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Which 10 Street Fighter 5 characters are at the bottom of the barrel here in Season 5?

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 18, 2020 at 7:47 p.m. PDT • Comments: 33

We've been doing plenty of research when it comes to Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition's tier list here in 2020, and though we're without the aid of much offline tournament action we do feel like we're beginning to get a handle on how the 40-character roster.

DreamKing, MajinTenshinhan, Catalyst, and I have been exploring Season 5 through a handful of various avenues including watching online event results, observing notable community member opinions, examining CFN statistics, and playing the game ourselves.

We've each ordered the entire roster from worst to best, and then averaged the four resulting tier lists to come up with one master list. We'll be releasing the results in batches of 10 over the next week, starting today with characters 40-31.

Quite a few tier lists have been produced this year after the seasonal balance patch brought in a full wave of buffs, nerfs, and gave every fighter a new V-Skill to potentially take into battle, and while there's some consistency in them, it seems our community isn't all that sure on a lot of characters.

Relatively new roster members like Poison, Seth, and Gill have been especially hard to hammer down because we don't have as much experience with them and (these three in particular) they are a little more technical than average.

When it comes to being the worst, not having a powerful V-System (especially V-Trigger) really tends to be a weight against one's favor. It's not to say the 10 worst fighters have the 10 worst Triggers, however, other factors such as the ability to consistently engage in and continually apply pressure play major roles as well.

Alex, for instance, wound up being universally regarded as the worst character in the game. His V-Trigger 1 isn't the worst and he's surely able to dole out respectable damage with his hard-hitting command grabs and beefy special moves.

What tends to take the wind out of his sails is the fact that he really has a hard time applying continual pressure. Even if he gets a good hit in, he's very rarely able to follow it up with true pressure as long as his foe understands that this is the case mathematically.

Pair this with some of the worst defense in the game and some relatively slow moves and you have a recipe for perhaps the very bottom of the SF5 hierarchy.

You can check out each of our four individual lists below. If you'd like to see the overall average and/or hear more in the way of our reasoning for why we made the choices we did, you can listen to this week's episode of the EventHubs Podcast wherein the four of us discuss this all in more depth.

Season 5 Tier List Bottom 10

Catalyst

31. Blanka
32. Ken
33. E. Honda
34. Ryu
35. Lucia
36. Juri
37. Nash
38. F.A.N.G
39. Falke
40. Alex

MajinTenshinhan

31. Vega
32. Ryu
33. Kage
34. Falke
35. Cody
36. Ed
37. Juri
38. F.A.N.G
39. Nash
40. Alex

DreamKing

31. Blanka
32. Ken
33. E. Honda
34. Ryu
35. Lucia
36. Juri
37. Nash
38. F.A.N.G
39. Falke
40. Alex

Velociraptor

31. Blanka
32. Vega
33. Ryu
34. Sagat
35. Ed
36. Juri
37. F.A.N.G
38. Nash
39. Falke
40. Alex

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