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Blanche's second Brutality is a geriatric gore fest...

With the update patch a few days ago, Mortal Kombat X received a new Brutality featuring everyone's interact-able stage grandma, Blanche.

What we didn't realize was there is a whole second Blanche Brutality, which you can execute by holding down when you finish your opponent.

While the first was satisfying enough, the second brings about a whole new level of ridiculousness and hilarity that syncs up perfectly with Mortal Kombat's brand of shock humor.

We don't feel quite as bad throwing the poor old woman around anymore, now knowing that she has a a violent and brutal nature of her own. The icing on top of this new finishing move is certainly the battle cry Blanche makes as she finishes off your opponent for you.

Hit the jump to check out the senior slaughter.

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Learn hellish vortex combos for Inferno Scorpion, 33-hit combos with Special Ops Sonya and safe Sharpen set ups for Kitana in today's MK round up

We have plenty of interesting Mortal Kombat X tech for you in another MKX round up.

Today's round up features Sonya, Scorpion, Kitana and Sub-Zero as they show off practical combos, set ups and strategies.

Sonya, for instance, can actually perform a 33 hit combo when her drone is out by using her Park Drone move to cancel the animation of her normal. Certainly a demoralizing sequence for your opponent as they sit helplessly and watch their character get beat on for a good 15 seconds or so.

Beyond this, we get to see some scary vortex combos from Scorpion, Cryomancer combos from Sub-Zero and Sharpen set up combos from Assassin Kitana.

Click the jump below to see the videos.

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Saturday morning nightmares; ProJared takes a nostalgic look back at some of Mortal Kombat's less than awesome cartoons from your childhood

Time for a trip down memory lane. You twenty-something 90's kids might recall the Mortal Kombat hype that hit around the release of the first feature film. Toys, films and television shows became abundant as media makers saw a gold mine in cheap spin offs of people's favorite new twist on the fighting game genre.

Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins, a promotional short film, and Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, an animated television series, were two such auxiliary titles that, upon revisiting, weren't the best of representations for the MK franchise.

As a huge fan of the taboo Mortal Kombat, I wasn't supposed to play as a child, getting to watch these less-violent cartoons was always a highlight of my week. ProJared has created a video wherein he takes a look back at these not-so-stellar attempts to garner hype for the Mortal Kombat brand.

Terrible animation, even for its time, and blatant reuses of action sequences made the VHS film "The Journey Begins" something of a pain to watch. Defenders of the Realm was riddled with problems of its own. Terrible catch phrases, forgettable story lines and empty characters made for a quick, single season run.

Hit the jump to see ProJared's comical break down of these two MK flops... It's Kombat time!

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'I feel like it was too soon for a patch, it did not address the larger issues,' Tom Brady talks Quan Chi, Sub-Zero nerfs, and more

Last time, we learned that Shinnok may have jumped to the top 10 or higher with his improvements. Continuing our talk with MK Tom Brady about the latest Mortal Kombat X patch, we were given more thoughts on different characters that have seen potential improvements and how some adjustments may have fallen short this time around.

Brady told us that although this patch did improve some characters and normalize others, he feels an update was premature.

"I feel like it was too soon for a patch and that it did not address the larger issues," said Brady. "The option selects are still in the game, which completely remove any need to hit confirm and gives characters like Erron Black a safe 50/50."

"Issues like that are much bigger issues and should have been addressed before any individual character touches," he continued.

He went on to discuss the alterations made to Quan Chi -- a character that many feel is arguably the best in the game due to the mix up potential in his Summoner variation.

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Kane BlueRiver's Hulk has smashes, HoneyBee's D'Vorah has... bees and Team EG has it out for each other in these Toryuken 4 highlights

Toronto's 4th Toryuken has officially ended, but we're reliving some of the more intense moment's from this weekend's tournament in our highlight recap. We've grabbed a few moments from Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X and, of course, Ultra Street Fighter 4.

