Capcom has released the full patch notes for the version 03.051 update including detailed notes for the changes made to characters like Menat and Laura though no mentions of Akuma’s medium kick are made.
“Hidden” balance changes have been a reoccurring part of Street Fighter 5’s third season, and while most of the changes regard bug fixes, usually one or two characters see some minor buffs and nerfs.
In the case of this patch, Akuma’s standing medium kick has been nerfed on block making it punishable for possibly a large portion of the cast. The kick used to be -2 on block before the patch, and now it is reported to be -4.
Loïc “WydD” Petit is normally on top of these sorts of changes and also reports that Ed’s V-Trigger 2 recieved a minor buff along with other changes to Menat, Laura, Sakura, Kolin, Ryu and R. Mika.
It will remain to be seen how much this change will impact the game, but players like Merge|FilipinoChamp have already taken to Twitter to show off how to punish Akuma’s favorite kick which you can check out below along
● The mini-game “Fighting Chance” has been added to the Shop.
— Get your fortune read to receive various lucky items.
Note: Requires FM
● Survival Mode Redesign
— “Random” can be selected from “Enemy Order,” in which the DLC characters will also appear.
— Battle Items obtained from Fighting Chance can be used.
— The V-Gauge will transfer over between stages.
— Added the ability to quit Survival Mode while saving your current progress.
— Can continue by using FM (start with all gauges maxed out).
— Obtain Battle Items upon clearing Survival Mode.
● Additional Content
— Additional Costume (“Story”): Cody
— Additional Costume (“Battle Outfit 1”): Cody
— Additional Costume (“Nostalgia”): Cody
— Additional Costume (“Dante”): Ken
— Additional Costume (“Nero”): Ed
— Additional Costume (“Cannon Spike”): Cammy (can also be obtained in Fighting Chance)
— Additional Stage: Ring of Power
Note: Those who purchased the Capcom Pro Tour: 2018 Premier Pass will be able to select this content after the update has completed.
● Additional notes
When canceling into her CA The Nefertem from Soul Sphere from a normal move cancel, as the command for The Nefertem must be completed immediately after Soul Sphere hits, the cancel timing was quite difficult.
⇒Changed so that the command can be input in advance while she is in possession of the crystal ball, making it easier to perform the CA under the corresponding conditions.
After performing Soul Sphere – Ankh, when performing her V-Skill Soul Reflect from a normal move cancel to match the timing of the returning crystal ball, the V-Skill would not come out.
⇒Changed so that the command can be input in advance while she is in possession of the crystal ball, making it easier to perform her V-Skill under the corresponding conditions.
When canceling into Windstoss immediately after the startup of Luftjagd, there was a phenomenon where Falke would remain in the air.
⇒Fixed so that the startup of Luftjagd cannot be canceled into Windstoss.
For Steel Chair and Fightin’ Dirty, Nadeshiko’s collision boxes were reduced, so there was a phenomenon where an opponent who took blowback damage would pass through her in the upwards direction.
⇒Fixed to expand Nadeshiko’s collision boxes during Steel Chair and Fightin’ Dirty.
L Gohadoken had a different hurtbox timing than that of the other strengths.
⇒Fixed to unify the hurtbox of L Gohadoken with that of the M and H versions.
When in V-Trigger I Denjin Renki, if Ryu did his Shoryuken as the V-Timer ran out, he was not able to cancel into his CA Shinku Hadoken.
⇒Fixed so that Ryu can cancel from Shoryuken into CA Shinku Hadoken even if the V-Timer runs out during the process.
Could not cancel the last hit of Frost Spike into her V-Trigger I Diamond Dust.
⇒Fixed so that Kolin can cancel the last hit of Frost Spike into her V-Trigger I Diamond Dust.
When Thunder Clap hits at the same time as M or EX Bolt Charge and stuns the opponent, if she performs Split River or Rodeo Break, a phenomenon occurred where the animation will play but the opponent will not take damage.
⇒Fixed so that if the opponent goes into stun when M or EX Bolt Charge hits, Laura will not be able to perform Split River or Rodeo Break.