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Legitimate 10-0 match ups do exist in fighting games and here's what they look like

Zangief vs. Seth is really just the tip of the iceberg

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 17, 2021 at 3:41 p.m. PDT • Comments: 32

Defining character match ups is one of the most complicated abstract concepts of the genre with so many variables to take into account, but there's some cases out there that are so lopsided you can immediately tell how bad they are.

Hold Back to Block recently released an excellent video detailing some of the worst match ups in fighting game history from Street Fighter 4 to the early King of Fighters days, including a few that are legitimately 10-0 no matter how you slice it.

Starting things out on the "more fair" side of things, The Besteban delves into the dreaded Seth vs. Zangief match up in vanilla Street Fighter 4 that will surely give some players bad flashbacks.

Maybe giving one character a combination of some of the best zoning and movement options in the entire series was a bit overkill because even if Gief manages to get past all of the Sonic Booms and stretchy limbs, Seth can still just simply teleport or wall jump away back to safety — or he could really rub salt in the wound by hitting the grappler with his own SPD.

Moving ahead a little bit on the timeline, the first Injustice game from NetherRealm Studios was certainly known for its fun zoning gameplay, which brutalized a number of the slower characters on the roster — but none more so than Lex Luthor.

As for the first 10-0 match up to make the list, we have to travel back to 2002 with X-Men: Next Dimension in which Sabertooth can consistently chain grab Gambit to death from the start of the round.

This is due to a few bugs that causes opponents to teleport into Sabertooth's hands with his air grab no matter where they are on the screen, and Gambit is the only character who for some reason cannot move immediately at the start of rounds two and three.

The King of Fighters '95 has the spot of the grand finale, however, for Iori vs. Chin specifically on the Italy stage, and the reasons why are so absurd that you have to see it for yourself.

You can check out the latest video from Hold Back to Block below.

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