Hey everyone, LCD back again with another controversial discussion topic. You guys know I love to keep things active around here and keep people thinking about the tough questions. This one is surrounding the topic of spending shadow meter or another character specific resource (like Kim’s Dragons) to keep yourself safe on a normally considered risky or unsafe move.
Example: Full Screen Windkick into Shadow Endokuken
Example: Wakeup Puddle Punch into Shadow Hail
Example: Wakeup Kneebuster into Shadow Itchni-San
How do you guys feel about this kind of stuff being in the game? Keep in mind before answering the question though that each situation is different and some characters can benefit more than others. This was one of the biggest complaints about Maya for the entirety of S2 and early S3 where she could make all of her DPs safe by throwing a dagger afterwards, which coincidentally enough they removed from the game in a recent patch where she can no longer do anything after a blocked DP. In my personal opinion I feel that philosophy should carry over to the other characters as well.
Waking up with a DP should always be a risk and not something that develops the mentality of well I’m just going to do this and make it safe afterwards because I have a bar of meter. This is a very popular thing to do for Jago players especially because of his potential to get a massive benefit afterwards. Just throw out a yolo windkick and if it hits cancel into instinct or shadow endokuken into massive health gain and unbreakable damage as well, all off of a quote unquote “unsafe” move. Correct me if I’m wrong but Shadow fireball is only -3 on block which for the most part is safe against most the cast.
Lets examine another character like Glacius who actually has a reversal he can combo off of and if it doesn’t hit make safe with Shadow Hail which leaves him at +21 on block leading to a free mixup. Granted at certain distances there is a gap in which you are free to use a projectile invincible move to get through however a high level Glacius player is very aware of this and in most situations it will be a true block string with the hail. Isn’t that a little much off a quote unquote “unsafe” move?
What about the argument of well “hes spending a bar of meter to do that”? Meter in this game at least in my opinion, is in an overabundance; there are very rare situations when a player doesn’t have meter especially if you’re playing one of the above mentioned characters like Glacius or Jago who are meter kings in this game along with Omen and Shadow Jago. So from my point of view I don’t see how spending a resource in which you always have justifies these types of things.
I don’t want to compare SFV and KI because they are completely different games so I’m not going to. However I will say it feels amazing to actually block a yolo reversal in that game and get a guaranteed crush counter punish into like 40%.
Anyways that’s my two cents on this topic and as always I’d love to hear from everyone else as well. Lets have fun with this guys, no disrespect towards others.