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For SonicFox, confidence is a weapon

Dominique "SonicFox" McLean had a slight hiccup at this year's Evo, but he's been dominant in virtually every other competition since. He plays the intimidation game better than anyone at his level to great success. Gail Fisher for ESPN

The most dominating fighting game player in this modern era is only 19 years old.

His name is Dominique "SonicFox" McLean and he knows he's the best at any game he puts in the work for. From Mortal Kombat X to Skullgirls to Injustice to Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, his résumé and versatility grows with each passing fighting game title.

SonicFox is young, brash, and fearless -- the necessary tools for a genre of games that require the least amount of flinching. While a lot of the talk revolves around his attitude and propensity to stir up controversy via social media, his decisions inside the game should not be a question.

"I don't care what people have to say about me," SonicFox said. "I do what I need to do, I talk my s---, and I win."

SonicFox's competitive career began four years ago when he was 15 years old with Injustice, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate and Last Round, Skullgirls and Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late. It continued with Mortal Kombat 9 and then X and XL, Street Fighter V, Injustice 2 and then Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. With multiple world championships from the Evolution Fighting Game Championships, ESL Pro League Finals, Pro Series Finals and major tournaments, he's already one of the greatest fighting game players ever.

SonicFox is the current Injustice 2 world champion and there's really no one close to upsetting him. As the face of Injustice 2, he's well aware of his own dominance in the field.

"If you keep winning multiple major tournaments and proving you're the best, people tend to get intimidated. I make sure you're intimidated by me so I can kill you for it," SonicFox said. "It's good to be the face of the game because it should motivate players to knock me off my throne."

He wins through intimidation. His already lethal style of play is magnified when he notices an opponent choking. As to how he gets into the opponent's head? He'll disrespect them with unsafe moves, taunts, and abuse his character's tools. Just like his wide range of games, his character pool makes selections before the matches start unpredictable.

"I'm the only player that can kill you for abusing your character's tools," SonicFox said. "I force players to play neutral with me or die trying and I have the best neutral game in the world for Injustice 2. I'm good at making people hang themselves in a way that they click a button they should not have. After I win the neutral game, my aggression is unmatched. I can usually win off of one knockdown."

SonicFox is aware of his presence in and outside of the game, but that doesn't faze him. He's the new school of fighting game player that takes attitude and multiplies it through character. Confidence is a weapon, and the fighting game community's new leader has a never-ending supply of it. It will be a long time before someone usurps the king at his own game(s).

"I'm going to keep playing because I love Injustice 2 and I'm going to do what I was doing before -- I'm the best at it," SonicFox said. "I make sure I am solid in any shape and form and I do not want to lose another major ever again. I make sure that I know everything. Everything."