Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat League exploit allows loser to stall online set indefinitely, servers will go down today likely to address the issue

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • September 4, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. PDT

Kombat League is Mortal Kombat 11's online ranked mode. Defeating your opponent requires a two-out-of-three set victory over them.

Unfortunately, there's an exploit that allows a player to stall the winner out indefinitely until they forfeit. There's good news though. NetherRealm Studios has revealed that they are aware of "current issues with Kombat League" and will shut the servers down today as they likely implement a solution.

After the results of the first match of the set is decided, the losing player has the option to start the next match, select a new fighter, or forfeit the set.

During this process, a timer is counting down which will result in a default choice if nothing is selected. However, when the the loser opts to forfeit the set, they'll be prompted with a confirmation message, pausing the timer.

If they then never make a decision regarding the confirmation message, the set cannot proceed any further. In other words, they are likely attempting to force the opponent — the player that won the last match — to quit, thus rewarding them the set victory.

Obviously this is a problematic issue as it goes against the spirit and sanctity of competition. We've heard reports that one player was stalled out for a full 26 hours.

Of course, as was previously mentioned, it appears as though this issue will likely no longer be a thing once Mortal Kombat 11's maintenance period has ended. As the servers are still up, they've not yet gone down as was originally scheduled.

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