SonicFox Wins Dragon Ball FighterZ at Combo Breaker 2018

Dominique 'SonicFox' McLean finally defeats his nemesis, Goichi 'GO1' Kishida, to win Dragon Ball FighterZ at this year's Combo Breaker.


The main event of Combo Breaker 2018 has wrapped up. It was a clash of two Dragon Ball FighterZ titans, as Dominique "SonicFox" McLean faced off against his DBFZ nemesis and consensus best players in the world, Goichi "GO1" Kishida. But the best player in the world on this day as SonicFox, as he conquered his demon and beat GO1 to win Dragon Ball FighterZ at Combo Breaker.

While SonicFox came in from the winner's side, it didn't take long for GO1 to make up ground with his team of Bardock, Cell, and Vegeta (Super Saiyan). Goichi made quick work of SonixFox's own team of Cell, Kid Buu, and Gotenks to reset the bracket.

However, it was the bracket reset where SonicFox started to get to work. He was able to trap Goichi in the corner often, using Gotenks' Super Ghost Kamikaze attack to force insurmountable pressure. Even as Goichi threatened in subsequent games, SonicFox was able to rally behind his Gotenks to keep his momentum going. But it was SonicFox's Cell who clinched the tournament victory by taking out Goichi's Vegeta.

Prior to the Top 3, the most dramatic moment of Top 8 came when SonicFox met Goichi the first time in Winners Finals. Kishida has been considered the best player in the world for months and has crushed everyone put in front of him, including SonicFox. He hadn't lost a set since Final Round. But all streaks must come to an end, as SonicFox finally beat Go1 3-1 and popped off to the Chicago crowd.

That led to the Losers Finals between GO1 and Ryo "Dogura" Nozaki, an intriguing matchup for several reasons. Not only do these two players frequently practice against one another, but Dogura was also the last man to hand a set loss to Goichi, having beaten him back at Final Round back in March. And Dogura took his sparring partner to the very limit, at one point having a 3-v-2 character advantage in the final game. Goichi rebounded and was able to take out three straight characters to put himself back in Grand Finals.

Next up for fans of the Dragon Ball FighterZ competitive scene is the upcoming Summit of Power. This will see 16 of the best Dragon Ball FighterZ players in the world (including Go1 and SonicFox) gather in the Beyond the Summit house in Los Angeles to compete for supremacy.

[Header photo credit: Stephanie "Vexanie" Lindgren]

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