Someone Finally Beat SonicFox In Dragon Ball FighterZ, But He Won The Tournament Anyway

Dominique "SonicFox" McLean is the greatest fighting game player of the modern era, and was at the height of his powers in Philadelphia this past weekend.

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The 12th and final instalment of the Winter Brawl event series attracted over 700 competitors, 316 of which made the trip to compete in Dragon Ball FighterZ. SonicFox was the clear favourite, riding high since the game was released in late January. But would dominant wins at local tournaments such as Next Level Bettle Circuit and Team Stickbug translate to a win at a major like Winter Brawl?

SonicFox cruised through the DBFZ bracket until his matchup against former Evo champ Christopher "NYChrisG" Gonzalez. SonicFox had publicly downplayed Vegeta's worth, but NYChrisG expertly used the common assist character en route to a fast 2-0 win, handing his opponent his first loss in the game since it was released.

While he made sure to give NYChrisG his props, it was clear the gears were turning in SonicFox's mind in preparation for a hypothetical rematch. "His team strategy was new to me, especially with the sparking usages," he explained, referring to NYChrisG's penchant for using Dragon Ball FighterZ's life-restoring Sparking Blast mechanic early instead of saving it for his final character. "But I think I know what to do."

As the tournament continued, it was clear that the possibility of a rematch would soon become a reality. SonicFox powered through the losers bracket, defeating training partner Jon "dekillsage" Coello and frequent Dead or Alive rival Ryane "XCaliburBladez" Jimenez on his way to the grand finals, where NYChrisG was already waiting.

SonicFox doesn't lose very often, whether in Skullgirls, Injustice, Marvel vs. Capcom, or any of the other games he plays. And in the rare occasions that he does, he fights back with a fury belied by the fuzzy fox ears he wears as a member of the furry community. After being handed his first Dragon Ball FighterZ loss, SonicFox set his sights firmly on NYChrisG, and unloaded for the next 25 minutes.

The best fighting game players take away their opponents' ability to have any fun at all. That's exactly what SonicFox did in his 6-0 victory. By combining the power of Goku Black, Hit and Android 16, he left little room for NYChrisG to mount any offence of his own, completely taking much of the strategy he had used to win earlier out of the equation. With the final animation playing out and his victory secured, SonicFox jumped from his chair and started shouting at the crowd. Despite the rare diversion on his way to victory, SonicFox had won yet another Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament.

During a post-match interview that saw him don a "Vegeta Sucks" cap, SonicFox could hardly contain himself. "I'm lit right now, what the fuck!" he giggled. After composing himself, he explained that he wasn't playing "as nice as I wanted to" in his loss the day before, but that he was able to take advantage of some of NYChrisG's patterns to turn things around in grand finals.

His next step: "Take out" Goichi "GO1" Kishida, a strong competitor who has been at the forefront of Dragon Ball FighterZ competition in Japan. "Goichi, omae wa mou shindeiru," SonicFox threatened, referencing a famous line from manga and anime series Fist of the North Star that roughly translates to "you're already dead." The two players have been expertly building the hype for this matchup, culminating in GO1 telling SonicFox "you're next" after winning a tournament just a few days before Winter Brawl.

But even with the high of victory still fresh in his mind, SonicFox's priorities are clear, and petty: "I want an apology for everyone that came at me when I lost to NYChrisG about Vegeta."


Comments

    Sonicfox is a complete joke. Labelling him "greatest fighting game player of the modern era" is pretty stupid and ignorant. People like Infiltration and Momochi are great fighting game players not this guy.

      Yeah i agree, he's a good player and one of the few who seem to be pretty good at competitively playing fighting games at a high level.

      He's definitely no Infiltration, Daigo or Tokido, i hope GO1 shows him who's boss!

      Yeah I also agree. I guess they are giving him that title due to his efforts in super smash.

      But I'm going to be controversial and throw this out there. I love Super smash but it shouldn't be labelled as a competitive fighting game. It is its own genre. A brawler. A free for all.

      How can you label it a fighting game when in a tournament it has so many restrictions ( can only play on one level, no weapons or power ups ect ect) they basically gut of all the default items and fun stuff that made the game what it is and then say this is a competitive fighting game. 1v1 go for it.

      On the other side like a game like street fighter, tekken or KOF. There is no restrictions. You play the game how it is out of the box. 1 player vs another. Just pick the amount of rounds or timer.

      I wonder how super smash pros would fare if they played the game on its default settings with all the random power ups, weapons and drops like pokeballs appearing all the time.

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