Earlier today, Warner Bros. Entertainment and developer NetherRealm Studios announced that Kombat League, Mortal Kombat 11‘s ranked matchmaking mode, will be releasing tomorrow, June 18th.

Warner Bros. released a new trailer to go along with the announcement. Starting tomorrow, Mortal Kombat players can compete against each other in ranked matches. All ranked matches are in a best-of-three format, with the intention that all matches are between players of near or equal skill. An interesting addition is a new meter that will show players their odds of winning against their opponent at the start of each ranked match.

The first season will be called Season of Blood. Kombat League’s seasons are four weeks long, with each new season following immediately after the last. Each season will have different in-game rewards that players can earn for achieving each rank. These rewards can also be earned by completing daily and seasonal challenges, such as playing a certain amount of ranked matches or spilling enough blood. There are nine ranks in total, ranging from Apprentice to Elder God, and Mortal Kombat players will earn the rewards from the highest rank that they achieved during that season, regardless of whether or not they ended at a lower rank.

To coincide with the release of Kombat League, a player’s who purchased MK11‘s Kombat Pack will also have early access to Shang Tsung, the game’s first DLC fighter, starting tomorrow. NetherRealm previously showed off Shang Tsung’s move set back in May.

What do you think of the new mode? Is it enough to get you back in the game? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 


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I think there are some interesting choices here. I like that you can earn rewards for the highest rank you achieve even after dropping rank because it encourages players to keep playing even if they’re starting to be outclassed in that tier. That meter showing you your odds of victory seems pointless to me though and I wouldn’t be surprised if it increased the number of mid-match quitters. 

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