I love how this thread started as a way to say tiers are overrated, and thereafter fell into a detailed discussion on how Natsu is good because she is high tiered etc etc.... Anyhow to the creator of this post, I completely agree with you; tiers are overrated, they do exist, but they are damned overrated. The reason so many people make excuses in fighting games, my self included, is that hands down these games are the most personal. By this I mean, when people lose they lose because they were directly defeated by their opponent. There may be lag, there may be a tier difference, but still the loser lost to someone else because they weren't good enough to compensate. People will ALWAYS be to emotionally weak to just accept this, as after all this is just a game that is suppose to be fun! As soon as something in the game no longer is fun to us, we as self-conscious human beings find some way to frame the situation so that after we lose we can still somehow perceive it as a fun event. Anyhow, good original post!