We’ve been investigating the definitive Street Fighter 5 update for two weeks, but as the opinions of tierists and Twitter came in, we encountered a potentially problematic issue with the franchise’s latest character, Luke. I’m starting.
Many wondered how Capcom could weaken Luke and play a little better with the rest of the Street Fighter V cast, but as the dust settled further, he was better than him. Seems to be much better before this latest update. This can look ugly, depending on what Capcom wants for the final season of Street Fighter 5.
Last week, several tierlists were released. All of them, in fact, have placed Luke as the highest tier fighter. In addition, on social media, Capcom Cup champion BG | MenaRD, Evo champion Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis, and BST | Daigo “The Beast” Umehara have expressed concern, so community members have expressed concerns about Luke’s dominance. I’m giving my opinion.
Mena considered Luke “invincible” in a recent tweet, and Snake Eyes expressed his hope that Luke’s mirror matches would be seen a lot on this year’s Capcom Pro Tour bracket. Beast feels that Luke’s dominance is a necessary choice for anyone who wants to play well in a tournament, which makes things relatively boring and sad to see him.
It’s clear that Capcom has had a lot of influence on Luke, as Capcom has been set to dominate the future of the franchise. Perhaps nods to the fact that he will be the protagonist of Street Fighter 6 (and some of his uniqueness could make mechanics more common in the game). There is a clear push to make sure he is playing, is this the right way to do it?
I’d like to discuss more in this segment of Talk and Block and hear your opinion at this relatively early stage of the final main stage chapter of Street Fighter 5. Do you think Luke needs further adjustments, or is he right where he should be to reach Capcom’s bigger goals?
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Timestamp: 00: 00-Intro
01:45-Luke’s nervousness isn’t enough
05:13-Notable Community People’s Opinions
09: 00-What is your overall goal with Capcom’s Luke?
11: 50-Tierists’ Opinions and Popularity
13:05-Luke’s Tools and Why
16:40-Will Luke be fine-tuned further?