- Jan 27, 2016
Wow what an original question. This has been answered many times, pikachu is very hard to master and most people are not willing to put in the time when other characters are just much easier to play.I think what Tri Knight said was exactly that. Flaws are also part of a character's potential.
Anyway, I still like to compare Zelda with Sheik in that context and it seems that most players, aside from a few (Samsora who ranked them very similarly, Glutonny) think that Sheik has a higher potential than Zelda, even before both receiving buffs.
Why is that? Is it because Sheik players (VoiD) are more vocal about their character being busted and that she has a higher followership on websites like Twich and Twitter because of her combo-orientated playstyle? Because result-wise, they are very similar. Yes, VoiD received 13th at Frostbite but sadly that is still a single placement and there isn't much data of 7.0 characters because everything is frozen because of the virus. In other words, there's no way of telling if VoiD can get these results on a more consistent basis now. VoiD did fairly well with pre-patch Sheik at one tournament but couldn't replicate this good placement again.
Meanwhile, ven is getting 33rd almost everytime with mostly pre-patch Zelda. That is very consistent and has the honour of running into very good players (Samsora and an upsetted Glutonny at Frostbite).
Tierlists should. to some extend. reflect potential but when two characters receive very similar results I wonder why there is a nearly two-tier difference between said characters on tier-lists. Dabuz's tier-list is a great example of that.
And no, I don't think Sheik is misplaced in the upper echelons of a tier-lists, it seems that certain characters are very underrated.
Speaking of tier-lists, Meru is mentioning something really interesting and that is:
Why is almost everywhere considered the best character (I don't agree with that, imo it's ZSS):
Seeing Pikachu top 3 in every tier list makes me wonder if they put all Pikachu players in quarantaine since the beginning of Ultimate, cus I havent seen any Pikachu player up there yet... but hey who am I to speak— Meru / メル (@MeruSensei) March 22, 2020
So yeah, why is everyone ranking Pika so highly when his results, as Meru puts it, are similar to Tea and .