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Jacqui, Kano, and more reportedly getting buffed, 'news and klues' to be shown - Kombat Kast returns this coming Monday

The last Mortal Kombat X Kombat Kast broadcasted showed off Tremor -- the final DLC character in the first Kombat Pack. This was over a month ago...

Today, NetherRealm's various Twitter accounts, including MK co-creator Ed Boon and Community Specialist Tyler Lansdown, announced that the Kast would be returning this coming Monday, and according to them this stream will be jam-packed with good stuff.

A new Mortal Kombat X patch with balance changes is on its way, and we can expect to see some of the alterations demonstrated / discussed during the upcoming Kombat Kast. Boon, Lansdown, and the official NetherRealm Studios Twitter account report that Jacqui, Kano, and the sun god (Kotal Kahn) will be receiving buffs in the next patch.

Boon doesn't go into specifics about Jacqui, merely telling fans of the character to "rejoice." However, Kano will be receiving a new combo extending popup attack and a new move is being added to Kotal's arsenal. Obviously, these reported changes don't make up the entire list of patch notes, so we'll be seeing more buffs and nerfs next week.

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This spell casting bug in Mortal Kombat X grants Sorcerer Quan Chi double armor, 100% combos and more

Mortal Kombat veterans, Ketchup and Mustard, bring to us a video depicting a way to make Sorcerer Quan Chi incredibly overpowered.

In the video, they go into great detail describing how to incite the bug, and then how to apply it effectively into your game play. Essentially it allows Quan Chi to activate multiple spells simultaneously, and the implications are pretty huge.

In his Sorcerer variation, Quan Chi can activate temporary buffs that drain the opponent's meter, grant a hit of armor, increase chip damage and more. The ability to stack these buffs quickly realizes a disgustingly powerful Quan Chi, who can even dole out a full 100% with one combo.

Check out the video, with its detailed walk through and descriptions, after the jump.

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Benny is missing, and the Assist Me crew encounters a deadly Predator - learn to play the MKX character in this epic fan-film

The Assist Me crew is back with another installment in the fighting game tutorial series. This time around, Max imparts his knowledge of Predator from Mortal Kombat X upon us.

It just wouldn't be Assist Me without an epic story mixed in with the tutorial portions, and this episode delivers yet again. Benny -- Max's faithful pooch -- has gone missing, and it's up to the guys to find him and bring him home safely. Unfortunately, a deadly Predator is on the loose.

This video covers all three of Predator's variations, demonstrates various safe strings and set ups, provides viewers with useful combos, and much more. If you're looking to pick up Predator in Mortal Kombat X, be sure to check out the latest episode of Assist Me.

Hit the jump to view the video.

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GamingSins exposes a TON of inconsistencies, cheesy sequences and other hilarious mistakes in the Mortal Kombat X story line

Insanely cool and powerful characters taking on other equally cool and powerful characters in a death match? That's great. Said characters getting beat down by inexperienced newbie characters just for the sake of making a less-than-perfectly-thought-out story line work? Sinful.

GamingSins has gone through the Mortal Kombat X story and nitpicked just about each and every example of lazy writing, mismatched fights and unexplained happenings.

Mortal Kombat X is one of the most entertaining and successful games of the year, and we're not debating its status as such in the least. Still, it's pretty fun to sit back and play the role of the nit picky critic sometimes.

You'll see the video after the jump below, and just as a warning, the language and gore are a little bit NSFW at times.

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Ed Boon's recent tweets pique our interest as he makes nods toward Terminator, Alien and Bo' Rai Cho in Mortal Kombat X

With the slew of cryptic tweets in the past week or so, Ed Boon has Mortal Kombat X fans on edge as we wait and hope for new content.

A few more tweets in recent days have had fans inching ever closer to the edge of their seats in anticipation for a second Kombat Pack. Perhaps the strongest of these references comes from the tweet below: Apparently Nether Realm Studios has had thoughts, at some capacity, about including the Terminator. This isn't where it stops though, hit the jump to see the tweets regarding the two other possible future fighters.

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Perfect Legend takes us back to school with his comprehensive Mortal Kombat X tutorials - He covers mixups, footsies, frame data, and more

For anyone new to Mortal Kombat, it can certainly be a daunting game to get into, even if you have experience in other fighters. Thankfully, RZR|Perfect Legend has begun posting tutorial videos centered around Mortal Kombat X.

These in-depth tutorials cover all sorts of topics, including the neutral game, safe and unsafe attacks, how to properly implement footsies, and more. They're an excellent learning tool for anyone new to MKX, and anyone new to fighting games in general looking to beef up their knowledge.

Currently there are four videos available to learn with, with more potentially on the way. They are comprehensive tools that teach and effectively demonstrate different fighting game topics, and make for a great watch.

Hit the jump to check them out.

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Next Level Arcade in New York City to close in February, co-owner sheds light on the situation

For those unfamiliar, Next Level Arcade is an arcade in New York City host to the NLBC weekly, as well as many FGC gatherings. Despite a long running, co-owner Henry Cen has stated that they will be shutting their doors on February 29th, 2016.

It would seem that this sudden turn of events is due to a disagreement between both owners concerning the future of Next Level Arcade, resulting in an agreement to go their separate ways once the lease ends in February.

This comes as a shock to much of the community, especially in the east coast, with another beloved arcade closing up shop. Victor "Spooky" Fontanez, the man responsible for running NLBC at the location, gave the first hints at this trouble in a discussion he held over his stream.

Hit the jump for more details, and a stream archive.

