Despite being the poster boy of the franchise, Ryu found himself in a pretty rough spot in Street Fighter 5 for years, but he’s arguably looking better than he ever has in the game following the Definitive Update.
Now that players have gotten to tinker around with the re-balancing for a couple of weeks, longtime Ryu main Justfog created a new matchup chart for his buffed boy to see just how much better he could be in SF5’s final season.
Interestingly, Justfog now apparently believes Ryu beats or is at least even with a vast majority of the game’s cast with only 12 characters listed as a slight disadvantage or a straight up loss.
Much of the player’s opinions appear to come with how well the opposition can handle the Shoto’s improved fireball game, so those who can’t effectively like Vega, E. Honda and Alex are among Ryu’s best matchups now according to Justfog — and that surprisingly includes Rose too.
That in turn leaves characters with better projectiles games like Guile and those who can more handily negate or avoid the classic Shoto strategy like Menat and Cody among Ryu’s tougher opponents.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how much of a presence the Hadoken thrower will have in the competitive scene here in 2022, and you can check out Justfog’s full Ryu matchup chart for SF5 Season 6 below.
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Source: Culled From Event Hubs.