'I think Capcom's freaking out, but if this netcode fix goes well it could be one of the biggest wins for Street Fighter 5 so far' - EH Podcast 86

The good and bad of Street Fighter 5's current netcode dilemma, predictions for top characters after one month, thoughts on new Seth, and more

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 15, 2020 at 7:35 p.m. PST | Comments: 77

Playing Street Fighter 5 online has become especially turbulent over the last week since a fan-made PC mod that helps to remedy netcode issues has seemingly improved experiences for some and worsened them for others.

With Capcom set up for multiple 2020 ventures that heavily rely on online SF5 play, what happens in the near future could heavily affect the game's success and remaining lifespan. We have a good bit to say about this current situation which could easily be a help or a hindrance in the long run.

We've had a full month to explore Champion Edition now and that means more informed opinions about which characters will be the biggest threats this time around.

Catalyst and I differ on who we think will be at the very top of the mountain, but agree on a handful of roster members that will surely be among the best in the game.

We don't feel, unfortunately, that the suddenly popular Kage will be one of those upper echelon fighters. Though he's seen a substantial amount of online play and has been the most recent project for CYG|Daigo Umehara, the shadow of Ryu appears to be falling short of even a top 10 placing.

We discuss Daigo's character choice, share some tips on how to process all of this new information efficiently, and open up the mailbag to answer a question about Seth and his updated design.


01:04 - Netcode woes
21:07 - Ibuki's potential as best in the game?
27:42 - Other predictions for best characters
33:58 - Tips for processing all the changes right now and honing in on what you want to learn first
44:28 - Daigo the character strength barometer
1:00:44 - Mailbag - Thoughts on Seth's redesign so far

Editor's note: We've noticed the timestamps appear to change depending on the medium you're using to listen. The ones above may place you a few seconds before when each respective topic actually comes up.

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