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How V-Shift might be the perfect answer to the problems that have ailed Street Fighter 5

EventHubs Podcast episode 148

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 24, 2021 at 7:57 p.m. PDT • Comments: 52

Now that we're starting to get a more vivid idea of which characters seem to be top tiers in this latest version of Street Fighter 5, we can simultaneously begin to articulate with greater detail the broader effects of V-Shift.

Seeing the likes of zoners and space control characters like Menat or Guile near the top of the mountain makes enough sense with the introduction of a defensive mechanic, but why then are we hearing that very different characters like Balrog, Abigail, and Cammy are also among the most powerful?

DreamKing joins us this week as we try to identify something of a through line in terms of the general effects V-Shift is having on SF5's meta. Our broad answer: it buffs the neutral.

There's quite a bit more to this and we hash out details during our discussion, but the gist here seems to be that characters who can thrive in the neutral (and there are plenty of different ways to do so) are best set up for success.

If this is indeed the case, it does seem as though Capcom has directly attended to some of their game's most egregious problems with this new mechanic. While overwhelming rush down (and the V-Triggers that enhanced it) have previously reigned supreme, we very well may have entered a new chapter where this is no longer the case.

See what the three of us have to say on the matter and more in this week's episode, embedded below. As always, please subscribe and spread the word to your fighting game friends about the EventHubs Podcast.


01:05 - Intro (Favorite colors, lovers' quarrel, and shrinking genitalia)
04:53 - V-Shift benefits different types of characters
08:30 - Does V-Shift fix the problems SF5 has had?
15:40 - Has the community has been doubting V-Shift and Capcom too much?
23:28 - V-Shift buffs neutral
33:27 - SF5 more fun/rewarding now?
45:54 - "Super controversial" Guile
57:00 - Why is Cammy, a rush down character, top tier with V-Shift?
1:08:48 - Closing thoughts

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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