“I have to be strong. That is the responsibility of the King.”
If you stop to think about it, Sagat is a Street Fighter archetype from a different breed of game: Street Fighter V‘s love of aggressive rushdown pressure across the roster is something a tried-and-true zoner like Sagat could either provide a breather from — or could drown in. It might just be a bit of both.
VesperArcade is a big fan of the King of Muay Thai, and after some time to get a feel for the latest version of Sagat, he offers his thoughts on what the character’s strengths are and in what areas the King is weaker. Lacking the close-up game that other SFV zoners like Guile and Menat can bring to the fight, Sagat must deal with fiddly Tiger Uppercut anti-air ranges and invincibility, while relying on mixed bag of really good-to-questionable normals and a useful but not spectacular V-System — fighting an “honest” fight in a game known for robbery.