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Kitana gets nearly 40% guaranteed chip damage in Assassin, Rising Fans better for blockstrings - SonicFox's early Mortal Kombat XL findings post-patch

Mortal Kombat XL received a large balance patch yesterday, and one of the game's best players has already started sinking his teeth into it.

CR|SonicFox is known for his amazing Erron Black in Mortal Kombat XL, but he is also very skilled with Kitana and Alien. Today on Twitter, he took some time to share a few of his findings with Kitana post-patch.

Since the update, she can really tack on the chip damage.

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Brand new moves, changes to armor moves, and much more: Here are Mortal Kombat XL's latest patch notes

Mortal Kombat XL's latest balance patch is set to drop tomorrow. To give players the lowdown on what's changed, NetherRealm Studios has released the full set of patch notes.

There's a lot to comb over, and on this list you'll see new moves, gameplay changes, tweaks to move properties, and more.

Additionally, Mortal Kombat XL is set to be released for PC players tomorrow. So, gear up, Mortal Kombat fans, this is going to be a great week.

You can find the patch notes after the jump.

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EX Tail Flip no longer has armor, regular Rekkas can't be delayed, and more: Here are the Alien changes we know so far

The latest Kombat Kast just wrapped up, and during the broadcast we saw changes for quite a few of the characters on the roster.

One character in particular is known for being exceptionally strong in Mortal Kombat XL, so we thought it'd be a good idea to highlight the changes made to Alien for those who don't have the time to check out the hour-long archive.

Before we do that, though, let's take a look at one of the most interesting general changes made. After the update, beginning a run will cost more stamina meter, and if you're hit during the run you'll lose half a meter.


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For a recap on what changes we saw for Alien on stream, hit the jump.

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Ed Boon jokes about upcoming nerfs to Alien; Mortal Kombat XL balance patch Kombat Kast now live

Updated: The Kombat Kast is now live.

Earlier: Sorry, Alien fans.

The latest Kombat Kast is set to air at 1 p.m. PDT, 3 p.m. CDT today. This broadcast will be giving us a rundown of each balance change made to the characters in the upcoming patch.

Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon, took to Twitter earlier today to remind followers of the stream's start time. In the tweet, he jokes that every character is getting better... except Alien.


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Alien is known for being incredible strong in Mortal Kombat XL, so nerfs were to be expected. It will be interesting to see what changes are being made.

The Kombat Kast will be kicking off in a little under 30 minutes (from when this was posted). You can check out the live video feed after the jump.

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Treta 2016 results ft. Misterio, Keoma, ZeusB, Ludo

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of three Capcom Pro Tour events taking place this weekend is Treta 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil.

This is a ranking event, so points for the Latin America region of the Cup are on the line.

Players expected to attend include Brook|Misterio, Innova|Keoma, ZeusB, Ludo and many more.

Streaming is being handled by TRT Arcade and Ligajab.

Check out the full action below.

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Quan Chi loses an overhead, Shinnok gets a dash cancel, and newly added armor on moves for Raiden and D'vorah: More Mortal Kombat XL balance changes

So far, we've seen a nerf to Alien's tail, Bo' Rai Cho's new ability to stop projectiles, and more. The NetherRealm Studios team isn't done giving us a glimpse at Mortal Kombat XL's upcoming balance changes, though.

Today, we have another handful of GIFs featuring changes for Quan Chi, Shinnok, Raiden, and D'vorah, courtesy of NRS.

First up, we see that Quan Chi's back + 2 no longer hits as an overhead.


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Fighting Games Challenge 2016 results ft. MOV, Luffy, CCL, Ryan Hart, Dark Jiewa

Updated with final results: We've added the SF5 results from Fighting Games Challenge 2016 into this story.

One of Europe's last Capcom Pro Tour events is taking place today in Poland. This is a one-day event, so the action keeps going from when it begins until it's over.

While the main event is Street Fighter 5, the event will also feature tournament play in Mortal Kombat XL, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Players expected to attend include MOV, RB|Luffy, AWS|CCL, Ryan Hart, PxP|Problem X, MD|MisterCrimson, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, PRLS|Packz, TR|Fidoskin, PRLS|Afii, ECV|CharmingRogue, Gen1us and many more.

Streaming is being done at Street Fighter Polska, xmanieqx, GX Stream and FGC Poland.

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Bo-Rai-Cho, Kitana, and Kenshi to receive buffs in the upcoming Mortal Kombat XL patch; more balance changes revealed

The latest balance patch for Mortal Kombat XL will soon be in our hands, and the team over at NetherRealm Studios have been giving us a few sneak peeks of some of the changes that we can expect.

More GIFs have surfaced on Twitter showing off upcoming balance changes for Bo-Rai-Cho, Kitana and Kenshi that will surely shake things up a bit for the kombatants.

Bo-Rai-Cho gets a decent tool against zoning characters with the new property added to his staff spin, allowing him to nullify incoming projectiles:


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Alien got nerfed, Johny Cage received a fist buff, and Sub-Zero gets a command throw: Mortal Kombat XL balance changes already being revealed

Mortal Kombat XL's latest balance patch is slated for an October 4th release, but that hasn't stopped NetherRealm Studios from giving players a glimpse at what's to come.

