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Tokido

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Player Information
Romanized Name:
Hajime Taniguchi
Birth:
July 7, 1985 (1985-07-07) (age 35)
Country:
Status:
Active
Team:
Rohto
Approx. Total Winnings:
$562,597
Nicknames:
Murderface
Links
Achievements
Evolution_Championship_Series/2002/CvS2 Evolution_Championship_Series/2007/SSFIIT Canada_Cup/2015/USFIV Community Effort Orlando/2016/SFV South East Asia Major/2016/SFV Evolution Championship Series/2017/SFV Capcom_Cup/2017/Asia NorCal_Regionals/2018/SFV ELEAGUE/Street Fighter V Invitational/2018 Tokyo_Game_Show/2018/SFV Canada_Cup/2018/SFV NorCal Regionals/2019/SFV Game Over Tournament/2019/SFV Canada Cup/2019/SFV
History
2010-12-06 - 2011-06-25
2011-06-25 - 2016-03-??
2017-01-04 - 2019-01-31
2019-03-13 - Present

Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi (born July 7, 1985) is a Japanese Fighting Games player currently representing Rohto.

Information[edit]

Tokido is currently a three-time EVO champion, having won Capcom vs. SNK 2 in 2002, Super Street Fighter II Turbo in 2007, and Street Fighter V in 2017. He is known for mastering Akuma in Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, and is widely recognized one of the greatest fighting game players of all time.

Before solely dedicating himself to Street Fighter, Tokido was a top competitor in multiple fighting game franchises, including The King of Fighters, Guilty Gear, Soul Calibur, Virtua Fighter, Dead or Alive, BlazBlue, Tekken, Street Fighter X Tekken, Melty Blood, Marvel vs Capcom and Capcom vs. SNK. As one of the Five Gods of fighting games, he became the face of consistency throughout his career, being able to compete at the highest level in any fighting game he dedicated himself to. In the modern era, Tokido continues to be one of the most respected and feared players in the fighting game community.

For his vast success in both the arcade and the modern era of fighting games, Tokido is considered the best fighting game player of all time by many professional players and commentators.

Biography[edit]

Tokido was introduced to fighting games in the 1990s, when he played Street Fighter II on the Super Famicom and The King of Fighters '94 on the Neo Geo MVS.[1] By competing against his older cousin, Tokido got a taste of victory in games and started chasing self-improvement within the genre.

At 17 years of age, Tokido won his first EVO championship during a visit to the United States. Throughout the 2000s, he cemented himself as a top competitor in multiple fighting game franchises, including Melty Blood, BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive. Although controversial even between his inner-circle friends, Tokido would always focus on cheap characters, going for oppressive strategies to win a plethora of championships.

Tokido got into Street Fighter IV late compared to other high-level players. When he did, Mad Catz teammate Daigo Umehara suggested him to pick Akuma, as a character like Ryu would be too difficult to win with initially. While maining a Akuma, he became famous for his vortex tactics and eccentric persona on stage. Despite quickly becoming one of the best and most famous Street Fighter IV's players in the world, Tokido continued to juggle several high-demanding fighting games at the same time, such as Tekken 6, The King of Fighter XIII, Soul Calibur V, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken and Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, having success in all of them. At EVO 2013 and EVO 2014, Tokido took second place in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and The King of Fighters XIII respectively, losing to Xian and Xiao Hai in grand finals.

With the release of Street Fighter V, Tokido shifted his focus to Street Fighter completely. Using Ryu to great effect, he immediately reached top placings in multiple premier tournaments, losing only to Infiltration during the first few tournaments of the game. Tokido would eventually defeat Infiltration at CEO in order to qualify for Capcom Cup 2016, and he also went on to win SEAM later in the year.

In January 4 2017, Tokido was signed by Echo Fox and once again decided to dedicate all his training to mastering Akuma. At EVO 2017, Tokido went on a tear through the losers' bracket, defeating FChamp, NuckleDu, Itabashi Zangief, Kazunoko and finally Punk to win the tournament in legendary fashion. As 2017 wore on, Tokido continued to consistently place first or second in every tournament he attended, including Capcom Cup 2017.