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Danny Glover and Cameron Diaz almost played Raiden and Sonya? The Hollywood Reporter looks back for the 20th anniversary of the Mortal Kombat film

August 18th, 1995 was the day that Mortal Kombat hit theaters. Despite the lack of faith in "video game to movie" films that had been brought on by the utter failures of titles like Super Mario Bros. (1993), Double Dragon (1994), and Street Fighter (1994), Mortal Kombat would actually be a commercial success, hitting the number one spot in theaters.

In an article by The Hollywood Reporter, MK creator, Ed Boon recalls the initial processes that led to the film's fruition:

Boon: "I remember not taking it seriously at first. I thought, "This is probably going to be talked about but not happen." Then all of a sudden we were getting phone calls about casting and they were saying, "What about this guy for this character? What about this guy for that character?" I remember them saying, "What do you think of Danny Glover as Raiden?"

Hit the jump to read more about the development of the Mortal Kombat film.

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How do Mortal Kombat Fatalities look in real life? This incredibly well done, and incredibly NSFW video grants us a hilariously gory answer

In case you missed the subtle hints in the title, the video in this story is strictly for mature audiences. As if the cringe-worthy Fatalities from Mortal Kombat X weren't enough, the YouTubers from RackaRacka explore what some of these killer moves would look like if done in real life.

With a team of talented stuntmen alongside a team of talented special effects artists, RackRacka hikes up the death count as a couple of young friends' barbecue turns into a fight to the finish, Mortal Kombat style.

Though this video certainly walks the thin line of "tasteful vs too much" in the gore department, its comical nature seems to keep our emotions in check... albeit barely. If we're being honest, there isn't much here we wouldn't see in some of the most popular television programs of today.

Hit the jump below to watch Real Life Mortal Kombat Fatalities. Once again, this video is INCREDIBLY NSFW, and we do not recommend you watch unless you can tolerate extreme gore.

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Iron Maiden takes a trip to the Nether Realm as they tip their hat to Mortal Kombat in their brand new single, 'Speed of Light'

Heavy metal fans rejoice, Iron Maiden has just released "Speed of Light," the first single from their upcoming 16th studio album, The Book of Souls.

Why is Speed of Light highlighted on a fighting game news site? The music video features the band's undead mascot, Eddie, traversing the timeline of video games, and making a specific stop in the Mortal Kombat universe.

Maiden, who have been a band for 40 years now, devote their latest song to paying homage to the last four decades of gaming. With references to Donkey Kong, Contra, Mortal Kombat and the recent surge in first person shooters, Speed of Light will most certainly find a home in the hearts of head banging gamers.

Even if your only connection to Iron Maiden is Guitar Hero 3, this rockin' video is certainly worth a watch. Hit the jump below to see it.

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Fight Thoughts - Round 1: Why EVO 2015 was the best EVO ever - new column from EventHubs' tournament specialist MajinTenshinhan

Welcome to a new column feature here on EventHubs, written by me, Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, our site's very own tournament coverage specialist.

I've been working at the site for almost two and a half years now, and during that time I've been watching more tournaments than I even know existed. When Catalyst first approached me to write a column about tournaments and what's going on in the current fighting game world and meta, I was hesitant. But after seeing all the action and hype at this year's EVO, I thought it was time for me to jump on the opportunity and give some opinions about what we've been seeing lately.

In this first column, I will be covering all nine of the main stage games, noting things that surprised me, that impressed me and overall what made it so special to see this year. I will also pick out a "MVP" of sorts for each game, as to which player ended up being most memorable for me besides the champion.

Continue right below, and let's see what each game had to offer.

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Is Ed Boon hinting at scream queen, a disguised demon or a certain shadow ninja in MKX? Check out his unorthodox tweet and decide for yourself

Recently on Twitter, Mortal Kombat fans took special note of the following tweet posted by series creator, Ed Boon: He includes lyrics from Hall and Oates' 1982 single, "Maneater," as well as an image of an anteater with a prominent gray streaks in its otherwise black coat. Fans reacted quickly to the tweet, deeming it a possible hint at a three characters from the MK universe.

Hit the jump below to see who these characters are, and the arguments for them.

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Next Level Battle Circuit #133 live stream ft. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X

Next Level Battle Circuit #133 live stream ft. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site. Hit the jump below to see the live stream.

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Ferra /Torr lop off 51% with no meter, then bully, pummel and smash their way through these combo sequences

Hulking, grotesque and creepy. Just a few of the adjectives you'd associate with Mortal Kombat X's mismatched duo, Ferra/Torr.

Not often seen amongst the higher-level play of MKX, Ferra/Torr plead their case with some incredibly damaging combos. In fact, if you can manage to activate a few Pain and Gain techniques, you can score 51% without using any of your meter.

We also have a video from The Cool Kid93, as they take the character(s) into ranked kombat to show off their potential. Often setting traps via the pair's armor-granting power up, CoolKid93 proceeds to toss their opponents around like rag dolls with some pretty interesting combos.

Hit the jump below to see the videos.

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'Hungry? Grab a Snickers' - Ed Boon says previous-gen Mortal Kombat X news is coming soon

Shortly before Mortal Kombat X -- NetherRealm Studios' blockbuster fighting title -- was released, Warner Bros. announced that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions would be delayed until the Summer of this year. Since then, we haven't heard much about the previous-gen ports of the game.

Just a couple of days ago, one of Ed Boon's Twitter followers sent the co-creator of Mortal Kombat a humorous meme in which Boon is instructed to eat a Snickers so that he can remember the promise of previous-gen MKX ports. (I'm not making this up...)

Boon replied to the tweet, and revealed that an update pertaining to the Xbox 360 / PS3 version is "coming soon." Both versions are being developed by the Chicago studio High Voltage.

Based on Boon's tweet, those awaiting a previous-gen version of Mortal Kombat X should stay tuned.

Hit the jump to check out the tweet (meme included).

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