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MK 11 Pro Kompetition 2020/2021 Top 8(ish) Character Usage

A new Pro Kompetition is upon us and that means its time for me to once again count every time a character is used in one of the (many, many) online tour event top 8s (and occasionally top 4, depending on what is streamed) Also, remember that this is just for fun and I failed math several times in several different ways in college, if something doesn't add up completely or seems off...its because I am big dumb.

Jacqui Briggs (100) [Winner of Latin America North #1, Mexico #1, Latin America South #2]
  • Grenade Launcher 95
  • Bionic Bounce 94
  • Enhanced Air Blast 93
  • Lethal Clinch 7
  • (Air) Ground Pound 6
  • Cybernetic Override 5
  • (Air) Dive Bomb 2
  • Hyper Knee 1
Scorpion (88) [Winner of Latin America South #1]
  • Hell Port Cancel 83
  • (Air) Demon Slam 29
  • Burning Spear 26
  • Demon Dash 14
  • (Air) Sin Blade 12
  • Demon Breath 7
  • Death Spear Kombo 5
  • Death Spin 5
Cetrion (87) [Winner of Brazil #1 & North America West #1]
  • Earthquake 87
  • Deadly Winds 87
  • H2 P0rt 87
Kung Lao (86) [Winner of Brazil #2]
  • Buzz Saw 43
  • Orbiting Hat 38
  • Possessed Hat 35
  • Omega Hat 25
  • Z-Hat 14
  • (Air) Teleport 8
  • Spiritual Guidance 5
  • Guided Hat 3
Sub-Zero (71)
  • Deep Freeze 56
  • Creeping Ice 55
  • (Air) Polar Axe 27
  • Rising Ice 11
  • Arctic Trap 3
Jade (65)
  • (Air) Razor-Rang 65
  • Delia's Dance 56
  • Pole Vault 31
  • Deadly Assassin 18
  • Upward Razor-Rang 11
  • Edenian Spark 9
  • Amplify Blazing Nitro Kick 4
Johnny Cage (59)
  • Rising Star 56
  • Throwing Shades 55
  • Pissed Off 47
  • Low Forceball 12
  • High Forceball 1
  • Say Cheese 1
  • Brass Knuckles 1
Fujin (54) [Winner of Oceania #2]
  • Sky Wakka 54
  • Airsenal 47
  • Warped Needle 32
  • Wind Push 22
  • (Air) Wind Barrier 7
Joker (50) [Winner of North America East #1]
  • Kapow 34
  • Jumping Jester 32
  • Batsy Pew Pew 18
  • Jack In The Box 10
  • BOING 5
  • Getting Lit 4
Erron Black (44) [Winner of Europe West #2]
  • Enhanced Locked and Loaded 43
  • Scud Shot 35
  • Cattle Toss 17
  • Down Peacemaker 12
  • Outworld Gunslinger 10
  • Enhanced Rattle Snake Slide 7
  • Up Peacemaker 4
  • Acid Pour 3
  • TNT Toss 1
Kotal Kahn (37) [Winner of Latin America North #2]
  • Huehhueyi 37
  • Grand Discus 30
  • Amocualli Totem 22
  • Kahn-Cut 17
  • Tecuani Maul 5
Cassie Cage (36)
  • Kneecappin' 36
  • Flippin' Out 35
  • Shoulder Charge 26
  • (Air) Bullet Barrage 7
  • Flying Glow Kick 4
