Daigo doesn't think much of Sagat in Street Fighter 5, but this footage shows he has an undeniable natural ability with the character

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • November 1, 2019 at 6:07 p.m. PDT

Thanks to the wonderful work of FGC Translated we're taking a trip back to late 2018 to visit CYG|Daigo as he first explores Sagat in Street Fighter 5.

The Beast qualifies that this is the first time he's attempted to play any matches with the Muay Thai master, and while it does become clear that he doesn't know all the particulars of combos and ranges, Daigo's natural ability to play shoto characters shines immediately through as he makes formidable foes look like they have no idea what's going on.

To be fair, all of our information here comes from a mere two sets of play: one against the 18th ranked player on CFN at the time, Axel_Arigato, and one against an Ultra Diamond ranked Birdie.

We're not going to jump to any major conclusions with such a small sample size, but watching Daigo naturally find a seemingly perfect stride of fireballs and uppercuts is something we just can't ignore without note.

His fireball patterns make both the Birdie and Cammy seem as though they're dumbfounded, and, save for a few ill-executed kara-DP follow-ups, Daigo hits virtually every other Tiger Uppercut he attempts in these sets.

Echos of Street Fighter 2, a title that was very much dominated by the traditional projectile/anti-air game, show through clear as day here as Daigo resorts to some of the most fundamental lessons in Street Fighter to make Sagat work.

He states that he unequivocally feels like Sagat is not a strong character, but that he is easy to win with. He clearly proves the latter with his play here, and while we won't go as far as to say we think The Beast should try The King out in tournament, we wouldn't be upset if he did so.

The Japanese god also notes that he feels Sagat's V-Skill and V-Trigger are especially weak and that if Capcom were to buff these a bit then it might make him into more of a viable fighter. Watch Daigo in his element via the footage below and let us know what you thought of the showcase in the comments after.

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