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Match-up Discussion MK2 Baraka VS Mileena


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Human Gameshark
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Mileena makes short work of virtually the entire cast and Baraka is no exception. Sai spam works relatively well here. If Baraka chooses to block and walk, catch him with a quick roll combo. Counter all jump-ins with an uppercut. If Baraka gets in close, apply CQC and be wary of the shredder. If it whiffs, counter with a roll combo. Be careful about rolling too much though as a block will result in a shredder punish. Mileena's sweep has longer range so use that to keep him away as well.

Baraka's only chance is up close, but getting inside is a problem. He can't really counter the sai spam that well and when he starts walking toward her, he could eat either a roll or a sweep from close distance. Baraka needs to be very cautious about walking in as the roll is always a threat. Look to counter telekicks, jump-ins, and even rolls with shredders when possible for big damage. Mileena can counter with a sai, but it's OK to eat one every now and again for the tradeoff damage Baraka will usually get with his blade fury. Crossovers work very well to setup the CQC game, just be wary of an uppercut.

Mileena is a fortress in this match and leaves Baraka with little chance of pulling out many wins. 8.5-1.5, Mileena.


Kitana's Bodyguard
This battle of husband and wife seems to insinuate that the woman is the one who always calls the shots...

Mileena's sweep will be the biggest threat in this one, outside of her sai. With it, she will sweep him out of blade sparks, and keep him away from her. Mixed in with the roll, it becomes dastardly. Instant telekicks from crouch work extremely well, because Baraka's blade spark pose lasts forever. A good play is to anticipate Baraka jumping towards you- walk towards him as he jumps (he'll land behind you), and instantly jab/throw him as he lands.

Not exactly a fun match, he has to play cautious to win.
Baraka has 1 thing against Mileena that no one else in MK2 does- his unique jump punch.
It's very tough for Mileena to sai or anti-air him when he JPs, and his JP even beats her JP quite often.
Baraka's goal should be to pressure Mileena into a corner. That is the only place in this matchup where Mileena will feel threatened.
Which is ironic, since vs many characters, Mileena is nearly unbeatable when she puts herself in a corner. Just watch out for her sick roll corner combos!

Baraka has some specific weapons vs Mileena that can make him tricky to beat.
Mileena's sai win out as usual however, and she should win this match at least 7-3, more likely 8-2.