Street Fighter Preview - Zangief

Street Fighter Exceed is coming to stores in January 2019! You can pre-order your copy from our online store and get our store-exclusive Street Fighter Exceed playmat as part of the pre-release bundle! Look out for a new fighter preview each week as we prepare for the game's release!

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Zangief is one of the scariest opponents to face-down in Street Fighter, and has the ability to absolutely dominate any matchup once he gets into close range. We wanted to capture this feeling with his Exceed incarnation by making all of his attacks extremely threatening at Range 1.

 
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Key Design Idea:

Intimidation

Once he gets in close, Zangief has moves that the opponent simply can't do anything to stop. The best thing to do against Zangief at close range is to walk away. Of course, this strategy only works for so long.

 
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Getting in close is the hard part, but 'Gief has plenty of tools to make this happen. One of those classic tools is the Banishing Flat (aka "Green Hand"), that deflects projectiles and moves him in close. When he's already in close, the Reach boost can be used to negate an opponent's retreat. This contributes to his high intimidation factor.

 
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Zangief's Atomic Suplex is an example of how he can threaten multiple ways at range 1. This move has excellent speed for its power, and when he engages with the Critical Trigger, it will beat an enemy Grasp due to enhanced speed. The move pushes foes away, but against a cornered enemy, there are no downsides.

The Critical version chases the enemy down, which will often result in a corner trap that forces an opponent to waste tons of resources escaping Zangief's follow-up attack.

 
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For a spectacular finish, Zangief can use the Final Atomic Buster (which hits with 12 power and 6 speed, if it can be Critical-ed). Emptying both hands isn't a problem for Zangief, who can reliably follow up with a Wild Swing from the top of his deck at range 1 (and may even want to Critical the random card).

 
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I hope you've enjoyed this look at Zangief! Look out for another fighter next week!


Street Fighter Exceed - Pre-Order Bundle
99.95 119.95

Exceed Season 3 features fighters from Capcom's illustrious fighting game franchise, Street Fighter!

(This is a pre-order. Orders containing this item will not ship until all items are in stock. The expected stock date for this item is January 2019.)

Contains 3 boxes, each featuring 4 fighters for a total of 12 playable characters, and a woven-edge play mat exclusive to the Level 99 Games Online Store! The mat is 24”x14”.

The play mat features a woven edge designed to prolong the life of the mat and make for a smoother playing experience.

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