Akuma, of Street Fighter fame, is currently one of the best characters in Tekken 7. At the top competitive level, he's been tearing tournaments up with his all-powerful combo potential, stripping opponents of 60 to 90 per cent of their health in just a single onslaught. Over the last few months, he's been a thorn in the side of competitive Tekken -- both players and fans alike have expressed displeasure in seeing Akuma consistently dominate the latter stages of various tournaments.
It's no real surprise, then, to learn that Namco Bandai is attempting to cut Akuma down to size ahead of the Tekken World Tour 2019 finals next month. The game's latest patch, 3.03, includes just a few relatively minor character balance changes, with the nerf to Akuma being the standout.
The update cuts Akuma's Super Combo Gauge gain by 25 per cent, which could end up being a significant nerf when you add it all together over the course of a long match. Said gauge allows Akuma to cancel into different moves, giving him the ability to dish out huge combos once he has the right amount of resources. By slowing his meter gain, the hope is that Akuma won't be able to maul his opponents quite so easily.
Do you think Akuma will still be able to dominate the competitive Tekken scene, or is this the end of the line for the guest character? Never stop back dashing in the comments section below.