I wish that they would record the lower ranks. A quick look at the SFIIX Danisen rankings shows a lot more character variety including some real rarities (9th Dan O.Blanka for example). In the 3S Scene some of the participating arcades record the lower Danisen ranked matches and put them on Nico Douga so people can see the lower tier characters in action. Not only that but the level of play at 8th-10th Dan is just as high as the named ranks in my opinion. The odds of seeing a Hawk or Cammy or a Dictator (other than YuuVega) competing for Mousa or Ouja or whatever is pretty slim.- VF4
Not only that but the level of play at 8th-10th Dan is just as high as the named ranks in my opinion.No way. AFO, Kurahashi, Nuki, Shiki those guys play at a higher level than Aka Bla, Yoshio, Kita and Nikaiten. Aka Bla's Blanka is great but AFO is just a terror these days. So nasty.Per your own parenthetical there YuuVega is much tougher than Oonishi. Means a higher level of play from him.
AFO has definitely improved immensely over the years I've watched him.
A Honda player or Cammy player is never going to make it beyond 10th Dan though really. So the absolute best players of some of the lower tier characters will simply never be able to hang up top with so many bad matches against them. Sure Abebin might have beat Kurahashi and Gian in one match each at Tougeki but it's not going to happen consistently to the point where a Honda is sharing upper ranks with characters who don't have lopsided matches. The level of play for low tier character at lower ranks is just as high for upper tier characters at upper ranks.
Blanka has hella lopsides matches and he's up there.