Well well well. According to the @thehadou the Event Director of Combo Breaker, attendance for MK9 has actually grown from UFGTX to Combo Breaker (source: https://twitter.com/TheHadou/status/981003524157796352)
What makes this so amazing? Well, it means that the scene for a game which is coming up to it's seven year anniversary has actually gotten bigger. Process that for a second.
Enjoy this while you process it, except for getting gym-timidation from Shao's abs and lats.
Think of how long ago MK9 came out. When MK9 hit the shelves, there was no AAA fighting game, no Midway/NRS game had ever been featured at Evo or really been a feature of the competitive scene and the most recent Mortal Kombat games were Armageddon and DC (we do not speak of them).
Hell, when MK9 was released, Bin Laden was still alive. I'm not saying there's any correlation between those two things but equally, only a few weeks after MK9 was released, Bin Laden was no longer alive.
Mortal Kombat is the cure for all that ails mankind, is what I'm saying
Especially the age old problem of not having a hole punched through your chest by a superpowered Shaolin monk.
For real though, the NRS community is often blown up (often rightly) for not supporting older NRS games, allowing them to go stale barely a year after release, thus denying them the chance to continue to grow as games like older Tekken and Street Fighters have. But it would seem that, at a significantly competitive level, the MK9 community is actually growing. Not just maintaining, but growing.
For a lot of us, MK9 was our first competitive game and I'd argue it's more fondly remembered within the community than any other NRS game. Just writing this article has given me a wave of nostalgia and I'm sorely tempted to boot up MK9 tonight, wreck some scrubs with Noob before getting absolutely blown up.
For real though, Smoke v Noob is a legit 8-2. You could argue it's a 9-1, Smoke can hard counter basically everything Noob does. The only match up in NRS history nearly as bad was Superman v Grundy and even then....
Sorry, got carried away there.
But let's take a minute to give ourselves a pat on the back as a community. Huge congratulations to us all, to Combo Breaker and to all the competitors registered there, to NRS for designing such an amazing game and to every single person reading this. Let's keep supporting each other, the community and the awesome games that bring us together.
Except Cyrax players obviously.
Yeah I'm talking about you, you broke mother*******
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MK9 Combo Breaker attendance up from UFGTX!