A banned character is not necessarily a tier-induced scrappy. Akuma was banned in Super Turbo, but nobody dislikes Akuma for being cheap.
Still, the Meta Knight picture is definitely clearer than the current one.
All you had to do was spam H over and over again (and occasionally Down+H) and you'd chip away your enemies health from across the screen whether they blocked or not. Add in his sheer size, a healthy dose of super armor (meaning no attack could break his own attacks) and a Hyper attack that couldn't be completely blocked without exact timing, and you had a character who was easy to win with because of how extremely cheap he is.
He's not so much a case of "I choose this character because he's all I know", but rather "I choose this character because it's easy to win and it leaves my opponents pissed off in the process."
He's more of a linear fighter or Crutch Character
than a top-tier contender; even before his health nerf, Sentinel just didn't have good approach options and suffered from the easiest instant-overheads in the game. A better example would be vanilla Phoenix, who was top-tier (EVO 2011
was won with a Phoenix team) and hated
for being an easy top-tier who warped the game around her.
edited 1st Aug '12 11:24:48 AM by Scardoll