As far as the touch of death situation goes this game is very kind and gentle compared to UMVC3. There are numerous ways to kill off of the very first touch in that game. MVC2 was worse because it could be the first touch of the game, and it could result in you losing every last character on your team. (Think of it like losing all 3 stock from the first touch in PSASBR)
This game requires bare minimum 2 touches to kill anyone. They did that via the AP burst system which gaurantees you cannot build enough meter to kill someon without another hit as well.
But.... I showed you like 6 KCs, and there's still more I didn't show you...
I like playing Dante n cole because they don't have kill confirms, there so much more enjoyable when I get a kill am like YES that was good.... But when you try and kill confirm I find my self getting annoyed if it doesn't work thinking that should off been a **bleep** kill
Just being honest
I used to think the same thing, then I hit the one good ST player... Made me rethink my matchups.
I destroy with Sweet Tooth without KC