Liu Kang (33)
  • Low Fireball 33
  • Kusari Slam 30
  • Dragon Fire 28
  • Nunchuku Stance 5
  • Dragon Parry 3
Sonya Blade (32)
  • Energy Rings Charge 29
  • (Air) Marching Orders 23
  • K.A.T. Orbital Drop 22
  • Krushing Kounters 10
  • (Air) Downward Energy Rings 7
  • (Air) Soaring General 2
Nightwolf (29)
  • Rising Tomahawk 29
  • Tomahawk Swing 20
  • Lightning Arrow 5
  • Hanna's Wrath 4
Sindel (27) [Winner of Europe East #1]
  • Whip & Flip 21
  • Low Star Screamer 16
  • Hair Kut 15
  • (Air) Banshee Dash 11
  • (Air) Banshee Barrage 2
  • (Air) Deadly Echo 1
Shang Tsung (24) [Winner of Europe East #2]
  • Slide 21
  • Shake 19
  • Force Lift 17
  • Ground Eruption 7
  • Super Kick 2
Sheeva (23)
  • Dragon Stance 22
  • Queen's Punishment 19
  • Death March 13
  • Dragon Charge 11
  • Enhanced Dragon Drop 5
  • Battle Scars 2
Spawn (23)
  • Charging Hellspawn 22
  • (Air) Letha Glide 11
  • Blaze of Glory 6
  • Plasm Pool 3
  • Raising Hell 3
  • Hell Chain 1
  • Lethal Leetha Stance 1
Geras (16)
  • Quick Sand 16
  • Bed Of Spikes 7
  • Stepping It Back 8
  • Gauntlet Of The Ages 7
  • Sand Pillar 1
  • Sand Simulacrum 1
Skarlet (16)
  • Bloodport 16
  • Dagger Dance 16
  • Boiling Point 9
  • Retch-Rebution 6
  • Blood Flow 1
Kitana (15)
  • Low Fan Toss 12
  • Half-Blood Stance 10
  • (Air) Fan Flutter 4
  • Retreating and Advancing Fan Flutter 3
  • Ground War 2
  • Fan-nado 1
Noob Saibot (12) [Winner of Mexico #2]
  • Shadow Portals 12
  • Shadow Slide 12
  • Spirit Ball 8
  • (Air) Tele Slam
D'Vorah (11)
  • Strepsipterra 11
  • Widow's Kiss 11
Frost (10) [Winner of Oceania #1]
  • Ice Auger 9
  • Microburst 9
  • Glacier Calving 7
  • (Air) Ice Quake 3
  • Cryogenic Crown 1
Shao Kahn (9) [Winner of Europe West #1]
  • (Air) Wrath Hammer 5
  • Ground Shatter 5
  • Skewered 5
  • Annihilation 4
  • Dark Priest 4
  • Up Wrath Hammer 3
  • Wrath Hammer 1
Kano (8)
  • Chemical Burn 8
  • Lumbar Check 8
  • Manhandled 8
Kabal (7)
  • Dash Cancel 6
  • Hook Grab 6
  • Low Hook Grab 6
  • (Air) Slight Gas 1
  • (Air) Straight Buzzin' 1
Mileena (7)
  • Play Time 7
  • Stabyscotch 7
  • (Air) Tele-Drop 3
  • (Air) Soaring Sai 2
  • Vanish 2
Baraka (6)
  • Gutted 6
  • Baraka Barrage 5
  • Spine Burst 1
Terminator (6)
  • Albi Back Breaker 6
  • Running Man 6
  • (Air) Death Grip 3
  • T.D.E. 3
RoboCop (4)
  • Arm Crowd Control Cannon 4
  • Low Auto-9 4
  • Flamethrower 3
  • Electric Shield 1
Rain (2)
  • Geyser Palm 2
  • Hydroplane 1
  • Riptide 1
  • Water Ball 1
Jax (1)
  • Expert Grappler 1
  • Quad Grab 1
  • Ripped 1
 
