As I have not seen one recreated yet (did a quick search), I’m tossing it out there. Tiers!!
What do tiers mean?
Well for this particular case it should be noted we are not taking into account player skill gate requirements. That should be started as its own merits debate.
Tiers, at least in this case, are about movesets of characters being played at their possible near perfection against one another.
The divisions lend to explanations:
God Tier: There can be only 1. Doesn’t matter how much knowledge the other player has, if they don’t have this character, there isn’t much of a chance (if any). This should not be.
This was likely the case for EVO’14 winning Sadira. Though due to the immaturity of the game and knowledge of her, perhaps she shared S-Tier.
S-Tier: 3’s company. This means that 2-3 characters are only competitive against each other and picking anyone else is a very hard battle to say the least. Perhaps Wulf and Sadira shared this at EVO’14/pre-S2.
For such a small roster, it’s not so bad. For a large roster, it’s bad.
There are no matchup issues other than this is the only choice.
Top Tier: FINALLY, some balance. This is where you hope 4 or more characters hold with each other competitively. The rest of the roster has a rough time against these 4 or so but against each other it’s all in the player’s hands.
Usually matchups are even or slightly more in favour across the roster.
High Tier: A character that floats between Top and Mid. More debatable on role in the sandbox than most. Seemingly devastating in the right hands, not so much in other just as skilled but different minded players. Can’t quite place but definitely competitive in the roster.
Tend to have the greatest spectrum of possible matchup issues.
Mid Tier: Capable of taking on High or Top tier characters but really have no chance against S.
Tend to have even or less than even matchups. One or 2 matchups end up slightly in their favour. They feel low in games with S tier and/or God Tier.
Mid is the lowest you hope a game feels amongst its roster.
Low Tier: Nearly every matchup is a disadvantage with maybe the odd 1 or 2 being even.
Would barely be playable against High tier characters.
Joke Tier: A concept or flat out joke that stayed in the game… We hope.
So, there it is:
God Tier: There can be only 1.
S Tier: 3 amigos rule the game.
Top Tier: 4 or more are fun play against each other.
High Tier: Can’t quite place Top or Mid.
Mid Tier: Playable but requires great game specific skill, or a low skilled opponent, to be "competitive."
Low Tier: Not really playable against most, if any character unless you know they’re a nOOb.
Joke Tier: No seriously. Is this a joke?
Where do we stand?
(And of course, it’s all debatable!)