When Ryu used to be good: Revisiting Daigo Umehara’s deadly Street Fighter V Season 1 Ryu

By on March 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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Are Daigo Umehara’s iconic main’s best days behind him?

Twitch.Hx.CYG BST|Daigo Umehara: an FGC institution, well-known for sticking with Street Fighter V’s poster boy Ryu, despite acceptance that the shoto is not holding up great on the tier lists. Umehara’s clean, methodical play is still a joy to watch–when he isn’t being blown up by a higher-tier character, regularly raising the debate as to whether Umehara is struggling with Street Fighter V in general, or just saddled with a flawed fighter. This could prove¬†an even more common occurance in SFV’s season two build, where Ryu’s nerfs have weakened the wandering warrior even more.

Xuses gathered up some older footage from Ryu’s season one days, for a look back at the¬†tougher, “godlike” Ryu as played by The Beast:

Umehara has tried out other fighters since, most notably the high-tier-placing S2 Guile; caught working with Guile in casuals at Final Round 20–by fellow Ryu main XSK_Samurai of Winter Fox–it seems once again Umehara may be considering dropping Ryu in favor of a keener weapon:

We’ll have to see if The Beast actually casts aside the Hadoken for some Sonic Booms and somersaults in tournaments to come!

Sources: XusesGB; Miky Chea (Twitter)

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