Future has been a top tier PVP Team for quite some time now, with a steady trickle of new releases that seem to make them even better as time goes on. While SP Mai GRN and SP Zamasu RED are more or less impossible to replace, SP SSJ Gohan YEL can find himself in and out of certain Matches depending on the Enemy line-up.
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Gohan Buffs Future Strike Attack straight away, while Cell Buffs Android Strike Attack initially until he's limit broken to 5 stars. Even if he's at 5 stars, he only Buffs SP Zamasu RED through Regeneration.
Assuming you have almost every Future Fighter, if you throw Cell into the Team, you lose out on a Team-wide Z-Ability. Replacing SP Goku Black YEL takes away Blast Attack, while replacing EX Teen Trunks PUR, SP Youth Trunks BLU, or Gohan himself will take Strike Attack away from the Team.
Cell might be a very powerful Fighter, but he’s not worth the potential ~20% Strike or Blast Attack loss for the rest of the Team.
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Passing on the Will
Cell does have Cover: Rescue, which makes him a risky choice to attempt a Rising Rush against, but Gohan's Passing on the Will Unique Ability gives his Team massive Buffs. If he's defeated, he gives the remaining Teammates a permanent Strike Damage, Ki Recovery Speed, Arts Card draw speed, and all Damage inflicted Buff.
This is great for just about any Fighter, but SP Mai GRN especially needs this. She already has increased Card draw speed and cheaper Ki costs, but this makes her into a real force to be reckoned with. Gohan's death results in her being able to chain incredibly long Combos together that actually hurt, despite her average Offensive stats.
The only noticeable edge I'd give Cell over Gohan is his Solar Kamehameha due to the Faint chance as well as his slightly higher Damage output when factoring in his switch in Damage Buff compared to Gohan when factoring his Team Unique Ability Buff.
But this to me isn't worth losing out on the Team Buffs Gohan can provide both in life and death.
Cell is still an excellent choice for the Future Team -- especially if you're missing other key members -- but Gohan is still a mainstay and their primary Yellow Fighter due to his significantly better synergy.