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Cyrax has historically had insane damage in Mortal Kombat, but there was one time when the cyborg's damage just couldn't cut it with everyone else

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • April 7, 2021 at 11:57 a.m. PDT • Comments: 3

Cyrax is typically known for having outright insane damage attached to his combos in the Mortal Kombat series. This is especially true in Mortal Kombat 9 when he was capable of quite literally breaking the combo system thanks to his unblockable bomb resets.

However, there was one game in the Mortal Kombat series where Cyrax was considered to be one of the weakest characters in the game because his damage was far lower than the rest of the cast. All this and more has been covered in PNDK&M's latest video upload titled "The Ultimate Kombo Machine - Competitive History of Cyrax."

Amusingly, it's noted that Cyrax is one of the more difficult characters to unlock in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance despite him being among the absolute worst in the game. In addition to his weak damage, he also didn't have his iconic net that aided him in combo extension.

Cyrax did have his unblockable bombs in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, but setups using them only gave him access to the damage the rest of cast can normally perform in a single combo.

In Mortal Kombat 9, Cyrax was able to create scenarios where the opponent was unable to avoid his unblockable bomb setups. With the right amount of resources and screen positioning, Cyrax was able to dish out damage until 100% of an opponent's life bar was depleted in a single sequence. "He needs it!" swore many Cyrax mains of the Mortal Kombat 9 era.

Mortal Kombat XL applied a rather dramatic change to Cyrax's bombs. Instead of being unblockables, they now count as low attacks. However, Cyrax was still able to create situations that were difficult to defend against with "hard-to-blockables" in combination with overhead attacks.

NetherRealm Studios made some core changes to Cyrax in a clear effort to prevent his unblockable reset shenanigans. Could this be how Cyrax is designed going forward?

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