And you are 100% right on that you have to beat the player.
It’s just that Ra has many great tools to do that which are not used the right way.
Placed correctly, swarms beat things like wind kick or cold shoulder clean. Placed correctly not even the shadow versions will work.
Ra has a setup after clutch vs Hisako that make you have to deal with a hard to react overhead/low mixup which beats parry, back dash, and all her shadow moves and even if you block it right I am still plus on block. And there are even variations to it that make you guess between a cross up or empty jump low.
That’s just an example. Ra has tons of options and even if you get in he does have the options and damage to come back.
Also @Infilament you are right saying that manual xx clutch resets are good. I use them all the time. But see it this way: If it hits, I get a full combo. If my opponent reads it or simply reacts to it, I eat a full combo.
With clutch setups it’s different, because if they hit, I get a full combo. If it doesn’t hit, I am still plus on block. Huge difference.
And having those available after every single time I touch my opponent in the corner is a game changer for Ra. And putting someone in the corner is easy to do with Ra if played correctly.
I definitely think he is top 10.