Dominique "SonicFox" McLean is among the best competitors in the Fighting Game Community (FGC), with championship titles in several fighting games like Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Injustice 2, and more. Now they might be teasing a step into the complex world of Tekken 7 with a tweet about Zafina, one of the game's characters.
Im really in love with tekken wow..— FOX | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) September 21, 2019
SonicFox is an expert in many games, evidenced by their most recent domination at Evo 2019 in Mortal Kombat 11 and second place win in Dragon Ball FighterZ. The complete range of games they have played competitively can be seen here. They clearly have the skills and versatility to switch between games almost at will.
Dabbling in other major fighting games is a habit for SonicFox. Only a few months ago they tweeted about the release of Poison in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and showing off some lab work showcasing her new toolkit.
Poison would single handedly make me try SFV again deadass— FOX | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) July 31, 2019
SonicFox, like all great competitors in the FGC, is able to pick up new games in the genre and excel. This is due to the vast amount of basic technical knowledge that exists in all fighting games. Footsies, for example, refers to the mid-range space that demands control and precision in fighting games. One must safely poke at the opponent and force them to unsafely retaliate with a poke of their own. An expert of Mortal Kombat 11, Street Fighter V, or Tekken 7 will adapt to the footsies of another game, along with the other basic concepts.
Despite SonicFox’s tweet about their sudden love for Zafina in Tekken 7, there is little reason to get excited. They have dabbled in other fighting games before, and it does not point to any serious shifts in their game of choice in the FGC. Any great player of a fighting game can pick up another, but their performance may only be superficial. There is an immense quantity of knowledge to have on hand at a moment’s notice.
Tekken 7 is also a game that some consider to be more technical than others. At least, this is something that some people think to be true, but not all. A strong indicator that Tekken 7 is more about the skill of a player than the strength of their character occurred with the shocking victory in 2018 by Hyeon-ho “Rangchu” Jeong. Rangchu became the world champion with Panda, a character that considered among the worst in the game.
There is no doubt that SonicFox could become among the best Tekken 7 players in the world if they set their mind to it, but given the time commitment of such an endeavor, and their current dominance in the Mortal Kombat 11 and Dragon Ball FighterZ scene, such a move would be hard to justify.
Perhaps instead they could keep labbing Tekken 7 for the eventual release of the next game in the series, whenever that might be, and then hit that competitive scene right from the beginning.