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Mortal Kombat 11 match analyses by Ketchup featuring Baraka, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion

Not too long ago, NetherRealm Studios hosted a Mortal Kombat 11 Brazilian live stream event. Most notably, Kano was announced here.

A player known as KillerXinok managed to get a lot of footage of himself playing against opponents in Mortal Kombat 11. Keep in mind that players had very little time to experiment with the upcoming title.

Having said that, KillerXinok really appears to have a good understanding of what he's doing. This makes sense as he was the competitor who won the Mortal Kombat X tournament at Combobreaker 2018. While there isn't technically any "high level matches" out there, one can imagine that his uploaded fights come about as close as you can get right now.

With KillerXinok's permission, PND|Ketchup has uploaded some analyses of many matches between KillerXinok and Vedra featuring Baraka, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion. Keep in mind that Baraka is only used for one match before Scorpion takes his place.

It's worth noting that the players are using custom variations rather than the default variations. In other words, some of these moves may not actually make an appearance during tournaments once the game is released.

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You're going to 'freak out' when you see Mortal Kombat 11's DLC characters, says series co-creator Ed Boon

Mortal Kombat 11 is out in April, and with only 10 characters officially revealed at this time, there are still many announcements coming down the pike.

During yesterday's Kombat Kast — the first-ever for Mortal Kombat 11 — series co-creator Ed Boon shared a couple of interesting bits of information pertaining to the characters we can expect to see on the roster. Kicking things off, Boon stated that there will be several returning characters that fans might not have seen in a while.

"We have a long list of characters that we're going to be revealing that are kind of like, in that vein," Boon started. "Characters that you haven't seen maybe some in a long time, fan-favorites that are on the way."

Boon thinks of Baraka and Kabal as part of this string of returning fighters that will be joining Mortal Kombat 11's roster. These fan-favorites won't be limited to the launch roster, however, as he notes that Mortal Kombat 11's DLC fighters will be in the same vein and will surely impress.

"You're going to freak out when you see the DLC characters that we have," Boon said. "They're in the same vein. It's going to be awesome. "

Ed Boon recalls the reaction to the Kabal teaser at the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event, saying it was a big moment that generated a roar of energy from viewers. He says that they "have a number of those beats coming" down the line.

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You can play as unburned Kabal for the first time ever in Mortal Kombat 11

We got our first official look at long-time fan-favorite Kabal as he appears in Mortal Kombat 11 today, and wound up with even more than we were hoping for.

Not only will players be able to use Kabal and all his favorite toys of destruction while they fight, they'll also have the option to use him without his mask on.

Normally this would mean onlookers would have to endure looking at a very-burned face, (which has been regarded as so ugly it can scare the soul right out of an opponent) but, for the first time ever NetherRealm Studios have made Kabal playable in his unburned form.

The guys from NRS showcased the character and his new look on today's Kombat Kast, so we can show you the particulars of his fresh appearance here.

He is clean-shaven and mostly buzzed with just a patch of hair on the top of his head. This leads down to a small ponytail in back, which ultimately makes Kabal something of a candidate to be on the History Channel program Vikings.

Check out the character's pre-fight intro against Sub-Zero via the clip below. It offers a good overall look at this new appearance, as it shows him from close, far, front and behind:

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Another Mortal Kombat 11 character is being revealed next week during the next Kombat Kast and it's a 'her'

NetherRealm Studios' first Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast brought with it a ton of information and new gameplay for fans to check out this week.

The main event came in the form of an official reveal of Kabal. Not only did we witness his gameplay trailer for the first time, but the crew went ahead and took the returning fighter into kombat and provided a detailed breakdown of what he can do this time around.

As if that wasn't enough to satiate fan hunger for more Mortal Kombat 11 news, D'Vorah was also announced as a playable character by way of an interview with Inside Xbox shortly after the Kombat Kast concluded. Unfortunately, only official artwork was shown for D'Vorah, so we'll have to wait a bit for actual gameplay.

But on top of everything, NetherRealm Studios Community Manager Tyler Lansdown announced during the Kombat Kast today that yet another fighter is set to be revealed next week. During the Q&A portion of the stream, Lansdown answered a question asking when the next Kombat Kast would be taking place.

"Next Thursday, 3 p.m. Central, we'll be right back here again," Lansdown started. "And even though I said earlier [that] we're not always going to reveal a new character [during the Kombat Kast], I feel like we're going to reveal a new character."

Lansdown followed up by outright saying that there will be another character reveal next week, then directed the question to Steve "16-Bit" Brownback — NetherRealm's Senior QA Analyst — asking how he feels about this next character. "I cannot wait until we reveal her," Brownback said.

