When I first started working on this I thought I would come up with a scientific approach to character rankings. That was foolish of me. It's the ineffability of tier lists that makes them fun to discuss! Some characters are stronger than others, but the precise order is unknowable. Good news is that a simple name change was enough to keep the ship afloat:
Blanka Diagram and Tourney Trends
Below I juxtapose players' rankings with real-world tourney results. This is offered as an academic curiosity; I want to stress that I make no claim about a relationship between the two sets of figures.
UPDATE 3/20/12: AFO sent some updated match-up assessments.
Part One: Blanka Diagram
In this table I've compiled character ranking information for Blanka from a wide variety of sources.
I was going to include the numbers from this wiki but it's broken at the moment.
Super Diagram Turbo
Average of all rows and columns. Also see that link for a basic explanation of the character ranking diagram concept.
Real Decoy and Kareeeeem are new for this post. Thank you, brothers. The other ranks are older — all from before the Arcadia chart.
Gamest - 1994
Arcadia - 2008
The percentages from part two below rounded to the nearest five with the decimal point moved one place. Again, I make no claim about what this means.
|3.5||4||4||3.5||7||6||5||6||5||5||2.5||3||4||2.5||5||-9||Super Diagram Turbo|
Part Two: Tourney Trends
These two charts show Blanka players' wins and losses going back to 2000. Results come from Japanese tournaments in various formats. I've got events big and small: from X-Mania and SBO through five-man Game41 tourneys but I'm light on Star Cup results as those are not typically posted game-by-game. No gachi battles nor casuals. HSF2 when both sides used ST characters.
The grey bars for Blanka just show how often they encountered each other. Results vs. other Old Honda players were set aside. Also set aside were characters that came up very few times: O.Sagat (10), O.Ryu (8), O.Zangief (6), O.Dhalsim (1), O.Cammy (1), Akuma (1)
The "top player" graph includes fights amongst the following players. There were too few matches for Blanka vs. Cammy and Blanka vs. Sagat.
Ryu: ShootingD, Daigo, Gotoh, Kurahashi
Ken: Mattsun, Aniken
E.Honda: Hamaki, Kusumondo, Roku
Chun-Li: Otochun, Tojo, Nuki
Blanka: Komoda, Nakamu, AFO
Zangief: Kakky, Pony, Gunze
Guile: Kurahashi, Muteki, ShootingD, Kikai
Dhalsim: Gian, Hakase, Yoshimura
Hawk: Mayakon, Viper, Toutanki
DeeJay: Seki, Ito, YuuVega, Yuzuru
Fei-Long: Noguchi, K, Hanashi
Boxer: Tama, Tsuji, Shiki
Claw: ARG, MAO, Noguchi
Dictator: YuuVega, Taira, Onishi