"First to Ten" Interview Series returns with a new guest: PXP @AF0xyGrampa

The First to Ten Interview Series made a comeback last weekend, and this time we're taking a look at the player who instantly jumps to the front of everyone's minds whenever anyone mentions the NRS community in the United Kingdom.

That player is Denom "A Foxy Grampa" Jones, known for appearing in multiple seasons of the ESL MKX Pro League and the Injustice 2 Pro Series. His history stretches back to the release of Mortal Kombat 9, the first of numerous titles by NetherRealm Studios that would attempt to appeal to competitive players while continuing to cater to casual gamers.

He'd amassed a reputation for his mastery of Rain in MK9, and then for Wonder Woman in Injustice 1, but it was not until Mortal Kombat X that his competitive career would really crawl into the spotlight. In addition to the ESL Pro League, he became a finalist for the EVO 2015 MKX World Finals, but fell just an inch short of repeating this achievement in 2016. Before EVO 2016 occurred, however, Foxy defeated Panda Global's Hayatei at Combo Breaker, becoming the first UK player to achieve a monumental victory in an NRS title at the event.

Unsurprisingly, he's continuing to topple opponents in NetherRealm's latest iteration, Injustice 2. In addition to the IPS, he'd qualified for the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championships, where he finished in second place, losing only to Allegiance Dragon but suffering a close call against NASR Tekken Master.

For the time being, Foxy has opted to relax for until a second season of the Injustice 2 Pro Series is announced by NRS (if it happens, that is). Until then, we give our thanks to @RomanovaNRS for granting us an opportunity to look inside the mind of one of the UK's proudest champions.

The full interview is linked here, but see below for a snippet of their conversation.


First to Ten: F0xy, thank you for joining us today, could you please start off by telling us a little about who you are, where you’re from, and how you started competing for fighting games?

A F0xy Grampa: Hi mate no worries. My name’s Denom Jones from the UK and I first started competing when I was 15.  Originally it was in Halo, and eventually when I turned 19 (when MK9 came out) I ventured into the FGC.

First to Ten: Why Mortal Kombat?  What got you into the series and what was a changing moment for you in your competitive career with this game?

A F0xy Grampa: Mortal Kombat is a part of my holy trinity of series (MK, DBZ, MGS). So before I knew I wanted to compete in it, I knew I was gonna be hooked on it anyway. I’d been playing MK games since I was 4, or as early as I can remember on the Sega mega drive. I’m just drawn to the darkness of MK in game and in its lore.

First to Ten: What kind of stuff do you do in your spare time when you aren’t traveling for tournaments?

A F0xy Grampa: When I’m not travelling to tournaments, if it’s the off season, I’m trying to do as minimal as possible. I’m mostly a hermit. At least this season, it’s a good break from traveling globally multiple times a month.  I’m just chilled mostly, tournaments and travel have got me into a nocturnal sleeping pattern so I’ll keep up to date with a lot of the events from other scenes since I’m usually up so late, just as a spectator.  Other than that I’ll either be on the turntables, at the studio or just taking out my girlfriend, Vonnie. I’ve become a simple man.


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