I need somebody with bigger FG expertise to clarify it for me. I know KI is well balanced and all that, and as Tusk main I propably should sit quietly, but I need to know this.
Many times people send me ragemail after I beat them. And I gotta be honest, sometimes even I have guilty conscience about my wins. I just feel like I did not have to put much effort.
Of course on paper Tusk has obvious weaknesess with him being sluggish character. Which is imo false. He is slow for KI standards, which means he is still pretty fast.
His forward dash is awesome. His backdash is mediocre but his best retreat tool is jumpback with medium punch.
His sword swings are slow alright, but deflect windows are successful at scaring opponents to take advantage of it. And they have giant range and damage. And they are mostly safe on block. Exceptions are s.HP from close range and crouching HP, which is best AA in game and longest deflect window makes it excelent move to effortlessly deny opponent’s pressure.
And what of his slowness when his kick normals have excellent speed and range anyway?
His deflection windows are borderline cheap and encourage yolo play. There are countless times I did braindead s.HP when I should not and I deflected opponent’s attack. It hurts opponent’s sanity more than his health bar.
Staggers are also unearned reward for using these excellent tools. I personally would understand if devs decided to remove either deflects or stagger from sword normals (leaving them only on skull splitters)
His instinct is also considered difficult but I boiled it down to furiously cancelling DP into skull splitter until opponent loses patience. Just works best.
F+MP stagger is also kinda dirty. Not enough that opponent had to endure losing 70% in one combo, if he is low HP, he stands before even harder mixup situation.
I personally think Tusk is a great character, even top tier, but people sleep on him because he is not much popular.
This post is silly from my perspective but I would really appreciate your input.