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Kombat Kast Recap 4/5/2019

New Kombat Kast. Or should I say Noob Kombat Kast? Because this is the one where they played Noob. And if you weren't able to watch, then just keep reading on to find out what Noob can do.

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So today's kast was looking at Noob, as we already knew, Erron Black, the rootin-tootinest character to enter the Mortal Kombat universe, and the Kollector, that weird six-armed guy. They announced a few things early on regarding variations, the two big ones are "the current variations we've seen are not going to be final" and "they will work on custom variations for ranked/tournament play later on". Everyone will have 2 to start out day 1. Beyond that, they also mentioned a few general things about the game: player match will allow custom variations, ranked will not. Both modes do not allow things that augment character's stats. And this time around, gear is solely cosmetic.


From there, they showed what sounded like a really cool trailer for the Kollector that I missed because I was catching up with this paragraph. The Kollector, as told by the lore-master, 16 Bit, is a Shao Kahn supporter from the day who served as kind of a "tax collector". Contrary to initial impressions, the Kollector is not a straight grappler; he's a character that does a bit of everything, using tools in his pack to do stuff.

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That style really comes through in his basekit. The guy just does a lot of weird moves that look really cool and seems to give you a lot of options to deal with your opponent. Some of his specials include a mace-ball projectile thing that you can charge up and shoot at people. Another trinket he has allows him to parry projectiles, and upon amplification, he can shoot a slow moving death ball back at the opponent. For something a little less flashy, he gets a bola that you can use to tie-up people or cancel out of for other things.

In one of his variations, he can get a command grab and a version of the mace-ball that you can shoot up instead of forward. And, like most people in the series, he can get a teleport that looks really quick.

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If you aren't super into command grabs, he can also be made into a zoner who can do things like throw DoT flames at any spot on the level (low, mid, or far). If you are having trouble getting in on somebody, he gets a pretty quick chakram he can throw that also holds the opponent in place. You can combine the two for a krushing blow that also leads into a meterless pop-up.

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Next up was Noob Saibot. Described as keeping to his MK9 base, his gear can make him either into a ninja or spooky ghost. The crew said he doesn't have a whole lot of normals, but makes that up with a lot of specials. He has his classic teleport and can just through out his clone to beat people up. If you do it enough times, it eventually turns into a krushing blow.

New moves, he can jump and through out the clone in a divekick. A really cool move he gets is a spooky ghost ball that's unblockable and drains a bar of both offensive and defensive meter on hit.

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You can build up your Noob to be focused around his sickle. You can do things like summon the clone with it from the underground, or shoot him upwards for an overhead strike that can land close, mid or far. He gets another teleport where he throws the sickle and teleports to it. If you meterburn it, you can pop up your opponent.

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Last up is Erron Black. Who can do cowboy things like just smacking dudes and throwing dynamite at them. As expected, he has a lot of strings that revolve around his pistols and doing fancy trick-shooting. Some cool additions to his base is no more caltrops: instead, he throws a vial of Reptile's acid. He can also go into a "rifle stance" where he can just pepper the opponent with bullets. But you only get 8 shots, and once it's done, you have to reload each bullet manually. He also gets unique fatal blow, in that it's a projectile that hits really quick.

Some of the specials you can get on top of that is command grab (who saw that coming?). He can also get a quick, low shot (that hits mid) with a lot of push back.

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Some more moves include a trap made from a netherbeast's jaws that can trap people and is active for a long time. He can also get a really cool parry that can either shoot down projectiles or be amplified for a full screen projectile. You can hold this move too, so it lets you get into the opponent's head.

Closing things out was, as always, the belt battle. The score was either 3-3 or 4-3 Derek, nobody could remember. To mix things up this week, Tyler picked Jax while Derek stuck with his main, Jade. In a clean mopping, Tyler dominated in round 1. Apparently, it wasn't a fluke, as Tyler repeated the performance for game 2 and took the belt for this week. Tyler gave Derek a redemption round that didn't mean anything. It especially didn't mean anything because Tyler won, once again.

Next week is planned to be huge, but they didn't spill a lot of details. Fortunately for Honeybee, D'vorah's showcase is the only detail that they were able to share, beyond another 3 characters on the way. When the day gets announced, there'll be a post here somewhere.
 
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All of these characters look incredible to play as, as always. I want to main absolutely everybody!

Also, we finally get to (hopefully) see the mysterious Bug-Vorah, and her extremely gross fatality next week. I hope my stomach can take it.
 
I posted this in the other thread just now, but what is this golden shield under Erron's health bar when he's in a Fatal Blow??

 
Erron looks absolutely awesome. surprisingly my fave from the stream.
And thank nonexistent jesus they buffed Jade!!
 
I bet that Honeybee kid just blew his load when they said D'Vorah next week lol.

Anyway, interesting stream. Have no interest in using Erron Black but his throw is the funniest thing ever. I can see that being a brutality where it blows the guy to pieces.

Noob's alternate costume at least that one they used is sick, and I'm so using Noob for sure. Looks like he'll easily be one of the best zoners in this game lol.

Kollector initially his first and last variation styles I have no interest in, but his zoning one maybe not sure just yet. Dude has 6 arms but two of the 6 are behind his back holding his little backpack lol. Something about his style with that chain thing reminds me of Scarecrow for some reason.
 
