We’re quarter past 2022 and the fighting game space has already seen some big moves here at the start of the year. We’re at a point where core fighting titles that have been on the scene for several years now have run their course for content support and hold the line on the competitive side, while new titles have just launched and are doing already feeling.
No matter how old a fighting game is, these titles always have characters who are better (or worse) than others at some point, and beyond that there are often contenders who stand out. above the pack and see tons of use until they get nerfed or a better warrior comes along. Let’s take a look at the best characters of 2022 (so far).
The idea here isn’t just to talk about which characters are good in all modern fighting games being played competitively right now. Instead, we focus on the best fighting game characters at this point, which means fighters who are clearly above the rest, are appearing in droves on the internet and in tournaments, and are likely in desperate need of nerfs.
Street Fighter 5: Luke
Despite being brand new and a character we haven’t known for very long, Luke is an important figure in the world of Street Fighter and the fighting game community. The newcomer acts as the final DLC fighter of Street Fighter 5 and Season 5, he is the protagonist and the first confirmed playable character besides Ryu in Street Fighter 6, and Capcom is shaping him to play a big role in the game. future of the franchise.
Luckily, the mighty puncher is also a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Luke’s style of play adds a very different flavor to Street Fighter 5’s mix of colorful world warriors, and that style also happens to be very strong at this point.
Hard-hitting combos, effective V-Triggers and V-Skills, excellent normals and options to punish smells, and a unique trait that causes his V-Trigger timer to continuously recharge and only deplete when he uses V-Moves or is hit. top competitor who is often considered the top 10 and even the top 5 in the entire game.
Although not generally considered the best on the tier list, Luke has seen an incredible amount of play in both high-tier tournaments and online modes, littering top 8s and top 16s. and seeing the fighter as #3 in online usage. statistics for several consecutive months now.
As of this writing, Capcom is a week away from releasing its last major balancing update for Street Fighter 5, and you can rest assured that players have been calling Luke’s nerves shortly after. its release in November 2021. Luke is definitely one of the best characters in the scene right now, and we’ll just have to wait for our next taping here to see if that has changed or not.
King of Fighters 15: Vanessa
In King of Fighters 15, the ideal character is one who can not only hold his own when he has no resources, but can also deal solid damage without a meter. As for Vanessa, not only does she tick the aforementioned boxes, but what makes her amazing is that her ability to deal uncounted damage is not only solid, but really strong and potentially better than anyone in the world. Game.
His damage without resources is so good that it just doesn’t make sense to have him in any position other than in front of the team and first in combat. She is so good, however, that you could use her in any team position and she wouldn’t sweat.
Those who have dedicated time to KOF15 since its launch last month have certainly noticed Vanessa’s strength, as this fast puncher is used all over competitive play. In the Japanese finals of the King of Fighters 15 online tournament, 12 different players used it in the top 32.
With the first tier lists, Vanessa was placed at the top of the heap multiple times. She is often #2 in the rankings and only second to the next character on our list here.
King of Fighters 15: Ralf Jones
The Japanese Finals of the King of Fighters 15 Online Tournament was one of the first major events for SNK’s big fight title, and as such, this tournament was a great indicator of the current popularity and effectiveness of some characters from the list. While Vanessa was represented 12 times in the top 32, Ralf appeared in 50% of the teams in that same player pool, securing her place as the most played character in the final stages of this event.
What makes Ralf so good right now is his exceptionally good long normals in neutral and their very quick recovery. His pimples are massive and cover a significant amount of space in front of him, allowing him to mount the offense more effectively in the footsies game, and this is further enhanced by things like a heavy standing kick that recovers so quickly that there is almost no risk to throw it there.
On top of that, Ralf also has a set of tools that equip him for any position in any team. He can basically fit into any squad and fuse well, giving players a solid, top-tier option for any need they might be looking to fill.
Pair his powerful normal attacks with Ralf’s ability to effectively fill any spot on any team and you have a fighter who is widely considered the best character in King of Fighters 15 right now.
Dragon Ball FighterZ: Android 21 Lab Coat
When the Lab Coat version of Android 21 was first unveiled as a playable DLC character, fans were worried that she wouldn’t differ much from her Majin counterpart and might be more of a palette swap than anything. It certainly wasn’t, and at this point players probably wish she was just a palette swap instead of the demon she really is.
It wasn’t long after launch that the community saw Lab Coat 21 as an incredibly powerful character in desperate need of nerfs. Its abilities are so strong, in fact, that some tournament organizers have gone so far as to ban it from being used at their events.
One of the traits that makes Lab Coat 21 so strong is its awesome order taking. This attacking beast only requires a bar of ki gauge to operate, and what it brings to the table is truly remarkable.
For starters, this super deals 1000 damage to the opponent, and it also heals Lab Coat 21 for 500 health. In addition to health regeneration, this attack – which is called Photon Pulse – also weakens the opponent and buffs the user.
Landing Photon Pulse permanently increases his damage by 21% while permanently decreasing the opponent’s damage by 21%. It acts like a traditional command input, which makes it unblockable, but it can also be combined quite easily.
Lab Coat 21 is one of those characters that players have to build completely different game plans around because she can alter the match in ways other fighters can’t. At this point, she definitely sits above the rest of the characters on the list.