August 1st, 2011
4:35 PM CST -

After an intense set of top 8 finals, the EVO 2011 Grand Championship Mortal Kombat 9 matchup featured vVv Reo as the losers bracket finalist against DMG/MCZ Perfect Legend from the winners bracket. The EVO tournament is double elimination, meaning that Reo needed to win two best 3 out of 5 matches to come away with the championship. Reo's Mileena was up against Perfect Legend's Kung Lao for the first set of 5 matches.

Watching the above footage from the top two Mortal Kombat players in the tournament gives you sense of how entertaining the game is to watch when played at such a high level. In the first game (2-0), Perfect Legend was down to under 5% health in the second round and relied upon his mid, low, ground hat combo string to bait Reo out and counter with a spin, jump kick, roll string to finish. In the second game (0-2), Reo blocked Kung Lao's last gasp ex-spin to even the match 1-1. The third game (1-2), Reo dominated the range battle with several down+4 attacks that kept Perfect Legend on his heels. Reo then shut the door on Perfect Legend after losing the first round by punishing his blocked spins and jump kicks, forcing a reset of another 3 games out of 5 match.

In the final set, Perfect Legend broke out his low, low/mid, ground hat combo string that was successful in the first game of the first set. In fact, it was this string that was so devastating that it caused Reo to try several different unsuccessful counters, once attempting an x-ray and another trying a ground roll, which were both punished for losses (2-1, 2-1). Down two games, not being able to figure out that ground hat combo string, Reo appeared to be desperate to find a way to combat that string and chose to switch characters to Cyrax. Aside from being able to win a round on a lucky bomb placement, Perfect Legend took the game (2-1) and the match to become the first ever EVO Mortal Kombat Grand Champion.

Congratulations to DMG/MCZ Perfect Legend, vVv Reo all of the finalists for such a great demonstration of quality Mortal Kombat 9 play. Here are the final standings for the tournament.

EVO Mortal Kombat 9 Championship Series Finals

  • 1. DMG/MCZ|Perfect Legend (Kung Lao)

  • 2. vVv Reo (Mileena)

  • 3. JOP (Johnny Cage, Raiden)

  • 4. LB|ChrisGNY (Reptile)

  • 5. Denzell Terry (Johnny Cage, Liu Kang)

  • 5. Osu 16-Bit (Kitana)

  • 7. FR|ATL Redd (Liu Kang)

  • 7. OnlineTony213 (Kabal)

Reader Komments from the TRMK Forums:

August 1st, 2011 4:44 PM CST - Recon Number 54
Id like to see the results if perfect legend didnt use a KINDA broken character
August 1st, 2011 5:26 PM CST - Ermac210
Originally Posted by : Recon Number 54
Id like to see the results if perfect legend didnt use a KINDA broken character
Same here, win anything using Kung Lao it's just UGLY
August 1st, 2011 7:34 PM CST - MKKing
Really guys? Kung Lao has been nerf enough and he's beatable its just that Perfect Legend is the best Kung Lao player and there were a lot of variety even a Jax's player made it pretty far. It was kool to see Kitana and Mileena in the top 8 but dam you Tom Brady didn't even make top 8 to play on that awesome big screen.
August 1st, 2011 7:42 PM CST - Ermac210
Maybe i'm just a bad player but IMO i'm still considering Kung Lao an overpowered character with advantage in almost any kind of fight, far, close kombat, aerial, spam projectiles, damage, etc.. it gaves me so much problem online, maybe it's just the lag.. Congratulations to perfect legend for win the EVO2k11, but It would be so much amazing see another character instead Kung Lao :P at least, see the firsts fights with his "second" main, and in the decisive match use Kung Lao for a secure win.
August 1st, 2011 7:45 PM CST - Alisa
*fights urge to say something cliche about Kung Lao* Congrats to PL. He's a cool guy. <3
August 1st, 2011 7:56 PM CST - Ermac210
it is a public knowing I hate Kung Lao (maybe it's the awful online experience), now it's personal! >
August 7th, 2011 10:27 PM CST - vRuh
I wonder why the Mileena player switched to Cyrax. :
August 7th, 2011 10:57 PM CST - buddthagreat
Originally Posted by : vRuh
I wonder why the Mileena player switched to Cyrax. :
Reo made a big mistake doin that should have stuck wit Mileena
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