Echo Fox has expanded its fighting game division by signing seven players across three titles, as well as re-signing their current players to extended contracts, the organization announced via Yahoo Esports Wedensday.
Echo Fox has signed Street Fighter V players Taniguchi "Tokido" Hajime, Momochi "Momochi" Yusuke, Justin Wong and Momochi "ChocoBlanka" Yuko. They also signed Mortal Kombat players Dominique "Sonic Fox" McLean and Brad "Scar" Vaughn and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player Leo "MKLeo" Lopez Perez. The organization has also re-signed Super Smash Bros. Melee and Smash 4 player Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman and Street Fighter V player Julio Fuentes.
While almost every member of Echo Fox’s roster is considered to be one of the best players in their scene, no name stands out more than Tokido. Tokido is one of the five gods of Japanese fighting games, and has been a dominant force in just about every fighting game he’s played in his career. Tokido is a two time EVO champion, taking home gold in the 2002 Capcom vs. SNK 2 tournament and the 2007 Super Street Fighter II Turbo tournament, and has placed in the Top 8 of over 20 different EVO tournaments. This year, he was considered one of the best Street Fighter V players in the world, with wins at SEAM 2016 and CEO 2016.
Another massive name on the new roster is Momochi. While Momochi is one of the younger champions in the Japanese FGC, he is considered to be one of the best Ken players in the world in both Ultra Street Fighter IV and SFV. Over the last few years Momochi has taken first at SEAM 2014, Capcom Cup 2014, EVO 2015 and Stunfest 2016. He’ll be joined on the roster by his wife, ChocoBlanka, who is also a streamer and a pro gamer herself.
Finally, rounding out the SFV part of the roster is Justin Wong, who has long been considered the best North American fighting game player across many titles. Wong has high tournament placements in Street Fighter games, Mortal Kombat games, Capcom Versus games, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls and plenty of others. While Wong is often best known for being the best Marvel vs. Capcom 2 player in the world in the early 2000s, he has also won eight EVO championships across all titles and has over 25 EVO Top 8 appearances.
Over in the world of Smash 4, Echo Fox has also picked up the game’s newest prodigy. MKLeo is considered to be the strongest Smash 4 player in Mexico at just 15 years old, and recently took first place at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga and Canada Cup 2016.
Leo has struggled with visa issues in the past that kept him from competing in the United States, but over the past few months, he’s taken sets off of James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, Elliot “Ally” Bastien Carroza-Oyarce, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby, Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad and Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, among others. MKLeo has also made waves for making the community reexamine Marth’s place on the tier list, as Leo has been cleaning out the highest tier of players in the scene with a character many had written off early in the game’s life.
Finally, Echo Fox has also signed two of the strongest Mortal Kombat players in the world. SonicFox is a three-time EVO champion in both Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat X, but also has strong placements in Street Fighter V and Skullgirls tournaments. Scar, while not quite up to SonicFox’s legendary status, is no slouch either. Scar recently placed first at SCR 2016, third at EVO 2016 and second at CEO 2016.
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