Daigo is still exploring the newly buffed Ryu by tearing through the online ranks with even better fireballs and parries

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 8, 2019 at 11:56 a.m. PST

Street Fighter 5 Season 3 made some new characters quickly rise up the tier lists like Kolin, Rashid and Abigail, but there were also a decent amount of fighters that most players felt were too weak to make any impact at a high level including the series poster boy himself.

CYG|Daigo Umehara did not have his best competitive year in 2016 with Street Fighter 5's initial run, but he did find decent success with Ryu — as did other players like FOX|Tokido — until Season 2 came and nerfed him heavily.

Now two years later, Ryu has been buffed again with a stronger zoning game along with some better tools and options which has made the fighting game legend pick up his old main to see if he may once again rise through the ranks of tournament play — along with other fighters like Zeku.

Fighting game highlight compiler the BEAST recently uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel showing off 10 minutes of Daigo's online matches using Ryu to great success against a variety of characters.

Daigo has wasted no time adjusting his Ryu play style to better fit the character's new strengths by being able to effectively zone with Hadoukens almost as well as Guile did with Sonic Booms. He's also now chosen to go the route of using V-Trigger 2 (with some of the first sprinkled in as well) for the opportunities to get massive damage off of a correctly read parry — the new Donkey Kick and okizeme options are nice too.

In the clip below, you can take a look at Daigo's Ryu as he takes on AB|StormKubo's Sagat where the veteran is able to perfectly space out and stuff everything the top player tries to throw his way. You can also find the full compilation after the jump to get a better idea of why Umehara recently called Yoshinori Ono a 'god' for buffing Ryu.


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Photo credit: Chris Bahn.

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