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Match-up Discussion MK2 Kung Lao VS Shang Tsung

MKB

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MKB

Human Gameshark
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Lao has the ability to overcome most of Shang's offense by flying over and behind it. Skull spam is counterable with either a teleport or a (double) bullet kick. No need to engage in a spam way with Shang for those reasons. Other than that, apply CQC pressure and the occasional whirlwind spin when the opening presents itself. If Shang starts pressuring with his own CQC, use a low toe to get out ASAP and then a quick jump back bullet kick or hat toss.

Shang's fireballs work in moderation, but of course Lao can make him pay for abuse of them. Most Lao's will try a bullet kick. Prepare to block and counter with 3 skulls for 35%. Other than careful usage of fireballs, hop kicks work well from up close, and of course CQC is key. Lao will try to low toe out of it, but if Shang starts up the kara jabs he can still get in some good damage. Sweep Lao out of a duck if he wants to low toe all day.

Lao's quickness and poking game give him a slight edge over Shang, 6-4.