Im very confused on erron black I feel they showed very liitle of him.
I was super excited to see him back with a great new look but his gameplay seems lacking. Going to watch again though see if I missed something
 
Kollector is absolutely amazing! I love his design, I love his moves, I love his voice and the bits we know about his character, definitely the best newest character in this game for me! Can't wait to play him!

Noob looks awesome and I'm definitely going to play as him as well.

Not the slightest interested in Erron though.
 
This presentation got me very worried, specially after the no customs news. Because, if the variations are like this, then things can get very sterile in the game after a couple of weeks. Please, please, let the customs be viable in competitive.
 
Awesome, awesome and awesome.

Thats how I gonna call the shade, cowboy and creepy spider dude from now on.

Eat dust Cetrion, and Cassie, THIS is how you become a cool character, learn from them when you are lucky enough to return in MK12.
 
I posted this in the other thread just now, but what is this golden shield under Erron's health bar when he's in a Fatal Blow??

It’s probably like Injustice, where you can mash some buttons during a super to either reduce/increase damage.
 
Turning augments completely off from casual online matches is another NRS bad decision imo. They should've just made them be turned off by default, but you can turn them on if you want to. Now there's no reason to grind for augments at all. Like why would anyone use augments against AI? lol. Anyway, I personally don't care about them. I'm glad Jade got a midscreen launcher, best thing about the kast :D
 
Kollector is now officially my favorite male character.

Sorry Sektor.

D'Vorah and Kollector are now my two favorite characters of all time. Mileena and Sektor come in second. Noob Saibot and Tanya are third.

I changed my list of best to worst after thinking about most characters.

  1. Kollector
  2. D'Vorah
  3. Mileena
  4. Sektor
  5. Noob Saibot
  6. Tanya
  7. Kabal
  8. Ermac
  9. Skarlet
  10. Havik
  11. Erron Black
  12. Shang Tsung
  13. Sindel
  14. Rain
  15. Tremor
  16. Reptile
  17. Baraka
  18. Kenshi
  19. Kotal Kahn
  20. Frost
  21. Jade
  22. Kung Lao
  23. Quan Chi
  24. Johnny Cage
  25. Kitana
  26. Nightwolf
  27. Cyrax
  28. Ferra & Torr
  29. Nitara
  30. Reiko
  31. Fujin
  32. Sheeva
  33. Scorpion
  34. Liu Kang
  35. Kai
  36. Kano
  37. Kintaro
  38. Smoke
  39. Kira
  40. Sub-Zero
  41. Raiden
  42. Jax
  43. Sonya Blade
  44. Geras
  45. Kronika
  46. Drahmin
  47. Shao Kahn
  48. Goro
  49. Sareena
  50. Mavado
  51. Kobra
  52. Kurtis Stryker
Boring Characters for who I don't give a single freak and which aren't even canon in my own MK world

  1. Jacqui Briggs
  2. Takeda
  3. Kung Jin
  4. Hotaru
  5. Daegon
  6. Taven
  7. Ashrah
  8. Khameleon
  9. Li Mei
  10. Onaga
  11. Motaro
  12. Moloch
  13. Shinnok
  14. Hsu Hao
  15. Jarek
  16. Shujinko
  17. Bo Rai Cho
  18. Blaze
  19. Meat
  20. Darrius
  21. Dairou
  22. Cassie Cage
  23. Mokap
  24. Chameleon
  25. Cyber Smoke
  26. Cetrion
 
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I don't care how characters play, I love them for story plots, abilities, characteristics more than gameplay. If they play good that is a good thing, If they play bad (like D'Vorah in mKX, I still love them over characters I play with because I'm good with them.)
 
I don't care how characters play, I love them for story plots, abilities, characteristics more than gameplay. If they play good that is a good thing, If they play bad (like D'Vorah in mKX, I still love them over characters I play with because I'm good with them.)
Fair enough then.
Kollector does indeed hit a lot of the right spots for me. And I also think D'vorah is a really cool character, though I didn't enjoy her gameplay all that much in MKX. Same with Kotal Kahn, really.
 
I'm mostly play new mortal kombat games for mostly 6 months before it bores me again, then I don't touch it for a couple of months/years and then after a while I play again, never online, don't like competition. So I play with characters for fun, mostly in towers and against friends on saterday night.
THe characters however, will stay with me much longer, I love creating my own movies/stories/plots about the characters. So that's why I know I love Kollector the most of all, so much plotential. The only thing I would have changed is his home-realm, I would make him a Chaos-Realm inhabitant, much like D'vorah is from old Edenia.

Funny enough, Jacqui (one of my least favorite characters in X) was my best character to play with lol.

But I can't wait to see D'vorah interact with Kollector, those two are made for each other, both my favorite concepts (collecting stuff and bugs)
 
It was really cool to see the surprise Kollector reveal. I wonder if those two small arms under his bag will actually be used for anything besides backback straps

Boring Characters for who I don't give a single freak and which aren't even canon in my own MK world
 
It was really cool to see the surprise Kollector reveal. I wonder if those two small arms under his bag will actually be used for anything besides backback straps


Surprised to see some people have their own imagination? Just go watch soccer otherwise, a thing created for the boring of mind which can't make up their own fluff, plots and fantasy stories.