Now of course Niou is still limited by his own skills but Irie's skill set is just a total counter for Yukimura. Yukimura does not appear to have any way to deal with WoI (he shouldn't be able to achieve 'no flaws' like Irie did). Yukimura's techniques are clearly mental-based and Irie is by far the best guy at mental game in the series so far, not counting the TnK level guys who seem flat out immune and Niou can't copy TnK anyway (yet). So even if Niou's illusion suffers from some penalty compared to real thing, copying Irie is still a better bet than anyone else.
He can't use ZSS back in National. He also can't use Saiki+Hyakuren at the same in the National or even at his latest G10 matxh. The perfect illusion he have done so far are Shiraishi and Kabaji. Never Tezuka.
He's also limited by his illusion. He can only use Kabaji strength when he's in Kabaji illusion. He can't mix and match at will.
I had a question that I wanted to post in a thread about Yukimura. Would Atobe Kingdom work against Yukimura? Would Yukimura be able to find a counter against Atobe Kingdom? If this has already been answered please direct me to the thread. Thanks.
Yukimura is the probably the strongest player in the series.. why take him out? IF i write for his character, there so many things i can do with it.. ^__^
He's my favorite character too.. Who i'm going to watch now??? This like killing Itachi in Naruto.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Thought about this some more. It's clear Atobe can use his vision on the court or on the ball, but not both at at the same time. Otherwise in the game against Ryoma he could've used his vision on the ball (to neutralize the spin) and then use WoI again to hit it to the blind spot and then he can't lose. This clearly didn't happen.
So when you see Atobe starts using AK you got to put some kind of spin on the ball that'd cause it to move when returned (which shouldn't be hard for a high tier player). Now, the spin you put is unlikely to be anything useful unless you've previous experience doing Tezuka Zone type technique, but it should prevent AK from hitting your blind spot. Hopefully you can drag the game out until Atobe can't continue using AK for whatever reason, since you're pretty much in a purely defensive mode until AK runs out.
For some reason, Konomi has handed drastic improvement to Atobe and well... Little improvement to Yukimura.
So realistically, Atobe VS Yukimura will go either way. Its no longer guaranteed Atobe will lose.
Due to them having equal Technique, Yukimura won't be able to just out-rally him anymore.
So Atobe is probably going to take Yukimura's service game.
But Atobe hasn't been able to hit AK on his serve, nor could he do it on his serve with WoI.
So Yukimura due to having a higher Mental can begin to breakdown Atobe's senses with long rallies on Atobe's serve.
For some reason, having slightly higher Power is irrelevant when facing Yukimura so Atobe's +0.5 in Power which is what separates the two in total stats won't make a big difference.
Atobe is at the level of Yukimura and Sanada now though. That 6 in Technique really can't be overlooked.
Atobe can use AK for an entire set in the doubles match, so if we're talking about a standard 1 set match there's no limitation to the amount of times Atobe can use AK. It doesn't matter even if Yukimura's slightly better at rallying. As long as he doesn't score winners every time it wouldn't mater because we know hitting the ball to a specific spot is pretty darn trivial for guys of their level, so Atobe can still hit the ball to the spot he sees with AK even while out-rallied and then he'd score by definition. Although Yukimura can attempt to also put Zone like spin on the ball, the fact that he also has no previous experience with these techniques means it'd be for purely defensive purposes only and it's hard to see him outlasting Atobe either.
The only uncertainty is can Yukimura's mental techs work on Atobe before he gets totally destroyed by AK. Since Atobe recently overcome Mental Assassin, I don't think that's likely. If we go by the original premise that Yukimura needs a mental edge over the opponent, then this is impossible because he can't have any mental edge while at best fighting to stay alive against AK.