Mortal Kombat stories

Reports of sluggish online connections indicate Mortal Kombat 11's buttery smooth netcode may have congealed after most recent update

We've been doing a lot of ranting and raving over Mortal Kombat 11's exceptional online experiences, but it seems the game's most recent patch may have left network connections a little less solid than they once were.

Eurogamer reported on the matter just today, citing complaints from around the web as well as firsthand experiences with newfound lag. NetherRealm chimed in on Reddit with a statement on the matter.

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Mortal Kombat 11 seems to have a glitch that lets Jax punch opponents so hard in the crotch that their head pops off

Mortal Kombat 11 gives players the opportunity to quickly finish an opponent by way of Brutalities — an end-of-the-match move that requires different criteria to achieve and acts like a fast Fatality. Sometimes these finishers don't quite work out as planned, though.

A recent Mortal Kombat 11 clip shows what appears to be a glitch involving Jax and one of his Brutalities. Basically, Jax punches the opponent's head off by... hitting them in the crotch instead.

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Cetrion in the top tier? D'Vorah in the middle of the pack? HoneyBee and Biohazard collaborate and share their Mortal Kombat 11 tier list

We have yet another opinion (two actually) on the ordered strength of Mortal Kombat 11's characters. Both bc|HoneyBee and bc|Biohazard took to Twitch yesterday to collaborate on their MK 11 tier list.

We've seen a handful of these thus far, and while today's chart does have plenty of similarities to others, it also has some notable contrasts. For starters, these two place D'Vorah in the middle of the pack while FOX|SonicFox, ForeverKing, Rooflemonger, and the EventHubs community tier list all have her in dead last.

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Shang Tsung has a ton of moves, more Krushing Blows than anyone, life steal attacks, a teleport that switches places with his foe and so much more

We got our big character showcasing for Mortal Kombat 11's Shang Tsung yesterday as NetherRealm Studios went live with their Kombat Kast.

This time around he's all about controlling the space, zoning his opposition out, and staying at a good arm's length distance away from his opponents at any given time. However, the fact that he can transform into his current foe means you'll sometimes be throwing that all out the window for a completely different moveset.

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Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, and Power Rangers: Battle For the Grid announced for Stadia

Google ran a presentation to show off their upcoming Stadia video game platform this morning. The live stream provided viewers with new details about the service, hardware, pricing, and games set to be available on it.

Among the Destiny 2 and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint reveals, we learned that three fighting games will be coming to Stadia. Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown, and Power Rangers: Battle For the Grid are all going to become available on the streaming service.

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Here's what the Mortal Kombat 11 character select screen will soon look like with blank DLC spots

Shang Tsung will become available in Mortal Kombat 11 on June 18th. Later, we'll also gain access to Nightwolf, Sindel, Spawn, and two other unnamed guest characters.

Earlier today, the Kombat Kast gave us a unique look at Shang Tsung's moveset and a rather disturbing second fatality. During the transition between games, we also got a sneak peak at the character select screen and saw some interesting details.

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Why Karin is dominant, but not cheap; what made Mortal Kombat 11's Shang Tsung reveal so good; Samurai Shodown's 8-frame blunder, and more

It doesn't happen all that often, but sometimes a fighting game character can be one of the absolute best on their roster, and yet still not be cheap. The Street Fighter 5 community is having a conversation about Karin right now since REC|Punk has been overwhelmingly dominant on the 2019 Capcom Pro Tour, and we chime in with our thoughts on the matter.

It's been a good week for Mortal Kombat 11 as the Shang Tsung trailer was one of the best character reveals in recent memory. Not only does the evil sorcerer look amazing, he also continues to press the nostalgia buttons with Mortal Kombat callbacks that turn even the hardest kombatants into giddy school girls.

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Shang Tsung's grotesque second fatality for Mortal Kombat 11 has been revealed

We've already had a look at Shang Tsung's first fatality in Mortal Kombat 11. It pays homage to the fatality in Mortal Kombat 2 that has Shang Tsung transform into Kintaro for a devastating punch.

During today's Kombat Kast, we had the opportunity to see Shang Tsung's second fatality. If you have a weak stomach, you should know that this fatality is particularly grotesque and violent. In other words, it's NSFW.

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ELEAGUE Mortal Kombat 11 Showdown week 6 stream

ELEAGUE's Mortal Kombat 11 Showdown weekly event will be continuing today. It will start at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET.

This week, players will race to accumulate points over the course of the stream. The participating competitors are RZA, ForeverKing, King Jae, HappyPow, Wazminator, HeyGeorge, Metal_Kat, Biohazard, END|Scar, and DR.Gross.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast featuring Shang Tsung gameplay now live

Update: The stream is now live.

Earlier: Last week, we got our first glimpse at Shang Tsung's gameplay via his trailer. Nightwolf, Sindel, and Spawn were also revealed as DLC fighters.