In the 2018 season of the Capcom Pro Tour, Tokido proceeded to achieve incredibly consistent results, winning RAGE, ELEAGUE, NorCal Regionals, Tokyo Game Show and Canada Cup, while also getting second place at six other premier tournaments. In spite of losing to Gachikun and Momochi at Capcom Cup , Tokido was still considered the Street Fighter player with the best results in the 2018.

Results[edit]

Street Fighter V[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2020
2020-07-26DA4thCPT 2020 Online Event: Asia East 11 : 3JapanFuudo
2020-03-15AA1stTopanga Championship 20204/1Round Robin
2020-03-15AA1stTopanga Championship 20204/1Round Robin$18,202
2020-01-26QG17 - 24thEvolution Championship Series: Japan 2020Urien0 : 2United StatesGNuckleDu
2019
2019-12-22GA7 - 8thRed Bull Kumite 20191 : 2JapanstormKUBO
2019-12-15EA5 - 6thCapcom Cup 2019Akuma2 : 3NorwayKarinNecalliPhenom$9,000
2019-11-17IC9 - 12thCPT North America Open 2019Akuma0 : 2JapanMenatsako
2019-11-03AA1stCanada Cup 2019Akuma3 : 1TaiwanRashidOil King$7,000
2019-10-13BA2ndCPT Asia Regional Finals @ SEA Major Singapore 2019Akuma2 : 3JapanIbukiFujimura$3,000
2019-10-12QG17 - 24thCPT Asia Regional Open @ SEA Major Singapore 20191 : 2JapanNauman
2019-09-15GA7 - 8thCPT Asia Premier @ Tokyo Game Show 2019Akuma1 : 3JapanUrienShuto$925
2019-09-08GA7 - 8thPPL Fighter Masters 20190 : 3Japankichipa-mu$500
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results

Street Fighter IV[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2015
2015-12-06IC9 - 12thCapcom Cup 2015Akuma1 : 3JapanMakotoMisse
2015-11-01AA1stCanada Cup 20152 : 3
3 : 2
JapanFuudo$7,000
2015-07-19EA5 - 6thEvolution Championship Series 2015Akuma1 : 3TaiwanElenaGamerBee$2,945
2015-06-28IC9 - 12thCommunity Effort Orlando 20151 : 2ChinaXiao Hai
2015-06-21BA2ndSouth East Asia Major 20150 : 3JapanMago$3,000
2015-05-24DA4thStunFest 20151 : 3JapanDaigo$1,000
2015-04-05BA2ndHypespotting 42 : 3JapanMago$3,000
2015-03-28BA2ndRed Bull Kumite 20151 : 3
1 : 3
JapanBonchan
2015-03-20RG25 - 32ndFinal Round 181 : 2ChinaXiao Hai
2015-03-15DA4thSXSW Gaming Fighters Invitational1 : 3JapanKazunoko$1,500
2014
2014-06-22DA4thSouth East Asia Major 20141 : 2JapanMomochi$200
2013
2013-12-14EA5 - 6thCapcom Cup 2013Akuma1 : 3SingaporeGenXian
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results

Street Fighter III[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2012
2012-12-08BA2ndStreet Fighter 25th Anniversary Global TournamentChun-Li0 : 3JapanKenMOV$2,200
2008
2008-08-10DA4thEvolution Championship Series 2008Chun-Li1 : 2JapanChun-LiNuki
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results

Street Fighter II[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2012
2012-12-08EA5 - 6thStreet Fighter 25th Anniversary Global TournamentVega0 : 2United StatesBalrogAfro Legends$500
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results

Street Fighter x Tekken[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2012
2012-12-08BA2ndStreet Fighter 25th Anniversary Global Tournament1 : 3
0 : 3
South KoreaInfiltration$10,000
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2012
2012-07-08CA3rdEvolution Championship Series 2012TokidoJapan
FuudoJapan
0 : 2South KoreaInfiltration
South KoreaLaugh
All Results
No VODs on record

