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This single round of Street Fighter 5 encapsulates everything I hate about Urien, but sometimes you can't help but root for the bad guy

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 21, 2020 at 4:28 p.m. PDT • Comments: 23

As far as I can tell Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is in a better place than it ever has been in terms of balance, but that doesn't mean that things are perfect. I still take some issue with some of the game's strongest characters, and Urien is one of the most egregious offenders.

In a nutshell the reason for this is because Gill's brother has a ton of advantages baked directly into both his normal and special attacks. His general risk/reward is skewed in such a way that he's able to toss out many of his attacks without as much thought as other characters, and can still garner great rewards. This is showcased clearly in footage of an online round from DragonSoulOP, and yet I find myself excited and rooting for the Urien every time I watch it.

We enter in the middle of a bout between Dragon Soul's Urien and a Master ranked Dhalsim with the former up one round to none. The Dhalsim begins the round with a bold teabag taunt that, without any backstory for possible qualification, immediately urges us to root against him. With the lines of good and evil now muddled, the action begins.

Urien waits a full four seconds before using a Knee Press to safely get up close to his foe. This attack whiffs but has particularly quick recovery and the Dhalsim's punish is not in time. DragonSoul blocks the incoming roundhouse and, with reversal timing, explodes out of block stun with a non-EX Shoulder Tackle that is blocked but safely-spaced. This is shortly followed by another Tackle that finally finds its target.

This leads to a combo that puts Sim's back to the corner and leaves Urien at one of his most advantageous distances: just outside of throw range. From here a barrage of normals eventually opens Dhalsim up, and though Urien corners himself after the knockdown he's able to make some quick breathing room thanks to another Knee Press that's negative, but safely spaced.

Urien then hits an overhead and decides to go in with yet another non-EX Tackle from an unsafe distance. This move hits and scores the stun that allows for DragonSoul to pull off a pretty flashy combo that takes his opponent to the opposite corner.

He then closes out the round with an EX Headbutt on his opposition's wake up, securing the perfect and putting a perfect bow on a round filled with "just do it" maneuvers.

Many of us have been on the other side of similar interactions against Urien and so we can definitely empathize with the frustration the Dhalsim had to have been feeling... but the atmosphere induced by that initial taunt makes for a poetic drama wherein you actually hope to see the Urien win in such a fashion.

Get in on the fun by checking out the skirmish for yourself right here:

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