With the advent of Season 3 in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition last January, one of the characters who quickly became a hot topic of discussion was Rashid, with many top players arguing that he was perhaps the best character in the entire game. After starting out as a solid fighter in Season 1 and seeing continuous buffs in subsequent updates, the recently-released Season 3.5 patch was rather unkind to the wielder of the “Turbulent Wind”.
His stun was reduced from 1,000 to 950, making him easier to dizzy — on top of an overall damage, stun, invincibility, and frame advantage reduction for a large portion of his moveset, including his new V-Trigger II “Easifa”. However, his standing light kick is now cancelable and will now naturally combo into his light Eagle Spike, and his standing medium kick has seen an increase in its forward hitbox, despite becoming a weaker button overall.
In VesperArcade’s latest video, Mir examines the consequences of the Arabian techie’s changes, and also offers players who have chosen to stick with the character some new approach options to overcome these setbacks, that they perhaps hadn’t previously considered. You can see the full video below:
You can find links to VesperArcade’s pervious coverage of Season 3.5 character changes below:
What are your thoughts on Rashid’s current play in the SFVAE meta? Do you think Capcom was too hard on him, or that this list of nerfs was justified? Feel free to start a dialogue in the comments section below.