Right now, Guilty Gear: Strive might just be the biggest fighting game out there and Dominique “SonicFox” McLean might just be the best Strive player out there. Released just about two months ago, Strive won over a huge chunk of the fighting game community (FGC) with its stellar visuals and with its ability to connect players from all across the world in online battles - something fighting games have struggled with for decades.
The game’s skyrocketing popularity also brought in a huge amount of players - professional and amateur alike - from all corners of the FGC. Top Street Fighter players, Guilty Gear loyalists, and anime fighters have all been getting into the game. But of all those players, SonicFox has recently risen to the top becoming possibly one of the best in the game by winning the massive thousand-entrant LEVO online tournament on top of several smaller events.
For SonicFox it’s nothing new. They have sat at the top of many established titles and are renowned for their ability to learn quickly - something crucial in the early meta of a newly released game. Inside this brand new game, SonicFox also finds a lot of familiarity - surprisingly, stemming from his time in Mortal Kombat.
To Strive or not to Strive
For those embedded in the FGC, this all might sound strange. We conducted this interview in the middle of July where SonicFox frankly had a lot more fervor for the game. Since then, they made the FGC news just by tweeting out how they weren’t feeling as interested in it anymore.
Whether it’s burnout or falling out of love, SonicFox’s heart hasn’t been in Strive as much recently. However, they’re not calling it quits yet and have plans to compete in Strive’s EVO online competition. Not to mention, they still give the game a lot of props and find a lot to be excited about when it comes to the title’s future (even if it won’t involve them as heavily).
Don’t count SonicFox out just yet - a combination of DLC characters and old and new rivalries might just be the thing to reel them back in.
Given that SonicFox won’t be able to fusion dance with GO1 before EVO - and possibly won’t be able to find the same love of the game - how well they’ll do is anyone’s guess. We could see the same SonicFox that brought down legends like Punk, DEB, and Joe Biden. Or a SonicFox who’s more playing SkullGirls, Mortal Kombat, and the Happy Chaos waiting game. Win, lose, or even step away entirely - at the end of it all, doing it after dominating and defining the game early meta is a uniquely “SonicFox” story.