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Tokido

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Player Information
Romanized Name:
Hajime Taniguchi
Birth:
July 7, 1985 (1985-07-07) (age 34)
Country:
Status:
Active
Team:
Rohto
Approx. Total Winnings:
$488,202
Alternate IDs:
Murderface
Links
Achievements
Evolution_Championship_Series/2002/CvS2 Evolution_Championship_Series/2007/SSFIIT 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
2020-01-26QG17 - 24thEvolution Championship Series: Japan 2020Urien0 : 2USAGNuckleDu
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 20190 : 2Japansako
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
2019-08-04SO49 - 64thEvolution Championship Series 2019LHong KongHumanbomb
2019-07-07AA1stGame Over Tournament 20192 : 3
3 : 0
NorwayPhenom$7,744
2019-06-30GA7 - 8thCommunity Effort Orlando 2019Akuma0 : 3JapanIbukiFujimura$589
2019-06-16BA2ndFighter's Spirit 20193 : 1
2 : 3
JapanFujimura
2019-06-09DA4thTaipei Major 20192 : 3JapanFuudo$1,000
2019-04-21IC9 - 12thStreet Grand Battle 20190 : 2JapanHaitani
2019-03-31AA1stNorCal Regionals 20192 : 3
3 : 2
USAPunk$9,170
2019-03-24BA2ndFV X SEA Major 20193 : 2JapanFujimura
2019-03-17RG25 - 32ndFinal Round 2019LJapanBonchan
2018
2018-12-16MC13 - 16thCapcom Cup 2018Akuma1 : 3JapanZekuKolinMomochi$1,000
2018-11-11GA7 - 8thRed Bull Kumite 20180 : 2United KingdomProblem X
All Results


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.

Notable Matches[edit]

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike[edit]

Tekken 6[edit]

The King of Fighters XIIII[edit]

Ultra Street Fighter IV[edit]

Street Fighter V[edit]

References[edit]