Kage might only win three match ups in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition according to PR Balrog

Only beats Alex, Falke, and Dhalsim...

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • February 9, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. PST

Kage is the first (and so far only) confirmed character for Season 4 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Players have had the opportunity to experiment with this "Evil-er Ryu" for roughly two months now.

Recently, CYG|PR Balrog released a match up chart for Kage. It appears that PR Balrog believes that Kage only wins three match ups right now — Alex, Falke, and Dhalsim.

The character is often regarded has having a terrible neutral game. His greatest strength is no doubt his ability to punish with huge damage potential. Still, there are fighters in the game that have strong neutrals and damage output.

At the very least, it appears that Kage does have some even match ups against G, Ed, F.A.N.G, Necalli, Laura, Balrog, Abigail, Juri, and R. Mika. PR Balrog is currently unsure about Kolin, Zeku, and Blanka.

Interestingly enough, Kage has a losing match up to Ryu — a character that has not had a strong performance throughout most of Street Fighter 5's lifepsan.

Taken at face value, this seems to suggest that Kage is a low tier. "I think he's so bad ha ha ha," said PR Balrog in the accompanying tweet. While it's possible this chart could be partially in jest in combination with "salt," there's likely some truth to PR Balrog's thoughts on Kage.

While the competitor does have a strong understanding of high level Street Fighter, do keep in mind that the Capcom Pro Tour for 2019 won't officially be starting until March 15th at Final Round. No doubt, Capcom's tournaments for the year will be the true test for the entire cast this season.

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