When discussing tier list, I always WANT to say that Valerie is among the top 3, but when I think of her matchups on an individual level, I kind of can't agree with that statement?
Her worst matchups are Midori and Grave. Jaina and Geiger are hard fights due to their great zoning and reversals, so you have to bait them a lot to win. DeGrey can be very dangerous because Ghost and Counter are amazing, Setsuki is EXTREMELY VOLATILE and I've explored the Rook fight so deeply that it feels even, but she can still die in two reads.
Is she actually even/disadvantaged against the whole cast? She actually might be. But I notice that all of my matchups with her come down to hard reads and baits. Maybe just like DeGrey, you really have to make some key decisions in order to accomplish anything, because her mixups are all pretty fake but effective when you can condition your opponent to guess wrong.
I love this about her; she's a mega reads-based glass cannon. But she might actually be the "worst" character in the game?? So often people ay conventions say she's weak or they just can't make her work, and maybe they're actually right? Ha! LordKnight figured her stuff out pretty quick but he didn't use a lot of the tech I use just yet...
Similarly, I've long thought Rook was top tier, but maybe he's in the same boat; an awesome grappler with tons of tools, but who does he even beat?
That said, here's my current list;
A+: Midori Grave Setsuki
A: Jaina Geiger DeGrey
A-: Valerie Rook
It's so cliche to say that your main is bottom tier lmao