Who’s the best Street Fighter 6 player? Many may prefer to answer this argument with a statement about how the best player adapts to the situation at hand, and can use a wide range of characters thoughtfully and effectively. But overall, the list of the top 100 players by win rate has focused on a remarkably consistent set of characters. What’s the go-to choice among the top 100 players and who, if anyone, is missing out?
The most common pick across the board is EVO world champion Daigo Umehara’s favorite, Ken. Ken has been a staple of the Street Fighter series since the 1990s, and his long-reaching attacks and unpredictable mix-ups have been a favorite of competitive players across the games. Ken is the only character to appear in all of the top 100 players’ selection of characters, no doubt due to his reliability and dependability in a variety of situations.
Other popular choices for the top contenders of Street Fighter 6 are Urien and Balrog. Urien has seen a resurgence in popularity among top players with his deadly array of combos and mix-ups that can leave the opponent guessing about what their next move should be. His V-Trigger can also create a huge mixup potential with his Prison Guard stance. Balrog, on the other hand, provides players an incredibly strong punisher game, with powerful buttons and forward movement options.
There are a handful of other characters that have become mainstays on the top 100 players’ lists as well. These include Ibuki, Necalli, R.Mika, Rashid, and Zangief. Each of these characters offer something a bit different than what is provided by the top three, with Ibuki and Necalli offering excellent combo potential, Rashid providing an unorthodox approach to offensive play, and R.Mika and Zangief providing a reliable grapple option.
The top 100 players have a fairly consistent selection of characters but certain ones seem to missing from the list. This includes well known characters such as Akuma, Cammy, Chun-Li, and Vega. It’s possible that these characters are being overlooked due to their comparatively limited weaknesses and the variety of other viable options that can be chosen in their place. However, each of these characters has the potential to make a huge impact on the competitive scene if utilized correctly.
As Street Fighter 6 continues to evolve, the top 100 players will undoubtedly adjust their strategies and character choices to stay ahead of the competition. It will be interesting to see if characters such as Akuma, Cammy, Chun-Li, and Vega make a belated entrance onto the list in the coming months.