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Great range, a variety of recognizable attacks with new twists and maybe the best Fatality we've seen yet; Mortal Kombat 11 Kabal breakdown

We got our first official look at Kabal in Mortal Kombat 11 thanks to today's highly anticipated Kombat Kast. As per the usual with these, we've grabbed a handful of important points to give you a breakdown and an idea of how the character will work in game.

Steve "16-Bit" Brownback is NetherRealm's Senior QA Analyst, and gave us a pretty detailed overview of Kabal's strengths and general tools. Brownback articulated that the masked fighter is much more simple to play this time around, and will be good for those that just want to pick up and go.

He also stated that Kabal has great reach with both his normals and his specials, making him a threat from mid range as well as a potential zoner.

Brownback showcased techniques both from Kabal's standard kit as well as some special variation moves that players can choose to access in non-tournament environments.

We tried to keep things standard with this breakdown, but be sure to check out the stream archive for the full experience.

First thing's first, we kick off with the more showy of the clips and present Kabal's Fatal Blow and Fatality:

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It's official, Shaggy will not be a playable character in Mortal Kombat 11

Sometimes the internet loses track of the line between a funny, in the moment joke and what would actually be cool in real life. Such an instance happened recently with the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 game and the Ultra Instinct Shaggy meme.

With MK11 en route, fans are excitedly speculating about roster selections as developers slowly but surely reveal more and more of the cast of characters. There also happens to be a meme floating about depicting Shaggy (from Scooby-Doo) as an all powerful, Dragon Ball-esque character.

This led to the internet creating a petition, that has since been signed over 340,000 times, asking for UI Shaggy to be a DLC character in MK11.

As he is prone to do, Creative Director, Ed Boon, teased the community a bit on Twitter about the whole ordeal. It was then brought up numerous times in the chat on today's Kombat Kast, so Community Manager, Tyler Lansdown, finally gave a definitive answer to the Shaggy question.

Lansdown stopped, looked directly into the camera, and crisply articulated, "Shaggy will never appear in Mortal Kombat. Dead meme." This was followed promptly by a Tweet from the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account that simply read "#RIPShaggy."

The good news is that now we'll have room for other (better) guest characters in MK11 like Ash Williams from Evil Dead, Pennywise the Dancing Clown from It or even Shaggy the Jamaican musician who was popular in the 90's.

For those of you saddened by this news, here's an image of "Hack and Slash Shaggy" in MK11 from Ed Boon:

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D'Vorah announced for Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat X character D'Vorah is returning to the fight in Mortal Kombat 11. She was announced today on the Inside Xbox live stream.

We saw this during the stream intro that featured a few lines from an interview with Ed Boon wherein he talks about the character in MK11. During his brief talk, Boon said the following:

"D'Vorah is one of the ones that we are bringing along into Mortal Kombat 11. We're excited to see her and her new moves as she plays in the game, in this new sandbox."

D'Vorah made her debut back in 2015's Mortal Kombat X and is of the Kytinn species... colonial insects that live inside humanoid bodies. She commands swarms of bugs and has long, pointed legs that extend from the middle of her back.

Her reveal comes alongside Kabal's, as he long-time Mortal Kombat favorite was shown earlier today on the first Kombat Kast for MK11.

Thus far we've only seen a still image in her official artwork, which you can view below.

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Kabal announced for Mortal Kombat 11

NetherRealm Studios has just revealed Kabal for Mortal Kombat 11.

We caught our first glimpse of the hook sword-wielding fighter during today's Kombat Kast. This comes with fairly little surprise as Kabal was teased back at the MK11 reveal event in January, and then Tyler Lansdown posted this Tweet just before today's stream went live.

He comes back with many of his traditional moves including his Nomad Dash and buzz saw attacks, and is deemed "more of a mid-range character" by developers this time around. He's also described as fairly basic and easy to play, which is something of a departure from his MK9 days.

While he retains many of his iconic moves, they really don't seem to work in the ways they previously did. It seems he'll play mostly in the mid to far ranges as he excels in both zoning and reach.

We also get a look at one of his Fatalities, which involves the speedy fighter anchoring his foe to himself and dragging them on the ground as he dashes at top speed.

You can view the official trailer after the jump. First, though, check out this quick clip of his Fatal Blow and his Fatality, and a gallery of stills. Please note that there's plenty of NSFW content due to gore and violence.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast live stream to begin at 1 p.m. PST

We had to wait a week longer than we thought, but we've finally arrived at the very first Kombat Kast for Mortal Kombat 11.

NetherRealm Studios is back with their unique combination of gore and charm as Tyler Lansdown and Derek Kirtzic showcase new content and start getting us even more excited for the upcoming MK title.

There's a ton in the way of possibilities for today's Kast, but a little bird told us that Kabal would more than likely be making an appearance.

