Hello everybody and welcome to the Abel Guide...
Before you, you will find a vast amount of knowledge and information compiled together by myself, splurgendii, HAV, and many other Abel players...
Splurg made the extra effort to try and edit my information to make it as straight forward and easily digestible as possible, if you find it enjoyable or easy to read and benefited from the lay out please give him your thanks.
The Guide here attempts to be as completely comprehensive as possible and therefore it's pretty much ALWAYS a work in progress. That being said, if you feel that you have information for the guide, feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.
So there you have it... A complete guide on Abel, covering everything from his Normals, to his specials; from his combos to his mix-ups; from an overview of the character to his match-ups; hope you enjoy :china:
:pray:Abel, "The Rushdown Grappler
:clapdos: one of the most ExPlOsIvE eXcItInG CrAzIeSt
characters in the game.:clapdos:
Dealing Jaw Dropping amounts of punishment and having DEADLY
50/50 set ups that KILL, The French Man strikes fear into the hearts of ALL who meet him at the versus screen.
With Command Grabs that Blow THROUGH
grabs, with a step kick that rips 40% of your opponents life away and an Ultra that reaches nearly full screen and makes your opponents life "DISAPPEAR", be warned that by choosing Abel as your main character, You will doom yourself to months... No YEARS... No An Entire Street Fighter Career, as long as you play this game, to having to endure the cries and whining and complaining to those whom you destroy, pound, stun and perfect!
But let me stop right here and change pace a little.
While it is true that Abel's strengths and overall Meta Game is overwhelming enough to make even the highest of highest top players whine and complain, rest assured that the French Juggernaut does come with his fair share of weaknesses.
Not so uncharacteristic of characters coming from the heavy tank side of archetypes, he can have issues against opponents whom make it their goal to run away relentlessly. Also, the nature of his offense is that of "guesses" and therefore it lacks solid grounded assurance which those of a pessimistic perspective heavily crave (Bison Players
) and he suffers from a wake up game whose options are unfortunately lacking.
Street Fighter 4,
being the game whose offensive meta has grown (or shrunk depending on your view) a myopic focus on hard knockdown/vortex,
has many characters whom possess offense which typically overwhelm a character like Abel.
Be Brave Young Warriors!
With practice in defense, good focus on options and a decent amount of character match-up knowledge, you'll find that Abel, "Brings home the Bacon" as they say...:china:
- High damage output (Very High :wow:),
- Overwhelming 50/50 Vortex Offense
- A Arsenal of footsie normals whom when compared to the rest of cast is lack luster.
( I believe his footsie game is just fine
- "Weak" Anti-Airs. (*His Anti-Airs have a higher Skill Curve to master"),
FACTS ABOUT PLAYING ABEL WELL
- Poor Wake up/Reversal Game. His only answers against pressure are risky
#1 While it is the case that any character demands deep knowledge of the game to play at a high level, I posit that to play Abel well it demands the same, if not more or deeper knowledge.
#2 His "go to" combo is a difficult "1-Frame Link" and requires a great deal of practice to connect it consistently.
#3 Also, due to his poor defense and wake up options, in order to play Abel well you must learn to be patient and learn how to block, ALOT