Of all the stories to come out of this weekend's event, none will be more prevalent or have more lasting impact than the recounting of Sonic Fox and his Captain Cold. Sonic is the type of player who seems as if he has to periodically find challenges for himself -- and after winning Defend the North last week, he took on the task of facing this bracket with one of the game's least-played characters.
And face it he did. With a relentless committment to charge Cold's trait in the neutral, after freezes, and even in the middle of an existing Level 2 trait globe show, he demonstrated the character's potential against a varied cross-section of the cast.
Aside from Sonic's adventures, there were several other items of note from this weekend:
- Israel's Yammini provided a strong showing, beating a very notable player in Slayer and and playing an exciting set against Foxy Grampa in Top 8.
- Florida's Whiteboi has continued to look strong week after week, and followed his 4th-place finish at Defend the North with a 2nd place Grand Finals appearance this weekend. Since winning CEO, Whiteboi has made a convincing case for being one of this game's strongest players.
- Theo vs. Dragon was likely one of the most insane finishes to a set we've witnessed yet
- The US in general made a very strong showing at this event, as neither the fresh competition nor the jet lag seemed to slow the majority of Stateside players down in Vienna.
The meta is wide open at this point -- and it's a fascinating time to be a fan, with Summer Jam and VSFighting just around the corner.
Meanwhile, Captain Cold players: we'll be watching you See you next week!
1) Echo Fox | Sonic Fox (Captain Cold, Red Hood)
2) Renegades | Whiteboi (Scarecrow)
3) Noble Dragon (Black Adam, Aquaman)
4) Echo Fox | Theo (Superman)
5) Forever King (Batman)
5) PXP | A F0xy Grampa (Deadshot)
7) Biohazard (Harley Quinn, Bane, Deadshot)
7) Yammini (Green Arrow)
Sonic Fox Wins Injustice 2 at Viennality 2017