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Our first highlight comes from the Winners Finals match between EG|Justin Wong and BE|Kane BlueRiver. Match one, round one, right out of the gate KBR's Hulk sets the pace by smacking Justin's Akuma assist with a KO in the first 4 seconds of the round.

Unfortunately for KBR, he would later find himself having to play in the losers bracket against CTRL|RayRay. In a dire situation with only Haggar left to try to take on RayRay's Magneto-led team, KBR makes an amazing play. Surrounded by the chaos of assist missiles, drones, lasers and Magneto, Kane BlueRiver spots an opportune time to simply go for a level 3 super. Situation dealt with.


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Hit the jump to see more from MKX, and USF4.

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Ermac can drain an infinite amount of meter from the opponent in Mortal Kombat X

Welp, it wasn't long until someone discovered what appears to be another meter glitch involving Ermac in Mortal Kombat X.

Last month, Ermac had the ability to gain one stock of meter using only one attack in his Spectral Variation. Now, Ermac can infinitely drain an opponent's meter at the expense of one of his own stocks of meter in the Master of Souls Variation.

After hitting the opponent with a Soul Ball, then an EX Soul Ball, the opponent's meter will begin to drain at a steady rate. The meter will continue to drain until Ermac lands another hit on his foe.

This could potentially be abused in actual matches, as Ermac players could simply block and/or run away until the opponent's meter is completely gone. We hope to see a patch for this soon.

Check out the video showing off this strange phenomenon.

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Jason Voorhees is slashing prices left and right; play as the horror icon for free in Mortal Kombat X from now until Monday

For those of you who are a tad on the unsure side of things when it comes to playing with Mortal Kombat X's newest downloadable character, this weekend is your chance at a free test run.

Tournament players have likely already purchased the $30 Kombat Pack, as they'll need to know the ins and outs of every character they may run into. Casual players on the other hand, may not be so easily convinced to fork over extra cash on top of what they payed for the game itself.

Never fear, for NetherRealm Studios has gone live with the Jason Challenge Tower. This tower allows users who haven't purchased Jason to play through six matches with him. You'll have a chance to test out all of Jason's variations and become well-acquainted with the undead murderer...

So if that sounds like a good time to you, and you've been on the fence about purchasing Jason, now's the time to dive into the waters of Camp Crystal Lake and check him out for yourself.

Source: Polygon.

Has Kung Jin fallen from the top ranks of Mortal Kombat X? An in-depth look at his nerfs may help us decide

Kung Jin has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in these still early stages of Mortal Kombat X. Recently, Tempo|ChrisG showed us what the character had to offer when he took the character all the way to Grand Finals at Texas Showdown.

If you saw the recently released patch notes you may have seen that Kung Jin received a few nerfs in the damage and frame advantage departments.

It's one thing to see such changes on paper, but seeing them in action often offers a whole new level of comprehension. Willie Fresco has made a video examining Kung Jin's nerfs and translating what that's going to mean for the character in practical game play.

Fresco recreates a few scenarios wherein Kung Jin's new move properties will result in unsafe situations against certain characters. As Kung Jin looks to be a relatively common character in MKX tournaments, it's important for everyone, Kung Jin players and others alike, to know what's safe and what's not.

Hit the jump to see Willie Fresco's analysis.

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'Shinnok got the biggest buff of all, I believe he's gone up to top 10' - Tom Brady and CD Jr. feel Kung Jin is still among the best

This past Thursday, Mortal Kombat X received a patch that implemented a number of balance changes to the roster. Some fighters were hit with the nerf gun, while others received buffs.

We've reached out to the Mortal Kombat pros to see how they feel about the recent changes. EventHubs talked to MK Tom Brady to find out which characters have seen the most improvements, how he feels about the patch overall, and more.

Of all 26 characters in Mortal Kombat X, Tom Brady feels that Shinnok has seen the most improvement.

"Shinnok got the biggest buff of all, and I believe he has gone straight up into the top 10 or even higher," Brady told us.

