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Gay esports athlete SonicFox wins championship, warms hearts at CEO 2019

Dominique “SonicFox” McLean won the CEO 2019 Mortal Kombat 11 championship in an all-gay grand final and gifted his medal to a young black fan.

SonicFox CEO 2019 Li Hoang

Dominique “SonicFox” McLean ended Pride month in style Sunday by taking home the Mortal Kombat 11 championship at Community Effort Orlando 2019.

True to his character, SonicFox entered the arena to Sardonyx’s theme, a whimsical fusion character from the pro-LGBTQ cartoon Steven Universe, clad in his trademark fursuit. He dominated the CEO ring after stumbling early in the MK 11 top 8. His time in the winner’s bracket was short-lived after an opening loss to fellow gay fighting game pro Ryan “Dragon” Walker, but the loss seemingly stirred a slumbering beast within the gay esports icon.

SonicFox thrashed his way through the loser’s bracket following the loss, refusing to surrender a single set on his way to an all-gay grand finals rematch with Dragon. The pride of Echo Fox decidedly reset the bracket with a 3-1 victory, but lost the first set of the championship match. That first loss could be attributed to SonicFox switching away from his most used character, Cassie Cage, to Jacqui Briggs, a character he began learning in more detail since his second place finish at Combo Breaker last month.

SonicFox transitioned back to his “Yaas Queen” variation Cassie and took the championship belt with three straight victories. McLean celebrated by putting on his fursuit head and falling to his back in the ring.

The win marks SonicFox’s first victory in the 2019 Mortal Kombat Pro Kompetition and widened his lead atop the league standings.

But the victory wasn’t his only highlight of the weekend. SonicFox warmed the internet’s heart by delivering on a promise he made to a young fan at CEO 2018. After taking home a 5th place medal in last year’s DragonBall FighterZ tournament, SonicFox gave the medal to a young black fan and promised to give him a first place medal in 2019. He fulfilled that goal by giving that young man his MK 11 medal.

The inspirational quality of gifting the medal and participating in an all-gay final ranked just as high as his victory, but it might also spawn a gay FGC rivalry that is perfectly tongue-in-cheek.

“I lost the gay battle today. Will get more gayer for the next one so watch out,” Dragon tweeted following the loss. SonicFox seems totally up for their next clash, saying, “This is the rivalry I like to see.”