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SonicFox announces Echo Fox departure and teases future plans

Published: 26/Feb/2020 3:12 Updated: 26/Feb/2020 5:13

by Andrew Amos

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Dominique ‘SonicFox’ McLean, the final Echo Fox player left on their FGC lineup, has finally left the organization, although there’s already new plans in the works for the enigmatic fighting game player.

Echo Fox used to be one of the most powerful organizations in fighting games, but now all that remains is a legacy. The storied team has let go of their final competitor, SonicFox, as of February 25, with the talented player letting their fans know on Twitter.

“Announcing my official departure from Echo Fox,” they said. “Had a lot of good runs with the team and it changed my life! Looking forward to the future and new opportunities!”

They told fans to “expect new announcements soon,” but whether that could be in the competitor space or otherwise is unknown. Either way, the rumor mill is spinning on where the fan-favorite fighting game player could end up.

A couple of names being thrown around are Team Liquid, 100 Thieves, and G2 Esports. Team Liquid has an established FGC fanbase, being home to some of the genre’s best players including Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma and Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby.

However, it would be a new foray into fighting games for both 100T and G2. While they might have a big presence in games like League of Legends and CS:GO, neither organization has a single fighting game player in their books.

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SonicFox (right) has won major titles in various fighting games, including Dragon Ball FighterZ and Mortal Kombat 11.

SonicFox won a number of titles across numerous franchises during their three-year stint with Echo Fox. They took home two EVO titles in 2018 and 2019 for Dragon Ball FighterZ and Mortal Kombat 11 respectively, and a handful of majors across the world.

Their only result in 2020 so far is a 13-16th placement at the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals after being swept 0-3 in the group stages of the event.

Mortal Kombat 11 will not be making a return to EVO in 2020, so SonicFox won’t be able to defend their title there, but they will have a chance to redeem themselves in Dragon Ball FighterZ after placing second in 2019.

Echo Fox used to be home to some of the FGC’s most legendary names, including Yusuke ‘Momochi’ Momochi, Justin Wong, Leonardo ‘Mkleo’ Lopez Perez, and Jason ‘Mew2King’ Zimmerman.

The team officially disbanded in November 2019 after months of legal disputes between co-founder Rick Fox and other directors of the team.

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BLAST Premier Global Final – NAVI and Team Liquid go through

Published: 22/Jan/2021 20:55 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 22:09

by Albert Petrosyan

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BLAST Premier’s Global Final is underway! Eight of BLAST’s best compete for the lion’s share of $1 million. Here’s the Global Final schedule, stream, and results — as well as a recap for each day as the action unfolds! 


  • Winner’s Final: Astralis vs Team Vitality scheduled for 10:30AM (EST) / 4:30PM (CET)
  • NAVI send G2 Esports home 2-0
  • Evil Geniuses swept by Team Liquid 0-2

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results

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Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final Astralis vs Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final Team Liquid vs NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 24

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpass — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  NAVI 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

FURIA bow out early, FalleN’s Liquid surprise Na’Vi

Complexity were unable to perform in their first series of the year, being swept on Mirage (9-16) and Dust2 (8-16). ZywOo shined, delivering 46 kills over two maps. 

A new-look Team Liquid pull the upset against NAVI, dispatching the CIS squad on Inferno (16-6) and Nuke (16-14). S1mple’s 36 kills on Nuke were not enough to keep his team in the upper bracket

Despite a convincing win on Inferno (16-9), FURIA fell short on Mirage (14-16) against Evil Geniuses. Stanislaw and co. followed up with a swift win on Nuke (16-6) to keep their tournament hopes alive.

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity 1-2 NAVI 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis 2-1 G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality 2-0 Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis and Vitality secure top-4, Complexity knocked out

Complexity were eliminated by NAVI after a 1-2 series. Electronic was the star of the show with 75 kills over three maps.

Astralis took down G2 Esports following a thrilling series. The Danes followed Dust2 (14-16) with wins on Vertigo (16-8) and Inferno (16-4) with Dupreeh displaying an impressive 91.5 ADR across three maps.

Team Liquid failed to overcome Vitality falling short on Vertigo (11-16) after a close game on Nuke (14-16). ZywOo seemed unbeatable in clutches across both maps.

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 Evil Geniuses 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 G2 0-2 NAVI 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

G2 and Evil Geniuses fall short, NAVI and Liquid trough

Team Liquid send Evil Geniuses packing after two swift wins on Inferno (16-12) and Dust2 (16-8). NAF shined for the North American team, delivering 51 kills over the two maps. 

NAVI take down G2 Esports, looking unstoppable on both Train (16-6) and Mirage (16-8). Everyone on the CIS squad was on point, with s1mple standing out with an impressive 94.3 ADR across the series.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 G2 Esports $20,000
Evil Geniuses
7-8 Complexity $15,000
FURIA