Kinda weird replying to myself, but I’ll chime in a bit since you asked how to deal with Eagle’s zoning.
His zoning can be as creative as his close range pressure. Each Eagle I’ve seen has a different take on zoning altogether. But I feel the strongest zoners have a good use of bird attacks, bird retrievals, spread shots, and charge arrows.
Against a majority (which is not really many) Eagles I’ve seen on ranked, they like to use the spread shot a lot and rarely use charged arrows. Against these types of opponents, it’s best to block and slowly move forward, with giving blocking more priority. Many don’t keep track that they have a limited amount of arrows.
I’m going to give you tips against my type of zoning, since I’ve seen good zoning that are different from mine. I’m going to be talking as well from a Jago MU.
When against an Eagle, you’re gonna get hit by arrows. The whole point is to minimize the damage taken. From full screen, you’re best bet is to walk forward and block. Jumping when I am charging an arrow leaves you open for an arrow to the face. Whenever I walk forward, be careful of a bird peck, as I like to use that a lot so that I can step away. It’s better to get hit by an arrow then a bird since the bird gives me time to back away. If you want to challenge me, don’t charge your fireballs, as my bird and charged arrows bypass it completely and it leaves you open for scatter shot.
In the match, at times you walked backwards, That’s a BIG no against Eagle. You’re giving him room to breath and you’re pushing yourself in the corner where excels he as well. Make him feel pressured to do something. Shadow fireball can be a good idea, but spread shot and charged arrows bypass that a will probably keep you in place.
In mid range, I’m hesitant with using arrows. I like to use either bird screech, low shot, or shadow spread shot as an anti air. Be careful of jumping here. If you jump in any way that is not over my head and I have shadow, you’re gonna get a hit by a damaging shadow move. You got hit by this many times in the set and the damage really stacks up over time. Even without shadow, jumping can get you caught in my screech which can lead to setup. It is not recommended to use shadow wind kick, unless I’m being to careless with charge arrows. You only have a split second to punish me if I’m charging arrows from most ranges. On reaction I can jump out of the way. If you’re pretty close and I’m charging, its a good idea to challenge and S. Wind Kick however it’s a huge gamble. Keep that in mind.
Keep me away from arrows, always keep an eye on my arrow number and where my arrows are at., and if I have shadow for retrieval. Try to manipulate me so that I can’t reach them. Use fireballs to your advantage there and build meter. Or you can try to quickly get in but that leaves me to get more arrows. Oh, and keep calm. It’s challenging I know, but doing something unsafe is a HUGE gamble. Be wary of that.
Also, against M wingspan (the one where I kick and bounce off) keep blocking, i can shot arrows after the move and you usually got hit by it. I think you can punish me with a S windkick if you block the arrow and execute fast enough. You might have to lab that.
It’s a tough battle I’m not gonna lie and sorry for the long essay, but I’m just trying to give you help since I play him. Take this advice only as a base and adjust to your liking, there are probably better ways to deal with it.
Hope you get better in the MU. It’s not an easy one for Jago