional sweep and is... decent.

As an Abigail player who is taking a break from the character right now, I can say personally that you just can't play him the same way that you used to — putting aside the overly powerful stuff and focusing on his general gameplay style. Less stun, less damage, less okizeme opportunities, less range on command throw, and more punishable normals are what await Abby players in Season 4.

Prominent Street Fighter 5 Abigail player, The Cool Kid93, seems to share a similar sentiment as mine when it comes to the big lug in Season 4. He recently put together a video demonstrating and explaining what makes this character so underwhelming this season.

Featured here we have examples of how confirms and sequences whiff after Abigail successfully lands his regular running grab and the EX version. A lot of his light confirms require EX Abigail Punch to work properly, and even then, some scenarios see it whiff as well.

Abigail still has long range and can land big damage, but as Cool Kid notes in the video, it feels like a lot of what made Abigail strong and fun was stripped away in Season 4 without giving him anything to compensate.


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If you are looking for something in Season 4 to use with Abigail that has a lot of potential, though, you should definitely check out one of Cool Kid's other videos that shows how powerful V-Trigger 2 can be.

What do you think about Abigail in Street Fighter 5 Season 4? Let us know in the comments.

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