Kano was revealed last week, but only shown in still images and so there's a good chance we'll be seeing more of him as well.

While characters are probably the biggest draw here, we may also get some commentary or reveals on game modes, mechanics and other avenues such as those.

We've got the live stream embed below so you can watch the stream right along with us. If you're not able to hang out for the entire broadcast, we'll be sure to post up the most important highlights later today.

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Mortal Kombat 11's Nintendo Switch version is being developed by Shiver Entertainment; features 'geometry reductions' to run on the system

Mortal Kombat 11 will be the first new game in the series to appear on a Nintendo console in over a decade which will allow players to easily take the game with them wherever they go on the hybrid Switch system.

During MK11's reveal event, Game Revolution got the chance to interview the title's producer, Trevor Traub, in which he revealed that NetherRealm Studios is not handling the Switch port of the game themselves plus a few other details about the platform.

"We're actually not developing [Mortal Kombat 11 for Switch] in house; it's being developed by Shiver Studios," Traub told Game Revolution. "They're developing it at the same time as us so it's sort of a co-development. There is no lead SKU."

Shiver Entertainment is a studio that has worked on other Warner Bros. owned titles like Scribblenauts Showdown which had a Switch release as well.

We have yet to see any footage of Mortal Kombat 11 on the Switch, but Traub says some "special geometry reductions" had to be made to get the game running properly on the system though he notes that the "end product is actually really fantastic."

2011's Mortal Kombat and the first Injustice both received PlayStation Vita ports that were essentially content complete though graphically toned down versions of their home console counterparts — with some added / exclusive features in some cases — so it's not surprising that Warner Bros. and NetherRealm would want to achieve something similar on Switch.

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Gameplay for Kano? A first real look at Kabal? More story footage? What new Mortal Kombat 11 content might we see during tomorrow's Kombat Kast?

While it was supposed to happen back on January 30th, the first official Kombat Kast for Mortal Kombat 11 wound up being delayed thanks to some extremely cold weather.

Said Kast has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 5th at 3 p.m. CST, and we now have even more to be excited about since Kano was revealed during a Brazilian showcase event last Thursday.

Though we got a full look at the Australian fighter in both his standard and alternate pirate-themed costumes, NetherRealm Studios really didn't give us much more than that... which is a somewhat nontraditional way of going about things of this nature.

Seeing as the reveal event took place just one day after the initial Kombat Kast date, it's not too hard to speculate that perhaps Kano was slated to be shown on the 30th, his pirate threads then to be an added bonus for the 31st.

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Kronika will reportedly not be a playable character in Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 just had its big reveal event in Brazil where Kano was confirmed to be playable in the fighter after first being spotted in the background of a stage, but we also appear to have received another confirmation about the title's roster.

IGN Brazil reports that Kronika, Mortal Kombat 11's primary antagonist, will in fact not be a playable character in the game and that her role will be primarily tied to the new Story Mode.

Speaking to Thiago Gomes, a scenario artist at NetherRealm Studios, he confirms Mortal Kombat's first female primary "villain" will not be selectable in matches and that she will be the only major antagonist in the story — so we shouldn't get our hopes up of seeing Shao Kahn return for another run at taking over the realms.

While final bosses like Shinnok and Brainiac were playable in more recent NetherRealm titles, this certainly isn't the first time a big bad has remained out of players' grasp for general use considering 2011's Mortal Kombat also didn't allow users to select Shao Kahn — unless they were playing a certain mode on the PlayStation Vita version.

Geras is also a newcomer in Mortal Kombat 11 and likely serves as the equivalent of Kronika's playable form since he is the Keeper of Time's powerful and loyal servant, who also happens to have temporal manipulation powers.

On top of Kano's reveal, we still have a number of fighters who have been teased or seen in the game's cutscenes / artwork that have yet to be officially unveiled including Kitana, Cassie Cage, Kabal, Liu Kang and Kung Lao among others.

'Skarlet had fewer strings than many of the other characters but easily had some of the longest ranged buttons' — Ketchup and Mustard's breakdown

One of our first looks at Mortal Kombat 11 revealed that characters like Skarlet and Baraka would be returning who weren't playable since Mortal Kombat 9. Unfortunately, the Kombat Kast that was supposed to go live on January 30th was delayed until February 5th.

In the meantime, there's still plenty of information on the characters that have already been revealed. Recently, Ketchup and Mustard did a video breakdown that demonstrated Skarlet's capabilities from the demo build.

They mentioned that, in this particular build of the game, that Skarlet had less strings than most of the other characters. She apparently makes up for this with her impressive reach.

Like other characters, Skarlet is capable of amplifying her specials with meter. Many of her amplified specials will actually regenerate health for her in order to represent her "blood magic" theme.

