TL:DR: Shadow Jago is BS, what is he BAD at? Nothing.
Why would anyone NOT play Shadow Jago?
ALL of his gameplay is top-tier.
-He has an above average long range game
-He has an above average medium range game
-He has an above average short range game
-His normals are near the best in the game
-His throw can open for a full combo (at WORST, he gets a juggle combo that can lead to good potential damage)
-His walk speed is near the best in the game
-His Mixups are the best in the game
-His Air combat is good enough to completely control even Sadira
-His Juggles are near the best in the game
-His dashes are the best in the game
-His reversal is near the best in the game
-His instinct (and by extension, Annihilation) is near the best in the game.
-His specials are near the best in the game (By special properties, AND by relative safety)
-His Damage is pretty average, but he has a shadow cash out that gives him well above average damage.
So HOW can you argue that he isn’t the single best character in the game?
The only arguments i have heard so far is:
1.) That he is very reliant on shadow meter. But he gets meter for doing EVERYTHING. Even getting beaten up. I play Omen, so i understand the need for a constant distribution of shadow meter to both players, but his use of shadow meter is more valuable than most characters, less expensive than all characters, and his gameplay isn’t fully RELIANT on the meter, it just unlocks the crazy stuff.
2.) Everything is avoidable. This is a poor excuse. Of course, in a fighting game, there is ALWAYS a way to win, but that does not justify a character clearly having more advantageous gameplay than the rest of the cast. There is not a single area where Shago doesnt excel, and there are no visible trade offs for his advantages. Shago is a huge threat at every area of the screen, and from every direction. The only way to get any kind of advantage against him is to block every part of his offence. Considering he can easily go high/low/left/right/throw at MULTIPLE points in a single block string, means that the only way to get a point when it is “your turn” is to be 100% inside your opponents head (Assuming they arent a bad player, who just goes for the SAME block string every time). If you dont KNOW when they are about to pre-maturely end their block string and attempt a new mix-up, and know exactly which direction they will be going, even counter-hitting with reversals can be difficult.
Please, someone explain to me a “disadvantage” of Shadow Jago.