The King of Fighters XIII[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2014
2014-07-12BA2ndEvolution Championship Series 20143 : 1
1 : 3
ChinaXiao Hai$638
2014-03-30AA1stId Global Tournament 20143 : 0
3 : 0
TaiwanET$10,000
2013
2013-07-14DA4thEvolution Championship Series 20130 : 2United StatesReynald$341
2012
2012-06-10DA4thMLG Pro Circuit 2012 – Spring Championship3 : 6MexicoRomance$500
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results
No VODs on record

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2013
2013-09-29DA4thCanada Cup 20131 : 3United StatesFilipino Champ
2012
2012-10-28CA3rdCanada Cup 20120 : 3United StatesJustin Wong
2012-05-06GA7 - 8thShadowloo Showdown 20121 : 2AustraliaAntman
2012-02-19CA3rdWorld Game Cup 20120 : 2United KingdomZak Bennett$250
2011
2011-11-06CA3rdCanada Cup 20111 : 2United StatesFilipino Champ
2011-06-26AA1stShadowloo Showdown 20113 : 0JapanMago
2011-06-12AA1stCommunity Effort Orlando 20112 : 3
3 : 1
United StatesJustin Wong$1,600
2011-03-13GA7 - 8thFinal Round XIV1 : 3United StatesPR Balrog
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results

Tekken 6[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2011
2011-07-31GA7 - 8thEvolution Championship Series 2011Bob0 : 2United StatesLawJustFrameJames
2011-06-12CA3rdCommunity Effort Orlando 2011Bob0 : 3United StatesLeeFightingGM$100
2010
2010-07-11EA5 - 6thEvolution Championship Series 2010Bob0 : 2United StatesLawRip
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results

Persona 4 Arena[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2013
2013-07-12IC9 - 12thEvolution Championship Series 2013LJapanDomi
2012
2012-10-28AA1stCanada Cup 2012Mitsuru3 : 2JapanYosukeYuKazunoko
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results

Soulcalibur V[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2012
2012-07-08MC13 - 16thEvolution Championship Series 2012LFranceKeev
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results
No VODs on record

Gallery[edit]


Trivia[edit]

  • Referred to as the best fighting game player of all time by old-school personalities like James Chen, UltraDavid and Justin Wong. [2]
  • One of the Five Gods of Fighting Games.
  • Although well-known for his Akuma, Tokido puts winning above everything.
  • Started playing fighting games at the age of six.
  • Throughout his carrer, Tokido has gotten Top 8 at EVO in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Guilty Gear XX Reload, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear XX Slash teams, Virtua Fighter 5, Guilty Gear XX Λ Core Teams, Capcom vs SNK 2, Tekken 6, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2, Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Street Fighter X Tekken, The King of Fighters XIII, Ultra Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, adding to over 24 EVO Top 8 placings.
  • According to Bonchan, Tokido has a philosophy to train himself physically to compete well. [3]
  • An iconic moment of his career came at SoCal Regionals 2010 in a match against Clakey D, where he ended the match by mimicking Akuma's Raging Demon pose. [4]
  • Has adopted multiple playstyles over the years.
  • Used to be known for taking on a somewhat eccentric persona on stage. More recently, he stated that he means to leave such behaviors behind him and "show entertainment in-game, not out of it".[5]
  • Often displays incredible mental fortitude and self control in nerve wrecking situations.
  • After winning EVO 2017, Tokido delivered a mantra that was repeated by fighting games fans all over the world: "Fighting games [are]... something so great.".
  • His favorite fighting game is The King of Fighters XIII.
  • Has a friendly rivalry with Hungrybox in Jenga.
  • Shocked the american fighting game community during his first trip to the United States in 2002 by convincingly beating Justin Wong with Urien in SF3: Third Strike.
  • Nominated for the "Esports Player of the Year" award at The Game Awards 2018.[6]
  • Is one of a handful of players to have an EVO Top-8 Finish in both Street Fighter game and a main franchise Tekken game, the others being Ryan Hart, Justin Wong and Poongko.

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