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Update: Which characters could be the most negatively impacted by V-Shift's inclusion in Street Fighter 5 Season 5?

Three, four, no free pressure anymore

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 20, 2021 at 10:43 a.m. PST • Comments: 28

Update: The voting period has ended, so you can check out the final poll results below as to who may not have as fun of a time against V-Shift.

Street Fighter 5 as we know it will likely forever change after this weekend with the arrival of Season 5 on the horizon and the new V-Shift mechanic being at the center of it all.

This new defensive option is shaping up to alter how we look at applying pressure in Champion Edition, and that's going to have big ramifications for a number of the 40-character cast.

Though there's still quite a bit we do not know about V-Shift yet, it seems clear this invincible backdash is made to target the autopilot blockstring mixups and other moves players would normally have no other choice for than to sit and try blocking.

Someone who can stand there and press buttons constantly on advantage like M. Bison could be forced to pick when / where to push his offense though even things like shimmies and tick throws will be a good bit more dangerous for the attacker.

Characters that need to build up to their powerful three-bar V-Triggers will also be put in the situation where they need to carefully determine whether or not to actually use V-Shift like Akuma and Urien. Plus, we don't know how it will even interact with moves like the Aegis Reflector in general.

Certain blockstring enders may also become unviable when the opponent has V-Gauge like Seth spin kick and rapid punches might be toast.

This of course doesn't take into account how each fighter will be re-balanced, so the poll below could also be seen as 'who stands to lose the most from V-Shift' which you can vote for below.

Which characters will be the most negatively impacted by V-Shift's inclusion in Street Fighter 5 Season 5?

1. M. Bison: 57 votes / 7.7%
2. Zangief: 50 votes / 6.7%
3. Urien: 43 votes / 5.8%
4. Laura: 40 votes / 5.4%
5. G : 39 votes / 5.3%
6. Akuma: 38 votes / 5.1%
7. R. Mika: 37 votes / 5.0%
8. Abigail: 37 votes / 5.0%
9. Rashid: 32 votes / 4.3%
10. E. Honda: 29 votes / 3.9%
11. Cammy: 29 votes / 3.9%
12. Seth: 28 votes / 3.8%
13. Balrog: 24 votes / 3.2%
14. Guile: 21 votes / 2.8%
15. Ryu: 21 votes / 2.8%
16. Karin: 19 votes / 2.6%
17. Alex: 19 votes / 2.6%
18. Kage: 14 votes / 1.9%
19. Ken: 13 votes / 1.8%
20. Juri: 13 votes / 1.8%
21. F.A.N.G: 12 votes / 1.6%
22. Ibuki: 12 votes / 1.6%
23. Birdie: 9 votes / 1.2%
24. Sagat: 9 votes / 1.2%
25. Dhalsim: 9 votes / 1.2%
26. Ed: 8 votes / 1.1%
27. Poison: 7 votes / 0.9%
28. Blanka: 7 votes / 0.9%
29. Vega: 7 votes / 0.9%
30. Kolin: 7 votes / 0.9%
31. Necalli: 7 votes / 0.9%
32. Nash: 6 votes / 0.8%
33. Menat: 6 votes / 0.8%
34. Chun-Li: 6 votes / 0.8%
35. Falke: 6 votes / 0.8%
36. Zeku: 5 votes / 0.7%
37. Sakura: 4 votes / 0.5%
38. Lucia: 4 votes / 0.5%
39. Gill: 4 votes / 0.5%
40. Cody: 3 votes / 0.4%

Total votes: 741


Voting has closed

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