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Akuma's overpowered status in Street Fighter 5 isn't getting enough discussion, here's how we feel Capcom will address him in upcoming balance changes

EventHubs Podcast episode 123

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 30, 2020 at 7:31 p.m. PDT • Comments: 56

Akuma and his extremely high power levels are topics we surely enjoy discussing here on the EventHubs Podcast, but with Street Fighter 5's next major balance update looming over the horizon it really is getting to be time for the community to express the kinds of changes they're hoping to see.

While Champion Edition has a few sore thumbs one can point to, none are more conspicuous than Akuma. Catalyst and I observe how the character has been performing in this year's Capcom Pro Tour tournaments and examine some of his Swiss army knife abilities to garner an idea of how to best nerf him.

What we hope for Akuma and what we suspect will actually come to fruition from Capcom very well may be two different things, and so we take some time during the discussion to highlight what we actually think will happen here.

The second half of the episode sees us delve into Dan Hibiki, the game's upcoming DLC entry. We've looked at Dan before as he was revealed a few months back, but never quite in this particular light.

The joke character's very nature will likely provide for new opportunities for players in the emerging eSports fighting game environment, and it sounds as though developers are designing Dan with enough efficiency to be somewhat viable when it comes to competitive play.

There remain plenty of undefined variables and so we'll just have to wait to get the full truth, but we'd very much like to hear what you think of our prospects in this arena. Please chime into the comments or on our Twitter pages with your reactions.


01:51 - Not enough people are talking about the best character in Street Fighter 5
08:16 - How far are we hoping Akuma falls down tier list mountain and how does that specifically happen?
19:16 - What do we think Capcom will actually do?
28:58 - Tournament performance observations in 2020
31:16 - Why Dan has different potential than any SF5 character we've seen yet
39:22 - Potential for eSports charisma
50:02 - Depressed, sweatpants, plastic vodka bottle Alex

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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