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Brazil
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GF SangueFrio | 2 Appearances | Geras, Cetrion, Sindel, Sub-Zero [Winner of #1]
GF Gustavo Page | 2 Appearances | Liu, Fujin, Sub-Zero, Lao [Winner of #2]
WASF jOvenboyy | 2 Appearances | Scorpion, Jade
SHD GuiExceptional | 2 Appearances | Cetrion, Scorpion, Fujin
TXT Baka | 1 Appearance | Mileena, Liu, Cetrion
GG MauMau | 1 Appearance | Jacqui, Cassie
FSN KCD | 1 Appearance | Sheeva, Kano
Chainsaw | 1 Appearance | Spawn
NA Mk3Alex | 1 Appearance | Erron
NA MoonLight | 1 Appearance | Jade
RDE AgamottosEye | 1 Appearance | Fujin
DD LittleKronos | 1 Appearance | Geras


Latin America South
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CL-Z0R0HAKI | 2 Appearances | Kitana, Scorpion [Winner of #1]
ONX Ger | 2 Appearances | Kitana, Jade [Winner of #2]
Psycho-Jean22 | 2 Appearances | Erron, Sub-Zero, Scorpion
MonchoMK11 | 2 Appearance | Jacqui, Cetrion
Hellraiser | 2 Appearances | N/A
Jersey Devil | 1 Appearance | Sindel, Mileena
rOx_Pirata_CL | 1 Appearance | Sub-Zero, Erron, Fujin
Genobyte_k | 1 Appearance | Noob
LUCAA|999 | 1 Appearance | N/A
WYG_Dante | 1 Appearance | N/A
ComanDante | 1 Appearance | N/A


Latin America North
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BFL Yadriel_el_punk | 2 Appearances | Kotal Kahn [Winner of #2]
T7G Grandmaster | 2 Appearances | Jacqui, Sindel, Sheeva, Cetrion
Young Chicuelo | 2 Appearances | Terminator, Kotal, Cetrion, Jacqui
T7G gviper_ | 1 Appearance | Skarlet, Jacqui [Winner of #1]
KD Oscar Broly | 1 Appearance | Jade, Jacqui
Jhonkelinsp | 1 Appearance | Geras, Lao
JMS reTro | 1 Appearance | N/A
KD A-M-K | 1 Appearance | N/A
chelofeed | 1 Appearance | N/A
Tronik_7 | 1 Appearance | N/A
AM3NAZA | 1 Appearance | N/A
BrosephPR | 1 Appearance | N/A
Machete0786 | 1 Appearance N/A


Mexico
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LS iScorpion | 2 Appearances | Sonya, Sheeva, Jade, Jacqui, Scorpion, Kotal, Sindel, Cassie, Liu, Noob [Winner of #1 & #2]
braking2 | 2 Appearances | Sub-Zero, Liu, Noob, Kitana, Jacqui
BOS Mihicky-D | 2 Appearances | Joker, Cetrion, Shang, Baraka, Sub-Zero, Sonya
Armando | 1 Appearance | Scorpion,
EK KoKoBG | 1 Appearance | Jacqui , Frost, Robocop, Sonya
BOS Illuminati69 | 1 Appearance | Lao, Johnny
Adriano | 1 Appearance | Frost, Spawn
LS GatillerokofMX | 1 Appearance | Sub-Zero, Johnny
Fitos | 1 Appearance | Jade, Jacqui, Cassie
KG Chef | 1 Appearance | Terminator, Spawn
KG MikeLou | 1 Appearance | Fujin, Lao
BA SRyu-PainFZ | 1 Appearance| Kano, Erron, Cetrion
LS Muerto | 1 Appearance | N/A


Oceania
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GG Waz | 2 Appearances | Jade, Frost, Kitana, Cetrion, Fujin, Cassie [Winner of #1 & #2]
BijigaFGC | 2 Appearances | Joker, Liu, Lao, Frost, Cetrion
SWAZZY | 2 Appearances | Johnny, Sub-Zero, Geras
wifi_scorpion | 2 Appearances | Scorpion, Fujin
ald2011 | 2 Appearances | Mileena, Sonya
Saggat83 | 1 Appearance | Lao
Hallak007 | 1 Appearance | D'Vorah, Cetrion
KetchupLlama | 1 Appearance | Lao
subby | 1 Appearance | Skarlet
boy987654321 | 1 Appearance | Jax, Terminator, Kotal
lioncox | 1 Appearance | Nightwolf


Europe East
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XRO -Val- | 2 Appearances | Sindel, Spawn, Jade [Winner of #1]
Disarted | 2 Appearances | Shang [Winner of #2]
Sleeping Lion | 2 Appearances | Lao, Nightwolf
H-DOPEGr_ | 1 Appearance | Sheeva, Lao, Spawn, Erron
Nivek | 1 Appearance | Jacqui, Sub-Zero, Spawn
Nitrass_ | 1 Appearance | Fujin, Sonya, Erron
Monstar1_SQUAD | 1 Appearance | Fujin
DeathKnight | 1 Appearance | Joker, Scorpion, Rain
XRO Vityaz | 1 Appearance | Sonya
Omie | 1 Appearance | Jade, Spawn, Sonya
K-Top | 1 Appearance | Jacqui, Jade
Mr.Ramires | 1 Appearance | Skarlet
Dubasik | 1 Appearance | N/A


