As I use Dragunov as my main character since the launch of Tekken 7 in 2017 till today, I have been hearing from almost all the Tekken community members that Dragunov is overpowered. I agree with this point and he is the best character to be used in tournaments due to the ease of his moves.
The most favourite: Down 2
Most of the people who face Dragunov as an opponent, complain of Running 2 and Down 2 combination as they are very pressurizing and the Down 2 is very hard to predict every time which takes most of the life of the opponent if he mixes up it with other moves. Down 2 poke tracks very well and lets your opponent go into crouch giving Dragunov user and the opponent exactly the same frame advantage to attack after it which many times result in a trade.
There are other moves too which together made this character an overpowered, punishing character in all conditions. After the Season 2 update, several moves of Dragunov have been nerfed but the character got mostly affected by the nerfing of Down 2 which now gives the opponent 1 frame advantage to attack faster after he gets hit by this move. Not only that, the opponent now doesn’t crouch after getting hit.
But the most important thing which is the tracking of this move is still the same which is why the character is still good for tournaments but you can’t expect the Dragunov user to be randomly doing this move too frequently as it can result in a big risk of getting punished.
However, some of his moves have been buffed although they might not produce great results. One of the new features in the game is the wall bounce that is performed by select characters and Dragunov is able to do it by While Standing 3. You can now execute a small combo on the wall after it dealing in massive damage.
Some moves have been made faster
The QCF 2 and UF 3+4 have been made a little faster in order to perform the combos using F 3, Crouch Dash 2 to be faster and easier at the end and to corner the opponent making it difficult for him to escape easily respectively.
One more Follow up move
Dragunov’s UF 4 used to give a free Down 4, 1, 3 as a follow-up and his CH FF 2 used to give a free While Rising 1+2. Now one more move has been added to this where you can get a free White Rising 1+2 after performing a UF 1 which has insane range and 42 Damage. This move doesn’t require any counter-hit and can be used as a safe move.
In the Following video, Aris explains in depth how Dragunov got affected by the Season 2 update