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Daigo Umehara believes that Luke's unique V-Trigger replenishment mechanic is too strong as it is in Street Fighter 5

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 19, 2022 at 12:43 p.m. PST • Comments: 13

Luke was only recently released as Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition's last character at the end of November 2021, but it's already looking like he might be a top tier combatant. Considering that Luke is intended to give fans a taste of what's to come for the next Street Fighter project, Luke brings with him some unique mechanics into Street Fighter 5.

During a recent stream, BST|Daigo Umehara indicated his belief that the passive V-Trigger replenishment mechanic that Luke has might be too strong. FGC Translated has provided us with translations of what Daigo said during the stream.

"What if Street Fighter 6's new mechanic was just like Luke's V-Gauge?" asked someone in chat. "What kind of game will it become?"

"So, Luke's mechanic to regain V-Gauge with time... this is not good, to be honest," responded Daigo. "Regaining V-Gauge with time is too strong."

While Luke's V-Trigger is active, he will passively replenish his V-Gauge over time. He'll also generate more V-Gauge by landing hits, but he'll lose V-Gauge whenever he takes damage.

The idea is that the opponent is forced to approach Luke while his V-Trigger is active. This is different from typical V-Triggers in Street Fighter 5 where the optimal strategy is usually just to sit back until the enemy's V-Trigger runs its course.

"I think they'll make it so that he only regains V-Gauge by dealing damage," continued Daigo. "The mechanic probably won't change for Street Fighter 5, but if they want to do something about this in Street Fighter 6, then they have to do that. Otherwise, it's going to be too overpowered."

"On top of that, it doesn't make sense for the winning side to have to press forward and attack," declared Daigo. "I feel like they will change this in Street Fighter 6."

It's unlikely that V-Triggers will be returning in Street Fighter 6 or whatever the next Street Fighter project is. Still, we could see some mechanic that's similar.

Aside from all that, Daigo also indicated that Luke might end up being stronger than Guile in the long run. Daigo's Guile is said to be better than his Luke, but that's only because of Daigo's experience with Guile. This could obviously change with time.

Hear everything that Daigo recently had to say about Luke and his V-Triggers by watching the video below:

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