Each post will be a different character, starting in alphabetical order. We have been posting in "question to the Hakan community" thread but here's the real thing. I'll also create a detailed matchup discussion thread where you can post to add anything and I can edit the posts. PLEASE DON'T POST HERE OR IT WILL BREAK UP THE GUIDES.
Preferred Ultra: Ultra 1
Slide Wakeup: Free if no Meter
Crossup j.hk: whiff mp, j.hk (Basic setups work on Abel)
Main Points: Condition his use of TT, try to get into aggressive wakeup game.
Abel is a tough matchup just because TT stuffs Hakan's throws, including U1. You really need to have strong mixup and don't rely on grabs all game. Abel has such a weak wakeup game, you really need to keep the pressure on him during wakeup. He has an advantage when you're both standing because of his normals, especially when you are unoiled.
This is where you will get most of your damage on an Abel player so take advantage of every wakeup attempt.
What are Abel's options for wakeup in general?
EX Change of Direction
Post-Slide Lab Work:
Slide Wakeup counters:
EX TT before block
If he blocks the wakeup slide, he won't have enough frames to counter with a TT.
Crossup j.HK wakeup counter:
EX Change of Direction - it will absorb the hk. You have time to block the attack after the hk though.
MP and EX Falling Sky will cause a crossup whiff so keep that in mind.
Uncrouchable Oil Dive counters:
basic counters like backdash and jump.
He can't use a special to get out. They all get Reversal.
Post Slide Strategy:
If Abel doesn't have any meter, use slide wakeup. You could test a slide wakeup to see if your opponent knows the matchup, but his other wakeup shennanigans are just as good to use when he has meter. Just don't overuse slide wakeup or he will start jumping after the block, keep this in mind. If Abel has meter, I would go with the crossup and use the oil dive maybe once or twice. Mixup the Oil dive setup with slide to catch backdashes. After an oil dive, Mk oil reset and get into Oiled Strategy. If Abel is using Ultra 2 and has it, do slide wakeup. I can't tell you how many Abels I've played use Ultra 2 and try to get it off during a slide wakeup. I still laugh every time.
WHEN TO OIL REMARKS:
Back Throw - lk oil. DO NOT USE if he has Ultra.
Forward throw - hk oil. Use mk oil if he has Ultra.
Full Screen - lk oil. Don't be obvious if he has Ultra, he can dash forward Ultra.
(posted by gaoser)
Unoiled, Hakan has few options against Abel. DO NOT use towards+hk or towards+mp up close, Abel can reversal each of them with TT. If you want to use either of them, use them at max-range. Even then, on block, Hakan is at a disadvantage when it comes to options:
post towards+hk options on block (no oil):
-Abel can reversal grab Hakan after a blocked towards+hk used upclose
-Abel's grab beats Hakan's grab. After blocked max-range towards+hk they both whiff.
-Abel's grab beats Hakan's normals on blocked close towards+hk. At max range Hakan's low+mk will stuff Abel's whiffed TT.
-Abel's grab whiffs on Hakan's backdash/jump.
-Abel's normal stuffs Hakan's grab since Abel's out of range. This is bad, since this gives Abel an opportunity to land towards+mk.
-Abel's normal cause a trade, Hakan can even block in this situation. This is bad as well since it gives Abel an opporunity to land towards+mk.
-Abel's normal will whiff on Hakan's backdash but will hit him out of his jump.
As you can see, all Abel needs to do on block from close range is reversal TT. From max range towards+mk will beat out everything or make Hakan block, which is bad since in this situation Hakan has no oil and is on the defense. All Hakan can do is max-range towards+hk and then backdash right away. Smart Abel players will catch on to this and come after you by dashing towards you. The options are pretty much the same against Hakan's towards+mp on block. Up close it can be punished with reversal TT, and from max range Abel can just towards mk to mount his offense. Be sure to backdash if Abel blocks anything from max-range.
With oil, Hakan's offensive options post blocked towards+hk and towards+mp improve, thanks to backdash dnc. Backdash dnc to low+mk beats pretty much EVERYTHING. You still have to use both towards+mp and towards+hk from max range, however all of Abel's options get beat by backdash dnc into low+mk, which can hitconfirm into slide. You can also do backdash dnc into low+lk, to tick into a throw. However, most of the time you'll already be out of range after a towards+hk to use low+lk. All of Abel's grabs whiff anyway since he's out of range, also, Abel's normals will whiff when you backdash dnc. This is not 100 percent fool proof though, Abel can simply mistime his normals to throw you off, or he can even backdash out of everything and reset the situation. It just helps give Hakan some offensive options off of blocked max-range towards+hk or towards+mp.
You can also fadc into dnc as a follow-up to max range blocked towards+hk or mp as well. It's a bit more risk since you accumulate grey health but it will stop Abel's toward+mk. Be cautious, Abel can simply dash up and TT you.
(Thank you gaoser)
Adding on to the Oiled/Unoiled Strategy, after a Blocked Change of Direction, you can Oil rocket or U1 after the first hit is blocked. If he's close enough, you can actually do an UNOILED rocket
WHAT TO PRACTICE:
Block lk Wheel kick and punish with c.mk or pokes into slide
Block EX wheel kick and punish with c.lp into slide
BackDNC after towards+mk
Block Change of direction and punish with U1 / Rocket