Over on Twitter, several NRS representatives have shared quick GIFs showing some of the upcoming balance changes in action. What we've seen so far include tweaks made to Alien, Sub-Zero, Mileen, and Johnny Cage.

This first GIF shows a nerf made to Alien's tail attack.


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Mortal Kombat XL's next balance patch scheduled for October 4th release

If you're anxiously awaiting balance changes in Mortal Kombat XL, you won't have to wait much longer.

Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon, took to Twitter today to reveal the next patch's release date. According to him, we'll be seeing the changes go live on Tuesday, October 4th.

But if you feel you can't wait that long to see what tweaks each character on the roster has received, fear not. The Kombat Kast will return on Monday, October 3rd to give a full rundown of what we'll see in the update.


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Source: Ed Boon on Twitter. Sent in by nightmaresteam and an anonymous reader.

EVO champions in attendance, at least 15 different titles and $500 pot bonuses for every 50 entrants; Canada Cup 2016 is going to be huge

Lap Chi Duong's Canada Cup has lived up to the hype every year, and the event's 2016 iteration looks to be the biggest yet.

BST|Daigo, MJS|Haitani, RB|Luffy, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|Nuckle Du, EG|Pr Rog, EG|K-Brad and EG|Ricki Ortiz are already confirmed for the Street Fighter 5 event, with a handful of other big names on the potentials list.

Liquid|HungryBox, Alliance|Armada, C9|Mango and FOX|Mew2King will be attending for Smash Bros. Melee and Mattsun, Shogatsu and Kasumondo are confirmed on the Super Turbo front.

Street Fighter 5 will receive a $15,000 pot bonus, while every other title will get a bonus of $500 for every 50 registered players. The Tekken 7 tourney will be absolutely free to enter, but also boasts a $3,000 pot bonus from Bandai Namco.

You'll see the event trailers along with a link to the registration page below.

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Never Give Up results ft. Tokido, KaneBlueRiver, Brolynho, Dark Jiewa

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We have a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event taking place this weekend in Chile - Never Give Up.

This isn't just a Street Fighter 5 event, but will also feature tournament play in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat XL.

Players expected to attend include Tokido, KaneBlueRiver, SOA|Brolynho, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, Brook|Misterio, AAG|BabyBrasil, DM|Baek, TSD|Pikoro, TS|CapitanMDLuffy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by F2GCL and ComboBreakerCL.

Check out the full action below.

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Civil War: Manifest Destiny results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Civil War: Manifest Destiny is kicking off today from in Cincinnati, Ohio.

This event is set to feature a ton of awesome fighting games. Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters 14, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Vampire Savior, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and more are on the docket this time around.

There will be fighting game action throughout the whole weekend, so be sure to keep track of when everything is going down with this stream schedule.

To catch the live video feeds, be sure to hit the jump.

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Fighting Fest results ft. Snake Eyez, Dark Jiewa, Dieminion, DR Ray

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've got another Capcom Pro Tour event going on this weekend, this time in the Dominican Republic.

If you're jonesing for not just some Street Fighter 5 action, but also Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortal Kombat XL, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 14, this event is for you.

Players expected to attend include RB|Snake Eyez, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, Dieminion, GAM|DR Ray, SP|Menard, GAM|Caba and many more.

Live streams are being handled by GAM Stream TV, Top Siete Games, Nesa Smash and Liga Dominicana de Naruto.

Check out the full action below.

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Taking cheap boss tactics to a new level: When MKX's final boss wants you to lose, just set down the controller

Final bosses in fighting games have a bad reputation for being completely unfair, but Corrupted Shinnok's tactics in this video take it to a new level.

Corrupted Shinnok is the final boss of Mortal Kombat X, and he has a move called Hellfire Beam which you can see showcased in the clip below.

The kicker is that this move is unblockable, so if the computer decides it has had enough of your shenanigans and it wants you to lose, just set down the controller.

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Manila Cup 2016 results ft. Kazunoko, Justin Wong, Haitani, Eita

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, Manila Cup 2016, is underway from the Philippines.

Notable players in attendance include GGP|Kazunoko, EG|Justin Wong, YouDeal|Haitani, HM|Eita, EG|Ricki Ortiz, FOX|Julio, EG|K-Brad, ZW|GamerBee, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, RB|Bonchan and PandaTV|Dark Jiewa.

You can follow along with the action on the official Challonge page. Hit the jump to check out the live stream.

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Alien nerfs? Bo Rai Cho buffs? Mortal Kombat XL confirmed to receive game play balance patch, likely to come with PC version in October

NeatherRealm Studios head honcho Ed Boon has officially announced via Twitter that Mortal Kombat XL will be getting another game play balance patch update.

Though the actual roll out is not set in stone, Boon notes that the team is hoping this will coincide with MKXL's PC launch, which is slated to take place in October of this year.

You'll see his exact tweets below:

What changes do you hope to see most when this patch drops? Thank you to MotherBrain and SqueakyBloom for the submissions.