Ok so I feel like the hardest matchups for Tusk are the zoning matchups.
Kan Ra, Shago, Glacius, Omen, Cinder and Fulgore are all quite tough for me.
With Kan Ra, I found the solution is to stay on top of them and not let it up. Once they have no sand, you can meaty them all day without consequence.
With Shago, you really just have to wait for them to make a mistake. On a blocked slide you can cr.LP/LK into Immortal spirit>shoulder for a hit confirm into a full punish. Otherwise, well timed AA’s are key.
Glacius, I really don’t know. I feel like the best tool for this matchup is Tusks deflect. Since Glacius can puddlepunch on reaction to an immortal spirit, I think the only real reliable solution is to put him in the corner. As an ex-Glacius main (since day 1 of season 1) his wake options suck if he doesn’t have meter. But his zoning game is perfectly able to keep Tusk out just due to the trajectory of the hail’s movement.
Omen… I don’t even know where to start. I really have no clue. He doesn’t have any real wakeup options… but due to his shadow teleport being viable from just about any situation, he’s got the perfect option to get around your whiffs. And his Air Dash options are super funky and can really do a great job of getting around an AA’s you might attempt. I coudl really use help with this one.
Cinder’s seem to want to keep you out and convert combos out of bomb explosions. Only option I found is to keep crowding him. But be weary of his DP since it can convert to some really nice damage if he’s built the potential damage up. Another matchup I could use some help with.
Fulgore is super weird. With meter he’s a dangerous enemy to Tusk. He’s movement is so fast that Tusk really has to chase a lot. Jumping seems to be super good since his up laser was removed and he doesn’t really have an answer to j.MP.
All in all, the solution almost always seems to be to stay in your opponents face. There’s also some really interesting options after an instinct cancel from the backslash (>+MP) that I’ll need to share. This just opens up some damage where it could be quite useful.
Do you guys agree? Are those going to be his toughest matchups?