Looking at the patch notes, Shinnok was given the following changes:

• Shinnok – Can now enhance Hell Sparks & Hell Blast on block.

• Shinnok – Away + 3 (Shin Kick) is now towards + 4 and he has a new away + 3 (Devious Heel)

• Shinnok (Necromancer) – Can now control the location of Judgment Smash & Judgment Fist.

• Shinnok (Impostor) – Now steals Dash Punch from Jax instead of Ground Pound.

Tom feels that the first two changes listed there have heavily contributed to Shinnok's potential rise in the tiers.

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Mortal Kombat X gets another stage Brutality, and yes, it involves Blanche

The latest Mortal Kombat X patch has been unleashed upon the masses, and this update adds a number of balance changes, bug fixes, compatibility for some new costumes, and more.

Among the added content comes Mortal Kombat X's another stage Brutality. As the headline reads, it involves Blanche (the old women interactable in the Outworld Marketplace stage).

Today we have footage of the new Brutality in action, and according to the video's description, you must use all three interactables to finish off your opponent using Blanche. Throwing an old woman into someone so hard they explode is... farfetched, but that doesn't make it any less awesome.

Check out the new stage Brutality after the jump.

Updated: Originally, this story reported that the Blanche Brutality was the first stage Brutality in the game. A couple of our readers pointed out that the first can actually be performed in the Dead Woods stage.

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Sneak peek of Tanya's finishers, along with the Klassic Pack, Brazil Pack, and Klassic Reptile costumes in Mortal Kombat X

Along with a slew of fixes and changes, the latest Mortal Kombat X patch provides a look at Tanya, as well as a peak of the Brazil Pack, Klassic Reptile, and Klassic Pack costumes.

This update is already out for PlayStation 4, and will soon be available for Xbox and PC users.

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Check out the rest of the costumes and Tanya's finishers below.

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Wednesday Night Fights 2.2 results featuring Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X

Wednesday Night Fights 2.2 results featuring Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X Updated: Results and stream archives have been added to this story.

Earlier: The top 16 players for Wednesday Night Fights Online are ready to play things out and crown yet another champion.

Both Mortal Kombat X, returning for its second week, and Ultra Street Fighter 4 will play out tonight.

You can find the brackets on Challonge, so be sure to follow along with all the action as the tournament goes along. You can also check out last week's results here.

Hit the jump to view the live stream.

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Next Level Battle Circuit #121 results feat. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and a $200 pot bonus for Mortal Kombat X

Next Level Battle Circuit #121 results feat. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and a $200 pot bonus for Mortal Kombat X Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: Wednesday night in Brooklyn means Next Level is priming for yet another night of fighting game action.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

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ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League week 2 results ft. Perfect Legend, MK_REO, Pig of the Hut and more

ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League week 2 results ft. Perfect Legend, MK_REO, Pig of the Hut and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: Week 2 of the ESL Mortal Kombat X Pro League finishes today on NetherRealm's live Twitch stream. This broadcast will feature the top 16 North American players that qualified this past weekend going head-to-head in an online, single elimination tournament.

Today's combatants will be competing for cash prizes and ranking points that will help secure a spot in the ESL Global Finals later this year. Below you will find a bracket for the week 2 top 16.


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Click for last week's results.

You can check out the live stream after the jump.

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Mortal Kombat X patch adds balance changes, ping accuracy, ranked connection rejections and more

A patch for Mortal Kombat X on the PlayStation 4 is set to drop within the next few hours, and it offers a whole host of changes and improvements. A patch for the Xbox One is said to be dropping "soon."

There has been no word on when this update will be released for PC gamers.

Online players will be happy to know that higher ping accuracy will be included in this release, along with the ability to reject people in ranked match if their connection is too awful.

Today's update comes in at a nearly 4GB file size. From the looks of it, players on PlayStation 4 can already begin downloading it.

There are a considerable amount of balance changes as well, and you can find it all below.

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