Europe West
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CGL VideoGamezYo | 2 Appearances | Johnny, Shao, Spawn, Fujin [Winner of #1]
CGL JoshTQ | 2 Appearances | Erron, Liu, Skarlet [Winner of #2]
CGL|EMPR Conflictus | 2 Appearances | Sub-Zero
CBK BBOYKEYU | 2 Appearances | Lao
WBYB MKJavierMK | 2 Appearances | Scorpion, Spawn
Lawkorridor | 2 Appearances | Joker, Jacqui, Johnny
PND OmegaK | 1 Appearance | Kotal, Terminator
Doonax | 1 Appearance | Shao
EE Asodimazze | 1 Appearance | Cetrion
Zoker | 1 Appearance | Kabal
AS1 Ladno | 1 Appearance | Sub-Zero


North Americe East
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Semiij | 1 Appearance | Cassie,
PRO PerfectLegend | 1 Appearance | Sub-Zero, Lao, Kabal
EG SonicFox | 1 Appearance | Joker, Jade
Kombat | 1 Appearance | Johnny, Joker [Winner of #1]
bc HoneyBee | 1 Appearance | D'Vorah
NinjaKilla | 1 Appearance | Joker, Rain
bc Dragon | 1 Appearance | Cetrion
TheMightyUnjust | 1 Appearance | Noob Saibot, Spawn


North America West
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UYU Rewind | 1 Appearance | Cetrion, Liu [Winner of #1]
END Scar | 1 Appearance | Lao, Robocop, Jade
King Gambler | 1 Appearance | Nightwolf
Ftr_Hatman | 1 Appearance | Jacqui, Scorpion, Kitana, Shang
SHO WoundCowboy | 1 Appearance | Shang Tsung
GEM Han Rashid | 1 Appearance | Fujin
Jueks- | 1 Appearance | Jacqui
Knights 2eZ | 1 Appearance | Sheeva, Subzero, Shang Tsung
 
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Alright, so day one of the 2020/2021 Pro Kompetition is in the books. This first post represents the first weekend of Liga Latina which was four events total. We saw the Top 8 of Brazil #1 and Mexico #1 and the top 4 of Latin America North and South #1. Hot take so far, Jacqui is still really dangerous.

I will see ya'll next weekend for Oceania, Europe East, and Europe West #1!
 
One of the interesting things to me was that the number of Reborn Scorpions almost directly correlated with the number of Goo-graded Jacqui's. Reborn seemed to be THE Latin American counter pick to Jacqui. Just about everyone in the four top 8s had a Reborn they would switch to when fighting Jacqui.
 
Aside from more variety due to customs, nothing's really changed. Same old top tier
While true in a general sense for tier placements (yay Jacqui and Cetrion), you cant deny the huge uptick in Scorpion, Jade, Kotal, and Kano usage is a pretty big deal. Also, Johnny has been almost nowhere to be seen.

For day 1, this is rather interesting so far (aside from all the Jacqui/Cetrion usage). I'm curious to see how things shake out with the other nations' days.
 
One thing with the Jacqui craziness is that nearly half of those came from Latin America North where there were two Jacqui's in top 4 and a mirror grand finals bracket reset.

There were definitely a shit load of Jacqui's but I think that if the full top eight of both Latin America North and South had been streamed, the numbers would have looked a bit less crazily Jacqui heavy.
 
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Wow would you look at that

Noob consistently in every big brain top 10 tier list, yet absolutely nowhere to be found in pro komp.

Also, Jade consistently low S high A on every list, yet here she is being used effectively in pro komp. Funny stuff
 
Wow would you look at that

Noob consistently in every big brain top 10 tier list, yet absolutely nowhere to be found in pro komp.

Also, Jade consistently low S high A on every list, yet here she is being used effectively in pro komp. Funny stuff
So whats the point your trying to make? Shao khan is at the bottom of every tierlist, and he just won a tourney.
This game is alot more about playerskill instead of how good your character is.
 
