Crazy DJT 88 was the fan favorite in the Mortal Kombat 9 Grand Finals for one reason: he wasn’t using Kabal. Several top players opted for Kabal and DJT defeated three of the best en route to the title. He took out Detroit Ballin, Reo and two-time Evo MK champion Perfect Legend.
His Cyrax proved the ultimate counter to Kabal all day. Reo gave him a great match, staving off elimination twice. But DJT’s invaluable experience against the best Kabal players prepared him for everything Reo could do. Reo had a great run, ending Perfect Legend’s chance for an MK threepeat. Legend finished fifth, perhaps the biggest shock of the tournament.
This may have been MK 9’s swan song at Evo. The crowds weren’t there. The final being held on Friday, the first day of the tournament, indicated organizers didn’t expect a huge turnout. New NetherRealm Studios fighter Injustice: Gods Among Us is the new hotness, even Scorpion is playing it. We’ll be seeing a lot of these familiar names including Reo and Perfect Legend in the Injustice pools today.
The MK commentators noted a high level of play despite the low turnout. There were some incredible matches and some great stories. DJT’s anti-Kabal work was unbelievable to watch. Perfect Legend’s quest for a threepeat helped define the tourney. All these players knew MK9’s time in the spotlight was winding down, and we saw that urgency in these matches.
GamerTell will be reporting on Evo 2013 all weekend. Still to come are championships for Injustice, Ulimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter IV, King of Fighters XIII, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Street Fighter X Tekken.
There’s also going to be plenty of news about upcoming titles and new characters, patches and other fun stuff for games currently available. Also, if you’d like to step up your game, these are the best players in the world and there is a lot to learn just by studying them.
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