Tokido

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Tokido
Hajime Taniguchi
Tokido at Evo 2016 (crop).jpg
Tokido at Evo 2016
Status Active
Born (1985-07-07) 7 July 1985 (age 33)
Nationality Japanese
Games King of Fighters and Street Fighter
Career prize money $98,921.45
Championships Capcom vs. SNK 2 - EVO 2002 [1]
Super Street Fighter II Turbo - EVO 2007[1]
Street Fighter V - EVO 2017[1]
Nickname(s) Murderface
Professional career
2011 The Traveling Circus
2011–2016 Mad Catz
2017– Echo Fox

Hajime Taniguchi (Japanese: 谷口 一, Hepburn: Taniguchi Hajime, born 7 July 1985), better known as Tokido, is a Japanese fighting game player. Active in the King of Fighters and Street Fighter franchises, Tokido has a unique play style. Tokido is renowned for playing multiple fighting games on a competitive level in addition to Street Fighter, including Tekken, Marvel vs Capcom 3, BlazBlue, and more.[2] Tokido is a three-time EVO champion, having won Capcom vs. SNK 2 in 2002 as well as winning Super Street Fighter II Turbo in 2007 and Street Fighter V ten years later.[3] Tokido has had 19+ Evolution top 8 finishes in 9 different games across 15 years, a feat surpassed only by Justin Wong.[4]

Career[edit]

Tokido was introduced to fighting games in the 1990s, when he played The King of Fighters '94 on the Neo Geo MVS. The first Street Fighter game Tokido came in contact with was Street Fighter 2 on the Super Famicom.[5]

At CEO 2011 he took 1st place in Super Street Fighter 4, Marvel vs Capcom 3, and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II and took 3rd place in Tekken 6.[2] Sponsored by Madcatz, Tokido was a highly successful King of Fighters XIII player in 2014.[6][7] Tokido got into Street Fighter IV late compared to other high-level players. When he did, teammate Daigo Umehara suggested he pick the character Akuma, as a character like Ryu would be too difficult for him. Playing as Akuma, Tokido invented the "Tokido Vortex", a move that guarantees an opponent character will take damage.[5]

A few months before Street Fighter V was released in February 2016, Tokido expressed a desire to make a change in his playstyle. Playing with a "more fundamental, grounded style" did not work out well at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show tournament, but he did win the 2015 Canada Cup a month later. The change in style prepared Tokido to use Ryu in Street Fighter V, as the game did not include Akuma at that point. Tokido reached second place multiple times during the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour, losing only to Infiltration at Final Round 19 and NorCal Regionals 2016. Tokido would eventually defeat Infiltration at the 2016 Community Effort Orlando in order to qualify for the Capcom Cup.[8][9]

Tokido was released from Mad Catz in 2016, as the company was having financial trouble due to the poor sales of Rock Band 4.[10] On January 4, 2017, it was confirmed that Echo Fox had picked up Tokido.[11]

After his signature character Akuma was released for Street Fighter V, Tokido would go on to win the game's tournament at Evo 2017.[12]

Legacy[edit]

In 2016, a Yahoo Esports article described Tokido as a "fighting game legend," as a veteran of numerous battles spanning over a decade.[8] Tokido is considered to be one of Japan's five "fighting game gods", a title he shares with Daigo Umehara, Shinya Onuki, Tatsuya Haitani, and Naoto Sako.[13]

Tokido is known for taking on a somewhat eccentric persona on stage. Footage exists of Tokido imitating some of Akuma's taunts, and trash-talking his opponent Bonchan shortly before a tournament in 2015 became highly discussed among the fighting game community. In 2015, Tokido stated that he is meaning to leave such behavior behind him because, as a professional gamer, he wants "to show that entertainment in game, not out of it."[5]

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Game Place Character
2018 United States Evo 2018 Street Fighter V 2nd Akuma
2018 United States NorCal Regionals 2018 Street Fighter V 1st Akuma
2018 United States Final Round 21 Street Fighter V 2nd Akuma
2017 United States Capcom Cup 2017 Street Fighter V 2nd Akuma
2017 United States Evo 2017 Street Fighter V 1st Akuma
2016 United States Red Bull Battlegrounds 2016 Street Fighter V 2nd Ryu
2016 United States Community Effort Orlando Street Fighter V 1st Ryu
2016 United States NorCal Regionals 2016 Street Fighter V 2nd Ryu
2016 United States Final Round 19 Street Fighter V 2nd Ryu
2015 Canada Canada Cup 2015 Ultra Street Fighter IV 1st Akuma
2014 United States Evo 2014 The King of Fighters XIII 2nd EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Chin
2013 United States Evo 2013 Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Ver. 2012) 2nd Akuma
2013 United States Evo 2013 The King of Fighters XIII 4th EX Iori, Mr. Karate, Kim
2012 United States Evo 2012 Street Fighter x Tekken 2v2 Teams 3rd Chun-Li
2011 United States Evo 2011 BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II 3rd Noel
2008 United States Evo 2008 Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 4th Chun-Li, Urien
2008 United States Evo 2008 Super Street Fighter II Turbo 4th Vega
2007 United States Evo 2007 Super Street Fighter II Turbo 1st Vega
2007 United States Evo 2007 Virtua Fighter 5 4th Pai
2007 United States Evo 2007 Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 2nd Chun Li, Urien
2006 United States Evo 2006 Hyper Street Fighter II 3rd CE M. Bison
2005 United States Evo 2005 Super Street Fighter II Turbo 3rd Vega
2002 United States Evo 2002 Capcom vs SNK 2 1st N-Groove: E. Honda, Blanka, Sagat

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Yin-Poole, Wesley. "Tokido crowned Street Fighter 5 Evo 2017 champion". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b https://capcomprotour.com/players/tokido/
  3. ^ Rosen, Daniel. "Echo Fox sign Tokido, Momochi, Justin Wong, ChocoBlanka, Sonic Fox, Scar and MK Leo". The Score eSports. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  4. ^ http://shoryuken.com/2017/07/31/evolution-of-a-champion-compilation-follows-tokidos-path-from-capcom-vs-snk-2-to-street-fighter-v-at-evo/
  5. ^ a b c Martin, Michael (2015-10-08). "Casuals: Tokido, Looking Beyond the Raging Demon". Red Bull. 
  6. ^ Baseel, Casey (2014-05-03). "Japanese gamers dominate tournament, win back portion of money they've pumped into arcades". RocketNews24. 
  7. ^ Fahey, Mike (2014-07-13). "I Really Wanted The Other Guy To Win EVO's King Of Fighters Tournament". Kotaku Australia. 
  8. ^ a b Martin, Michael (2016-07-01). "Tokido's transformation: How a style change helped him win CEO 2016". Yahoo Esports. 
  9. ^ Steiner, Dustin (2016-06-27). "The Immortal Defeated at CEO: Tokido Takes his Crown". PVP Live. 
  10. ^ Lazaro, Gab. "Mago and Tokido No Longer with Team Mad Catz". Esports Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  11. ^ Martin, Michael. "Echo Fox signs Justin Wong, Momochi, Tokido, Sonic Fox, and MKLeo in stunning FGC move". Yahoo eSports. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  12. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (2017-07-17). "Tokido crowned Street Fighter 5 Evo 2017 champion". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  13. ^ Nordmark, Sam. "All of Japan's 'Five Gods' of fighting games will attend EVO 2k14". GameSpot. Retrieved 2016-10-31.