Now that I've slept and I'm not formatting this list at 1am here are a few quick thoughts and one note from the second weekend of the Pro Komp.

This weekend we saw a mad lad land Johnny's sunglasses KB as the first hit of a round. We saw a bracket with more Shao Kahn than Jacqui, Cetrion, or Liu combined. We saw our first player DQ'd for an "offensive" variation name. Kung Lao and Scorpion dominating the numbers game was not exactly on my bingo sheet. And another madlad finally picked something other than Goo-Graded Jacqui (just regular ol' Upgraded lol).

Also a note on the characters 'winning' a tournament. Oceania made me feel like I almost need to put a 'Most Valuable Character' tag as well as what character won. Frost may have won Oceania in the literal sense that the player used her to win the final game of Grand Finals, but there is no arguing that his Cetrion got him through the backend of losers and the first five games of grand finals.

Thanks for looking upon and discussing all of my numbers! See y'all next weekend for NA West and NA East!!!!
 
Amazing work... this is a real asset to the community, thank you!

If you happen to be keeping track of this as well, it would be fascinating to see player numbers alongside match usage numbers. That is, how many unique players used each character?

Just an added layer that would help to distinguish between match usage due to (A) a lot of players picking up a character (popularity) vs. (B) a few players taking that character on a long run (character loyalty). For instance, I'm assuming the 9 matches with Shao Kahn is primarily (exclusively?) by VideoGamezYo, who's a known Shao character loyalist. That's a lot different than if, say, 3 players used Shao for 3 matches each.
 
So whats the point your trying to make? Shao khan is at the bottom of every tierlist, and he just won a tourney.
This game is alot more about playerskill instead of how good your character is.
Just the observation how the tier lists don't always jive with results. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.
 
Amazing work... this is a real asset to the community, thank you!

If you happen to be keeping track of this as well, it would be fascinating to see player numbers alongside match usage numbers. That is, how many unique players used each character?

Just an added layer that would help to distinguish between match usage due to (A) a lot of players picking up a character (popularity) vs. (B) a few players taking that character on a long run (character loyalty). For instance, I'm assuming the 9 matches with Shao Kahn is primarily (exclusively?) by VideoGamezYo, who's a known Shao character loyalist. That's a lot different than if, say, 3 players used Shao for 3 matches each.
I actually have thought about doing this! If I don't end up running into a character limit on the OP, I'll probably toss a player guide in the reserved comment right under it!
 
Now that I've slept and I'm not formatting this list at 1am here are a few quick thoughts and one note from the second weekend of the Pro Komp.

This weekend we saw a mad lad land Johnny's sunglasses KB as the first hit of a round. We saw a bracket with more Shao Kahn than Jacqui, Cetrion, or Liu combined. We saw our first player DQ'd for an "offensive" variation name. Kung Lao and Scorpion dominating the numbers game was not exactly on my bingo sheet. And another madlad finally picked something other than Goo-Graded Jacqui (just regular ol' Upgraded lol).

Also a note on the characters 'winning' a tournament. Oceania made me feel like I almost need to put a 'Most Valuable Character' tag as well as what character won. Frost may have won Oceania in the literal sense that the player used her to win the final game of Grand Finals, but there is no arguing that his Cetrion got him through the backend of losers and the first five games of grand finals.

Thanks for looking upon and discussing all of my numbers! See y'all next weekend for NA West and NA East!!!!
Loool was the DQ streamed?
 
This is great data. The thing that jumps out at me initially is the relatively poor ability diversity among most of the cast. Notable standouts here include are Jacqui and Cetrion where 99% of the players played exactly the same builds. Kustoms are great but it's clear NRS still has a lot of work to do.
 
This is great data. The thing that jumps out at me initially is the relatively poor ability diversity among most of the cast. Notable standouts here include are Jacqui and Cetrion where 99% of the players played exactly the same builds. Kustoms are great but it's clear NRS still has a lot of work to do.
This is pretty much what some of us predicted to happen from the start, though — that people would just find the strongest combinations early and use those most of the time.

I still think that having the flexibility is good, though; and I think that people will flesh out more MU-specific tweaks as time goes on.