Working alongside Soto is Yari, another close combat specialist. While Soto likes to rip the opponent apart, Yari instead prefers to pound them into the ground with a powerful jackhammer liberated from one of the construction mechs. Coupled with Pounder HE missiles she favors, this style of attack is known as “pounding dirt”.
During the final of MD’89 when Yari was caught in an hab-construct surrounded by Thunderstrike and Lightfoot, and with no obvious way out before they began their attack, Yari used her jackhammer to pound into the floor. As the Terran pair obliterated the building with blaster fire, missiles and plasma, Yari hammered an escape tunnel, appearing 200 feet away behind them. A few well aimed railgun blasts and missile strikes crippled the Terrans, giving Yari enough time to make it back to a friendly zone in the arena.