On June 30th, the final day of the Mortal Kombat 11 Tournament at CEO 2019, Dominique “SonicFox” McLean won the tournament in a 3-1 victory against longtime rival, Ryan “Dragon” Walker.
After suffering a 3-0 loss against Dragon in the semi-finals, SonicFox faced a tall challenge in winning his way to the top: he had to fight his way to the top of the “Losers” ladder, and then face off against the finalist of the “Winners” ladder in two sets of three out of five matches (whereas Dragon, the “Winners” finalist, would only have to win the first match to claim the title.) Despite the disadvantageous odds, SonicFox defeated Dragon in two 3-1 victories and earned himself the top spot in the tournament— using the same character that he used in his loss against Dragon in the semi-finals, Cassie Cage. This is his eleventh victory in a long string of won championships and his second MK11 championship since the release of the game.
Both SonicFox and NREsports tweeted news of the victory at 4:33pm exactly, with NREsports tweeting a clip of the last few seconds of the final match as well as SonicFox’s victory stance in which he donned his signature blue fox mask. SonicFox himself tweeted a simple but succinct celebration:
LETS GOOOO I WON MK11 AT CEO!!!!— FOX | SonicFox (@SonicFox5000) June 30, 2019
SonicFox rose to media prominence in 2018, when during his acceptance speech for the 2018 Best Esports Player of the Year at the The Game Awards he went onstage in his blue fox fursuit and proclaimed himself “gay, black, a furry— pretty much everything a Republican hates— and the best esports player of the whole year.”
He quickly established an idiosyncratic internet presence by responding to criticisms that he was “too political” or “obnoxious” with a certain whimsical flair, sarcastically stating: “Keep giving me free press it’s great!” Regardless of judgments about his “obnoxiousness,” it’s true that he continues to be unapologetically himself— gay and black— in a community that’s been plagued by hate speech and harrassment scandals for a while.
With this latest win, SonicFox continues to rise to prominence as a figure for diversity in Esports: and unlike some other unfortunate rivalries showcased at CEO 2019, there seems to be no hard feelings in his latest face-off against Dragon.