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4/1/2014 4:46:56 AM
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What do you think of Tier lists in fighting games?

Do they bother you? How do you react to seeing your character very low on an "official" tier list? Does this influence whom you play, or are you just picking your favourites like me? I am getting Blazblue ChronoPhantasma soon and I plan to train competitively since I will have some free time when uni is done in a few weeks. I saw that Kokonoe is god tier (I am so happy she is playable!) but I do not think the tiers mean anything really. In smash bros I play Zelda and own with her. The last time I checked Zelda was the lowest on the tier list, so that bothered me a bit and I started thinking these are utter bollocks. In street fighter (cannot wait for ultra) I play Cammy. She is a relatively good character and is way on top of the tier list. I am still an intermediate player with her and by no means am advanced. I really got into Noel in the first Blazblue. I was really damn good with her and even learned some sweet combos. I want to do this again for the next Blazblue and step up my game with Cammy in SF. What do you think of tiers? Are tier lists just something for elitist people to brag about? I am fully aware that Meta Knight is S tier for a reason in brawl btw.
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  • They don't bother me. I usually pick the lowest tier characters in fighters anyways(Not intentionally though). It's counter picking that irritates me.
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  • I don't take fighting games that seriously.
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    • I don't know much about fighting games (I'd like to change that though!), but from my experience with games like League of Legends there's always flavor of the month characters which people flock to because they're the best, after a while the metagame gets broken by some intrepid group of people and everyone flocks over to a new corner of the room. I'm not sure to what degree fighting games are dynamically balanced (I imagine not), but it certainly helps to facilitate a shifting metagame as opposed to a strict list of tiers.
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      • Not always entirely accurate. They give an Idea of Statistics, not how well they can actualy be used. Ike for example is an absolute monster in Brawl with the right person using him
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        • I don't pay any attention to them at all. It's not the character, it's how you use them...
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          • You have to understand that at a competitive level, you have to make the best of everything you possibly can. That is where we discover balance issues in characters. The environment that you play in may not have each character being pushed to their absolute limits so it's hard to tell when one character is objectively better than another.
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            • The only game I play competitively with them is Pokemon, and they're a good thing. It makes team building easier and stops people from using OP Pokemon. Usually Pokemon in the lower tiers aren't terrible, just outclassed or have a glaring weakness
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