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Street Fighter V/Urien/Introduction
Urien is vice president of the Illuminati, seeking to overthrow his brother Gill to become the true emperor of the Illuminati.
In a sentence: Pick Urien if you believe your defense can stand on its own, and you want the ability to absolutely blow people up for bad decision making and guessing while on the defensive.
In Street Fighter V, Urien functions as a faithful re-interpretation of his highly popular and explosive Third Strike iteration. He has traded his signature unblockables for a playstyle oriented around high-damage and high-stun mixup sequences, as well as a suite of V-Skills that allow him to either accent his turtling ability (VS1) or his stun output (VS2).
Comparing him once again to Third Strike, Street Fighter Five's Urien is also a markedly more functional character across the board, rightfully earning him a spot in the top five or, depending on who you ask, the top three (as of the current season). He has a suite of excellent low pokes with all of his crouching kicks, the vast majority of his normals are special cancelable, and he has some of the most aggressive frame trapping in the game, on top of his ability to create plus frames out of nowhere with meter or charged normals. Urien is also well-equipped to capitalize on these frame traps, with brutal crush counter and counterhit combos that net him good damage and fantastic corner carry.
Urien's primary weakness, on the other hand, is commitment. Because of his slow walk speed, long dashes, and status as a four-frame character with high-startup normals, Urien must attempt to make hard read (as with an anti-air fireball), force a scramble (EX Headbutt while at disadvantage), or create a mixup sequence to get rolling. Outside of these situations, he is relatively low damage, and struggles to open up opponents familiar with the matchup.
His defensive tools are lacking as well; while wakeup super and EX Headbutt are on the table, they are both expensive and slow. His four-frame jab also means he is very susceptible to getting frame trapped himself, and he can struggle to reclaim his turn where others could.
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