Echo Fox Announces New Fighting Game Players

By TJ Porter
January 4, 2017

Echo Fox, the premier esports organization, is excited to announce that its roster of fighting game players has gained new members across three games. The players joining our roster are:

Street Fighter

  • Justin Wong
  • Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi
  • Yusuke Momochi
  • Yuko “Chocoblanka” Momochi

Mortal Kombat

  • Dominique “Sonic Fox” McLean
  • Brad “Scar” Vaughn

Super Smash Bros.

  • Leonardo “MKLeo” Lopez Perez

These new players will be joining Julio Fuentes and Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman on Echo Fox’s fighting game roster. Antonio Javier will be joining the organization as the general manager of the fighting game team.

"From day one, our goal has always been to build the premier eSports organization in the world, setting the new standard for professionalism, team achievement and player development and wellness”, said Rick Fox, Echo Fox owner and 3-time NBA Champion, “Today's announcement demonstrates our willingness to think big, think global and execute a strategic battle plan.”

Echo Fox’s current roster has already seen success in the fighting game community. Mew2King is one of the gods of Smash Bros. and has won four tournaments under the Echo Fox banner. Julio Fuentes qualified for the Capcom Cup and amassed more than a dozen top four finishes in 2016.

The organization’s goal with the expansion of the team is to become the best team in the FGC. By signing the best-established talent, the most promising newcomers, and a highly experienced GM to its already successful roster, Echo Fox expects to dominate the FGC for years to come.

“Everyone is bringing something to the table here in terms of experience, in terms of their insights into strategy for the different games,” said Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall in an interview with Yahoo Esports. “When you’re surrounded by other champions, it really helps you step up your game and feel like you’re part of something bigger and contributing at that level.”

The team has specifically targeted the three fighting games with the greatest history and largest competitive scenes. This allowed us to sign players that have years of experience, as well as players with the most potential, with confidence in their future success.

This focus on total dominance of fighting games aligns with Echo Fox’s strategy to become the premier esports organization in the world. By growing our name in the fighting game community we will position ourselves for success across all esports.

"It became very clear to me that the FGC is just this waiting opportunity for organizations like Echo Fox to get involved... It's sort of an arena of growth for these players to get better than they already are... We see our FGC team as leaders and it's super exciting and I just can't wait to see them do their stuff this year," said Jace Hall.

"We want to create an environment that can help these guys do better than they ever have. If we can do that, that's something that's repeatable. We want to develop practices and methodologies to bring in younger players... and grow them to the top of their game... so that we have a real program for the FGC."

Let’s get to know the newest members of Echo Fox.

Antonio “CoolGrayAJ” Javier

Antonio got his start in the fighting game community at Battle by the Bay 4 (the predecessor to the now massive EVO tournament series). He joined Evil Geniuses as a writer in 2011 and became the manager of EG’s fighting game team in 2013.

During his time with Evil Geniuses Antonio developed a reputation as someone who works hard to take care of his players. His experience with the fighting game community and working with a team full of top level talent will make him a boon to our newly expanded roster.

Street Fighter V

Justin Wong

Justin Wong is an experienced player in a multitude of titles who has been involved in the fighting game community since 2001. His career highlights include first place finishes at EVO in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010, a first place finish in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 at EVO 2014 and more than 100 top four finishes at major Street Fighter tournaments.

During this year Justin earned seven first place finishes at Capcom Cup ranking events for Street Fighter V, which saw him placed third in the global standings.

Justin’s diverse fighting game experience and proven track record will make him an asset to Echo Fox’s Street Fighter roster.

Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi

Tokido has been playing fighting games since he was introduced to The King of Fighters ’94 on the Neo Geo MVS. He later made the jump to the Street Fighter series with Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo. His professional Street Fighter career began with Street Fighter IV and his personality and playstyle made an immediate impact on the community.

The reason for Tokido’s status as one of the Five Gods of Japanese fighting games is clear when one looks at his tournament record in the past year. Out of the twelve Capcom Cup events he played in, he placed outside of the top two only twice, coming in second place in the Global Standings. He will be looking to continue that momentum with his new team in 2017.

Yusuke Momochi

Yusuke Momochi, known by his last name in the fighting game community, is an experienced Japanese Street Fighter player. His first major accomplishment came in 2010 when he took home first place at the Super Battle Opera tournament. He joined Evil Geniuses in 2011 and continued that success, which led him to a first-place finish at the 2014 Capcom Cup. He also took home EVO 2015’s Ultra Street Fighter IV title.

Always a fierce competitor, Momochi will be looking to build on his previous success as a member of Echo Fox.

Yuko “Chocoblanka” Momochi

 Chocoblanka is one of the best-known women in the fighting game community. She has competed in many local and regional events in Japan, as well as some international events such as CEO and EVO. She has made appearances at exhibition events, taking on Capcom developers, and spent time working as co-director of Shinobism, a company aimed at training up and coming members of the FGC.

Chocoblanka has also made waves outside of eSports. She was named one of Japan’s most influential women in 2015 by fashion magazine ROLa and her appearances on Japanese television have made her a face for Japan’s professional gamers. Chocoblanka succeeds as both a competitor and ambassador for esports.

Mortal Kombat

Dominque “Sonic Fox” McLean

Sonic Fox got his start in competitive fighting games at the age of 13, when he entered a Mortal Kombat 9 tournament and placed ninth. Since then, Sonic Fox has become a household name in the FGC. His accomplishments include first place finishes at nearly every event he attended in 2016, including EVO and all three seasons of the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League. EVO 2016 was his third straight first-place finish at EVO tournaments following up victories in the 2015 MKX tournament and the 2014 Injustice event.

Sonic Fox is one of two founding members of the Echo Fox Mortal Kombat team. With his track record of dominance, the team is sure to go far.

Brad “Scar” Vaughn

Scar is another big name in the world of Mortal Kombat with five top finishes under his belt. He has met his new teammate, Sonic Fox, in tournaments a number of times, including in the finals of the second season of the ESL Mortal Kombat pro league.

His competitive career in Mortal Kombat began with the series’ ninth release, so Scar has a strong base of experience to draw from in the game. He and Sonic Fox are sure to make Echo Fox a team to be feared in Mortal Kombat.

Smash Bros.

Leonardo “MKLeo” Lopez Perez

MKLeo is the rising star of Super Smash Bros. At only 15 years old, he already has more than twenty-five titles in singles and eighteen titles in doubles in Smash 4. He made his debut by winning Smash Factor 4, Mexico’s largest tournament. His American debut came in October of 2016 at KTAR XIX, where he placed third. His first tournament victory in the US came at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga.

He will be joining current Fox Mew2King on the team’s Super Smash Bros. roster. The combination of an impressive young talent and one of the gods of Smash Bros. will make Echo Fox a formidable force.