As is the case for every fighting game, Street Fighter V has had characters who have been described as “dominant” for each major revision, or “season” in this case. However, these oftentimes come down more to people’s own conjecture than any actual sort of detailed statistical analysis.
Luckily for us, SFV does have a way to track performance at high level play: the results of the Capcom Pro Tour. Our good buddy Bavo Bruylandt — who runs Shoryuken’s stat-keeping site — recently compiled this data to find out the ten most dominant characters for each season of Street Fighter V.
Most dominant SF5 characters per season.
Ranked by total points scored in tournaments pic.twitter.com/hLjJxFulAO
— SRK Stats (@SRKRanking) June 25, 2018
In addition to this, Bavo has also shared screenshots of the data tables he used. This includes breakdowns for mid-season changes, as both Season 2 and Season 3 had significant mid-season balance patches.
Now, as with any list of strong characters based purely on tournament results, this doesn’t really factor the strength of the competitors playing them. Additionally, we’re still only halfway through Season 3. However, this data is still important; when combined with all of those factors, it gives us a more complete picture of how the game is playing out, and where it may be headed.
Source: SRK Stats (Twitter)