As detailed in our Shang Tsung trailer breakdown, it appears that Rain, Reptile, Smoke, and Ermac have been incorporated into the shapeshifter's moveset. More information about the exact properties of Shang Tsung's kit will be detailed later today during the Kombat Kast that'll take place at 1:00 p.m. PDT / 4:00 p.m. EDT.

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Shang Tsung Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay breakdown coming tomorrow during new Kombat Kast

NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. unveiled the first few fighters set to join Mortal Kombat 11 via the Kombat Pack last week. Nightwolf, Sindel, and popular comic book anti-hero Spawn are all joining the fight, as well as two more currently unidentified guest characters.

Before we see any of them, though, NRS aims to showcase the first DLC fighter to be added to Mortal Kombat 11 — Shang Tsung. On Wednesday, June 5, we'll be seeing a breakdown of the classic Mortal Kombat boss on a new installment of the Kombat Kast.

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Update: Which Mortal Kombat 11 DLC character are you most excited to play?

Update: You can find the final results for our trio of character polls in the story where only one of the guest characters was among the top three overall in votes.

Mortal Kombat 11 will begin receiving new content for its first Kombat Pack later this month once Shang Tsung launches for early access on June 18, but we also have five more characters to look forward to over the coming months / year.

NetherRealm Studios will be adding three returning MK veterans with the aforementioned Shang Tsung, Nightwolf and Sindel plus Spawn and two more guests that have yet to be officially revealed — though we have a pretty good idea of who they are. We'd like to know which characters you are most looking forward to trying out from a few different perspectives.

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Shang Tsung's 'Kintaro fatality' in Mortal Kombat 11 pays homage to the least practical finishing move in Mortal Kombat 2

Shang Tsung's official trailer was recently unveiled for Mortal Kombat 11. During the cinematic, we had the opportunity to see one of Shang Tsung's fatalities.

Initially when the arms popped out of Raiden, I actually thought it was Goro that was emerging from inside out. However, when it was revealed that it was Kintaro, it all made sense.

Longtime fans of the Mortal Kombat series that remember Mortal Kombat 2 probably have a good understanding as to why it was Kintaro rather than Goro. As always, bear in mind that NSFW content lies ahead due to the gory nature of the Mortal Kombat series.

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SonicFox and Gllty test Mortal Kombat 11's netcode from America to Japan, find surprisingly good results

It's no secret that Mortal Kombat 11's netplay experience is one of the most efficient we've ever seen in fighting games in general, but the news gets even better thanks to a recent test performed between GRPT|Gllty and FOX|SonicFox.

Gllty regularly live streams from her current home in Tokyo, and was able to set up a session with MK superstar SonicFox to see how their American East Coast to Japan (roughly 6,000-7,000 miles) connection fared. It turned out "buttery smooth," as put by Gllty.

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Spawn in Mortal Kombat 11 is being voiced by the same actor from the Todd McFarlane's Spawn animated HBO series

Last week, NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. unveiled the official trailer for Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 11. Acting as the first DLC character for the game, we were given a glimpse at what the classic Mortal Kombat boss can do before his early access release later this month.

The trailer also revealed a handful of the other DLC fighters set to come along with the Kombat Pack, including Nightwolf, Sindel, and none other than popular anti-hero, Spawn. Little is known about these three characters, but we have learned that Spawn's voice acting in Mortal Kombat 11 will actually be performed by Keith David, the original actor for HBO's animated series, Todd McFarlane's Spawn.

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Smash'N'Splash 5 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend we're going to see Smash'N'Splash 5 happening in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

It's a massive event, and some of the top level talent you can expect to see compete includes FOX|MKLeo, TSM|Tweek, Liquid|Hungrybox, TSM|Leffen, C9|Mango, NRG|Nairo, PG|Marss, Liquid|Dabuz, PG|Plup, Mew2King, PG|Zain, PG|Cosmos, eU|Samsora, Salem, BC|Mr. R, Wizzrobe, CLG|SFAT, HLC|S2J, Rogue|Light, PA|CaptainZack, CLG|VoiD, CLG|PewPewU, DIG|Lucky, n0ne, T1|Larry Lurr, though there are of course many more ready to fight it out as well.

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DreamHack Dallas 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

DreamHack Dallas 2019 is happening this weekend, obviously in Dallas, Texas.

Some of the notable players you can expect to see compete include REC|Punk, Justin Wong, Scar, EG|NYChrisG, Denial|JB, PG|Hayatei, CJ Truth, Rise|Smug, Coosco, END|Shine, Brian_F, TGS|CeroBlast, Tempo|Alex Myers, Deoxys, Rise|K-Brad, Talon|HotDog29, TGS|ElChakotay, UYU|Kami, TPC|RobTV, RB|Snake Eyez, NB|DualKevin, Terrence, BrolyLegs and InC|JustAKid.

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