Overall, Skarlet's long ranged abilities and reach appears to make her very effective at footsies and zoning. During the video, it was mentioned that she was one of the trickier characters in that build.

One of Skarlet's moves can debuff the opponent so that they'll be unable to cancel into special moves from their strings for a short time. As always, Mortal Kombat 11 may be NSFW due to the gory content.

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Keanu Reeves as Kenshi? Gal Gadot as Kitana? - BossLogic transforms more actors into awesome looking Mortal Kombat characters in these works of art

We saw the amazing work of artist Boss Logic when he transformed Terry Crews into Jax which both the actor and series co-creator, Ed Boon loved.

It seems Boss wasn't satisfied to stop there as he's since produced quite a few more highly realistic images of famous faces as they might appear while playing Mortal Kombat characters.

This includes Keanu Reeves as Kenshi, Gal Godot as Kitana, Michael Fassbender as Dark Raiden, Chris Pratt as Johnny Cage, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as the series villain Shao Kahn, Travis Fimmel as Kano, Brian Tee as Scorpion, Vin Diesel as Baraka, Daniel Wu as Liu Kang and Donnie Yen as Kung Lao.

Some of these accurately depict the celebrity even though their faces are somewhat veiled. The Rock as Shao Kahn and Donnie Yen as Kung Lao stand as good examples, and further testaments to the skills of the artist.

While all of these are absolutely top tier, Vin Diesel (surely inspired by his appearances in the Chronicles of Riddick films) makes for a ridiculously good Baraka. Maybe don't let the kids see that one though...

Check out the gallery below and then please share you reactions in the comments when you're done.

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Kano announced for Mortal Kombat 11

It was revealed during the Mortal Kombat 11 Brazil live stream event that Brazil will be receiving an exclusive "Kangaceiro" costume for Kano, a character that was only just now announced.

The Mortal Kombat Twitter account also revealed Kano's default appearance. Unsurprisingly, he still has his iconic cyber face plate and gruff appearance.

His left arm has a tattoo on it. This is visible as he is shirtless aside from a strap that appears to hold some sort of cybernetic chest piece.

Of course, it wouldn't be Kano without him holding his knife. This will very likely be thrown as a projectile attack similarly to how he wielded it in previous Mortal Kombat titles.

Despite typically fighting as a mercenary for Outworld, Kano is actually originally from Earthrealm. His accent has always revealed that he's from Australia.

He's previous run-ins with Sonya Blade and Jax (unannounced) has made him a natural rival for them in the past. We'll likely see this antagonistic interaction return in Mortal Kombat 11.

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Mortal Kombat 11 move and Fatality inputs for currently revealed roster

Wondering how to pull off Geras' Sand Simulacrum? How about Skarlet's Krimson Shield? We've got you covered with Mortal Kombat 11 inputs here on EventHubs.

We have officially started filling in our Mortal Kombat 11 moves database where you'll be able to find all inputs for all techniques for the upcoming title's cast of characters.

At this point we've seen seven fighters showcased including Sonya Blade, Baraka, Skarlet, Scorpion, Raiden, Sub-Zero and Geras. We've kicked off our database with these seven characters, and you can now look through and see all of their techniques including Fatalities.

As per the usual with our move listings, you can actually vote on which attacks tend to be the most useful, citing any issues or utility you personally see with any given technique.

We'll be updating these pages as NRS reveals more and more of MK11's roster, so be sure to check back after new characters are shown.

If you spot any errors in our Mortal Kombat 11 moves, please be sure to report them to us using the report problem or inaccuracy page located at the bottom of each move list.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast delayed until February 5th due to weather concerns

The Mortal Kombat community has been excited for the next bit of information on the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11, but will have to wait another week as the January 30th Kombat Kast has been delayed.

Those that have been watching the weather here in the United States know that parts of the country are experiencing severely low temperatures in recent days.

Seeing as the NRS headquarters are located in Chicago, (which is facing windchill temps of -30 to -55 degrees) the team has decided that it would be in the best interest of all involved if the Kast was pushed forward to Tuesday, February 5th.

NetherRealm tweeted the announcement this afternoon, saying, "The safety of our team is very important to us. Due to the dangerous incoming storm, we’ve decided to move the Kombat Kast to Tuesday, February 5th, at 3 pm CST. We thank you for your understanding!"

While we're certainly sad to hear the news, safety is always the first priority. CBS Chicago is saying things are so cold in the city that it might not be a good idea to even breathe outside, which is more than enough to justify a snow day.

We'll be covering the Kombat Kast next Tuesday right here on EventHubs, so tune in with us as we find out the new content that's on the way.

Thank you to Sean_Saibot and Hoemuffin for the tips.